Hundreds of Oklahomans have repeatedly rallied to the statehouse in the past two years to protest Common Core national curriculum and testing mandates and urge lawmakers to support legislation repealing it. But Senate Education Committee Chairman John Ford (R-Bartlesville) refused to hold a hearing on any such bill.
Two lawmakers decided to get around that one-man roadblock by taking a bill that had already passed through Ford’s committee, stripping out the language inside, and amending in a bill to repeal Common Core and establish a pilot program to test new potential standards. Sens. Josh Brecheen (R-Coalgate) and Anthony Sykes (R-Moore) introduced their amendment to Senate Bill 1764 Friday.
Killing the Bill On Tuesday, Common Core supporters added another amendment to the bill that Common Core opponents say neuters it entirely. Then, late Wednesday, Senate leadership refused to bring the amended bill to a floor vote. The Senate bill is dead, but a House version (HB 3399) remains....
New York City's new mayor plans to close three charter schools that have a strong record of student acheivement. Last week, 11,000 New Yorkers rallied to protest his plan, including scores of children and mothers.
Friday's ed news
CHOICE: Why “accountability” shouldn’t mean making all schools the same.
OPT OUT: Parents nationwide report being pressured against opting their children out of tests.
FLORIDA: A bill would let schools designate a trained employee to carry a concealed firearm on campus.
NATIONAL: Teach For America, which places elite college graduates in needy schools, is piloting an extra year of training for recruits.
Thursday's ed news
ACCOUNTABILITY: Americans face a choice...