Common Core response to mischaracterization by paper...

From: Alice K.
Sent on: Wednesday, October 2, 2013 9:50 PM

In my cover letter, I asked whether Mrs. Garwood at FL Decay,  could allow me to mention more about the EO that Gov. Scott signed...which really did not go far enough.   

I also wanted to add that private and home schooled students will be 'ensnared' and endangered in this invasive implementation.

But I was already 'over' their word limit, so naturally, she did nOT add those thoughts.

I suggest one of you please consider writing some sort of letter about Common Core.    The more, the merrier.

As Luz said in her letter in Miami Herald, it is NOT going to be easy to defeat this monster.   You could even use some of what she wrote down South.   They would never know, as you would not use the entire thing.   You could change a little here and there.

I had written an entirely different letter before Fl Tod. came out with the editorial by Ms. Ryan, with the MISLEADING AND TOTAL B.S. about how that meeting was "out of control".

For those who were there, we know that was NOT true.  Shame they feel as if they have to lie to sell papers, and that was above the fold, on top of the page!!!!!!!

Please consider writing letters to school board too as well as the legislature.   If you need all the senators email addresses, let me know, and I'll send them to you.  Alice

{Printed Oct. 1, 2013)   Yesterdays' FL Today

Letter: Story mischaracterizes Common Core forum

Written by                     Alice Kreitz                       Melbourne
FLORIDA TODAY’s Sept. 27 front-page story, “Board steps up forum security,” misconstrued the reality of the Brevard School Board’s Sept. 12 forum in which the public expressed opinions on Commons Core State Standards and the federal takeover of our educational standards.
1. The headline was extremely misleading. None of the 50 citizens felt the forum was ever “out of control,” as School Board members said at their Sept. 26 workshop, and most were surprised by School Board member Amy Kneessy’s 9-1-1 call.
2. Security is a diversion to keep the focus off pitfalls of Common Core.
3. Security already is at School Board meetings, but not at this one.
4. The administration lectured us for more than an hour with mundane talking points from the Common Core website. The forum was agonizingly boring, time wasting and painful.
5. When it came time for the public to ask questions, we were rushed, cut off and patronized. But we maintained decorum.
Common Core epitomizes federal overreach. It incorporates invasive data tracking of students, families and teachers without consent. Standards are lowered, math skills delayed and literature decreased. It is a huge unfunded mandate, and costs are astronomical for taxpayers.
America owes $16 trillion. Our budget deficit and unfunded liabilities are unattainable. If Obamacare is funded, our country will default.
Gov. Rick Scott’s executive order does not stop the implementation of Common Core. Nor does it withdraw Florida from the PARCC consortium or limit the scope of data collection.
State Rep. Debbie Mayfield, R-Vero Beach, filed HB 25 and is strengthening it. Thank goodness we have one state representative who understands Common Core’s pitfalls and inadequacies.

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