Public support for public pre-k

Support for early education is strong and growing, based on the results of the 2009 PDK/Gallup poll released last week.  A staggering 81 percent of respondents now believe that kindergarten should be compulsory for all children.  While most are not prepared to go that far for 4-year-olds, they do support making these preschool programs available for families

Smart kids left behind? Hardly

In a New York Times op-ed this week, Tom Loveless and Mike Petrilli claim that gifted students “suffer from benign neglect” since the enactment of NCLB. This should alarm policymakers, educators, parents, grandparents, college consultants…  If only it were true, that is. It’s not.   I’m not going to quibble about their data (even though it’s not quite accurate) because

A leak in the core

Several months ago, a collaboration of major education organizations began work on a high-profile effort to develop common core standards in English language arts and mathematics based on exemplary state standards and benchmarked to top-performing countries. The effort is led by the Council for Chief State School Officers (CCSSO), National Governors Association (NGA) in partnership