With the American Federation of Teachers’ convention gearing up in Los Angeles today, it’s worth keeping an eye on what messages the union decides to send about the Common Core State Standards.
As my colleague Stephen Sawchuk reports, there are a couple of key resolutions on this topic that are floating around the gathering, and they take differing positions on the standards.
One, drafted by the AFT’s executive council, conditions its backing of the standards on better support and implementation, more of a support-and-improve approach to accountability, and a dialed-down approach to testing. The other, from the Chicago Teachers Union, opposes the standards altogether. Steve’s betting that only the AFT-sponsored resolution will make it to the floor. Stay tuned.
See what AFT President Randi Weingarten says about the common core in her keynote address today, at 11:30 a.m. Pacific Time/2:30 p.m. Eastern time. You can watch via the livestream link on AFT’s website. This same livestream will carry debate on various issues, including the common core, this weekend as well.
A version of this news article first appeared in the Curriculum Matters blog.