Was Steve Kestell threatening opponents of Common Core?
Wisconsin Election Watch - By Kyle Maichle, Editor of
Watch, - 4/8/2014
With fervor struck up by opponents of Common Core standards, Chairman Kestell was a target. Two individuals who are opposed to Common Core spoke directly to Wisconsin Election Watch alleging how Representative Kestell has treated them when expressing their opposition.
Ed Perkins of
is an opponent
of common core standards and a member of the Fox Valley
Initiative. He feels that Common Core should be stopped
because lawmakers “knew nothing about it” referring to when Appleton Wisconsin
school districts started implementing the standards in 2009 up until 2013 when
opposition intensified. Perkins feels that because education is the largest
item in the Wisconsin budget, special
consideration should be taken into account to hold back the new standards
Perkins faced threats from Representative Kestell over e-mail communications he had with the Representative over failing to schedule a committee vote on Assembly Bill 617. On February 20th, Representative Kestell abruptly cancelled a vote in the Assembly Education Committee on AB 617.
Perkins provided Wisconsin Election Watch with a copy of actual communications between him and the Representative. In an e-mail sent the day after the committee vote, Perkins said: “I want to share with you my great dismay at your public statement yesterday wherein you stated, “This Common Core bill will not be voted on indefinitely”. You appear, to me and others, as though you will dictate what bills you will allow to have a hearing and if you don’t like the bill no matter how the public or your constituents feel, that is the end of it. As you know even Gov. Walker has made it very clear that he wants standards created by and for our state, not those imposed on us by the US DEPT. of Education, the NGA or the Bill & Melinda Foundation.
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