Independent thought is alive and well in Manchester, New Hampshire. Wednesday, Manchester School District’s board voted to split from Common Core, which spells the end of the Common Core groupthink for this groundbreaking school district.
According to the Manchester Union Leader, the board voted to have the district develop its own “Manchester Academic Standards,” following months of debate over the adoption of the Common Core standards. The 13-1 vote came after nearly two hours of public comments.
The independent, city-based standards were proposed by Superintendent Debra Livingston. God bless her and the people of Manchester.
New Hampshire parent activist Ann Marie Banfield, shared the following:
HOW WE DID IT:
1) A few moms have been involved in fighting common core in NH
2) We’ve been going around talking to different groups to educate the grassroots on the CCSS
3) We have a radio show host in Manchester who made this issue a priority
4) We had a “common core forum” in September and hosted national experts explaining the problems w/Common Core. We advertised it for months and packed the room. We taped it and sent it out for others to watch.
5) We continue to speak to different groups in NH and are hosting another Common Core forum next week.
6) Before the vote last night, 3 moms took 400 fliers and dropped them in mailboxes in 4 school member’s districts. The fliers asked the residents to call the school board member and tell them to vote NO on Common Core
7) We are taking this victory and will build momentum to see if we can get other districts to reject Common Core.
The BIG turning point was the Common Core Forum in September. This energized a lot of people to help us.
Having a radio talk show host supportive of our cause was another huge benefit.
The Lit. drop is inexpensive, and very effective.
Thank you, Ann Marie Banfield and Dr. Debra Livingston, for your inspiring examples of independent thought in the pursuit of liberty and legitimate education.