ALABAMIANS UNITED FOR EXCELLENCE IN EDUCATION
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Pat Ellis
Tel. 205-435-1497 (cell)
NATIONAL EXPERTS CONDEMN COMMON CORE
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”.
Sharon Sewell, President ([email protected])
Alabamians United for Excellence in Education