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 Threatens to Drop Colorado School District from AP US History

The College Board, which administers the Advanced Placement U.S. History (APUSH) course and exam, has not only come out in support of student protesters in Jefferson County, Colorado, but has threatened to drop the school district’s AP designation if the school board proceeds with a review of the APUSH framework. Oct 4, 2014 9:06 AM PT

Emails Reveal Teachers' Union Rep Organizing Colorado 'Sickouts'

Emails obtained from an elected union representative of Colorado's Jefferson County Education Association (JCEA) show that the union representative was urging teachers to participate in “sickouts” to protest the decision of a new conservative-led school board to move to a merit pay system. Oct 2, 2014 11:00 AM PT

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


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