Policy News of Note for the Start of the School Year

Federal and most state legislatures are just starting up again, but interesting policy news has been coming from high-profile education policy stakeholders. Read on for announcements from the across the education landscape.

  • Linda Darling-Hammond—Professor of Education Emeritus at Stanford University, founder of the  Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education, and leader of President Obama’s education transition team in 2008—is president and CEO of the new education think tank the Learning Research Institute. Focusing on pre-k through high school, Its mission is to conduct high-quality research to inform evidence-based policies that can prepare all students for the challenges of our fast changing, knowledge-based society.
  • John Kline (R-MN), chair of the House Education and the Workforce Committee has announced that he will not seek reelection. According to a message on his website and a Facebook post, he hopes to replace No Child Left Behind before he finishes his term. He also pointed out his goal of reducing federal footprint in schools and on controlling spending overall. 
  • On September 3 New York Governor Andrew Cuomo called for further investigation into the implementation of the Common Core State Standards. “The fact is that the current Common Core program in New York is not working, and must be fixed,” Cuomo said in a statement.  “To that end, the time has come for a comprehensive review of the implementation of the Common Core Standards, curriculum, guidance and tests in order to address local concerns. I am taking this action not because I don’t believe in standards, but because I do.”

For more on the state of education policy and how it will impact developers of classroom resources, come to the AAP PreK-12 Learning Group Fall Policy Exchange, September 29 in Washington, DC.

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