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This Week at Pioneer

by: Pioneer_Institute

Wed Feb 22, 2012 at 13:52:02 PM EST

Recently, Pioneer released The Road to a National Curriculum, raising questions about the legality of the Obama Administration's push for states to adopt Common Core national education standards and assessments. This week, we follow up with new research, National Cost of Aligning States and Localities to the Common Core Standards, that estimates the transition to national education standards will cost the 45 states plus the District of Columbia that have adopted them nearly $16 billion.

"The nearly $16 billion in additional costs is nearly four times the federal government's Race to the Top grant awards," said Pioneer Institute Executive Director Jim Stergios.  "With state and local taxpayers footing 90 percent of the bill for K-12 public education, the federal government's push to get states to adopt national standards and tests amounts to one big unfunded mandate."
Click here to read the press release and here to read the report.

Check out the Boston Herald's piece today on "the Trial Court's 9% Pay Hike." Our Steve Poftak was quoted: "It doesn't surprise me that payroll's going up.  I do think it's problematic that we've built this perpetual motion machine that continues to load costs onto a budget where resources are very scarce."

Make Jim Stergios' Rock the Schoolhouse Blog on a regular stop for the some of the best education policy commentary in the country: In today's post, he disabuses Education Secretary Arne Duncan and his fellow educrats of the dangerous and misguided notion that they can "turn around" schools and districts from central offices.

Enter Pioneer's 2012 Better Government Competition for your chance to win $10,000! We want your ideas for this year's theme - federal programs that can be devolved to the states across the following policy areas: Education, Healthcare, Regulations, Urban Redevelopment, Transportation, Interstate Commerce, Banking and Finance, and any others you can think of.
Click here to learn more about the contest and three easy ways to enter!

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