Lawsuit against Common Core filed in Utah

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SALT LAKE CITY – The Libertas Institute announced a lawsuit filed against the Utah State Board of Education over the Common Core State Standards.  The lawsuit filed today in Utah’s Third Judicial District Court has six plantiffs, a couple of them who are well known by Truth in American Education readers.
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‘Parents’ Bill of Rights’ for student school data unveiled in New York

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ALBANY, N.Y. – The Common Core experiment has borne a lot of bitter fruit, but here’s one exception: New York education officials have come up with a “bill of rights” that spells out what controls parents have over their children’s school-related data.
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Montana teachers union prefers ‘part-time plagiarist’ over ‘full-time creationist’

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HELENA, Mont. – Montana teachers union officials would “rather be for a part-time plagiarist than a full-time creationist.”
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Court: Union boss’ fake emails impersonating lawmaker protected by 1st Amendment

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The Rhode Island Superior Court yesterday overturned a misdemeanor conviction for John A. Leidecker, a top teachers union official who mocked and impersonated a state lawmaker during the 2010 primary.      Read More »

Parents warned about invasive behavioral tests, growing ‘human monitoring service’ in schools

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OKLAHOMA CITY – I’m warning you, this will be a long post, but every parent should go through it with a fine-toothed comb.
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Massachusetts middle school being fundamentally transformed to ‘social justice’ focus

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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – A Massachusetts middle school is being remade into a “social justice” magnet school, and that should have parents and taxpayers wondering if the school’s students will soon be learning “the four Rs” – reading, writing, arithmetic and radicalism.
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Happy birthday to that great defender of capitalism, Milton Friedman

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INDIANAPOLIS – Harry Truman once complained he wanted to find a one-handed economist because he was tired of asking a direct question of those on his economic team, only to have them say, “One on the hand … but on the other hand.”
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Second Massachusetts superintendent mired in plagiarism controversy

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NEWTON, Mass. – A second Massachusetts school superintendent has learned the hard way that while most graduation speeches are dull and unmemorable, that doesn’t mean they’re part of the public domain and free to be regurgitated without attribution.
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School district spent $105K to send staff to Walt Disney World for ‘professional development’

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OSAWATOMIE, Kan. – The superintendent of Kansas’ ninth-largest school district says he welcomes scrutiny in the wake of a four-day, roughly $105,000 education conference for 61 staff members at Disney World in June.
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BESE board joins in lawsuit against Governor Jindal over Common Core

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BATON ROUGE, La. – In a special meeting on Tuesday morning, the Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education voted 6 to 4 to sue Governor Bobby Jindal for attempting to remove the state from Common Core and PARCC testing.
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Judge: Teacher’s blog calling students ‘frightfully dim’ not covered by free speech protections

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BUCKS COUNTY, Pa. – Teachers who like to insult students in their free time might want to choose their words carefully after a Pennsylvania judge ruled such musings aren’t necessarily protected by free speech.
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