Originally Sent: 6/16/2014
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Your Action Needed Oppose Common Core at Public Hearings on Wednesday!
Dear Massachusetts Members and Friends,
The Joint Committee on Education will be hearing public testimony on House Bill 4094—a bill which would pause the implementation of the PARCC assessment until the required analysis and reporting back to the legislature are completed. The bill was originally introduced as an amendment to the House budget bill this past spring, but now is a separate bill which, if passed, would a significant step forward in working against the Common Core.
I will be testifying at this hearing on Wednesday, and I’m asking you to join me in attending and testifying at this meeting to show support for the bill. Representative Keiko Orrall hopes that a strong show of support will convince the committee that pausing the implementation of the PARCC assessments is the right thing to do for Massachusetts families.
Come to the public hearing on Wednesday, June 18, at 10:00 a.m. at the State House, 24 Beacon St, Boston, Room 540.
Please also consider testifying at this hearing. We need our members and friends to speak against the Common Core and in favor of putting in place checks on the implementation of the standards and assessments. Even if you aren’t able to testify your presence will send a message that Massachusetts citizens are concerned about the Common Core.
In April, Representative Orrall—a homeschooling mom who has been serving at the Massachusetts Statehouse since 2012—proposed a series of amendments to the House budget. These amendments would have struck a tremendous blow against the Common Core by putting the legislature in charge, making it harder for unelected bureaucrats to make any more sweeping changes to the educational system. While only one of those amendments passed, another one of the amendments has now been put into its own separate bill—HB 4094.
The 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 “voluntary”: 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 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 information about the Common Core and to watch HSLDA’s half-hour documentary on the Common Core, click here. I look forward to see you in Boston this Wednesday! Thank you for all you do in defense of freedom for families in the great state of Massachusetts!
Very truly yours,
Michael P. Donnelly, Esq.
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