So let me get this straight. On the campaign trail Texas Governor Rick Perry made a big deal of Texas’ desire to stay out of Common Core, go its own way, yippie ki-ya and all that, etc…And now, with the state trying to do its own standards it’s all blowing up and even the Common Core opponents (including Ze’ev Wurman who has no use for Common Core) are saying that Common Core is preferable to what Texas is up to now. Is this their first rodeo? Good summation via this letter from Bill Hammond opposing the new standards. And Usually Reliable Robelen writes it up here.
Couple of takeaways. First, obviously, the irony is too rich. But more seriously this shows how the usual state method of establishing standards leads to the unteachable hash we see in many places now. Common Core’s development process was a helpful buffer against that.
Whiteboard has a side-by-side on the House and Senate ESEA bills that also includes the administration’s ideas and waivers. Didn’t have time to catch every state of the state address? NGA rolls ‘em up for you in a policy mash up. Want to know how charter schools are doing in FL from a primary source rather than Twitter? Then check out the state’s annual report.
From Wisconsin it’s survey wars. Governor and the teachers union going back and forth on what survey data show. And from Tom Vander Ark it’s computer on man action. In New York a lot of speculation that Governor Cuomo will give the teachers unions what they want on the public disclosure of evaluations issue. Over at Atlantic they’re talking education.
Take lemons and make Lemonade Day!
Educators – Charter school leadership fellowships in TN.