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Utah Mother of Seven Alisa Ellis to Speak This Week in Kansas and Wyoming About Common Core   3 comments

My concerns about the academic merits of Common Core paled in comparison to the much larger issue of the loss of freedom and the stripping away of local control – Alisa Ellis

Alisa

Picture a bread-baking, fun-loving, church-going, small-town mother of seven –who was never politically active, who never even used to vote, –picture her becoming a sudden political activist who now travels across Utah and to other states to speak to live audiences, radio audiences, and on t.v. about the Common Core Initiative. Let me tell you a little bit about Alisa Ellis, a woman whose motto is, “I do not live in fear.”

To Alisa, education had always been important. She and her husband liked to say that they were proudly raising a family of nerds. They were the kind of parents who volunteered in the classroom. They were the kind who paid attention.

But their introduction to the educational transformation of America known as Common Core came in 2011, long after the initiative had been adopted by the state. (2011 is a whole year after the Utah state school board adopted Common Core without public knowledge or vetting; and it was two years after the state had agreed to accept the federal $9.6 million to create an “SLDS” student tracking database.)

Alisa received a Common Core pamphlet at a parent-teacher conference.

She stared at it. She puzzled. She asked the teacher to explain.

“I didn’t know how one size-fits-all would work without hurting the top and bottom students,” she recalls. But when she asked the teacher to expound on the subject, that teacher didn’t know anything.

Alisa began to ask around.

“I asked everyone I knew for their thoughts on Common Core. I tried researching online but everything was fluff,” she said, “It was nine months before I was invited to a meeting to learn more.”

One day at the grocery store, she bumped into a friend who actually knew something about the Common Core Initiative. The conversation lasted a long time. The friend invited Alisa to come to a “Cornerstone of Freedom” meeting to learn more. The friend added, “Oh, and would you make a few comments?”

Alisa thought that meant that she should raise her hand and make comments. She found out, during the meeting, that she was an actual scheduled speaker– after the other speaker.

“I saw my name on the schedule and immediately panicked. I pulled out my tablet and started researching ‘What is Common Core?’ After a few minutes, I realized it was pointless and I would be better off just sharing my concerns.”

She told the audience of her concerns which had begun with the Common Core pamphlet at the parent/teacher conference. She told the story of another meeting, a gifted-and-talented informational meeting, where the director said that next year, teachers would ‘start digging deeper.’

(“Digging deeper? That same line was repeated so many times that I knew I was being fed something,” she explained.)

She also told the audience another story: a school guidance counselor had advised her to take her son out of AP history. The counselor had said that her son’s “career track was more along the lines of engineering.”

He’d said, based on Alisa’s son’s ACT practice test, that: “clearly your son isn’t going to be a history professor, so we should pull him out of AP world history and put him in a class that follows his career path.” Because Alisa had trusted the system, she hadn’t questioned the counselor’s advice so she pulled her son out of AP history. This was a decision she later regretted.

Alisa started digging more deeply into the whole Common Core Initiative. She read the state’s Memorandum of Understanding with the developers of the Common Core. She read the Cooperative Agreement. She saw how the State Longitudinal Database System intertwined with the academic standards and tests. She read speeches by secretary of education Arne Duncan. She read the No Child Left Behind documents and waivers. She read the implementation manuals that were sent out to governors to tell them how to promote Common Core. She read documents by Achieve, Inc., the group that helped create the standards for the copyrighters. She could hardly believe that the Common Core’s takeover of local control was out in the open, yet unknown by virtually everyone who ought to know about it.

My concerns about the academic merits of Common Core paled in comparison to the much larger issue of the loss of freedom and the stripping away of local control,” she said.

She went with her friend, Renee Braddy, to meet with local teachers, principals, local school board members, the community council, and the local superintendent to discuss Common Core. These discussions resulted in the opportunity to make a presentation at the local school board meeting. (That presentation was filmed, and is called Two Moms Against Common Core on YouTube.) The superintendent had asked them not to film their presentation, but since it was an open, public meeting they did anyway. The video was shared around the state and ignited a firestorm of activists to stand up and fight against Common Core. I was among the people who got to see Alisa and Renee’s video the first week it was posted.

