Dr. Susan Berry

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

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College Board Applauds 'Courageous' Student Protesters in Colorado

The College Board, under President David Coleman, the “architect” of the Common Core standards, said in a statement last week that it “supports the actions taken by students in Jefferson County, Colo., to protest a school board member’s request to censor aspects of the AP U.S. History course.” Oct 1, 2014 12:56 PM PT

Watch: What Colorado Students Are Saying about Why They're Protesting

While some schools in Jefferson County, Colorado, have had to close because of organized teacher “sickouts,” thousands of students in the district continue to protest, reportedly because they have been told that a member of the new reform-minded school board proposed a review of the new Advanced Placement U.S. History framework that has been published by the College Board, under the direction of David Coleman, the “architect” of the Common Core standards. Oct 1, 2014 6:43 AM PT

Louisiana Sen. Mary Landrieu Applauds Common Core Standards

Incumbent U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA), who is in a fight to keep her Senate seat against retired Air Force Col. Rob Maness (R) and U.S. Rep. Bill Cassidy (R), told Daily World she is passionate about the Common Core’s ability to lift Louisiana out of last place in national education rankings. Sep 29, 2014 10:20 AM PT

Colorado Teachers' Union President Thanks NEA for Help with 'Hostile School Boards'

Speaking at the National Education Association (NEA) Representative Assembly at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver on July 3rd, Colorado Education Association (CEA) President Kerrie Dallman referred to the school district of Jefferson County (JeffCo) – where teachers have staged a “sick-out” and students left classes to protest throughout last week – as one of three in her state in which the teachers’ union was “working against hostile school boards.” Sep 29, 2014 5:56 AM PT

Parents: Colorado Teacher Censored Views On Fracking For Middle School Students

Student protestors in Jefferson County (JeffCo), Colorado have walked out of classes this past week, claiming that a reform-minded school board member’s proposal to review the new A.P. U.S. History curriculum (APUSH) intended to censor their views. Last year, however, parents accused a teacher at a JeffCo middle school of presenting only one side of the story on fracking. Sep 28, 2014 5:44 AM PT

Threats Against Children of Colorado School Board Members Investigated

Investigators are looking into threats reportedly made against the children of members of the board of education of Jefferson County, Colorado (JeffCo), where thousands of students have walked out of classes to protest what they have been told is an attempt to teach them patriotism and citizenship and discourage civil disobedience. Sep 27, 2014 10:47 AM PT

Colorado Students Strip in Mass Protest Provoked by Teachers' Union

Thousands of students from high schools in suburban Denver have walked out of school this week to protest, some stripping off their clothes and writing protest slogans on their bodies, to oppose what their teachers have told them is a proposed American History curriculum that will teach patriotism and citizenship and deny them the opportunity for civil disobedience, reports the Daily Mail. Sep 27, 2014 9:08 AM PT

Claim: NEA Linked to Student Walkout Organized by Colorado Teachers Union

The Jefferson County Education Association (JCEA) teachers’ union plan to use hundreds of students as pawns in their endeavor to exert control over the district’s school board was organized by a specialist funded by the National Education Association (NEA), one of the nation’s largest teachers’ unions. Sep 26, 2014 6:26 PM PT

Jeb Bush Feels Heat From Conservative Base On Amnesty, Common Core

An awkward moment for former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) occurred as he started out on the campaign trail Wednesday in support of Republican U.S. Senate candidate Thom Tillis (NC). That was the moment when Tillis distanced himself from Bush on both amnesty and the Common Core standards. Sep 26, 2014 9:31 AM PT

Colorado Springs School District Votes to Opt Out of Common Core Testing

In an unprecedented action, the Colorado Springs School District 11 voted unanimously Wednesday evening to attempt to opt out of the federally funded Partnership of Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) tests that are aligned with the Common Core standards. Sep 25, 2014 1:56 PM PT


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