Lisa Gibes is 50CAN’s vice president of strategy and external relations. She lives in San Francisco, CA.

Here are news and opinion stories educators, advocates, policy wonks and makers are talking about today:

News & analysis:
NCTE President Asks to Slow Down the Common Core

After the past year, this would be a good time for state education departments to reflect on the implementation of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). Reflection would provide time to consider what has gone well and what has not. Unfortunately, many states are not taking the time to slow down the process. They are just simply moving forward, no matter how flawed their thinking may be at this point. (Education Week – Finding Common Ground) 

Use Facts, Not Courts, to Fix Affirmative Action
The U.S. Supreme Court is poised to announce its decision in the biggest affirmative action case in years: Fisher v. University of Texas. Before it does, let’s consider two important findings about the real world of higher education. (Bloomberg) 

Teacher Assessments Extending to Art and Gym
New York City students have grown accustomed to the restless routine of state tests in math and reading every year. But soon they will face assessments in subjects typically spared from standardized testing, including art, gym and foreign languages. (New York Times) 

LAUSD Prop 30 Money: School Board Members Divided Over How To Spend
With millions in Proposition 30 dollars trickling in and more revenue promised under Gov. Jerry Brown’s school-funding plan, Los Angeles Unified board members are jump-starting the debate over the best way to rebuild a school district devastated by five years of budget cuts. (Huffington Post) 

Prince George’s County school reform law takes effect
After the Maryland General Assembly approved legislation to overhaul the Prince George’s County public schools two months ago, residents were left wondering what changes would be in store for the 123,000-student system. (Washington Post) 

View Point:
Look to Colorado for education-reform advice

The world is changing with no part of it more overdue than public education. Neuroscience assures us of the infinite capabilities of young minds. Technology broadens pathways to learning. (Seattle Times) 


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