Recently we had a Town Hall Meeting on Common Core to a packed house at Oklahoma Weslayan University. The next day the Bartlesville Examiner Enterprise had this article giving lots of airtime and space to both Rep. Earl Sears who was present at the meeting and Senator John Ford who was not present at the meeting. If Senator Ford had been there he might have learned something (at least I hope so) to prevent his misguided comments on the issue at hand. I had to wait a few days for my anger to subside to write this article.
You see I have been involved in grassroots politics a long time — most of my life actually. One of the very first battles I was engaged in was helping my parents in the 60’s to fight federal aid to education. I had very smart very conservative parents who knew that local control of education was the way to go and that it must be protected if at all possible for the children! My parents lost that battle. My mom, who was an accountant, was involved with school audits at the time. She said that school spending shifted almost immediately and escalated dramatically without any real improvement in the children’s education. In fact over the last 50 years we have seen the federal overreach continue via the department that never should have been created — the department of education. We have seen spending escalate. We have seen DC bureaucrats thinking up ways to exert power and control over local education. They are working on ways to test and prove that they are channeling your children into the jobs they want done rather than encouraging excellence and creativity for the children to find their own way and prosper. That would be background to where we are today and much has been written by others on the topic.
So here is the article the Bartlesville Examiner wrote on the topic with some of my annotations in progress:
Here is a flyer from our meeting with more facts so that you can go sit down with your representative and review the items they seem confused about:
Here is the resolution from the recent Oklahoma State Republican Executive Committee directing our representatives to hear the bills eliminating common core:
Here is the flyer that was posted about the meeting we had recently and the speakers we had for a packed house standing room only crowd:
Attention: Parents, Grandparents, Teachers, Homeschoolers and Concerned Citizens
Tuesday, January 28th, 2014
Dr. Everett Piper, President of Oklahoma Wesleyan University
Jenni White, President of Restore Oklahoma Public Education
Linda Murphy, Educator
Kristal Picolet, Parent
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Related article and research by Gary Kilpatrick here: http://okgrassroots.com/?p=364398