It’s time to restructure the US Department of Education

  Two of our constitutional amendments played an important role in public education. In 1791, the 10th Amendment stated, “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to … Continue reading It’s time to restructure the US Department of Education

The US Department of Education’s Digital Promise to advance the ed-tech field and online learning in public schools

Editor’s note: Cheri Kiesecker was a panelists for the Webinar: Stop the Ed Tech Juggernaut hosted by Parents Across America. Click here for links to the video recording and slides from the program. -Carolyn Leith The USDoE’s Digital Promise to advance the ed-tech field, CBE, … Continue reading The US Department of Education’s Digital Promise to advance the ed-tech field and online learning in public schools

The Doublespeak of Ed Reform Regarding Charter Schools

Originally published in The Huffington Post, by co-editor Sue Peters I can’t help but wonder if it isn’t an intentional Catch 22 that some people are trying to trap our public schools in– setting them up to fail, making it … Continue reading The Doublespeak of Ed Reform Regarding Charter Schools

Obama’s regret: “Taking the joy out of teaching and learning”

Obama’s call to reduce testing to 2% of the school year still requires students to take standardized tests for an outlandish twenty-four hours.  And it isn’t even all the time directly spent taking the tests that’s the biggest problem. The … Continue reading Obama’s regret: “Taking the joy out of teaching and learning”

Don Neilson, the Discovery Institute and Intelligent Design

Don Nielson recently had yet another op ed published by the Seattle Times, a newspaper which has provided many wealthy (white) men with a platform and microphone to share their opinions with the rest of us on public education. This … Continue reading Don Neilson, the Discovery Institute and Intelligent Design

How we got the Common Core Standards: Federal Manipulation Through Race to the Top

From the Truth in American Education, An admission of Federal manipulation through Race to the Top: Arne Duncan’s former chief of staff pulls back the curtain on Race to the Top We couldn’t keep up with the enormous load of … Continue reading How we got the Common Core Standards: Federal Manipulation Through Race to the Top

High-Stakes Testing is a Social Justice Issue

And here is why. 5 Reasons Why High-Stakes Testing Is a Social Justice Issue by Jon Greenberg and Gerardine Carroll Few things please parents more than learning that their children are invigorated about and engaged in their education, perhaps deconstructing … Continue reading High-Stakes Testing is a Social Justice Issue

Annotated References for PAA fact sheet “Common Core Basics” and position paper “PAA opposes Common Core State Standards, PARCC/SBAC tests”

This paper relates to the previous posts Parents Across America:The Common Core Basics and Parents Across America opposes Common Core Standards, the PARCC and SBAC tests The following references are so well written I wanted to include it as a … Continue reading Annotated References for PAA fact sheet “Common Core Basics” and position paper “PAA opposes Common Core State Standards, PARCC/SBAC tests”

190,836 Students Opt-Out of New York’s Common Core ELA Assessment

From Truth in American Education: 190,836 Students Opt-Out of New York’s ELA Assessment A New York-based Opt-Out advocacy group called United to Counter the Core reports that 190,836 students as of the time of this writing opted out of last … Continue reading 190,836 Students Opt-Out of New York’s Common Core ELA Assessment

Common Core Standards: Ten Colossal Errors

This article was written by Anthony Cody and first published in Education Week in November, 2013 and then reposted on his blog Living in Dialogue. Common Core Standards: Ten Colossal Errors The sad facts about Common Core are most visible … Continue reading Common Core Standards: Ten Colossal Errors

The jargon of school reformers masks the poverty that stifles student achievement

I sat in on my first Families and Education Levy Oversight Committee meeting yesterday and the one thing that struck me the most was the useless jargon bandied about, phrases such as: Leveraging/Leverage (take your pick) Data Quality Equity Thought partners … Continue reading The jargon of school reformers masks the poverty that stifles student achievement