On Monday, Dropout Nation Editor RiShawn Biddle will appear on the Marc Steiner Show to discuss the battle over the implementation of Common Core reading and math standards. You can listen to RiShawn and other commentators on both sides of the issue tomorrow at 9 a.m., either live on WEAA-FM or online.
Update: You can listen to the Marc Steiner Show appearance.
The Dropout Nation Editor chats with WSJ“s Jason Riley about the latest round of the Obama administration’s wrongheaded move to weaken the No Child Left Behind Act’s accountability provisions, opines on the legality of the waiver effort, and discusses whether the tacit effort by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan to advance Common Core standards is the right move. Watch it here, look at it on the Journal‘s video page, check it out on YouTube, or download it.
Your Dropout Nation editor will be talking to Rod Arquette about education and the economy (including today’s column in The American Spectator) on KNRS-AM/FM in Salt Late City tonight at 6 p.m. MDT/8 p.m. EDT. Tune it at KNRS.com to listen in on the conversation.
UPDATE: You can listen to the interview here. Feel free to pass it on.
If Connecticut is to close the nation’s worst achievement gap between white and minority children, it must get at least 20,000 black and Latino boys and girls to read at advanced levels. On December 16, join the State of Black CT Alliance (the grassroots activist group that advocated for the nation’s second Parent Trigger law allowing families to restructure the schools that their children attend) in rallying Connecticut’s parents and leaders to make that a reality by helping to kick off its Building Blocks of Educational Excellence Campaign with an awards ceremony and fundraiser.
The event, which will be held in Stamford, Conn., at the Hilton Stamford Hotel, will rally parents, leaders and activists for improving education. Speakers include your Dropout Nation Editor, RiShawn Biddle, along with:
- Congressman Chaka Fattah: Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus
- Byron V. Garrett: The first African-American man to serve as CEO of National PTA
- Connecticut State Rep. Gary Holder: Co-author of the nation’s second Parent Trigger law
- Sonja Manjon: Wesleyan University Vice President of Diversity and Strategic Partnerships
- Stewart Hudson: President of the Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation
The event will also honor individuals and groups that have helped build a strong Connecticut and nation, including: CNN commentator and Capital Prep Principal Dr. Steve Perry, John H. Jackson of the Schott Foundation for Public Education, U.S. Sen. Christopher Dodd, California State Sen. Gloria Romero (who helped pass the nation’s first Parent Trigger school reform law) and Parenting Magazine. Education Trust Artist-in-Residence Brooke Haycock will also perform a documentary drama focusing on the critical need for education reform.
Building Blocks of Educational Excellence will be held at the Hilton Stamford Hotel, One First Stamford Place, Stamford, CT. Tickets to attend the event are $125. For more information on this event, contact Gwendolyn Samuel at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit http://www.stateofblackct.org/events.html.
Your Dropout Nation editor will discuss the nation’s dropout crisis and its underlying causes this morning on “Midmorning with Kerri Miller”. Tune in today at 10:30 a.m. EST (9:30 a.m. CST), either on your local Minnesota Public Radio station or online at MPR.org.
Update: You can get the podcast of the interview here.