Few Illinois teachers feel completely ready for Common Core

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Fewer than two in 10 teachers in Illinois say they’re completely ready for Common Core, despite Illinois being in its fourth year of the new learning standards.
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Review: ‘Building the Machine’ is a Common Core movie parents can’t afford to miss

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ELLICOTT CITY, Md. – I’m giving the new Common Core documentary Building the Machine five out of five stars, and not just because I’m in it  — or rather a news clip of me being carried out of a public forum back in September is.

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Utah teacher placed on paid leave for ‘slang’ discussion of genitalia

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SALT LAKE CITY – Weber High School teacher Ashley Williams wanted to discuss slang terms for genitalia with her students, but district officials put her in a time out.
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Wisconsin K-12 officials decide porn-viewing teacher can keep his license

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MIDDLETON, Wis. – After a four-year investigation, the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction has determined a teacher caught viewing pornography on school computers can keep his teaching license.
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Georgia parents told their kids must participate in testing or face trespassing charges

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MARIETTA, Ga. – On Wednesday, a Georgia couple was informed by a police officer at their children’s elementary school that students who refused to take the state standardized test would be “trespassing” if they stayed on school property during testing days.
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Common Core looms as major issue in Idaho’s GOP gubernatorial race

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MERIDIAN, Idaho – Idaho Republicans will choose their gubernatorial candidate in next month’s primary election, and Common Core may be a deciding issue.
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Modesto teachers will vote May 6 on whether to drop out of state union

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MODESTO, Calif. – Taxpayers in the Modesto City school district are enjoying a front row seat to a lovely inter-union squabble that could result in the local teachers union splitting away from the powerful California Teachers Association.
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Teacher caught sending students nude photos and videos of herself

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CLEVELAND COUNTY, N.C. – A North Carolina educator faces nine felony charges after she allegedly sent students nude pictures, as well as a video “of her nude performing lewd acts,” WSOCTV.com reports.
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Teacher busted on way to school with an extremely high blood alcohol level

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ESTHERO, Fla. – A Florida high school teacher was highly intoxicated on her way to school Tuesday when she was arrested for her second drunken driving charge in less than year.
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Another one bites the dust: South Carolina drops out of Common Core testing group

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COLUMBIA, S.C. – South Carolina’s top education leader announced on Monday that the Palmetto State is pulling out of the Common Core standardized testing group, Smarter Balanced.
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Florida teacher who ‘ordered a hit’ on middle school student fired

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PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. – It wasn’t a “hit” hit. A Florida school teacher didn’t hire actual contract killers to “finger” a 7th-grade student at Northport School in St. Lucie County. Instead she only ordered a group of the boy’s peers to put a beatdown on him. Only.
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Florida lawmakers believe teachers who rape kids deserve more punishment than others who do the same

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Some Florida lawmakers want to increase the penalties for educators convicted of sexually abusing students by doubling the potential prison sentence to 30 years for some offenses.
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Kansas on the verge of becoming the 24th state with a private school voucher program

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TOPEKA, Kan. – A school funding bill is turning out to be the gift that keeps on giving for education reform and school choice advocates.
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Portland board member preparing to introduce anti-Common Core resolution

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PORTLAND, Ore. – Common Core is running into some resistance in Oregon’s largest school district.
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Superintendent target of FBI probe for doling out bonuses without board approval

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ST. JOSEPH, Mo. – St. Joseph School District Superintendent Fred Czerwonka is reportedly in hot water for issuing $250,000 in unauthorized stipends to various school administrators and handing  out promotions without school board approval, BND.com reports.
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Sen. Toomey calling on the public to support his teacher molestation bill

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Pennsylvania Sen. Pat Toomey has had enough.
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Proposed Common Core standards omit ‘liberty’ from list of America’s founding principles

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ALBANY, N.Y.  – Common Core is only related to English and math, as some “conservative” proponents say.
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English teacher who simulated orgasm for students gets a letter of reprimand, short employment probation

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MIAMI – Why is organized labor such a bad fit for America’s public schools? Because teachers unions frequently intervene and save the jobs of their members who clearly should be fired.
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Is Common Core on the ropes from lefts and rights?

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Sweeping and controversial federal education legislation has often blurred party lines. Few remember today that the much-reviled No Child Left Behind Act passed 384-45 in the House and 91-8 in the Senate, in both cases with more Democrat votes than Republican ones.
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