Community Education Meeting Wrap-Up Part 1

Last night, CURE was present and live-tweeting from the Community Education Meeting Co-Sponsored by the Washington-Centerville Library and Centerville City Schools. Approximately 100 members were in the audience. Superintendent of Centerville City Schools (CCS), Dr. Tom Henderson, opened the meeting commending CCS on the results of the Third Grade Reading Guarantee.

Within CCS, only 10 children failed to pass the Third Grade Guarantee. 9 of those children had exemptions such as English as a second language.

Dr. Tom Lasley of Learn to Earn spoke next and gave some background on why the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) are being implemented in Ohio. He emphasized that the future of the United States depends on a skilled and educated population and that in order to have a useful community discussion “we need to set aside politics and offer a sufficient skill set to students. We need to engage thoughtfully and critically.”

Senator Peggy Lehner began by emphasizing how the U.S. is facing an “education crisis threatening the future of our country.” She stated that “American students are falling behind” in the international workforce.

Senator Lehner addressed several members of the audience as people she has seen before who oppose Common Core. Lehner stated that the development of the CCSS has been happening for years and that the state of Ohio alone held 18 hearings regarding its development.

Rather combative she added, “teachers have been learning about CCSS for years and out of the blue there is now an anti-Common Core movement.”

She stressed that state standards are not the same thing as curriculum and that “there is nothing wrong with the Common Core that we can’t fix,” and said that the CCSS implementation time-line in Ohio has been extended because “we expect scores to drop while we all adjust.”

She finished by suggesting that “we are seriously threatening years of work and millions of dollars spent by schools because of the political arguments about the Common Core.”

During the Question and Answer segment after the presentations, a CURE member asked Senator Lehner why the state isn’t footing the bill for the Google Chromebooks required for state mandated testing, but instead is passing that bill onto Ohio schools? In Centerville’s case, PTO’s have then been asked by Principals to fund some of the burden.

Lehner responded by suggesting that because the Chromebooks are useful technology that will be utilized in environments other than for state testing, the state was not necessarily required to provide them.

Following Senator Lehner was Vice-President of the Ohio Department of Education, Tom Gunlock. Gunlock stressed again that state standards are not the same thing as curriculum and that he firmly believes in the Common Core. He was adamant that curriculum belongs to the local school districts, “have concerns about the standards? Call me.”

We encourage you to do so:

Tom Gunlock

10147 Putterview Way

Centerville, Ohio 45458

Phone: (937) 609-6951

E-mail: Tom.Gunlock@education.ohio.gov

 

Part 2 of our wrap-up will focus on CCS Director of Curriculum, Jeremy Miller, and his presentation regarding the Third Grade Reading Guarantee, it’s components, and assessments.

 

 

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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.”

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Bill Gates

From the Washington Post:

 

http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/how-bill-gates-pulled-off-the-swift-common-core-revolution/2014/06/07/a830e32e-ec34-11e3-9f5c-9075d5508f0a_story.html