Originally published on Mon January 19, 2015 7:32 pm
What do the Common Core State Standards have in common with congressional Democrats and the Chicago Cubs?
They all had a really rough year.
Of the 45 states that first adopted the academic standards, many spent 2014 talking about repeal. In Oklahoma (as well as Indiana and South Carolina), it wasn't just talk. The Legislature voted to drop the Core in May. And Gov. Mary Fallin, a longtime champion of the Common Core, signed the repeal in June.
Originally published on Thu November 20, 2014 2:06 pm
Former Florida GOP Gov. Jeb Bush defended the Common Core education standards Thursday, but offered an olive branch to Republican activists who oppose them and are making them a litmus test for potential 2016 presidential candidates.
Bush's longtime support has put him crosswise with part of the Republican base. He said that he finds the new angst over Common Core "troubling," but that there is room for disagreement among those who more generally support school reform.
Originally published on Fri November 21, 2014 12:29 pm
Part 2 in a four-part series on reading in the Common Core era.
Linnea Wolters was prepared to hate the Common Core State Standards.
She taught fifth grade at a low-income school in Reno, Nev., where, she says, there was always some new plan to improve things. And none of it added up to good education. But, after leading her class through a Core-aligned lesson — a close reading of Emma Lazarus' sonnet "The New Colossus" — she was intrigued, especially by the way different students reacted to the process.
Originally published on Thu November 13, 2014 9:48 am
Part 1 in a four-part series on reading in the Common Core era.
The Common Core State Standards are changing what many kids read in school. They're standards, sure — not curriculum. Teachers and districts still have great latitude when it comes to the "how" of reading instruction, but...
The Core standards explicitly require students to read "complex" material, and the fact is, many kids simply weren't doing that before the Core. What were they doing?
Gov. Bobby Jindal suspended state testing contracts in June to block the implementation of Common Core -- a set of benchmarks for what students should know at each grade level. State District Judge Todd Hernandez issued a ruling late Tuesday lifting that suspension.
But, wrangling continues over just which tests Louisiana students will be taking this year.
Originally published on Wed August 20, 2014 10:52 am
Two new polls this week attempt to quantify the public's feelings for the Common Core State Standards. The K-12 benchmarks in English and math were little known this time last year. But they've since become the subject of a high-profile political fight. Now a majority of the public opposes them.
Or do they?
Poll No. 1, out today, puts support for the Core at just 33 percent. But Poll No. 2, released yesterday, puts it at 53 percent. That's a big difference.
Which one is wrong? Or can they both, somehow, be right?
UPDATE: Judge Todd Hernandez issued a ruling late Tuesday in favor of Common Core supporters. The written ruling lifts Gov. Bobby Jindal's suspension of the contracts for tests to be administered this school year. Read the ruling.
A group of parents and educators — later joined by the state school board — sued the Jindal administration last month after the governor suspended contracts for test materials aligned with Common Core education standards. A state judge heard arguments in the case Monday.
Guest host Erica Crenshaw, President & CEO of Accounting and Finance Firm Execute Now, fills in for Jim today while he's away on vacation.
Ken Campbell, President of the Black Alliance for Educational Options, and Caroline Roemer Shirley President & CEO of the Louisiana Association of Public Charter Schools both join Erica in the studio for the day's first segment to discuss the state of education in Louisiana.
Also, Ascension Parish Councilman Chris Loar discusses the infrastructure growth in Ascension Parish, how to keep economic growth within Ascension Parish as opposed to letting it continue to go to East Baton Rouge Parish, and much more on the present state and future of Ascension Parish.
And lastly, Megan Shannon the owner of the Center for Musical Arts talks with Erica about the upcoming open house ceremony on Saturday August 16 from 11:00am-2:00pm that will be celebrating the Center for Musical Arts One Year Anniversary. The event will also serve to inform people of the classes they have to offer for both kids and adults.