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What is Common Core?

Posted: Thursday, May 16th, 2013

Robin Brough is a Page business owner, a former member of the Page Unified School District governing board, and a mother/grandmother.
Why does the U.S. Constitution make no mention of education? Because the Founding Fathers understood that the education of children must be at the local level. We now stand at the edge of a cliff as the federal Common Core State Standards continues its march across the country.

How did we get here? In 2009, the U.S. Department of Education blackmailed the states with stimulus money in the form of Race to the Top (RTTT) grants. If states wanted to get out from under No Child Left Behind, and wanted more funding they had to agree to adopt the Common Core. Most states (already underfunded by the federal government) jumped on the bandwagon.

As a member of the Page Unified School District board at the time, I voiced my opposition. There was no clear documentation regarding RTTT or the Common Core, just the promise of money. It was like Obamacare—a “We have to pass the bill to see what’s in it” mentality.

Just like TeenScreen, it touted to be researched and evidenced-based. (We’ve yet to see the evidence on either.)

For the complete article see the 05-15-2013 issue.

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