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Gates Gives Common Core Owner, CCSSO, $15.4 Million Just to Keep 'Em in Business

Mercedes Schneider | Posted 02.08.2016 | Education
Mercedes Schneider

Despite the reality that CCSS has not taken American education by the standardizing storm that its schemers had hoped, Gates continues to fund CCSS as a pet project.

Politically-Birthed Common Core Turns Five -- Let's Celebrate by Ripping the Facade

Mercedes Schneider | Posted 06.07.2016 | Politics
Mercedes Schneider

As a critical thinker, I would like to read the empirical studies produced prior to Common Core adoption and that support exactly what the Common Core yields, not what those advertising it have told me it "emphasizes."

Hewlett Funds a Common Core-Centered, Statewide 'New Accountability' Push

Mercedes Schneider | Posted 12.16.2014 | Education
Mercedes Schneider

As CCSS continues to falter, fail, and face rejection by both locals and the politicians who realize they are elected by locals, the Hewlett report provides CCSS proponents with the ultimate "faulty implementation" exit: CCSS failed because it lacked complete system support.

How Does Vox Figure PARCC Tests Are 'Working'?

Mercedes Schneider | Posted 06.14.2014 | Education
Mercedes Schneider

The piece is entitled, "Common Core Tests Are in Classrooms -- And They're Actually Working." That depends upon what one considers "working" to be.

A Brief Audit of Bill Gates' Common Core Spending

Mercedes Schneider | Posted 10.29.2013 | Politics
Mercedes Schneider

Bill Gates likes Common Core. So, he is purchasing it. In doing so, Gates demonstrates (sadly so) that when one has enough money, one can purchase fundamentally democratic institutions.

The Common Core Standards: Truths, Untruths and Ambiguities

Patte Barth | Posted 06.25.2013 | College
Patte Barth

Educators in 46 states and DC are deep in the process of implementing new "common core" standards into their classrooms. But an emerging anti-core backlash may render their efforts moot in several states.

Thank Your Favorite Association Exec

Tom Vander Ark | Posted 12.28.2012 | Business
Tom Vander Ark

I like most association people -- the folks that run the acronyms. I appreciate the ones that don't just pander to their members but deliver value whi...

Who Is Michelle Shearer? A Look At The Teacher Of The Year

Posted 07.05.2011 | Education

On Tuesday, May 4, Michelle Shearer stood beside President Obama in front of the White House to accept her award as the 61st National Teacher of the Y...

The National Governors Association Takes Action to Reform Teaching - With No Teacher Input

Dan Brown | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dan Brown

The National Governors Association (NGA) and its educational arm, the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO), are writing national educational standards for mathematics and English language arts to be implemented by America's K-12 teachers -- with virtually no input from them.