March 24, 2017
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President Trump: It’s Time to Hold Bill Gates Accountable for His #EducationReform Failure.

President Trump is set to meet with Bill Gates on Monday, March 20, according to The Hill: White House press secretary Sean Spicer announced the meeting on Thursday at his daily press briefing but did not provide any other details. The two previously met in December at Trump Tower. After the meeting, ...
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Common Core Fork in the Road: Apathy or Civil Disobedience. Which Road Do You Choose?

  . Pop Quiz: Which group has the constitutional authority to set standards, curriculum and assessments? A. The United States Department of Education B.  Congress C.  Non-governmental organizations such as the National Governor’s Association, the Council of Chief State School Officers, Achieve Inc or individuals D.  Each individual state decides its own ...
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The Dismissive Attitude Toward Parents by Education Reformers is Stunning

  The above graphic comes from the Louisiana Department of Education with mention of groups supporting educational reform ideas: charter schools, TFA, increased teacher accountability via the tracking of student data, common core.  However, education reformers  supporting these reforms (administrators, bureaucrats, politicians, lobbyists, think tanks) have forgotten what the word ...
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First, They Came For The History Teachers, And We Said Nothing…

…… OR, “IF YOU LIKE YOUR PROFESSION, YOU CAN KEEP YOUR PROFESSION…’ The immediate inspiration for this post came from this article illustrating the confounding, confusing, unnecessarily complicated and time-consuming steps the Common Core curriculum wants budding little mathematicians to go through to solve simple math problems. In it, ...
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See Bob Read. And Write. And Text.

from Wikipedia, on the ‘Dick and Jane’ readers: The main characters, Dick and Jane, were a little boy and girl. Supporting characters included Baby (or Sally), Mother, Father, Spot (originally a cat in the 1930s, but a dog in later editions), Puff the cat, and Tim the teddy bear. ...
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The biggest loser in the Florida-Indiana pay for grades education scandal

The biggest loser in the Florida-Indiana pay for grades education scandal

Jeb Bush                                              (AP Photo/El Nuevo Herald, Hector Gabino) Now this gives new meaning to Jeb Bush’s Chiefs for Change school reform group. Tony Bennett, founding Chiefs member, just resigned as Florida’s superintendent of public schools amid a scandal about his actions when he was Indiana’s schools chief. He was forced out of that [...]

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Common Core Passion Now Spills into the Bedroom?

Common Core Passion Now Spills into the Bedroom?
Arne Duncan asked the business community to defend Common Core standards.  Education insiders are doubting the long term success of the implementation of the standards and the proponents must be getting nervous.       Education reform organizations are attacking taxpayers/organizations who want local control/autonomy in their schools and question a centralized form ...
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AEA Files Suit in Desperate Attempt to Block Education Reform

AEA Files Suit in Desperate Attempt to Block Education Reform
Cliff Sims Yellow Hammer Politics Blog   The Alabama Education Association has filed a lawsuit and petition for a temporary restraining order to prevent Governor Bentley from being able to sign the GOP’s landmark education reform billas planned on Tuesday. Democrats have been threatening to file suit since the moment the Accountability Act ...
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The Wrangling of Taxpayer Money by Jeb Bush and other Education Reformers

The Wrangling of Taxpayer Money by Jeb Bush and other Education Reformers
  Education is the “Wild West”.  Scott Joftus was correct when talking about money to be made in education reform: Scott Joftus, closely aligned with Bill Gates and his foundation since the early years of 2000, had this to say about education in an article aptly titled “Is the Stimulus Really ...
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Jeb Bush And Political Cronyism in Florida’s Education Commissioner Pick

Jeb Bush And Political Cronyism in Florida’s Education Commissioner Pick
Tony Bennett ran for re election as Indiana’s State Superintendent of Education and lost so he applied for the the job of Florida’s Education Commissioner.  It turns out in Florida Bennett has friends in high places.     Jeb Bush, Gary Chartrand Among Past Campaign Contributors to Tony Bennett Bob Sikes | ...
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Bobby Jindal’s ambitious charter school initiative struck down in court

Bobby Jindal’s ambitious charter school initiative struck down in court
Robby Soave Reporter, The Daily Caller News Foundation A Louisiana judge struck down the state’s voucher program for charter schools, slamming the brakes on the most ambitious of Gov. Bobby Jindal’s education reforms. The tuition voucher unconstitutionally channeled public funds to private schools by allowing students to choose what ...
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Louisiana School Choice Program Heads to Trial

Louisiana School Choice Program Heads to Trial
  John E. Kramer Institute For Justice   Arlington, Va.—November 28-30, 2012, will be critical days for anyone who cares about genuine school reform in Louisiana.  During those three days, parents and children will gather at the 19th Judicial District Court in Baton Rouge to defend the state’s transformative Act ...
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FERPA (Privacy Laws) Explained to Parents. A Crystal Ball Moment?

FERPA (Privacy Laws) Explained to Parents. A Crystal Ball Moment?
The Federal Government believes data is king and wants to track school children from birth through their lives for workforce development.  It’s shrouded as education reform, but it is really for the establishment of state longitudinal data systems to connect with various federal agencies and approved private firms to ...
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America’s Schools: Breeding Grounds for Compliant Citizens

America’s Schools: Breeding Grounds for Compliant Citizens
John W. Whitehead Canada Free Press [P]ublic school reform is now justified in the dehumanizing language of national security, which increasingly legitimates the transformation of schools into adjuncts of the surveillance and police state… students are increasingly subjected to disciplinary apparatuses which limit their capacity for critical thinking, mold ...
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