Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker’s school accountability bill override any Common Core opt-out he said he wanted in his State of the State Address.
State Rep. Jim Kasper (R-Fargo) is introducing a bill in the North Dakota House that would withdraw the state from Common Core and Smarter Balanced.
Former Governor Jeb Bush (R-FL) announced that he would “actively explore” a campaign for President yesterday. As I’ve said before this will be an issue that dings him. Some have tried to downplay Common Core as an electoral issue by judging how it played during the 2014 midterm elections. This ignores the impact it is […]
I’m not Catholic so I’ll need some of my readers to explain why Catholic educators and education leaders would listen to Fordham Institute’s Chester Finn? Last week Flypaper published an excerpt of his talk to “a private group of Catholic education leaders and philanthropists.” Here is where he would have lost me entirely. First, families […]
The title quote comes from Robby Soave at Reason. Excerpt: I can understand the desire to impose some amount of standardized testing on schoolchildren for the purposes of measuring teacher effectiveness. But there comes a point where the insanity of computerized exams for five-year-olds trumps any legitimate interest taxpayers may have in holding teachers accountable […]
We have now seen at least three distinct styles of rebranding of the Common Core State Standards. There may be other styles as well as variations of one or more of these styles. You will likely recognize at least one, if not all three of these styles. It is possible your state matches one of […]
Today’s Moring Education article at Politico discussed StudentsFirst involvement in the 2012 elections. It also sheds some light on why the Common Core is entrenched within the Republican ranks and some Governors. Former D.C. Chancellor Michelle Rhee directed hundreds of thousands of dollars in the last election cycle to conservative candidates and organizations through her […]
Americans for Prosperity Foundation – Iowa and Concerned Women for America of Iowa are hosting a Common Core Discussion panel in Des Moines on Tuesday, 7/1/14 starting at 6:30p. It will be held at the Airport Holiday Inn & Conference Center (6111 Fleur Dr., Des Moines, IA). Their description: As the national dialogue surrounding Common […]
I was given the opportunity to interview Governor Bobby Jindal (R-LA) after he spoke to the Republican Party of Iowa State Convention (whose delegates passed an anti-Common Core plank) on Saturday. The entire interview can be found at Caffeinated Thoughts. Here is an excerpt detailing that part of the interview: Jindal last week vetoed a […]
Below is a guest article written submitted by Judi Caler. Her post complements the one I wrote on Wednesday. Doing What They’re Paid To Do: Gates-funded Duo Pitches Common Core Misinformation By Judi Caler It is no surprise that the latest attempt by pro-Common Core advocates to keep Republican candidates from speaking out against Common […]