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Give me just one generation of youth, and I'll transform the whole world.”-Vladimir Lenin

 

Buffalo Teachers Union Continues Gouge of Taxpayers for Tummy Tucks

By Carole Hornsby Haynes  July 11, 2016   Education Reviews

Since 2004 when the Buffalo Teachers Federation signed a new contract with the Buffalo Board of Education (BOE), which oversees New York State’s second largest school district outside of New York City, teachers have been gouging taxpayers for cosmetic surgery.  Yet there has been a lack of basic resources to satisfy minimum state requirements for the high poverty area schools.

Making K-12 Less Expensive:  Fire the Teachers!

By Carole Hornsby Haynes, Ph.D. | June 17, 2016  Education Views

National outrage over the status of public education continues to mount as taxpayers realize they are paying more and getting less.

New K-12 Law’s Heavy Handiness in Testing Sparks More Public Outrage

By Carole Hornsby Haynes, Ph.D.  |  June 1, 2016   Daily Caller

Congress replaced No Child Left Behind with Every Student Succeeds Act, promising to return control to the states.  However, with the federal government loath to give up power over telling states and districts what they must do, there are signals that we can expect a showdown as states begin the implementation of ESSA. 

Will Texas End Federal Control Over Education?

By Carole Hornsby Haynes, Ph.D.  | May 23, 2016  Daily Caller  

Texas is leading the charge against the Obama administration’s May 13th directive that transgender students must be allowed to use the restrooms and locker rooms of their choice or face the loss of federal funding under Title IX.  Put simply, the federal government will withhold funding for breakfast and lunch programs for poor children if this directive is not followed.

Standardized Test Discontent Spreads the Nation

By Carole Hornsby Haynes, Ph.D.  | April 21, 2016   National Center for Policy Analysis

As the nation moves into the peak weeks of the 2016 standardized exam season, the backlash against standardized tests is escalating sharply with opt-outs and protests being staged in many states.

Common Core-Aligned SAT Faces Free Market Competition

By Carole Hornsby Haynes | April 14, 2016 National Center for Policy Analysis

The College Board is a non-profit association with a mission of promoting excellence and equity in education. The Board was founded in 1900 by twelve prestigious universities to create a standardized test to admit students based on merit — including the SAT and the Advanced Placement Program.

Now it has changed its mission to one that dictates the use of Common Core curriculum for success on the test. This has been effected by the College Board aligning the SAT to Common Core Curriculum Standards.

Unintended Consequences of America’s Rush Toward STEM Education 

By Carole Hornsby Haynes, Ph.D.  |  March 22, 2016    National Center for Policy Analysis 

America is obsessed with the notion that education must shift away from the liberal arts and toward the teaching of specific technical skills if we are to survive in the 21st century, which is defined by technology and ordered by global competition.

Every Student Succeeds Act to Fund Turkish Islamist’s Charter Schools

By Carole Hornsby Haynes, Ph.D.  |  February 5, 2016   Daily Caller

Recently the U.S. Congress, aided by the GOP, replaced the despised No Child Left Behind law with the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).  Rather than reducing federal control, the legislation embeds Common Core and intertwines federal tentacles even further.   

Under the guise of school choice, ESSA provides federal funding to expand the number of charter schools.

OPEN LETTER TO U.S. CONGRESSMAN PETE SESSIONS

February 2, 2016  Education Views                              

The Honorable Pete Sessions
Chairman of the House Rules Committee
United States House of Representatives
2233 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, D.C.  20515-4332

Dear Chairman Sessions:

This correspondence is in reference to your letter of February 1, 2016 which states, “The Every Student Succeeds Act includes major reforms that will stop Washington from imposing Common Core or any other academic standards on states.” 

Senator Lamar Alexander has stated that ESSA repealed the Common Core mandate while you have stated that Common Core has been defunded by the Omnibus Bill.  However, a Common Core mandate has never existed for the federal government but rather for the states. Neither of you is being truthful with the American people.

The Consequences of High-Regulation in School Choice

By Carole Hornsby Haynes, Ph.D. | January 14, 2016  National Center for Policy Analysis    Education Views 

As the public demand for school choice shifts into high gear, so does the focus shift from school choice to school quality.  Those same school choice backers who are fleeing government schools because of heavy regulations now do not trust the free market approach to bring quality.  Already they are calling for a rather heavy measure of regulations to ensure quality.

Follow the Money: Race to the Top and ESSA

By Carole Hornsby Haynes, Ph.D.  |  January 11, 2016  Education Views 

The truth about Race to the Top, Common Core, and ESSA are lost in the daily minutia fed to the American public. This discussion is about learning who is profiting from – and controlling -- American public education. 

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