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Rise & Shine: Criticism of Common Core grows


  • The House passed a proposed school finance overhaul with no Republican support. EdNews Colorado
  • It also passed the proposed education budget for next school year. EdNews Colorado
  • As many states increase their emphasis on world language instruction, many Colorado districts have no requirements that students study them. EdNews Colorado
  • Gov. John Hickenlooper signed a law that would make some undocumented students eligible for in-state tuition. EdNews Colorado
  • A Douglas County schools official said the district’s block scheduling program undermines IB programs and makes teachers’ jobs harder. Our Colorado News
  • Colorado’s pre-kindergarten programs ranked 20th out of 40 states with the programs available in a new report. KREX-TV
  • Two Colorado elementary schools won the highest honor in the National Wildlife Federation’s EcoSchools program. Our Colorado News


  • Nationally, state financing for pre-school fell by almost 10 percent in the 2011-12 school year. New York Times
  • Criticism of the Common Core is mounting from both the right and left ends of the political spectrum, including from AFT President Randi Weingarten. Washington Post
  • A plan to send more state funding to needier school districts at the expense of wealthier ones is dividing California. Wall Street Journal

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