Bipartisan Bill to Repeal Common Core is Proposed in Washington State
By David Spring and Elizabeth Hansen.
First, you have already invested time and money into implementing the new standards. They have momentum. Calling for a do-over would waste the millions of man hours already invested — and potentially cost the state of Indiana more money than proceeding with the Common Core.Second, it’s not clear that returning to your old standards would put Indiana on a path toward higher student achievement. For while you had some of the best standards in the country for over a decade, you also had one of the worst student achievement records on the National Assessment of Educational Progress. Indiana was a classic case of good standards not actually having an impact in the classroom. You need a different way forward.Third, if you decide to opt out of the Common Core, you will be opting Indiana’s teachers and students out of an opportunity to participate in the incredible wave of innovation that these standards are unleashing. It’s as if the whole world is moving to smart phones and tablets while you’re sticking with a rotary. [Emphasis added.]
AFT, Shanker Institute Hold ESEA Panel with Civil Rights Leaders
|WASHINGTON—The transformation of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act from an integral part of the War on Poverty to No Child Left Behind’s test-and-punish strategy is now taking a new turn on Capitol Hill.|
The American Federation of Teachers and the Albert Shanker Institute are sponsoring a conversation on , about the stakes involved in a reauthorized ESEA bill and what it will mean for students. Joining AFT President Randi Weingarten are two of the nation’s top civil rights leaders.
Lunch will be served for those who attend. The conversation will be live-streamed here.
WHAT: ESEA at 50: The Federal Government and Equity in American Education
WHERE: AFT Headquarters, 555 New Jersey Ave. N.W., 4th-floor conference room
WHO: Randi Weingarten, president, American Federation of Teachers
Wade Henderson, president & CEO, Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights
Judith Browne Dianis, co-director, Advancement Project
The panel will be moderated by Michelle Ringuette, assistant to the AFT president for labor, government relations and political affairs.