Tag: U.S. Department of Education

No ESEA Waiver for Wyoming Until They Toe Federal Line

No ESEA Waiver for Wyoming Until They Toe Federal Line

By Shane Vander Hart The Casper Star Tribune released a document they received indicating that Wyoming would not receive an ESEA waiver.  In a memo from the Wyoming Department of Education that was sent to local school administration they outline several of the reasons: Several challenges prevent Wyoming’s waiver approval. One is the state’s inability […]

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Injecting Federal Control and Influence in Local School Administration

Filed in Federalized Education by on May 15, 2014 0 Comments
Injecting Federal Control and Influence in Local School Administration

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 […]

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Indiana Repealing “Voluntary” Common Core Puts NCLB Waiver in Doubt

Indiana Repealing “Voluntary” Common Core Puts NCLB Waiver in Doubt

So the Common Core is “voluntary” huh?  Indiana could lose their (unconstitutional) NCLB waiver as a result jettisoning the Common Core (for a subpar rebranding, but I digress). Chalkbeat reported last week: On Thursday, Indiana State Superintendent Glenda Ritz received a letter from Deb Delisle, assistant U.S. secretary of education, spelling out concerns about “significant […]

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Opt-Out of Common Core Now for the 2014-2015 School Year

Filed in Common Core State Standards by on April 23, 2014 7 Comments
Opt-Out of Common Core Now for the 2014-2015 School Year

Parental rights to raise children to respect the parent’s traditions and values have been under attack from many fronts including the U.S. Department of Education. The implementation of Common Core Standards undermines parental rights to make educational decisions for their children.  Now is the time for parents to protest this intrusion by opting their child […]

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MA School Superintendent: We are at a pivotal juncture in this country with respect to education

Filed in Federalized Education by on April 7, 2014 0 Comments
MA School Superintendent: We are at a pivotal juncture in this country with respect to education

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 […]

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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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An Expanding Awareness

Filed in Privacy/SLDS by on February 3, 2014 0 Comments
An Expanding Awareness

Introduction As best I can reconstruct the time frame, in November 2012 I came across the draft of a report that caught my attention–Expanding Evidence Approaches for Learning in a Digital World.  As I read the draft, I took notes and made comments.  Those notes and comments about the draft, not the final document, are […]

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U.S. DOE Report Shows Smarter Balanced Lagging Behind

Filed in Common Core Assessments by on October 21, 2013 3 Comments
U.S. DOE Report Shows Smarter Balanced Lagging Behind

In a two-year report written by the U.S. Department of Education and published in May 2013 reviewing the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium shows the consortium is lagging behind its stated goals and with technology preparedness in local schools. Looking at pg. 15 of the report it is evident that Smarter Balanced does not have a […]

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Michigan Already Collects Student-Level Data?

Filed in Privacy/SLDS by on July 17, 2013 0 Comments

Michael Cohen, President of Achieve, Inc., was questioned by members of the Michigan House Subcommittee on the Common Core State Standards.  He was asked about data mining.  MLive reports: Several legislators, including Rep. Ellen Cogen Lipton (D-Huntington Woods) and Rep. Margaret O’Brien (R-Portage) expressed concerns about what data on individual students would be disclosed as […]

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What Does the No Child Left Behind Waiver Mean for New Hampshire Public Schools?

New Hampshire was granted a waiver from the Federal “No Child Left Behind” (NCLB) Act this week. According to Gov. Maggie Hassan’s press release she said: “New Hampshire is now free to pursue more effective and innovative ways to address the needs of all our students and prepare them for the jobs of the 21st […]

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