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Jeb Bush and the Common Core Blame Game

American Enterprise Institute fellow Rick Hess remains one of the nation’s most important education policy voices. Writing in National Review this week, Hess takes a look at the reasons why the Common Core roll-out has been so problematic. Among them, this: … Continue reading

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The “Regulatory Creep” and “Bureaucratization” of Florida’s Education System

While Education Commissioner Pam Stewart is trying to save Jeb Bush’s school grade system with plaintive wails like “it’s not good for students,” she won’t have the final word if the legislature chooses to act. Gradebook’s Jeff Solochek writes: “All … Continue reading

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Common Core’s “Dishonest Debate” and Its “Convoluted and Frustrating Curricula”

The efforts of republican governors and state policymakers to advance and implement Common Core is becoming more arduous by the day. Especially when they are receiving fire from their own side and in traditionally friendly publications. Consider this penned by … 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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Arne Duncan’s “Backdoor Blueprint Strategy” based on “Behavior Bucks” is “Coerced Voluntarism”

SOS March Organizer Anthony Cody takes issue with Arne Duncan’s brazen takeover of the nation’s schools in a clever, poignant way: Our Department of Education is still making rookie mistakes by trying to drive reform with Behavior Bucks. Perhaps they should … Continue reading

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Why it Matters in Florida That For the Second Straight Year, “Highly Effective” Teachers Are Still Clustered in Rich, White D.C.

From the Washington Examiner: For the second year in a row, a disproportionate number of “highly effective”  teachers are employed in affluent, white areas of the District, school officials  confirmed. “We’re continuing to look at that, and it’s a trend … Continue reading

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Is it a Good Thing that Rick Hess is So Mad at Arne Duncan?

Wow. The American Enterprise Institute’s  Rick Hess has  dropped the Constitution bomb on Arne Duncan: Our earnest Secretary of Education, who famously (and bizarrely) promised Congress a billion-dollar edu-bonus if it reauthorized NCLB by the administration’s deadline and to the President’s … Continue reading

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“SB736 is going to be a train wreck”

So says American Enterprise Institute education policy expert Rick Hess: I’ll bet right now that SB 736 is going to be a train wreck. Mandatory terminations will force some good teachers out of good schools because of predictable statistical fluctuations, … Continue reading

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