February 2014 Archives

Both chambers of the Indiana Legislature have approved a bill to void the state's 2010 common core adoption and it now heads to conference committee, but there's more to the story.

A former chief of staff to then-commissioner Chris Cerf, Hespe held New Jersey's top education post more than a decade ago.

Indiana teacher are grappling with an uncertain transition to the common-core standards. How does that affect their classroom work?

A hearing in Indiana on new standards to replace the common core in that state drew many skeptical reactions from the public, along with concern from some teachers.

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan urged state leaders to lead the way on expanding access to early education at a meeting in Washington Feb. 23.

A comparison between kindergarten math standards in the Common Core State Standards and the draft Indiana standards released Feb. 19 reveal some important distinctions.

In another sign of unease about the common core from teachers' unions, NEA President Dennis Van Roekel has expressed concerns about how the standards have been introduced.

The Indiana Department of Education has released a draft version of new content standards for English/language arts and math that would replace the Common Core State Standards that were adopted by the state in 2010.

The changes to the common core in Florida include the addition of new standards related to calculus, and a new basic requirement for cursive writing.

A Wyoming bill opposing the common core hasn't gone as far as initially thought by some, while a Georgia House resolution would restate support for the standards.

A new lawsuit claims that New York state has not lived up to the K-12 funding commitments it began to satisfy in 2007, citing budget cuts in recent years.

The Garden State's K-12 chief used to work under Amplify boss Joel Klein in New York City's school system and oversaw charter-school expansion and new accountability measures in New Jersey.

A site intended to debunk myths about the common core raises questions about the exact nature of federal financial support for state standards.

Options offered by the New York Board of Regents include a new online portal to help educators access curricular resources and new testing options for special student populations.

Does the widespread rebuke by states of the Medicaid expansion show that states are not so easily coerced by the federal government--and its money--after all?

Rep. Phil Gingrey wants to stop the federal government "from either directly or indirectly mandating or incentivizing state and local academic standards and curricula."

The new formula recommended by an Illinois Senate committee report would focus more resources on low-income students and reduce state bureaucracy.

A group of Colorado school superintendents call for an additional $275 million in state public-school funding on top of a proposed increase from Gov. John Hickenlooper.

The state-run Newark district has been roiled recently by conflicts about charter-school expansion and school closures.


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