Education at State Level

Wisconsin Grassroots Leaders to Elected Officials: You Now Own Common Core

Wisconsin Grassroots Leaders to Elected Officials: You Now Own Common Core

An open letter that was signed by 45 grassroots leaders across the state representing 42 organizations was delivered to Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker and every member of the Wisconsin State Assembly and Wisconsin State Senate today. Here is the text of the letter: At the beginning of April, the Wisconsin State Legislature concluded its 2014 […]

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Verdict Is In: The Final Draft of Indiana Proposed Standards Stink

Verdict Is In: The Final Draft of Indiana Proposed Standards Stink

Ok some folks are now weighing in on the final draft of Indiana’s proposed academic standards that was released earlier this week. Dr. Terrence Moore of Hillsdale College needs to let loose and tell us how he really feels about the ELA standards, don’t hold back!  No, just kidding, he writes a no-holds-barred review, and […]

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Tennessee House Delays PARCC Testing for One Year

Tennessee House Delays PARCC Testing for One Year

The Nashville Post calls a recent 86-8 vote in the Tennessee House to delay PARCC testing by one year a small victory.  I agree it is small, has loopholes which may render this bill ineffective, and it provides another example of real change is being stonewalled often by Republican leadership.  Tennessee isn’t alone in having […]

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The Verdict Is Still Out: Indiana Releases Final Draft of New Standards

The Verdict Is Still Out: Indiana Releases Final Draft of New Standards

Indiana release the final draft of their new proposed academic standards.  You can read them here.  You can seen national evaluator input into the previous draft here.  Evaluators included: Dr. Sandra Stotsky – E/LA Dr. Terrence Moore, Hillsdale College – E/LA Joanne Eresh of Achieve – E/LA Dr. James Milgram of Stanford University – Math […]

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Common Core Taking a Beating in Oklahoma Statehouse and Campaign Trail

Common Core Taking a Beating in Oklahoma Statehouse and Campaign Trail

It is not a done deal yet.  Earlier this month the Oklahoma Senate passed HB3399 on a 37 to 10 vote.  The Oklahoma House will need to consider the Senate amendments, and then it needs to go onto Governor Mary Fallin.  They will need to also consider the testing that they do.  Oklahoma pulled out […]

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Peabody School Committee Calls Mitchell Chester’s Role with PARCC a Conflict of Interest

Peabody School Committee Calls Mitchell Chester’s Role with PARCC a Conflict of Interest

The Peabody School Committee member Dave McGeney called into question Massachusetts Education Commissioner Mitchell Chester’s role on the PARCC governing board.  Chester is in his third year as national chairman for the board.  The committee voted unanimously on Tuesday to send the following correspondencce to Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, Chester, Attorney General Martha Coakley, the […]

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Common Core State Standards Not Nevada’s Creation

Common Core State Standards Not Nevada’s Creation

By Karen Briske & Christina Leventis State-led, state-led, no really it was state-led! How many times have “We the People” been told the Common Core State Standards c. 2010 was a state-led process? How many times have “We the People” been told the adoption of the standards were voluntary (which, of course, begs the question […]

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Brownback’s Lack of Leadership on Common Core Defunding

Brownback’s Lack of Leadership on Common Core Defunding

The Kansas Senate on Thursday night voted to defund the Common Core State Standards after an amendment to the school finance bill overwhelmingly. The Lawrence Journal-World reports: The Kansas Senate voted overwhelmingly Thursday night to prohibit schools from spending money to implement the Common Core standards for reading and math. The amendment, sponsored by Sen. […]

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Dad Chastises Louisiana House Education Committee for Common Core Vote

Dad Chastises Louisiana House Education Committee for Common Core Vote

The Louisiana House Education committee on Tuesday scrapped HB 558 introduced by State Representative Cameron Henry (R-Metarie) on a 12-7 vote.  The bill would have prohibited PARCC from being administered and provided for the continuation of the Louisiana Educational Assessment Program tests and the standards on which those tests are based.  They also voted down […]

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The Way I See HB3399 And The Common Core Fight In Oklahoma

The Way I See HB3399 And The Common Core Fight In Oklahoma

That’s it.  Right there in that box.  That’s how I see HB3399 and the Common Core fight in Oklahoma. I see nothing but red. When I started trying to fight Common Core years ago, I remember being gullible enough to believe that because Common Core wasn’t right, it was stoppable.  I remember being looked over, […]

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