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November 19, 2013

Is the Common Core Becoming a Fiasco?

The fiasco begins with a grand idea, planned with a bold vision. People set their sights on a goal beyond any they have ever achieved before.

November 17, 2013

The Door We Open When We Defeat the Common Core

There is a deeper principle at stake here. Standards developed in secret without the active participation of K12 educators, parents, students and experts from the start are not acceptable or legitimate.

November 16, 2013

Common Core Standards: Ten Colossal Errors

The Common Core has been presented as a paradigmatic shift beyond the test-and-punish policies of NCLB. However, we are seeing the mechanisms for testing, ranking, rewarding and punishing simply refined, and made even more consequential for students, teachers and schools.

October 28, 2013

Paul Horton: Pseudo Democracy: Duncan Double Dribbles in Chicago

I managed to calm down only when I began to recall that virtually none of what he said was true: graduation rates are at an all time high,

October 16, 2013

Process Matters in a Democracy: Common Core Fails the Test

Decisions that were made without democratic input are not legitimate. Officials implementing these policies should be challenged in public at every opportunity.

October 01, 2013

Arne Duncan Goes After "Armchair Pundits"

Arne Duncan spoke publicly of Diane Ravitch in an interview in 2011, where he said: "Diane Ravitch is in denial and she is insulting all of the hardworking teachers, principals and students all across the country

September 20, 2013

John Thompson: GAO and Elaine Weiss Converge on Harsh Appraisal of Race to the Top

how can educators attempt to comply with distractions like the RttT and still find the time and money necessary to implement more promising reforms?

September 19, 2013

Three Questions, Two Answers from the Department of Education

Secretary Duncan, you have a successful career. Would you be willing to take the Common Core Tests as they become available and share your score?

August 26, 2013

Civil Rights Leaders Condemn Privatization of Prisons and Schools

Despite research showing that closing public schools does not improve test scores or graduation rates, the federal agenda has incentivized the privatization of schools with primary fall out on low-income communities of color.

August 20, 2013

Monitored and Ignored: Ravitch and the Rest of Us

I have actively sought to get responses from the administration. Why then would I feel disturbed to find out they are "monitoring" people like Diane Ravitch - and perhaps myself?

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