Friday, June 7, 2013

6-7-13 Updates

Did Tennessee poll ask participants about Common Core data mining?

The State Collaborative on Reforming Education (SCORE), a group headed by former U.S. Sen. Bill Frist, released a poll showing voters' support for the controversial Common Core national standards in the state. The poll found more than “4 in 10” strongly support the national standards after being read a description of them. The exact question posed to participants was not provided by SCORE, the polling firm Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research, nor the newspaper that wrote a story, [more...]

North Carolina student takes a stand against Common Core

A North Carolina sixth grader was told to leave school after she refused to take new state tests which are related to the new national Common Core standards. Zoe Morris, a student at a Chapel Hill middle school, and her father, Charlie, began researching Common Core after Zoe became increasingly frustrated in class, reports the Heartlander. Charlie said he became alarmed about the new national standards after he realized “teachers were teaching from scripts.” [more...]

Illinois taxpayers have been paying teachers union officials to attend union events

Illinois taxpayers are footing the bill for teachers to attend union conferences every year, and for the substitutes who cover in their absence. The Chicago Daily Herald reports Illinois schools spent at least $200,626 for 276 public school employees from 57 school districts to attend the Illinois Education Association’s two-day April conference. Substitutes covering for the absent employees – mostly classroom teachers – cost taxpayers an additional $41,752, although local unions supposedly reimburse schools for all but $13,799 of that expense, the news site reports. [more...]

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