Although frustrated by this month’s three-vote defeat of a bill to reconsider Common Core national education standards or related tests, former Kansas Board of Education member Walt Chappell is resolute: “House Bill 2289 [to repeal Common Core] is still alive.”
The Common Core opponent expects a repeal bill to be re-introduced in 2014, but in the interim, Chappell, president of Educational Management Consultants, believes a “groundswell of activity from teachers and parents” is necessary to make that bill law. He plans to spread the word about Common Core, and assist parents and teachers in outreach to their communities.
“We need to give them a voice,” Chappel said.
Twelve Kansas legislators abstained from voting on the bill, which went down 55-58. It would have prohibited the state board of education from adopting national science standards, and had a committee study Common Core’s academic quality and costs to implement.
Common Core is a list of what children must...
Tuesday's ed news
Michigan's governor has signed the state budget, which prohibits funds for Common Core.
A bill to repeal Common Core has hit New York.
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal signs a new kind of Parent Trigger into law.
A New Hampshire court rules that tax-credit scholarship students may not attend religious schools.
Chicago Public Schools will lay off 663 employees because of school closures.
U.S. teacher training is of poor quality, a comprehensive...
Not everything worth doing should be done by the federal government. That may be the understatement of the millennium, but it’s the key to understanding why the current push for “common core” standards in education is a bad idea.
Common Core is the latest wrinkle in a 20-year trend to raise standards and increase accountability in education policy. Perhaps inevitably, this trend has coincided with a growing federal role in setting educational standards and mandated testing. This movement has...