Why Would Catholic Educators Listen to Chester Finn?

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I’m not Catholic so I’ll need some of my readers to explain why Catholic educators and education leaders would listen to Fordham Institute’s Chester Finn?  Last week Flypaper published an excerpt of his talk to “a private group of Catholic education leaders and philanthropists.” Here is where he would have lost me entirely. First, families […]

Common Core Can Close Gender Achievement Gap?

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University of Miami President Donna Shalala penned an op/ed for the Miami Herald claiming that the Common Core can close the achievement gap for girls. She wrote: With Common Core’s more engaging and challenging standards, we can narrow the gender achievement gap that begins early and worsens by eighth grade, particularly for black and Hispanic […]

Jeb Bush Will Go Down Swinging on Common Core

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Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush defended the Common Core State Standards in his keynote speech at the Foundation for Educational Excellence’s National Summit on Education Reform yesterday.  He’s the only prospective Republican presidential candidate to do so.  He are a few things he said about Common Core. This is why the debate over the Common […]

New Math: Another Example of Modern Education Stupidity

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Dr. Raj Shah, founder of Math Plus Academy, released a video last week entitled, “Why Math is Different” in order to defend the new math utilized by Common Core-aligned curriculum.  In the video he sought to “clear up parents’ misconceptions” about the new math. Truth in American Education asked two math experts to offer a […]

Alabama Baptists Call for Common Core Repeal

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Last year the Alabama Baptist Convention passed a resolution that stopped short of calling for the repeal of the Common Core State Standards.  At this year’s annual meeting they passed a resolution that called for a full repeal.  The convention that met last week at Lakeside Baptist Church in Birmingham, AL passed the resolution without […]

Scott Walker Continues Call for Common Core Repeal in Wisconsin

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Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker reiterated his call to see Wisconsin have their own standards.  Common Core became a wedge issue between Walker and his Democrat challenger Mary Burke. USA Today reported last week: “One of the things I mentioned throughout the campaign that I wanted to do early on is an overall education reform package,” […]

Tennessee Common Core Replacement Bills Filed

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Yesterday there were two Common Core bills filed in the Tennessee Legislature.  State Senator Dolores Gresham (R-Somerset) introduced SB 4, that would create a Tennessee Standards Commission who would develop new standards that would then be voted on by the Tennessee State Board of Education.  The bill looks similar to North Carolina’s recent bill that […]

Common Core Contracts Are Lucrative

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The Wall Street Journal reports about the haggling over Common Core contracts as they are quite lucrative. Excerpt: As states race to implement the Common Core academic standards, companies are fighting for a slice of the accompanying testing market, expected to be worth billions of dollars in coming years. That jockeying has brought allegations of […]

Bill Filed in Kentucky House to Repeal Common Core and NGSS

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Kentucky State Representative Thomas Kerr (R-Taylor Mill) prefiled a bill in the Kentucky House back in September that would repeal the Common Core State Standards and Next Generation Science Standards in the state of Kentucky. Here is the language of the bill.  AN ACT relating to public school standards. Create a new section to KRS […]

Resounding Books Releases Common Ground on Common Core

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Resounding Books officially announced publication of Common Ground on Common Core an 18-essay volume from twenty top education experts and activists.