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Common Core? Agency Fees? No Thanks!

Yesterday the 10 th annual Education Next survey of American opinion on K-12 education came out, and right away Jason Bedrick deftly distilled the school choice findings. I want to quickly discuss two other, ripped-from-the-headlines...Show More Summary

Two Women, Two Views

Readers may remember a high-school English teacher from Sacramento. Last year, she rebelled against Common Core, refusing to teach her students Shakespeare — on grounds that he was “a long-dead, British guy” who had little to say toShow More Summary

5 Totally Confusing Things Guys Do That Mean They Like You

Men are confusing at their core, and sometimes it can be hard to interpret their mixed signals. Luckily, our friends at YourTango have decoded their most common confusing habits to make dating a breeze. Seems SO weird, right? But wait... It's...Show More Summary

A Lesson for Common Core Enthusiasts

Someone sent me an interesting link from the Gates-funded Center for American Progress the other day, about how we could all do fabulous close reading things with the Common Core standards. Believe it or not, just about every organization...Show More Summary

Team Obama (Clinton) Offers Pennies for New Assessments

In 2010 Arne Duncan announced a $330 million giveaway contest for the creation of standardized Common Core tests. This came in conjunction with massive bribes in Race to the Top billions for states to adopt the Common Core. In response...Show More Summary

Public Education, Common Core, the Law, and You

If you haven't been near a public school in the last few years, you may have missed out on one of the biggest public policy battles of the past decade: Common Core education standards. The Common Core State Standards Initiative seeks to set out a single, comprehensive set of......

Approx. 400 SAT Items Leaked To Reuters News Agency

After his stint as a “lead architect” for the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), David Coleman landed the presidency of one of the CCSS insider groups, the College Board. He decided to “redesign” the SAT– but he apparently did not redesign...Show More Summary

AM News: NJ Scores Well, SAT Hacked, NYC Tries Shared Principals

New Jersey Ties Graduation to Tests Aligned With Common Core Standards NYTimes.com ow.ly/avDy100gcEI 'Massive' security breach exposes hundreds of new SAT questions - Reuters nzzl.us/v8hclwr As ACT scores rise, more students can choose...Show More Summary

If Test Scores Go Up Did Education Improve?

On Friday afternoon July 29, 2016, New York State released the results of student test scores on Common Core aligned standardized tests administered last spring. If you missed the announcement, that's probably why scores were released on a Friday afternoon the day the Presidential campaign went into full swing. Show More Summary

Cognitive Rigidity: The 8-Ball From Hell

Cognitive Rigidity (difficulty changing mental sets) is a core feature of Autism Spectrum Disorder, and is commonly associated with a suite of challenging traits.

New Math: Anti-Common Core = Anti-Hispanic?

In an act of extreme tangent tying, former New Mexico governor Bill Richardson just penned an op-ed linking Donald Trump’s wall-building immigration stance to his attacks on the Common Core national curriculum standards. The messageShow More Summary

"The development of the Common Core was funded almost entirely by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. It was a rush job..."

"... and the final product ignored the needs of children with disabilities, English-language learners and those in the early grades. It’s no surprise that there has been widespread pushback. In 2009 President Obama announced Race to the Top, a competition for $4.35 billion in federal grant money. Show More Summary

Microsoft's Dynamics 365: Understanding the Common Data Model

Microsoft's coming Dynamics 365 ERP/CRM service has something called the 'Common Data Model' at its core. Here's more on what CDM is and why it matters.

Mike Pence’s Record on Education Is One of Turmoil and Mixed Results

Mr. Pence ended the Common Core and expanded vouchers and charter schools during a contentious time for public education in Indiana.

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