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Letter to the editor: We haven't seen the last of Common Core

Friday, March 28, 2014 - 12:01 am

Common Core is a federal government takeover of education under which no deviation is allowed, parental rights are destroyed, and state and local control over education is lost.

Common Core standards are not state-led as we have been endlessly told but rather were written by a D.C.-based group called Achieve and funded by the liberal Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, among others.

States had to commit to Common Core standards before evaluating them or seeing even a draft of the standards. States could not study the standards, pilot them or even discuss them with their legislators and citizens, and the standards had to be adopted word for word.

Beginning in 2015 states will not received formula funds for things like Title I if they don’t adopt and implement Common Core, revealing that it truly is a federal government takeover of education.

Remember the Race to the Top grants? States could not win these grants unless they committed to Common Core.

Even more ominously, Common Core mandates an intrusive, privacy destroying data-mining system on students and their families. Data collected includes health care history, family income range, family voting status, religious affiliation, moral attitudes, political affiliation and appreciation for diversity; there are 400 data points in all, things that have nothing to do with an education. This database violates federal student privacy laws.

There are some good people like state Sen. Scot Schneider who are leading the fight against Common Core, so parents, grandparents, teachers,

administrations, citizens, if you value your family privacy and having input into your child’s education, contact your legislators and tell them to stop Common Core.

I know that the current session of the Indiana General Assembly has ended, but legislators have home phones, and I don’t think for one moment that we have heard the last of Common Core.

In addition, contact the Indiana State Department of Education and tell them not to develop anything that even smells like common Core.

David Carroll

Huntington