Next, Alisa decided it was time to become more active. She became the county delegate to the Republican convention, and before the convention, she started making phone calls to find out which candidates were promoters of Common Core. She found that all the candidates running for national level seats were opposed to Common Core. All the local candidates, aside from the current Governor, were also against it. (Governor Herbert was undecided at the time.) However, the candidates running for state legislature seats were less willing to take a position.

With unflinching determination, she successfully set up two face-to-face meetings with Governor Herbert to discuss Common Core. Then she organized public meetings and helped bring in expert academic witnesses to meet with legislators; she started her blog called Common Core Facts, she repeatedly attended and spoke up at state school board meetings, and she co-founded Utahns Against Common Core with a handful of other Utahns. (That website and petition “Utahns Against Common Core” today has over 8,000 signatures.)

Alisa’s actions, along with other activism happening around the state, eventually helped push Utah’s leadership to agree to withdraw from the SBAC Common Core testing consortia. It was a chink in the seemingly impenetrable armor of Common Core. (Side note: after Utah bowed out of SBAC, other states also began to withdraw from SBAC and PARCC. Sadly, Utah’s state school board subsequently chose to use another Common Core testing entity, AIR, which is partnered with the same SBAC. –But that’s another story.)

From the beginning, Alisa began to get invitations to speak across the state and then from other states. Today, she has probably given over fifty speeches on the subject, in tiny places and large venues, both with other speakers from Utahns Against Common Core and on her own.

This week, she will be speaking in Jackson Hole, Wyoming and in Merriam, Kansas.

You are invited.

Girl with Barcode on Foot

WYOMING

What: WHAT YOU HAVEN’T BEEN TOLD ABOUT COMMON CORE: TRACKING YOUR CHILDREN FROM PRE-K INTO THE WORKFORCE

Where: Snow King Resort Teton Room

When: 6:15 PM on January 28, 2014

Who: Speakers will include Amy Edmonds – Wyoming Liberty Group; Alisa Ellis – Utahns Against Common Core; Christy Hooley – Wyoming Teacher; Kelly Simone – Wyoming Citizens Opposing Common Core – Presented by Concerned Women’s Group of Jackson Hole

Cost: Admission free; a donation of any amount to help cover expenses will be appreciated.

Alisa in Kansas

KANSAS

What: Alisa Ellis will speak on the history and truth about Common Core and its impact on our children and their education.

When: Tuesday, February 4th, 7:00 pm

Where: Antioch Library – 8700 Shawnee Mission Pkwy, Merriam, KS 66202

Note from the Antioch Library: Besides the library’s parking lot, parking is available behind Taco Bell and to the larger lot west of Taco Bell.

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Thank you, Alisa. And thank you, Renee. (I will write about Renee and her adventures another day.)

Kansas Needs Your Help   Leave a comment

Kansas is requesting help from all those who care for educational liberty nationwide.  Do you have time to send an email or make a phone call?

The Kansas legislature is discussing whether to promote or oppose Common Core.  What happens in other states affects our own.

It matters.

http://www.kansas.com/2013/05/16/2806191/kansas-budget-proposal-could-halt.html

Here’s the contact information for the Kansas Legislature.

