Category: Common Core

Tennessee Replaces Common Core With Only One Dissenting Vote

Common Core is Replaced in Tennessee!

Hallelujah!  EVERY Tennessee legislator except ONE voted to Replace Common Core.  The Governor was involved in the legislative process and will sign the bill into law.

The South Carolina legislature passed a replacement bill in June 2014.  In March 2015, the SC Board of Education adopted replacement standards.

The Alabama Ahead Act, SB101 AND HB424, provides for the BEST replacement process.

What about it, Alabama?!!

 

Tennessee facts:

REPLACING COMMON CORE:

SB 1163 by *Bell, (HB 1035) by *Spivey
These three amendments now make up the body of SB1163-HB1035:
Amendment 1Amendment 2Amendment 3

These are final Votes:

House Floor and Committee Votes

HB1035 by Spivey – FLOOR VOTE: AS AMENDED PASSAGE ON THIRD CONSIDERATION 4/20/2015
Passed
Ayes………………………………………..97
Noes…………………………………………0

Representatives voting aye were: Akbari, Alexander, Armstrong, Beck, Brooks H., Brooks K., Butt, Byrd, Calfee, Camper, Carter, Casada, Clemmons, Coley, Cooper, Daniel, DeBerry, Doss, Dunlap, Dunn, Durham, Eldridge, Faison, Farmer, Favors, Fitzhugh, Forgety, Gilmore, Goins, Gravitt, Halford, Hardaway, Harrison, Hawk, Haynes, Hazlewood, Hill M., Hill T., Holsclaw, Holt, Howell, Hulsey, Jernigan, Johnson, Jones, Kane, Keisling, Kumar, Lamberth, Littleton, Lollar, Love, Lundberg, Lynn, Madam Speaker Harwell, Marsh, Matheny, Matlock, McCormick, McDaniel, McManus, Miller, Mitchell, Moody, Parkinson, Pitts, Pody, Powell, Powers, Ragan, Ramsey, Reedy, Rogers, Sanderson, Sargent, Sexton C., Sexton J., Shaw, Shepard, Smith, Sparks, Spivey, Stewart, Swann, Terry, Todd, Towns, Travis, Turner, Van Huss, Weaver, White D., White M., Wilburn, Williams, Windle, Wirgau — 97.

Senate Floor and Committee Votes

HB1035 by Spivey – FLOOR VOTE: THIRD CONSIDERATION 4/21/2015
Passed
Ayes………………………………………..28
Noes…………………………………………1

Senators voting aye were: Bailey, Beavers, Bell, Bowling, Briggs, Crowe, Dickerson, Gardenhire, Green, Gresham, Hensley, Jackson, Johnson, Kelsey, Ketron, Kyle, McNally, Mr. Speaker Ramsey, Niceley, Norris, Overbey, Roberts, Southerland, Stevens, Tracy, Watson, Yager, Yarbro — 28.
Senators voting no were: Harris — 1.

NOTE:  This is the bill we passed last year: http://state.tn.us/sos/acts/108/pub/pc0905.pdf
See Section 1 especially.

Information for Your Pastor

Following is the resolution that was unanimously approved by representatives of the 1.1 million member Alabama Baptist Convention in November 2014 which called for the repeal of the Common Core State Standards in Alabama.  Please forward this resolution to your pastor and ask that he share it with his state senator and representative with the request that they stop the miseducation and indoctrination of our children by supporting SB101 to replace common core with sound, superior standards.  SB101 has passed the Senate Education Committee and is in the Senate Rules Committee chaired by Sen. Jabo Waggoner.  We need it to get to the floor quickly so that the House will have time to act.  You may also want to print the resolution yourself to give to your representatives.

Information on how to find your senator and representative is here.

The following documentation appeared on the resolution that was submitted to the Resolutions Committee.

