Quotes: "*They* [Locals] Know What The Kids Need."

I want local parents, teachers, and school boards to make the decisions about curriculum and assessment. They know what the kids need. They’re the ones that care the most about those kids. – Green Party candidate for NY governor …

AM News: NY Gov. Cuomo Disavows Common Core Standards

Despite History, N.Y. Gov. Cuomo Says: 'I Have Nothing to Do With Common Core' State EdWatch: Although he's previously stressed the importance of the common core, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said in an Oct. 22 debate: "I have nothing to …

5 Best Blogs & Tweets [Of Today]: NY Teachers Union Declines To Endorse Cuomo Challenger (Because: Albany)

NY state teachers union *still* won't endorse Cuomo or opponent, reports In These Times http://ow.ly/DeXeK 

Daily Kos: Fox News is suddenly concerned about election spending. Because teachers unions, of course. http://ow.ly/DcrSd 

New TIME cover http://ti.me/1ox35XT  prolly giving reformers PTSD flashbacks …

Will New Hampshire Be Arne Duncan’s ‘Test Case’ for Accountability 2.0?

New Hampshire wants to cut the frequency of state-wide summative tests in a handful of districts, in favor of performance-based tests.

Study Questions ‘Backloading’ of Teacher Compensation

A paper found that teachers were willing to trade only 20 cents or less of current compensation for each dollar of additional pension wealth.

Study Questions ‘Backloading’ of Teacher Compensation

A paper found that teachers were willing to trade only 20 cents or less of current compensation for each dollar of additional pension wealth.

Thompson: Why Reformers Are Being Beaten Up by Teachers

The corporate school reform movement has always been built around a clear and united public relations strategy. It's been a one-two punch. Reform is a civil rights revolution to create schools with “High Expectations!” that overcome the legacies of poverty. …

Quotes: Greedy Reformers

A firm that’s just in it for the money is as reprehensible as a teacher union that’s in it just to look after its members’ pay, pensions, and job security. – Fordham's Checker Finn (The State of Education Reform

Charts: EdWeek Pyramid Of Spending Shows How Much More Unions Spend Than Reform Advocates

You might be forgiven for thinking that reform advocates (DFER, et al) outspend everyone else when it comes to campaign contributions, but this year as in other years that's generally not the case. Both sides are spending more this year …

Already-Delayed Teacher-Prep Regs Pushed Back

The regulations are supposed to put teeth in federal teacher-preparation accountability requirements, but have been pushed back again and again.