Attention all Elk River – ISD 728 MACC members! There is a Legislative and School Board meeting tonight at Elk River Sr. High School, where the Legislators will be discussing District issues and view on the upcoming legislative session. A strong showing here would be good.
This article goes over the process involved in the development and writing of the Common Core State Standards. The “Secret Sixty” individuals involved, included 1 teacher who was in a feedback group.
It’s time to CALL all our Education Committee Chairs and voice our dissatisfaction with Common Core and the Race to the Top and No Child Left Behind Waiver Grants.
The bills that MACC and Rep. Jim Abeler are authoring must be heard and/or picked up by these Chairs. We have a Parental Bill of Rights, Local Control of Independent School Districts, two bills that block of childrens’ data from leaving the state and a firewall bill to block further adoption into the Common Core system.
There are two Senate Education Committees and two House Education Committees. We need everyone to get in touch with all four chairs of these committees. You may call the chair directly or call their legislative assistant. Either way, we need many, many calls in the next week to help move legislation forward. Tell them, “I want legislation against the Common Core Standards, the data collection, a Parental Bill of Rights to strengthen a parents voice, renewed Local Control of school districts and stop any further intrusion of Common Core into Minnesota”.
As always, thank you for standing for the children and families of Minnesota! THEY are our greatest resource!
Senate Education Policy Committee
Senator Patricia Torres Ray (DFL, District 63) 651-296-4274; 651-296-5312
Legislative Assistant: Blanca Martinez Gavina 651-296-4274
Senate Education E-12 Finance Committee
Senate Charles Wiger (DFL, District 43) 651-296-6820
Legislative Assistant: Kate Lynne Snyder 651-296-6820
House Education Policy Committee
Representative Charles Mariani (DFL, District 65B) 651-296-9714
Legislative Assistant: Jamael Lundy 651-296-9676
House Education Finance Committee
Representative Paul Marquart (DFL, District 4B) 651-296-6829; 800-551-5520
Legislative Assistant, Joe Gould 651-296-5380
This is a great overview of the data collection aspect of the Common Core standardized tests. The important part to take into perspective on this article is Dr. Cynthia Stevenson, a nationally recognized Superintendent of Jefferson County Schools, resigned in February 2014. Dr. Stevenson left earlier than her planned exit at the end of the school year, citing a strained relationship and disagreement on management of the district, with the newly elected school board.