[1] http://web.alsde.edu/home/general/plan_2020_esea.aspx

[2] Comprehensive Counseling and Guidance Model for Alabama Public Schools

http://eboardsolutions.com/Meetings/ViewMeetingOrder.aspx?S=70577&MID=1610

[3] http://alabamaeagle.org/2014/04/01/revisionist-history-smut-in-al-common-core-text

[4] http://www.talladegacountygop.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/Appendix-24-BCA-Praises-AlaStandards.pdf http://www.heritage.org/research/reports/2012/12/questionable-quality-of-the-common-core-english-language-arts-standards; http://pioneerinstitute.org/download/lowering-the-bar-how-common-core-math-fails-to-prepare-high-school-students-for-stem/  

[5] https://eboard.eboardsolutions.com/Meetings/Attachment.aspx?S=70577&AID=37912&MID=1610

Data Shows Another Year of AL Common Core Math “Irreversible Damage”

This week we learned of the impending danger for Alabama children if we don’t stop Common Core in THIS legislative session. Stanford Professor James Milgram is the acknowledged national expert on Math standards writing.  Based on a huge set of data on the failed 1992 California standards written by the same Phil Daro who was the lead author for the Common Core standards, Dr. Milgram addressed the following question:

“ ‘ How long would it take for a student initially in the Phil Daro 1992 program before its low level and erroneous perspective on mathematics would have produced irreversible damage?What the data showed was that if a student had been in the program for four or more years … statistically they never recovered… So you have a situation with the Common Core mathematics standards where you have a limited window and you pretty much know what is going to happen … because the guiding ideas behind it are the exact guiding ideas behind the 1992 CA standards.”   

 Alabama students are being tested on their THIRD year of Common Core math.  Next year – their FOURTH year – will be too late for most Alabama students.  They will never recover from the irreversible damage as experienced by California students.   

For the full text of Dr. Milgram’s letter, click the link below.

Dr. Milgram Letter

Update: Replace Common Core bill moving in Senate

The Senate Education Committee will be voting on Senator Rusty Glover’s SB101, the Alabama Ahead Act, that will repeal Common Core, this Wednesday, April 15th.  Please contact the committee members, thank them for hearing us at this past Wednesday’s hearing and ask that they vote FOR SB101. Brewbaker, Chairperson; Ross, Vice Chairperson; Bussman, Figures, Marsh, McClendon, Pittman, Sanders, Shelnutt.

SB101 will re-establish local and state control of education; terminate implementation of the Common Core standards; direct the State Board to replace these standards with the Math and English courses in use immediately prior to Common Core; convene Course of Study committees to update these standards and improve upon them using the pre-common core standards from states whose national scores ranked no less than the top 10%; implement these proven, improved standards and aligned assessments; prohibit imposition on Alabama of other such national standards or assessments that cede control away from Alabamians.

See the short DVD by Utah Mental Health Therapist Joan Landes that stresses the urgency of putting a stop to Common Core.  She spoke with some House and Senate members at the Alabama Statehouse last year.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rJVswWCNk24

You may want to look up her credentials and send it to your representatives.

 

We Must Adopt the Best Academic Standards

GUEST COLUMNIST: We must adopt the best academic standards
By Eunie Smith
Published: Saturday, April 4, 2015 at 3:30 a.m.

Under Common Core, Alabama is progressing downward to a woefully inferior academic education under this one-size-fits-all national mandate. The first assessment results show that only 62 percent are proficient in English and only a pitiful 19 percent are proficient in math — so low that it can hardly be explained away. Is it any wonder when we recognize that the whole Common Core regimen is experimental and not written by seasoned educators?

Regarding K-3, over 500 early childhood experts warned that the standards are developmentally inappropriate, and their predictions — that they would only frustrate and depress, not educate and inspire students — are coming true. The elementary math emphasis on theory for students who, at their age, think in concrete, not abstract, terms, and on methodology rather than the correct answer, has the same sad results. Stanford Professor Dr. James Milgram, the only mathematician on the Common Core Validation Committee, said that Common Core math puts students two years behind high-achieving states and nations.

Common Core English language arts standards also place college readiness at risk. It cuts in half the kind of rich classic literature that has leveled the playing field for all students by teaching them to devour increasingly complex plots with their lessons of the perennial struggle between good and evil. Students for centuries have gleaned from these stories a desire to be on the side of the good. Among Common Core substitutes are readings from insulation manuals or excerpts from contemporary works about social studies or recommendations for age inappropriate dark stories of sexual promiscuity and abuse.

Common Core does a terrible disservice to students, whose school experience should prepare them for life, not just low-level jobs. Its denial of American exceptionalism ill equips these students to preserve what is left of the country that has provided more opportunities for more people with the highest standard of living and the greatest degree of individual freedom than any other country in world history. They are not being taught that limiting government increases individual liberty and unleashes creativity and achievement. Instead, too many are taught how to fill out government forms.

