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White House threatens veto of GOP bill to fix maligned No Child Left Behind education law

Kimberly Hefling, Associated Press; Star Tribune, February 25, 2015 WASHINGTON — The White House is threating to veto a Republican bill to fix the widely criticized No Child Left Behind law that is set for debate in the House on Wednesday, calling it “a significant step backwards.” Republicans say the bill would restore local control […]

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Report: Requiring kindergartners to read — as Common Core does — may harm some

Valerie Strauss, Washington Post’s Answer Sheet, January 13, 2015   The Common Core State Standards call for kindergartners to learn how to read, but a new report by early childhood experts says that forcing some kids to read before they are ready could be harmful. Two organizations that advocate for early childhood education — Defending […]

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Education Secretary Arne Duncan to outline education priorities and defend testing

Lyndsey Layton, Washington Post, January 9, 2015 As a new Congress gets to work to rewrite the 2002 federal education law known as No Child Left Behind, the Obama administration is drawing what Education Secretary Arne Duncan calls a “line in the sand”: The federal government must continue to require states to give annual, standardized […]

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The plot to overhaul No Child Left Behind

Maggie Stearms, POLITICO PRO, January 2, 2015 The Republican plan could dramatically roll back the federal role in education. Republicans are hatching an ambitious plan to rewrite No Child Left Behind this year — one that could end up dramatically rolling back the federal role in education and trigger national blowouts over standardized tests and […]

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Does Common Core really mean teachers should teach differently?

Emmanuel Felton, Hechinger Report, December 12, 2014   The Common Core wasn’t necessarily supposed to change how math is taught, but in many schools that’s exactly what’s happening. Many – some might argue most – American math teachers once followed a simple format: Explain a formula to the class, show an example on the board, […]

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‘Almost impossible’: an exit interview with outgoing Minneapolis School Board member Alberto Monserrate

Beth Hawkins, MinnPost, December 12, 2014   MinnPost photo by Bill Kelley At a recent meeting of the Minneapolis School Board, Alberto Monserrate voted in favor of a new five-year strategic plan for closing the district’s yawning achievement gap. He ranted a little bit before he did so, however, saying he was skeptical the district […]

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Chicago Teachers Union Breaks With Common Core

Anthony Cody, Education Week (Teacher), May 8, 2014 Yesterday, in a vote that shows democracy is alive in the American Federation of Teachers, members of the Chicago Teachers Union House of Delegates voted — reportedly unanimously — to join the growing national resistance to the Common Core standards. A statement released by the union says, Now that the […]

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Parents and the Common Core: A Conversation with National PTA President Otha Thornton

Anne O’Brien, Learning First Alliance, February 24, 2014 Evidence clearly shows that family engagement in education promotes student success. And the vast majority of parents (and other family members and guardians) understands that fact and takes educational responsibilities very seriously. So when they are faced with reforms that require changes to their children’s school experiences, families […]

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Why Does the Common Core Make People So Mad?

Michael Diedrich, Minnesota 2020, January 14, 2014  – The Common Core State Standards have been pitched as everything from the Great Savior to the Great Demon of U.S. public education. This has been confusing for many people, including me, since the actual content of the standards doesn’t seem particularly off-putting. There’s room for informed debate on […]

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Q&A: What are the Common Core academic standards and why should parents care?

Philip Elliott, Associated Press (Star Tribune), December 1, 2013 – Forty-five states and the District of Columbia have adopted the Common Core State Standards with the goal of sending high school graduates into the world ready for college or career. But they’re hardly without controversy. A look at the learning standards and the issues surrounding them: […]

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