July 9, 2017
Donna Jack NOTE: Common Core was firmly established as federal law through ESSA December 10, 2015. ESSA is the federal law that proponents, and those who voted for it, claimed brought local control to education. See links to ESSA summary, law, and audio of summary at bottom of this blog piece. “Search” other blogs on this site about ESSA, Betsy DeVos; Jeb Bush; FEE (Jeb’s Foundation for Excellence in Education); Sandra Stotsky; Common Core; No Child Left Behind (NTLB); etc.
Massachusetts was a model for the nation. In the 1990s the state’s standards were raised above the other states, followed by dramatic improvement in their academic accomplishments. They had better academic education than all the other states. Then Massachusetts’ education began to fail even more dramatically than it had improved.
Read Donna Garner’s commentary below and link to the article by Shane Vander Hart that she references. His article is about the dramatic decline in Massachusetts’ education, and Bill Bennett’s apparent ignorance of why Massachusetts “has begun watering down some of its rigorous standards and that performance is starting to backslide.“
posted July 4, 2017
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Subject: REPUBLICANS AND THE LOST PROMISE OF LOCAL CONTROL IN EDUCATION – BY EMMETT MC GROARTY AND JANE ROBBINS
6.19.17 – The Hill
But warning signs on the horizon indicate these promises are waning. First came news that the Department of Education may deny Alabama’s request to replace a …
“Republicans and the lost promise of local control in education”
BY EMMETT MCGROARTY AND JANE ROBBINS, OPINION CONTRIBUTORS
When the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) was enacted in 2015 to replace the hated No Child Left Behind law, the new legislation’s supporters trumpeted that, henceforth, control over education would reside with the states.
“With this bill,” Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) promised, “we are sending power back to the people.”
May 13, 2017
The Federalist – May 4, 2017 article
Despite his failure at presidential politics, Jeb Bush emerged from the recent campaign with perhaps unparalleled influence on K-12 education. Minions with ties to his Florida-based, Bill Gates-funded Foundation for Excellence in Education (FEE) are populating the U.S. Department of Education (USED) under Secretary Betsy DeVos, and FEE leverages Bush’s education legacy to push its preferred policies in multiple states. One of those policies is competency-based education (CBE).