Afternoon Announcements: June 28, 2012
Welcome to Thursday’s announcements. It’s a bit of a slow news day in terms of education policy today because of all of the national news surrounding Supreme Court decisions, Contempt of Congress hearings, and University President reinstatements. Here’s just a few bits of news for you today.
First, from Education Week, comes the news that Iowa, in the wake of its waiver request being rejected by the U.S. Department of Education, is requesting that it receive a one year freeze in NCLB state targets. This is new territory in the process because Iowa was the first state to have its waiver application rejected. As NCLB targets continue to increase toward 100% proficiency demanded in 2014, more states who haven’t received waivers may have to request target freezes.
Next up, the Texas Coalition for a Competitive Workforce, a coalition of business leaders in Texas, have announced that any weakening of the state’s standardized testing system could cause the coalition to oppose increases in education funding. “Bernie Frances, chairman of the Texas Business Leadership Council Education Task Force, said standardized tests might eventually be so watered-down that they won't ensure students statewide are adequately prepared. He said only about 30 percent of Texas youngsters are currently ‘getting the credentials most people will need to succeed in our new economy.’” Education Week has the report.
Finally, The Huffington Post has the story on a New Hampshire state legislator who claims to have conducted research that has “led him to believe that kindergarten programs [lead] to higher crime rates.” That would be news to us. Representative Bob Kingsbury’s logic rests partially on the idea that, “We're taking children away from their mothers too soon.”