Common Core assessment content is out of the hands of Alabamians. It is written under the auspices of a federal contractor, ACT Aspire. Its data collection is being handled by Pearson, the international publisher that was exposed for “spying on students.” Even the liberal National Education Association expressed concern that Pearson is “mining information posted on social media and matching it with students’ private information that Pearson collects as a test provider.” These assessments drive what teachers teach, as they will be graded on how students perform. It was President Jimmy Carter’s education secretary who said that national control of testing means “national control of ideas.”

Regarding assertions that local systems are in control, teachers know that they are closely scrutinized to make sure that they are “Teaching to the Core.” However, Alabama Superintendent of Education Tommy Bice has said publicly, “If teachers do not like the way we are headed, I will be glad to show them the exit sign.” Current legislation prevents teachers from exercising their First Amendment right to criticize Common Core even outside of school.

Alabama College and Career Ready Standards are just the tip of the iceberg. The Common Core Initiative encompasses gathering non-academic individual student data, so-called learning supports, which invade family rights and privacy; grading teachers and principals on how the students score on standardized tests; job tracking of students starting in elementary school; and analyzing, in some cases via weekly assessments, to determine what career cluster the student will be placed into by 8th grade. This can limit a student’s horizons long before they are ready to choose for themselves.

As one astute commentator said, “Common Core changes the focus of traditional education from teaching students how to be future citizen-leaders and productive citizens of a self-governing republic, to training students for a planned economy (and to meet specific needs of employers).”

Sen. Rusty Glover’s SB 101 has our support because it would put a stop to Common Core, regain local control of education and begin the process to formulate new Alabama standards built upon past academic success using the best of the best pre-Common Core standards nationwide.

Eunie Smith is president of Eagle Forum of Alabama, a conservative advocacy group.

Hearing in Montgomery on Monday

Dear Eagles,

We need your help! You have a great opportunity to fight Common Core and Plan 2020 in Alabama. The ALSDE has proposed a Comprehensive Counseling and Guidance Model (CCGM) which is a major part of the intrusive data collection of the Common Core Initiative.A public hearing before State Department personnel will be held this coming Monday night.
We can stop this CCGM now before it is fully implemented. CCGM is a new set of guidelines and policies for Alabama public school counselors which moves them from their traditional role of providing
constructive career and academic advising to being an all inclusive life advisor with no limits on their involvement in the life of the child and parent.Hearing: March 30, 2015 at Trenholm State Technical College,
1225 Airbase Boulevard, Building D, Montgomery, AL 36108 from 7:00 p.m. to
8:00 p.m.
Please attend this event and voice your opposition to CCGM.

You will want to voice your opinion to the members of the State Board of Education who will vote on the Model in June.

In February, Eagle Forum submitted to the State Board of Education a review of an earlier version of this plan detailing its Constitutional and family rights violations. It appears to have been only slightly
revised. Go to this link to read and review the current draft CCGM for yourself. http://web.alsde.edu/docs/documents/52/G%20and%20C%20Plan%20Draft%20031315.pdf

Please contact Deborah Garrett at (205) 879-7096 or by cell (205) 587-6534 for any questions or more information on CCGM.

Thanks,
Deborah Garrett
Executive Director
Eagle Forum of Alabama

Links:
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[1]
http://web.alsde.edu/docs/documents/52/G%20and%20C%20Plan%20Draft%20031315.pdf

Alabama Teachers Speak In Spite of Threats

COURAGEOUS ALABAMA TEACHERS SPEAK OUT AGAINST COMMON CORE 

  • Current Alabama teacher who must remain anonymous to keep her job: “My husband said to me, ‘You’re like an artist who has been placed on an assembly line, and those children are products going across that line’.  Yes; we’re cookie cutter teachers producing cookie cutter children…”

SEE TEACHER INTERVIEWS

It is vital that you hear these teachers who speak for their peers to understand how Common Core is affecting their teaching, their classroom and their students.

The teachers we interviewed each have their own channel link below.  To make the videos more “watchable” we took each question and separated it into individual videos that range from 20 seconds to 3+ minutes.  That way you don’t have to watch one long video, but rather you can watch the responses to the questions in which you are most interested.  Click on the channel link or the picture and then scroll down to watch the individual question videos.

