Tag Archives: BIll Gates

The Well-Financed Effort to Marginalize and Intimidate Opt-Out Parents

Though she resigned as chair late last year, last week’s Tweet from Students First was pure Michelle Rhee: Will the #optout movement realize it’s fighting a losing cause? In its Tweet, Students First links to an opinion piece from one … Continue reading

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On Florida’s School Grade Pause and It’s Politicized Board of Education

The editors of the Tampa Bay Times preface their support for a pause in applying school grades in Florida by reminded readers that the existing scheme is already discredited. And while it’s extremely unlikely that any member of the highly … Continue reading

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Michigan Charter School Board President Resigns Over Common Core

Brian Polet, board president of Eagle Crest Charter Academy in Holland, Michigan has resigned. Scathing Purple Musings has received permission to print his letter of resignation in its entirety: Dear Eagle Crest Charter Academy, National Heritage Academies, and Central Michigan University, … Continue reading

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Why it Will Be Mainstream Republicans – And Not the Tea Party – Who Will Sink Common Core

It was easy for everyone to dismiss the early opposition to Common Core Standards as crack-pot tea party stuff when it came from Michelle Malkin and Glenn Beck. To be sure, the references to communism were over-the-top, but the arguments … Continue reading

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Using Taxpayer Dollars to Mislead Parents on Common Core

After reminding readers that Connecticut governor Daniel P. Malloy is on record as saying “I’ll settle for teaching to the test if it means raising test scores,” Wendy Lecker effectively slams the governor’s faith in tests and his plans to sell … Continue reading

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Why Hillsborough School Board’s Passage of Resolution on High-Stakes Testing Means More

From the Tampa Bay Times Marlene Sokol: Testing — the subject of school board resolutions around the nation and state — has troubled (Board Chairwoman Candy) Olson for months. At the board workshop on the issue, members spent more than … Continue reading

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Bill Gates: “Don’t Rush Teacher Evaluations. Do It Right.”

The Atlanta Journal Constitution’s excellent education reporter, Maureen Downey, posts Bill Gates’ speech to the Education Commission of the States conference in her GetSchooled blog. Gates’ foundation is funding a teacher evaluation pilot program in Hillsborough county. Many will find his comments to … Continue reading

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National Association of Secondary Schools Principals Endorses Resolution on High Stakes Testing

The nation’s leading association of high school principals joined the growing movement to end the way the nation’s policy-makers are imposing crippling high-stakes tests regimes on the nation’s schools. Diane Ravitch spoke to the group before a nearly unanimous vote … Continue reading

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Confirmed: Alan Hays Voted NO on Parent Trigger Because Haridopolis Blocked His Worker’s Comp Bill

Writes Jim Turner in Sunshine State News: The failure of a single bill to reach the Senate floor — a controversial one that Insurance Commissioner Kevin McCarty claimed would lower workers’ compensation costs for businesses — doomed the “parent trigger” for … Continue reading

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Using “Moneyball” to Explain Education Reform’s Value Added Data

Full disclosure. I know Billy Beane, the inspiration for Moneyball. In another world I was part of some three decades ago as an athletic trainer in professional baseball, I was there when Beane arrived as a young kid from a … Continue reading

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