Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Ten Edu-Stories We'll Be Reading in 2013 :: Frederick M. Hess

Ten Edu-Stories We'll Be Reading in 2013 :: Frederick M. Hess:

Ten Edu-Stories We'll Be Reading in 2013

Last year, I took a shot at predicting some of the key edu-headlines we'd be reading in 2012. You can check 'em here to score my accuracy for yourself. Meanwhile, here's a guess at some of the key edu-headlines we'll be reading in 2013:
10] "The Common Core fight turns increasingly nasty, as embattled Tea Party conservatives lash out at Republicans who they see as apologizing for Obama administration overreach. A few additional states opt out of the standards, while many more express 'concerns' about the implementation, cost, and quality of the assessments, and announce that they're hitting the 'pause button' while waiting for the smoke to clear."
9] "With $17.83 that U.S. Department of Ed staff scrounged from couches in the building's staff lounge, Secretary Duncan enthusiastically announces a new grant competition: 'Race to the Top- Rural Census Tracts of the Midwestern Plains Edition.'"
8] "Republican governors enviously eye Michigan's right-to-work law and consider proposing similar legislation. Two to three states indicate that they are prepared to move forward, sparking bitter Wisconsin-style standoffs with public employee unions. The fallout deepens the partisan divide between Republican reformers and Democrats for Education Reform, who work hard to make it clear that they side with the unions in these clashes."
7] "The College Board continues its 2012 hiring binge by snatching up Apple's education division, Jeb Bush, Melinda Gates, and the animation team at Pixar. College Board president David Coleman allows, 'We're done