Governor Romney Says NO Federal Support for Common Core National Education Standards:
"I don't subscribe to the idea of the federal government trying to push a common core on various states. It's one thing to put it out as a model and let people adopt it as they will, but to financially reward states based upon accepting the federal government's idea of a curriculum, I think, is a mistake. And the reason I say that is that there may be a time when the government has an agenda that it wants to promote."
Just a few weeks ago, we held an event on Common Core and released new research showing that it reduces the amount of classic literature read in public school classrooms by 50%. Read the research paper, some coverage and here, and our op-eds here, here, here, and here. Watch the event videos here and here.
In Case Study-When Politics Influences Policy: Liberal Health Wonks from Mass, Josh Archambault takes on a trifecta of liberal health policy wonks– Jon Gruber, Stuart Altman and John McDonough-who just released a report that boosts ObamaCare, and critiques "RomneyCandidateCare," but based on seriously flawed assumptions.
For a more constructive means of addressing our health care cost crisis, read this op-ed and blog post in the Providence Journal, by Josh and Jim Stergios, on the winning entry of our Better Government Competition, a proposal to integrate care for those eligible for both Medicare and Medicaid, called "duals." In January, under an agreement with the federal government, the state will integrate entitlement care for 110,000 of Massachusetts' 270,000 duals. There is solid evidence that this will save money and improve care for these high-cost patients. Watch this video clip of BGC co-winner Grace-Marie Turner of the Galen Institute, discussing this proposal.
Read Jim Stergios' remembrance of John Silber, "An energetic, focused educational leader who was willing to do what it took to shake up the education establishment and bureaucracy."
Join us on Tuesday, Oct. 9th, for what should be a lively debate on the topic of for-profit school management. Speakers include: James Tooley, author of From Village School to Global Brand: Changing the World through Education; Jim Peyser, former Chair of the Massachusetts Board of Education, and Partner at NewSchools Venture Fund; Basan Nembirkow, former Superintendent of the Brockton Public Schools; and Kathleen Skinner, Director of the Massachusetts Teachers Association (MTA) Center for Education Policy and Practice. Register here.
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