How Easy Is It To Leave The Consortium (SBAC) and the Common Core Initiative?   Leave a comment

The U.S.O.E. has been circulating the claim that Utah can “get out of Common Core anytime we like.”

But how easy is it, really, to leave the Consortium (SBAC testing club that includes a majority of U.S. states) and to flee the Common Core adoption, that Utah signed on to in 2009 (to be fully implemented in 2014-15) ?

A South Carolina senator said it’s about as easy as getting out of the federal highway program.

Utah must leave as soon as possible –before our educational system is so entangled with federal assumptions about what is best for Utah, and before our budget is strapped by the testing-technology- interoperability mandates of the SBAC.

Legislators can’t get us out.  It’s up to our Governor, School Superintendent, and State School Board, who got us in, in the first place.

To flee the SBAC, we have to give written notice, get the approval of a majority of the SBAC states, and get FEDERAL approval.  (So much for the USOE’s claim that this program is state-led and operated).

To flee Common Core’s entanglements, we have to NOT accept a federal No Child Left Behind waiver and ask for genuine congressional relief  from both the Common Core and the No Child Left Behind unfunded federal mandates.  (Illegal, too.  See G.E.P.A. law and the 9th and 10th Amendments)

The federal government only has as much power over states as states do not defend for themselves. (Read what Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin said about this issue; federal oppression was fresh on their minds when they wrote our protections in to the Constitution. )

Renee’s husband, a state delegate, says: “Show me the law that says the federal government can withhold educational funding (OUR tax money) if we don’t jump through hoops for them.”  Great point.

Some people are under the mistaken impression that we got money for joining CC and SBAC.  Nope.  In fact, it will cost us money.  No one knows how much, because Utah’s top ranking educational leadership found it unnecessary to conduct a cost analysis or a legal analyis before we signed up.

But the Pioneer Institute has done an estimate, not for Utah, but for other states, and estimates are staggering, on top of what states already struggle to come up with for regular education.

Some people are under the impression that we got higher standards for joining CC and SBAC.  Half true.  Ask math teachers if it’s better or worse.  Look at the testimony of Dr. Sandra Stotsky on the English preparation of the CCSS standards, for authentic college preparation.  She refused to sign off on the standards, and served on the official CCSS validation committee.  But these educational standards are a moot point; we aren’t free to amend them and had no voice in writing them, and if they change, which they will, who changed them?  Not us.

Some people are under the impression that the Utah Common Core is what our kids will be tested on.  Nope.  It’s the CCSS federal standards that the test is written to.

Why isn’t the U.S.O.E. telling us the whole truth about Common Core?

Posted April 21, 2012 by Christel Swasey in Uncategorized

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