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Despite All The Conspiracy Theories, Common Core Is Actually Just Boring | TPM

  • By
  • Conor Williams,
  • New America Foundation
August 13, 2014 |
Folks on both sides of the Common Core fight are getting increasingly serious. Common Core supporters are warning each other about the dangers of dismissing their opponents as “crazies.” And on the other side, at a recent Glenn-Beck-sponsored event, militant Common Core opponents suggested that Common Core skeptics should quit trying to link the standards to a “communist takeover” or “brainwashing” (to be fair, this came on a night where Common Core were attacked for trying to “cash in your children”).

Bill de Blasio has promised pre-K for all 4-year-olds. Can it get done? | Vox

July 23, 2014
"New York is trying in a matter of six months to build the entire system that DC's got twice or three times over," says Conor Williams, a senior researcher on early education at the New America Foundation. "Don't get me wrong, they have some really smart people… Barring someone with supernatural powers, I just don't know how they get this done in the time they have allotted."

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Colleges Must Help Further The Goals Of Common Core Standards, Report Says | Chronicle Of Higher Education

July 22, 2014

The report's author, Lindsey Tepe, a program associate in the New America Foundation's Education Policy Program, welcomed their involvement but said colleges needed to play a more active role in working with schools to define the standards.

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Beyond Subprime Learning: Our Ideas for Accelerating Progress in Early Education | EdCentral

  • By
  • Laura Bornfreund,
  • New America Foundation
July 16, 2014 |
In January, the Early Education Initiative released the report Subprime Learning: Early Education in America Since the Great Recession. We found that during the last five years the federal government and states focused on building infrastructure and improving coordination across early childhood programs. This attention was sorely needed, but now it’s time to turn the focus to teaching and learning in the early years and up through third grade.

Taking On Teacher Equity | Politico

  • By
  • Maggie Severns,
  • New America Foundation
July 7, 2014 |
Today, the Obama administration is asking states to create plans ensuring that all students have access to effective teachers — and it will publish profiles of all states that will include information about where children from minority and low-income families aren't getting their fair share of these teachers this fall. Education Secretary Arne Duncan is writing to state education chiefs asking them to revisit plans first created in 2006, required by Title I of NCLB. But with no updates to the law, states haven’t had to touch their plans.
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