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April 08, 2014

K-12 Group Wants to Highlight Common Core Successes, But Delay High Stakes

The Learning First Alliance said that it wants to be a resource for states struggling to regroup and take more time to get the common core right.

March 19, 2014

Race to the Top Reports Size Up Progress of Common-Core Implementation

Reports on states' progress with Race to the Top plans show that states are at significantly different stages of implementing the Common Core State Standards.

March 18, 2014

Chiefs Press NEA, AFT Leaders on Common-Core Policy

State chiefs have some tough questions for the teachers' unions and their recent shifts in position on the common core.

March 18, 2014

State Chiefs Spar with AFT and NEA Presidents Over Common Core

Leaders of the American Federation of Teachers and the National Education Association voice sharp disagreement with state education chiefs about the implementation of the Common Core State Standards.

March 10, 2014

AFT Says It Will No Longer Accept Gates Funding

AFT will no longer take money from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for its Innovation Fund, the union says.

March 04, 2014

Chicago Test Boycott Expands, Gets Support of National Union

A boycott of Illinois state tests grows, despite a warning from the state board of education that parents do not have the right to "opt their children out" of testing.

February 28, 2014

AFT Creates New Website to Track For-Profit Charter Networks

A new anti-charter school website called "Cashing in on Kids" tracks five charter school operators.

February 27, 2014

AFT, Nonprofit Launch 'Cashing in on Kids' Website, Spur Controversy

A new anti-charter school website called "Cashing in on Kids" tracks five charter school operators.

February 27, 2014

In Education, Bringing the Dark Matter Into the Light

In a new article for ESPN, celebrity statistician Nate Silver chronicles the rise of big data in professional sports -- and the considerable unknowns, or "Dark Matter," that remains. Sam Chaltain wonders about the implications his article has for public education -- and if it's possible for the opposing armies in the reform debates to find common ground over what should be measured in American schools, and why, and how.

February 26, 2014

Suspensions Should Be Last Resort

Johnson: Transparency, consistency and, perhaps most important, accountability must become commonplace; they must be the practice for all and not the punishment for a few.

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