Kansas House Roster   2013

Name District Capitol Phone Email

Rep. Alcala 57 785 296-7371  john.alcala@house.ks.gov ,

Rep. Alford 124 785 296-7656  j.stephen.alford@house.ks.gov,

Rep. Ballard 44 785 296-7697  barbara.ballard@house.ks.gov ,

Rep. Barker 70 785 296-7674  john.barker@house.ks.gov ,

Rep. Becker 104 785 296-7196  steven.becker@house.ks.gov ,

Rep. Bideau 9 785 296-7636  ed.bideau@house.ks.gov,

Rep. Boldra 111 785 296-4683  sue.boldra@house.ks.gov ,

Rep. Bollier 21 785 296-7686  barbara.bollier@house.ks.gov ,

Rep. Bradford 40 785 296-7653  john.bradford@house.ks.gov ,

Rep. Bridges 83 785 296-7646  carolyn.bridges@house.ks.gov ,

Rep. Bruchman 20 785 296-7644  rob.bruchman@house.ks.gov ,

Rep. Brunk 85 785 296-7645  steve.brunk@house.ks.gov ,

Rep. Burroughs 33 785-296-7630  tom.burroughs@house.ks.gov,

Rep. Campbell 26 785 296-7632  larry.campbell@house.ks.gov ,

Rep. Carlin 66 785 296-7649  sydney.carlin@house.ks.gov ,

Rep. Carlson 61 785 296-7660  richard.carlson@house.ks.gov

Rep. Carpenter 75 785 296-7673  will.carpenter@house.ks.gov ,

Rep. Cassidy 120 785 296-7616  ward.cassidy@house.ks.gov ,

Rep. Christmann 113 785 296-7640  marshall.christmann@house.ks.gov,

Rep. Claeys 69 785 296-7670  jrclaeys@house.ks.gov ,

Rep. Clayton 19 785 296-7655  stephanie.clayton@house.ks.gov ,

Rep. Concannon 107 785 296-7677  susan.concannon@house.ks.gov ,

Rep. Corbet 54 785 296-7679  ken.corbet@house.ks.gov ,

Rep. Couture-Lovelady 110 785 296-4683  travis.couture-lovelady@house.ks.gov,

Rep. Crum 77 785 296-6989  david.crum@house.ks.gov,

Rep. Davis 46 785-296-7630  paul.davis@house.ks.gov,

Rep. DeGraaf 82 785 296-7693  pete.degraaf@house.ks.gov ,

Rep. Dierks 71 785 296-7642  diana.dierks@house.ks.gov ,

Rep. Dillmore 92 785 296-7698  nile.dillmore@house.ks.gov ,

Rep. Doll 123 785 296-7380  john.doll@house.ks.gov ,

Rep. Dove 38 785 296-7670  willie.dove@house.ks.gov

Rep. Edmonds 112 785 296-5593  john.edmonds@house.ks.gov,

Rep. Edwards 93 785 296-7640  joe.edwards@house.ks.gov ,

Rep. Esau 14 785 296-7631  keith.esau@house.ks.gov ,

Name District Capitol Phone Email

Rep. Ewy 117 785 296-7105  john.ewy@house.ks.gov,

Rep. Finch 59 785 296-7655 blaine.finch@house.ks.gov ,

Rep. Finney 84 785 296-7648  gail.finney@house.ks.gov

Rep. Frownfelter 37 785 296-7648  stan.frownfelter@house.ks.gov,

Rep. Gandhi 52 785 296-7672  shanti.gandhi@house.ks.gov ,

Rep. Garber 62 785 296-7665  randy.garber@house.ks.gov ,

Rep. Goico 94 785 296-7663  mario.goico@house.ks.gov ,

Rep. Gonzalez 47 785 296-7500  ramon.gonzalezjr@house.ks.gov ,

Rep. Grant 2 785 296-7650  bob.grant@house.ks.gov ,

Rep. Grosserode 16 785 296-7659  amanda.grosserode@house.ks.gov ,

Rep. Hawkins 100 785 296-7631  dan.hawkins@house.ks.gov ,

Rep. Hedke 99 785 296-7699  dennis.hedke@house.ks.gov ,

Rep. Henderson 35 785 296-7697  broderick.henderson@house.ks.gov ,

Rep. Henry 63 785 296-7688  jerry.henry@house.ks.gov ,

Rep. Hermanson 98 785 296-7658  phil.hermanson@house.ks.gov ,

Rep. Hibbard 13 785 296-7380  larry.hibbard@house.ks.gov ,

Rep. Highland 51 785 296-7310  ron.highland@house.ks.gov ,

Rep. Hildabrand 17 785 296-7659  brett.hildabrand@house.ks.gov ,

Rep. Hill 60 785 296-7632  don.hill@house.ks.gov ,

Rep. Hineman 118 785 296-7636  don.hineman@house.ks.gov ,

Rep. Hoffman 116 785 296-7643  kyle.hoffman@house.ks.gov ,

