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My Second Book: Common Core Dilemma: Who Owns Our Schools?

My second book, Common Core Dilemma: Who Owns Our Schools?, published on June 12, 2015, and is available on

NY Review of Books Schneider

From the New York Review of Books (TC Press advertisement):

Mercedes Schneider is the right person to take a close look at the controversies around the Common Core. No one digs deeper than she to understand the politics, money, and personalities behind big issues.”– Diane Ravitch, author of Reign of Error. This compelling book lifts the veil on how the Common Core was developed, who was present in the back room, the push to copyright it so that test-makers could profit, and the urgency for governors to sign commitments before the standards were even completed.

CC book cover

  1. Don Argus permalink

    Hello, thanks for all of your work.

    One thing though — could you correct the posting above? It makes it seem as if the quote about your book is an excerpt from an article in the NYRB, rather than TCPress ad copy.


  2. Hi, Mercedes,
    KPCC, an NPR affiliate based in Pasadena, CA, is hosting a conversation on the CCSS and the SBAC scores that were released today. Megan Larson from the Take Two show called to see if I could participate. Unfortunately, it’s tomorrow (9/10/15) from 9:00-9:30, and I’ll be busy at that time, um…teaching! But I talked to her this evening for quite a while, and I used some of the information from your book. She said she was hearing lots of new information (she is not the education reporter) and that she’d like to research it more. Thank you for keeping me well informed. I hope I was able to make some points she can use and that it makes a difference. I won’t be able to listen live, but I can find it later on the KPCC app.

  3. parent permalink

    Hello, I am just starting your book Chronicle of Echoes! Thank you for you hard work. Would love to see you write something about ed tech/personalization – which seems like it will make it harder to opt out/refuse.

  4. Madeline Lane permalink

    Hello! I am in my second year of college and studying education. For a class, me and two others are reading your book, Common Core Dilemma: Who Owns Our Schools. We all read your book and loved it and it couldn’t be more true! We are now creating a book trailer for it to present and if you have anything you have any insight or advice, we would love feedback. We would love to get to know you more to promote your book with our trailer! I would love to contact you more about this. Thank you for your time and for writing this book

  5. Steve permalink

    Good afternoon!!

    I have just finished reading your eye opening book titled Common Core Dilemma and just had a few topics from your book that I would love your insight on. I would also love to read any additional concerns you have about the CCSS that were not addressed in the book. As a parent, I never really understood the potential negative impact for its implementation and your book helped answer some of the questions that were “behind the curtain”. Thank you for any information 🙂

    • Hi, Steve. I’m glad that you found my book useful. Do you have any particular questions?

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