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April 24, 2014

What Will It Take to Educate the Gates Foundation?

Bill Gates has made it clear that this was an experiment from the start. What he did not seem to allow for in his scenario was the possibility that his experiment would not succeed.

February 04, 2014

Colorado District Leaders Press for More Funding, Power

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.

December 11, 2013

The Making of Common Core Creation Stories: Myth or Fact?

Origins are of great importance because they tell us so much about the soul, the essence of a project. The essence of the Common Core was developed by a handful of corporations and corporate-funded think tanks who wanted schools to meet certain benchmarks to better prepare the employees of the future.

December 03, 2013

ALEC Ed. Agenda for 2014: Course Choice, Student Data 'Backpack Act'

The free-market-oriented organization is considering draft bills dealing with school choice and a state records database with academic information on individual students.

October 29, 2013

Billionaires Going Bonkers: Trying to Reboot Reform

From coast to coast, the billionaire-backed education reform project is back-pedaling, and there are signs of desperation showing up all over.

August 18, 2013

Prisons, Post Offices and Public Schools: Some Things Should Not Be For Profit

When our schools are run for profit, there are disastrous consequences for both students and teachers. Teachers are "managed" through the "outcomes" their students produce

June 28, 2013

Wyoming's New Chief Has Strong Ties to Common Core, ALEC

Wyoming's new head of public schools is a strong common core supporter who has worked on the ALEC Education Task Force.

April 15, 2013

How Will Michelle Rhee's Policy and Politics Work Fare in States?

The long-term impacts of a possible cheating scandal in D.C. Public Schools on StudentsFirst, Michelle Rhee's advocacy group, are not yet clear.

April 10, 2013

'Parent Power Index' Puts Familiar States in Top Policy Spots

The Center for Education Reform, like the American Legislative Exchange Council, has given Indiana top marks among states for education policy.

March 27, 2013

What Is It About the Common Core?

Like Wonder Bread, maybe the Common Core Standards are too well wrapped, whether in flags, promises, or some more commercial or sinister guise. At the same time, they may simply be the lowest common denominator, educational white bread, far more squishy than nourishing.

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