Rep. Houser 1 785 296-7679  michael.houser@house.ks.gov,

Rep. Houston 89 785 296-7652  roderick.houston@house.ks.gov,

Rep. Howell 81 785 296-7665  jim.howell@house.ks.gov ,

Rep. Huebert 90 785 296-1754  steve.huebert@house.ks.gov,

Rep. Hutton 105 785 296-7673  mark.hutton@house.ks.gov ,

Rep. Jennings 122 785 296-7196  russ.jennings@house.ks.gov ,

Rep. Johnson 108 785 296-7696  steven.johnson@house.ks.gov ,

Rep. Jones 5 785 296-6287  kevin.jones@house.ks.gov,

Rep. Kahrs 87 785 296-5593  mark.kahrs@house.ks.gov ,

Rep. Kelley 80 785 296-7671  kasha.kelley@house.ks.gov

Rep. Kelly 11 785 296-6014  jim.kelly@house.ks.gov ,

Rep. Kinzer 30 785-296-7692  lance.kinzer@house.ks.gov,

Rep. Kleeb 48 785 296-7680  marvin.kleeb@house.ks.gov,

Rep. Kuether 55 785 296-7669  annie.kuether@house.ks.gov ,

Rep. Lane 58 785 296-7649  harold.lane@house.ks.gov ,

Rep. Lunn 28 785 296-7675  jerry.lunn@house.ks.gov ,

Rep. Lusk 22 785 296-7651  nancy.lusk@house.ks.gov,

Rep. Macheers 39 785 296-7675  charles.macheers@house.ks.gov ,

Rep. Mast 76 785-291-3500  peggy.mast@house.ks.gov ,

Rep. McPherson 8 785 296-7695  craig.mcpherson@house.ks.gov ,

Rep. Meier 41 785 296-7650  melanie.meier@house.ks.gov ,

Rep. Meigs 23 785 296-7656  kelly.meigs@house.ks.gov,

Rep. Menghini 3 785 296-7691  julie.menghini@house.ks.gov,

Rep. Merrick 27 785-296-2302  ray.merrick@house.ks.gov ,

Rep. Montgomery 15 785 296-7677  bob.montgomery@house.ks.gov,

Rep. Moxley 68 785 296-7689  tom.moxley@house.ks.gov ,

Rep. O’Brien 42 785 296-7683  connie.obrien@house.ks.gov,

Rep. Osterman 97 785 296-7689  leslie.osterman@house.ks.gov,

Rep. Pauls 102 785 296-7657  jan.pauls@house.ks.gov,

Rep. Peck 12 785 296-7641  virgil.peck@house.ks.gov,

Rep. Perry 24 785 296-7669  emily.perry@house.ks.gov ,

Rep. Peterson 32 785 296-7371  michael.peterson@house.ks.gov ,

Rep. Petty 125 785 296-7676  reid.petty@house.ks.gov ,

Rep. Phillips 67 785 296-6014  tom.phillips@house.ks.gov ,

Rep. J. Powell 50 785 296-7674  joshua.powell@house.ks.gov,

Rep. Proehl 7 785 296-7639  richard.proehl@house.ks.gov,

Rep. Read 4 785 296-7310  marty.read@house.ks.gov,

Rep. Rhoades 72 785 291-3446  marc.rhoades@house.ks.gov ,

Rep. Rooker 25 785 296-7686  melissa.rooker@house.ks.gov

Rep. Rothlisberg 65 785 296-7653  allan.rothlisberg@house.ks.gov,

Rep. Rubin 18 785 296-7690  john.rubin@house.ks.gov ,

Rep. Ruiz 31 785 296-7122  louis.ruiz@house.ks.gov,

Rep. Ryckman Jr. 78 785 296-6287  ron.ryckman@house.ks.gov ,

Rep. Ryckman Sr. 115 785 296-7658  ronald.ryckman@house.ks.gov ,

Rep. Sawyer 95 785 296-7691  tom.sawyer@house.ks.gov ,

Rep. Schroeder 74 785 296-7500  don.schroeder@house.ks.gov,

Rep. Schwab 49 785 296-7501  scott.schwab@house.ks.gov ,

Rep. Schwartz 106 785 296-7637  sharon.schwartz@house.ks.gov ,

Rep. Seiwert 101 785 296-7647  joe.seiwert@house.ks.gov ,

Rep. Shultz 73 785 296-7684  clark.shultz@house.ks.gov ,

Rep. Siegfreid 121 785 368-7166  arlen.siegfreid@house.ks.gov ,

Rep. Sloan 45 785 296-7654  tom.sloan@house.ks.gov ,

Rep. Sloop 88 785 296-7646  patricia.sloop@house.ks.gov ,

Rep. Suellentrop 91 785 296-7681  gene.suellentrop@house.ks.gov ,

Rep. Sutton 43 785 296-7676  bill.sutton@house.ks.gov ,

Rep. Swanson 64 785 296-7642  vern.swanson@house.ks.gov ,

Rep. Thimesch 114 785 296-7105  jack.thimesch@house.ks.gov ,

