What the heck is Common Core? - 02/26/14

 Common Core is all about changing education in Tennessee. Not everybody is aware that Common Core standards are already being implemented in Tennessee schools. And the first Common Core standardized tests -- PARCC (Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers) -- are scheduled to begin next school year.
  I suspect everybody favors improving public schools in Tennessee, and so did Gov. Phil Bredesen, a Democrat, in 2009 when he committed the state's educational system to it. And so does Governor Bill Haslam, a Republican. But as parents and teachers await the first PARCC tests this fall, they're getting nervous. From the sample tests I've seen, the PARCC tests will certainly require a higher level of performance by students versus the standardized TCAP tests. (The new tests will only replace the Math and Language Arts portion of TCAP.)
  At Fox17.com I took a look at what Common Core is, what the arguments are against it, and give some sample questions from TCAP and PARCC.
http://fox17.com/news/features/this-morning/stories/common-core-arguments-against-it-330.shtml


 

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COPPER BULL

HURRICANE, Utah (AP) -- A copper bull is now a steer. The statue outside the Barista's restaurant in Hurricane, Utah, has lost its most prominent feature. Some in town weren't very bullish on the statue's oversized realism. Opponents even wanted the city council to revoke Barista's business license. Restaurant owner Stephen Ward has decided to modify the bull. But he tells the Spectrum newspaper he isn't bowing to community pressure. Ward says he decided the bull would -- quote -- "look better without the weenie."

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DENVER (AP) -- When you've got to go in downtown Denver -- there are not enough places to go. Officials are studying the need for more public bathrooms in the Mile High City. The Denver Post reports the city is dealing with the problem of people peeing in the streets. One city council woman notes downtown is becoming an increasingly popular area for the arts and sporting events. The Post reports a consulting firm is looking into the potty problem and is preparing a report for the council's April 11 community meeting.

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RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- A rabbit's foot? No way. A horseshoe? Nope. One Brazilian businessman says his lucky charm is a bar of gold. Federal police report Werner Rydl was detained when he tried to board a plane with a 23-ounce gold bar. Globo television's G1 Internet portal reports the man's lawyer says his client has traveled the world with his gold bar and never had a problem. The lawyer describes his client as "eccentric." Federal police say the man didn't have the required receipt for the gold. He was freed pending trial.

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DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) -- Elvis Presley had one. So did Clark Gable. It was even the ride of presidents. Soon, you'll be able to buy a Lincoln Continental again, too. Thirteen years after the last Continental rolled off the assembly line, Ford is resurrecting the storied nameplate. The new Continental debuts in concept form at this week's New York auto show. The production version of the full-size sedan goes on sale next year. Ford also has high hopes for the new Lincoln in the rapidly growing Chinese auto market.

 
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