On March 30, the Arizona Senate defeated HB2190, a bill meant to rid the state of Common Core. In a 13-16 vote, the legislators narrowly voted to keep the controversial K-12 math and English standards.
The bill, sponsored by Rep. Mark Finchem (R-Oro Valley), aimed to repeal Common Core and to restore local control of standards.
Arizona parents and activists told School Reform News they would continue to fight Common Core.
Heather Kays (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a research fellow with The Heartland Institute and is managing editor of School Reform News.
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Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO) and Rep. Luke Messer (R-IN) did not release a student privacy bill March 23 as expected. Polis and Messer held off on releasing the Student Digital Privacy and Parental Rights Act, which intends to prevent vendors and third parties from using student information, according to Messer’s staff. The delay followed complaints from parents and activists who say they fear the measure may not go far enough to protect students.
“While we welcome federal legislation to...
A growing number of black families are choosing to homeschool their children, the U.S. Department of Education reports.
Although increasing numbers of black families are choosing to homeschool, RiShawn Biddle, who runs Dropout Nation, an education news and policy magazine, says it is difficult to know exactly how drastic the increase has been.
“There are more black families that are taking up homeschooling,” Biddle said. “The question is how many. Currently the data we have on homeschooling...