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,…

Common Core revolt in New York heats up: Principals reject new Common Core test results

Reaction to the first year of Common Core State Standards aligned testing in New York has been dramatic. In lower Manhattan, large numbers of parents boycotted the tests when they were administered. Now, 15 New York City upper level school principals say: “…they will no longer be using results from a controversial new state test…