Dr. Susan Berry

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


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Lead Common Core Math Writers Defend Standards: 'Appropriately Rigorous'

Writing at their blog, "I Support the Common Core,” lead Common Core math standards writers William McCallum and Jason Zimba claim that opponents of the education initiative have gotten the facts wrong on both the math standards themselves and their own comments about them. Aug 9, 2014 7:50 AM PT

Bobby Jindal: Common Core 'PARCC Is a Federal Agent for Co-Opting Our Schools' Curriculum'

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal’s (R) office announced Wednesday that it had filed an amended petition that argues the state’s agreement with the PARCC Common Core test consortium is in violation of federal law because it attempts to federalize education curriculum through control over student testing and instruction. The petition could pave the way for similar lawsuits in other states attempting to exit the controversial standards. Aug 8, 2014 5:57 AM PT

The Guardian: Common Core 'Political Poison'

The Guardian observes that the Common Core standards have dramatically turned into “political poison.” Nicky Woolf writes that the controversial nationalized standards which “at first seemed so harmless” have become a “hot potato” for politicians. Aug 4, 2014 10:59 AM PT

Gates-Funded Fordham Institute's Petrilli: 'Pro-Common Core Side Is Still Way Out Ahead'

Ardent Common Core supporter Mike Petrilli, who, as of August 1, is the new president of the Fordham Institute, wrote in a piece on the organization’s website that though “there’s little doubt that in the ‘air war’ over the Common Core – especially in the conservative media – we’re getting our butts kicked,” the fact that 42 states are still on board with the controversial standards means that “the pro-Common Core side is still way out ahead.” Aug 1, 2014 5:39 PM PT

Politico: Moms Are Winning the Common Core War

Despite Common Core champion Bill Gates funneling millions of dollars from his foundation to powerhouses like the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the two largest teachers unions in the country, and the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, Politico says it’s “the moms” who are winning the Common Core war. Jul 30, 2014 5:43 AM PT

Jindal Administration Files Counter Suit To Invalidate PARCC Common Core Consortium Memorandum of Understanding

On Tuesday, the administration of Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) filed a lawsuit to invalidate the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Common Core consortium PARCC on the basis that the MOU attempts to improperly delegate the constitutional authority of the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) and the state legislature to a consortium of other states. Jul 29, 2014 1:37 PM PT

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