Standardized testing caused my daughter anxiety: Here’s how I helped 

Do your kids struggle with standardized testing? Mine do and anxiety and nerves are fierce. Here's how we help!

By Kristen Hewitt

Nerves and anxiety were running high here last night and this morning. It’s the writing portion of the FSA today – a timed standardized test, and timed tests are not her friend.

She has a cast on the hand that she uses to write and has to type her test today, something that she doesn’t do well. She also hates essay writing and was terrified that she might fail.


Whitmer set to create educator advisory council

Michigan State Capitol Building (photo courtesy State of Michigan)


Governor Gretchen Whitmer has signed a new executive order creating an Educator Advisory Council within the Michigan Department of Education.



OPENSECRETS NEWS: Trump’s picks for Federal Reserve, Herman Cain and Stephen Moore, have long political history

Herman Cain

Over the weekend, White House officials doubled down on controversial plans to nominate two political allies of President Donald Trump to the Federal Reserve board.

Trump reportedly plans to nominate one-time pizza chain owner, political commentator and 2012 presidential candidate Herman Cain (above) and longtime conservative economic writer and 2016 Trump advisor Stephen Moore. Both would likely face contentious Senate confirmation hearings, as the two picks are proving unpopular on Wall Street and among economists. Both Moore and Cain have long histories in the intersection of money and politics.

The discussion of elevating Cain, who built a fortune as CEO of Godfather Pizza, to the Fed was surprising because of his history as a critic of the organization, including a suggestion that the U.S. return to the gold standard.

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OPENSECRETS NEWS How will Eric Swalwell raise money in crowded Democratic field?

On April 8, Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.), a four-term congressman, became one of eight current or former House members in the 2020 Democratic primary. In his announcement, Swalwell said his primary campaign issue will be combating gun violence. Read More

OPENSECRETS NEWS: Labor sector maintains political clout as 2020 presidential campaign heats up

Contributions to federal candidates, parties and committees from the labor sector hit a record high in 2016 to the tune of $218 million. Since 1990, the total amount of contributions from labor increased by more than 300 percent.  Read More

OPENSECRETS NEWS: Progressive group ramps up pressure to primary PAC-friendly Texas Democrat

Henry Cuellar

Above: As Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-Texas) attempts to get his Democratic colleagues on board with President Donald Trump’s new North American free trade deal, he’s facing pressure from a progressive Democratic group with rising influence within the party.

The Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez-aligned Justice Democrats group is raising money toward an effort to primary Cuellar, who represents Texas’ 28th district, labeling him the “most conservative Democrat in Congress” in a fundraising appeal. The group’s push comes as Rep. Ro Khanna (D-Calif.), a member of the Justice Democrats, pushes back against “NAFTA 2.0” over protections for pharmaceutical companies included in the deal.


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Ending Corporate Education Reform

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– United Opt Out Michigan advocates for authentic assessment for students, teachers and schools that are used to inform instruction not for punitive measures.
 United Opt Out Michigan rejects the use of high stakes testing as detrimental to developing creative, nurturing environment in which authentic education takes place.
– The content found here is for informational purposes for parents, educators and others seeking options for high stakes testing in public schools.
– We support public education and the teaching profession.


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