Dr. Susan Berry

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

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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

GAO Report: More Than 1,000 Obamacare Plans Include Taxpayer-Funded Abortion Coverage

The Government Accountability Office (GAO), the non-partisan government watchdog, has issued a new report that identifies 1,036 ObamaCare plans that cover abortion on demand at the expense of taxpayers through subsidies, a fact that confirms the provision in the health reform law that requires individuals to pay separately for abortion coverage is being widely ignored. Sep 17, 2014 12:41 PM PT


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