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Massachusetts has long prided itself on strong academic standards. That's why many educators were surprised last week when Education Commissioner Mitchell Chester approved of the idea of adopting a "common core" of national standards.

The Pioneer Institute, a Boston-based public policy research group, released a report Monday critical of the national standards. But others say moving to a country-wide model ultimately makes sense.


  • Tom Payzant, former superintendent of the Boston Public Schools, professor of practice at Harvard Graduate School of Education
  • Sandra Stotsky, member of the Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, member of the Advisory Board for the Center for School Reform at the Pioneer Institute

This program aired on July 19, 2010.

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