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September 08, 2014

Pa. Gov. Corbett Urges Review as Part of Effort to 'Roll Back' Common Core

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett releases a somewhat ambiguous statement about the future of the Common Core State Standards in the Keystone State.

September 08, 2014

Education Policy and Politics in the N.Y. State Democratic Primary

What's the long-term fallout as Zephyr Teachout, an opponent of common core and high-stakes testing, takes on Gov. Andrew Cuomo in the Sept. 9 Democratic primary?

September 08, 2014

The New York Times Magazine on Bill Gates' Latest Education Project

The magazine's annual education issue looks at the billionaire's support for the Big History Project, a new way to teach history as connected to other subjects.

September 04, 2014

For the Common Core, A Different Sort of Benchmark

The Concord Review, a journal of high school student history essays, makes a powerful argument for using student work in explaining academic standards.

September 04, 2014

Common Core's Five Big Half-Truths

Common Core advocates repeatedly stress five impressive claims. Here's a cheat sheet for evaluating those claims, which are far less compelling than they appear at first glance.

September 03, 2014

New Group Seeks to Counter 'Toxic Nature' of Education-Policy Debate

A new communications organization headed by a former aide to U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan aims to elevate the debate over K-12 education policy, its backers say.

September 02, 2014

On C-SPAN, a Civil Discourse on Common Core

"Washington Journal" featured a discussion on the standards by Michael J. Petrilli of the Thomas B. Fordham Institute and Neal McCluskey of the Cato Institute.

September 02, 2014

Free, Full-Day Kindergarten Begins for Minnesota Children

Minnesota offers free, full-day kindergarten for the first time to help close the opportunity gap.

September 02, 2014

iPad Scandal Grows in L.A., Raising Leadership Questions

The story of how the Los Angeles Unified School District contracted for iPads and software with Apple and Pearson is not going away. Calls for investigation continue along with public questions about whether Superintendent John Deasy can, or should, survive this issue and others. But the important issue is not the contract; it's the strategy behind it.

August 28, 2014

Oklahoma Loses Waiver Over Academic Standards; Indiana, Kansas Waivers Extended

The U.S. Department of Education approved No Child Left Behind waiver extensions for Indiana and Kansas, but not Oklahoma, which abandoned the common core earlier this summer.

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