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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. http://watchdogwire.com/florida/2013/05/07/common-core-exemplars-graphic-sex-and-praising-castro/

The excerpt from the Alabama Common Core Course of Study that links to the Common Core State Standards website is here  and following http://www.alsde.edu/general/ALCCS_Alabama_English_Language_Arts_Course_of_Study.pdf

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 http://www.corestandards.org/assets/Appendix_B.pdf .  (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!

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The education establishment came out in full force at taxpayers’ expense to support Common Core last Wednesday at the House and Senate Joint Public Hearing on HB254 and SB190.  We grassroots Alabamians MUST contact our State Senators and Representatives NOW to counter this continuing assault on state autonomy over education.  A critical vote is scheduled in the Senate Education Committee  Wednesday, March 6, at 8:30 AM.
Please call and/or email your Senator and the Senators on the Senate Education Committee to vote for SB190.  Ask them to:
1) PROTECT EXCELLENCE in EDUCATION that is controlled by Alabamians and Alabama values.  To support state control over standards (which drive curriculum decisions), Common Core must be repealed. The standards are owned by private interests (the National Governors Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers). These standards were incentivized by the federal government and will be measured and controlled going forward by assessments that are aligned with Common Core. We want excellent, not common standards, under Alabama, not national or federal governance. Alabama’s prior Math and English Language Arts Standards were more rigorous than the unproven common core regimen; they were improving student achievement; and they did reflect ALABAMA values! 2) PROTECT STUDENT PRIVACY in Alabama law. The Obama administration stripped privacy protections from the Federal Education Rights Privacy Act (FERPA) via regulations effective 1/3/2012. Personally identifiable data can now be shared with outside entities. EPIC (Electronic Privacy Information Center) is suing the federal government over this action. Expectations are that demands and abuses of data will dramatically increase.  In Alabama, data collected at local schools goes straight into the state longitudinal data base. The data is clearly personally identifiable even though each student is given a unique student identifier. Not all the Alabama data points can be readily identified, but the National Education Data Model recommends 400 data points on each child including health, family income, political persuasion, and philosophical factors. A 2009 study by the Fordham Center on Law and Public Policy on Children’s Educational Records and Privacy recommended state measures to protect its citizens.  SB190 is an urgent step to protect Alabamians.
SENATE EDUCATION COMMITTEE All phoe numbers begin with (334) 242 (The rest of the number will follow each member’s name.)

Dick Brewbaker (7895), Chairperson; Quinton Ross (7880), Vice Chairperson; Gerald Allen (7889),Slade Blackwell (7851), Vivian Figures (7871), Bill Holtzclaw (7854), Shadrack McGill (7858), TripPittman (7897), Hank Sanders(7860).

HOUSE EDUCATION POLICY All phone numbers begin with (334) 242 (The rest of the number will follow each member’s name.)

Chair; Mary Sue McClurkin (7682), Vice Chair; Phil Williams (7704), Ranking Minority Member;Marcel Black (7686) Elaine Beech (7702), Mac Buttram (7775) Ed Henry (7736), Thomas Jackson(7738), Joseph Mitchell (7735), Kerry Rich (7538), David Sessions (0947), Lesley Vance (7687), as well as House Speaker Mike Hubbard  [Concentrate on Vance, Beech, Buttram, Henry, Sessions, Williams]

When you are on the wrong road, the right thing to do is turn around fast.


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