VA Governor Vetoes Common Core Bill

Virginia’s Governor has vetoed a bill that sought to require legislator approval before the state’s board of education could adopt standards like that of Common Core. Washington Post: Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe on Tuesday vetoed a bill that would have required the state Board of Education to seek approval from the General Assembly to adopt […]

Acting Ed Secretary’s Nomination Hearing Full of Softballs

When Secretary Arne Duncan left, King was made the acting Secretary. This past week, Obama’s nomination of John King for Secretary of Education had a hearing. The hearing was nothing short of a total love-fest filled with softball questions from Sen. Lamar Alexander. In some portions, Alexander nearly testifies for King. The video of the […]

Stotsky On Testing: Opting out ‘A civic duty, not civil disobedience’

Testing season is nearly upon us.  That means it’s bully season. Many parents across the country will be opting their children out of various tests. There is a chain of bullying going in and it reeks of totalitarianism. Many of these parents are being bullied by their school districts over opting out. School districts  are being […]

NC State Board of Ed To Hear Common Core Recommendations

Next Wednesday and Thursday is when the North Carolina State Board of Education will hold their monthly meeting. The recommendations  from the Academic Standards Review Commission (ASRC) that were passed in December will finally be discussed at Wednesday’s meeting.  The recommendations were handed off to the Student Learning and Achievement committee, which has two members: […]

As Feared, The Senate Stabs Parents In The Back. John King Confirmed.

Over the weekend, I mused on whether or not the Senate would stab parents and students in the back again by confirming John King as Ed Secretary. Yesterday, that musing became reality. The vote was close, but Sen. Alexander got his way. Daily Signal reported: The Senate voted 49-40 Monday evening to confirm John B. […]

On the SAT, David Coleman Pulls A Wizard of Oz

David Coleman and the College Board are pulling another Wizard of Oz impression. Apparently, the College Board has announced that they are banning non-students from taking the new SAT.  This includes people who work for Test Prep companies, according to the site, Chronicle of Higher Education. The College Board says the need for better test […]