Thursday, October 3, 2013

Big Support for Common Core by School Districts.

Well, it'll be interesting to see what the Walker Authority does now that Common Core is getting overwhelming support from districts around the state. I'm thinking Walker didn't expect it to go this way. Clicking the links, you'll not only see their reasons for supporting Common Core, but their frustration over the many ridiculous myths spread about the program by tea party low information voters:

Testimony/statements: Hudson School District. Kettle Moraine School District. Waunakee Community School District.

Testimony/statements:  UW System President Reilly. School District of North Fond du Lac. Madison Metropolitan School District.

Testimony:  School District of Menomonee Falls. Brillion Public Schools. Two Rivers Public Schools. CESA Statewide Network Commissioner Harness.Pulaski Community School District. Oconto Falls School District. Northern Ozaukee School District.
According to the Green Bay Press-Gazette:
Criticism from conservatives has been mounting, however. They fear the standards are creating a loss of local control and the federal government is using the standards to gather students’ personal information. Tea party members sent lawmakers a letter earlier this year calling for an investigation into the standards.
Haven't we had enough of the tea party conspiracies yet?

Here's are a few more statements from other school districts, including an opening comment from Rep. Dean Knutson. Knutson apparently knows so little about Common Core that if I were a betting man, I would say Common Core doesn't stand a chance in the legislature. Other Republican states are doing it.
"We can set the bar higher. I know that is what the department believes Common Core standards will do. And maybe it would. But there is a bi-partisan concern in the legislature, a concern shared by the public—that we may have been going too fast, too soon, and committing down a road without a full understanding of where we are headed. And so this legislature and the Governor opted to press 'pause.'" 
Sounds like a little tea party phony concern about anything Obama, despite the fact that Common Core grew out of efforts made by educators and governors. Here are the links:
Testimony/statements: School District of Belleville. Hustisford School District. Chequamegon School District.2:24pm

Rep. Knudson. Opening statement from Common Core Standards hearing.12:47pm

DPI Supt. Evers. Testimony for the Common Core State Standards hearing.

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