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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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CHURCH OF CANNABIS INDIANA

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- There was no holy smoke -- at Indianapolis' First Church of Cannabis. About two dozen police officers kept watch over the inaugural service yesterday, after authorities threatened to arrest congregants who smoked pot there. Still, the lack of marijuana didn't seem to be too much of a buzz kill. Congregants danced to reggae and funk, passing and puffing from imaginary joints. A mural mimicking Michelangelo's famed Sistine Chapel fresco was painted on a wall behind them -- but instead of God's hand reaching out to man, the image shows God offering mankind a big joint. The church was formed as a test of Indiana's new religious objections law. Members are hoping to legalize marijuana in the state as a religious liberty.

DIAMONDBACKS-MCCAIN FOUL BALL

PHOENIX (AP) -- Senator John McCain is blaming glaring sunlight for his failure to catch a foul ball that fell onto his lap at an Arizona Diamondbacks game Tuesday night. The foul by Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Jimmy Rollins landed in the seats, took a big bounce and caromed into McCain's lap. He wasn't able to react fast enough, throwing his hands up in disgust as the ball rolled back toward the field. A fan tried to give McCain the ball, but he waved it off. McCain explained the botched catch in a tweet the next day.

LOUISIANA GOVERNOR-BRITNEY SPEARS

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) -- Donate baby one more time? One of Louisiana's candidates for governor is trying to draw campaign donors with a Britney Spears ticket giveaway and backing from the superstar's mom. State Rep. John Bel Edwards, one of four major gubernatorial candidates and the only Democrat, has released a fundraising email touting the Lynne Spears endorsement. In the email, the Edwards campaign offers people who donate $50 a chance to win a trip to see Britney Spears live in Las Vegas.

STOLEN TOILET PAPER

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- The T-P is M-I-A. After a citywide effort to collect toilet paper for charity in Springfield, Illinois -- 10,000 rolls have gone missing. Officials with the St. Martin de Porres Center say someone took the toilet paper from a locked trailer. Volunteers collected thousands of rolls after the food pantry reported it hadn't been able to distribute toilet paper for five years because it is too expensive. But there is some good news -- a local grocery store says it will replace the stolen rolls for free.

 
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