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National Experts Condemn Common Core




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Why are we Adopting Unproven Educational Standards Instead

of Proven Successful Ones?


Birmingham/Huntsville, AL: Alabamians United for Excellence in Education is a grassroots organization founded to insure that control of education stays where it belongs – at the local level.  AUEE threw down the gauntlet this week-end marking the beginning of a David and Goliath struggle to kick national education standards originally known as Common Core State Standards Initiative out of Alabama


Sharon Sewell, President of AUEE was exhilarated by the turn-out.  “This is still America .  I have no doubt “We the People” will be the victors over Big Money and Big Government.  It’s amazing how few people know of this initiative.  It will negatively impact every school age child in the state.  We will not compromise our position.  We want total repeal of Common Core aka College and Career Ready Standards”. 


Wetumpka’s Tea Party’s President, Becky Gerritson, moderator of the event, hosted a panel of Common Core experts Friday night at Briarwood Presbyterian Church in Birmingham and Saturday night at Whitesburg Baptist Church in Huntsville . Altogether over 1,000 mom’s dads, grandparents, educators and even students attended the combined forums. Also in attendance were Senator Scott Beason, Senator Shad McGill, State Board of Education Member Stephanie Bell, and staff members representing Congressman Robert Aderholt and Congresswoman Martha Roby.  


The expert panel included Kris Nielsen, middle school teacher and author of Children of the Core.  He made an impassioned plea to the audience highlighting the devastating harm Common Core will have on children’s innate love of learning especially for students in K-3.  His comments echo the sentiment of 500 Early Childhood Health Professionals and Educators in an open letter dated March 2, 2010.


Other national experts on the Common Core panel were Jane Robbins, JD, Harvard Law School and Senior Fellow of the American Principles Project, an expert on the data mining element of Common Core; Jamie Gass, Director of the Center of School Reform, Pioneer Institute; and Joy Pullmann, Research Fellow, Heartland Institute, Editor of School Reform News.  


Chasidy White, Tuscaloosa teacher and recipient of the 2012 “Outstanding Contributions in Education” award by the University of Alabama was the surprise speaker for both evenings.  She was interrupted by several rounds of applause for her courageous stand. She stated: “There has never been a more important time for teachers and parents to join together to take back our schools…”


Sharon Sewell noted opposition to Common Core on both the left and the right, Republican and Democrat: “ This issue unites all Americans who view children as individuals not human capital for a global workforce”.




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Alabamians United for Excellence in Education



Common Core Exemplars – Additional information

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The Alabama 2010 Course of Study English Language Arts tells teachers to “utilize the text exemplars” from the Common Core website which recommends a novel that is sexually explicit and praises Castro. It is Julia Alvarez’s In the Time of Butterflies.  Is this what Alabama parents want for their 9th and 10th graders?!  See Professor Mary Grabar’s article about the novel here.

The excerpt from the Alabama Common Core Course of Study that links to the Common Core State Standards website is here  and following

Text Exemplars and Sample Performance Tasks

Appendix B of the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects contains multiple titles, text samples, and sample performance tasks for Grades K-1, 2-3, 4-5, 6-8, 9-10, and 11-College and Career Readiness (CCR) standards that illustrate appropriate text complexity and quality for both fictional and informational text. The list and excerpts should prove extremely useful in assisting local school systems and schools in developing local reading lists. Although these samples represent the breadth of texts that students should encounter in the text types required by the standards, Common Core State Standards (CCSS) authors make an emphatic statement that they do not represent a complete or even partial reading list.

Due to the fact that copyright laws and permissions granted to the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) and National Governors Association (NGA) do not extend to states and other users of the CCSS, Alabama is unable to reproduce the excerpts within this document. However, school systems are encouraged to utilize the text exemplars and sample performance tasks. The entire text of Appendix B may be accessed for local use at .  (See page 10)

Who knows what other outrageous material Alabama teachers will be expected to foist upon Alabama students through common core aligned curriculum and assessments?!  This is what happens when we allow national interests to set expectations for Alabama classrooms instead of retaining state and local control!

