Two Common Core items that bear watching.
At HuffPo CCCSO’s Chris Minnich pushes back on AFT’s Randi Weingarten about Common Core implementation. He calls her claims “unfounded assertions.” The subtext here is increasing frustration with union efforts to stir up trouble on Common Core in New York as part of an effort to get an accountability moratorium. Weingarten is right that implementation is not where it needs to be – anywhere. But Minnich is clearly right that this is the most robust effort implement standards and support teachers ever. Weingarten is playing for internal audiences though and the game for her is getting a moratorium on stakes and consequences she can show frustrated members. That effort is doing damage to Common Core, however, at a time the standards push can ill-afford it.
In Baltimore County the teachers union filed a grievance claiming Common Core is increasing workloads too much. Keep an eye on this one. If this idea gets legs it’s exactly the sort of “heads I win, tails you lose” political wedge that, yes you guessed it, Common Core can ill-afford right now. Common Core opponents would like nothing more than to see the union prevail on this one.
Given the increasingly hostile political climate keep an eye on pols running for the exits. Earlier this week, in the wake of a poll showing concern about testing and weaker than expected approval numbers New York Governor Andrew Cuomo raised the possibility of Common Core changes in New York…
If the Common Core strategy is some sort of rope-a-dope play then it looks like it is working. Otherwise, proponents need to get in the political fight – like Minnich did today – fast.