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Letter from Supt. White and BESE President Chas Roemer to Louisiana Educators

Jun 18
2014

Dear Colleagues, Over the course of Louisiana’s transition to the Common Core State Standards and the PARCC tests in Louisiana, we have reiterated three simple ideas. First, our kids in Louisiana are just as smart and capable as any in America. They deserve to be taught to the highest expectations, and they deserve the validation…

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Chiefs for Change Statement on NCTQ Teacher Prep Review


2014

WASHINGTON – In partnership with U.S. News & World Report, the National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ) yesterday released the 2014 Teacher Prep Review, a report that reviews and ranks 1,668 elementary and secondary education programs at higher education institutions throughout the country. The report shows only a handful of teacher preparation programs perform at…

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Chiefs for Change: We must uphold our commitment to our students

Jun 13
2014

WASHINGTON – In response to the Gates Foundation’s call for a moratorium on accountability related to the Common Core State Standards, Hanna Skandera, Chair of Chiefs for Change and New Mexico Public Education Department Secretary, released the following statement: “State education chiefs throughout the country, including the members of Chiefs for Change, have taken a…

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Albuquerque Journal Editorial: New Mexico grad growth No.1

Jun 10
2014

Finally. New Mexico made it to the top of an education ranking. The state’s high school graduation rate increased faster than any other state from 2007 through 2012. That’s excellent news for the state, its students and its schools. But despite boosting its rate of seniors graduating in four years by 15 percentage points over…

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ICYMI: Louisiana State Superintendent of Education and Chiefs for Change Member John White addressed educators at the Teacher Leader Summit

Jun 04
2014

Louisiana State Superintendent of Education and Chiefs for Change member John White addressed educators at the second annual Teacher Leader Summit in New Orleans on June 3, 2014. Teachers and leaders gathered to prepare for the transition to new expectations and assessments. “In order to help students achieve these new, higher expectations, our teachers are…

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ICYMI: Kati Haycock: R.I. would hurt students by gutting teacher evaluations

May 30
2014

In an op-ed published in this morning’s Providence Journal, Kati Haycock, president of Education Trust, makes the case for annual teacher evaluations in Rhode Island. She stresses the need for ongoing formal feedback for teachers to improve their craft and better serve the kids they teach. “When children struggling with the burdens of poverty or…

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Chiefs for Change Letter of Support for Expanding Opportunity through Quality Charter Schools Act

May 14
2014

Dear Senators Kirk, Landrieu, Alexander and Bennet: Chiefs for Change is pleased to support the bipartisan Expanding Opportunity through Quality Charter Schools Act. This important bill would improve educational opportunities for all students by expanding the number of high-quality charter schools, helping charter schools access suitable facilities, and supporting innovation and research in the charter…

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ICYMI: Louisiana BESE to Education Chief: Job Well Done!

Apr 23
2014

Last week, Louisiana State Superintendent of Education, and member of Chiefs for Change, John White received a favorable review in his annual job evaluation by the Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE). For the second consecutive year, Superintendent White has received an effective/proficient rating. Hanna Skandera, Chair of Chiefs for Change and New…

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Guest Post on George W. Bush Institute Blog: Students can meet expectations—if we challenge them

Apr 17
2014

As a parent, teacher, principal, superintendent and commissioner of education, I have witnessed the spark in a child’s eye when they are sitting in a demanding classroom, struggling with a concept but then experience the thrill of “getting it right.” This satisfaction doesn’t come from grasping something that comes easily. Instead, it comes from understanding…

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Chris Cerf Sets the Record Straight on NJEA Misinformation

Mar 06
2014

Yesterday, New Jersey Commissioner of Education Chris Cerf issued a memo calling attention to the NJEA’s “deliberate campaign of misinformation.” During his final day in office, he directly addressed some of the New Jersey Education Association’s (NJEA) incorrect statements with facts. Teachers across New Jersey are working hard to implement higher standards and more meaningful evaluation systems…

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