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Letter to Oklahoma Senators Regarding the Chamber of Commerce and the Common Core

Letter to Oklahoma Senators Regarding the Chamber of Commerce and the Common Core

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ROPE became aware of a letter sent to Oklahoma Senators by the Director of Education and the WORKFORCE for the Oklahoma Chamber of Commerce. After reading the letter, it seemed not only appropriate, but necessary for ROPE to highlight and refute the topics written therein.
ROPE became aware of a letter sent to Oklahoma Senators by the Director of Education and the WORKFORCE for the Oklahoma Chamber of Commerce. After reading the letter, it seemed not only appropriate, but necessary for ROPE to highlight and refute the topics written therein.

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Published by: RestoreOKPublicEd on May 23, 2013
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Dear Senator:
 The Oklahoma Chamber of Commerce - following Secretary of Education Arne Duncan'ssuggestion to the national Chamber last month - is lobbying you to keep the Common CoreState Standards Initiative using the notion the Wall Street Journal has editorialized for it. (Thisis false.Sol Stern and Joel Klein wrote an Op-Ed (5-13-13) as did Edward Frenkel and Hung-His Wu (5-6-13)).Why? What in the world world does the Oklahoma Chamber of Commerce have to do withpublic education? According to their 
: 
The State Chamber supports the efficient and productive implementation of every segment of education, all of which are considered workforce development.
So, let’s
get this straight; our children are to be educated to perform jobs
 –
to create aworkforce for businesses coming to Oklahoma?
I don’t want my children to grow up to be
worker bees. I want my children to have a well-rounded education allowing them to tackle ANY
profession they desire. That’s not going to happen with th
e Common Core State Standards.
How many times have we heard that these standards are not “a mile wide and an inch deep”like our ‘old’ PASS standards? How many times have you flipped that statement over and
thought of its negative? So our kids are going to be learning standards an inch wide and a miledeep? How does that create a student with well-rounded knowledge the kind ThomasJefferson espoused
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the kind that provides truly endless possibilities for a child’s life?
 Then again, what do I know really
? I’
m just a mom and according to the Chamber of Commerce, mothers are ignorants.Just last month, after Duncan's speech, the Indiana Chamber of Commerce came out againstTWO MOTHERS who began an effort which resulted in Governor Mike Pence signing legislation putting the Common Core on HOLD! 
"Two moms from Indianapolis, a handful of their friends and a couple dozen small but vocal Tea Party groups. That's the entire Indiana movement that is advocating for a halt to the Common Core State Standards. No educational backgrounds. No track record of supporting education reforms or any other past education issues. And worst of all: Ademonstrated willingness to say just about anything, no matter how unsubstantiated or blatantly false, to advocate their cause." 
Yes, I’m just a stay
-at-home mom, but one with an education background and a track record of  researching and writing about other past education issues (I seem to remember the StateChamber and ROPE being on the same page when it came to State Question 744!) and we back up what we say with legitimate citations for anyone to research our thoughts and ideas forthemselves.
 
Why do you suppose the Chamber of Commerce is for the Common Core? Because just likeStand for Children (making robocalls across Oklahoma for the Common Core this weekend afterreceiving some of the 150 million from Bill Gates to market the Standards), many Chamber of  Commerce
have also received lots of money from Bill Gates to message the standards
 –
withMarc Tucker and Achieve
 –
the actual progenitors of the Common Core
(no, it was NOT “stateled”)
.There is a better way for the state to have standards and it's not because the NGA/CCSSO andBill Gates wants them and businesses can make money!We list these on page 11 of our InterimStudy research. There are a lot of conservative groups that don't support the Common Core. Many Oklahomagroups - including PASTORS - are against the Common Core, as are all the national conservative think tanks. Both our state Senators - Coburn and Inhofe - have signed Senator ChuckGrassley's letter to the Senate Appropriations Committee against the Common Core. Currently16 states are attempting to get out of the Common Core in one way or another.In addition, the National Republican Committee overwhelmingly passed a resolution authored by our own state Committeewoman Carolyn McLarty that denounces the Common Core StateStandards.Most mothers (families) cannot fund political campaigns at the level of the State Chamber, solet's not make this about money and influence
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let’s
make this about what is best forOklahoma's children. Please consider what I have written here today. Oklahoma children areNOT common so Common Core State Standards are NOT OK.Very Sincerely,Jenni White'plain old mom and voter with an education background who happens to be...'PresidentRestore Oklahoma Public Education405-473-8801www.RestoreOkPublicEducation.com Visit us on Facebook Restore Oklahoma Public Education Blog Twitter BIBLIOGRAPHYhttp://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/state_edwatch/2013/04/arne_duncan_urges_business_leaders_to_defend_common_core.html

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