Son of Timothy Madden Arrested

Son of Timothy Madden Arrested

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 I took a look at what Common Core is, what the arguments are against it, and give some sample questions from TCAP and PARCC.


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CASTLETON, Vt. (AP) -- Sparty the Spartan didn't go very far. The costume of the Castleton University mascot had been reported missing. But Sparty's get-up has been found in the football stadium of the Vermont school. The Student Government Association bought the green-caped costume last year for $1,700, to replace one that was showing its wear. University spokesman Jeff Weld jokes that "Sparty just needed a break," after entertaining more than 6,000 people on homecoming weekend in late September.


CRYSTAL RIVER, Fla. (AP) -- Swimming with the manatees could get tougher in Florida. Federal wildlife officials want to limit the number of swimmers to 13 allowed in Crystal River's Three Sisters Springs during peak manatee season. The Tampa Tribune reports officials had originally proposed limiting the number of swimmers to 29. The area is a winter refuge for manatees on the Florida Gulf Coast.


PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- The weather forecast? Falling weather instruments. The National Weather Service says a data transmitter fell from the sky, prompting a Philadelphia bomb squad response. The device hit a car after dropping from a weather balloon. Officials say the weather balloon had been launched from the agency's office in Sterling, Virginia. reports high winds carried it over Philadelphia about 165 miles away. The data transmitter weighs about a pound. It even has a postage-paid mailbag inside so finders can return it.


FLORENCE, Ala. (AP) -- Sleeping on the job has gotten an Alabama man in trouble with the law. Deputies in Lauderdale County say they caught burglar Randall Burch sleeping in a bedroom that wasn't his. Authorities say a neighbor saw a suspicious truck at the house while the homeowner was out of town. The neighbor called the cops. The TimesDaily reports Burch is now charged with burglary and attempted theft of property.

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