Dr. Susan Berry

Susan Berry has a doctorate in psychology. She writes about cultural, educational, and healthcare policy issues.


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Student Data Tied To Common Core Off-Limits To Parents

States that were awarded grants from President Obama’s Race to the Top (RttT) stimulus bill program agreed to implement the Common Core standards and to comply with the “Four Assurances,” one of which was the requirement of “Building data systems that measure student growth and success.” The problem? Private student data is off-limits to parents. Jul 12, 2014 9:45 PM PT

Teachers Union's Mixed Messages On Common Core Shows Weakness in Political Agenda

Though the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) received millions of dollars in funding from the private Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to support the development of the Common Core standards, the union will begin its annual convention in Los Angeles Friday with the announcement that it will award grants to assess the standards and write others to replace them. Jul 11, 2014 1:46 PM PT

Jesuit School Graduates Press Congress for Amnesty

More than 1,200 graduates of Jesuit universities and high schools have signed a petition that urges fellow alumni in the House to “seek comprehensive immigration reform without delay.” Jul 11, 2014 11:52 AM PT

Homeschoolers Confront Common Core Standards

Though the nationalized Common Core standards will not impact homeschooled students initially, within a few years, when those same students take the SAT or ACT college exams, they could be at a disadvantage for not having studied the “Common Core way” at home. Jul 10, 2014 12:53 PM PT

New Jersey Senate to Vote Thursday on Slowdown of Common Core

The New Jersey state Senate will vote Thursday on a bill that establishes a task force to study the Common Core standards, the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC), and the use of student test scores on the Common Core-aligned assessments for evaluating teachers’ performance. Jul 8, 2014 1:43 PM PT

Democrat Lawmakers Plan Offensive Against SCOTUS Hobby Lobby Decision

In the wake of the Supreme Court’s decision in the Hobby Lobby case, Democrat lawmakers are hoping to draw Republicans into a fight about birth control by introducing legislation that would counter the high court’s ruling that the health law’s HHS mandate cannot require some businesses to provide free contraception and abortion-inducing drugs to their employees through health insurance plans. Jul 8, 2014 11:01 AM PT

Ed Sec. Arne Duncan Launches Unilateral 'Education Equity' Initiative

In a press conference Monday, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said he was launching, without the approval of the U.S. Congress, the Excellent Educators for All Initiative, an endeavor that purports to assist states and school districts with support to hire “great educators for the students who need them most.” Jul 7, 2014 3:28 PM PT

North Carolina Common Core 'Deal' in the Works

Though North Carolina House and Senate negotiators say they have reached an agreement on a bill to repeal the Common Core standards in their state, the measure could replace Common Core with parts of the same controversial standards, wral.com says. Jul 7, 2014 5:38 AM PT

Rhode Island Parents Petition School District to Opt Out of Common Core

Where states are failing to repeal the controversial Common Core standards, many parents have decided to take matters into their own hands and petition their local school districts to drop the nationalized standards and replace them with others of their choosing. Jul 6, 2014 2:02 PM PT

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