KACC has refrained from endorsing any candidate in the Primary, but provides the following information for you to be an informed voter in the upcoming Primary, Tuesday, May 19, 2015.
All candidates had equal opportunity to respond, and we greatly thank the candidate who make the time and effort to do so.
Following is the email questions that were sent, and the responses (or lack of) from the candidates.
“Kentuckians Against Common Core would like to ensure that our readers and supporters have the information they need to make informed decisions regarding their vote for Governor in the upcoming primary races. Therefore, we are sending all registered candidates for this year’s Governor’s race a questionnaire regarding their stance on Common Core. We ask that you answer the questionnaire, keeping your response between 300-400 words, return to us by email no later than May 1st. We will send out all response to our followers in our weekly newsletter. If a candidate decides not to respond to our questionnaire, we will let our readers know that as well. ”
“The questions are: 1) What is your position on Common Core, 2) what actions will you take as Governor to have Common Core repealed in KY, 3) what steps would you take to repeal Common Core if the legislators are against having CC repealed, 4) what standards would you use to replace the Common Core standards, and 5) in light of the recent articles on Pearson Education…what would you do as Governor to eliminate standardized testing.”
Kentuckians Against Common Core received no response to our email questions from the following candidates. We will include their email addresses so that as individuals you may ask the candidates who did not respond directly.
Those candidates are:
Jack Conway (D): No response. firstname.lastname@example.org
Geoff Young (D): No response. email@example.com
James Comer (R): No response. firstname.lastname@example.org, Facebook page.
Will T. Scott (R): No response. No shareable contact information.
Matt Bevins (R) responds:
1) What is your position on Common Core?
I am adamantly opposed. Common Core is a massive federal overreach designed to nationalize education. It is an affront to parental authority and local control. The future of our great Commonwealth depends on the strength of Kentucky’s families, families where parents are the first and final authority over their child’s academic and moral education.
2) What actions will you take as Governor to have Common Core repealed in KY?
As a top priority of my administration, I would call on the legislature to put forth a complete repeal of the Common Core State Standards Initiative (CCSSI), that includes the standards, the testing, teacher evaluations and data collecting programs. In the immediate term, issuing an Executive Order to cease and desist the program would provide the much needed relief that Kentucky’s children and families deserve.
3) What steps would you take to repeal Common Core if the legislators are against having CC repealed?
Governing is about leadership, principled leadership. If elected as the state’s top executive, I enter office as an outsider, not encumbered by the influence of past political favors. That freedom would allow my state budget to reflect and respect the citizens and taxpayers of Kentucky, and provide the tool to defund Common Core. This would also provide cover for legislators to change their position if there’s an unwavering new direction.
4) What standards would you use to replace the Common Core standards?
Our fifty state federalist system has provided for fifty labs of innovation. I have no doubt that Kentucky can pull from our experience and look to what’s worked in other states, and put in place high quality standards that will serve our children well without compromising our state sovereignty over education. The solutions are not complicated once we remove the bureaucracy and institute education policy that serves children, rather than special interests and political agendas.
5) In light of the recent articles on Pearson Education…what would you do as Governor o eliminate standardized testing?
The testing issues are a result of multiple factors; tests for value added dimensions for school and teacher evaluations, tests developed and controlled outside Kentucky, tests designed to garner non-academic data and the list goes on. I would call for a state-level test, designed to measure academic achievement, which would provide important feedback to parents and distracts, inform state policy, and satisfy the federal requirement of No Child Left Behind. One standardized test, once a year. It’s time to get back to learning.