If you are currently teaching and you would like to be interviewed about the negative impact that Common Core is having on your classroom and/or your students then contact Becky@WetumpkaTeaParty.com.  Subject line: “TEACHER INTERVIEW”.   We can disguise your identity, if requested, by masking the video and changing your voice.

Current AL Teacher Speaks Out-Insists Identity Hidden

This channel features a current Alabama elementary school teacher who believes she MUST speak publicly about the negative impact that Common Core is having on her young students.  She is fearful of loosing her job for speaking out so we masked her image and changed her voice.  Click here to go to the channel then you can scroll down to click on the questions and watch her responses.

Teacher Given Ultimatum: Either Stop Posting Negative Comments About CC or Quit Teaching–She Quit!

In 2013, Carol Brown, a 19 year veteran teacher, was very concerned about the changes she saw in her students due to Common Core.  She was posting her concerns on Facebook.  Shortly after that her superiors told her to stop posting negative comments or quit.  She decided it was more important to tell parents the truth rather than to continue to promote what she knew was harmful to children. Click here to access Carol’s channel then scroll down to click on the questions and watch her responses.

Huntsville Title 1 School Teacher Leaves Teaching

Mike Parsons was a teacher in Huntsville, AL.  He saw the changes that happened to education after Common Core was implemented and he was alarmed.  He now speaks across the state to educate people on why Common Core needs to be stopped.  Click here to access Mike’s channel then scroll down to click on the questions and watch his responses.

Retired Teacher Is Now An Influential Activist

Lisa Harris is a retired teacher from Georgia who lives in Tuscaloosa, AL.  She has been on the forefront of the Stop Common Core movement in Alabama.  She speaks all over the state about the federal takeover of education through Common Core.  In her interview, Lisa not only addresses policies that most parents/citizens are unaware of but she also shares what she witnessed in the classroom. Click here to access Lisa’s channel then scroll down to click on the questions and watch her responses.

These interviews were conducted by Wetumpka TEA Party President,  Becky Gerritson,  produced by Jack Temple Video and paid for by Eagle Forum of Alabama.  Distribution of videos provided by The Wetumpka TEA Party with permission to redistribute.

 

Act NOW to Stop Common Core

Dear Friend,           

If we are to stop the distress, the dumbing down, and the indoctrination of all our children through common core; if we are to restore state control over education policy in Alabama; if we are to replace common core with the best of the best standards in the nation that reflect Alabama values, YOU will have to act NOW!!!  And ask all your like-minded friends to do the same.  We need an avalanche of emails to the legislature.           

Sen. Rusty Glover (R) has introduced SB101. It will re-establish local and state control of education; terminate implementation of the Common Core standards; direct the State Board to replace these standards with the Math and English courses in use immediately prior to Common Core; convene Course of Study committees to update these standards and improve upon them using the pre-common core standards from states whose national scores ranked no less than the top 10%; implement these proven, improved standards and aligned assessments; prohibit imposition on Alabama of other such national standards or assessments that cede control away from Alabamians.          

1. Call or email these Senators and thank them for co-sponsoring SB101 and let them know if you are their constituent. Glover, Reed, Melson, Allen, Brewbaker, Hightower, Albritton, Bussman, Stutts, Smith, Shelnutt, Sanford.  Tell them briefly why your family wants common core replaced.           

2. Please email and call your state senator and Sen. Del Marsh and Gov. Bentley and tell them briefly why your family wants common core replaced.  Ask them to put SB101 on a fast track!          

3. Call or email your House member and Speaker Hubbard.  Tell them briefly why you oppose common core. Ask them to replace common core this legislative session.            

Alabama’s children will be increasingly stifled, frustrated, and controlled if common core continues.  We are on the wrong road and we need to turn around before we become hopelessly lost.  We must stand for what works to give our children the tools they need to reach their fullest God-given, self-chosen potential.  It is up to you. You can find more contact information for legislators by following this link: http://capwiz.com/state-al/home/; and for the Governor at http://governor.alabama.gov/contact/.

Blessings,

Eunie Smith, President Eagle Forum of Alabama

alaeagle@charter.net

alabamaeagle.org

(205)879-7096

alabamaeagle.org

Feds in Alabama’s Classrooms: How Common Core will Impact all of Alabama’s Students

Join us and bring your legislators to hear William Estrada, Counsel with Homeschool Legal Defense Association and Stephanie Bell, Member of the Alabama State Board of Education, Dictrict 3 as they discuss:

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