Dr. Susan Berry

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

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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

Louisiana 'Legislative Audit' of Common Core: Standards Drive Curriculum in Classrooms

In an ironic twist, a report issued Monday by the nonpartisan Louisiana Legislative Auditor asserts that the Common Core standards are driving curriculum in the classroom, a statement that is in sharp contrast to the meme of supporters who have consistently argued that the Common Core is “just standards” and that curriculum can be decided at the local level. Sep 23, 2014 6:39 AM PT

Tennessee Braces for Next Common Core Battle

If an education summit convened Thursday by Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam (R) is any indication of what’s top priority to many state lawmakers and education groups, the Common Core standards will be the central education battle during the upcoming legislative session in the state. Sep 21, 2014 3:40 PM PT

Former Tea Partier Cory Gardner Has Betrayed His Conservative Principles

Much of the media chatter about the close Colorado Senate race between Rep. Cory Gardner (R) and incumbent Sen. Mark Udall (D) seems focused on Gardner’s decision to claim over-the-counter (OTC) birth control pills as a main plank of his platform. The real issue for conservatives regarding Gardner, however, is his abandoning of the principles that made him a Tea Party hero in 2010. Sep 20, 2014 10:31 AM PT

Lawsuit: Taxpayer Funding of Common Core Unconstitutional

Two anti-Common Core activists in Missouri have joined in filing a lawsuit against state officials that challenges the state’s payment of taxpayer funds to the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC), one of the two federally funded multi-state groups that are developing tests aligned with the Common Core standards. Sep 18, 2014 10:10 AM PT


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