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Common Core Becomes a Nightmare
Townhall.com ^ | July 8, 2014 | Phyllis Schlafly

Posted on 07/08/2014 3:19:16 PM PDT by Kaslin

Americans are waking up to how bad Common Core really is for education, but its nightmare does not go away quickly. Liberal education bureaucrats ("educrats") are now trying to enforce Common Core through the courts, with one lawsuit already filed in Oklahoma and another likely in Louisiana.

In both states the governors tried to get rid of Common Core, but parents are shocked that it may return by court order as unelected educrats claim they have more power than the state legislature and governor combined. The Oklahoma legislature approved a law to repeal Common Core, and the governor signed it, but now its state board of education has filed a lawsuit to bring it back.

The Washington Post has revealed how Bill Gates used his nonprofit foundation to spend hundreds of millions of dollars behind the scenes to force this disaster on the American people. The Gates Foundation doled out a fortune to various education groups, to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and to teachers unions to force Common Core on all students.

A group that received nearly $2 million from the Gates Foundation to help implement Common Core, the National Association of State Boards of Education, is the same organization behind the lawsuit to reinstate Common Core in Oklahoma. Joining this effort is a member of the state board of education, which is not elected by the people.

The NASBE is a private group that received $1,077,960 from the Gates Foundation in 2011 "to build the capacity of State Boards of Education to better position them to achieve full implementation of the Common Core standards." It is unaccountable to the public. About two years later the NASBE received another $800,000 "to provide training and information to implement Common Core State Standards" and to help develop it, too.

The lawsuit, which claims that the state constitution does not permit the legislature and governor to repeal Common Core, was filed directly in the Oklahoma Supreme Court, and there will be no appeal to whatever that court decides. The people of Oklahoma are apparently at the mercy of an unelected state board and its liberal state supreme court, and the U.S. Supreme Court will not get involved in this issue of state law.

Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin signed the bill to repeal Common Core a few weeks before her primary, which she then won in a landslide. But why isn't she or the legislature doing anything to remove from office the members of the state board of education who refuse to implement the repeal of Common Core?

A similar fiasco is shaping up in Louisiana, where Gov. Bobby Jindal has courageously stopped Common Core. Or, at least, so everyone thought, until the educrats there began planning a lawsuit to defy the governor and impose it anyway.

The Louisiana State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education voted 6-3 to "lawyer up," as Breitbart.com put it, in order to sue its own governor for withdrawing Louisiana from both Common Core and the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, which controls the testing to implement Common Core.

Jindal pointed out that the state board did not seek competitive bids on the expensive tests for the schools, as is generally required by state law on most contracts in order to save the state as much money as possible. Both the Louisiana state superintendent and the president of its state board of education defiantly predicted that Louisiana would remain in Common Core and its testing for the 2014-15 school year.

The Obama administration has reportedly already poured $370 million into developing tests to be forced on the states. But many of the biggest states, including heavily Democratic states such as New York, are reconsidering their participation in the federally funded tests.

New Jersey is now considering pulling out of Common Core, with Gov. Chris Christie facing a dilemma that may determine whether he is a viable presidential candidate. Does he stand up for local control over education by stopping Common Core in his state, as Jindal has done in Louisiana, or does he try to play both sides of the issue?

Meanwhile, parents in areas already implementing Common Core are discovering that they are unable to help their children solve elementary arithmetic problems. Bizarre, tedious and convoluted methods of teaching children basic arithmetic are causing parents to search the Internet for answers, and some of these parents are turning to home schooling to escape the madness.

But even home schooling may not help, if colleges all convert to the new testing standards based on Common Core guidelines. The tests are what drive curricula, and home-school curricula will need to adapt to the new tests in order for the students to be admitted to college.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial
KEYWORDS: commoncore; education; educationreform

1 posted on 07/08/2014 3:19:16 PM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

The courts think they are dictators.


2 posted on 07/08/2014 3:20:29 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: Kaslin

As certain as the sun rises in the east and sets in the west liberals (marxists) will never give up in their attempt to rule over you. The battle must be fought every minute of every day.


3 posted on 07/08/2014 3:21:20 PM PDT by Don Corleone ("Oil the gun..eat the cannoli. Take it to the Mattress.")
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To: Kaslin

Becomes a nightmare? It has always been a nightmare.
It is important for us homeschoolers to follow CC because it does touch our kids with the changes toward college entrance and acceptance standards.


4 posted on 07/08/2014 3:22:18 PM PDT by lilyramone (The only time success comes before work is in the dictionary)
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To: Kaslin
A sad Bush legacy.

"No Child Left Intact"

5 posted on 07/08/2014 3:23:45 PM PDT by PapaNew
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To: PapaNew

Stop putting words into President George W. Bush’s mouth which he never said, and you know damn well that he didn’t


6 posted on 07/08/2014 3:33:57 PM PDT by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
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To: Kaslin
In both states the governors tried to get rid of Common Core, but parents are shocked that it may return by court order as unelected educrats claim they have more power than the state legislature and governor combined. The Oklahoma legislature approved a law to repeal Common Core, and the governor signed it, but now its state board of education has filed a lawsuit to bring it back.

