School Choice Weekly

Common Core Test Chaos, Take 27

School Choice Weekly #63 Last week, an ed pundit and a mom faced off to debate whether repealing Common Core had plunged Oklahoma into “chaos,” as pundit Michael Petrilli had asserted on Twitter. This week, new information suggests states clinging to Common Core are in for even more chaos than those that exit into a more productive course. From Politico’s Morning Education newsletter Tuesday: … hiring people to read all that student writing [on PARCC Common Core tests] is expensive. So Pearson...

Back to Redistributing Teachers

School Choice Weekly #62 When the Obama administration began writing its own laws under the guise of No Child Left Behind waivers in 2011, it snuck into the thousands of pages of bureaucratese a requirement for “teacher equity.” Now, the administration has reminded states it wasn’t joking. On Monday, the U.S. Department of Education wrote states a letter demanding they submit “teacher equity plans” to the feds by next June. The problem: Research shows poor and minority children are typically...

Ed-lection Slides GOP

School Choice Weekly #61 Education was a prime issue in this year’s midterm elections, and teachers unions spent a record-setting amount – $60 million by the two biggest nationwide unions – across the country. It didn’t work out so well for them, with notable losses for their candidates to Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, North Carolina U.S. Senate candidate Thom Tillis, Colorado U.S. Senate candidate Cory Gardner, and more. Of six heavily union-contested races, in only one did the union-backed...

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