At CURE, we are against high-stakes testing attached to Common Core. When starting to unravel all of the information regarding what is happening in public education, it’s important to understand there are many different political sides rallying for common interests but for different reasons. Some groups want the CCSS gone entirely, removing the federal government from the equation. Some want CCSS gone for specific curriculum reasons. Others may be against the standards, but for privatization. So when we share information from varying groups, like Ohioans Against the Common Core, we want to make sure to state that we don’t necessarily support all of a group’s ideas. Our goal is to help parents make aware enough to make their own decision.
That being said, the Ohio Assessments start next week, including the first round of Third Grade Guarantee testing. At some point, Centerville parents, Ohio parents, local parents, are going to have to take a stand regarding what’s happening on the federal level. Is opting out of the test the most effective way to make a stand?
We at CURE we are very hesitant to do anything that undermines our local school district and teachers. What are the repercussions of opting out ? How will it affect my child, our teachers, and our district? It’s something to start thinking about. What will you decide?
If Centerville City Schools Teachers took this kind of stand, would Centerville parents back them up? Would we take to the streets and protest and support them? They need to know parents have their back. CURE does. Do you?
Elections are just around the corner. Please take time to educate yourself. When it comes to public education, corporate reformers come in all shapes, sizes, and political parties. Take time to read up on the candidates for Governor and for the State Board of Education.
CURE has long suggested the only “problem” isn’t Common Core, but rather some of the implementation, especially high-stakes testing. As always, we seek to share information and encourage you to form your own opinions.
The Ohio blogger Plunderbund here lays out the astonishing record of William Lager and the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow.(ECOT). This online charter school is the largest charter in the state. It receives almost $100 million a year from the state.
“On the latest report cards released by the Ohio Department of Education, ECOT continues to rank below all of the 8 large urban schools that are often-criticized by legislators and in the media for their “sub-par” performance.
“That hasn’t stopped ECOT’s founder, William Lager, from continuing to get paid. And getting paid he is.”
“Lager is also the owner of two privately-held companies that provide both the management services (Altair Learning Management) and curriculum (IQ Innovations) to the online school.” Those two companies will collect another $22 million for their services.
Plunderbund shows that Lager is a major campaign contributor. He has donated $2 million to political campaigns since he…