Rep. Tietze 53 785 296-7668  annie.tietze@house.ks.gov ,

Rep. Todd 29 785 296-7695  james.todd@house.ks.gov ,

Rep. Trimmer 79 785 296-7122  ed.trimmer@house.ks.gov ,

Rep. Vickrey 6 785-296-7662  jene.vickrey@house.ks.gov ,

Rep. Victors 103 785 296-7651  ponka-we.victors@house.ks.gov ,

Rep. Ward 86 785 296-7698  jim.ward@house.ks.gov ,

Rep. Waymaster 109 785 296-7672  troy.waymaster@house.ks.gov ,

Rep. Weber 119 785 296-5481  brian.weber@house.ks.gov ,

Rep. Weigel 56 785 296-7366  virgil.weigel@house.ks.gov ,

Rep. Whipple 96 785 296-7366  brandon.whipple@house.ks.gov ,

Rep. Wilson 10 785 296-7652  john.wilson@house.ks.gov ,

Rep. Winn 34 785 296-7657  valdenia.winn@house.ks.gov,

Rep. Wolfe Moore 36 785 296-7688  kathy.wolfemoore@house.ks.gov ,

Here’s a letter for reference:

Dear Kansas Legislator,

It might surprise you that a citizen of Utah is going out of her way to ask you to oppose the Common Core agenda taking root in Kansas.
I have studied the Common Core thoroughly.  I urge you to study it closely.
1)  It isn’t state-led, despite the rhetoric.  Legislators and voters were totally bypassed.  The NGA is not a constitutionally recognized entity to rule on the national stage.
2)  The academic standards are highly controversial, are untested and are based on no evidence to support their theories (diminishing classic literature, slowing math, etc.)
3)  Common Core tests collect personally identifiable student data by State Longitudinal Database Systems, federally interoperable.
4) THERE IS NO AMENDMENT PROCESS.  The standards are under copyright.  Local control is gone.
Here are some videos that will help you learn the agenda of Common Core.
Seton Hall University – Professor Christopher Tienken: http://vimeo.com/58461595
Concerned Women of America – Jane Robbins:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=coRNJluF2O4  (five part series)
Utahns Against Common Core – Alisa Ellis, Christel Swasey, Renee Braddy:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TYj-HDDrL4w
Heritage Foundation Conference on Common Core – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P40GaKlIwb8
Restore Oklahoma Public Education – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XTbMLjk-qRc
Glenn Beck t.v. on common core   – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W-uAi1I_6Ds
Kansas School Board hears parents against common core – http://www.wibw.com/home/localnews/headlines/Parents-Against-Common-Core-Inti-207448271.html
Thank you for studying this issue very carefully.
Sincerely,
Christel Swasey
Utah Teacher and Mom

Video: Kansas Parents, Students, Teachers Against Common Core   Leave a comment

http://www.wibw.com/home/localnews/headlines/Parents-Against-Common-Core-Inti-207448271.html

Start at second 23 to see and hear the parents, teachers and students speaking out against Common Core.

 

 

Posted May 17, 2013 by Christel Swasey in Uncategorized

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Kansas Joins Anti-Common Core Fight – CJOnline.com   2 comments

Kansas, too, is joining the debate on whether it was foolish or wise to adopt national, untested, unpiloted, unproven, expensive and highly criticized Common Core standards and tests.  Read about it here:  Critics pan Common Core in House hearing | CJOnline.com.

