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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FIST BUMPS-GERMS

NEW YORK (AP) -- Worried about germs? Then, bump rather than shake. Fist bumps spread only one-20th of the amount of bacteria compared to a handshake. Researchers writing in the American Journal of Infection Control report a high-five is about half as germy as a shake. So, President Barack Obama maybe on to something with his preference for a fist bump.

NUDE MODELS-MANHATTAN

NEW YORK (AP) -- New York really was "the naked city" -- at least on Saturday. Artists painted the bodies of 40 nude models, turning an entrance to Central Park into a celebration of the human form. Artist Andy Golub staged what he called the inaugural Bodypainting Day. It only happened after a long legal battle. Golub and a model were arrested in 2011 during a body-painting project in Times Square. The city paid model Zoe West a $15,000 settlement after she sued. Public nudity is legal in the Big Apple when part of a performance.

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NEW YORK (AP) -- Say it ain't so Spidey! Spider-Man is charged with slugging a police officer in New York's Times Square. In this case, the web-slinger is Junior Bishop. Authorities say he was dressed as Spider-Man and demanded that tourists pay him to pose for pictures. According to officers, Bishop was yelling and cursing, then punched a police officer in the face. He now faces a number of charges, including assault and resisting arrest.

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UNDATED (AP) -- Cat Conti is earning her stripes, as a college football official. She'll be on the field at the Southeast Missouri State-Kansas game on September 6, making her the first woman to work a football game in the Big 12 Conference. But Conti never was interested in sports growing up in Southern California. She wanted to be a Hollywood star. She says she developed a passion for football while in college and became fascinated with the chain crew. Conti went on to be a ninth grade English and drama teacher, while serving as a part-time official. She went all-in on zebra stripes about four years ago. Now, she says she just wants to be treated like one of the guys.

 
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