State Board of Education Member Randy McKinney recently wrote to GOP Chairman Bill Armistead in favor of the Common Core Standards Initiative.  Below is a response to Mr. McKinney’s comments.

November 4, 2011

Mr. Randy McKinney, Vice-President of the Alabama State Board of Education

RE:  Oct. 20, 2011 Letter to Mr. Bill Armistead

Mr. McKinney:

I received a copy of your letter of October 20, 2011 to Bill Armistead from friends who wrote you concerning Common Core Standards and I have been asked to respond.

Mr. McKinney, we are in agreement the main issue:  we both want the best educational standards and the best methods to achieve them for the children of Alabama.  Another thing that you said is true and we can agree on with regards to Common Core Standards:  there has been a “great overreach by the USDOE and the White House.”

You have stated that Mr. Armistead had no facts to support the claims in his letter to you and the resolution passed by the ALGOP Steering Committee.  The facts have been presented to you by many other people.  I have enclosed a response to your letter to Mr. Armistead and documents that provide factual evidence to the claims made by Mr. Armistead and others as to why Alabama should extricate itself from Common Core Standards.

Many of our top elected state officials and congressional delegation support rescission of Common Core Standards and have added their names to a list of those opposed to CCS. These people would not risk their reputations and careers on making assertions without facts to back them up.

Please re-examine the factual evidence contained in this response and in other communications that you have received that explain why Common Core Standards are wrong for Alabama.  Anyone who comes to these facts objectively can recognize that the facts support the claims that Common Core Standards:

·         Are not the best standards available or the best that can be developed for Alabama children

·         Constitute as you said a “great overreach of the USDOE and the White House.”

·         Limit the choices and input that local school systems, teachers, and parents have in the standards, curriculum, and assessments.

·         Are injurious to private and home schooled students.


Rick McLain

cc:           AL SBOE members

Lori Brock

Scot Dyess