Tuesday, April 30, 2013

DESE Holding Local Meetings to Push Common Core Standards

Missouri Department of Elementary & Secondary Education is holding meetings around the state to continue their "communication" efforts regarding Common Core Standards. These meetings across the state are being held
Thursday, May 2nd
6:30 - 8:00 p.m.
The meeting place for Northern Missouri is:
Marceline Walsworth Community Center
124 East Richie (Downtown)

Marceline, MO 64658

DESE would like you to go to their website for the information they want you to know in preparation for this meeting. http://dese.mo.gov/divimprove/curriculum/Common_Core.html

 The Truth About Common Core Standards

Every American parent, grandparent and citizen should be concerned about the condition of our public schools and the Federal Government intrution on America's education system. It's vital for you to get informed and attend meetings like this directed at the take over of American public schools.

Please read up on this issue and attend the meeting Thursday evening in Marceline.
Good points from Missouri Education Watchdog to prepare for this meeting:
Questions that should be asked (and answered) during this DESE presentation:
  • Were any pilot studies done on Common Core standards before they were adopted and implemented?
  • Is there 3-5 years of research available to consider CCSS "best educational practice"?
  • Are they internationally benchmarked?  If so, where is the list?
  • How will the student data be used?
  • What 61 data points are currently being gathered on students, where is being sent and for what purpose?
  • Does DESE have control over data retrieval and dissemination or does our consortia, the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortia?  Did SBAC sign an agreement with the US Department of Education to send Missouri data to the Federal Government?
  • Has a cost effectiveness study been done?  If not, why not?

Also in preparation, here are a few things that you should know going into these meetings:
Missouri Legislators are fighting against Common Core Standards for our public schools.
Senate Bill 210 - LAMPING/NIEVES
These meetings and the Common Core Standard Initiatives are not going well in other states:
Recently in Utah:
"Where is the evidence?" and "How will student data be used?" are excellent questions that should be asked of DESE during the May 2nd meetings.
Recently in Michigan:
"It should be noted that Common Core State Standards were never approved by a Michigan Legislature (or any state legislature for that matter)."

Teachers and school administrators are speaking out against Common Core:
On the Federal & National level:
Senator Chuck Grassely (R-IA) Seeks to cut off Federal funding for Common Core
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.
Luetkemeyer Letter Goes to Duncan With 34 Signatures
This month the RNC unanimously passed a resolution against Common Core Standards and student data collection.
And finally, if you're content and feel this doesn't concern you because your children/grandchildren are in private schools so it won't effect you...... Think again:

From Missouri Education Watchdog
Here is a BINGO card you can use at the May 2nd meetings hosted by DESE to talk about Common Core. Check off every buzz word or phrase you hear. If you complete a row you are a winner, although there are no real winners with Common Core.
Click here for a downloadable pdf of the card. 

See you in Marceline, Thursday May 2nd at 6:00 pm!
For the most up to date information on DESE, Common Core Standards, student data collection:

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