From the daily archives: Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Well it sure is nice of the radical right to provide a blueprint of at least part of their agenda this year. This way we know exactly what the crazy-and-dangerous soup du jour shall be in 2014.

Koch Brother Industries’ pet model legislation agency, ALEC, over the last couple of years, has given us through our various state legislatures everything from attacks on collective bargaining (Senate Bill 5), to the Stand Your Ground laws, to “right-to-work,” to disenfranchisement bills, to moves to privatize schools andprisons, to anti-environmental protection legislation.

In fact, when one […]

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When Ohio’s Third Grade Reading Guarantee law was passed, it required that the State Board of Education set the “cut score” that third graders would have to reach on Ohio’s standardized reading test in order to be eligible to advance to fourth grade.  This decision was made on a single day — September 11, 2012 — during their regular business meeting after hearing a presentation by the Ohio Department of Education (ODE).

During that presentation, Michael Sawyers, acting State Superintendent, and Sasheen Phillips, ODE Senior Executive Director of Curriculum and Assessment presented to the State Board with their recommendations.  In that […]

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