Back to School Classroom

It’s September, which means summer has officially come to an end and kids are back in the classroom. While you’re adjusting, check out this week’s Federalism in Action’s Top 3 Local Back to School Edition. If you’re new here, every Friday we collect the top 3 stories that exemplify local people making local decisions across the country. We provide you with the best examples of “Federalism in Action,” so you won’t ever have to miss a thing.

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FOR MOTIVATION: Common Core Makes Math Harder

How long should it take to solve 9+6? Thanks to Common Core’s new standards, this simple addition now takes children 56 seconds to solve. While the Common Core Standards were intended to improve educational performance, because of their one-size-fits-all approach to education, the Standards have complicated even simple problems.

FOR INSPIRATION: Former State Senator Speaks Out Against Federal Coercion in Education

Former Utah State Senator Dan Liljenquist penned an op-ed this week criticizing the role of the federal government in enforcing Common Core. His remarks echoed those of Gov. Bobby Jindal, criticizing the federal government for its unconstitutional role in enforcing the standards. Liljenquist wrote, “The U.S. Department of Education has, unilaterally, altered the education policy of the United States, ignoring both the principles of federalism…and established federal laws, by tying federal funding to adopting Common Core standards.”

FOR FUN: Back to School Entertainment

It can be challenging to say goodbye to summer. If you or your kids had trouble getting into the groove of school this week, check out this fun video that one local school put together to motivate students heading back to the classroom. How does your community welcome students back? Share your thoughts in the comments section!

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