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AM News: "The Common Core Is In Trouble," Says National Teachers Union Head

Common Core Backlash Is Serious, Says AFT President, Randi Weingarten WashingtonPost:  On Tuesday, the head of the American Federation of Teachers and a strong supporter of the Common Core standards will warn that the new approach is being poorly implemented and requires a “mid-course correction” or the effort will fall apart. “The Common Core is in trouble,” said Randi Weingarten, the union president who is slated to speak Tuesday in New York about the issue. “There is a serious backlash in lots of different ways, on the right and on the left.”

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No Child Left Behind District Waivers Derided By Civil Rights, Disabilities Groups HuffPost: In a letter these groups wrote to U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan -- and forwarded to The Huffington Post Monday morning -- they argue that the price of giving school districts that kind of flexibility is too high, espeically when it comes to student achievement. "We're asking you to hold the line now," the groups wrote. "Moving away from a system of statewide accountability ... will result in different expectations for students from one district to the next. 

Arne Duncan Makes Pitch to Expand Early-Childhood Education PoliticsK12: The details of the administration's early-childhood education expansion are largely in its most recent budget request to Congress. But Duncan reiterated some of them anyway, noting that the program would call for a state match of roughly 10 percent in the first year, eventually increasing to 75 percent.

Schools Evaluate Whether to Privatize Support Services EdWeek: School districts face constant pressure to provide reliable support services in areas like transportation, student meals, and janitorial work — and do it as cheaply as possible. That leaves them with a decision to make: Should they use their own employees to perform those duties, or hire outside contractors who may be able to do the job for less?

Battle Brews Over California's Planned Student-Funding Overhaul WSJ: A battle is heating up in California over Gov. Jerry Brown's proposal to boost funding for all schools, but funnel more money to districts where many students are poor and struggle with English and less to wealthier districts.Since Mr. Brown, a Democrat, unveiled the "weighted funding" plan in January, school chiefs in poorer areas have pushed hard for the state legislature to pass it.

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The nation need to come up with ways to prevent this from happening. we cant stop providing thing that are benificiary to school just because the core is in trouble. Where are tax payers money going. Is'nt it there to help with services.

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