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WCPSS Enters Into “Digital Promise League”, Tied To Gates Foundation

Wake County Schools has been accepted into the “League of Innovative Schools” via a group called “Digital Promise”. Sounds awesome right? Yeah, not so much.

Think of Common Core as a stool and one of the biggest legs is the cost of Technology. I’m not saying increased technology and bandwidth in schools is bad, it’s inevitable. I’m saying the how and who doing it stinks to high heaven.
Bear this in mind as you read on.

Snippet from the WCPSS press release with emphasis added:

Digital Promise, a national, independent nonprofit organization authorized by Congress to accelerate innovation in education, recently announced that the Wake County Public School System is one of 11 new members accepted into the League of Innovative Schools, a national coalition of school district superintendents committed to innovation.


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“Buyers Remorse” On Common Core?

ABC has an AP article up called Buyers Remorse on Common Core for Policymakers. “Buyers Remorse” On Common Core? Years after adoption and after a slew of slick presentations and truckload of education buzzwords, the reality of Common Core is coming home to roost — but only after citizens stood up and made noise. Our policymakers were all to comfortable to just nod and pat each other on the backs over Common Core. There is the lesson learned here: don’t take your eyes and ears off the powers that be.

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NEA Calls For Arne Duncan To Resign

Well, it appears the California Teachers Association has possibly forced the latest resolution demanding Arne Duncan Resign at this year’s July 4th NEA meeting. Resolutions calling for Duncan to resign have happened before and did not pass.

The resolution is likely a move stemming from the Vergara decision, which in a nutshell said that California teacher tenure, firing and disciplinary procedures violate children’s right to an adequate education. Statements from California Teachers Asssociation’s President seem to back that theory up: Continue reading

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The Standards Who Must Not Be Named


Was Arne Duncan’s speech in Texas a tribute to Harry Potter?
It would seem so, as Duncan cc sorting hat fivedidn’t utter the words “Common Core” a single time yet definitely was talking about Common Core. So, Duncan went the whole speech talking about You-Know-Who.The fear and loathing now associated with The-Standards-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named is now confirmed by the top education official in the nation not uttering You-Know-Who’s name a single time.

Valerie Strauss at the Washington Post has the full story, but asks, “Why wouldn’t Duncan want to actually mention the words “Common Core” when he is talking about the Common Core? Could it be that in some places the Common Core is becoming somewhat toxic amid growing opposition to the initiative from different parts of the political spectrum?”

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Duncan On Jindal PARCC Withdrawl: Flip Flopper

Arne “White Suburban Moms” Duncan’s response to Lousiana Governor Bobby Jindal pulling his state out of the PARCC testing tied to Common Core should be bronzed. It’s a priceless instance of a proponent of Common Core politicizing the debate. Duncan called Jindal a flip flopper.

SHUT UP! He explained…=> Arne Duncan: Bobby Jindal Flip-Flopped On Common Core http://t.co/Xp7CNf1Jg8 #stopcommoncore #shutuppery

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Duncan Plays His Last Card: Politicizing

Over the course of the last few months, proponents of Common Core have accused the opposition of ‘playing politics’, turning Common Core into a ‘political football’ , ‘being against this White House’ and being ‘against this President’.

All of this falls under the umbrella of politicizing the debate. This politicizing the debate on education is nothing more than a tactic employed to silence opposition. It’s the last card played in this debate and others. It means the other side is desperate; they can’t defend the standards. It means proponents are losing the messaging war. It’s shutuppery.
It means we’re winning.

White Suburban Politican Arne Duncan just flopped down the politicizing card.
U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan sternly admonished Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin for signing a bill to repeal the controversial Common Core education standards in her state.

Both Indiana and South Carolina have also opted out of the state standards backed by the Obama administration after initially adopting them. But Duncan’s fire was aimed at Fallin, the chairwoman of the National Governors Association, the organization that helped develop the standards.

“The Oklahoma example is a pretty interesting one,” Duncan said during a White House press briefing Monday. “Let me give you a couple of facts. I think sadly, this is not about education. This is about politics.” – The Blaze

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