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.“