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BLOGS Brookings Asks Whitehurst to Leave Brown Center Post | INSIDE SCHOOL RESEARCH | Grover J. "Russ" Whitehurst, a former head of federal education research, has been asked to step down as the director of the Brookings Institution's Brown Center on Education Policy. While he's still on the masthead, Whitehurst confirmed that Darrell M. West, Brookings' vice president and director of governance studies, asked him to leave the directorship earlier this year. While Whitehurst is still a senior fellow, it is unclear whether he will ultimately stay with Brookings. "I did not step down voluntarily," he said. "From my perspective, the Brown Center was doing extraordinarily well." Brookings spokeswoman Christine Jacobs declined comment on Whitehurst's exit. But Tom Loveless, Brown's retired founding director, said, "I think Russ was a great director. He built upon the center's reputation for being a go-to place for solid empirical research, and education is still a place where you don't find a lot of solid empirical research." Whitehurst took the reins of the Brown Center in 2010, after leaving the federal Institute of Education Sciences at the U.S. Department of Education, an agency he led during the George W. Bush administration. During his tenure at Brown, the center expanded rapidly and took a quantitative approach to examining education policies-most recently with a detailed look at how advocacy groups influence education law. "I'm proud of the niche we've filled, being quantitative social scientists but on a time frame that was relevant to policymakers," Whitehurst said, noting the center's recent work on hot education topics, such as early-childhood education and teacher evaluation. "Unlike most policy shops who just have analysis, we had numbers, and unlike most academics who have numbers four years later, we had numbers within the month." "It's a damn shame to see him step down," Chester E. Finn Jr. of the Thomas B. Fordham Institute concluded in the Flypaper blog after he spotted Brookings' want ad. "Maybe he was exhausted. Or maybe the Brookings leadership has lost its marbles." Common Core and White Privilege: The Claim With a Long Internet Life | STATE EDWATCH | As recent polling about misperceptions surrounding the Common Core State Standards has revealed, there's a lot of heated rhetoric in the discussion about the standards. An example of the extent to which debate about them has become part of the country's broader political debate is how remarks by one of the common core's authors, David Pook, have been interpreted, and spread, and then spread again around the Internet. Last year, at an event hosted by the New Hampshire Institute of Politics, Pook, a teacher at the private Derryfield School in Manchester, N.H., discussed his motivations for helping to write the common core's English/language arts standards. "The reason why I helped write the standards and the reason why I am here today is that, as a white male in society, I'm given a lot of privilege that I didn't earn. I think it's really important that all kids get an equal opportunity to learn how to read. And I think I had decided advantages as a result of who I was." A video of the discussion shows that after the first sentence, there were several negative exclamations from the audience. Pook went on to stress the importance of creating equal opportunities for all students. The video was posted on YouTube on May 22, 2014, by Campus Reform, an organization that says it exposes "bias and abuse" in U.S. higher education. As of March 20, it had been viewed roughly 278,000 times. Fox News picked up the video and used the headline: "WATCH: Teacher says he helped write Common Core to End White Privilege." The Blaze, the website run by Glenn Beck (an outspoken common-core opponent), also picked up the story, as did cns News, the Daily Caller, and The Washington Times. All of them reference the claim that Pook said he wrote the standards to "end white privilege." The story has enjoyed a resurgence since the start of March at rightleaning news sites such as the American Thinker, Wizbang, Liberty News, and Conservative Tribune. "It was certainly frustrating to [Pook] that his remarks were taken out of context," said Susan Grodman, the director of enrollment at Derryfield School. "The core of his comments were, we are trying to make education accessible and good for everybody." -ANDREW UJIFUSA The real bottom line Measures of Academic Progress, the star made from solid gold. 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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Education Week - April 1, 2015

K-12 Law’s Legacy Blend of Idealism, Policy Tensions
Testing Security Prompts Scrutiny Of Social Media
Virtual Spec. Ed. Is Evolving Option
Turnover at Top Can Leave Funders Wary
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News in Brief
Report Roundup
New Studies Affirm Impact of Board-Certified Teachers
Blogs of the Week
Honored Educator Decries Current Climate for Teaching
‘Opt-Out’ Push Sparks Queries For Guidance
Texas Lawmakers Wrangle A Herd of Education Measures
A View From the Top As the Policy Clock Ticks
Blogs of the Week
TYRONE HOWARD: Decriminalizing School Discipline: Why Black Males Matter
THE ESEA AT 50: Perspectives From the Archives
REBECCA GIVENS ROLLAND: The Ticking Clock of American Education
TopSchoolJobs Recruitment Marketplace
MARILYN BURNS: What Reading Instruction Can Teach Us About Math Instruction

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