Feds Target WI Choice Program, Anti-Common Core Wins Florida Primary, and More: Friday's Ed News

Feds Target WI Choice Program, Anti-Common Core Wins Florida Primary, and More: Friday's Ed News
May 16, 2014

Joy Pullmann

Joy Pullmann (jpullmann@heartland.org) is a research fellow of The Heartland Institute and managing... (read full bio)

Friday's ed news 

WISCONSIN: State senators demand information about the Obama administration's demand to oversee the state's vouchers program.

MISSOURI: The House and Senate again pass, by large margins, a bill to end Common Core

FLORIDA: Choice means paying for learning, not empty seats

FLORIDA: Another anti-Common Core candidate beats a GOP incumbent in this spring's primaries. 

INDIANA: The state superintendent fails to eliminate alternative pathways into teaching

SCIENCE: A study finds lecturing is less effective at teaching STEM subjects than is "active teaching." 

ALABAMA: Anti-Common Core candidates have gotten $700,000 during Alabama's primary races. The vote is June 3. 

POETRY: How Common Core eliminates poetry in favor of recipes and user manuals. 

 

Thursday's ed news

NORTH CAROLINA: The state Supreme Court allows 2,200 kids to receive vouchers while a case against them proceeds. 

PENNSYLVANIA: Philadelphia is the latest to face allegations of widespread cheating within the school district on state tests.

MISSOURI: A bill would let students from the unaccredited St. Louis school district attend private, nonreligious schools after jumping through many hoops.  

PRESCHOOL: A mother and teacher discusses why preschool is unnecessary for most kids, and alternatives to government preschool for the others. 

ILLINOIS: It's not new to have different expectations for different races in school--the feds have required states to do that for years. 

MASSACHUSETTS: Some students and teachers cling to poetry as national mandates erode them in schools. 

NEW YORK: How Common Core tossed aside better work that teachers were doing. 

ARIZONA: The state superintendent's race heats up around Common Core, with the sitting superintendent staking his career on it. 

STUDENT LOANS: The amount a student borrows may be less of a problem than the student's character, new research finds.

 

Wednesday's ed news

NEW MEXICO: Santa Fe schools lard on the computers, at high expense and with little evidence they'll improve instruction.

ONLINE ED: The "godfather" of massive open online courses now says they're a bad idea

WYOMING: The state will not receive a federal No Child Left Behind law waiver

FLORIDA: The ACLU files a lawsuit against single-sex schools that were just about to become a model for the state. 

 

Tuesday's ed news

NEW YORK: Parents are opting their kids out of state tests in historically high numbers. So far, it's around 30,000 kids refusing Common Core tests. 

CALIFORNIA: New Common Core tests are plagued with computer problems.

PRESCHOOL: The Obama administration uses tax dollars to pay for preschool data from an advocacy group.

ACHIEVEMENT: It's not just the poor. America's middle-class and wealthy kids are also academically behind their international peers.

UNIONS: The education establishment works feverishly to deny kids access to better schools

PENNSYLVANIA: Facing competition from online charter schools, a traditional district steps up its game and becomes a leader. 

ILLINOIS: Under a federal waiver of the No Child Left Behind law, Illinois sets lower academic goals for minority kids

FLORIDA: The governor signs bills to reduce the impact of Common Core

EVALUATIONS: A new report finds teacher evaluations are biased against teachers with low-performing students.

 

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Joy Pullmann

Joy Pullmann (jpullmann@heartland.org) is a research fellow of The Heartland Institute and managing... (read full bio)