Category Archives: Common Core State Standards



Thursday, February 6, 2013   7:30am – 12:30pm

Jointly sponsored by: Minnesotans Against Common Core (MACC), Opt-Out Minnesota and Save the Kids

A protest to bring awareness and secure our children’s and grandchildren’s futures!

Can you possibly stand by as your child’s freedoms are lost?

Can you possibly be silent as your parental rights are diminished?

IT’S TIME TO STAND FOR KIDS! Thursday, February 6th, 7:30 am – 12:30 pm at the St. Paul Crowne Plaza – Riverfront for an old-fashioned Rally/Protest.   Crowne Plaza address is 11 East Kellogg Blvd, St. Paul.   We ask all parents, teachers and citizens to sign up by hourly shifts and/or multiple shifts of 7:30 – 8:30; 8:30 – 9:30; 9:30 -10:30; 10:30 – 11:30 and 11:30 – 12:30.  You may sign up on the event pages in facebook or send an e-mail to this website under “contact us”.  Get your pickets ready now!

Registration for those wishing to attend the event:  Chamber Members  $55.00,  Non-Members  $75.00

On Thursday, February 6th the Minnesota CHAMBER OF COMMERCE will host an “Education Summit 2014” to advance and coerce Business Owners and Legislators.  The topic:  Supporting the newest version of the failed policy, No Child Left Behind —- the Common Core Standards Reform.  The Chamber will be discussing their vision to match children, also called “Human Capital”, up to “The Workforce” at an early age.  This initiative will remove parental rights to guide their child’s education as well as remove a child’s voice to choose their own profession.  Please read the linked article and future articles this week.

Interestingly, EDUCATORS have not been invited to the “Education Summit”!

Headlining the event is MICHELLE RHEE, nationally-known reformer, CEO of Students First and former head of Washington DC Schools.  Ms. Rhee will appear with her merry band of corporate reformers to promote Business Owners and Legislators to become more involved with the Common Core initiative in schools, help vet and unseat present school board members and promote individuals to run for their school boards.  This is a direct take-over of our Minnesota Schools!  Other reform characters are: Kati Haycock, president of the Education Trust; Kate Walsh, president of National Council on Teacher Quality;  Aimee Guidera of the Data Quality Campaign; Amy Hertel of the Education Tranformation Initiative;  George Parker of Students First, RT Rybak, founder Generation Next and Suzanne Tachemy-Kubach of the PIE Network.

Sponsors making the calculated decision to promote this campaign are:

General Mills

Minneapolis Foundation

Students First

Target Corporation (Who also generously funds the Preschool for All reform)

The Education Trust

Thomson Reuters

Call these sponsors and tell them, “Your sponsorship of such an event is an affront to parents, grandparents, teachers and children everywhere.  I see this as a direct attack on my role as a parent to direct my child’s education as stated in the Minnesota Constitution.   We want you to pull your sponsorship from the Chamber of Commerce’s Education Summit!”

Please join us and STAND FOR KIDS!

Read this article from Wisconsin regarding their Chamber of Commerce event and support/advocacy of Common Core and workforce matching.

MACC Member Action Call

        MACC Action Call

February 6th, the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce is hosting an “Education Summit”, featuring Michelle Rhee, a disastrous nationally-known education reformer.  As stated on the event banner – “Educating Minnesota – Why we keep failing our kids”, this Education Summit states that MN has one of the largest achievement gaps in the US.  Powerful words, but not exactly accurate.

Here is the link to the event site:

This “Summit” is nothing more than a push to promote Common Core to businesses and Legislators, and is the same agenda of the US Chamber of Commerce.

Two prestigious Minnesota businesses have decided that this is a cause they are choosing to support – Target Corp and General Mills.  This is a perfect opportunity to let these businesses know what you think of their idea to support this summit and Common Core.

Please call them to voice your opinion, and let them know it is not OK for them to support this.  Also, let them know if you plan to continue to support their business.

