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xrdc

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Message Posted: Mar 22, 2013 4:42:42 PM


While America was focused on the fight for and against ObamaCare, the Obama administration has all but fully implemented another federal takeover with even greater implications.

Common Core

This was done with very little legislation and a lot of private funding as well as promises (often empty) of Race to the Top money from the Obama Administration.

While money is sorely needed, it was never guaranteed and does not make up for the REAL costs involved in maintaining the standards:

National Cost of Aligning States and Localities to the Common Core Standards

"COMMON" is apropos as "Striving for Excellence" will become uncessesary as it is replaced with the low fruit goal of just "PASSING"

Wait until you see what "new and improved" reading materials consist of and exclude...

--How Common Core’s ELA Standards Place College Readiness at Risk

While schools are allowed to add on additional studies, the testing itself will determine where teaching efforts are directed.

"The Common Core Standards/Race to the Top Effort Violates Three Federal
Statutes and Eliminates State Autonomy"

Controlling Education from the Top

The Road to a National Curriculum

Nice talking-point phrases like "rigorous" and "college-ready" fail to address the real issues with substance.

Issues such as the removal of parental rights, removal of state rights, the data mining of children, Bill Ayers' involvement, The Gate's Foundation fundng, teachers being threatened with litigation for speaking out or revealing information, et al.

I know that there are some educators on these boards and I am interested to hear what you have to say on the issue. I sense that you are not able to speak as freely as you would like on the subject and I understand if you don't comment at all. MtM is the only person I have seen comment on the issue but not recently and only with a few reservations. Again, it's likely your job on the line if you don't do what you are told or if someone on the school board sees you posting here. I would not speak up either under such threats (unless I was going to retire anyway, of course).

Myths vs. Facts

More to come...

[Edited by: xrdc at 3/22/2013 4:47:27 PM EST]
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Message Posted: Apr 30, 2013 6:24:17 PM

It's deliberate the democrats need a stream of low information voters to stay in office.
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xrdc
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Message Posted: Apr 30, 2013 2:09:11 PM


Luetkemeyer Letter Goes To Duncan With 34 Signatures

Congressman Luetkemeyer of Missouri District Three submitted his letter to US Secretary of Education Arne Duncan expressing concern over the U.S. Department of Education’s decision to circumvent Congress with major changes to education and student privacy policies. An excerpt reads:

“Since the ESEA’s expiration, the Department of Education has moved forward with education policy reform without Congressional input. Such action is, at best, in contravention with precedent... We believe that state-based education policies are vital to the successful education of a child. As with most one-size-fits-all policies, Common Core standards fail to address the specific needs of our states.”

Read it all...

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xrdc
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Message Posted: Apr 26, 2013 1:35:30 PM


McMillin Amendment Halts Common Core in Michigan

"The Michigan House today approved the Department of Education budget (HB4328) on a 59-51 vote with an amendment which does not allow them to implement Common Core State Standards or “Smarter Balanced Assessments”. The amendment was sponsored by State Rep. Tom McMillin, the amendment is similar to House Bill 4276 which is currently before the House Education Committee."

"The amendment reads:

"Funds appropriated in Part 1 (MDE’s full budget) shall not be used to fund the Common Core State Standards Initiative or Smarter Balanced Assessments. Funds shall not be used to implement programs or student assessments created by the Common Core State Standards Initiative or Smarter Balance Assessments."

"It should be noted that Common Core State Standards were never approved by a Michigan Legislature (or any state legislature for that matter). A press release sent by McMillin noted said that “Concerns have been raised about the State Board of Education exceeding its authority as it attempts to implement standards in Michigan schools that were created by a private, national organization, the National Governor’s Association. The National Governor’s Association controls the content of the Common Core State Standards, and the privately-owned “Smarter Balanced Assessments” align with those standards.”

More...

Heads are exploding in the MI education lobby.

Heh.

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xrdc
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Message Posted: Apr 15, 2013 3:04:42 PM


Parents upset over new Common Core Learning Standards test

"There are growing concerns from some parents with children in elementary and middle school. They're asking has the state gone too far when it comes to standardized testing."

"Next week, students in third to eighth grade will have to take the statewide exam called Common Core Tests. It's designed to get students ready for college or a career after high school."

"These are the annual state exams in English language arts and math. The difference is the new tests will have higher standards. News10NBC learned that some of the topics on the tests have not even been taught yet."

"So why have the students take them now? The state says there's no time to waste. They believe many students are not ready for college or a career when they graduate. Some parents say they are so upset by this they say they won't let the children take the tests."

"Some parents are really fired up over this. News10NBC talked with parents outside School No. 33 including city school board member Willa Powell. The New York State Education Department says students are obligated to take the state tests, just like any other test and cannot opt out. But parents say they have the ultimate authority when it comes to their kids. They're going to tell their kids to not pick up the pencil and tell the teacher they don't have to take the state test."

