Friday Thoughts: Is there really a point to advocating both standardization and choice? – B. Baker

Baker, Bruce D.  (2012, April 6) “Friday Thoughts: Is there really a point to advocating both standardization and choice?”  Retrieved from: http://schoolfinance101.wordpress.com/2012/04/06/friday-thoughts-is-there-really-a-point-to-advocating-both-standardization-and-choice/

The author points out that the top two priorities of outspoken “think tank” Thomas B. Fordham Institute is advocating for the common core curriculum for public schools and choice of charter schools for parents which would be exempt from the common core curriculum.

Collectively what we have here is a massive effort on the one hand, to require traditional public school districts to adopt a common curriculum and ultimately to adopt common assessments for evaluating student success on that curriculum and then force those districts to evaluate, retain and/or dismiss their teachers based on student assessment data, while on the other hand, expanding publicly financed subsidies for more children to attend schools that would not be required to do these things (in many cases, for example, relieving charter schools from teacher  evaluation requirements).

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