Dr. Susan Berry

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

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Homeschoolers Confront Common Core Standards

Though the nationalized Common Core standards will not impact homeschooled students initially, within a few years, when those same students take the SAT or ACT college exams, they could be at a disadvantage for not having studied the “Common Core way” at home. Jul 10, 2014 12:53 PM PT

D.C. National Migration Conference Invokes Words of Pope Francis: 'Jesus Was a Refugee'

The 2014 National Migration Conference (NMC), held in Washington, D.C., is about to come to a close on Thursday, July 10. The event, which clearly highlights the partnership between the Catholic Church in the United States and the U.S. government on the issue of aid for immigrants, is occurring this year at a time when the U.S. is being flooded with thousands of illegal immigrant children and teens. Jul 10, 2014 12:49 PM PT

New Jersey Senate to Vote Thursday on Slowdown of Common Core

The New Jersey state Senate will vote Thursday on a bill that establishes a task force to study the Common Core standards, the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC), and the use of student test scores on the Common Core-aligned assessments for evaluating teachers’ performance. Jul 8, 2014 1:43 PM PT

Democrat Lawmakers Plan Offensive Against SCOTUS Hobby Lobby Decision

In the wake of the Supreme Court’s decision in the Hobby Lobby case, Democrat lawmakers are hoping to draw Republicans into a fight about birth control by introducing legislation that would counter the high court’s ruling that the health law’s HHS mandate cannot require some businesses to provide free contraception and abortion-inducing drugs to their employees through health insurance plans. Jul 8, 2014 11:01 AM PT

Ed Sec. Arne Duncan Launches Unilateral 'Education Equity' Initiative

In a press conference Monday, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said he was launching, without the approval of the U.S. Congress, the Excellent Educators for All Initiative, an endeavor that purports to assist states and school districts with support to hire “great educators for the students who need them most.” Jul 7, 2014 3:28 PM PT

North Carolina Common Core 'Deal' in the Works

Though North Carolina House and Senate negotiators say they have reached an agreement on a bill to repeal the Common Core standards in their state, the measure could replace Common Core with parts of the same controversial standards, wral.com says. Jul 7, 2014 5:38 AM PT

Rhode Island Parents Petition School District to Opt Out of Common Core

Where states are failing to repeal the controversial Common Core standards, many parents have decided to take matters into their own hands and petition their local school districts to drop the nationalized standards and replace them with others of their choosing. Jul 6, 2014 2:02 PM PT

Massachusetts Hopes to Craft 'Fix' to SCOTUS Abortion Clinic Buffer Zone Ruling

Last week the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously struck down a Massachusetts law that restricted protesters to a 35-foot buffer zone around abortion clinics, ruling that the law violates the First Amendment rights of protesters. Gov. Deval Patrick (D) and state Attorney General Martha Coakley (D), however, say they are crafting a bill that will be ready for the governor to sign by the end of July that will strengthen protection for women entering abortion clinics but still comply with the ruling. Jul 6, 2014 6:15 AM PT

Vox: Pro-Life Movement Winning

The left-wing online publication Vox finds the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in the Hobby Lobby case to be part of a “deeper trend” in a nation that has made an “unprecedented” turn to a pro-life stance. Jul 4, 2014 5:59 PM PT


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