Dr. Susan Berry

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

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Fail: Common Core Test Results Show Most NYS Students Still Scoring Below Proficiency

New York State education officials are qualifying the newly released results of students’ Common Core-aligned test scores with statements such as “We’re in a period of transition,” and “We’ve invested millions of dollars in training to support educators to better prepare students.” In short, however, while students' test scores showed slight improvement from last year’s results, most students still scored below the proficiency level in both math and English. Aug 15, 2014 7:08 PM PT

Judge Upholds Tennessee's Gay Marriage Ban

In a decision that has broken a chain of judicial losses for those who support marriage between one man and one woman, a judge has ruled that Tennessee’s amendment banning legal recognition of same-sex marriage is constitutional. Aug 15, 2014 6:39 AM PT

Bridal Shop Bullied by 'Lesbian Bridezillas' Still Open, Website Possibly Hacked

A local WNEP news report states the owner of a Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania, bridal boutique whose business was downgraded and insulted on social media after she refused to service two lesbians due to her religious beliefs says her business is open and that the Facebook post indicating the shop is “permanently closed” is a lie. Aug 13, 2014 3:46 PM PT

Lesbian Bridezillas Bully Bridal Shop Owner over Religious Beliefs

A Pennsylvania Christian bridal shop owner who refused to provide wedding gowns to a lesbian couple because of her religious beliefs was bullied by the lesbians on Facebook, where their post about the shop owner’s refusal to serve them went viral. Aug 12, 2014 6:32 AM PT

Doctors Warn Inconsistent CDC Ebola Information Cause for Concern

As The Wall Street Journal reported Friday, the World Health Organization (WHO) has declared the current Ebola outbreak a global health emergency. About 1,800 cases of the virus were reported to WHO, with approximately 1,000 deaths attributed to the outbreak. Aug 11, 2014 10:31 AM PT

Hoosiers against Common Core: Indiana Education Manipulated by 'Czars'

Though Indiana withdrew from its multi-state Common Core testing group a year ago, the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) is still listing the state as a member, a fact that adds to the perception of Hoosiers against Common Core parent organizer, Erin Tuttle, that “czars” are actually controlling Indiana’s education policy. Aug 11, 2014 7:25 AM PT

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


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