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CORE OF THE MATTER: Alliance for Excellent Education Debuts New Blog Series on Common Core Implementation and Struggling Students

On May 6, the Alliance for Excellent Education launched “Core of the Matter,” a new blog series devoted to the implementation of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and struggling students. As schools, districts, and states work to implement the new standards—including new assessments—the Alliance will use this series to bring attention to the challenge and imperative of delivering on the promise and potential of the standards for all students, especially those who have been historically underserved by the education system.

The Alliance will publish a new blog post on the first and third Tuesday of every month addressing issues related to implementation of the CCSS. The posts will alternate between those written by Alliance staff and guest bloggers. The first blog post was written by Charmaine Mercer, the Alliance’s vice president of policy and advocacy for standards, assessments, and deeper learning.

On May 20, Chris Edley, former dean of the University of California-Berkeley School of Law, cochair of the congressionally chartered National Committee on Education Equity and Excellence, and Alliance for Excellent Education board member, will offer the first guest blog post. Additional guest bloggers will include Gerry House, president of the Institute for Student Achievement; Linda Darling-Hammond and Kenji Hakuta, renowned professors at Stanford University; Margarita Calderon, professor emerita at Johns Hopkins University; Ahniwake Rose, executive director of the National Indian Education Association, and many more.

Email the Alliance at to receive an email notification when a new blog post in the series is published. In the meantime, Mercer’s first post on the promise of the CCSS and the areas that need the most attention to ensure that they become a promise kept to historically underserved students is available at

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