Welcome to another installment of our Top 3 Local series. Here we aim to spotlight news and views from around the fifty states.

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FOR MOTIVATION: Common Core “Not Yet Dead”
In the Washington Times, David Anderson writes that “Common Core is not yet dead. But it should be.”

Results are in from 2015’s  National Assessment of Educational Progress, otherwise known as “the nation’s report card” — and both reading and math scores have declined. States that embraced Common Core, or even just elements of it, appear to have fared worst of all.

FOR INSPIRATION: America’s Veterans
On Wednesday, America rightly saluted its veterans, with parades and ceremonies in big cities and small towns. Here on the blog, our very own Karim Elsayed, himself a U.S. Navy vet, expressed his appreciation to all who served. As he noted, “Even in the absence of war, it is our nation’s men and women in uniform who must deter, and if needed, respond to new threats – and you never know what is just around history’s corner.”
FOR FUN: Fall Foliage
As winter draws near, you might only have a week or two left to soak in fall’s colors. Or if the trees are now barren in your neck of the woods, check out these amazing photos from around the nation, courtesy NBC News.

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