Tag Archives: Common Core

Not so fast, Betsy!

Betsy DeVos, President-elect Trump’s nominee to be Secretary of State, took a page from her new boss’ playbook and went directly to the people via Twitter about Common Core. Many of you are asking about Common Core. To clarify, I … Continue reading

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Did Jeb Bush Recommend Betsy DeVos to Be Trump’s Secretary of Education?

On Sunday, Tampa Bay Times Washington Bureau Chief Alex Leary reported that former Florida governor Jeb Bush called to congratulate President-Elect Donald Trump: They had a very productive call and Gov. Bush was extremely gracious congratulating Mr. Trump on his … Continue reading

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Jeb Bush Calls POLITICO “Trash”, Yet Used Them to Advance Ed Policy Agenda in 2011

Last evening POLITICO printed a story from Florida-based journalist Marc Caputo that staffers from Jeb Bush’s campaign were shopping their resumes. Several Jeb Bush campaign workers are already shopping their résumés with Florida political consultants as expectations mount inside his … Continue reading

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Significant Support Emerges for Alan Hays’ Compromise Amendment to Testing Reform Bill

Unlikely allies are rallying around Umatilla republican senator Alan Hays amendment to SB 616 as a compromise on the state’s high-stakes test drama. Writes Jefferey Solochek for Gradebook: A conservative Florida senator with a flair for headline-grabbing proposals could generate … Continue reading

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One Florida Education Foundation Consortium Advocates for Common Core, While the Other Doesn’t

Tampa Bay Times reporter Jeff Solochek was unable to hide his skepticism in this Gradebook post on today’s release addressing Common Core from the Consortium of Florida Education Foundations: The Consortium of Florida Education Foundations (CFEF) has issued a white paper aimed at … Continue reading

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“We’ve Been VAMboozled” in Florida

So said United Teachers of Dade president Fedrick Ingram at yesterday’s “Walk a Mile in Our Schools” rally in Miami. From David Smiley’s report in the Miami Herald: A handful of local politicians participated in Friday’s rally, including Democratic state … Continue reading

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National Review: Common Core Marks Return to Mathematical Ignorance

David G. Bonagura’s column which details Common Core’s serious flaws in it’s math standards is the second anti-Core piece the conservative daily National Review has published this week.  Writes Bonagura: The problem with Common Core is not that it provides … Continue reading

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Pro School Choice Think-Tank Rips Florida’s “Tweak” to Common Core

Robert Holland is Senior Fellow for Education Policy at the Heartland Institute in Chicago. He pens the following letter-to-the-editor in the Bradenton Herald: The Florida Department of Education’s proposed revisions to the so-called Common Core State Standards amount to a … 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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Study: High Standardized Test Scores Don’t Translate to Better Cognition….Can’t Wait for those Bush Foundation Talking Points

From US News & World Report writer Allie Bidwell: Even when students improve their scores on standardized tests, they don’t always improve their cognitive abilities, such as memory, attention and speed, according to a new study released Thursday. Researchers at … Continue reading

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