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Education Policy Represents a Top Issue for Latino Voters | MSNBC
Common Core State Standards better ensure that all students, regardless of their ZIP code, are prepared to succeed in college or the workforce, writes former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson. “For years, students were held to low, inadequate academic standards. For Hispanic students, that meant too many not getting into college and for those that do, they don’t complete their degree…[Common Core State Standards] equip students with the critical thinking and problem solving skills that are essential to success in the 21st century economy.” A study by the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights finds Latinos strongly support rigorous, consistent academic expectations. “As Americans, we look for candidates who will stop the notion that we need to dumb-down education for Latino students,” Reverend Samuel Rodriguez wrote this month.

Governor Jan Brewer: Parents and Students Need a High, Consistent Baseline in Education | The Dom Giordiano Show
Parents deserve a high, consistent academic baseline that prepares their children for college and careers, says former Arizona Governor Jan Brewer. “As a mother or father, that’s what we’re concerned about.” States developed Common Core State Standards, and state and local leaders continue to build on them. The Every Student Succeeds Act, Gov. Brewer adds, ensures federal authorities have no involvement in decisions about standards and curriculum. “This issue is so important to military families,” Gov. Brewer wrote on Fox News. “The Common Core lays out a path that ensures students gain the knowledge and educational skills necessary to succeed in college, career and life.”


Correcting the Record:

Nine Times Diane Ravitch Was Wrong About Common Core in the New York Times | Collaborative for Student Success
Over the weekend the New York Times published an op-ed by Diane Ravitch: “The Common Core Costs Billions and Hurts Students.” The Collaborative has corrected these inaccuracies in a special Correct the Record blog post.


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Report: New Education Standards Mirror Common Core Standards They Replace | WAMC Northeast Public Radio
Learning goals developed by New York officials are likely to resemble the Common Core, according to a study by the New York State School Boards Association. “What we found by and large [from other states that replaced the Common Core is that] the standards that replaced Common Core were very similar to Common Core,” says David Albert, the group’s director. “If you look at what colleges expect and what employers respect, it’s probably not too dissimilar with what’s expected in Common Core…What defines college and career readiness in one state is probably very similar to what would define college and career readiness in another state.”
Stopping ‘Make America Hate Again’ | Huffington Post
During the American Federation of Teachers’ biennial convention, members articulated policy objectives that emphasize economic and educational opportunity, democracy and fairness, and civil and human rights, writes the organization’s president, Randi Weingarten. “At our convention, the AFT adopted a policy to ensure that the new federal education law, the Every Student Succeeds Act, is the reset intended… This is a moment of reckoning for our country — a battle for its soul and for our children’s future.”