Shane Vander Hart: Mike Petrilli with the Fordham Institute gives would-be governors an education policy cheat sheet that they would do well to ignore unless they want to sound like every other candidate droning on about the latest education reform fad.
Ze’ev Wurman: Absent in this discussion about Gates Foundation mea culpa is the mediocrity of Common Core, which the Foundation hasn’t yet acknowledged.
On April 14, American Enterprise Institute’s Rick Hess and Mike McShane charged me in a blog on National Review Online with not coming up with “next steps” to “repeal and replace” for states that want to restore academic integrity to their K-12 curriculum in English language arts and mathematics. I’m almost but not quite exhausted […]
Choice Media put together a “debate” of six education policy experts yesterday. Andy Rotherham, Bellwether Education Partners (for) Neal McCluskey, Cato Institute (against) Checker Finn, Thomas B. Fordham Institute (for) Rick Hess, American Enterprise Institute (against – kinda) Patricia Levesque, Foundation for Excellence in Education (for) Jay Greene, University of Arkansas, Department of Education Reform […]
Joy Pullman has to be one of my favorite people who writes about the Common Core. I didn’t realize that she was an Indiana resident until today. She recently wrote this op/ed for one of her hometown newspapers, The Ft. Wayne Journal Gazette. The first couple paragraphs of her piece articulates the skepticism we should […]
Rick Hess of the American Enterprise Institute wrote that the Common Core State Standards may be an impetus toward education reform, not actually bring the reform itself. He first said supporters have drunk the kool-aid: In a number of conversations this week over at Jeb Bush’s annual edu-fest, at AEI, and around DC, I was […]
Unintended consequences, they always exist with well-meaning, but poorly thought out plans. The NCLB waivers and the Race to the Top funds are no different. It’s something we have warned about. These new policies that states put in place in order to satisfy the requirements to apply for either the waiver or the funds will […]
The Department of Education announced last week that it is accepting applications for District Race to the Top funds. They have allocated $400 million for the program with a $25 million award cap. The grading system has changed compared to what was originally proposed. Education Week reports what the new contest rules and grading system […]