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February 13, 2015

Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber Resigns, Leaving His K-12 Blueprint Stranded

Kitzhaber had laid out ambitious early-literacy policy proposals after his 2014 re-election, and had also ordered a review of common-core-aligned tests in schools.

February 13, 2015

Before Common Core: Jeb Bush's 2005 Emails Show His Thinking on Standards

"If they are weak, let us strengthen them," the then-Florida governor wrote in an email from 10 years ago after a negative report about the state's content standards.

February 13, 2015

Idaho Schools' Connectivity in Limbo After Judge Voids State Broadband Contract

A judge Wednesday reaffirmed his November ruling that the state's $60 million broadband contract had been awarded illegally.

February 12, 2015

Mass. Report: PARCC is Right Common-Core Test for Schools ... With Caveats

Do the two state assessments being used in the Bay State accurately measure "college- and career-readiness" of students that so many states now say is their top priority?

February 12, 2015

Conflict Looms After Top Officials for Arizona School Board Fired by State Chief

The move could increase tensions between Superintendent Diane Douglas, a foe of the common core, and the state school board, which continues to support it.

February 11, 2015

Testing Meltdown in Indiana as Officials Squabble Over 12-Hour ISTEP+

Gov. Mike Pence, Superintendent Glenda Ritz, and others are seeking emergency changes to the state test after an outcry that it would take students too long to complete.

February 10, 2015

Steering Clear of Common Core, Jeb Bush Decries Schools That Fail Poor Students

Bush, the former Florida governor who is mulling a White House run, advocated for choice, assessment, and a low-profile for federal policymakers in K-12.

February 09, 2015

Three States to Decline Use of Adaptive Feature in Common-Core Tests

The decision not to use adaptive testing by three states highlights the complexities associated with a feature of the Smarter Balanced assessment.

February 09, 2015

Common-Core Reports Tell Utah Gov. Herbert: State Retains Control Over K-12

The two reports indicate that overall, Utah retains control over its K-12 policy and schools retain control over curriculum under the common core.

February 05, 2015

La. Gov. Bobby Jindal Slams Pro-Common-Core 'Elites' Who Insult Parents

In his speech to a conservative group in Washington, the Louisiana Republican said, "I have more confidence in the moms in this room than any collection of bureaucrats."

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