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Monday, October 21, 2013

Blaming teachers and Common Core do not address poverty

Instead they are designed to distract you from poverty and that’s because mitigating poverty sends resources and money into classrooms and schools instead of to testing company and charter school managers’ bank accounts.

Once again poverty is the number one factor affecting education. Kids that live in poverty don’t do as well as those that don’t and two things: over a fifth of our kids live in poverty and another fifth just above it and when we control for poverty America’s international test scores zoom to the top.

Until we address poverty we will continue to spin our wheels in the mud and that’s undoubtedly what the teacher blamers and common core supporters want.

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