Dr. Susan Berry

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


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Poll Finds 'Common Core' Toxic, Teacher Support Plummets

A poll released on Tuesday by pro-Common Core Education Next (EdNext) confirms that support for the Common Core standards has declined in general, and that teacher support for the controversial standards has especially dropped dramatically since last year, with 76 percent of teachers having supported them in 2013 but only 46 percent in favor of them this year. Aug 20, 2014 7:14 AM PT

Gates-Funded Non-Profit to Oversee Common Core-Aligned Curriculum

For at least four years now, Common Core champions have been insisting that the new standards are “just standards, not curriculum.” States and local school districts, they say, can choose whatever curriculum they like. A new non-profit organization, however, has been tasked with reviewing classroom textbooks and other instructional materials to ensure they are aligned with the Common Core standards. Aug 18, 2014 6:30 AM PT

Fail: Common Core Test Results Show Most NYS Students Still Scoring Below Proficiency

New York State education officials are qualifying the newly released results of students’ Common Core-aligned test scores with statements such as “We’re in a period of transition,” and “We’ve invested millions of dollars in training to support educators to better prepare students.” In short, however, while students' test scores showed slight improvement from last year’s results, most students still scored below the proficiency level in both math and English. Aug 15, 2014 7:08 PM PT

Judge Upholds Tennessee's Gay Marriage Ban

In a decision that has broken a chain of judicial losses for those who support marriage between one man and one woman, a judge has ruled that Tennessee’s amendment banning legal recognition of same-sex marriage is constitutional. Aug 15, 2014 6:39 AM PT

Bridal Shop Bullied by 'Lesbian Bridezillas' Still Open, Website Possibly Hacked

A local WNEP news report states the owner of a Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania, bridal boutique whose business was downgraded and insulted on social media after she refused to service two lesbians due to her religious beliefs says her business is open and that the Facebook post indicating the shop is “permanently closed” is a lie. Aug 13, 2014 3:46 PM PT

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