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MACC Rocks 500 Members!

Congratulations to Minnesotans Against Common Core (MACC) as they pass a HUGE milestone of 500 members!!!

Minnesotans Against Common Core has a mission to accomplish!  We as parents, teachers and citizens are concerned about the loss of local control and parental voice.    We believe it is in the best interest of all Minnesotans to know exactly what this new educational system means for our schools and more importantly, for our children.

Therefore, MACC will strive for nothing less than a full stop in implementation of the Common Core Standards in Minnesota, a full stop in data mining our children via high-stakes tests and behavioral/psychological testing (AIR) as well as any other initiatives which accompany Common Core State Standards, Race to the Top grants,No Child Left Behind waivers, and other destructive educational reform policies.  Through a pause mechanism, legislators and all state leaders, teachers, principals, superintendents, parents and citizens can all weigh in on this “transformational reform movement”.

We support our teachers, principals, public, private and home schools!  But the bottom line is, we support our CHILDREN as the NEXT GENERATION of Americans!

Get ready!!!  We’re about to turn the corner on some very exciting events in Minnesota:  state-wide conference calls, numerous education presentations and forums, legislative meetings, school board attendance and/or presentations and we need ALL of you to help in whatever capacity you are able!

Tomorrow I’ll be detailing our first move as we continue membership with our State group, but also ask for your membership in joining your County group.  The new County groups will be introduced over the next week or two and will serve to better help in local efforts.

In addition, we’ll begin two other very important groups:   Praying for Our Schools,  to pray for God’s will in all efforts and for our team, and Minnesota Catholics Against Common Core.

Thank you all for your time in educating yourselves, reading the articles, listening to the radio interview and talking with friends.   We are racing towards January and the legislative session.  Let’s all give our best efforts!

Stealing Our Schools Forum Thursday, September 19 6:30 p.m.

Mark your calendars for this Thursday’s educational forum, Stealing Our Schools!  The event is located at Bethesda Church in Prior Lake at 6:30 p.m.   John Daley, College Professor and Representative Sondra Erickson, Education Finance and  Republican-Lead on the Education Policy/Reform Committee, will speak on the state of education in Minnesota. Representative Pam Myhra, Education Finance and Republican-Lead on the Early Children and Youth Development Policy Committee, will speak about education and her experiences in home schooling.  Constitutional attorney, Marjorie Holsten will give a brief history of education in the United States as well as information on the Common Core Standards.  Public school teacher and homeschooler, Linda Bell, will talk about the effects of Common Core on private schools and home schooling.

Here’s the link to the flyer (address included).

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MACC Sponsors State-Wide Conference Calls

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.