Whiteboard Advisors, a consulting firm that specializes in school policy, recently conducted one of its monthly surveys of 50 to 75 anonymous political and policy “insiders,” including current and former senior staff from the U.S. Department of Education, White House, Congress and think tanks, the Huffington Post reports. Respondents were asked to weigh in on the Democratic and Republican National conventions, as well as the ongoing presidential campaign. Although the vast majority of insiders are not convinced the Democratic and Republican platforms will have any real effect on education policy, 78 percent believe the inclusion of the Common Core standards in the Democratic platform will have a negative impact on linking federal policy and state cooperation — something that is necessary in order to enact the standards…

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