Dr. Susan Berry

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


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Gates Foundation Backs Away from Using Common Core Tests for Teacher Evaluations

Just one day after calls for congressional investigations into the ties between the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Obama administration that led to states adopting the Common Core standards, the Gates Foundation has announced that it is urging a moratorium on high-stakes Common Core-aligned testing decisions tied to teacher evaluations and student promotions for the next two years. Jun 10, 2014 4:11 PM PT

Connecticut Obamacare Exchange Reports Potential Identity Theft of Enrollees

Officials at the Connecticut public health exchange that administers Obamacare reported on Saturday that they are unable to determine whether personal information found in a backpack on a Hartford city street Friday was related to an effort to steal personal information of enrollees of the exchange. Jun 7, 2014 9:32 PM PT

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal Blasts Common Core, But Parents Demand Action

On Friday Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) once again blasted the Common Core standards and the federal overreach that comes along with them, but he says his office is “still finalizing our options” on how to extricate the state from both the nationalized standards and the PARCC Common Core test consortium. Jun 6, 2014 5:45 PM PT

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

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