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What Anti-Common Core Activism in Tennessee Portends

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Across the country, from Florida to Michigan, Colorado to Alabama, and many states in between, legislators and governors are taking steps to withdraw from Common Core. Nationally, US Senators Ted Cruz, Chuck Grassley, Rand Paul and others are working to de-fund it, citing federal law prohibiting the government from directing education standards and testing at the state level. Opposition is growing among a broad spectrum.  Randi Weingarten, president of AFT, the second largest teachers union in the country, said earlier this week: “The Common Core is in trouble. There is a serious backlash in lots of different ways, on the right and on the left.”

On Tuesday, Pioneer Institute participated in a rally in Tennessee, a public hearing about the major problems with Common Core, before an audience of several hundred concerned citizens. Watch a clip below from The Tennessean, which covered the event:

The Common Core Panel Discussion, held in Cool Springs, TN,  took place before an audience of several legislators, parents, teachers, and school board members seeking to learn more. Featured panelists included Bill Evers, research fellow at Hoover Institute and former U.S. Assistant Secretary of Education; Lindsey Burke, Education Policy Fellow at the Heritage Foundation; Jamie Gass, Education Policy Director at Pioneer Institute; Jane Robbins, Senior Fellow with the American Principle Project; and Emmet McGroarty, also with the American Principles Project. Kevin Kookogey was the host. Each panel member gave a 12 minute presentation, after which there was a Q&A session.

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The increasing number of states considering withdrawal should come as no surprise, given that there are serious questions surrounding whether states’ adoption of Common Core was truly “voluntary,” as proponents claim. The full picture is less clear – and grassroots activists are rising up against what they view as a mandate imposed by DC-based bureaucrats and special interests, using federal incentives to wrest control from parents and local school boards, without so much as a public hearing.

Education Secretary Arne Duncan has publicly dismissed past opposition as a “conspiracy theory in search of a conspiracy,” but Pioneer Institute research authored by national education policy experts has raised important questions about the initiative’s legality, implementation costs, and academic quality – questions that have largely gone unanswered. Visit Pioneer’s Common Core Toolbox to read our research.

Since 2009, Pioneer has long argued that instead of pushing an unproven, one-size-fits-all approach to raising student performance, policymakers who truly care about our children’s future should look to the examples set by many states that have already succeeded – starting right here in Massachusetts. And judging by the momentum building all around the country, policymakers ignore these parents’ concerns at their own peril.

The Wall Street Journal: New School Standards Spur a Backlash

http://stream.wsj.com/story/latest-headlines/SS-2-63399/SS-2-223674/

 

The Hill: GOP — White House taking over state education policy

http://thehill.com/blogs/floor-action/house/297219-gop-says-obama-administration-taking-over-education-policy-with-no-input-from-congress

 

Washington Post: Turmoil swirling around Common Core education standards

http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/education/turmoil-swirling-around-common-core-education-standards/2013/04/29/7e2b0ec4-b0fd-11e2-bbf2-a6f9e9d79e19_story.html

 

Washington Times: Common Core school standards hit another roadblock, this time in Indiana

 

http://www.washingtontimes.com/blog/inside-politics/2013/apr/29/common-core-school-standards-hit-another-roadblock/

 

Washington Times: Indiana legislature latest to halt application of Common Core school standards

 

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2013/apr/29/resistance-to-the-nationwide-k-12-school-standards/

 

Michigan: Michigan House Blocks Common Core Implementation 

http://news.heartland.org/newspaper-article/2013/04/25/michigan-house-blocks-common-core-implementation

Michigan: Michigan Pulling Away from Common Core

http://blog.heritage.org/2013/04/26/michigan-pulling-away-from-common-core/

 

Atlanta: Are we rushing Common Core without field testing it?

http://www.ajc.com/weblogs/get-schooled/2013/apr/30/are-we-rushing-common-core-without-field-testing-i/

 

