Dubious Assertion in Next Generation Science Standards

The Kentucky Board of Education voted yesterday to adopt the Next Generation Science Standards for use in Kentucky’s public schools without even questioning this particularly problematic part of the package (which was brought to the attention of several board members before the meeting): ESS3.D: Global Climate Change • Human activities, such as the release of…

Jefferson County Teachers’ contract negotiations have started, Part 1

There is no shortage of discussion about this highly restrictive contract I ran into Donna Hargens, the superintendent of the Jefferson County Public School District at yesterday’s meeting of the Kentucky Board of Education. I wished her well as she starts what could be the most important teacher’s contract negotiation in Jefferson County Schools’ history.…

Michigan delays Common Core State Standards implementation

Meanwhile, Kentucky Board of Education reaffirms commitment to Common Core National Review on Line is reporting that “Michigan Delays Common Core Implementation.” So, Michigan has joined Pennsylvania and Indiana in placing holds on their Common Core adoption processes. I am also seeing reports that Wisconsin is getting ready to place some sort of restrictions on…

Richard Innes: Schools, Data-Mining, and Invasions of Privacy

BIPPS’ Richard Innes talks to Joy Pullmann about growing privacy threats from ever-expanding student databases in this Heartland Institute Podcast released on May 21, 2012. The recording includes a real world example of how supposedly sanitizing student data does not provide adequate security. Innes points to an example where database matching allowed sensitive student data,…