Education

Several States Are Reconsidering Their Participation In The Common Core

Forty-five states, including the District of Columbia, have signed onto the Common Core Standards Initiative during this school year or the next. This federally backed standards initiative seeks to impose a national standard for achievement among K-12 students. Yet many states are already reconsidering their participation, in large part due to the cost. Up front, states will spend about $10 billion, and then $800 million per year for the first seven years this program is implemented. Much of the cost is on new, Common Core-aligned textbooks and curriculum, but added expenses include teacher training, technology upgrades, testing and assessment. According…
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Education

Providence School Board Takes Up Policy on School-Based Autonomy

Providence, (February 4, 2014) – As part of the strategic direction of the Providence Public School District articulated by the Providence School Board and Superintendent Dr. Susan Lusi in recent months, the Board’s policy committee began last night to refine a draft policy allowing stakeholders at the building level (administrators, teachers, students, parents and community partners) to take greater ownership of their school community through autonomous, shared decision-making. The policy, drafted by Board President Keith Oliveira, focuses on the objective of creating a high-performing school district that educates all students at high standards and eliminates the achievement gap. The document…
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Education

Hillary Clinton Encourages Hispanics to Read to Their Children

Hillary Rodham Clinton is part of an effort to encourage Hispanic families to read, sing, and talk more to their young children in the hopes that they will be more prepared for school. Last year the Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation, along with the San Francisco non-profit, Next Generation, started the "Too Small to Fail" campaign. Univision Communications Inc will take part in the campaign, running public service announcements and news programs focused on decreasing the word gap. In the US, about twenty five percent of all babies and toddlers born are Hispanic, but they are less likely to…
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