When you call

  • Ask for Consumer Relations
  • Tell them you would like to issue a complaint regarding their companies sponsorship of the MN Chamber of Commerce Education Summit
  • The problem is the support and promotion of Common Core at this event

Target Corp – 612-304-6073  

General Mills Inc – 763-764-7600


Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all our friends at MACC!  We thank you for your continued support as we enter this period prior to the legislative session and then the session itself.  If you haven’t received your personal “action letter”, feel free to read the letter below. Please do not forget to update your information where the letter states, “Sign up for important updates”.  Due to the growth of MACC, we are unable to contact you personally via facebook other than this intial communication.Wishing you blessings this Season!!!Linda, Kirsten, Chris, Ron, Lisa, Ellen, Jennifer, Anne, Kerstin, Viktoriya, AJ, Gary, Anne, Patrice, Michael, AmberJoy and all of our MACC County Administrators and Support Volunteers



Whether you joined yesterday, months ago, or attended one of our presentations, we welcome you to Minnesotans Against Common Core! Please take the time to read this note as there is important information below.

YOU, the members, are the most important part of MACC.

MACC is non-partisan. Our mission is simple, to inform Minnesotans about Common Core State Standards and to work with our legislature to repeal.

We are appreciative of all the moms, dads, grandparents, aunts, uncles, parent/teachers, etc. who are joining as each day goes by. In fact, anyone who has a child in their heart whom they want to protect, should be aware of what is happening within our state and nation.

In 2010, Minnesota adopted the ELA Common Core Standard through the Race to the Top competition, even though no federal funds were received. In 2012, Minnesota further adopted College and Career Ready Standards K-12, which are aligned to Common Core Standards in every subject. In 2011, our state received the Prenatal – 5 Year old Common Core Standards from the Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge grant. Through the acceptance of federal funds, the Standards have been tied to restrictive policies regarding:

  1. Standards implementation
  2. High-stakes testing
  3. Data collection and data mining
  4. Teacher and principal evaluations tied to their implementation of Common Core.

The repeal of Common Core can happen in individual school districts and at the state level. We can repeal statutes and laws which tie our children into Common Core as well as repeal the data collection, constant testing and surveys and teacher/principals evaluations meant to lock-down Common Core. The more parents are aware, the better and the more effective our group will become.

Our children are NOT common!

Our CHILDREN are NOT test subjects nor should they be cloaked in dollar signs only to be used as a commodity for profit. If you would really like to get involved, send your name, e-mail, city and county to Minnesota Against Common Core (on facebook), or our website, with a note stating you would like to help.

We have many jobs all over the state… lots of them that need to get done! We will help connect you to someone in your own county or school district. Hopefully, you can go on to make your own team and create your own action team/plan locally. How can you help? You might answer, “I haven’t researched and don’t understand all of the specifics.” That does not matter. The ACTION ITEMS that are detailed below are simple, easy, and effective.

Let’s Stop Common Core in Minnesota!
These are ACTION ITEMS that you can do right now to help Stop Common Core.


For new members, please take the time to visit:

Bookmark these and pass it on to others. There is a considerable amount of information on the website. Be sure to read the goals and mission of this group; it keeps us in sync, clear and focused. We also have test/survey/lesson opt-out forms and all of the grant information under the Minnesota Specific tab on the MACC website.

**ACTION #2**

One of the MOST important things that you should do first is to WATCH THE FIVE PART VIDEO SERIES BY JANE ROBBINS. You can find it in the “Videos” section on our website

Everyone can gain a good overview with this introductory video, if you are going to join in this war to fight CC. The videos take less than thirty minutes to view. “Stop the Common Core” will give you a well-rounded understanding of what transpired under the radar without our knowledge or consent. Please watch them so you can inform yourself and pass the knowledge on to others — THAT is the key to this mission!! AWARENESS turns into EMPOWERMENT which creates


SIGN UP & Stay Connected!

  1. Sign up for important updates as well as important events – Rally at the Capitol Day, etc. as we move to put either a pause or enact legislation. MACC will not share your information.
  2. Please make sure to sign our petition to support the repeal of Common Core State Standards and the No Child Left Behind reforms. Please remember to record your e-mail, address and phone number for our future reference when people are needed at the Capitol. This information will not be shared and will remain on one computer within our organization.


