Common Core Corruption
This is a very long article that makes excellent points regarding impositions placed on states, their budgets, and parents and their own precious children. Click the link above for more complete comprehension of the disaster called common core.
The Social Studies standards within Common Core have not yet been released. The standards for Common Core are copyrighted to the National Governors Association (NGA) and the Council of Chief State School Offices (CCSSO). This means that all content of the standards, and the costs of any changes associated with materials, testing, data processing, etc., have been usurped from the local school boards and state legislatures of states implementing Common Core. This also means that parental choice and input have been usurped as well!
The costs associated with ‘membership’ in the assessment consortium has been funded by Stimulus money until 2014, at which time, the states will be forced to increase state taxes precipitously to remain a member of the assessment consortium.
By dictate, member states are required to have a plan in effect by September 1, 2014, for picking up the costs for remaining within the consortium. HOW
’ DEPARTMENT OF ELEMENTARY AND
SECONDARY EDUCATION (DESE), OR EQUIVALENT, HAVE DISCLOSED THIS TO THEIR
RESPECTIVE LEGISLATURES? ARE CURRENT LEGISLATURES WILLING TO BIND FUTURE
LEGISLATURES TO THIS ONEROUS, ON-GOING AND INCREASING COST OF EDUCATION WITHIN
THEIR RESPECTIVE STATES? MANY STATES
The U. S. DOE funneled money to NGA/CCSSO, as did Bill Gates’ foundation, Pearson, McGraw-Hill and GE.
Among the changes in federal law, implemented to relax access to assessment data from tests aligned to the standards, was a revision involving the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). This change allows data gathered through the assessment consortia, which developed tests aligned to Common Core, to be shared much more liberally and broadly, and with unknown entities that will be able to use the data for unknown purposes.
Governors were baited into signing onto the adoption of Common Core by the NGA before standards were written, and at a time when states were strapped for cash. There was an implied promise that the federal government would provide grant money and/or flexibility in Title 1 spending (waivers from No Child Left Behind), if they would adopt the standards, sight unseen.
Additionally, the governors signed on before the changes were made to FERPA, and prior to the conditions for consortium membership were established.
Ignored throughout this discussion is the fact that there are three (3) federal laws that prohibit the federal government from being involved in curriculum, assessment, and supervision of personnel. These laws are the ‘No Child Left Behind’, the ‘Department of Education Organization Act’, and the ‘General Educations Provisions Act’.
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