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August 04, 2014

Louisiana's Sen. Vitter Backs Common Core as He Prepares Run for Governor

The stance by U.S. Sen. David Vitter puts him at odds with current Gov. Bobby Jindal, a fellow Republican battling to repeal the Common Core State Standards in Louisiana.

July 31, 2014

Pearson Reports Sales Decline, 4,000 Jobs Dropped in Restructuring Process

Pearson reported a sales decline of 6.5% in the first half of 2014. CEO John Fallon is hopeful that restructuring costs and job cuts will position the company for future growth in 2015 and beyond.

July 31, 2014

AIR Appeals Pearson's Common-Core Testing Contract in N.M. Court

The American Institutes for Research is seeking to break up a potentially big Common Core testing contract that it says was improperly bundled and skewed to favor Pearson.

July 31, 2014

'Moms Winning' While Common-Core Advocates Patronize

Tuesday's POLITICO piece by Stephanie Simon, "Moms Winning the Common Core War," featured earnest Common Core advocates explaining that, to get things back on track, they need to stop being so darn principled and start appealing to the "heart." What's kind of wild is that, each time the Common Core advocates say, "We get it now," they make me think that a) they totally don't get it, and b) they're about to dig themselves into an even deeper hole. As best as I could discern, here's a distilled take on what the Common Core advocates had to say.

July 31, 2014

What Happens on K-12 Policy if Republicans Take Over the U.S. Senate?

The person best positioned to make an educated guess on that question is Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., the top Republican on the Senate education committee. Alexander is the likeliest candidate to take over the helm of the Senate education committee if the chamber flips to GOP control in the fall.

July 29, 2014

Louisiana Board Joins Common-Core-Testing Suit Against Governor Jindal

The Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education voted 6-4 on July 29 to join a lawsuit against Gov. Bobby Jindal over the governor's to block a common-core-aligned test.

July 28, 2014

Real-Life Math and Teacher Training: Cures for 'Innumeracy'?

Americans are no good at math, but the common core will help only if teachers receive better professional development, according to a recent piece published in The New York Times.

July 28, 2014

Are Many States Behind Schedule With Their Common-Core Contracts?

Eleven states made at least 10 common core-related contracting awards in the last two years, while 20 states have had no awards, or only one, a new report says.

July 25, 2014

Common Core Contracting Shows Uneven Trends, Study Finds

The most active states have 10 or more common-core related bids, RFPs or awarded contracts on record; more than half of states have had none or one, as of 2013.

July 24, 2014

Glenn Beck Common-Core Event Enlists Parents in Battling the Standards

The conservative TV host had parents in his studio and in movie-theater audiences as he led a strategy session for how to get states to withdraw from the common standards.

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