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November 25, 2013

Common Core Needs a Czar

The implementation of the Common Core State Standards has been a mess and has put these standards at risk of survival. CCSSO and NGA need to select a Common Core Czar to oversee the implementation and grant this person the authority to make needed changes as well as recommend changes in laws and regulations.

September 16, 2013

California Is Right; Duncan Is Wrong

Secretary Duncan's threats to withhold funds from California if they do not continue to give tests that are not aligned with common core makes no sense. California has a better plan.

July 08, 2013

Unions Are Right on Common-Core Standards

Both the National Education Association and the American Federation of Teachers support Common Core State Standards, and both unions call for a moratorium on high stakes testing until initial implementation of these standards is successful.

May 06, 2013

Teachers Need Action Along With Appreciation

This is Teacher Appreciation Week and tomorrow is National Teacher Day. It is time to take action to restore respect, autonomy, and responsibility to teachers for their profession.

March 27, 2013

Common Core: Mend It; Don't End It

Common Core Standards continue to be a point of debate. We should remember that these standards are what every child should know and be able to do not everything a child should know and be able to do.

January 08, 2013

The Real Issue Isn't Common Core; It's Common Implementation

Alan Blankstein, president and founder of HOPE Foundation, offers his ideas about the implementation of the Common Core, and it starts with readiness.

January 05, 2012

Sometimes Philanthropy is just Philanthropy

I have read with interest the articles in the New York Times attacking education leaders for taking study trips that were underwritten by the Pearson Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Pearson Education. I will admit that after the first article, I had hoped that this would be a one-time article b...

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