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In local school politics, parent organizing can be used to identify and support new candidates to replace recalcitrant incumbents. Parent organizing might also help persuade incumbents in state- and national-level politics to change their positions to support ERAO-favored reforms.
On the right, the Common Core has been a source of bitter division for nearly two years. Former Florida governor Jeb Bush and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce have championed the adoption of these K–12 standards in reading and math, while tea-party critics have savagely denounced the whole thing as misguided and the educational equivalent of Obamacare.
The promise is that digital learning will improve and enrich learning, while empowering educators to design more engaging, professional and dynamic schools and classrooms. But technology by itself can’t and won’t make this happen.The trick to is to stop focusing on the technology and to instead focus on the learning.
In this case study, Matthew Riggan, one of the founders of the Workshop School in Philadelphia, describes how he and his colleagues developed a school they thought better equipped students for the real world by organizing learning around projects rather than subjects. The Workshop School demonstrates how a radical redesign can happen with technology, and without being driven by it.
Rather than throwing money at the problem, many school districts have transitioned to a "Recovery School District," or RSD. AEI fellow Michael Q. McShane and Show-Me Institute analyst James V. Shuls praise look at what it takes for a district like Kanssas City to become a RSD.
Join us for a conversation with Governor Dannel Malloy as he discusses the successes and challenges of accomplishing school reform at the state level.
Like many education officials in both parties, Duncan is a defender of the Common Core initiative to create uniform academic standards for K-12 education in all states. Resistance to it, he asserted, comes mainly from “white suburban moms” who don’t take kindly to hearing that their children aren’t meeting newly raised standards.
Although the Common Core State Standards flew under the radar as they were being drafted and adopted, they have become a lightning rod of controversy over the last few months as implementation has begun. If implementation fails, states will have wasted precious time and resources, and there may be little difference between the pre– and post–Common Core eras.
Please join AEI as the chief actuary for Medicare summarizes the report’s results, followed by a panel discussion of what those spending trends are likely to mean for seniors, taxpayers, the health industry, and federal policy.
Please join us as four of Washington’s most distinguished political observers will revisit the Watergate hearings and discuss reforms that followed.