Working to preserve school of choice and guard the autonomy of our nation’s schools while opposing unsustainable costs and invasive data-mining.
Common Core Standards History
Common Core is not the same as Core Knowledge. Although you may just now be learning about it, Common Core was adopted by Colorado in 2010. The idea of a national standards in education is not new. As a matter of fact, this idea has failed at least twice before because Americans did not want control of their children's education to be removed from local control or for a parent’s right to choose to be compromised. (click here for full document)
Colorado Can Still Opt Out of Common Core
Your representatives need to hear from you to make this happen. Many states and districts have written resolutions opposing the Common Core and its related assessments such as the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Career (PARCC).
One Size Does Not Fit All
A uniform education is not right for America. This was explicitly acknowledged in the Colorado Charter Schools Act, which reads in part: "Different pupils learn differently and public school programs should be designed to fit the needs of individual pupils and that there are educators, citizens, and parents in Colorado who are willing and able to offer innovative programs, educational techniques, and environments but who lack a channel through which they can direct their innovative efforts."
Teaching to the Test...
...will happen throughout the year since students will now be tested multiple times per year. Annual TCAP tests will be replaced by the PARCC which is based on Common Core State Standards. Students will now be tested two, three, or even four times per year instead of just once.
Our SB136 bill to delay Common Core and PARCC was defeated, but not without generating much discussion and bringing our concerns to the forefront. 7 hours of powerful testimony and the emotional decision on SB-136 (cost/delay of Common Core and PARCC). The Ed Committee agreed there are areas that warrant concern and attention.
Common Core, PARCC testing and data-mining are not an issue that will soon go away, neither will the dedicated moms, dads, parents, grandparents, teachers, principals, superintendents, professors, board members, business owners, thousands of Colorado citizens who supported this bill.
Thank you to the courageous legislators in both the House and the Senate who supported this bill. You were willing to put aside politics and voted based on principle. You supported what was "right" but not necessarily popular That takes guts. Thank you. We are honored to have you stand with us.
Rest assured, we won't rest until our children are safe. This battle is not over, not by a long shot. The public is just now beginning to learn of Common Core.
Thank you for your continued support!