MACC State-Wide Conference Call October 22nd 7:00 p.m. (Central Time); 8:00pm Eastern Time Dial: 1-267-507-0240 Enter the Conference Code: 362722 Minnesotans Against Common Core (MACC) will be hosting its second State-Wide Conference Call to help inform the public about the implementation of a new educational system called Common Core Standards. This call is set for October 22, 2013 at 7:00 p.m.
We are reaching out to a number of national and state experts, who are directly involved in teaching or researching Common Core. Our next two experts are Jamie Gass from the Pioneer Institute and Richard Innes of the Kentucky Bluegrass Institute. Jamie and Richard’s topic will be: Testing and Data Collection in the Common Core Standards. Both gentlemen are extremely knowledgeable in these areas.
Minnesota began implementing Common Core Standards during the 2012-2013 school year through English/Language Arts. All other subjects, including social studies, science, history and the arts (now referred to as the technical subjects) are embeded within the English/Language Arts standards. This standard and subsequent matching curriculum is being taught due to the federal grant program called, Race to the Top, initiated only months into the Obama administration. Accepting the ELA standards was contingent upon applying for the grant money. Although our state did not receive federal funds in this lottery, we still had to accept the standards. Our Governor, Commissioner of Education and 93% of all public schools approved the move to accept federal funds for Race to the Top despite the fact that the standards had not even been written and thus could not be reviewed. This occurred during the time of the 2009 economic crisis. Although our state did allow for legislative review and expert testimony of the Math Standards, which were flatly refused, we know that most Minnesota school districts are unfortunately teaching Common Core Math. The Social Studies Standards were approved by the Governor and Commissioner of Education, only, without legislative review. Our present governor and department of education has stated their interest in the Next Generation Science Standards. Additionally, President Obama’s National Sexuality Standards, K-12, were written by stakeholders and are aligned to the Common Core Standards.
Race to the Top includes four main required components according to the grant application.
1. Implement the common standards, which can be renamed by each state
2. Implement high-stakes testing for common core
3. Implement data collection systems to ensure the movement of all data from local schools/district to the State Longitudinal Database
4. Implement teacher and principal evaluations
Common Core also includes a Preschool for All initiative for 3rd and 4th graders in Minnesota (already running in four areas of the state) with plans to become mandatory preschool beginning at age 3. Kindergarten is to start in the fall 2014 as all-day Kindergarten without the 1/2 day option. Measurement and data collection on children will begin prenatally and extend to the workforce. Colleges are now preparing to accept the large number of students that will be attending college, through College and Career Ready Standards.
We hope you find these informational calls beneficial!
This is a MACC ALERT!!!! Please read, confirm and send this post to everyone you know in Minnesota.
Tuesday (tomorrow) October 8th, from 9:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. an event will occur called WE DAY at the Xcel Center in Minneapolis. This event invites our children from all over the state to join together with celebrities set to empower our youth. WE Day is a United Nations product born out of FREE THE CHILDREN. Minnesota will be the first state to run this event which coincides with the new Social Studies Standards on globalism.
The message of We Day is to empower kids and invite them to join a year long service program, WE ACT. WE DAY and WE ACT may appear to be wonderful service programs, but in reality will ask children to commit their allegiance toward becoming a World Citizen through the United Nations.
Here are some links to further inform.
Video from CBS Minnesota
Free the Children is the organization that sponsors WE DAY. Here is a link for more information. This states that Free the Children partners with the United Nations.
We will try to put out additional information later this evening.
Our MACC BLITZ CAMPAIGN continues! Professional and courteous communication with our state leaders. We are informing and educating leaders about Common Core State Standards, stating our opposition, asking for a complete repeal/full stop to implementation and asking for their position. We continue the campaign with the Education committee members of the House and Senate, then moving to our Senators, Governor and DOE. Thus far we have contacted Rep. Paul Marquart and Rep. Linda Slocum of the MN House Education Finance Committee (Chair and Vice-Chair) as well as Sondra Erickson, Republican Lead of the Education Policy committee. If you’ve not had a chance to call these three state leaders, please do so! (All information is found under the Minnesota Specific tab.)
Introducing Rep. Carlos Mariani (DFL) and and Rep. Kathy Bryaert (DFL)!!! Rep. Mariani is the Chair of the Education Policy Committee and Rep. Bryaert is the Vice-Chair. Let’s find out Carlos’ and Kathy’s position on Common Core! You may comment on this post, if desired, to let us know about your conversation. Choose your own mode of communication. We CAN make a great impact when we work together!!!
NOTE: When calling your legislator, do not be concerned about whether or not you get everything said “just right”. It will be more effective if it does not sound “canned.” The biggest factor will be the volume of calls which translates into votes for or against the legislator and our cause. Call early and, if you can, call again or use another mode of communication.
Using the guide below, keep your calls short and to the point. You will most likely talk with a legislative aid. Offer to provide detailed documentation for the legislator if they are interested and someone to meet with them at their convenience. You do not have to meet them, unless you desire. We can meet with them. Let them know about our group, Minnesotans Against Common Core. Have some fun and know that this IS important!!!
Always be cordial and pleasant and “smile when you dial”. Always thank them for listening and assure them that you or someone else will follow up. Common Core will be an issue at District caucuses!
Representative Carlos Mariani’s Information:
Address: Representative Carlos Mariani, 381 State Office Bldg., 100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., St. Paul, MN 55155
Facebook: Carlos Mariani ”Like” his facebook page and let’s dribble our info on Common Core
Representative Kathy Brynaert’s Information:
Address: Same as above per Rep. Kathy Brynaert
Facebook: “Like” Kathy Brynaert’s facebook page and let’s dribble information on her facebook page
Common Core Telephone Call Guide/E-mail or Mail Template
“Hello, this is _________________________, and I’m concerned about our state’s education programs. I am a voter in the ________________ District and I object to the Common Core State Standards and loss of Local Control.
“What is Representative Mariani’s (or if you are speaking with Rep Mariani – YOUR) position on this?” If against, encourage and support. Most likely, they are wanting additional information or may be in favor out of ignorance. If so, then…) ((In no particular order – you may have other concerns)). I, as a citizen, had no knowledge of Common Core Standards until recently.
“I will explain VERY briefly why I am against implementing Common Core Standards.
* It is a loss of Local Control, that removes the voice of parents, teachers, principals, and School Boards. I believe in parents and teachers making decisions about our schools. I was never informed or asked if I wanted this new educational system.
* Common Core is unconstitutional and goes against the 10th amendment and three federal laws. Again, from a legal standpoint, Common Core is against our laws and Constitution.
* Costs are estimated to be $16 billion with 90% paid by the states and we may have NO say in what’s being taught, when standards are copyrighted.
* The data tracking requirement from prenatal to workforce is an intrusive violation of the privacy rights of our children and their parents.
* The standards themselves are a deliberate dumbing down of our children as shown by performance scores that have steadily deteriorated since the inception of the Department of Education.
* The standards are so low that the two educators on the Common Core Standards Validation Committee refused to sign off.
Appreciate everyone “doing their part” by informing our state leaders!