North Carolina is poised to exit from Common Core. They also passed a student data privacy law earlier this year (and I'll be working to get one passed in the Washington Legislature).
North Carolina was one of the first states to embrace Common Core,
now in place in more than 40 states. But support among some
conservatives for the standards dissolved in recent months as
nation-wide opposition mounted from activists who argued it infringed on
Others complained about age-inappropriate teaching material and more testing.
To note, the NC legislature may be picking from CCSS to beef up their own existing ones. It looks like several states want this ability to "hybrid" standards. (Under CC, states can only change up to 15% of the standards which seems to be a sticking point for some states.)
What Oklahoma's governor, Mary Fallin, says seems to be ringing true for many states:
“Unfortunately, federal overreach has tainted Common Core. President
Obama and Washington bureaucrats have usurped Common Core in an attempt
to influence state education standards,” Fallin said upon signing the
Arne Duncan made a huge mistake (but given he was aided and abetted by Bill Gates, it's not surprising).
Speaking of Bill Gates, can't he afford someone who knows how to use stats and create a good graph? Apparently not.
President Obama, seeming to be following up on the Vergara case in California (overturning the use of seniority for teachers), is now launching an initiative for equal access to "good" teachers.
The new initiative, called "Excellent Educators for All," aims to
bring states into compliance with a teacher equity mandate in the No
Child Left Behind Act, the George W. Bush-era law that requires states
to reward and punish schools based on standardized test scores.
are three parts to the effort: By April 2015, states must submit
"comprehensive educator equity plans" that detail how they plan to put
"effective educators" in front of poor and minority kids. To help states
write the plans, the Education Department will create a $4.2 million
"Education Equity Support Network." And this fall, the Education
Department will publish "Educator Equity profiles" that highlight which
states and districts fare well or poorly on teacher equity.
The National Education Association had its national conference last week. They asked for Arne Duncan to resign (but, interestingly, not for Obama to fire him).