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Missouri Teacher Tearfully Describes Bullying She Suffered for Opposing Common Core (Video)
The Missouri Torch ^ | 3-27-2014 | Duane Lester

Posted on 03/27/2014 2:29:05 PM PDT by Bodhi1

When you think about bullying in public schools, it's generally in the context of a bigger kid picking on a smaller kid.  According to Susan Kimball, a kindergarten teacher of 20 years in the Sikeston Public School District, it's administrators and fellow teachers bullying and intimidating her, all because she opposes Common Core.

At yesterday's Senate Education Committee hearing, Kimball testified she has suffered from bullying and intimidation since she began speaking out about the controversial standards.

[caption id="attachment_25492" align="aligncenter" width="639"]kimballcommoncore "You have no idea what I have been through over the past six weeks because of my stand." - Susan Kimball[/caption]

"I have been strongly discouraged from saying anything negative about Common Core by my administration and some school board members," Kimball said, her voice shaking.

Kimball described different instances where she, and others, were warned about speaking out.

"In a professional development meeting, um, inservice in November, and at a faculty meeting in January, we were told in my building, and I quote, 'Be careful about what you post on Facebook, or talk about in the public regarding Common Core.  Don't say anything negative.  It could affect your job.'"

Despite others being intimidated into silence, Kimball continued to speak out.

"When I turned in a personal day request to come support the rally for House Bill 1490, I was asked by my principal, 'Do you really want that in your personnel file?' And then I was bullied and ostracized by my administration, a few other teachers and the president of the school board.  And that continues today," Kimball said.

Kimball testified she had messages from other teachers in other states telling similar stories.

Sen. John Lamping, sitting beside Kimball, appeared shocked by her statements.

Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder, who was sitting in on the hearing, reacted to Kimball's story.

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"Surely it's incumbent of all of us who hold, who are custodians of these offices who belong to the people, to protect you and teachers like you from the sinister intimidation you described."

Kimball thanked Kinder, saying she didn't know what she was going to face when she returned home.

"It's the reason I've been so nervous.  It's so hard for me to speak.  Because you have no idea what I have been through over the past six weeks because of my stand," Kimball said. "And the reason I took this stand is because it was right for my kids.  They're my main priority."

Kinder asked Kimball to stay in touch with his office.

You can see all of her testimony below:

http://youtu.be/JLc_hqVoUuc

Update:

I should note that Kimball was testifying in support of SB 514, which “prohibits the State Board of Education, the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, and school districts from implementing the Common Core State Standards" and SB 798, which “modifies provisions relating to elementary and secondary education standards and assessments.”


TOPICS: Government; Miscellaneous; US: Missouri
KEYWORDS: bhoeducation; commoncore; leftismoncampus; missouri; nea; sb514; sb798; susankimball; teachers

1 posted on 03/27/2014 2:29:05 PM PDT by Bodhi1
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To: Bodhi1

Uh-oh. One of the Educrats needs re-indoctrinating.


2 posted on 03/27/2014 2:33:31 PM PDT by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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To: Bodhi1

God Bless her for having the courage to stand up to everything she has endured, and hopefully shed more light both on Common Core and the evil people and evil tactics being used against her.


3 posted on 03/27/2014 2:35:14 PM PDT by NEMDF
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To: Bodhi1

i thought public schoolz banned bullying. tell someone they say. what if the ones you’re supposed to tell are the ones bullying you?

hmmmm.

the libs 40 years ago screaming for their rights to protest are now the ones clamping down harder than ever before on protestors of them.


4 posted on 03/27/2014 2:37:08 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: NEMDF

MO people always fall for the latest fads. They wouldn’t listen to Todd Akin.


5 posted on 03/27/2014 2:50:27 PM PDT by Theodore R. (It was inevitable: Texans will always be for Cornball and George P.!)
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To: Responsibility2nd

She will be sent to the camps immediately.


6 posted on 03/27/2014 2:53:01 PM PDT by F15Eagle (1Jn4:15;5:4-5,11-13;Mt27:50-54;Mk15:33-34;Jn3:17-18,6:69,11:25,14:6,20:31;Ro10:8-11;1Tm2:5-6;Ti3:4-7)
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To: Bodhi1

bump for later


7 posted on 03/27/2014 2:53:11 PM PDT by ransomnote
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To: Bodhi1
My State Legislator is sponsoring this bill and my son worked on his campaign in 2012 (at 17).

