education standards

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    Corporations overwhelmingly support Common Core

    Curiously, Democrats who support the Common Core State Standards do not seem to mind that large multi-national corporations, including Exxon Mobile, are strong proponents of the standards.  In fact, some of these corporations profit (!) from it. Politics makes strange bedfellows and even stranger offspring.
    Terry Stoops, June 5, 2014
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    NCGA to study Common Core

    Senator Tom Apodaca and Representative Tim Moore, chairs of the Legislative Research Commission, announced that the North Carolina General Assembly will form a Common Core study committee. The Legislative Research Commission (LRC) Study Committee on Common Core State Standards will include the following members: Senate: Soucek (Chair),…
    Terry Stoops, October 29, 2013
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    Will state standards improve under Common Core?

    The answer to that question is “yes” and “no” and “maybe.”  In some states (Georgia and Alabama), Common Core is an improvement.  In other states (Massachusetts, Tennessee, and Missouri), Common Core is a downgrade.  In the most recent issue of Education Next, Harvard University’s Paul Peterson and Peter Kaplan…
    Terry Stoops, July 9, 2013
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    Who controls the Common Core State Standards?

    That is a good question.  The North Carolina State Board of Education adopted common English and math standards in 2010.  Perhaps state education leaders should have considered the issue a bit more carefully. From the Truth in American Education blog:…
    Terry Stoops, January 17, 2013
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    Estimated cost to implement Common Core State Standards

    According to a new report published by the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, North Carolina may have to spend as much as $302.5 million to implement the Common Core State Standards, a set of uniform English and math standards adopted by the North Carolina State Board of Education, 44 other…
    Terry Stoops, May 30, 2012
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    Conservatives (and ALEC) oppose the Common Core

    The Wall Street Journal describes the growing resistance to implementing Common Core State Standards in math and English Language Arts.  North Carolina adopted the Common Core in 2010.  The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Fordham Institute, and, alarmingly, the U.S. Department of Education back the standards. The American…
    Terry Stoops, May 9, 2012
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    K-12 education in the State of the Union address

    Let’s get right into it, shall we? First up are higher standards.  President Obama argued, For less than one percent of what our nation spends on education each year, we’ve convinced nearly every state in the country to raise their standards for teaching and learning— the first time that’s happened…
    Terry Stoops, January 25, 2012