Arizona Parents and Activists please be aware of bills that would return local control over testing and strip power away from your elected superintendent.
U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) gave a direct answers about what a federal role in K-12 education should look like at the 2015 Presidential Family Forum in Des Moines, IA.
The Montana House Education Committee will consider four different bills related to the Common Core State Standards on Wednesday, 2/18/15 at 3:00p (MST).
Missouri Education Watchdog first reported today that the U.S. Department of Education has sent out a letter to Superintendents of local school districts explaining their “future ready district pledge.” You can find the letter here and I also have the text below: Dear Superintendent, As one of more than 16,000 superintendents leading school districts across […]
This piece from Todd Gazda, the superintendent of Ludlow Public Schools in Massachusetts, is worth sharing here. I wish more superintendents would speak up like this. Here is an excerpt: We are at a pivotal juncture in this country with respect to education. Over the past decade, we have seen a dramatic escalation in the […]
Local school boards must take action now. They still have the legal authority in every single state even if they are told they don’t, or think they don’t. They must, upon petition by parents asap, vote (1) to allow parents to opt-out their children from any Common Core-based test (pilot, field, or regular); (2) to […]
Here we see the problem inherent with a full-time legislature. The Michigan House and Senate passed an omnibus bill that defunded the implementation of the Common Core State Standards. Since the Legislature continues to be in session year-round; Common Core advocates yesterday were able to pass a resolution before the fiscal year started in October […]
The Pioneer Institute in cooperation with American Principles Project and Pacific Research Institute released a white paper written by Robert Scott, the former Texas Commissioner of Education. It is entitled “A Republic of Republics: How Common Core Undermines State and Local Autonomy over K-12 Education.” The preface is by U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley Here is […]
Kathleen Porter-Magee & Sol Stern ask in the subheading of their National Review article defending the Common Core State Standards ask “why are prominent conservatives criticizing a set of rigorous educational standards?” There are others who have provided direct rebuttals. I want to answer their primary question. While I’m not a “prominent conservative,” I am […]
Local control is bad, horrible, no good if you were to listen to the arguments being made by William Schmidt and Nathan Burroughs in their article in the Spring 2013 edition of American Educator which is a publication of American Federation of Teachers. They promote the standard talking points – “it resembles the standards of […]