THERE IS an ongoing conversation about the value, cost and effectiveness of the Common Core Standards Initiative (CCSI) now being implemented in local schools.
Many questions remain about the Standards from how they were developed to what impact they will have on school administrators, teachers, parents and most of all the students. Most parents were never informed about these huge changes and have little knowledge of what Common Core is.
One of the most asked questions about the origin of the Standards is how 45 governors and their appointed education chiefs agreed to accept and implement this initiative sight unseen. Further, the introduction of federal funds into the process, as seen money, raising fear of federal interference in local education decisions also comes into question.
Proponents claim this is a state led initiative and "the standards were created to ensure that all students graduate from high school with skills and knowledge necessary to succeed in college, career, and live, regardless of where they live."
Those opposing Common Core claim, "This is a top down one-size-fits-all scheme with race-to-the-top money being used to entice cash-strapped states into accepting an untested, unfunded fundamental transformation of our local schools."
Alaska, Nebraska, Texas and Virginia never accepted Common Core and additionally Georgia, Alabama, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania and Utah have decided not to commit to the tests. Indiana recently rejected Common Core and replaced it with new state academic standards.
Florida, Michigan and Wisconsin are now considering withdrawing from Common Core. Several other states have pending legislation to slow or stop the implementation of the Standards. Ohio State Rep. Andy Thompson, District 96, has introduced a HB 237 that would halt the implementation of Common Core and prohibit the sharing of private student data with any entity that may provide such information to others who seek to profit from the data.
We the People Ohio Valley will hold a public education forum at Ohio University Eastern campus on Thursday, May 8, from 6:30-8 p.m.
Administrators, teachers, parents and others are invited to attend. The forum will include the film, "Building the Machine"*, a powerful and gripping documentary of Common Core from experts, followed by comments by State Rep. Andy Thompson on his legislation and a question and answer period.
*Administrators, school board members, teachers, parents and elected officials are encouraged to attend this important community forum.
* "Building the Machine" introduces the public to the Common Core States Standards Initiative (CCSSI) and its effects on our children's education. The documentary compiles interviews from leading educational experts, including members of the Common Core Validation Committee. Parents, officials, and the American public should be involved in this national decision regardless of their political persuasion.
For more information visit: www.wethepeopleov. com