School Choice Weekly

Common Core Tests Become a Hot Potato

School Choice Weekly #42 Tennessee is the latest state to drop the federally funded national Common Core tests. Education Week reported Tennessee’s move, but the map accompanying its story relies on old numbers from the two national Common Core testing groups, known as PARCC (Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers) and SBAC (Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium). PARCC is currently the weakest testing conglomeration. EdWeek says PARCC’s membership is 15 states plus DC...

Unions, Struggling, Increase Marxist Rhetoric

School Choice Weekly #41 Although unions likely will appeal a California judge’s decision that union-backed teacher tenure laws cause poor and minority children to get worse teachers, his ruling is just the latest in a series of significant problems for teachers unions, as Politico points out: Long among the most powerful forces in American politics, the unions are contending with falling revenue and declining membership, damaging court cases, the defection of once-loyal Democratic allies – and...

More Benefits from Wisconsin’s Collective Bargaining Curbs

School Choice Weekly #40 The law that brought labor unions nearly to riot through the Wisconsin capitol continues to benefit students even now, three years after its passage. Teachers union contracts are not subject to the law until they expire, so the measure will continue to have rolling effects as that happens. Recently, the law’s effects in two of Wisconsin’s largest districts, Madison and Kenosha, were in the news. In Madison, the district used Act 10 to bargain its union into allowing the...

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