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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MARIJUANA AT A MUSEUM

SEATTLE (AP) -- It's one joint that won't go up in smoke. The first legal pot to be sold in Seattle is going on display in a museum. Sixty-five-year-old retiree Deb Greene waited all night to be first in line at the Cannabis City store. She made the first buy when marijuana became legal in Washington state on July 8. She bought eight grams of the newly legal weed. She's donated a two-gram sealed package of that pot to the Museum of History and Industry. She's also giving the museum the T-shirt she wore and the book she read while waiting in line. Museum officials say the donated items will be part of a display on Washington's pot initiative to open in the fall.

DUCKLINGS-DRIVER

NEWFIELDS, N.H. (AP) -- I stop for ducklings -- oh no you don't! A New Hampshire woman got a ticket after stopping on a highway median to help some stranded ducklings. Hallie Bibeau of Newfields says she slammed on her brakes to avoid hitting the ducklings. She called 911 and captured two of the surviving little birds after several had been hit by a car. A responding state trooper issued her a $44 ticket for stopping in the median. She tells WMUR-TV she'll fight the citation. The ducklings were taken to a wildlife rescue in Maine, where one later died.

JETS-PAPERLESS TICKETS

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) -- No more season tickets for New York Jets fans -- at least not of the paper variety. The Jets are going paperless for their season ticket holders. Instead of the usual tickets, fans will have credit card like smartcards. So, no more paper that can get torn, wet or chewed up by Rover. Other NFL clubs, like the Broncos and Chiefs, already have gone paperless.

OLD TRACTORS

HEARTWELL, Neb. (AP) -- Old tractors to the rescue. The farm machinery was deployed to help a south-central Nebraska farmer turn a hail-torn cornfield into a future field of winter wheat. The tractors were among those registered for the 17th annual Heartwell Plow Day. It's an event for tractors made in the 1960s and earlier. The Hastings Tribune reports the vintage tractors were used to plow 90 acres Saturday, to prepare for fall planting.

 
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