The philanthropist has invested $10 million to bring a new approach to history instruction to high school classrooms, according to a recent feature in the New York Times Magazine.
Motions to demand a halt to standardized testing and an opt-out policy for parents were passed to a legislative committee for possible presentation to state lawmakers.
Teachers can apply for grants from the American Federation of Teachers to improve the Common Core State Standards.
All four segments of California's higher education system are working to align admissions and teacher-preparation programs to reflect the common core.
A. Graham Down, who served as executive director and president of the Council for Basic Education from 1974 to 1994, died on Aug. 30.
Starting this school year, students as young as 5 in England will be required to learn computer programming, reports the BBC.
Elementary students who participated in a music enrichment program for two years showed improvement in their ability to process speech sounds, according to a new study published in the Journal of Neuroscience.
Last week the Lee County school district in Florida became the first in the country to opt out of all state testing. One member of the board changed her mind, and that was all it took for a vote to rescind.
The state department of education has said nothing about what might happen to Lee County in the wake of its decision to boycott state-required tests.
When states have had problems with waivers from No Child Left Behind, it's usually been because of their teacher-evaluation plans. This time a state lost its waiver because it's standards weren't good enough.