It's an act of hubris by our hubristic governor to rig a panel to look into problems with Common Core with a bunch of Common Core proponents and supporters, but in the end, that may backfire on Sheriff Andy and his education reform allies.
No early childhood experts, elementary or special ed teachers on commission, which is unfortunate because these are the people whose critiques have been most sharp.
Litow chair already wrote an oped in favor http://bit.ly/1ea69ge
Russo is one of the few Superintendents in entire state on record in favor http://bit.ly/1ea6wHP
He was booed by parents & teachers at a Common Core forum http://bit.ly/1ea6wHP and says CC curriculum “one of best things I’ve seen in education in 31, 32 yrs”
Dan Weisberg head of TNTP has received $23M from Gates Foundation including $7M in last yr alone http://bit.ly/1bDFNH8
Gates has spent >$170M on the Common Core and will not go down lightly http://wapo.st/1bDHggw
Were they truly to create a panel that listened to concerns students, parents and educators have over the Common Core, the testing associated with it, the teacher evaluation system that ensures it gets taught in schools because teachers are evaluated based upon CCSS-based tests and the inBloom data project that will track all the data, they might actually have come up with some decent middle ground solution that could have brought many stakeholders together.
Instead Sheriff Andy rigged the panel for a pre-destined conclusion and has undercut any credibility either he or this panel had on this issue.
We may just have a good outcome out of this after all. People have much more faith in their local school boards than they do in John King, Tuschie, Cuomo and Arne D. The battle will not be fought within this task force but will be won by Common Core opponents in November. The politicians who are trying to straddle the middle will be losers on this issue.ReplyDelete
I agree - the more they try and rig an outcome in their favor, the more likely the whole thing blows up on them.Delete
Panel also includes Linda Darling-Hammond and Cathy Nolan. There was no link to Leonie's original piece and I have no idea where it is.ReplyDelete
Yes, and he also chose a superintendent who says EngageNY modules are the bestest thing he's seen in 31 yrs in education, a member of Educators4Excellence, the head of TNTP, and a chair who has already stated how much he loves CCSS. The panel tilts heavily pro-CCSS, pro-reform, despite Nolan and Darling-Hammond being named.Delete
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