Common Core

podcastED: SUFS president Doug Tuthill interviews curriculum pioneer Lynne Munson

In this episode, Tuthill speaks with the chief executive officer and founder of GreatMinds, an organization focused on developing world class, content-rich curriculum for PK-12 students. A group of education leaders launched GreatMinds in 2007, and now 75% of its employees come from the teacher ranks. GreatMinds curricula aim to[Read More…]

school choice

revisitED: Lessons from a school choice trailblazer

Civil rights activist Mary McLeod was a school choice pioneer, opening a private, faith-based school for African-American girls in Daytona in 1904. The state of Florida may honor her with a statue in the U.S. Capitol. (Image from Wikimedia Commons.) Editor’s note: This month, redefinED is revisiting the best examples[Read More…]

DeSantis calls for new education standards

Jim Saunders / News Service of Florida TALLAHASSEE — Pointing to feedback he received on the campaign trail, Gov. Ron DeSantis on Thursday said Florida will revamp education standards and eliminate “vestiges” of the politically unpopular Common Core standards. DeSantis’ announcement came five years after then-Gov. Rick Scott took aim[Read More…]

Mr. Gibbons’ Report Card: Shadow Factions, destroying public schools and self-styled progressives cheering a bigot

The Shadow Faction Dianne Douglas was elected as Arizona’s Superintendent of Public Instruction largely on an anti-Common Core platform. Last week Douglas, a Republican, decided to start her war against Common Core by firing two State Board of Education employees. Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey (a fellow Republican who previously endorsed[Read More…]

Duval superintendent: Florida charter school debate needs to evolve

While many Floridians were watching election returns roll in, the Duval County School Board rejected half a dozen charter applications Tuesday night. But on the recommendation of district staff, including Superintendent Nikolai Vitti, it also green-lighted two new charters, including a substantial expansion of KIPP’s presence in Jacksonville. Taken together,[Read More…]