Tag Archives | Race to the Top

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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A New Conversation about Public Education

Marita Bujold, Twin Cities Daily Planet, October 25, 2012 – It seems to me that you cannot turn on the radio or read a newspaper today without hearing someone repeat this line ”public education is broken – a failure”. A few days ago, I heard this claim from a prominent local leader. He followed his statement […]

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Is it a good idea to evaluate school boards using test data?

Beth Hawkins, MinnPost, June 5, 2012 – Education Secretary Arne Duncan U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan: Crazy, or crazy like a fox? Buried in the fine print of the proposed guidelines for the next round of federal Race to The Top school grants is a shot of schadenfreude for teachers: The same student achievement […]

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Education Secretary Arne Duncan lavishly praises Twin Cities cooperative efforts

Beth Hawkins, MinnPost, May 24, 2012 – REUTERS/Jonathan ErnstSecretary of Education Arne Duncan U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan today lavished praise on several Twin Cities school districts, teachers unions and board members for the progressive nature of their relationships. Their partnerships, he said, are producing the types of innovations he hopes to reward with […]

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Minnesota prepares for challenge as minorities become classroom majority

MaryJo Webster and Mila Koumpilova, Pioneer Press, May 17, 2012 – A look at Minnesota’s youngest residents spells change for a state that is overwhelmingly white. Related U.S. census Some rural Minnesota areas experiencing a ‘brain gain’ U.S. census: Minority babies in majority Minorities make up 17 percent of Minnesota’s population but 30 percent of […]

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Why Isn’t Closing 40 Philadelphia Public Schools National News?

Bruce A. Dixon, Black Agenda Report (truthout), May 10, 2012 – On February 14, 2012, Pennsylvania public school students, parents and teachers converged at the Capitol Rotunda to denounce Governor Corbett’s education plans and demand better schools. (Photo: karathepirate) If some racist made an inappropriate remark about the First Lady or her children our national “civil […]

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‘Mr. President, public education in the U.S. is on the wrong track’

Valerie Strauss, Washington Post, April 24, 2012 – This is the text of an open letter written to President Obama by Mary Broderick, president of the Arlington, Va.,-based National School Boards Association, a not-for-profit organization representing state associations of school boards and their member districts. The letter, sent earlier this month to the president, asks for a national dialogue […]

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Sen. Franken Wants Level Playing Field for Rural School Districts Competing for “Race to the Top” Education Grants – Tuesday, April 24, 2012

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Senator Al Franken Urges Federal Education Officials to Help Boost Resources for Rural Educators Applying for Funds U.S. Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) today pressed U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan to create a level playing field for rural school districts in Minnesota and across the country competing for federal “Race to the Top” […]

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Flunking the Test

Paul Farhi, American Journalism Review, February/March 2012 – The American education system has never been better, several important measures show. But you’d never know that from reading overheated media reports about “failing” schools and enthusiastic pieces on unproven “reform” efforts. Fri., March 30, 2012. Senior contributing writer Paul Farhi (farhip@washpost.com) is a reporter for the […]

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Like never before, teachers under scrutiny

Kim McGuire, Star Tribune, March 25, 2012 – From evaluations to seniority changes to basic-skills tests, educators face unprecedented pressure to measure up. Sarah Johnson’s work begins long before the school bell rings. First up is a meeting with a fellow teacher to talk about how a lesson was paced. Did you finish before the […]

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