Arne Duncan Stays Out of CPS-Illinois Fight Over PARCC

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The Chicago Sun Times reports that U.S. Secretary of Education (and former CEO of Chicago Public Schools) Arne Duncan will stay out of the “tussle” between the state of Illinois and Chicago Public Schools are having over when the school district should start PARCC. Illinois wants to role it out this spring, CPS says not […]

Civil Rights Groups to Obama: Drop Test-Based Accountability System

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Eleven civil rights groups sent a letter on Tuesday urging President Obama, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, Congressional and State educational leaders to drop the test-based K-12 accountability system.  They join a chorus of parents who are speaking out against the high-stakes testing culture.  Here is the text of the letter. President Obama, Secretary Duncan, […]

Oklahoma Loses NCLB Waiver Over Common Core, Indiana Rebrand Rewarded

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Politico reported yesterday that Oklahoma lost its ESEA (NCLB) flexibility waiver as a result of repealing Common Core.  Indiana, however, received a one-year extension. Both state repealed Common Core, but Indiana replaced theirs with a rebrand.  Oklahoma will be writing new standards and their process will be slower and more deliberate than the Hoosier effort […]

NEA Calls for Arne Duncan’s Resignation

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Over the Independence Day weekend the Representative Assembly at the National Education Association’s (NEA) annual convention held in Denver approved a resolution that called for U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan’s resignation. Daily Caller has more: Another major factor behind the newly intense hostility to Duncan was his response to the Vergara v. California court ruling […]

Take Time to Thank Bobby Jindal

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I find that activists tend to be really good at calling politicians on the carpet.  We get fired up and we go visit them at the statehouse, call, write, email, and/or hound them on social media. That is a healthy representative democracy in action.  Our elected officials govern by consent of the govern.  We must […]

The Common Core Chess Game

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The following guest article was written by Dennis Ian who is a member of Stop Common Core in New York State. By Denis Ian Let’s play chess … because that’s exactly what the Gates and the Common Core pushers are doing. They’re on their heels. Some states … and some individual school districts … have […]

Injecting Federal Control and Influence in Local School Administration

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The U.S. Department of Education has pushed for more and more centralization of education, they’ve injected their influence into educational standards through Race to the Top.  They have bypassed states through their District Race to the Top program.  They are not reaching out to school principals through the Principal Ambassador Fellowship program that has been […]

Common Core State Standards Not Nevada’s Creation

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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 […]

Common Core & Data Collection

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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 […]

CA School Sells Data for Money to Cover Arne Duncan Visit

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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 […]