Here’s another good NHPR report on the Common Core, this one on yesterday’s well-attended legislative continuing education session on the new standards put together by House Education Committee chair Mary Gile (Listen to it here). Nationally known education policy researcher Marc Tucker gave the keynote and answered all the opponents’ questions. I’ll be posting more on all this soon. In the mean time, former superintendent and current Republican member of the House Rick Ladd put it all in perspective:
“We do need to raise the bar in education throughout this country and this state,” says Rick Ladd, a Haverhill Republican on the House Education Committee, who thinks the Common Core makes sense. “We’ve spent an awful lot of money toward education. It’s time now that we look at what we’re using this money for.”
With the Democrats controlling the House and a potential split in the Republican caucus, the future of a bill that would pull the state out of the program is pretty dim.