New Wyoming Bill to Undo Next Generation Science Standards Ban

Wyoming State Capitol Building
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I mentioned on Wednesday that we’ll be highlighting (Common Core, local control, data privacy, etc.) bills that we hear about in different states.  This story showed up a few times in my Google alerts.  Usually we laud different bills or, at the very least, see most as a positive step forward.  There is a bill […]

Wall Street Journal to Bush: Just Change Common Core’s Name

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As follow-up to my article on Jeb Bush yesterday I wanted to highlight Susan Berry’s piece at Breitbart News.  She focused on the Wall Street Journal’s editorial (pay wall) on Jeb Bush’s announcement he was going to “seriously explore” running for President.  She wrote: The Wall Street Journal editorial board took a turn at Jonathan Gruber’s strategy […]

Common Core Fights Brewing in Statehouses Across the Country

West Virginia State Capitol Building - Charleston, WV
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The Washington Post gives a preview of state house fights over Common Core that are on the horizon after the GOP wave. Strategists involved in the state-by-state fight against the national K-12 math and reading benchmarks say conservative legislators will introduce or have introduced legislation in dozens of states that will target individual components of […]

Jeb Bush, Common Core, and the 2016 Presidential Race

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Former Governor Jeb Bush (R-FL) announced that he would “actively explore” a campaign for President yesterday.  As I’ve said before this will be an issue that dings him.  Some have tried to downplay Common Core as an electoral issue by judging how it played during the 2014 midterm elections.  This ignores the impact it is […]

Wisconsin Lawmakers Discuss Common Core Opt-Out


Wisconsin Republican lawmakers are backing away from discussion of repealing the Common Core instead allowing schools to opt-out and use their own standards,

Race to the Top Loses All Funding in ‘Cromnibus’

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Personally I’m not a fan of huge spending bills of any type.  That said, Valarie Strauss pointed out the silver lining for me, when she reported that Race to the Top lost all its funding in 2015. In fiscal year 2014, Race to the Top was given $250 million, according to this legislation summary, for […]

What Common Core Has Done to Massachusetts


Jamie Gass and Charles Chieppo with the Pioneer Institute highlight in an op/ed in the Worcester News & Telegram how Common Core has impacted education in Massachusetts who once led the nation in K-12 education. It isn’t pretty.  They write:  Following the landmark 1993 Education Reform Act that provided public schools with a massive infusion of […]