Parents Seek Alternatives to Common Core

In today’s Argus Leader is a story about families choosing alternative education, whether that be homeschooling or a private school, for their children because of the Common Core. Just in case you still believed that the Common Core is just standards and doesn’t dictate how the standards are taught, with the Common Core, teachers no…

Milgram and Stotsky Urge Parents to Push Back on Common Core

Professor of Education Emerita and former Senior Associate Commissioner in the Massachusetts Department of Education from 1999 to 2003, where she was in charge of revising all K-12 academic standards, teacher and administrator licensing regulations and licensure tests, and professional development, Dr. Sandra Stotsky refused to sign off on the Common Core Standards. Stanford University emeritus professor…

Sioux Falls Middle School Survey Postponed

A few days ago the Sioux Falls School District sent out a message regarding a Middle School Survey to be given to students on Friday Nov. 7, 2014. You can read more about that here. Thursday, the Sioux Falls School District sent out a message saying that survey has been postponed. Why? During the 2014 Legislative…

SB 63 An Act to Protect the Privacy of the Records of Individual Students, Including Parental Consent for Surveys

During the 2014 Legislative Session, the South Dakota Legislature unanimously passed and the governor signed into law SB 63, An Act to protect the privacy of the records of individual students. Within this law are these requirements. No elementary school or secondary school student shall be required to submit to a survey, analysis, or evaluation that…

Middle School Safety Survey

This weekend I received this message from the Sioux Falls School District. The Sioux Falls School District will conduct the Middle School Safety Survey on Friday, November 7th, 2014.  The information we receive from students, parents, and staff members at each building will help us keep schools safe for students and staff members. The survey…