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Teachers’ job security more important than kids’ futures?

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Having organized a labor union at a Boston candy store when I was 15, during the Depression — where students worked nights and weekends for 35 cents an hour — I am not anti-labor union. Threatening a strike as Christmas business neared, we won our 50 cents an hour.
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Core misinformation: Bad news for the blame Obama crowd

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – A favorite refrain of Common Core advocates is that their opponents are peddling “misinformation.” Well Core fans are quite adept at doing the same thing, and as a new Washington Post article reinforces, no case of this is more egregious than pretending that Core adoption was supposed to be “state-led” and “voluntary,” and federal coercion was just unwanted Obama administration interference.
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When popular culture turns on Common Core, it’s truly doomed

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Defenders of the Common Core national curriculum standards have long employed ridiculing Core opponents as a primary tactic to keep their effort from crumbling. Unlike, say, a circus, the pro-Core assault hasn’t been very entertaining or funny, but it’s been there. Now, though, the humor tide may be turning, with actual funny people – professional comedians – taking on the Common Core.
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Incorrect, Gov. Bush: Potential candidate still confused over Common Core facts

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Speaking off the cuff, it’s easy to make a mistake. But for a long time former Florida governor – and trendy presidential possibility – Jeb Bush has been criticizing Common Core opponents for, among other things, saying the Core was heavily pushed by the federal government. His still getting the basics wrong on how Core adoption went down must be called out.
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Full facts needed on the Common Core standards

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Friday, the Washington Post had a story, also featured in their DC-area radio ads, about how some states are looking to change the name of the Common Core, but not the substance, because the brand has gotten too toxic.
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Are federal school vouchers a good idea?

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Yesterday, Senators Lamar Alexander and Tim Scott proposed taking federal education funding and voucherizing it, allowing it to follow students to the schools of their choice, public or private.
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The contempt’s the thing

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – There’s been much ink spilled the past few days over U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan’s defense of the Common Core, delivered as an obnoxious attack on white, suburban women.
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