Senate Bill 136: Delay Common Core State Standards

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Last Updated: February 10, 2014
Senate Bill 136: Delay Common Core State Standards
Sponsors:
Senator Marble, Senator Brophy, Senator Rivera, Senator Herpin, Senator Harvey, Senator Baumgardner, Senator Crowder, Senator Grantham, Senator Hill, Senator Lambert, Senator Lundberg, Senator Scheffel, Representative Saine, Representative Everett, Representative Holbert, Representative Nordberg, Representative Rankin, Representative Wilson
Summary:

Senate Bill 136 establishes a task force to study the adoption and implementation of the Colorado Academic Standards and assessments. The bill also prohibits the administration of the Common Core-aligned Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) tests until the task force has completed its review.

HSLDA's Position:
Support.
Action Requested:
None at this time
Status:
1/27/2014 (Senate) Introduced and Referred to Education Committee
2/13/2014 (Senate) Senate Committee on Education Postponed Indefinitely
Background:

Although Common Core is ostensibly a program of voluntary cooperation among states to create one set of content standards for all public schools in the whole country, HSLDA has grave concerns about this program, and more and more organizations are lining up to oppose it.

It’s touted as a program of “voluntary cooperation” among states: in fact, states are getting fistfuls of federal money to ditch their own carefully developed standards and embrace a national standard. It’s touted as being academically sound: in fact, it’s a “dumbing down” of standards that individual states already have. And while Common Core currently only applies to public schools, HSLDA’s long history of fighting against a national, one-size-fits-all approach to what children learn is due to our concerns that homeschoolers would one day be forced to use the same curriculum that all other schoolchildren are using. In fact, there is discussion of aligning tests that homeschoolers take (like the SAT) to the Common Core, which would pressure homeschool parents to align their homeschool curriculum to what public school students are being taught. In addition, some of the supporters of the Common Core’s central databases are already discussing expanding their program to include the personal data of homeschool students.

Proponents talk about Common Core as a spontaneous movement of individual states working under the auspices of the National Governor’s Association. But through the Federal Department of Education’s Race to the Top program, federal education dollars are used to lure states to adopt the Common Core and this gives more power over the drafting of educational standards that will be used in schools all across the United States to federal education bureaucrats who are far removed from the parents and teachers at the local level.

For generations, Americans believed that Washington, D.C. should stay out of what local elementary school children learn. But Common Core threatens this historic tradition.

For more reasons to oppose the Common Core click here.

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