from The Bluegrass Institute’s Dick Innes
Discussion shows how SBDM laws render parents and school boards powerless
Parents in the Boone County Public School District are getting an interesting education these days. They are learning that their locally elected school board and their school superintendent have absolutely no authority regarding what may be some very bad curriculum choices recently made in one of the district’s middle schools.
The disturbing situation in Boone County Public Schools got an interesting airing during the local board of education’s November 10 meeting.
Several parents spoke first, indicating a host of problems surrounding the Camp Ernst Middle School’s adoption of a computer-based curriculum.
Read more on The Bluegrass Institute’s website.
Hope is a funny thing, and just when you think you’ve reached the end of it, Kentuckians flip the house!
What does this mean for Common Core in Kentucky?
- From the leader of the movement, Terry Donaghue, “We have been told by many Republicans, including Senate Majority Floor Leader Damon Thayer, that we won’t be able to repeal Common Core until we flip the House. Well Senator and all Republicans in KY State Legislature, you have what you wanted and the parents of KY children are ready to return their kid’s education back to where they are in control. Call us. You have our number. We have the plan ready to go…let’s get started NOW! And OBW..we will hold your feet to the fire.” We expect Governor Bevins and lawmakers to stick to their word!
- KACC will continue all efforts to REPEAL Common Core in Kentucky! As recently as last week, Karl Studerman sent this letter to lawmakers. kacc-karl
- We still need YOU to educate yourself on Common Core and call your legislator.
Kentuckians Against Common Core
“Not surprisingly, since nothing in Kentucky’s working standards changed other than a name in the past two years, the vast majority of teachers report that Common Core/KY Core Academic Standards remain the driver in their school.”
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“Common Core pretended that it was going to be raising standards, but what it did, in fact, is put enormous pressure on colleges, many of which are now succumbing to that pressure, to lower their standards.”
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“The curriculum that is taught in your school district is locally driven,” says Carney. “Our school-based, site-based councils have the legal authority to develop that curriculum.” Then why did the feds give $360 to two companies to write the test. Also you and KDE may want to call Common Core Kentucky Academic Standards but if it walks like a duck, if it quacks like a duck…then it is a duck!
The process for updating academic standards isn’t the kind of topic that inspires soaring rhetoric and passionate civic debate.
Yet the top legislative priority for Senate Republicans this year is a sweeping overhaul of how public school standards are reviewed and updated in the commonwealth. In essence Senate Bill 1 seeks to simplify the work of educators by ensuring that Kentucky’s academic standards align with the assessments on which student progress is scored.
“I call it the bill of taking control of our standards and allowing our teachers to teach,” says Sen. Mike Wilson (R-Bowling Green), who is chair of the Senate Education Committee and sponsor of the legislation.
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“Back in early June or late July of last year members of Kentuckians Against Common Core (KACC) met with Senate Education Chairman Mike Wilson and his education guru Dr. Joe Burks (former Asst. Superintendent at JCPS). We heard from reliable sources that they were looking into repealing Common Core. Sen. Wilson and Dr. Burks both complained about the over regulating and testing that KDE had imposed on the teachers and the school system in KY. Sen. Wilson brought up that he was probably going to rewrite SB 1 of 2009 and make changes in KY’s education system. When we asked Sen. Wilson will the bill repeal the Common Core standards, he responded with an emphatic Yes.”
The Kentucky General Assembly has taken up amending Senate Bill 1 – a bill focused on education in Kentucky including primary and secondary school standards. It is very encouraging that the General Assembly is willing to take another look at this bill since it was the gate by which the educational experiment on our children, known as Common Core, came to Kentucky. There is much to like in the bill, such as an attempt to reform teacher and school evaluations. Section 2,Paragraph (1)(a)3 states that students get credit for arts and humanities upon completion of foreign language, application-oriented career and technical education courses, computer technology or programming courses that incorporate design and creativity.
But there are problems with it, the first of course being an absence of an outright call for repeal of the Common Core standards.
Download and read the entire statement Response to bill – 20160131 – KJS(1).
Our statement on SB 1…the so called bill to eliminate Common Core. Our response may be lengthy but we thought it was a MUST to state all that is wrong with the legislation….mainly that it does not do what was promised…it does not eliminate Common Core.
The Kentucky General Assembly has taken up amending KRS 156.557 – a statute focused on education in Kentucky including primary and secondary school standards. It is very encouraging that the General Assembly is willing to take another look at this bill since it was the gate by which the educational experiment on our children, known as Common Core, came to Kentucky. There is much to like in the bill such as an attempt to reform teacher and school evaluations. Section 1.12.a.3 states that students get credit for arts and humanities upon completion of foreign language, application-oriented career and technical education courses, computer technology or programming courses that incorporate design and creativity.
But there are problems, the first of course being an absence of an outright repeal of the Common Core standards. Moreover, the Kentucky Constitution states in section 183: The General Assembly shall, by appropriate legislation, provide for an efficient system of common schools throughout the State. The most glaring deficiency in this bill is that the General Assembly once again evades its responsibilities by allowing the Kentucky Department of Education to implement all standards, policies, procedures and much of the methodology and regulations for teacher and school evaluations without the General Assembly’s approval much less a vote and signature by the Governor. What is the purpose of the Senate and House education committees, indeed what is the purpose of Section 183 of the Kentucky Constitution if all real decisions are left up to KDE discretion and whim? And where is all of the “local” control and parental input that Common Core advocates like to talk about? Even the officials elected by the people, much less the people themselves, have a say in what gets approved. It continues to track students by Social Security Number putting students at risk of privacy violations if and inviting academic researchers to hypothesize and test student data well after their educational years and without their consent. A separate student identification number would be easily implemented and suffice for tracking student progress through the time enrolled in public schools.
The bill mentions nothing about overall limits on the AMOUNT of HOURS of assessment testing that KDE is allowed to require. Currently JCPS tests 5th graders approximately 32 hours out of the year with KPREP testing and quarterly assessment tests. This excessive testing is one of the major complaints from teachers and parents about this experiment. Also, there is no prevision for parents to opt their children out of this testing like the ones that parents in Ohio, California and other states enjoy. Finally, all test results and related data should not be transferable to any non-government entity.
Disturbing still is that the General Assembly seems to leave the door open to further federal education experimentation regardless of the consequences to our children.
This bill does not eliminate Common Core as has been stated. We are asking the Senate GOP to rewrite SB 1 and follow the promise of Governor Bevin “that the Common Core will be no more”.
Be sure to check out the latest newsletter full of all the important ins and outs of the Common Core home front.
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“Senate Republicans unveiled their 13 “priority” bills Wednesday for the 2016 General Assembly, including a measure they highlighted as Senate Bill 1 that would eliminate the controversial Common Core education standards for Kentucky schools.”
Our battle has been long and tiring. But finally there is some light at the end of the tunnel. This is where the rubber meets the road. Call your reps and tell them to hold fast. We DO NOT want a rebranding of common core. We want it gone. We truly want local control just like SB1 intended in the first place. We’ve come too far to quit now!
Read more here: http://www.kentucky.com/news/politics-government/article53387940.html