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THE TIME TO ACT IS NOW!

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

THE TIME TO ACT IS NOW!

OUR GOAL: INFORM, EQUIP, EMPOWER and REPEAL!!!

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, commoncoremn@gmail.com 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.

**ACTION ITEM #1**

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 www.commoncoremn.com.

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
ACTION!

**ACTION ITEM #3**

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.

**ACTION ITEM #4**

If you would like to connect and work with others in your respective county and/or school district, please email us at commoncoremn@gmail.com 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

Minnesota Testing: Where is the Accountability?

    • Minnesotans are becoming more concerned about the amount of tests their children must complete.   Some parents like Sandi, whose child attends a Stillwater Public Schools charter, is so concerned she wanted to opt her daughter out of one of the many tests.   She relates her story below.

      Many of the so-called high-stakes tests, field tests and surveys are not connected in any way to what the child is learning in class.  Not only do the tests not measure learning in the classroom but teachers and principals do not know what is on these tests!  In fact, teachers and principals are not allowed to look at the tests.  Test results many times arrive well after the results could be put to good use.

      Test results are data mined in at least three ways:  academically, psychologically and for labor statistics.  The Educational Testing Service (ETS) writes most of the assessments for the tests.  The tests are then behaviorally and psychologically data mined through the organization, American Institutes of Research (AIR) , before being sent to the federal government database.  The National Center for Educational Statistics (NCES) and Common Education Data Standards (CEDS) house our children’s (and family’s) data through the US Department of Education as well as the Workforce Data Quality Initiative (WDQI), through the Department of Labor.

      Many tests, like the MAPs and MCAs, are Computer Adaptive Tests (CAT).  This simply means that the computer adapts questions based on student answers.  Today’s students are saddled with numerous standardized tests every year, as well as school imposed tests purchased from outside vendors.  lastly, students take the in-class tests usually held on Fridays.  And again, teachers and principals do not know what is on these standardized and school-purchased tests nor are they allowed to ask.

      According the Minnesota Department of Education, notification for all state-wide testing as well as school district-wide testing must be available for parents on the their district website.   Lack of proper notification is where many parents are running into problems when wanting to opt their children out of tests.  Last week, one parent notified us that their children were being given mental health exams without any notification.

      Why are local “independent” school districts requiring so much in the way of testing and surveys?  In many ways, they have lost local control and are required to test via the Race to the Top grant and No Child Left Behind waivers. And of course, there is money to be made.   But don’t take our word for it, visit your local school and ask to see one of the computerized tests!

      Here is this Stillwater mother’s story!

      “I’m currently at odds with my daughter’s school. She was given a standardized test, as were all her classmates, without any parent notification of such. I understand this is probably a  pretty common practice but had I intended to opt her out and was not given the head’s up.

      Upon questioning the school, I found out it is not their policy to tell parents of the upcoming testing (Scantron Performance Series) nor the results. They do not intend to change this.

      I informed them I would be opting out of the spring version of this test (twice a year!!) and was told that would require a team meeting. I politely reminded her I did not need a team to make a parental decision. She insisted I needed to come in for a meeting in order to opt out. I let her know that wouldn’t be happening.

      I asked to see the test my daughter took and her answers (not her “scores”).
      I was told no.
      I was told they can’t.
      I was told they don’t have it.
      I was told they’ve never seen it themselves.
      I was told it’s out of their hands.
      When I asked about the law that prevents me from seeing my daughter’s educational material, I was told they would look into accessing the test for me. And… Crickets.
      Nothing. I cannot get a response, I cannot get a contact number of who to reach out for this. I cannot get anything.
      I received her “scores” (but no other parent has since they’re not aware) but do I really, as a parent, have NO option to preview this test?
      If I do have legal rights to such, can you direct me to the specifics that say so in order to empower me for the next encounter with this test loving, score bragging, kid soul sucking, parent lying, answer avoiding, information blocking, smoke blowing administration I’m dealing with?
      This might be something all MACC parents want to know?
      Thank you so much.”

      Principals and teachers ought to have access to the tests they are giving our children.  Considering the organizations funding and partnering with the ETS and AIR, we must call upon our school districts to show transparency in testing, curriculum, principal and teacher evaluations (as tied to Common Core), and how Common Core Standards are playing out in Minnesota.   It is high time for our schools to be accountable to parents and children!

Our Nation’s Greatest Catastrophe: An Education Takeover – Carver County, Dec. 10th

Want to know more about Common Core Standards as well as the adjoining reform system?  Want to meet up with others who are experiencing difficulties for their children and families?

MACC will hold another in a series of Common Core talks at the American Legion in Waconia, MN on Tuesday, December 10th at 7:00p.m.  Our Nation’s Greatest Catastrophe:  An Education Takeover will include a power point presentation and question/answer session.  The address is 233 South Olive Street.  The venue seats 200 so please come a bit early.  There will be a donation to help cover the costs of the room.

The presentation is updated often and includes information that is Minnesota specific.  Bring a friend or two and join us!

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The mission of Minnesotans Against Common Core (MACC) is to inform and educate the public about the educational reform system known as Common Core “State” Standards.  We are giving presentations throughout Minnesota.  Please contact us if you have a group or organization that would benefit from this information.

Common Core Meet & Greet in Princeton

Mark your calendar for Thursday, November 21st at 5:30PM, Social Time, 6PM presentation on Stop Common Core with AJ Kern.    The Mille Lacs, Marshall, Beltrami and Itasca Counties Against Common Core are hosting this Common Core Meet & Greet in Princeton, Minnesota. Also we are so fortunate to have Anoka county Sheriff James Stuart- Do not miss these two great speakers on the most important issues of the day! Be sure to bring your friends! See you on Thursday at Steven’s Restaurant, 202 N Rum River Dr., Princeton