 

Common Core Stirs Controversy in Kansas   Leave a comment

http://www.northjersey.com/news/education/182376741_Kan__leaders_no_help_Topeka_schools__grant_effort.html?page=all

Julie Ford, the Topeka, Kansas School Superintendent, wants the cash associated with bowing to the will of the U.S. Dept of Education, and that means dancing solely to the tune of the Common Core drum.

But U.S. Senators Pat Roberts and Jerry Moran declined Ford’s request that they should write to the U.S. Department of Education to bolster the district’s application for a Race to the Top grant.

Senator Roberts said he did not believe the federal government “should be mandating a one-size-fits-all education reform agenda by proposing a financial reward system in order to force states to make changes deemed worthwhile by the administration.”

Interestingly, the Associated press reporter who wrote the article had obviously not actually studied the Common Core.  The reporter wrote: “The standards are considered more rigorous than previous standards, focusing more on depth of knowledge rather than breadth.”

Cutting literature is “focusing more on depth of knowledge”?

Moving Algebra II from 8th grade to 9th is considered more rigorous?

If it was funny, I would laugh out loud.  But the oversight of the truth is dead serious.

I’m not laughing.

United States Starting To Rebel Against Common Core Standards   1 comment

States Starting To Rebel Against Common Core Standards

   –Reposted Sept. 27, 2012 from Donna Garner, Texas Educator, at http://nocompromisepac.ning.com/

Although the Common Core national standards have been accepted in 46-1/2 states,    implementation is going slower than advocates had hoped.  One group of  states actually introduced legislation to withdraw from the Common Core or  disapprove the standards, others have failed or refused to pass the  legislation necessary to fund or align them with state tests, higher education or professional development and still others are doing more  formal reviews of either cost or curriculum.  In all, nearly  three-fifths of the states that have accepted the Common Core fall into one  of these groups. Please read on to find out what you can do both to stop the further implementation of the Common Core in your state as well as what you   can do to stop the nationalization of education.

Although education has not been a front burner issue in this election cycle, there is some evidence that word about the dangers of and problems with the Common Core national standards, about which we have warned you for a long  time, is slowly getting out.  In addition to Education Liberty Watch,  the group of academics, policy makers and individuals that developed and gained over 100 original signatures on a counter-manifesto against the Common Core, The Cato Institute,  The Heritage FoundationTruth in American Education, teachers, parents, and policy makers are working hard to educate and to  protest this loss of autonomy, local control and academic rigor.  Stanley Kurtz, a senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, in      interviews on Fox News and the Mike Huckabee show      pointed out the constitutional and academic dangers of the Common Core in  his new book Spreading the Wealth: How Obama is Robbing the Suburbs to  Pay for the Cities. In it, he said:

The core of the hard-left’s education agenda – a program shared by Obama, Ayers, and      Darling-Hammond alike – has three parts: 1) a politicized curriculum that  promotes leftist notions of “social justice,” 2) reducing “disparate outcomes” between students in different districts by undercutting standards, and 3) a redistribution of suburban education funding to less-well-off urban schools. Achieving these goals on a broad scale requires the federal government to usurp local control of K-12 schooling. 

Obama is half-way there.

   How did he do it?  Instead of submitting his controversial education proposals to Congress and kicking off a vigorous national debate, Obama quietly marked  $4.35 billion of federal stimulus spending for his Race to the Top education initiative. Since the stimulus bill was rushed through Congress  with barely any debate on economic policy, much less education, Obama      never had to go public with his plans.

By coordinating with outside groups not accountable to the voters, like the  deep-pocketed Gates Foundation, the White House then orchestrated the   creation of a national Common Core of education standards, with an  accompanying curriculum and tests.

Supposedly,  these standards have been voluntarily adopted by more than 40 states. In      fact, by effectively conditioning eligibility for Race to the Top grants  on participation in the Common Core, the Obama administration has forced economically pinched states to surrender control of their school  curricula to the federal government. Cleverly, states have been pressed  to sign on to the Common Core before the actual standards, curricula, and tests are revealed in a second Obama term. The entire scheme is arguably  both illegal and unconstitutional. Yet it is moving forward, and the public knows virtually nothing about it.

