|Raises some questions about Common Core|
Letter to the Editor:
Last week I offered comments about Common Core education standards to the Northland Pines School Board, Sen. Tom Tiffany and Rep. Rob Swearingen, and Wednesday I attended the public hearing in Wausau, a lobby day for teachers, principals, administrators and professors who all came out in favor of Common Core.
However, parents, students and taxpayers were under-represented at the hearing. One mom testified that her kindergarten daughter cries that school is too much work. Parents complained that school is too much work for the little ones. A 16-year-old teen testified she’s been home-schooled all her life
and is concerned about Common Core. Will her parents be required to switch to the Common Core curriculum?
Panel members are concerned about costs of Common Core ($100 to $200 million). How will districts maintain programs once federal and state funding ends? Propose a yearly referendum? A panel member legislator asked what cuts in education would be required in order to maintain funding for transportation and broadband issues in district.
Principal Gayle Daniels, Northland Pines Elementary School-St. Germain, testified: “At Northland Pines, we’re doing well. We’ve been very fortunate to have an extremely supportive community and our referendums have passed. We’ve been very, very fortunate. So we haven’t had to worry about making major cuts. That decision on cutting would not be mine alone. It would be up to our school board and the entire administrative team and getting back with all of our teachers and making a decision in a collaborative way.”
The passage of Act 10 saved me and my husband $974 from 2011 to 2012. The local school referendum that just passed in February totally erased those savings, plus the county board just added a small tax increase due to reduced property values. Real estate taxes are at the same level as before Act 10. There are thousands of vacation homeowners in the North Woods — no voice and no vote.
Common Core is another federal bureaucracy simultaneously being tested on tens of millions of American children.
A computer search for “Parents against Common Core“ results in 42 million hits. There are hundreds, if not thousands of websites dedicated to exposing the truth about Common Core. Parents don’t want their children in public schools that teach Common Core.
|Tuesday, November 05, 2013 11:53 AM|
|Last Updated on Tuesday, November 05, 2013 11:54 AM|