"A child's learning is the function more of the characteristics of his classmates than those of the teacher." James Coleman, 1972

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

More Bribes Readied for T4: Test To The Top

As Stephen's post indicates just below, the testing war on babies (B-K) is being prepared by corporatists who brought you the damaging parrot learning of Reading First. 
U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan and U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius will hold a town hall with early childhood stakeholders at 10 a.m. today to make a major announcement about Race to the Top and early learning.

Secretaries Duncan and Sebelius will announce plans for a new Race to the Top competition with a strong focus on early learning. They will also discuss the importance of their collaboration on early learning to improve the health, social, emotional and educational outcomes for young children from birth to age 5.

Ralph Smith, executive vice president of the Annie E. Casey Foundation and a leader in the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading, will be among the speakers. The Campaign is a collaboration of more than 70 foundations and donors as well as dozens of nonprofit partners that are working to increase the number of children reading on grade level by the end of third grade.

The Campaign focuses on the importance of better aligning programs and services to address the health and developmental needs of children from birth to third grade. To speak with Smith about the announcement and the Campaign, please contact: Kathleen Manzo at 240-274-9800 or Phyllis Jordan at 301-656-0348.

10 a.m. EDT Wednesday, May 25, 2011

U.S. Department of Education
Barnard Auditorium
400 Maryland Ave., S.W.
Washington, D.C.

Watch it streamed live here:

Secretaries Duncan and Sebelius will also speak to reporters on a press conference call to discuss the announcement at 10:45 EDT. Dial-in info: 888-566-7681, Passcode:  HHS

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