If you would like to connect and work with others in your respective county and/or school district, please email us at and we will put you in touch with like-minded individuals.

We will begin a “Files” section for the Closed Group. You will see all county files and see who is part of your county – names only. Emails are NOT distributed to other members without **prior approval via email from you**. The purpose of these county lists is to give you the ability to network with others in your area and create an action plan of your own. The more you know as a parent, the better empowered you will be for yourself and for your child.

We stand with you!!!

Linda, Kirsten and the whole MACC Team

MACC Monthly Conference Call: Mark Naison, Priscilla Sanstead & Marla Kilfoyle, of the Badass Teachers Association (BAT) – Tues Dec 17 – 7:00pm CST (8:00pm EST)

Join us for a National Conference Call featuring Mark Naison and Priscilla Sanstead, Co-Founders of the National Badass Teachers Association (BATs) and Marla Kilfoyle, BAT administrator and teacher/parent!    “Let TEACHERS Teach!” is the featured topic for this conference call on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 from 7:00 pm  CST  (8:00pm EST)  Marla will be speaking about her experiences as a classroom teacher under Common Core; Mark and Priscilla will speak to the many reforms underway in America, including Common Core and encourage teachers as they work within the reform landscape.

The Badass Teachers Association is a national phenomenem without rival.  Founded on June 14, 2013, the BATs numbers have swelled to near 35,000 teachers.  Started at the same time, The Badass Parents Association helps inform parents about the most recent education reforms.  A recent off-shoot is the Badass School Board Association.

Mark Naison, PhD, is Professor of African-American Studies and History at Fordham University, Director of Fordham’s Urban Studies Program and the BAT CO-Founder. He is the author of three books and over 100 articles on African-American History, urban history, and the history of sports.

When not doing historical research, Naison likes to play tennis, golf and basketball, and make periodic forays into the media. He has appeared on the O’Reilly Factor, the Discovery Channel’s Greatest American Competition (as Dr King’s advocate), and on the Dave Chappell Show, where his “performance” has been preserved on that show’s Second Year DVD.

Priscilla Sanstead, BAT Co-Founder, is an education activist currently living with her family in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She is a graduate of Florida State University and holds an MBA/Marketing from the University of West Florida.

Priscilla has experiences with a wide number of educational choices through her grown daughter. She was an active volunteer in schools – Montessori, Public Charter (1999 – 2000, before corporate deform), Public, Private, and Progressive – then transitioned to homeschooling through a CA state charter, and finally to unschooling with her autodidact daughter.

A big advocate for libraries, she has run many school and public book sales. She assembled, funded, and operated a Florida public charter school library (1999 – 2001) and volunteered full-time for a private school library for a year.  A volunteer nature guide for 6 years, she managed the volunteer group and led hundreds of school tours. She taught remedial math at a private college for a year, and became a vocal advocate for changes in math as well as reading education.

An avid “people connector”, Priscilla runs several other much smaller education and learning communities on Facebook. She volunteered with the social movement UnCollege (.org) for about 2 years, running the online community she founded there. Attracting and coordinating volunteers were the focus of a museum position and a county government job. In her free time she is an art museum docent and gardener.

Marla Kilfoyle, NBCT, began her adventure into the Badass Teacher Association by way of being a parent advocate on Long Island in such groups as Parents and Teachers Against Common Core and LI Opt-Out. Marla has been a teacher in the Social Studies Department at Oceanside. 

Marla Kilfoyle, NBCT, began her adventure into the Badass Teacher Association by way of being a parent advocate on Long Island in such groups as Parents and Teachers Against Common Core and LI Opt-Out. Marla has been a teacher in the Social Studies Department at Oceanside High School (NY) for 27 years.  In addition, Marla coached the Oceanside Girl’s Track and Field team for 15 years and runs her district’s social science program.

 Marla is the mother of a 10-year-old son and wife of Allen, a retired NYPD Detective. She continues her work as a parent advocate in LI Opt-Out as a member of their leadership team.

Join us for an informative hour!