Please forward this information to your state senator and representative and to Speaker Mike Hubbard and Senate President ProTem Del Marsh and ask them when they will repeal common core in Alabama!

Thank you!

Republican Women Question Race-Based Standards for Alabama’s Schools

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Republican Women Question Race-Based Standards for Alabama’s Schools
July 2, 2013

 For Immediate Release

Contact:  Elois Zeanah (205/247-5389;

Tuscaloosa, AL:   The Alabama Federation of Republican Women (AFRW) strongly opposes “race-based standards for student achievement” pushed by the Alabama Department of Education, as reported in The Tuscaloosa News on Sunday, June 30.   Minority students will be held to a lower standard, and would be tracked at a lower standard throughout their academic career from K-12.

According to this article by Jamon Smith, “Beginning this fall, Alabama public schools will be under a new state-created academic accountability system that sets different goals for students in math and reading based on their race, economic status, ability to speak English and disabilities.”  Alabama’s Plan 2020 “sets a different standard for students in each of several subgroups – American Indian, Asian/Pacific islander, black, English language learners, Hispanic, multirace, poverty, special education and white.”

The “race-based” standards are part of Common Core, adopted by the state board of education in November 2010.

Elois Zeanah, President of the Alabama Federation of Republican Women, stated, “No way would these standards, which have racial overtones, be accepted if there had been an opportunity for public debate.  Parents have no idea that their elected state education officials and the state superintendent of education, are forcing different standards on their children based on their family income and race.   Isn’t this discrimination?  Doesn’t this imply that some students are not as smart as others depending on their genetic and economic backgrounds?”

Sharon Sewell, a recently retired teacher and director of Alabamians United for Excellence in Education, a grassroots organization with which AFRW networks to stop Common Core, stated:  “This makes me furious.  You know what this will do.  Teachers will stop teaching those kids with the lower cut scores.  They will, out of necessity, teach to the top cut scores. Common Core pressures teachers to teach to the test. ”

Zeanah stated, “Groups around the State lobbied Alabama legislators to stop Common Core because it dumbs down education requirements, evaluates teachers based on students’ scores, collects personal, non-academic information on our children, which has been illegal under federal laws, and is being implemented without public debate or knowledge.”

Zeanah continued, “Now, hopefully legislators will understand that they need to do their duty under the Alabama Constitution and take responsibility for public education.  Race-based standards is not something Alabama needs or wants.”

See the article here.




Common Core Letter to Legislators


April 22, 2013

Dear Legislator:

Alabama students deserve, exceptional, not common, standards controlled by Alabamians to teach Alabama values.

The Attached Education Reporter articles give specific examples of “fatal flaws” in the Math and English standards and illustrate their political nature – inevitable in any national curriculum.

Read the entire letter here…. Legislator letter 4-22-2013b

Common Core “Exemplars” Objectionable


I must admit that I would have been too embarrassed to teach Julia Alvarez’s sexually explicit novel, In the Time of the Butterflies, to the college students I have taught for over twenty years, much less to ninth- and tenth-graders, as many Georgia high school teachers have been instructed to do.  Read more…

Congressman Blaine Luetkemeyer Addresses Common Core

Luetkemeyer Addresses Common Core Concerns With Arne Duncan

Congressman Blaine Luetkemeyer (R-MO) has written, and is gathering co-signers in Washington for, a letter expressing serious concerns with the manner in which the US Department of Education has involved itself with Common Core standards.  Read more from Truth In American Education…

Sen. Chuck Grassley’s Letter on Education Funding and Common Core

Senators work to stop federal interference and restore state-level education decisions

WASHINGTON – A group of nine senators have asked leading Senate appropriators to restore state-level decision making about academic content in public schools when legislation is put together to fund the U.S. Department of Education for the next fiscal year.  Read More…