The American people were shortchanged if they wanted to hear relevant, substantive questions and answers during Betsy DeVos’ confirmation hearing.
In 2011 former Florida Governor Jeb Bush praised U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan’s use of carrots and sticks to pressure states to change.
Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush may be beating his chest in New Hampshire with a friendly group, but he’s been relatively silent on Common Core in Iowa.
U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan wants to phase out the authority of States to define modified academic achievement standards and develop alternate assessments.
Arne Duncan announced guidance for school districts & states on what the USDED will consider economic and racial disparity in schools and how to fix it.
Federal programs are failing the teaching profession once again using a bull dozer to solve a small problem with the constraints that tenure put on firing some teachers.
If the Obama administration successfully federalizes teacher-prep programs, competition based on achievement will be removed from the educational system.
Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) is leading an effort to defund the Common Core State Standards at the federal level and asking his colleagues to join him.
“Teachers are underpaid.” I hear this comment frequently from people in various circles when discussing education reform. “It’s the most important job a person can have and we need to pay them accordingly,” is another statement I hear frequently. We hear it in Washington, DC and from special interest groups as well as Teresa Shumay […]
The U.S. Department of Education denied the Iowa Department of Education’s No Child Left Behind waiver request. The catching point was over how teacher evaluations were going to be conducted. In a letter sent by the Department to Jason Glass, the director of the Iowa Department of Education, they stated: According to the information in […]
I blogged at Truth in American Education late last month about the latest *brilliant* idea to come from the Arne and Obama show – District-Level Race to the Top. Instead of giving money to the states the U.S. Department of Education wants to give it directly to school districts. So they are just bypassing the […]
By Maggie Gallagher Sarah Palin was the first to recognize the problem: By participating in President Obama’s signature education initiative, Race to the Top which pushed the Common Core standards, Alaska would lose control over its own curriculum. On May 31, 2009, then-Gov. Palin announced Alaska would adopt a “watch and wait” attitude: “If this […]
Or is he just jerking us around? This week the state senate of Utah joined the gathering protest against the federally coerced Common Core State Standards by passing a bill asserting state sovereignty to withdraw from the Common Core. Kudos to the state’s legislature for passing the bill and to Governor Herbert for his support […]
What happens when a state decides or some state legislators decide they don’t want national standards… you know the standards that were slated as optional… not pushed by the Federal government… completely developed by the states (meaning the National Governor’s Association and Council on Chief State School Officers)? Why Education Secretary Arne Duncan wishes them […]
The Iowa Department of Education announced they are seeking citizen input for their No Child Left Behind waiver request. You can see the full schedule of public meetings here. This is an interesting development. Education Director Jason Glass, representing Governor Terry Branstad, seeks a waiver for NCLB being given out by the Obama Administration. I’m […]
It isn’t the first time. Over the weekend, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney interviewed with former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee on his Fox News show “Huckabee.” Governor Huckabee asked Governor Romney to discuss what, if any, positive things have come out of the Obama administration. Romney answered, ““I also think that in the area of […]