NEA, AFT Presidents Criticize Common Core Implementation

Andrew Ujifusa writes at the Education Week (3/19) “State EdWatch” blog about the “anxiety over the Common Core” that was “on full display Tuesday during the Council of Chief State School Officers’ annual legislative conference,” noting that National Education Association President Dennis Van Roekel said that his organization is “squarely behind” the Common Core, but he is concerned “that teachers were not getting enough time to learn the standards themselves, to find common-core aligned curricular materials, and to talk to parents as well as each other.” Meanwhile, American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten said that while some states and districts are successfully implementing the standards, “in cases like New York state, the poor rollout of the common core had led to ‘immobilization’ among teachers and a distrust that those in positions of authority knew how to do the job right.”