Heartland Institute: Anti-Common Core “Band of Mothers” fights incredible opposition

Heartland Institute’s Joy Pullmann strikes a chord with her “Big Business Targets Common Core’s Band of Mothers.” Why are big business and its allies attacking common moms (and dads?). Why is Pullmann’s “Band of Mothers” pushing back against so many well-funded attempts to say that all is well with Common Core State Standards? By the…

Is Google mining student data with Apps in Use in Kentucky!

Education Week reports a case is now in federal court accusing Google of improperly mining student data from its Google Apps for Education e-mail system. Khaliah Barnes, a lawyer with the Electronic Privacy Information Center, or EPIC, a Washington-based advocacy group, said, “Student privacy is under attack.” And, that attack is here. I did a…

National Education Association slams Common Core State Standards process

An educational Tsunami took place yesterday when Dennis Van Roekel, president of the National Education Association (NEA), published an online letter to his union’s three million members slamming the current direction of the Common Core State Standards. Van Roekel is reacting to overwhelming pushback from his own rank and file union members about the increasingly…

Value of Preschool? The debate widens with disturbing evidence from Tennessee

One of Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear’s priorities is to expand availability of preschool programs in the commonwealth. If there was good evidence that preschool really worked, I’d favor that. The sticky problem: persistent evidence from a huge number of studies on the federal Head Start preschool program that any benefits gained disappear by the third…

New evidence: Kentucky’s education system improving very slowly, at best

The Kentucky Department of Education released the 2013-14 school term results from the ACT, Inc.’s EXPLORE and PLAN readiness tests. These tests, which are given to eighth and tenth graders, respectively, near the beginning of each school year are aligned to the ACT college entrance test to give students a good idea if they are…