Dr. Susan Berry

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

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Tennessee Abandons PARCC Common Core Test Consortium

A new law passed in the state of Tennessee has led Gov. Bill Haslam (R) and the state’s chief education officials to quietly quit the PARCC Common Core test consortium, leaving the multi-state test group with only 15 members. Jun 24, 2014 6:45 AM PT

Common Core Issue Highlights Huge Role of Federal Government in Education

A positive byproduct of having the Common Core Standards in the political spotlight is that Americans are now learning of the enormous role the federal government has had in education for nearly 50 years, from President Lyndon Johnson’s Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) in 1965, to President Barack Obama’s decision in 2009 to use federal “Race to the Top” funds to lure states into adopting nationalized standards. Jun 23, 2014 2:12 AM PT

Fox News: Common Core a Conservative 'Litmus Test'

Where a Republican stands on the Common Core standards is now a “litmus test for gauging candidates’ conservative bona fides,” says Fox News.com, as more political experts contend that the controversial standards are helping to define elections, from local school boards to the White House. Jun 21, 2014 6:43 AM PT

Biased NBC/WSJ Poll Question Yields 59% Supporting Common Core Standards

While more states are attempting to extricate themselves from the controversial Common Core standards, a new NBC/Wall Street Journal poll has suspiciously found that 59 percent of Americans “strongly” or “somewhat strongly” support “adoption and implementation” of the nationalized standards, while only 31 percent oppose them. Jun 20, 2014 3:28 AM PT

Chelsea Clinton: Dad 'Taught Me the Importance of Doing Right'

In a recent video she made for an initiative titled, “Fathers Empowering Daughters,” Chelsea Clinton said about her father, Bill Clinton, “Through his words and even more his actions, he has always taught me the importance of doing right, by our family, by the communities that I have chosen to be a part of and, ultimately, by the world.” Jun 20, 2014 3:25 AM PT

Business Insider: Gov. Bobby Jindal Plans to End Common Core

Business Insider reports that Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) has promised that his state will abandon the nationalized Common Core standards, even though some state lawmakers and education officials are challenging his decision. Jun 19, 2014 12:34 PM PT

HuffPo: 'Jindal Announces Huge Common Core Shift'

The Huffington Post reports that Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) had announced a “huge Common Core shift” by stating that he would no longer be “bullied by the federal government.” Jun 19, 2014 1:21 AM PT

Boston's Cardinal O'Malley: Americans Against Amnesty Have 'Irrational' Fear

In a recent interview with the Daily Beast that focused on the “bigotry” and “xenophobia” of Americans who are opposed to amnesty for illegal immigrants, Boston archbishop Cardinal Sean O’Malley said, “Obviously, the fear is not rational, and I think we are dealing with it in an irrational way.” Jun 18, 2014 10:10 AM PT

Rep. Tim Huelskamp: 'We'll Win Fight for Marriage Like We're Winning Fight for Life'

Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-KS) doesn’t believe the fight for marriage between one man and one woman is over. He says this fight is important in many ways and plans to be among the many faith and government leaders to speak out in support of traditional marriage at the 2014 March for Marriage in Washington, D.C., on June 19th. Jun 17, 2014 5:30 PM PT

Planned Parenthood: Kill Amendments to Ban Sex-Selection Abortions

Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California have issued a floor alert to members of the California legislature urging lawmakers to defeat all pro-life amendments to budget bills, including any that ban sex-selection abortions or require parental consent for minors to obtain an abortion. Jun 17, 2014 4:38 PM PT


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