How can these educrats have standing against the State who employs them, and who passed a law stopping their actions? And why on earth doesn't the same State just fire their @sses for insubordination?

7 posted on 07/08/2014 3:40:04 PM PDT by Talisker (One who commands, must obey.)
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To: Kaslin

Did not become, always was. Wake up idiots.


8 posted on 07/08/2014 3:42:00 PM PDT by mulligan (I)
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To: Kaslin

I’ll never understand rich socialists. Talk about a contradiction.


9 posted on 07/08/2014 3:42:51 PM PDT by VerySadAmerican (Liberals were raised by women or wimps.)
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To: Kaslin
Excuse me?

I hope you're not being serious here. George Bush set up "No Child Left Behind" and thought the federal government was the cat's meow when it came to education (and a lot of other things the feds don't belong in).

10 posted on 07/08/2014 3:43:48 PM PDT by PapaNew
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To: Kaslin
home-school curricula will need to adapt to the new tests in order for the students to be admitted to college

A worthless K-12 education to get a worthless college education.

11 posted on 07/08/2014 3:44:22 PM PDT by MUDDOG
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To: MUDDOG

Don’t eve waste time thinking about the tests for college.


12 posted on 07/08/2014 3:46:27 PM PDT by Chickensoup (Leftist totalitarian fascism is on the move.)
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To: Kaslin

Sometimes it’s hard to tell if somebody’s kidding in these typed messages - I’m guessing you were...


13 posted on 07/08/2014 3:51:12 PM PDT by PapaNew
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To: Kaslin
But even home schooling may not help, if colleges all convert to the new testing standards based on Common Core guidelines. The tests are what drive curricula, and home-school curricula will need to adapt to the new tests in order for the students to be admitted to college.

Then it will be time to study overseas.

14 posted on 07/08/2014 4:23:43 PM PDT by D Rider (Don't give sharp objects to small children)
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To: GeronL

Can’t the educrats be fired?


15 posted on 07/08/2014 4:25:06 PM PDT by D Rider (Don't give sharp objects to small children)
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To: PapaNew

Yes, the Teddy Kennedy education bill that Bush signed. It’s funny how liberals always seem to forget to mention that No Child Left behind was brain child of Teddy Kennedy.


16 posted on 07/08/2014 4:31:39 PM PDT by MrsEmmaPeel (a government big enough to give you everything you want, is big enough to take everything you have)
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To: MrsEmmaPeel
Well, I don't know why the socialists would not want to take credit for socialized government education. I think it's more amazing how many "conservatives" seem to forget that Bush not only sighed the freaking bill but created monstrous bureaucracies that had "Welcome" signs all over them for Obama.

Bush was a mixed bag. I admired him for going after the bad guys after 9-11. Sent them running scared back into their caves. He set a high moral tone and example I think also. But he got his eye off the ball with Iraq IMO and was a socialist domestically.

17 posted on 07/08/2014 4:41:59 PM PDT by PapaNew
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To: D Rider

It is very tough.


18 posted on 07/08/2014 4:49:55 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: lilyramone

I worry about this too but have to imagine any “good” school interested in getting cream of the crop students will look beyond test scores. The admissions people have to know the home schoolers are more prepared and have better educations than most of the others.


19 posted on 07/08/2014 5:15:22 PM PDT by clarissaexplainsitall
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To: clarissaexplainsitall

I feel that in ten years the last thing on my mind will be sending my kids to a liberal university.


20 posted on 07/08/2014 5:58:00 PM PDT by GranTorino (Bloody Lips Save Ships.)
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To: Kaslin

What are the names of the individuals who are suing OK???


21 posted on 07/08/2014 6:10:41 PM PDT by HOYA97 (twitter @hoya97)
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To: Kaslin

Funny, Texas isn’t being sued.

...oh that’s right, our governor never took the bait. Sad that so many other Republicans fought each other to jump on board, but only now have any clue as to what it is.

That’s how the Dems keep winning - they TRICK REPUBLICANS and the public into thinking that they want to “improve things” (education in this case), and hold out cash as bait.

With Democrats, it’s understandable, since they are TOTAL IDIOTS (except for the ones at the very top...they’re actually MUCH SMARTER than Republicans - and nearly tricked them into voting for Amnesty). For example, this was their attempt at getting people to get people signed up for Obamacare:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xv2UUcXCo9g


22 posted on 07/08/2014 7:00:50 PM PDT by BobL
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To: Kaslin

NOTHING about INDIANA???


23 posted on 07/09/2014 3:21:43 AM PDT by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going...)
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To: GeronL

KNOW!!!


24 posted on 07/09/2014 3:22:16 AM PDT by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going...)
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To: MrsEmmaPeel
...brain child of Teddy Kennedy.

IT'S FOR THE CHILDREN always works!!!

25 posted on 07/09/2014 3:23:56 AM PDT by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going...)
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To: Kaslin

It seems that conventional action is not what is needed to put an end to this insanity.


26 posted on 07/09/2014 7:42:41 AM PDT by The Duke ("Forgiveness is between them and God, it's my job to arrange the meeting.")
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