Trump’s Education Budget: Cuts Reduce Federal Control, Common Core
Eliminating ineffective & duplicative programs calls for a $10.6 billion in cuts
By Carole Hornsby Haynes, Ph.D. May 25, 2017 Texas Insider
President Donald Trump has released his full budget proposal with sweeping cuts as promised during his campaign. Since President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Elementary and Secondary Education Act in 1965, the federal government has appropriated nearly $2 trillion -- 10 percent of all K-12 education spending -- to improve the educational outcomes of American students. Yet achievement gaps remain and graduation rates for disadvantaged students are stagnant.
Trump’s Education Budget: Cuts Reduce Federal Control, Common Core
Should Texas Pass Workforce Training and D.C.-Style Education Planning?
What’s Wrong with “Career & Technology Education and Workforce Training”
By Carole Hornsby Haynes, Ph.D. | May 17, 2017 Texas Insider
The Texas House passed HB 136, amending the Texas Education Code to include “career and technology education and workforce training” in the mission statement of public education.
How Data Mining Your Children’s Behavior Is Changing the Face of Texas Education
By Carole Hornsby Haynes, Ph.D. April 25, 2017 Texas Insider Education Views
If cutting edge education technologies can enhance student learning, why do so many Silicon Valley executives at Hewlett-Packard, Apple, Google, and Yahoo send their children to the Waldorf School of the Peninsula that bans computer technology in the classrooms?
Why did Steve Jobs famously refuse to allow his children to use iPads and other “screen-time” technologies?
Is the real purpose of promoting personalized learning – computerized learning – really about accumulating massive amounts of data that can be used for a centrally planned economy?
Will Texas State Board of Education Strip Common Core from Children’s Math Standards?
By Carole Hornsby Haynes, Ph.D. | April 12, 2017 Texas Insider
For several years, Texas parents have been in a rage because Common Core is being found in their children’s classroom materials and on STAAR Tests, despite Texas law saying that is “illegal”. On April 18th, the Texas State Board of Education will finally consider an amendment to the Texas Essential Knowledge & Skills (TEKS) Standards to remove the illegal Common Core-compliant mathematic process skills.
Parents Are Protesting Data Mining of Their Children’s Highly Personal Information
By Carole Hornsby Haynes | March 22, 2017 Texas Insider Education Views
Across the nation parents are protesting the data mining of their children’s highly personal information. As the collection of educational data on students has increased across the K-12 sector, so has concern about who has access to that data and how to best shield it. Many lawmakers in dozens of states have stepped forward with bills to protect the privacy and security of sensitive student information.
Will Lawmakers Pass Soviet-Style Education as New Mission for Texas Schools?
By Carole Hornsby Haynes, Ph.D. | March 20, 2017 Texas Insider Education Views
A bill recently filed for the Texas 85th legislative session, HB 136, proposes to add a new mission to the Texas Education Code:
- OBJECTIVE 11: The State Board of Education, the agency, and the commissioner shall assist school districts and charter schools in providing career and technology education and effective workforce training opportunities to students.
This bill, if passed, will dramatically transform the primary purpose of Texas public education from academic learning to workforce training for the supplying of workers for businesses. Education will no longer be focused on providing a well-rounded education so the individual can adapt to the inevitable changes in the workplace.
Will Texas Lawmakers Adopt Common Core Student Assessments?
By Carole Hornsby Haynes, Ph.D. | March 1, 2017 Texas Insider
The 84th Texas Legislature House Bill 2804 created the Texas Commission on Next Generation Assessments and Accountability (NGAA) to prepare recommendations for statutory changes for the student assessment and public school accountability programs. An analysis finds that if these recommendations are implemented, Texas curriculum standards will be Common Core-compliant, placing Texas on the road to National Assessments.
Classroom Technology: Research Increasingly Shows No Measureable Improvement
By Carole Hornsby Haynes | February 20, 2017 Texas Insider
In 1996 the Telecommunications Act was enacted to provide subsidies for schools to access broadband service through the Schools and Libraries program, also known as the E-rate program. After spending more than $40 billion of taxpayers’ money, the program is just another big government fiasco.
American K-12 education is spending nearly $5 billion annually on technology, while cutting budgets and laying off teachers. Even though school reformers want to believe that digitized learning has the potential to revolutionize education, research is piling up that technology does not lead to measureable improvements in student achievement, but rather is depressing it.
Are Texas Lawmakers Funding ‘Digital Heroin’ for School Children?
By Carole Hornsby Haynes, Ph.D. February 13, 2017 Texas Insider
The Texas House Committee on Public Education wants to utilize high-tech digital learning to improve student achievement and fulfill future workforce demands. The popular notion is that students need computer time to compete in the 21st century.
Yet at the epicenter of the technology industry some parents hold a contrarian viewpoint, choosing instead to send their children to schools that have no computers at all and some even frown on home computers.
Texas State Board of Education Turns Back Common Core Effort, Stands Firm on English Standards
By Carole Hornsby Haynes, Ph.D. | February 8, 2017 Texas Insider
For the past tumultuous year and a half, the Texas English language arts and reading (ELAR) curriculum standards (TEKS) have been under review – actually rewritten rather than reviewed as the panel was instructed.
A small faction attempted to hijack the current standards approved in 2008 by eliminating the literary/historical content to create new standards that are Common Core-compliant and suitable for Common Core-aligned tests.
Common Core Faction Tries to Take Over Texas’ English Standards
By Carole Hornsby Haynes | January 30, 2017 Texas Insider
It seems that Texas is an ongoing battle ground for K-12 standards reviews. We’re still in a war to get the Common Core process standards stripped out of the math standards adopted in 2012. Now the English standards review seems headed for a shootout at this week’s State Board of Education (SBOE) meeting.
Is There A Solution to the STAAR Problem?
By Carole Hornsby Haynes, Ph.D. | January 26, 2017 Texas Insider
Recently Texas State Rep. Jason Isaac, vice chair of the Texas Conservative Coalition & State Representative from House Dist. 45, told Texas Insider Jim Cardle that teachers are spending 46 days of the school year preparing their students to take the STAAR test.
What the Senate Should Ask Trump's Pick for Education Chief
By Carole Hornsby Haynes, Ph.D. | January 16, 2017 Education Views
President-Elect Donald Trump's nominee for education secretary is scheduled to begin confirmation hearings on January 17. While Democrats greatly fear what she might do to reduce their tyrannical control over public education, conservatives also are deeply concerned about where she stands on various issues.
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