From Scott Hofstra…spokesperson United KY Tea Party
Ladies and Gentlemen,
While legislators are claiming they have repealed Common Core in Kentucky Schools with SB1 this year, the facts tell us otherwise.
No matter what Betsy DeVos and the Kentucky Legislature try to tell you, Common Core is alive and well in Kentucky. Now they’re trying to rebrand it in order to perpetuate it. It was implemented all at once and it can be repealed the very same way. There are existing and every successful national standards and curriculum that could be put in place just as quickly as Common Core was, but the truth is, there is no will in the Kentucky Department of Education or among the legislators to repeal it. They would rather tinker around the edges and call it “New and Improved” instead of repealing it and replacing it (gee…where have we seen that before?). For some inane reason, the legislators and the KDE are scared to death of the KEA and refuse to repeal Common Core.
We need to speak to our legislators and make sure they understand that they promised to repeal Common Core and nothing short of a full and complete repeal will be acceptable if they want our votes November 2018. The only thing most politicians understand unfortunately, is not getting reelected.
Please contact your legislator and tell them that you will vote against them in November of 2018 unless they repeal every last word, process and inference to Common Core in Kentucky. We gave them a chance this year in session. They failed us and our school aged children with SB1.
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.”