In addition, state legislators and governors are also starting to respond to this unconstitutional federal takeover of  education curriculum. According to the states listed or not listed on  this comprehensive review table by  Daniel Thatcher of the National Conference of State Legislatures, the  breakdown of how states are dealing with the Common Core is as follows:

  • Twelve of the 46-1/2  states and Washington DC (Minnesota has accepted the English and reading  standards) or almost 25% have actively sought through legislation to           withdraw from, disapprove, require legislative input or other  negative measures regarding the Common Core.  Four of these  measures were enacted. 
    • The strongest of the  four measures that passed was enacted in Utah which allows the  state to withdraw from any kind of arrangement that cedes Utah’s            control over its own standards and curriculum. 
    • Indiana enacted  a  resolution to urge a state board review of the CCSS.
    • Kansas requires a cost  analysis and formal review before implementation 
    • South Dakota implemented a requirement of four public hearings before enactment of the  standards. 
    • Other states had bills disapproving or rejecting the Common Core or future adoption fail in the legislature (Alaska, Alabama, Georgia, Missouri,            Oklahoma, South Carolina, and Washington) 
    • Minnesota’s bill to  require legislative approval of new standards passed both chambers of the legislature but was vetoed by the liberal governor. 
  • Four other states have  required a formal review of the curriculum or cost analysis.        (California, Iowa, Maryland, and New Mexico).  
  • Twelve states (Alabama*,  Arizona, California*, Hawaii, Indiana*, Kansas*, Minnesota*,  Missouri*, New Jersey, New Mexico*, Pennsylvania, and Vermont),           including seven on one of these other lists (*), have rejected, either by failure in the legislature,  by gubernatorial veto,  or by failure to introduce a bill, any legislative implementation of  the appropriation, enabling, or alignment of the Common Core in      their states.
  • Five other states  (Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Wisconsin) and    Washington DC were not listed in the review as having even introduced any kind of Common Core related legislation at all in 2012.  

That brings the total to twenty-six out of forty-six and  one half states that have accepted them or 56% who are rejecting or  showing some kind of hesitancy or concern with implementing these  unconstitutional, illegal and dumbed down, politically correct standards    and their accompanying tests.  This is very important good news  for state and local autonomy, academic excellence, constitutionality and  state budgets  It is also very important for the the maintenance of  private and home schooling as viable alternatives to government      education. (More new details on the dangers to private school autonomy  via the Common Core and how the Romney education plan affects this issue  will come next week. In the meantime, please see Imposing a Federal Curriculum      on Private Schools – Why Voucher Programs that Require State Tests Are So      Dangerous)

After speaking at Phyllis Schlafley’s Eagle Council along      with Education Liberty Watch’s Dr. Karen Effrem, The American Principles      Project’s Emmett McGroarty, and Heather Crossin, the Indiana mom who led      the rebellion against the Common Core in that state, Kurtz wrote more      about the problems with the Common Core and the coming parental revolt in      National Review Online:

  

Crossin has  successfully galvanized Indiana’s tea-party groups into fighting the Common Core. It’s a taste of what’s going to happen across the country  once Obama’s new national school curriculum hits the ground. Angry  parents like Crossin will be multiplied many times over, and they won’t  just be making funny protest videos. They’ll be marching on state      legislatures and giving the federal government an earful as well. 

The resistance to the Common Core seems to be following  the same state level resistance or inertia that is happening with the health insurance exchanges that unless stopped will serve as the implementation portals for the life robbing, health endangering, tax  increasing and economy wrecking mandates of Obamacare.

     It is therefore critical to make education freedom part of  the consideration as we choose not only a new president, but members of Congress, governors, and state legislators.  Please do not be shy about asking candidates where they stand on the implementation of the  Common Core and what they will do to stop it at both the state and federal levels.  If officials or candidates are not interested in  discussing the lack of constitutionality or terrible quality of the  standards, remind them that Common Core implementation cost estimates vary between $16 and $60 BILLION dollars that will not be available from  the federal government given current debt levels of $16 TRILLION dollars  and the state deficits that many states have accumulated. Please also consider a generous donation to Education Liberty Watch as we join with  groups and individuals across the nation to try to stop this other major usurpation of rights.  The future ability of our children to be the  thinking, reasoning citizens that will know how to maintain our heritage  of freedom depends on being able to stop this Obamacare for education gambit.   -Donna Garner

 

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