CALL; COME 2-27 PUBLIC HEARING & PRESS
CONFERENCE To Stop Common Core Tragedy in Alabama
SB190 (Sen. Brewbaker) and HB254 (Rep. Barton) to return local control of education
• repeal adoption of Common Core
• protect family privacy & prohibit state bodies from compiling/sharing non-acedemic, “personal” data
• prohibit the State Board of Education from ceding control over education to any entity outside AL
“Please support SB190, Sen. Dick Brewbaker’s bill to repeal Common Core.” “Please
support HB254, Rep. Jim Barton’s bill to repeal Common Core.”
2. Call House Speaker Hubbard (HB254) 334-242-7739 & Senate President Pro-tem Marsh
3. Come to Montgomery to hear former Texas Commissioner of Education Robert
Scott and others testify in support of these bills at two events on Wednesday, 2/27.
1:00 PM Press Conference (steps of Statehouse)
3:00 – 4:00 PM Hearing Star Wars Room 8th floor Statehouse
“These standards make every child a cog in a machine. There is nothing exceptional about this great nation when you make everybody the same [“common”, ordinary], when you don’t expect greatness from everyone… Let’s see how high individual determination can take our children and not have the tragedy of Common Core.” Commissioner Robert Scott
The states of Texas, Virginia, Alaska, Nebraska and Minnesota never succumbed to federal government incentives to adopt Common Core. Legislators in at least 14 states are considering withdrawing from Common Core standards, an “Uncommonly Bad Idea” according to Jane Robbins who will also testify Wednesday. She says, “Simply put, the Common Core is designed to replace local and parental control over education with centralized, top-down control. The purpose is to train students for jobs, not educate them to be full, thoughtful citizens in our democratic republic.”
States lose control of what students are taught and how they are tested. In Alabama, 19 senators have agreed to cosponsor the Brewbaker bill (SB190) to repeal adoption of these national standards. They are privately owned and CC states agree to implementation of every CC standard, as has begun in Alabama. Alabama Math and English Language Arts 2010 Courses of study indicate that Alabama added state specific content of only about 2.5% (ELA) and 14% (Math). CC standards are unproven. Assertions that they are more rigorous than Alabama’s prior standards are incorrect according to Fordham Foundation, which ranked Alabama ELA #11 in the nation and Math “too close to call” compared with CC prior to CC adoption. Curriculum choices must be driven by these state adopted Common Core Standards.
Although CC currently incorporates social studies and science as informational text in English Language Arts, national standards in science and social studies are also being circulated. Improvements were already being made in AL schools. Excellence in education for Alabama students is inhibited, and indoctrination objectionable to parents is inevitable by continuing with Common Core.