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  • Pushback Continues: States Grow Increasingly Wary of Common Core

    Common Core is on the ropes. More and more states are pulling back from the national standards as the 2014–15 school year implementation deadline looms near. In Louisiana, Governor Bobby Jindal (R)—formerly a Common Core supporter—is now encouraging the legislature to remove the state from the Common Core aligned Partnership … More

    Testing the Tests: Common Core Implementation Continues to Prove Problematic

    Common Core proponents are doing their best to boost public perceptions of new national standards and tests as the fall implementation deadline looms. Last week, Vox reported, “Common Core tests are in classrooms—and they’re actually working.” But then the article’s author, Libby Nelson, goes on to state: There have been … More

    Court Orders Louisiana to Put Feds Before Families in Voucher Notifications

    The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) hasn’t succeeded in stopping Louisiana’s statewide voucher program, so now it’s trying to bury it in paperwork. Last August, DOJ tried to use a 40-year-old desegregation court order, Brumfield v. Dodd, to block Louisiana’s school voucher program from continuing to operate—despite the fact that … More

    Indiana Legislature Ends Common Core, Contemplates New Standards, Sets Precedent

    The Indiana Senate passed a bill on Wednesday that will remove the state from the Common Core national standards. The bill, which was already passed by the House, is now headed to Governor Mike Pence’s (R) desk for signature. The bill requires the state board to adopt Indiana “college and … More

    The Ticket to the American Dream: School Choice

    “School choice wasn’t the difference between two schools; it was the difference between two different paths of life,” said Friendship Collegiate Academy senior Daniel Spruill at the 2014 National School Choice Week whistle-stop event in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday night. In its fourth year, National School Choice Week (NSCW) celebrates … More

    Kansas Reclaims Control of Testing, Drops Common Core Assessments

    Last week, Kansas decided to drop the Common Core–aligned Smarter Balanced tests in favor of having the University of Kansas craft the assessments that Kansas students will take beginning in the 2015–2016 school year. The Topeka Capital-Journal reports: After hours of in-depth discussion, the Kansas State Board of Education voted … More

    AFT’s Weingarten: Common Core Implementation Will Be Worse Than Obamacare

    “You think the Obamacare implementation is bad? The implementation of the Common Core is far worse,” said American Federation for Teachers president Randi Weingarten at the National Education Writers Association last month. Though she is ostensibly supportive of national standards, Weingarten joins a chorus of concern about the push for … More

    Chart of the Week: How Many Edu-crats Does Your State Have?

    Federal laws and regulations such as No Child Left Behind (NCLB) levy a mighty bureaucratic compliance burden on state departments of education. A recent report conducted by The Heritage Foundation finds that state departments of education on average have 142 employees per million state residents. To manage the decades of … More