Education Reform


Tue June 3, 2014

The Common Core Curriculum Void

Originally published on Thu June 5, 2014 7:29 am

Just some of the more than 700 math books that have been reviewed for Common Core alignment by professor William Schmidt and his team at Michigan State's Center for the Study of Curriculum.
Cory Turner NPR

Right now, America's schools are in a sprint. Forty-four states and the District of Columbia have adopted the Common Core State Standards. That means new learning benchmarks for the vast majority of the nation's young students — millions of kids from kindergarten through high school. And, for many of them, the Core Standards will feel tougher than what they're used to. Because they are tougher.

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Fri April 4, 2014

Common Core Turns Business Leaders Against Oklahoma GOP

Originally published on Fri April 4, 2014 5:47 pm

Conservative Republicans and business leaders are butting heads when it comes to the Common Core standards.

Mike Neal gets annoyed when he talks about politicians in his state. Just three years ago, when the Common Core State Standards for education were implemented, no one had a problem with them, says Neal, president of the Tulsa, Okla., Regional Chamber of Commerce.

"It's been a really frustrating situation to the business community in Oklahoma in that we've all been on the same page, from the governor, the House, the Senate, school board members," Neal says. "They've all been behind this."

Now, things are different.

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Mon December 2, 2013
Shots - Health News

Parents Of Sleep-Deprived Teens Push For Later School Start Times

Originally published on Tue December 3, 2013 3:32 pm

Maggie Starbard / NPR

Cristina Sevin knows the drill. Her 15-year-old son Isaac's first alarm goes off at 6:05 a.m.

When he sleeps right through it, Mom starts the nudging. But she also has to wake up 16-year-old Lily. She flips on the bedroom lights. "Lily, you gotta get up!"

They have to be out the door before 6:35 a.m. in their Annapolis, Md., neighborhood in order to catch the bus for a 7:17 school start. "I wish I didn't have to be awake right now," says Lily.

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Mon October 21, 2013

Tallying The Spending In Support Of The Education Tax

File photo: Florence High School math teacher Bob Anderson talks to a student about her pre-calculus coursework Tuesday, May 24, 2011 at Florence High School in Florence, Colo.
Joe Mahoney I-News Network

Teachers unions and several wealthy Coloradans are spending millions to convince voters to agree to almost $1 billion annually in higher income taxes devoted to public schools.

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Tue October 8, 2013

Amendment 66 Backers Start Push For Education Tax

A School bus takes students on a field trip in Fruita, Colo. in this file photo from Nov. 2010.
SQFP Flickr - Creative Commons