"Willa Powell, City School Board Member, said, “Guide your child to tell them how they go about refusing. How they go about refusing is simply do not pick up the pencil. Do not put their name on the page and say I don't have to take this test. It's that simple.”

"Beth Laidlaw, City School Parent, said, “My child would not take a test whose score is not reported to the classroom teacher so it can't help the classroom teacher do her job better. The scores are not included in the report card grade so it can't hurt the child not to take it. As a parent, as a U.S. citizen, it is wonderful that I am able to coach my child to refuse these tests.”

"News10NBC spoke with the New York State Deputy Education Commissioner in Albany and asked what's the hurry with this new Common Core testing."

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xrdc
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Message Posted: Apr 5, 2013 4:57:01 PM


"When 'states signed on to Common Core Standards, they did not realize ... that they were transferring control of the school curriculum to the federal government" - Sandra Stotsky, 21st Century Chair in Teacher Quality at the University of Arkansas' Department of Education Reform.
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Message Posted: Mar 28, 2013 11:52:21 AM


Growing Concerns About Common Core Tests

"Rochester, N.Y. – The state’s largest teachers union is launching an ad campaign an online petition protesting the Common Core tests. Students in grades 3 through 8 will take the math and English tests next month."

“It’s a setup for failure,” said John Pavone of the Rochester Teachers Association. Teachers are worried they will be evaluated based on a curriculum that was rolled out this year. “They’re going to blame me if the kids can’t pass the test and the kids can’t pass the test. It’s set up in such a way that you can’t pass the test.”

“Nobody was prepared for these changes,” Moran (a parent) said. “There was no public discussion about it. The parents weren’t prepared for it. Frankly I don’t think the teachers or administration was prepared for it.”

“It’s going to be a disaster,” said retired Rochester principal Dan Drmacich, a frequent critic of testing. “You’re going to have at least 30 percent statewide failures on this and that’s because they haven’t given teachers time to teach or kids time to learn it.”

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I75at7AM
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Message Posted: Mar 27, 2013 10:42:30 AM

It must be Michele Bachmann's doing.

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xrdc
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Message Posted: Mar 27, 2013 8:37:17 AM


"Why can't we all be like that red state bastion of intellect Mississippi? State's rights!! NO FEDERAL REGULATIONS! Lowest possible cost in public education. Who needs an educated workforce in a right to work state?" - worryfree

I don't know why you are looking down your digital nose like you are...

Your fine state of Minnesota has rejected the new math standards for very legitimate reasons.

"The Gopher State was among the first to join the voluntary effort by the National Governors Association and Council of Chief State School Officers in 2009 to develop common English and math frameworks. But now Minnesota officials have decided to step back—and risk losing a portion of federal Race to the Top and Title I funds—in order to maintain control of their own education standards."

Why would you seek to deny other states the same right?

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Message Posted: Mar 26, 2013 2:50:21 PM

Why can't we all be like that red state bastion of intellect Mississippi? State's rights!! NO FEDERAL REGULATIONS! Lowest possible cost in public education. Who needs an educated workforce in a right to work state?
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xrdc
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Message Posted: Mar 26, 2013 9:55:40 AM


From the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 as amended by the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (20 USC 7907(a))

“Nothing in this Act shall be construed to authorize an officer or employee of the Federal Government to mandate, direct, or control a State, local educational agency, or school’s curriculum, program of instruction, or allocation of State and local resources, or mandate a State or any subdivision thereof to spend any funds or incur any costs not paid for under this Act.”

The states are required to use taxpayer money to fund the implementation of Common Core.

Two more laws to consider:

From the General Education Provisions Act (20 USC § 1232a)

“No provision of any applicable program shall be construed to authorize any department, agency, officer, or employee of the United States to exercise any direction, supervision, or control over the curriculum, program of instruction, administration, or personnel of any educational institution, school, or school system, or over the selection of library resources, textbooks, or other printed or published instructional materials by any educational institution or school system, or to require the assignment or transportation of students or teachers in order to overcome racial imbalance.”

From the Department of Education Organization Act (20 USC § 3403(b))

“No provision of a program administered by the Secretary or by any other officer of the Department shall be construed to authorize the Secretary or any such officer to exercise any direction, supervision, or control over the curriculum, program of instruction, administration, or personnel of any educational institution, school, or school system, over any accrediting agency or association, or over the selection or content of library resources, textbooks, or other instructional materials by any educational institution or school system, except to the extent authorized by law.”

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Message Posted: Mar 23, 2013 8:52:12 AM

There are a couple of shining examples in this article, concerning some school curriculum in Texas and a video and quiz about Sept. 11, 2001.
Also questions about the Bill of Rights and what is included in that founding document.

Unbelievable. At least the parents (a few of them) spoke out and took the school administrators to task.

Watch out, it's The Blaze. Lefties stay away, keep your heads firmly in the sand.
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