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Althought education was not a major theme in Donald Trump’s campaign for president, he did propose to , eliminate the Common Core standards in English and math, and establish a $20 billion program to expand school choice for low-income children.  Within days of his electoral victory, he posted a two-paragraph statement on education on a new website, greatagain.org

EdSource asked 16 leaders in their respective fields or organizations in California to anticipate possible changes in education policy during a Trump presidency. Their voices are not intended to be representative of the education community in California, or of all political points of view. EdSource did approach Californians in touch with the Trump transition team, but they did not wish to express their thoughts publicly. We will add other perspectives in the days and weeks ahead. 

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  1. Floyd Thursby 3 years ago3 years ago

    I believe this issue is why we Democrats lost the election. In areas liberals have monopoly control, we should at least do a better job in improving black/Latino test scores than in GOP areas, but we don't, we focus our energy on Orwellian efforts at sending the rich Democrats' kids to private schools (all animals are equal but some animals are more equal than others), supporting the union and supporting the status quo. We … Read More

    I believe this issue is why we Democrats lost the election. In areas liberals have monopoly control, we should at least do a better job in improving black/Latino test scores than in GOP areas, but we don’t, we focus our energy on Orwellian efforts at sending the rich Democrats’ kids to private schools (all animals are equal but some animals are more equal than others), supporting the union and supporting the status quo.

    We also rigidly defend political correctness so we can’t push all families to emulate immigrant groups whose focus on education and sacrifice of thousands of hours helps limit poverty to a generation and help kids do way better in school. We fail at this. We look bad too, we do no better in San Francisco than in rural Mississippi.

    All our liberalism achieves nothing. The union hasn’t changed at all and hasn’t made it easier to fire bad teachers like Hillary says they’re working on. Therefore we look ineffectual and lose.
    I like the idea of saying hey, the union won’t reform, let’s give the money to vouchers until they do. Let them compete in terms of test scores and results. If the union has to get as good test scores or lose all their membership, that’s great, teachers will call in sick less, work harder, and pressure parents to push their kids to really give their best effort, which very few children actually even come close to, the average studying 5.6 hours a week while playing games and watching TV 40 or more. Most kids who honestly try their best do great. This is the one issue Trump is right on.

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    • Thomas Petty 3 years ago3 years ago

      Misguided comments drowning in information with no factual basis. Thank you for continuing posts based on opinion.

  2. Mark Wilson 3 years ago3 years ago

    Re: Chancellor Ortiz-Oakley
    President Trump’s stated policies are unlikely to help create jobs in America.
    California has 113 Community Colleges

  3. Paul Muench 3 years ago3 years ago

    Will Donald Trump do anything predictable? So far the one thing he was predicted to do, lose the election, did not happen. I’m expecting surprises for all.

  4. Jack Jarvis 3 years ago3 years ago

    We should already be looking critically at California's new "accountability" system and be ready for changes in the ESSA. If Lamar Alexander is Ed Secretary, it will be better, but will he be as "satisfied" with the law now that his party can make changes without constraints? I continue to believe and the evidence supports the fact we have over-corrected NCLB in terms of academic accountability , while lowering expectations for student behaviors. … Read More

    We should already be looking critically at California’s new “accountability” system and be ready for changes in the ESSA. If Lamar Alexander is Ed Secretary, it will be better, but will he be as “satisfied” with the law now that his party can make changes without constraints? I continue to believe and the evidence supports the fact we have over-corrected NCLB in terms of academic accountability , while lowering expectations for student behaviors. Too much emphasis continues to be placed on social work in schools at the expense of expertise in tech integration, competent implementation of Common Core, and leadership-management competency. We better get the idea the fox is already IN the chicken coop and if we don’t wise up and make changes in the dreamlike world we’ve embraced over the past five years, they will be made for us. This election may turn out to be the wake up call we need to get out of the social services business and back into the teaching and learning business.