Minnesotans Against Common Core (MACC) will hold a series of State-Wide Conference Calls to better help inform the public about the implementation of a new educational system called Common Core Standards. Each month, MACC will hold one or two conference calls engaging national speakers on the various concerns surrounding this movement. The first call is set for September 17, 2013 at 7:00 p.m.
Minnesota began implementing Common Core Standards during the 2012-2013 school year through English/Language Arts only. English/Language Arts Common Core curriculum is being taught due to a federal grant program called, Race to the Top, initiated only months into the Obama administration. Accepting the ELA standards was contingent upon receiving the grant money, despite the fact that the standards had not even been written when the Governor, Commissioner of Education and 300 School Districts approved the federal grant monies during the 2009 economic crisis. Although our state did allow for legislative review of the Math Standards, which we flatly refused, we know that certain Minnesota school districts are unfortunately teaching Common Core Math. The Social Studies Standards were approved by the Governor and Commissioner of Education, only, barring legislative review and input.
We are reaching out to a number of national and state experts, who are directly involved in teaching or in research regarding Common Core. Our first two experts are Jane Robbins from the American Principles Project and Joy Pullman of the Heartland Institute. We hope you find these informational calls beneficial and will invite others to listen in, as well as, ask questions.