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Re: ALEC - COMMON CORE STANDARDS - RESOLUTION IN OPPOSITION PROPOSED - 120411
You've also said that NCLB, state tests, charter schools, Reading First, Race to the Top, and just about everything going on in Chicago were death stars for real teaching and learning, At this rate the universe will soon be completely filled with death stars to real teaching and learning. But you never seem to learn that the problem for those who constantly cry that the sky is falling or filling up with death stars for real teaching and learning is that people look up and see that the sky is not falling and that real teaching and learning are occurring nicely.
As to the idea that perfidious conservatives and business leaders are simultaneously pushing and opposing the Common Core standards to advance their stealth agenda of privatizing the public schools, what can I say except welcome to the wacky world of ARN 2012.
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This is still interesting news. Common Core is a Deathstar for real teaching and
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ALEC - COMMON CORE STANDARDS - RESOLUTION IN OPPOSITION PROPOSED - 120411
An email, copied below, I received today from folks associated with the
Tea Party stated that Education Today on 120411 contained an article
reporting that a resolution opposing "Common Core Standards" is being
by ALEC. Now, I rate the chances as remote that the corporate side of ALEC
is going to allow this resolution to ever be passed on to state
legislatures for consideration, but it is interesting that those of us on ARN
questioning Common Core Standards would have allies in ALEC, with whom we may
join in opposition.
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Subject: BREAKING: GROUP CRAFTING RESOLUTION TO TAKE BACK PUBLIC SCHOOLS
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12.2.11 -- Group Meets To Craft Resolution To Take Back the Public
Schools from the Feds
If parents and taxpayers want to know how they can bail out of the Obama
administrationâs takeover of the public schools through Common Core
Standards/Race to the Top, they need to read this article in todayâs Education
A group of concerned businessmen, educators, and state policymakers just
finished hammering out a model resolution that will help states to craft
legislation to oppose this federal takeover of the public schools.
Texas Commissioner of Education Robert Scott was one of the attendees
along with such people as Williamson Evers of the Hoover Institute.
Even though the final document has not yet been approved by the ALEC
Board, here is a link to a rough draft of the model resolution:
EDUCATION WEEK â 12.2.11
VeteranEducation Week reporters Catherine Gewertz and Erik Robelen bring
you news and analysis of issues at the core of classroom learning.
December 02, 2011
Anti-Common-Core Resolution Advances in Legislative Group
A package of model legislation opposing the common standards gained ground
yesterday at the American Legislative Exchange Council.
The organization's education task force approved the package, we learned
from a couple of folks who attended those sessions of ALEC's meeting this
week in Scottsdale, Ariz.
But it's not final, or official ALEC policy, unless it is approved by the
organization's board of directors. No word yet on when there might be a
decision on that. If the board approves it, the package is the sort of thing
that would join other types of model legislation ALEC has crafted for
The debate about common standards at ALEC cropped up this past summer. We
reported to youthat the resolution was sponsored by a conservative think
tank, the Arizona-based Goldwater Institute. Discussion and a vote on it was
tabled, though, until this December meeting.
The resolution includes model legislation states could use to draft bills
opposing adoption or implementation of common standards. You can get the
flavor of it by looking at the version that has been floating around the
Internet ever since it was put up for discussion last summer.
ALEC describes itself as dedicated to principles such as individual
liberty, limited government and a free market. It is made up of private-sector
members, such as representatives of businesses and think tanks, and
public-sector members, who are state lawmakers.
I chatted with a few people who attended the task force meetings. The
Hoover Institution'sWilliamson Evers told me that the vote came after an
"extensive, well-thrashed-out" discussion of common-core issues in several
sessions over the course of the three-day meeting. He noted that both
of the standards, such as Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony
Bennett, and opponents, such as Texas Commissioner Robert Scott, were
there to present their points of view.
Evers, a vigorous opponent of the common standards, spoke on behalf of the
Goldwater Institute's resolution.
If you've been tracking the common-standards debate, you already know that
the federal government's role in the common core is a sore point among its
opponents and skeptics. They are uneasy with the Race to the Top program's
incentive to adopt the standards, and its investments in designing tests
for the standards. Evers reiterated these arguments at the ALEC task-force
"I told them that this was part of a federal overreach, that the standards
are inadequate, but that even if they were perfect, it's part of an
intrusion and a shift in federal-state relations that is unwise," Evers told
Indiana's Bennett defended the common standards during a couple of
sessions at the ALEC convening, including one at the education task force. He
me after the meeting that while he is uneasy with the federal role in the
standards, their overall value outweighed those misgivings.
"I told them that for us, this was a state-driven process," Bennett told
me. "We believe it is better for Indiana students. We built the common core
into our comprehensive education reform agenda. We utilized it to rewrite
our teacher preparation standards."
A self-described "strong states' rights guy," Bennett reminded me that
Indiana declined to participate in the Race to the Top competition, but the
state boardâwhich Bennett chairsâvoted unanimously to adopt the common
The Goldwater resolution rubs him the wrong way, he said, because he
believes it overreaches in its own way: it restricts state legislatures by
insisting that they refuse to go along with any common-core-related action.
"States should have the right to choose the common core if they so desire,
and we so desired," he told me. "Just as I don't believe the federal
government should overreach, I don't like the idea of think tanks telling me I
should or shouldn't engage in the common core."
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