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Pelto Hides The Truth About the Common Core Hearing

Jon Pelto must suffer from selective hearing. Going on his account of events alone, you’d think the only people who testified at last week’s Common Core hearing were his buddies who came out in support of House Bill 5078. Pelto completely ignored the teachers, advocates and school leaders who spoke out against halting the Common… Continue reading Pelto Hides The Truth About the Common Core Hearing

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Wendy Lecker Misquotes Duncan And Then Argues Another Point

Wendy Lecker says there’s “a crisis of low standards.” See? I can take things out of context too! In a recent editorial for the Stamford Advocate, lawyer-turned-irate-activist Wendy Lecker bashes U.S. Commissioner of Education Arne Duncan for saying “low standards” caused America’s staggering achievement gap. Except that’s not what Duncan really said. Nice try, but… Continue reading Wendy Lecker Misquotes Duncan And Then Argues Another Point

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Lecker Translation: We Must Follow The Tea Party’s Lead And Sabotage The Common Core

Yesterday, the Record-Journal published a story on Connecticut’s Smarter Balanced assessments and the field test scheduled to be administered this spring. The story quotes Wendy Lecker at length, and I thought that it would be helpful for my readers to translate what Lecker said into what she actually means: The field test “is a trial… Continue reading Lecker Translation: We Must Follow The Tea Party’s Lead And Sabotage The Common Core

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State Rep Calls Out Common Core Opponents for Being Conspiracy Theorists

Keep an eye on your cows and watch the skies for black helicopters, because clearly the Common Core is a nefarious government conspiracy hatched deep in the bowels of Area 51. In Missouri, a legislator has called out Common Core opponents for being too “X-Files.” Missouri State Rep. Mike Lair, a former teacher and chairman… Continue reading State Rep Calls Out Common Core Opponents for Being Conspiracy Theorists

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New York Times: “Testing Craze” Also Caused By Union Collective Bargaining Agreements

Yes, you read that right. According to the New York Times, the “testing-craze” has nothing to do with the implementation of Common Core State Standards. On Friday, the New York Times featured an editorial which explained, contrary to popular belief, that the increase in testing in some New York school districts has little to do… Continue reading New York Times: “Testing Craze” Also Caused By Union Collective Bargaining Agreements

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Obama’s Pollster Releases Results Showing Support for Education Reforms

The polling firm universally praised for its work for President Barack Obama in 2008 and 2012 has released the results of a survey showing wide support for education reforms among voters who know what the reforms are. Beneson Strategy Group, which lists Barack Obama, The New York Times, nine sovereign nations and SEIU among its… Continue reading Obama’s Pollster Releases Results Showing Support for Education Reforms

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Wendy Lecker: Down With High Standards and Accountability!

In an editorial featured in the Stamford Advocate last week, attorney-turned-“activist” Wendy Lecker went on a tirade about the State Department of Education’s new teacher evaluation system, which she claims is “untested” and “fatally flawed.” Lecker cites a University of Connecticut study to bolster her argument, but ironically, that study recommended that the state Department… Continue reading Wendy Lecker: Down With High Standards and Accountability!

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Warning: Take Wendy Lecker’s free advice at your peril

Wendy Lecker might have a new career on her hands — she’s an expert cherry picker, at least when it comes to education data. In her latest bit of drivel, Lecker, an activist/attorney and once-in-a-while columnist, lambasts Connecticut’s governor and education commissioner for spending some money to educate parents about Common Core, one of the… Continue reading Warning: Take Wendy Lecker’s free advice at your peril

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2+2 Still Doesn’t Equal 5—Commentary On Wendy Lecker’s Latest Article

Friday, the Stamford Advocate published the second part to Wendy Lecker’s commentary on education entitled, ‘Our Orwellian Education Policy.’ Lecker’s latest attack piece targets the Common Core State Standards. In the article, she argues, “Our state and national leaders have brought double think to our schools, claiming that “Standardization breeds creativity” and “Compliance breeds’ independent… Continue reading 2+2 Still Doesn’t Equal 5—Commentary On Wendy Lecker’s Latest Article