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Entries by Mercedes Schneider from 12/2013

Common Core Unrest Obvious in 17 States

| Posted 12.04.2013 | Education

Proponents of the Common Core State Standards are fond of saying that it "has been adopted by 45 states and the District of Columbia." However, it seems that they refuse to mention the CCSS resistance that has found its way into state offices -- often resulting in formal hearings.

What If Common Core Had Followed the Democratic Process?

| Posted 12.09.2013 | Education

Teachers should have had decision-making power to directly shape CCSS from the outset. They did not. How would the CCSS developmental process have appeared had it followed the democratic process?

Anti-Union Front Group Attacks AFT

| Posted 12.16.2013 | Education

Last week the Center for Union Facts (don't believe the name) sponsored a full-page ad in the Times attributing the "high school slip in global rankings" to a single issue: the failure of American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten to promote merit pay for teachers.

Some Governors and the Common Core: 'Hot Friends Cooling'

| Posted 12.27.2013 | Education

Hoping to advance your own political career? Better be quiet about Common Core. Amazing how a number of formerly outspoken, pro-CCSS governors have strategically opted for silence (or some other form of distance) regarding the now-highly-charged CCSS.