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How Bill Gates And A Couple of Education Wonks Foisted Common Core On America

The Washington Post
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The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation didn’t just bankroll the development of what became known as the Common Core State Standards. With more than $200 million, the foundation also built political support across the country, persuading state governments to make systemic and costly changes.

Will Sen. Chuck Grassley succeed in defunding Common Core in 2015?

6:23 AM 03/24/2014

Having tried unsuccessfully last year to persuade his colleagues in Congress to defund the Common Core program, Sen. Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa) is at it again.

George Will: Common Core is a hostile, miserable federal takeover of education

1:30 AM 01/17/2014

Viewed from Washington, which often is the last to learn about important developments, opposition to the Common Core State Standards Initiative still seems as small as the biblical cloud that ariseth out of the sea, no larger than a man’s hand. Soon, however, this education policy will fill a significant portion of the political sky.

Muslim families in Maryland want school closed for Islamic holy day

5:00 AM 10/15/2013

Muslim families in Montgomery County are pushing to make the Islamic holy day Eid al-Adha a full-fledged school holiday.

Teacher education in US mostly ranges from mediocre to awful, says new ranking

5:07 AM 06/19/2013

The vast majority of the 1,430 education programs that prepare the nation's K-12 teachers are mediocre, according to a first-ever ranking that immediately touched off a firestorm.

Former UVA quarterback looks for redemption with NFL chance

2:08 PM 04/24/2013

CALIFORNIA, Pa. — Peter Lalich stood in front of his favorite pizza joint this past weekend, one block from the only stoplight in town, when a car full of football players pulled up.

The NFL’s pain-for-gain lifestyle

10:08 AM 04/15/2013

When Fred Smoot, a former Washington Redskins defensive back, fractured his sternum and had to spend four months sleeping in a recliner because he couldn't lie flat, he said his team doctors gave him a choice: Miss the rest of the season or "figure out a way to play." Worried about his livelihood, he made it on the football field each Sunday thanks to a syringe full of a drug called Toradol.

When leadership matters – Emeka Okafor confronts John Wall

9:22 AM 04/11/2013

NEW YORK – For the good of John Wall, and more importantly, the good of the Washington Wizards, Emeka Okafor felt obligated to speak up; the conversation needed to be had.

Sen. Menendez intervened twice in Medicare audit of key donor

11:17 PM 02/06/2013

Sen. Robert Menendez raised concerns with top federal health-care officials twice in recent years about their finding that a Florida eye doctor — a close friend and major campaign donor — had overbilled the government by $8.9 million for care at his clinic, Menendez aides said Wednesday.

Google releases detailed map of North Korea, gulags and all

11:48 AM 01/29/2013

Until Tuesday, North Korea appeared on Google Maps as a near-total white space — no roads, no train lines, no parks and no restaurants. The only thing labeled was the capital city, Pyongyang.

Netanyahu emerges weakened from Israeli elections

12:44 PM 01/23/2013

Israel's elections on Tuesday weakened Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and raised the prospect of a more centrist government that could ease strained relations with Washington and signal more flexibility in peace efforts with the Palestinians.

Teachers union wants ‘bar exam’ for new teachers

6:52 AM 12/02/2012

A major teachers union wants to create a rigorous professional exam for K-12 teachers that would serve the same function as the bar exam for lawyers and board certification for doctors.

Petraeus scandal probe ensnares commander of U.S., NATO troops in Afghanistan

4:34 AM 11/13/2012

Obama re-election protest escalates at Univ. of Mississippi

6:47 PM 11/08/2012

A protest at the University of Mississippi against the re-election of President Barack Obama grew into crowd of about 400 people with shouted racial slurs as rumors of a riot spread on social media. Two people were arrested on minor charges.

Maryland college presidents praise Dream Act victory

10:46 AM 11/08/2012

Maryland’s fight over in-state tuition benefits for undocumented college students -- illegal immigrants, as some prefer -- turned out to be no fight at all but instead a walkover.