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Familiar Story in Tennessee: Gov, Ed Boss Want Common Core – GOP Legislators, Not So Much

Looks like a familiar story is unfolding in another republican dominated state. Joey Garrison reports in The Tennessean: Republican lawmakers are putting the final touches on legislation that would delay the implementation of Common Core education standards and the companion … Continue reading

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Jeb Bush’s “Shaky Success Record”

Jeb Bush’s recent hyperbole is that of a man who knows he’s under fire. Consider this from Metro Pulse reporter Cari Wade Gervin: On Monday, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush came to Nashville for a press event with Gov. Bill Haslam. … Continue reading

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Placing Accountabilty for the College Remediation Epidemic

Florida children have been conditioned to see that high-stakes tests are the only thing that matters since Jeb Bush launched his school-grade accountability scheme  10 years ago. Yet even with our state’s schools now dominated by a culture of testing,  Bush … Continue reading

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Charter Schools USA Rejected in Georgia, Enraged Lawmakers Target School Board

Dick Yarborough reporting last week included this tidbit about Charter USA’s attempt to open a school in Cherokee County, Georgia: In Miami-Dade and Broward counties, the (Miami) Herald reported, almost two-thirds of charter schools are run by management companies, which charge fees … Continue reading

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Will NCLB’s Clear “Dramatic Failure by its Own Chosen Indicators” Prompt Florida’s Own Pushback Against Ed Reform?

Teacher, writer and education activist Anthony Cody offers this critique of NCLB: Remember that this law set itself the goal of making every child in the nation proficient by 2014, and eliminating the achievement gap between ethnic groups. So NCLB, perhaps … Continue reading

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Four More States Seek NCLB Waivers

Through a tip from GRADEBOOK comes this story from Stateline.com that four more states have asked Arne Duncan for NCLB waivers: All told, during the past six months the department has received waiver requests from five states. In addition to … Continue reading

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One of Jeb Bush’s Chief’s for Change Jumps Ship in Tennessee

In what should be an embarrassment to former Florida governor Jeb Bush, one of his much ballyhooed Chiefs for Change has jumped ship. Tennessee Education Commissioner Kevin Huffman’s decision today to seek an NCLB waiver from Arne Duncan is a … Continue reading

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Tennessee’s Bipartisan Support for NCLB Waiver

This morning’s Memphis Commercial Appeal reported that both Tennessee’s governor and education commissioner were on board with a request for an NCLB  waiver has been followed up by a letter of support from almost its entire congressional delegation: WASHINGTON – … Continue reading

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Why Conservatives and Tea Party Followers Ought to be Appalled by No Child Left Behind and Race to the Top

George W. Bush’s education initiative No Child Left Behind is the basis for the Obama education initiative, Race to the Top (RTT). Most conservatives and tea party followers probably don’t know that RTT was funded by the Obama stimulus. And while most … Continue reading

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How No Child Left Behind May Force State’s Rights Battle and Give Pause to Republicans

With news today that Tennessee is considering seeking a No Child Left Behind waiver, word comes that the US Department of Education will seek to “enforce”  the law if it is not restructured by the current congress. A number of states … Continue reading

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