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What About Common Core State Standards?

Now that many legislators, teachers, and citizens in Mississippi are questioning the the viability and intent of Common Core, the Mississippi Department of Education (MDE) is embarking upon a series of statewide community meetings to promote the Common Core State Standards Initiative. Promoting a citizen dialogue is something that should have been done before they were adopted.
Action alert: Patriots need to attend one of these meetings listed at the bottom of this article.

What Are the Concerns?
States were incentivized by the Federal government to adopt the Standards before they were published (sound familiar)? They are promoted as ‘state-led’ but that is false. In fact, they were developed through efforts of the National Governors Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers. Both are D.C.-based trade associations and neither has any legislative authority to act on behalf of State school districts or parents. Math and English Language Arts educators refute the notion that they are ‘college and career ready’ and, as members of the Validation Committee, refused to sign off on the Standards as being weak and questionable. The Federal Department of Education has been illegally involved in the Standards process. Two testing consortia, charged with developing the assessments that will align with the Standards, have received large Federal grants and publicly stated that some of the funds will be used to develop curriculum. The dangers of this Initiative are enormous for our children. Please read Controlling Education from the Top - Why Common Core is Bad for America, a white paper written for the Pioneer Institute by Emmett McGroarty and Jane Robbins of the American Principles Project.

What Should I Do?
Attend one of these community meetings and ask the MDE a few important questions. • If this is ‘state-led’, who in Mississippi took part in the process? What were their roles? When and where did Mississippi hold public meetings to discuss this sweeping initiative before committing our state to it? • How do we know the Standards will produce the desired result since they have never been tested? Research exists that both supports and refutes that claim.

Aug. 22 Monday. Aug. 19 Tuesday. 20 Wednesday. 28 Thursday. 21 Thursday. doesn’t this evidence that we should at least think critically about our own decision? • Since states had to commit to CCSS before they were published to be eligible for Race to the Top federal grants. 27 Wednesday.m. Aug. 29 Hattiesburg Hernando . The meeting schedule is as follows: Date City Jackson Oxford Meridian Cleveland Natchez Biloxi Location MDE Auditorium Lafayette County/Oxford Public Library Meridian High School Auditorium Cleveland Career Center (behind Kroger) Natchez High School Gymnasium Biloxi High School Lecture Hall NR Burger Middle School Transploreum Hernando Performing Arts Center Monday. Aug. 26 Tuesday. isn’t this really a ‘Race to the Money’ rather than a ‘Race to the Top?’ The times for all sessions are from 6-7:30 p. Aug. Aug. Aug. Aug.• Since about 24 states have either not adopted the Standards or are in various stages of pulling out.