Dr. Susan Berry

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

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Pope Francis Fires Entire Vatican Financial Watchdog

Pope Francis fired the entire all-Italian board of the Vatican’s Financial Information Authority (AIF) on Thursday and named four international experts as the new board for the Holy See’s internal regulatory office. Jun 6, 2014 11:07 AM PT

Common Core Group Announces 'Assessment Tool' to Rid Schools of Non-Common Core Tests

Achieve, Inc, the Bill and Melinda Gates-funded education organization that was instrumental in the development and implementation of the Common Core standards, has announced the launch of a new assessment tool that the group touts will “enable district leaders to take stock of how many assessments are administered throughout a school year and for what purposes they give assessments.” Jun 5, 2014 12:58 PM PT

Common Core Proponents Urge OK Gov. Fallin Not to Sign Common Core Repeal

While thousands of people from across the nation are urging Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin (R) to sign her state’s Common Core repeal bill, Oklahoma Business and Education Coalition executive director Phyllis Hudecki and Michael Brickman, national policy advisor of the Gates-funded Fordham Institute, released on Monday a report titled “Impact Analysis: Six Reasons Why HB 3399 Is Bad Policy.” Jun 5, 2014 7:12 AM PT

Louisiana Legislature Approves Common Core -- But Jindal May Find a Way Out

Although the Louisiana state legislature recently approved a bill whose language would cement the state to the Common Core standards and the PARCC multi-state assessments, Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) could still veto the bill or choose one of several other options to extricate his state from the nationalized standards. Jun 3, 2014 8:59 PM PT

Thousands Urge OK Gov. Mary Fallin to Sign Common Core Repeal Bill

Thousands of parents, teachers, and concerned citizens are urging Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin (R) to sign a Common Core repeal bill that was overwhelmingly approved by the state legislature. Fallin has until Saturday, June 7 to decide whether to sign the bill that would end the Common Core standards in her state. Jun 2, 2014 4:21 PM PT

Joe Arpaio Insulted in 'Incendiary' Chicago Public School Test Question on Immigration

A test question on a Chicago Public Schools’ (CPS) assessment asking seventh graders to compare differing views on immigration, including one written by a fictitious Bush administration official whose name sounds almost exactly like that of Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, has been scrubbed from the curriculum and dismissed as a misunderstanding by CPS officials. Jun 2, 2014 11:19 AM PT

Court Orders Halt on Pearson Ed Common Core Test Contract

A New Mexico judge has ruled that state officials must review a protest filed by a Washington, D.C.-based assessment organization prior to moving forward with what could be a lucrative contract awarded to Pearson by the PARCC Common Core assessment consortium. May 31, 2014 10:22 AM PT

Louisiana Parents Report Ridicule By Pro-Common Core Representatives During Legislative Hearings

Members of grassroots parent groups fighting to defeat the Common Core standards in Louisiana knew they were up against tough and well-funded competition in the form of special interest groups lobbying for the nationalized education standards. What parents did not expect, however, was to be treated with open ridicule and mocking, and even intimidation, by members of pro-Common Core organizations. May 30, 2014 7:35 AM PT


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