than Representative Gus Blackwell’s House Resolution on the Common Core (HR1011)
calling for a full study of the Common Core State Standards in Oklahoma, there is nothing elsethat can be done to block the Common Core here in Oklahoma this legislative session (2013).We dissenters cannot lose our momentum, however, because Core proponents are waiting forus to do just that.
This is a marathon, not a sprint!
If we cannot stay active and engaged in ouropposition to the Common Core through the summer and fall into the start of the 2014legislative session, it will become nearly impossible for parents to be able to regain control of
our children’s education in Oklahoma again
. The Common Core must be dealt with legislativelybecause it was a state mandate - the law creating the standards must be overturned. If wecannot do this, when pressed by communities, school boards, teachers and administrators,Common Core proponents will make their case to keep the initiative based on the premise that,
already spent too much money to turn around
If we lose faith, if we lose hope, if we lose our righteous indignation that
and billionaire philanthropists with zero expertise in education outside our state believe theyknow
better than Oklahoma parents what’s best for
Oklahoma children, the battle for localcontrol of education in Oklahoma will be nearly completely lost.This is why ROPE has put together a series of simple, but powerful events in protest to theCommon Core until Legislative Sine Die on the last day of May. We realize that many of us haveharried and complicated schedules and we respect that. We are creating our events to occurONLY on WEDNESDAYS and so that each activity will take a maximum of 2 hours and aminimum of only minutes.Because Common Core proponents are backed by millions of dollars and nearly unlimitedmedia resources for
“messaging” the issue, we as dissenters MUST UNITE so our voices are
heard SIMULTANEOUSLY. It will be very important, then, for every person opposed to theCommon Core take part in these simple Wednesday activities.
After May, we will sponsor another set of similar activities including a Common Core ‘summit’
in Tulsa in August (and another in Oklahoma City we hope), where we plan to invite a numberof Common Core objectors and researchers to speak, including Glenn Beck and Michelle Malkinwho we hope can Skype in. We will also have our legislative Common Core Interim Studysometime during the summer or fall. Keep informed on from our Facebook page and via ouremail list!
Thank you for helping us to say, “Common Core is NOT OK”!