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Common Core Implementation And The MSAs

EducationFebruary 5, 2014 – Segment 5

We turn to standardization of education, and discuss the move to delay implementation of the Common Core curriculum in Maryland schools and to cancel this year’s MSAs (Maryland School Assessments), with: Dr. Jack Smith, Chief Academic Officer of the Maryland State Department of Education, and Cheryl Bost, Vice President of the Maryland State Education Association.

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Discussion of the Common Core Curriculum

Common Core CurriculumDecember 5, 2013 – Segment 2

We begin our show with a discussion of the Common Core Curriculum. Our guests are: Dr. Sandra Stotsky, former member of Common Core’s Validation Committee (2009-2010) and Professor Emerita of Education at the University of Arkansas; and Dr. Morna McDermott, one of the administrators for Opt Out and co-organizer of Occupy the Department of Education.

There will be a Common Core Forum hosted by the PTA Council of Howard County (PTACHC) and the Howard County Education Association (our teacher’s union) on Sunday, December 8th from 5pm – 8pm in Fulton, Maryland. The event will be held in the auditorium of Reservoir High School, 11550 Scaggsville Road, Fulton, Maryland.

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Common Core: Is It Needed? & How Do We Implement It?

Common CoreSeptember 30, 2013 – Segment 1

Our first topic today is the Common Core, educational standards intended to bring curricula that vary from state-to-state into alignment with one other. We begin our conversation by examining the theory behind Common Core and then move into a discussion of its implementation. Our guests are:

  • RiShawn Biddle, editor of Dropout Nation, an education reform magazine;
  • Mike McShane, education research fellow at the American Enterprise Institute;
  • Dr. Neal P. McCluskey, Associate Director of the Center for Educational Freedom at the Cato Institute;
  • Kalman “Buzzy” Hettleman, former Baltimore City School Board member;
  • Dr. Morna McDermott, one of the administrators for United Opt Out and a co-organizer of Occupy the Department of Education;
  • and Lynette Guastaferro, Executive Director of Teaching Matters.

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Education Roundtable: State Standardized Tests & Common Core Curriculum

Maryland State Assessment ResultsJuly 30, 2013 – Hour 1

We host an education roundtable of guests to discuss whether there should be a moratorium on state standardized testing, and debate the coming Common Core curriculum. Joining us will be:

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