Common Core Lawsuit: Teachers and Parents v. Utah State School Board   2 comments



So many Utahns have become so hopping mad* about Common Core in our schools that a few weeks ago, Governor Herbert publically announced that the state Attorney General will now conduct a “thorough legal review” of the rapidly adopted, unvetted education and testing standards.  He’s got a public input website  on the academic aspects of the Common Core.  But his main question is:  do the standards represent “federal entanglement”?

Well, that seems like an easy question  for the Attorney General!  Just read Utah’s Race to the Top application, with its federal points system based, in large part, on a state agreeing to take on the Common Core.  Or check out Obama’s four pillars of education reform.  Or check out Obama’s and Secretary Duncan’s speeches on the subject.  Or read the federal definition of “college and career ready standards.”  Not hard.

But federal entanglement’s not the only question.  A new Libertas Institute lawsuit  asks this key question:  Did the Board violate state law in rushing through Common Core’s adoption without legally required input from parents, teachers, employers, superintendents and school boards?  At least one public school has openly declared that not even slightly were they consulted.  And they’re not happy about it.

The lawsuit asks for a declaratory judgment, saying that the Board failed to consult with local school boards, superintendents, teachers, employers and parents as required by law (53A-1-402.6).  It asks for an order enjoining the Board from further implementing Common Core, from requiring schools to implement Common Core, and from enforcing Common Core.

I am happy to be one of the parents/educators who are the plaintiffs in this case, and grateful to Libertas Institute for footing the bill.

Go, fight, win.





* Remember to attend  if at all possible this month’s public state school board meeting and the big protest THIS WEEK at the State Board of Education offices in downtown Salt Lake City:  August 8th, at 9 a.m.  Many Utahns against Common Core will be protesting with signs outside the building while others will be making public comment later, during the public comment segment around 10:30 inside the building.  See you there.

2 responses to “Common Core Lawsuit: Teachers and Parents v. Utah State School Board

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  1. I attended the Common Core presentation. I was already aware of it because my 6th grade grandson, who is an A student had his math score drop last year with Common Core math. We also had questionable material show up in English. I want to know how to actually start a campaign against it in my area. A really good friend said they don’t tell you how to get started. We want to know now how to start working to stop this. Please help!

  2. First, find out if there are already people who are working to stop Common Core in your area. Most states have an online Facebook group or website, such as “No Common Core Maine” or “Utahns Against Common Core” or “Hoosiers Against Common Core.” If there isn’t one where you are, start one so that others can find you.

    Attend local and state school board meetings. Speak up. Be prepared to hear canned talking points over and over. Be prepared with fact-based, document-based, unarguable facts in hand. Be patient. Most people if they have heard of Common Core at all, have heard that it’s good. Be prepared to have people only know one tiny piece of the monstrous pie.

    Educate those who are interested (or who are accountable, such as legislators and board members) as much as they are willing, but not all at once as I so often try to do and overwhelm the audience with too much, too fast.

    At their pace, you can show them facts. First, ask them to follow the Bill Gates’ money trail of Common Core. That shows where the real motivation lies, and who you can and can’t trust to be objective (virtually every education sales company and pro-Common Core politician has been a Gates grant recipient, even the national PTA!)

    Ask people to read the state’s application for Race to the Top and see how points were earned by states to jump on the Common Core bandwagon. Show people the federal definition of college and career readiness is only definable as Common Core.

    Show them the SLDS tracking systems that are in each state, federally structured and paid for, which track kids throughout their lives without their consent and without parental consent. Show them the federal shredding of previously protective FERPA privacy laws; show them that our children have no legal protections in place because of our school systems. Show them the federal document “For Each and Every Child” to see how redistribution of wealth is a main goal of the federal push for education “reforms” including Common Core. Show them the federal document “Promoting Tenacity, Grit and Perseverance” which pushes data collection and behavioral tracking of students, even going as far as having a student use a posture measuring chair, a smile detector, or a pressure-sensitive mouse to detect emotional and belief-based engagement in what is being taught in school.

    Show people the Jason Zimba video where he admits the standards only prepare math students for community college level work.

    Show them the video where Secretary Arne Duncan tells Charlie Rose that he wants to have 6-7 day a week school systems, year round, at least 12 hours a day, so that schools become the center of life for everyone. Show them Duncan’s speeches to see him always praising the U.N., repeatedly pushing social justice (socialism) as properly being taught in school; praising globalist, extreme environmentalist Pearson Ed’s CEA Michael Barber; voicing discontent with Constitutional power being vested in the states for educational decision making, etc.

    Show them the video where Bill Gates tells a national legislators’ group that we’ll only know if the standards work once tests, standards and curriculum align. He also says in that same video that he is creating a uniform customer base by having Common Core in most of the USA. Show them the Obama Blueprint for Reform, where his four pillars include federally approved “better” standards and tests, teacher control, data “improvement” (control) and “turnaround” (control) of low performing schools (again, by federal definitions of low performing).

    Show them the U.S. Constitution, reminding them that the STATES have authority to set education standards but the federal government has no such authority. It’s an arrogant bluff. Show people that the Department of Education is bluffing authority by creating kinglike waivers from federal law (No Child Left Behind ESEA waivers) without any legal authority or authority from Congress (we the represented people). The average person may be scared to know that it is our right to hold this power– many would rather be told what to do by the federal government. But the fact remains that we, the people, are to be the authority over education, privacy, and over our own taxation. We are supposed to have representation in all aspects of governance, yet education reforms today have become education without representation. Why? Because the federal government, hand in hand with corporations with unthinkable amounts of money and power, have colluded to create this standardization (and unconstitutional nationalization) of tests, standards and ultimately, curriculum.

    We can’t vote-out these corporate kings (Bill Gates, David Coleman, Sir Michael Barber of Pearson Ed) –yet they hold tremendous power over our local school today. The situation must be noticed, and stopped.

    These are the reasons that, even for those people who may like a certain aspect or a certain Common Core standard as it looks today, this ought to be obviously something to fight! It’s all about local control, autonomy, and the ability to innovate and customize education as WE see fit.

    The Common Core standards are unpiloted and do represent an experiment on children nationwide, but even if by some crazy chance they happened to improve education for all, as they promise and claim to do, it’s still a terrible, wrongheaded initiative because it takes away local control– takes away the ability for the local school board and parent and teacher to influence what a child will be learning along that path to adulthood.

    These are the things I’d tell your willing-to-listen friends and foes.

    Off the top of my head, that’s how I’d start.

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