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Our favorite local RINOS, Jeff Brandes and Kathleen Peters, both of whom never met a new law they didn't love, will combine their progressive powers to present an "Educational Forum" on the latest statist dream, "Common Core State Standards" at 6 p.m. Monday, July 8, at this month's PCREC meeting. Even the name has such a lovely ring to it, doesn't it? It just barely beats "Statist Standards for the Benefit of the Collective."


From the statement released in "On the Move":

"The CCSS provides clear educational standards, while allowing local districts and schools the flexibility needed to deliver quality instruction in the classroom." That statement has been totally refuted by teachers forced to participate, some of whom have resigned their positions rather than continue.

"The standards are designed to ensure all students, regardless of demography, may graduate from high school prepared to enter college or the workforce." Meaning, regardless of their individual skill set or interest.

" Moreover, the standards are internationally benchmarked and provide our students with an edge in the global jobs market by ensuring mastery of knowledge and skills needed to perform today's high-skill, high-wage occupations." After having effectively eliminated all free-thinking, 'good old American know-how', we now need to hold our kids to an 'international standard'. Oh yea, and the rest of the world is doing SO well.

Normal people, (meaning non-political people) understand that the last thing our government schools need is more government. It's time to tell these RINOS to once and for all, "Let our children go!"

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  • Tom C.

    RE John Ardolino's comment. Agreed, and I took it a step further. Board of Education people (Tallahassee who create policy of IMPLEMENTATION) are appointed by the Governor with Senatorial Consent. There are positions coming open this fall and it might be a good idea to talk to the Gov about appointing some conservative people.

    July 9, 2013

  • Vicky K

    Great to see so many informed citizens take our reps to school

    July 9, 2013

  • John A.

    it was obvious the elected reps didn't know much. The majority in attendance wanted CC to go away. The best message heard was take this matter up with the school boards and state board of Ed. This is another FED/ union power intimidating push now 4 years running. If the legislature did not approve CC I doubt they can legislate a stop if they were so inclined. I think we the people need to make our feelings known with respective School Boards and in Tallahassee Dept of Ed.

    July 8, 2013

  • Tom C.

    I'm not sure what is to be presented, but having done my own research on this topic, it is MUCH more complicated that it would appear. MANY of the complaints against Common Core are complaints that would stand just as forcefully against the Sunshine State Standards of the past. I have identified several separate 'players' or agencies / organizations involved in the system referred to as common core and all have huge problems. Oddly, the actual standards have the fewest [ok, that comment may not make sense unless you can separate the standards from the rest of the junk ].

    My fear, and it will come to pass if we continue on this road, is that the thing known as common core will be eliminated and the rest of the program (which contains the worst parts) will be retained - we need to make sure of our target.

    I look forward to seeing everyone there.

    July 7, 2013

  • Joe

    lol, great event title.

    July 6, 2013

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