Three Questions for Brad Buck on Assessment Opt Outs

Iowa Department of Education Director Brad Buck stated that there is no provision of law allowing assessment opt outs. His statement raises three questions.

Parent Interviews for Building the Machine

HSLDA released Part 2 of their Common Core documentary Building The Machine.  I just finished watching it this morning.  They focus on New York parents since that state has been ahead of everyone else in terms of implementation.  It would have been good to hear from some Kentucky parents as well, but you get a […]

Kids Can Refuse the Iowa Youth Survey at Any Time

Regardless of any deadline a school district places on a refusal of consent form for the Iowa Youth Survey to be returned, students can refuse at any time.

Iowans for Local Control Becomes Iowa RestorEd

When I started Iowans for Local Control I wanted to be part of something bigger.  I wanted it to eventually expand beyond the scope of Common Core to address other items of note when it comes to education policy making in our state. I also wanted the content on this site to be driven by […]

Iowa Withdraws from Smarter Balanced

(Des Moines, Iowa) Today during the School Administrators of Iowa Annual Conference  according to a tweet by one of the attendees Iowa Governor Terry Branstad said Iowa would not pursue further involvement with the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium.  Jeff Herzberg, the Chief Administrator for the Prairie Lakes Area Education Agency, tweeted: #saiconf14 @TerryBranstad we must […]

Governor Branstad: We Want Iowa Common Core Standards….

The National Governors Association met and the Common Core State Standards was not on the agenda.  This is definitely an indicator of growing opposition, as the outgoing chair of the NGA, Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin, signed a bill repealing the Common Core. Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad was widely quoted over the weekend on the Common […]

Glenn Beck’s We Will Not Conform Event is Coming to Iowa

I just wrote about this over at Truth in American Education, but I thought I’d do a cross-post here. Glenn Beck is hosting a live primetime simulcast event in 700 movie theaters across the country called “We Will Not Conform: A Night to Make Common Core History” on 7/22 at 7:00p CT.  It will be […]

Governor Branstad Appoints Members to Regional STEM Advisory Boards

Just an FYI, today Governor Terry Branstad appointed several new members to the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) advisory boards today.  They are not subject to Senate confirmation. North Central Regional STEM Advisory Board Mrs. Jan Westrum, Boone Ms. Robin Anderson, Mason City Dr. Paul Bartelt, Forest City Dr. Douglas Jacobson, Ames Northeast Regional […]

Common Core Discussion Panel in Des Moines on July 1st

Americans for Prosperity Foundation – Iowa and Concerned Women for America of Iowa are hosting a Common Core Discussion panel in Des Moines on Tuesday, 7/1/14 starting at 6:30p.  It will be held at the Airport Holiday Inn & Conference Center (6111 Fleur Dr., Des Moines, IA). Their description: As the national dialogue surrounding Common […]

Iowa GOP State Convention Approves Anti-Common Core Planks

The Iowa GOP State Convention delegates approved anti-Common Core planks as part of their larger party platform on Saturday. Plank 2.4 reads: We support the abolishment of any federal or state law or regulations – such as Common Core or Iowa Core – that establishes, funds, mandates or controls core standards, curriculum, assessments or tests […]