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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MARYLAND AGENCY-BEDBUGS

BALTIMORE (AP) -- Some Maryland state workers get to sleep in today -- because of bedbugs. Employees on one floor at the Department of the Environment headquarters in Baltimore have the day off. A spokesman says the agency is conducting a comprehensive inspection for bedbugs. The pests were discovered last month. The agency has hired an exterminator to treat the office building.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL-WEDDINGS

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) -- Wedding planners have to keep an eye on the calendar and the football schedule. Fall weddings present a challenge, you don't want to get hitched when many of the guests would rather be watching the game. Professional wedding planner Kavonda L. Rogers of Montgomery, Alabama, recalls "World War III" nearly broke out a few years ago. She says a bride settled on a wedding date not realizing it was the same day as the South's oldest football rivalry, Auburn and Georgia. But Rogers worked out a compromise. She had a big-screen TV in a room right off the reception area.

FOLSOM FIELD-BEER

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) -- Beer is back in the cheap seats for Colorado fans. Wine and beer have returned to the regular seating areas at University of Colorado, Boulder's Folsom Field for the first time in nearly 20 years. The Daily Camera reports thirsty fans were able to get a brew inside the stadium during the matchup against Arizona State. Beer and wine had only been available in premium seating areas. University police say lifting the ban is aimed at keeping people in the stadium. Before, fans would go to the parking lot to drink then return to their seats.

OHIO TOWN-MYSTERY ANIMAL

LEIPSIC, Ohio (AP) -- There's a mystery animal prowling the streets of a small northwest Ohio town. The creature was first spotted September 7. One woman tells the (Findlay) Courier it was white and gray with a large bushy tail. She says it definitely looked wild and was larger than her golden retriever. Some folks in Leipsic (LIHP'-sihk) figure it's a wolf, others are saying it could be a large coyote or a wolf mix. A state wildlife officer who spotted the mystery creature says it's probably someone's pet.

 
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