Tuesday, April 22, 2014

More Push Back On Common Core

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Common Core appears to be on the ropes.... but first let me make you aware of 2 news items. First, there is a Planned Parenthood fundraiser in Seattle tonight in which Planned Parenthood will be mocking Catholic nuns at an event on Capitol Hill called "Bar Nun Bingo."

Another PP fundraising "Bar Nun Bingo" will be featured later this week in Seattle, both events will be led by the anti-Catholic gay group "Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence."

No, I'm not recommending you attend. I do recommend you read this and be informed.

Secondly, the Boy Scouts of America have disqualified the Rainier Beach United Methodist Church in Seattle from sponsoring a BSA Troop. I wrote about this recently. KING 5 is reporting the latest development in the story.

More and more states are pushing back on Common Core because it is becoming more and more apparent that Common Core does not "reform" education, does not better prepare kids for college and careers and is another major power grab by the federal government.

Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal (R) was initially a Common Core supporter, as was former Governor Mike Huckabee (R) and other conservative Republican governors and elected leaders.

Now Gov. Jindal is encouraging the Louisiana Legislature to remove the state from the Common Core aligned Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for Colleges and Careers (PARCC).

And he says if the legislature doesn't do it, he will.

When Common Core was initially presented to the National Governors Association, I personally believe it was misrepresented, much like Obamacare was misrepresented.

It doesn't reform anything. It fails our children. And it sets the stage for federalized education.

Washington State is testing the Common Core assessments among students in selected school districts at present. Interestingly, the test of the test initially failed so was postponed and rescheduled.

Louisiana is not the only state getting out.

Indiana was one of the first states to adopt in Common Core, last week their legislature passed a bill that would end the relationship. Others are in the process of doing the same.

In Jindal's case, he received a strongly worded letter from 8 members of the House asking him to get out and why.

It appears that letter helped Gov. Jindal see the light. I personally believe he and others were already quickly coming to that conclusion. Jindal is moving forward toward getting out of Common Core.

Indiana passed a bill last Wednesday that will void the state from the Common Core National Standards. The bill also requires the state to "meet national and international bench marks for college and career readiness standards"...and to "maintain Indiana's sovereignty."

Obviously Indiana recognizes the danger not only to education in their state, but to the sovereignty of the state itself.

Iowa, Florida and Arizona are renaming their state standards to avoid being "tainted" by the brand name "Common Core."

That seems to be rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic, believing it will matter.

So far, 15 states have withdrawn from the federal testing consortium, down graded their involvement or instituted measures against the use of the Standards.

Lindsey Burke with Heritage Foundation has written a comprehensive overview of Common Core...its origin, its flaws, its deception, its likely outcome should it be fully implemented and what you can do to help remove it from your state.

Although Burke wrote it a couple of years ago, and some of her predictions have already come to pass, most of the negative effects are only now becoming widely known. I strongly recommend you read it and be informed.

Also please note her extensive source links.

She concludes that, "The movement to nationalize standards and testing---and ultimately curricula---is a challenge to educational freedom in America and is costly in terms of liberty, not to mention dollars."

She says, "State policymakers who believe in limited government and liberty should resist this imposition of centralized standards."

She gives 3 detailed strategies for reclaiming local control and preventing implementation of Common Core.

1. Determine how the decision was made to cede the state's standard-setting authority.

2. Prohibit new spending for Standards implementation.

3. Determine how to reverse the course.

She concludes, "States and local school districts can have success improving their standards and assessments without surrendering control to Washington DC. Increasing transparency of outcomes in a way that is meaningful to parents and taxpayers, providing flexibility for local school leaders, and advancing systemic reforms that include school choice options for families will go a long way in improving academic outcomes while at the same time preserving local control of education."

Be Informed. Be Vigilant. Be Pro-Active. Be Prayerful. Be Effective.