CITIZENS TASK FORCE ON COMMON CORE RESPONDS TOCHAMBER EVENT
Members of a citizens task force formed to stop CommonCore in Alabama, quickly responded to the claims of the education community atWednesday’s Chamber event, which members say are misleading and cannot bedocumented.Elois Zeanah, president of the Alabama Federation of Republican Women, statedthat the meeting was dominated by education and chamber members, from reportsshe’s received, and facilitators tried hard to squash any discussion outside the twoquestions posed by the Chamber for discussion. Questions dealt with problemsdealing with content of Common Core standards and the process used and how tomitigate these public concerns instead of the fundamental question of centralizedcontrol.Zeanah stated, “No wonder facilitators had a hard time keeping their groups ontopic. These two questions are laughable, given the fatal flaws of Common Core,loss of parental control and state sovereignty in education, and how children’sprivacy is being put at risk – not to mention how Alabama’s Plan 2020, whichimplements Common Core, is based on race-based standards. Let’s get serioushere!”Sharon Sewell, director of Alabamians United for Excellence in Education, statedthat the Chamber meeting was obviously staged since not one member of theircoalition, which lead the state’s opposition to Common Core, was asked torepresent the other side.“Instead,” Sewell stated, “The Chamber had the superintendent of education and anumber of education officials under his direction to represent the pro-Common Coreside, yet allowed only ten minutes to those opposed to Common Core to speak, andthe Chamber did not select the strongest opposition to speak.
With this type of imbalance in presentation, it’s somewhat hypocritical to represent the Chambermeeting as a
forum to ‘bring proponents and opponents of the standards into the sameconversation.’”
Both Sewell and Zeanah were quite passionate in their rebuttals to educators’ claimsthat Alabama retains control over curriculum and tests despite implementation of Common Core, and that the highly personal, non-academic information collected onstudents will not be shared outside Alabama.