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PARCC Chief: “This is not a testing agenda; it’s a equity agenda.”

PARCC Chief Laura Slover’s rhetoric at the Colorado Association of School Executive’s Same Speed CCannual summer meeting was stunning.

First, she believes these tests as ‘beautiful tools’ then she goes on an tear about equity and then says they are ‘game changers’. I think Ms. Slover needs a reality check. This is a very unpopular standardized test. Statements like these are not image improvers.

Excerpt from Chalkbeat with emphasis added: Continue reading

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Scotland Cty Board of Ed Confused On Common Core

The Scotland County Board of Education is confused on Common Core. They seem to think it’s a great idea and that the repeal of it is a bad idea. The following excerpts come from The Laurinburg Exchange’s article, School board decries state’s decision to repeal Common Core.

Scotland County’s Board seem more worried about the monkeying they are doing with test scores than with the fact Common Core is a fundamentally flawed experiment being performed on our kids. Here’s Board member Jamie Southerland expressing his test angst: Continue reading

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The Education and Workforce Innovation Commission

Is education about learning or is it about a workforce? Maybe a bit of both. With Common Core, it’s all about setting up kids to be piled into one profession or another based on data collected on them.

Governor McCrory signed the Common Core repeal bill for North Carolina, but seemed nonplussed. His comments on the matter, prior to signing, seemed to indicate a possible rebrand attempt would take place. Or maybe he’s got his own Core-like program set up: The Education and Workforce Innovation Commission.

This commission is in our state statutes “115C-64.15. This commission was created via the General Assembly. It looks like HB 902 was a first attempt and the first line of the bill reads as follows and gets progressively public/private partnership laden:

“The Education and Workforce Innovation Act will accelerate progress toward high academic rigor and skills development with the goal of graduating every student both college and career ready.”
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Common Core PR Machine: The Collaborative For Student Success

Politico has a brief blurb about Glenn Beck’s We Will Not Conform event. At the end of that blurb, they lend credibility to the panel I was on – Messaging and Public Relations. Here’s what Politico has up:

— Pushing back against Beck’s populist rage, the Collaborative for Student Success today will release two videos featuring former Republican governors praising the Common Core standards. The collaborative, which has received funding from the Gates Foundation, plans to promote the videos through social media. A peek: http://bit.ly/Ugbalu.

That “peek” goes to The Collaborative for Student Success. They make some wild claims on that about page, including citing a statistic of support that they do not have a link to support. You’re just supposed to take their word for it. Their ‘about’ page clearly states who is behind this group. It’s exactly who you think:

The Collaborative is supported by both regional and national foundations, including: Carnegie Corporation of New York, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Helios Education Foundation, Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust, William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, Lumina Foundation, and the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation. Other funders may soon be joining this important effort.

So, another Common Core pushing PR group? Pretty much. Continue reading

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Moore Schools Communication Director Hired At Over $72K

Per the Pilot.com, Moore Schools has hired a new Communications Director to replace the outgoing one.
Moore County Schools has announced the appointment of a new community relations advisor to replace the retired Tim Lussier.

Amber Rach has more than 15 years of experience in communications and administration, including higher education. Her background includes public relations, editing, publications management, crisis communication, event management and writing.

Before joining Moore County Schools, Rach served as director of the professional writing certificate program and assistant professor of writing at Methodist University in Fayetteville. She previously served as assistant vice chancellor for university and community relations at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke.
-The Pilot.Com, 7/15/14

The article didn’t include the salary for Ms. Rach, so I wrote to the author, John Lentz. His reply in email indicated that her salary was going to be $72,475.
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