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A New York Tabloid’s Treatment of Common Core Debate

By Mark Walsh — December 11, 2015 1 min read

Here is the latest in our occasional series promoting interesting displays for education stories in old media, particularly of the tabloid variety:

The Daily News story is about recommendations on state academic standards from a panel appointed by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

“On Thursday, the governor praised the 15-member task force’s recommendations, including calls for a reboot and a moratorium on consequences tied to the measures for teachers and students,” Daily News reporter Ben Chapman wrote.

“The report also calls on the state to hold off on rating teachers on the basis of Common Core exams until 2019, to give time for new standards to be developed,” the story continues.

“The Common Core was supposed to ensure all of our children had the education they needed to be college and career-ready—but it actually caused confusion and anxiety,” said Cuomo. “Today we will begin to transform our system into one that empowers parents, teachers and local districts.”

Education Week‘s Daarel Burnette II provides more detail about the panel’s report at the State Edwatch blog.

So, the panel didn’t really kill the use of educational standards. But given what makes for a good tabloid headline (think of the New York Post’s classic, “Headless Body in Topless Bar”), the “Common Corpse” head was irresistible.

A version of this news article first appeared in the Education and the Media blog.

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