As far as teacher in Missouri, my wife is a teacher and every teacher she works with hates CC. One of colleagues calculated with all the testing that is required by all the flavor of the day programs, time for IAP kids, normal test, about 25% of your child's day is spent on instruction...

Of course I live in the heart of the heartland in Missouri where you have a good chance a Republican and a Christian is your teacher!

8 posted on 03/27/2014 2:54:10 PM PDT by 11th Commandment ("THOSE WHO TIRE LOSE")
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To: NEMDF

The cronies and Muzzies are afraid she’s going to cut off the money line...i know teo teachers that have told me the do not like ir care for Common Core because the semantic ideological and unAmerican concepts embedded within it. That’s good enough for me


9 posted on 03/27/2014 2:55:13 PM PDT by jsanders2001
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The cronies and Muzzies are afraid she’s going to cut off the money line...i know two teachers that have told me the do not like or care for Common Core because the semantic ideological and unAmerican concepts embedded within it. That’s good enough for me.


10 posted on 03/27/2014 3:12:36 PM PDT by jsanders2001
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To: Bodhi1

That only happens THERE...at THOSE public schools.

The PRECIOUS public schools that MY CHILDREN go to would NEVER get involved in this crap. No - their ONLY GOAL is to teach the basics. I would NEVER trust my kids to those EVIL PEOPLE that populate just about every other school, except the ones that my kids attend. Thank God that I’m so lucky to live here.

(how Freepers rationalize the fact that they STILL send their kids to public schools...even given what they read here)


11 posted on 03/27/2014 3:19:25 PM PDT by BobL (To us it's a game, to them it's personal - therefore they win.)
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To: Theodore R.
They wouldn’t listen to Todd Akin.

Would that be that political powerhouse of a man, Todd Akin, (R) Senator from Missouri?

12 posted on 03/27/2014 3:30:53 PM PDT by centurion316
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To: Bodhi1

Indiana just dumped the whole thing...brilliant in my opinion1


13 posted on 03/27/2014 3:38:46 PM PDT by terycarl (common sense prevails over all else)
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To: Bodhi1

Maybe we should also look into the bullying of conservatives by liberal institutions, such as the press. Some are so terrified that they re-identify as RINO’s.


14 posted on 03/27/2014 3:45:09 PM PDT by buridan
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To: jsanders2001
The cronies and Muzzies are afraid she’s going to cut off the money line

There is the money line. Common Core WILL be linked to federal dollars to the district, at some time in the future. The only thing that I agree with would be the problem of moving from a lesser performing district to a higher one, the student is way behind. CC does address what, for example, a 10th grader should be able to comprehend.

15 posted on 03/27/2014 3:56:59 PM PDT by Cyclone59 (Where are we going, and what's with the handbasket?)
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To: Bodhi1

The Fascist Left combined with the usual fascist bureaucracy. A bad combination.


16 posted on 03/27/2014 4:02:02 PM PDT by Seruzawa (I kick @ss for the Lord!)
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To: Bodhi1

More liberal fascism ... uh I mean more liberal tolerance of those who have different beliefs than liberals.


17 posted on 03/27/2014 4:46:20 PM PDT by catnipman (Cat Nipman: Vote Republican in 2012 and only be called racist one more time!)
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To: Bodhi1
I saw some posts on Facebook from friends of mine showing their children's homework. I couldn't understand the math problems at all.

I know uber RINO Jeb Bush has been pushing this garbage non stop.

God Bless homeschoolers is al I can say.

18 posted on 03/27/2014 6:04:37 PM PDT by hockeyfan44 (No more RINOS!!!)
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To: Bodhi1

I was just at school tonight for Open School Night. I tried to explain CC to a parent. She looked at me for a second, the utter stupidity written all over her face. Then she excused herself, telling me she wanted to go register for the Dunkin’ Donuts raffle. Was not seen again. If we have more “parents” like this one, the libtards will be able to easily put this CC garbage over on the public. A chance at winning some Dunkin’ Donuts was more important to this imbecile than the proper sort of education for her kid. Pathetic!


19 posted on 03/27/2014 7:01:02 PM PDT by EinNYC
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