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May 24, 2010

The Texas Social Studies Debate Is Over, or Is It?

The Texas state board of education has completed work on controversial new standards for social studies, but critics suggest this isn't the final word on the matter.

May 19, 2010

Texas Board Back for Last Round in Social Studies Debate

The Texas state board of education is expected to wrap up work on controversial new social studies standards this week.

May 03, 2010

State Reviews New Batch of Digital Texts in California

California has reviewed a new set of digital textbooks for use in classrooms statewide.

April 28, 2010

The Financial Ripple Effect of Common Standards

We've talked before about the effect that common standards and assessments could have on the publishing industry (see a blog post here and a story here). Today we have one more peek into those possibilities. In a conference call yesterday to discuss first-quarter earnings for this year, McGraw-Hill...

April 05, 2010

Nevada District Removes History Textbooks, Seeks Refund

School officials in Elko County, Nev., are trying to get a refund for state history textbooks, amid concern with grammatical problems and complaints that the books are racist.

March 29, 2010

Anticipating Profits From Common Standards

As you know, the common standards are up for public comment through the end of this week (more than 5,000 comments so far, sources tell me). While lots of debate has focused on whether the standards cover the right stuff, whether their level of rigor is appropriate, and whether they were developed i...

March 08, 2010

AP: Bible-Influenced Science Texts Top Home-School Market

Leading textbooks for homeschoolers offer a Bible-influenced view of science, reports a story from the Associated Press

February 10, 2010

Judge Sends Seattle Back to Drawing Board on Math Materials

In what seems like an unusual step by the judiciary, a judge in Washington state has ordered the Seattle school board to reconsider its choice of math materials for high schools across the district, reports the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. "The court finds, based upon a review of the entire administ...

January 28, 2010

The Draft K-12 Common Standards: A Work in Progress

The revision process for the draft K-12 common standards offers a glimpse into the difficulty of crafting skills-and-knowledge sets to everyone's satisfaction.

January 25, 2010

Texas' Book-Banning Boo-Boo

Funny or scary? You be the judge. The Texas board of education bans the author of the children's book Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? on the mistaken belief that he wrote a book critical of American capitalism. (Hat tip to Robert Pondiscio over at the Core Knowledge blog.)

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