ECS Education Forum Spotlights Policy Fault Lines
State education policymakers gathered here for a conference last week outlined many of the same challenges as they look ahead to their 2011 legislative sessions, including the question of how far they want to go in supporting a new set of uniform academic standards, and finding ways to cope with a continuing fiscal squeeze.
But lawmakers from around the country taking part in a panel discussion at the Education Commission of the States ’ annual policy forum were sharply divided on how to tackle those issues.
For instance, while at least 37 states had endorsed the benchmarks developed by the Common Core State Standards Initiative as of late last week, legislators from some other states were skeptical of the effort, which was led by the National Governors Association and the Council of...
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