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Durham Schools Drops Teach For America

Here is an interesting tidbit. Durham schools has dropped their contract with Teach for America (TFA), citing the district no longer needs the group and that their turnover rate isn’t in line with the district’s retention goals.

The district has worked with TFA for the past decade and currently has 12 teachers from the program in local schools: Six at Southern School of Energy and Sustainability, four at Neal Magnet Middle School and two at Eastway Elementary School.

The Board of Education last month decided not to renew TFA’s contract, saying the district no longer needs the group’s help and that local schools need teachers willing to commit more than the two years TFA requires.

“We want to build a strong teacher workforce that’s made up of career educators,” school board Chairwoman Heidi Carter said Friday. “Our job is to look long term and make decisions that will benefit the most students over time.”

Carter said the inconsistency and turnover after TFA teachers leave can create problems, especially in high-risk schools where many of the teachers are placed.

“No organization in the business world builds its workforce from temp employees, and basically, that’s what this would be doing.” she said. – WRAL

This criticism about turnover is not new. Flashback to 2011 when Diane Ravitch spoke at Duke:

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Gov. Walker: ‘If Reelected, I’ll Replace Common Core’

This weekend, Scott Walker announced that if reelected he will replace Common Core. I’m sure the Common Core peddling Michael Brickman of the Fordham Institute is unhappy to hear that. Brickman was education adviser to Walker when Common Core was adopted. Brickman also did a song and dance at the NC legislature during the Common Core committee hearings. I also had a chat with him on Pete Kaliner’s show on WWNC.

WKOW.com:

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#DM7 Article: The NC Common Core Rebrand Attempt

This is a reposting of my weekly DaTechGuy article: The NC Common Core Rebrand Attempt

By A.P. Dillon

The repeal of Common Core from the North Carolina state statutes and the formation of a standards replacement commission as set out by Senate Bill 812 brought hope to the citizens who had been fighting Common Core. That hope was not without skepticism of a possible rebrand attempt, which has turned out to be justified by the comments made recently by North Carolina’s State Superintendent and Governor. Continue reading

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#DM7 Article: The NGA and Common Core

This is a repost of my weekly column at DaTechGuy Blog: The NGA and Common Core

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By A.P. Dillon

The National Governors Association (NGA) met recently in Tennessee. They had a lot on their agenda. Noticeably missing: Common Core.

That doesn’t mean that it wasn’t talked about, in fact, it would seem the press actually asked about it. Governors Fallin, Christie and Walker all had comments on it. I’ve captured those below: Continue reading

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Scott Walker Calls For Legislature To Repeal Common Core

Wisconsin the next state to join the Common Core repeal movement?

Michael Brickman hardest hit? => Gov Walker Calls on the State Legislature to Pass Legislation to Repeal #CommonCore http://t.co/3iJvuuonqM

— LL1885 – A.P. Dillon (@LadyLiberty1885) July 18, 2014

For those of you not understanding my reference to Michael Brickman in the tweet above, let me explain. Michael Brickman was the education adviser to Governor Walker when Wisconsin went with the Common Core. Michael Brickman is a policy wonk at the Fordham Institute and has spent the last year or so going around to state legislatures telling them how crappy their standards are compared to Common Core. He’s been proven wrong on a few occasions.

Brickman brought his act to North Carolina’s Common Core Legislative Research committee at the General Assembly last year. He touted the Fordham ‘Grading Report’ as proof North Carolina’s standards were subpar. He failed to mention that the Gates Foundation funded it. You can read more about the adventures of Mr. Brickman and my radio run-in with him in these articles:

MO State Senator Takes Fordham’s Brickman To Task (video)
Fordham Spox: NC Standards Pre-Common Core Sucked
NH Radio Host Takes Fordham’s Brickman To The Woodshed

Here’s the press release from Governor Walker. It’s short, sweet and to the point: Continue reading

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