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Category Archives: Arne Duncan : Secretary of Education

Common Core Standards: Ten Colossal Errors

This article was written by Anthony Cody and first published in Education Week in November, 2013 and then reposted on his blog Living in Dialogue. Common Core Standards: Ten Colossal … Continue reading

March 10, 2015 · Leave a comment

Are the Common Core Standards Illegal?

From Diane Ravitch’s blog: Is Common Core illegal? Did Duncan break the law? When I worked in the U.S. Department of Education in the early 1990s, I was frequently reminded … Continue reading

March 1, 2015 · Leave a comment

The jargon of school reformers masks the poverty that stifles student achievement

I sat in on my first Families and Education Levy Oversight Committee meeting yesterday and the one thing that struck me the most was the useless jargon bandied about, phrases such … Continue reading

November 13, 2014 · 2 Comments

The Weekly Update: More on the Common Core, push back and opting out of high stakes testing, the FTC steps in to protect student privacy, a gag order on teachers and more

Let’s start off with this gem: Annual Kindergarten Show Canceled to Allow Kids to Focus on College A beloved annual kindergarten show at a New York school was canceled this … Continue reading

May 28, 2014 · 1 Comment

The Weekly Update: No money for Common Core in Seattle, Broad left Seattle in the cover of darkness and has reappeared in Oregon, ACT for Kindergartners, Creationism in schools and the US as an Oligarchy. How much more fun can one have?

Much is going on in the wide world of education. Every time I’m ready to wrap up this post, something new comes across the wires so let’s get started. First … Continue reading

April 26, 2014 · 5 Comments

Diane Ravitch: The Common Core Standards “should have no legitimacy”

From The Fatal Flaw of the Common Core Standards by Diane Ravitch: The reason to oppose the Common Core standards is because they violate the well-established and internationally recognized process … Continue reading

March 24, 2014 · 2 Comments

The Weekly Update: Predatory capitalism, privatization, sequestration and our children, Common Core Standards and opting out

Everyone is back in school, the privatizers are not letting up but parents, students and teachers are fighting back. Diane Ravitch is coming out with her new book on September … Continue reading

September 12, 2013 · 1 Comment

The Weekly Update: Parent Trigger’s epic fail, parents protest collection of student data, another charter school scam (wow, what a surprise!) and some good news.

First up: Incomes of the wealthy have increased by 28% and yet 24% of our children live in poverty. 24% of our children are living in poverty. That’s 1 in … Continue reading

May 11, 2013 · 4 Comments

The Weekly Update: More on Initiative 1240, the Honorable Arne and do we really want Wal-Mart schools in Washington State?

The Weekly Update for the news and views you might have missed. First, a little business. From the No on 1240 campaign: We need *you* to provide the people power … Continue reading

October 7, 2012 · Leave a comment

The Weekly Update: The Gates Foundation, the Broad Foundation and vouchers. A few of my favorite things.

The Weekly Update for the news you might have missed. We’ll start with this commentary on the Gates Foundation and how it has lost its way. A non-profit can have … Continue reading

August 18, 2012 · Leave a comment

The Weekly Update: So much money, so little time, creationism in voucher schools and who’s holding Arne Duncan accountable?

The Weekly Update for news you might have missed. Obama has become the darling of a whole new world of financiers and entrepreneurs in education who are making riches off … Continue reading

August 4, 2012 · Leave a comment

Weekly Update: 40+ School boards in Texas say enough is enough on testing, Arne Duncan gets an “F” and another one for the “How Low Can You Go?” category

Never a dull moment in the world of education. In the state of Washington we had some drama this week with Senator Rodney Tom deciding that he would hold the … Continue reading

March 16, 2012 · 1 Comment

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