Tag: Arne Duncan

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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Common Core & Data Collection

Filed in Privacy/SLDS by on April 7, 2014 3 Comments
Common Core & Data Collection

A particularly troubling aspect of the Common Core scheme is the emphasis on massive data-collection on students, and the sharing of that data for various purposes essentially unrelated to genuine education. U. S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan has said: Hopefully, some day, we can track children from preschool to high school and from high […]

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CA School Sells Data for Money to Cover Arne Duncan Visit

Filed in Privacy/SLDS by on December 4, 2013 5 Comments
CA School Sells Data for Money to Cover Arne Duncan Visit

The San Diego Reader reports that Castle Park Middle School in Chula Vista, CA (part of Sweetwater Union High School District) spent well over $17,000 in preparation for a visit last September by U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan.  Apparently the district didn’t have the funds to cover the entire cost.  No worries, we have student […]

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Secretary Duncan, Yes Your Power Does Have Limits

Filed in Common Core State Standards by on November 27, 2013 0 Comments
Secretary Duncan, Yes Your Power Does Have Limits

Interesting piece in Politico this morning entitled, “Arne Duncan schooled in limits of power.”  In a nutshell – his policies don’t seem to be working and his political capital is spent. Here’s an excerpt: But the agenda he began to advance in 2009 has now hit serious roadblocks, highlighting the limits of federal power over […]

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Arne Duncan Makes Moms MAD

Filed in Common Core State Standards by on November 18, 2013 5 Comments
Arne Duncan Makes Moms MAD

Over the weekend in between speaking events in Western Kansas a group of us were discussing how the Common Core advocates are often labeled as “fringe” and part of the “tea party” when the opposition is far broader than that.  The consensus was surely they won’t go after moms will they? Arne Duncan went there.  […]

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Arne Duncan: All Sticks, No Carrots

Arne Duncan: All Sticks, No Carrots

Here is a little blurb on U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan in “The Washington Flyer” a weekly email sent out by the American Association of Christian Schools that I thought was interesting. Education Secretary Loses Leverage in Second Term As Congressional gridlock continues throughout the second term of the Obama Administration, education analysts question […]

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Duncan: Common Core Criticism is “Political Silliness”

Filed in Common Core State Standards by on October 2, 2013 4 Comments
Duncan: Common Core Criticism is “Political Silliness”

Alyson Klein reported on U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan’s recent remarks at the National Press Club. First thing to note, apparently tea party activists are dumb and evil-hearted: Duncan also challenged moderate Republicans to stand up to tea party conservatives on the budget and other issues. "There are plenty of smart, good-hearted Republicans," he said. […]

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Rick Scott Pulls Florida Out of PARCC

Filed in Common Core Assessments by on September 23, 2013 8 Comments
Rick Scott Pulls Florida Out of PARCC

Governor Rick Scott (R-FL) announced today that he is ordering Florida to withdraw from PARCC.    He is also ordering that public comment sessions to be held in order to receive input on any alterations that should be made to the Common Core State Standards.  He is also ordering a data security review and ordering the […]

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Arne Duncan to California: No Data, No Funds

Arne Duncan to California: No Data, No Funds

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan’s criticism of a bill before the California Assembly is a primer example of federal overreach.  Granted, I’m not a fan of the bill either, and I’m surprised by Duncan’s reaction. The bill, AB 484 which I wrote about earlier, will speed up California’s time table on adopting the Smarter […]

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Duncan to News Editors: This is How You Should Report on Common Core

Filed in Common Core State Standards by on June 27, 2013 2 Comments

U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan gave a speech to the American Society of News Editors on Tuesday.  The thrust of the speech was telling them how they should report on the Common Core.  He then gave them questions to ask of people like us. As you know, good journalism is more than just claim and […]

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