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Pumpkin Muffins with Apple Butter Submitted by Linda Patchin We like to serve these warm with Apple Butter 3 eggs 3 ½ C granulated sugar 1 30 ounce can pumpkin 1 C. oil 5 C flour 1 t. cinnamon 1 t. allspice 1 t. cloves ½ t. nutmeg 1 ½ t. salt 4 t. baking soda 1 t. almond or vanilla extract Optional: 2 C. chopped nuts 2 C. chopped dates or raisins Cream together eggs, sugar, pumpkin and oil.

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Common Core FAQ’s Part 11

Common Core FAQ's Part 11

Common Core FAQ’s Part 11 Question #11: Who supports the Common Core and why? Answer: The support of liberals such as Joel Stein (former chancellor of the New York City Schools) and Michelle Rhee (former chancellor of the District of Columbia Public Schools) for the Common Core is not surprising. But several prominent conservatives are also backing the Common Core. Supporters of the Common Core such as Chester E. Finn, Jr., president of the Fordham Institute, Jeb Bush, and Chris

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Common Core FAQ’s Part 10

Common Core FAQ's Part 10

Common Core FAQ’s Part 10 Question 10: Does the Common Core include a national database? Answer: All 50 states have had statewide longitudinal databases in place to track their students’ scores on assessments for the past decade. Yet the authors of the Common Core are clear: The success of the standards hinges on the increased collection of student data—including demographics and postsecondary education performance—from preschool through the workforce.16 States that have adopted the Common Core to receive race to the

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Gentle Shepherding

Gentle Shepherding

Gentle Shepherding By Ken Sande www.rw360.org Tom called me for advice on how to deal with a church elder’s daughter who was pregnant out of wedlock. Half of his elder board was insisting that she appear before them to confess her sin. The other half, including her father, wanted her to simply write a letter of confession. The young woman was willing to write a letter, but wanted the church to then leave her alone. After hearing Tom’s detailed description

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Common Core FAQ’s Part 9

Common Core FAQ's Part 9

Common Core FAQ’s Part 9 Question #9: Does it matter that testing is being aligned with the Common Core? Answer: Proponents of the Common Core, including U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, emphasize the need to imitate some countries with high-ranking education systems by creating consistent assessments across the country that measure student progress through open-ended and research-based questions.14 This has spurred the federal government to fund a set of nationalized tests aligned with the Common Core. Two consortia of

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Common Core FAQ’s Part 8

Common Core FAQ's Part 8

Common Core FAQ’s Part 8 Question 8: Does the Common Core lead to a national curriculum? Answer: The consortia receiving millions from the federal government to write standardized assessments for the Common Core are also being paid to produce curriculum guides for their combined 42 member states. The Performance Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) consortium is developing “model instructional units” for teachers, and the SMARTER Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) promised to build “curriculum materials…to support states’ transition

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Free two month trial on ALEKS math

Free two month trial on ALEKS math

CHOIS received an email from ALEKS Math offering a free two-month trial for homeschoolers. This provides a great opportunity to try their math for free, with nothing to lose. Don’t forget to cancel the course before the two month expires though, or you will begin getting charged. Unless you want to continue using it! A Personalized Path to Math Success for Each Child Get a Two Month FREE Trial at www.aleks.com This fall, see your children achieve more in math

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Common Core FAQ’s Part 7

Common Core FAQ's Part 7

Common Core FAQ’s Part 7 Question 7: Will the Common Core impact homeschools and private schools? Answer: The Common Core will impact homeschools and private schools in at least three ways. First, designers of the expanded statewide longitudinal databases fully intend to collect data about homeschool and private school students. Second, college admissions standards will be affected: Common Core standards for college readiness will be used by institutions of higher learning to determine whether or not a student is ready

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CHOIS Recipes!

CHOIS Recipes!

Winter Squash Soup with Gruyere Croutons Bon Appetit, December 1996 — Soup– 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter large onion, finely chopped 4 large cloves garlic, chopped Three 14-1/2-oz. cans low-fat chicken broth 4 cups peeled butternut squash (1-inch pieces), about 1-1/2 lbs. 4 cups peeled acorn squash (1-inch pieces), about 1-1/2 lbs. 1-1/4 tsp minced fresh thyme 1-1/4 tsp minced fresh sage 1/4 cup whipping cream 2 tsp sugar Salt and pepper to taste — Croutons — 2 Tbsp (1/4

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Common Core FAQ’s Part 6

Common Core FAQ's Part 6

Common Core FAQ’s Part 6 Question #6: Is there any evidence that centralized education works better than decentralized education? Answer: In the United States, experimenting with centralized reform has done almost nothing to improve the performance of students. From 1971 to 2008, American students’ scores on the National Assessment of Education Progress (NAEP) mathematics assessments have only improved 3.4% and reading scores just 1%, despite billions of federal education dollars spent.6 In 2011, the Cato Institute found that the achievement

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