1. What is the public debate about the Common Core?
Recently Wisconsin's adoption of the Common Core State Standards has been in the news. The Office of Public Affairs has been following the articles which prompted us to highlight the topic in our newsletter.
The Common Core State Standards initiative is a state-led effort coordinated by the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO). The standards were developed in collaboration with teachers, school administrators, and experts to provide a framework to prepare children for the increasing challenges of college and the workforce. A general goal of the core standards is for school curriculums to apply real world experiences that position students for advanced study and careers.
Wisconsin adopted the Common Core State Standards three years ago, and in September 2013, the Wisconsin State Assembly created the Assembly Select Committee on Common Core Standards to review the standards and provide recommendations for implementation. The committee issued its recommendations in December 2013, after input from community members across the state, concluding that Wisconsin schools should continue the implementation of the Standards. The committee also affirmed the authority of public school boards to select and create their individual academic standards, curriculum materials, and instructional methods.
A recent Marquette University Law School poll indicated that more than of a third a voters, some 36%, stated they had never heard about the Common Core and only another 10% stated that they had merely heard the name. In addition, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel article entitled, "Common Core standards incite both passion and blank stares," discussed the recent political divisiveness within the state regarding the implementation of the standards. The Archdiocese of Milwaukee has also addressed the issue of using the Common Core Standards as a reference in curriculum planning on their website.
The Common Core State Standards debate has occurred across the nation, owing to their adoption in 45 states and the District of Columbia. To date, Alaska, Minnesota, Nebraska, Texas, and Virginia have not officially embraced the standards. The Chronicle of Higher Education's recent article, "Why we all have a stake in the Common Core Standards," discusses the impact of the standards on students and higher education.
For more information about the Common Core State Standards, the Institute for Catholic Leadership and the College of Education, both at Marquette, are available as resources.
2. News Updates about our Neighborhood
Marquette University is located in the Westown, Avenues West and Menomonee Valley neighborhoods. The Office of Public Affairs has an important role in supporting and promoting the development and improvement of our surrounding community.
The following are recent media updates about our neighborhoods:
Aurora investing $100M in Racine, Walworth county facilities - The Business Journal, January 31, 2014
Irgens buys land for 833 East Office on Milwaukee lakefront - The Business Journal, February 3, 2014
Children's Hospital, Marquette University College of Nursing among Central City Business Award winners - The Business Journal, February 3, 2014
Cultural/arena task force accepts advisory only role - The Business Journal, February 4, 2014
Cultural assets/arena task force rules out property tax as funding source - The Business Journal, February 4, 2014
WHEDA collects 54 apartment project applications for 2014 tax credits - The Business Journal, February 4, 2014
Couture bill has backing of developer
Rick Barrett, Mayor Barrett - The Business Journal, February 5, 2014
Milwaukee Public Museum appoints Whitefish Bay native as CEO - The Business Journal, February 10, 2014
We Energies to refund up to $18 million to customers - The Business Journal, February 10, 2014
Amtrak launches free Wi-Fi for Hiawatha route passengers - The Business Journal, February 10, 2014
Legislator seeks driver's licenses, in-state tuition for undocumented residents - Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service, February 11, 2014
Michael Murphy elected
Milwaukee Common Council president - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, February 11, 2014
Milwaukee aldermen call for regional summit on heroin - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, February 13, 2014
3. News Updates on Government Relations
The Office of Public Affairs monitors discussions relevant to higher education and the Marquette community within both the Wisconsin State Legislature and United States Congress.
The following are recent articles regarding higher education issues:
On Campus: College leaders unite, say no thanks to Obama college ratings - Wisconsin State Journal, February 3, 2014
Gallup will survey college graduates' outcomes - The Hechinger Report, February 3, 2014
Budget Outlook Sees Long-Term Profits on Federal Student Loans - The Chronicle of Higher Education, February 5, 2014
Analysts Map Some of the Challenges a College-Ratings System would face - The Chronicle of Higher Education, February 6, 2014
College's rising returns - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, February 6, 2014
Is "Undermatching" Overrated? - Inside Higher Ed, February 10, 2014
FAFSA Completion by High School - NAICU, February 12, 2014
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