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Shane Vander Hart founded Iowans for Local Control in 2012. Shane also is the founder and editor-in-chief of Caffeinated Thoughts and the founder and president of 4:15 Communications, LLC, a social media & communications consulting/management firm.  You can connect with Shane on Facebook or follow him on Twitter and Google +.

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Coming to Davenport: Rotten to the (Common) Core

October 22, 2013 0 Comments

I will be coming to Davenport on Tuesday, October 29th for Rotten to the (Common) Core. Have you ever wondered what Common Core was? Why are people protesting this? Will it affect my children if they are in private or home schooled? What is data mining? Aren’t standardized tests supposed to be good? Get answers […]

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One Parent’s Perspective on the Next Generation Science Standards Task Force Meeting

October 22, 2013 1 Comment

Below is a guest article from a parent, Emily Rouse from SW Iowa, who sat in on the last Next Generation Science Standards Task Force meeting.  Like me she was less than impressed with the format and the “transparency.” By Emily Rouse Eight states have adopted Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Iowa is currently one […]

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Just to Reiterate: Branstad Is Not Stopping the Common Core

October 18, 2013 2 Comments

“Wait, wait… I thought Governor Branstad has rejected the federal Common Core?” Nope, not quite as Mike Wiser reports at The Sioux City Journal (and we told you yesterday). “What we’re saying is this: We want to make sure this is an Iowa academic standard and the needs of our state are not going to […]

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What the Branstad Executive Order Does and Does Not Do

October 17, 2013 0 Comments

Iowa Governor Terry Branstad’s executive order is a good first step at addressing concerns surrounding the Common Core, but doesn’t end the debate.

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Iowa Next Generation Science Standards Task Force Votes to Approve

October 16, 2013 2 Comments

I left the Next Generation Science Standards task force meeting at the Science Center of Iowa in Des Moines early.  I didn’t think there was going to be a vote taken today.  I was wrong. A friend called me and this is how the vote broke down: 11 members voted to approve without reservations. 7 […]

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Iowa’s Next Generation Science Standards Public Survey Results

October 16, 2013 0 Comments

I received yesterday a copy of the results of a public survey that the Iowa Department of Education ran on Survey Monkey for the Next Generation Science Standards.  It was dominated by educators as one would probably expect.  It asked several questions where respondents had to share narrative answers.  It should not be considered a […]

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3rd Iowa Next Generation Science Standards Task Force Meeting Tomorrow

October 15, 2013 0 Comments

The 3rd Next Generation Task Force Meeting will be held tomorrow (Tuesday, October 16) from 10:00a – 3:00p.  It will be held at the Science Center of Iowa (401 W. MLK Parkway, Des Moines) in the Principal Hall.  It is open to the public.  If you can attend even part of the meeting tomorrow that […]

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Christian School in Central Iowa: Who Wants to be Common?

October 10, 2013 3 Comments

Dr. Brenda Hillman, the administrator of Iowa Christian Academy in West Des Moines sent the following email out to parents and supporters. Who wants to be Common? Iowa Christian Academy remains in control of the learning process within our school; it is the academic freedom that we enjoy as a nonpublic school. The ICA Board […]

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Iowa Parent Survey on Common Core

October 3, 2013 0 Comments

Due to some feedback I’ve received related to the educator survey launched on Tuesday I am creating a survey for parents who would like to express their concerns about the Common Core State Standards.  If you would like to participate you can take it here or take it below. Loading…

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Iowa Educators Opposed to Common Core–We Want to Hear from You!

October 1, 2013 0 Comments

We want to hear from any educator in Iowa who is opposed to the Common Core.  If you would please take this short survey. The only question that is required is this: “Why do you oppose the Common Core State Standards and/or assessments?”  The rest is voluntary.  If you’d like to be more public in […]

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