Update: testing has started in NY state. Parents reporting from Long Island "Opt Outs w/ 80 of the 122 districts giving numbers: 12,131 known Opt Outs. One district, at 70% Opt Out."
I am gathering info on the Federal Reserve building. I have to say, based on descriptions of the inside, that it is likely not the best place for a school.
But there does seem to be some confusion over timing so I do want to get that straightened out. One item of note is that King County had appraised it at about $14M nearly 4 years ago and a company had been in line to purchase it for just under $20M. I had actually thought it might be a higher price than that (building and land). Here's a GSA document on obtaining this kind of property.
I will ask Dr. Herndon his thoughts on Discovery Park/Magnuson when I get the chance.
Heating up - opting out of testing and calling out of ed reformers who don't chose reform for their own children.
A candidate, Rob Astorino, running against Governor Cuomo in NY State is opting his own children out of testing. It is estimated that about 1,000 NYC school children will not be taking tests that start this week.
From the Answer Sheet, Valerie Strauss points out that President Obama sends his children to a school that does not use Common Core nor does it have linking teacher pay to test scores. Bill Gates sends his children to Lakeside which, of course, does not use Common Core and has small class sizes. I call this out because of this quote from John Dewey (who Diane Ravitch frequently quotes):
“What the best and wisest parent wants for his own child, that must the
community want for all its children. Any other ideal for our schools is
narrow and unlovely; acted upon, it destroys our democracy.”
Which brings us to Candice McQueen who used to be a dean at a College of Education. She was a big booster of Common Core and actively testified in its defense to the Tennessee legislature. But, now she got a job overseeing a private preK-12 attached to the university she was at, Lipscomb University. Guess who won't be using Common Core at her new job?
“I will continue to be part of the ongoing CCSS conversation. However, this should not be extrapolated to indicate or predict the adoption of CCSS at Lipscomb Academy.”
What's on your mind?