New York Daily News: Teachers union chief Randi Weingarten has it correct on Common Core

http://www.nydailynews.com/opinion/randi-wrong-article-1.1331669

 

Washington Post: AFT’s Weingarten urges moratorium on high stakes linked to Common Core tests

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2013/04/30/afts-weingarten-urges-moratorium-on-high-stakes-linked-to-new-standardized-tests/

 

Washington Examiner: AFT’s Randi Weingarten calls for time out on Common Core testing

http://washingtonexaminer.com/afts-randi-weingarten-calls-for-time-out-on-common-core-testing/article/2528627

 

Fox News/NY: Common Core standards facing criticism

http://www.myfoxny.com/story/22124434/common-core-standards-facing-criticism

 

NJ: Concern Expressed Over Common Core System and Privacy Issues

http://thealternativepress.com/articles/concern-expressed-over-common-core-system-and-pri

 

Indy Star: Hoosiers are right to be wary about Common Core

http://www.indystar.com/article/20130430/OPINION03/304300036/Hoosiers-right-wary-about-Common-Core

 

Mississippi: Beware of the Common Core State Standards

http://www.clarionledger.com/article/20130501/OPINION/305010158/Beware-Common-Core-State-Standards

 

OH: Teachers Union Worried About Common Core Tests

http://stateimpact.npr.org/ohio/2013/05/01/ohio-teachers-union-worried-about-common-core-tests/

 

OH: Growing criticism of Common Core

http://news.cincinnati.com/article/20130429/NEWS/304290016/Growing-criticism-Common-Core

 

NH: Common core education talk draws opponents in Manchester

http://www.unionleader.com/article/20130501/NEWS04/130509962/0/FRONTPAGE

 

TN: Common Core pushback in TN

http://www.examiner.com/article/current-common-core-standards-to-change

 

TN: New common core standards raise questions in Tenn.

http://www.theleafchronicle.com/viewart/20130501/NEWS01/305010030/New-common-core-standards-raise-questions-Tenn-

 

TN: New Common Core Standards Raise Questions

http://www.newschannel5.com/story/22131452/new-common-core-standards-raise-questions

 

TN: Critics speak out about new Common Core standards

http://www.wkrn.com/story/22124884/critics-speak-out-about-new-common-core-standards

 

Huff Post: Common Core Stakes Moratorium Proposed By Unions As National Standards Face Backlash

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/04/30/common-core-moratorium-teacher-evaluations_n_3187419.html?utm_hp_ref=politics

 

AZ: Common Core draws praise, pejoratives

http://www.azjournal.com/2013/05/01/common-core-standards-draw-praise-pejoratives/

 

PA: Opponents say Common Core oversimplifies education, lessens local control

http://articles.dailyamerican.com/2013-04-30/news/38938363_1_common-core-state-standards-early-childhood-education-school-board-member

 

FL: Who Supports, Opposes The Common Core?

http://stateimpact.npr.org/florida/2013/05/01/who-supports-opposes-the-common-core/

 

Christian Post: Eight US Senators Join Fight Against Common Core

http://www.christianpost.com/news/eight-senators-join-fight-against-common-core-94876/

 

WY: The dangers of ‘Common Core’

http://trib.com/opinion/letters/the-dangers-of-common-core/article_0a192301-8dc4-5b70-8177-206c5bc8f020.html

  • http://www.facebook.com/bonny.clapp Bonny Clapp

    I appreciate, VERY much, that there was an open-mic offered at this event. It was nice to know the people’s voices were allowed to be heard, not censored.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ruth.hoppers Ruth Lowry Hoppers

    This was an excellent event. I don’t remember if your participant or someone else on the panel, but I’d like to see the information about Common Core inaccuracy in teaching short vowels. As a retired first grade teacher, I’m very alarmed about that.

  • stlgretchen

    Please read the series of articles about the pushback in Missouri. http://www.missourieducationwatchdog.com/2013/05/video-of-lindbergh-dese-common-core.html