Opting Out of State Tests

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?

 

http://ohioansagainstcommoncore.com/what-you-can-do-today-to-stop-common-core/

November 2014

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.

To find out information about registering to vote, where to vote, and who is on the ballot, visit the Montgomery County Board of Elections.

The 3rd District’s State School Board candidates are:

A.J. Wagner: Former judge appointed by Governor Kasich in August 2014.

Sarah L. Roberts: Former teacher and OEA member opposed to high-stakes testing.

Mary Pritchard: Conservative who opposes Common Core.

Charlotte D. McGuire

 

 

Shocker?

You mean it’s being orchestrated and is all about the money? Shocking.

 

From NPR:

 

http://www.npr.org/blogs/ed/2014/08/27/343549939/the-l-a-school-ipad-scandal-what-you-need-to-know?utm_source=facebook.com&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=npr&utm_term=nprnews&utm_content=20140827

Ohio House Bill 597

An overview of what’s happening:

http://www.cleveland.com/metro/index.ssf/2014/08/common_core_opponents_take_ano.html

 

You can read the full bill here.

 

 

More Ohio Common Core News

The debate over Common Core is heated in part because there are several drastically different political groups opposed to the CCSS for a variety of different reasons. At CURE we are not attempting to promote any particular party’s opposition to Common Core. Our goal is to disperse information, create discussion, and use our voices to support public education, teachers, and our children, who we believe, should not be defined by test scores.

 

http://www.cleveland.com/metro/index.ssf/2014/08/bill_to_kill_common_core_limits_foreign_and_modern_authors_religion_and_science_rules_are_unclear.html

Ohio Lawmakers Debating Common Core State Standards

Important things happening in Ohio.

 

http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2014/08/19/ohio-lawmakers-educators-debate-common-core-standards.html

CURE meeting June 16

Are you the parent of a Montgomery County Public Education student? Join other parents interested in the state of public education for an informal discussion. We will meet in the Community Room at the Centerville Panera on Rt. 48 on Monday, June 16 at 7pm to discuss activism on the local level. How do we support teachers and public education? How can we affect change in public education policy? What kind of presence do we want in our community? What kind of questions do we want to ask at Centerville City Schools’ public education forum on June 19th? Hope to see you there.

Losing quality teachers

An excellent article from a teacher who made the very tough decision to leave the profession. What can parents do to inspire teachers to stay? What if our teachers could find their voice to stand up against the federal and state impositions without fear of losing their jobs? As parents, our paycheck isn’t connected to our protest. Isn’t it our responsibility to speak up? Someone has to. And maybe eventually teachers and parents can stand together against the mandates.

Gates Foundation Wants to Delay High-Stakes for Common Core

Diane Ravitch's blog

Realcleareducation.com reports that the Gates Foundation favors a moratorium on the consequences of Common Core testing. Since the standards were bought and paid for by the Gates Foundation, it is only right that it should call the shots. Now we know who is in charge of American education. Perhaps the foundation hopes that a delay will defuse the growing movement against Common Core.

Realcleareducation writes:

“Good morning, it’s Tuesday June 10. This morning at RealClearEducation we have news, commentary, analysis, and reports from the education world. This morning Vicki Phillips, Director of Education, College Ready at the Gates Foundation, will call for delaying the attachment of any consequences to the new Common Core State Standards, bolstering the position of those calling for an accountability moratorium. Depending on your perspective that will help or hinder implementation of the new standards more than 40 states are adopting.”

View original post