Utah Should Vote No on Federal NCLB/ESEA Flexibility Waiver Renewal   1 comment

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Tomorrow morning, the Utah State School Board will vote on whether or not to renew the federal No Child Left Behind ESEA Flexibility Waiver.

Governor Herbert will address the board in person prior to this vote, at the USOE offices at 250 E 500 S in Salt Lake City.

It’s an open meeting.  Many of us will be there, and you are wanted and needed there.  If you can’t come, please write to the board.  Here’s the board’s email address.  Board@schools.utah.gov

Here’s my letter.

 

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Dear Board,
Please vote no on the ESEA/NCLB renewal of waiver tomorrow.
No Child Left Behind was bad; but the waiver from it (meaning that we consent to continue with Common Core) is far worse, because of the suffocating strings attached. A million tiny strings took Gulliver down.
I am referring to:
1- The CCSSO-created CEDS data collection aligned to the Common Core standards.
2- Teacher handcuffing via teacher grading related to Common Core testing.
3-  No amendment process for the Common Core (copyrighted) standards.  (We could alter our previous Utah Core; we can’t alter ELA or Math under Common Core’s copyright.)
Bottom line: we owe no accountability to the federal government Constitutionally and it returns very little money, percentage wise, of our education budget –of which Utah wastes much on bloated administrative salaries and on the common core tech ed sales cartel, not giving much to truly benefit children or teachers.
We have constitutional rights and we are shredding them, voluntarily, by tying our school system down under Common Core and Common Data.
Please vote NO on renewing NCLB.
Christel Swasey
Utah Credentialed Teacher

One response to “Utah Should Vote No on Federal NCLB/ESEA Flexibility Waiver Renewal

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  1. We had this argument in Delaware. Our local boards (brave enough to speak up) all said that it was cheaper to do without the waiver than it was to go through with the waiver.

    Like me originally, you might ask… How can not getting millions of dollars be good?

    The answer is that by accepting that amount, you must also accept the strings attached, which mandate that you perform a large number of actions. However, you are given no money for the performance of those actions, and must get other funding from: the taxpayers.

    Referendums for increased taxes are needed, JUST TO MEET THE CONTINGENCIES IMPOSED BY THE FEDS…..

    whereas…. one could cut budgets and do without rather easily. Get your boards to do the math.

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