After digital push by schools, cursive making comeback

By Victor Skinner on Monday, March 6th, 2017 in Uncategorized No Comments

NEW YORK – Cursive is on the comeback. The New York City public school system is encouraging teachers to instruct students in the traditional writing style after drifting away from a focus on cursive in recent years. Alabama and Louisiana also passed laws last year mandating cursive proficiency, adding to a dozen states that already […]

Parents angry over 6th grade lessons on ‘Five Pillars of Islam’, Quran

By Victor Skinner on Tuesday, February 7th, 2017 in Uncategorized 14 Comments

SUMMERVILLE, S.C. – Sixth-grade students at Alston Middle School are expected to learn the five pillars of Islam, and to correctly interpret passages from the Quran. In one worksheet, students were provided seven specific passages from the Quran and tasked with matching the religious texts with the five pillars of Islam. Passages included “Allah: There […]

Trump pushes school choice, slams Hillary over bias for bureaucracy

By Victor Skinner on Saturday, August 20th, 2016 in Uncategorized 3 Comments

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump reiterated his positions on education Thursday during one of his first speeches since his campaign changed leadership this week. What’s clear is The Donald is serious about creating school choice for all parents, particularly minority parents, and he couldn’t care less what the nation’s teachers unions think […]

Leaked DNC emails: ‘Common Core a political third rail we should not be touching at all’

By Victor Skinner on Thursday, July 28th, 2016 in Uncategorized No Comments

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Democrats don’t want to talk about Common Core, the wildly unpopular national education standards pushed on schools through President Obama’s Race to the Top education initiative. Internal emails between Democratic National Committee staffers recently released by hackers show that while Democrats support Common Core, a lot of the public – including a […]

VIDEO: Trump urges repeal of Common Core: ‘A total disaster’

By Victor Skinner on Friday, January 29th, 2016 in Video No Comments

NEW YORK – A President Donald Trump would “end Common Core.” “It’s a disaster,” The Donald posted to Facebook this week with a personal video about his views on education. Trump made it clear “education has to be at a local level” in denouncing the national education standards pushed on states through the Obama administration’s […]

Tests show only half of WI students proficient in English, math

By Steve Gunn on Thursday, January 14th, 2016 in Uncategorized No Comments

How will average Wisconsin residents interpret the results of the latest state standardized test for students in grades 3-8? The scores are in, and while they are not portrayed by media reports as being particularly good or bad as a whole, it’s hard to imagine how anyone could consider them a hopeful sign for Wisconsin […]

Former Arne Duncan staffer: ESSA mandates Common Core

By Truth in American Education on Thursday, December 31st, 2015 in Common Core 2 Comments

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Peter Cunningham, the former assistant secretary for communications at the U.S. Department of Education, served under outgoing U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. He called U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander’s victory lap over the passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act that reauthorized the Elementary and Secondary Education Act “misleading” in an article […]

Arne Duncan: ESSA embodies the ‘core of our agenda’

By Truth in American Education on Tuesday, December 22nd, 2015 in Uncategorized 1 Comment

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Politico Pro just released an interview with outgoing U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan that is pretty damning of Congressional Republican leadership. They asked about the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). I’m stunned. at how much better it ended up than either [House or Senate] bill going into conference. I had a […]

Report: Nearly half of Illinois community college students require remediation

By Victor Skinner on Friday, December 18th, 2015 in Uncategorized No Comments

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – A recent report shows nearly half of Illinois students enrolling in community college must pay for remedial classes to catch up on lessons they should have learned in high school. “With the new Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) test, Illinois is equipped to focus on the question […]