Dr. Susan Berry

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

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Indiana Gov. Mike Pence Creates New 'Data Czar' to Manage Student and Workforce Data

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence (R), considered to be a 2016 presidential hopeful, is headed to New Hampshire this month to do some campaigning. Though fond of presenting himself as a conservative, Pence’s “rebrand” of the Common Core standards, his decision to accept Medicaid expansion, and, more recently, his creation of a new state office that will manage an expanded network of student and workforce data, may all place him, instead, in the category of big government progressive. Oct 7, 2014 11:13 AM PT

Pro-Life Chalk Messages on University Campus Vandalized with Swastikas

On Sunday evening after an event during which pro-life student groups across the nation drew chalk displays of their messages at their colleges, universities, and high schools, students at Eastern Michigan University found that vandals had covered their drawings with the Nazi swastika symbol and threw water on their chalk drawings. Oct 7, 2014 5:16 AM PT

CDC Chief Frieden on Ebola: Sealing Borders 'Increases People's Distrust of Government'

On his blog on the website of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), director Dr. Tom Frieden wrote that sealing borders, restricting travel to and from countries with widespread cases of Ebola, and otherwise isolating communities infected with the deadly disease “increases people’s distrust of government, making them less likely to co-operate to help stop the spread of Ebola.” Oct 6, 2014 5:42 PM PT

More Than 800 Turn Out for Common Core Town Hall in Louisiana

More than 800 parents, teachers, and citizens turned out for a filled-to-capacity town hall meeting this past week in Moss Bluff, Louisiana, organized by state Rep. Brett Geymann (R), a vocal opponent of the Common Core standards. Oct 5, 2014 3:27 PM PT

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


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