Radio Commentary, 90.7, 91.7 New Life FM, December 6, 2013 – By Sue Ella Deadwyler
Good morning, Jim. In July Governor Deal and State School Superintendent Barge announced that Georgia would pull out of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) testing agreement. But, pulling out of the testing is NOT equivalent to dumping Common Core. To make things worse, Georgia was so willing to qualify for a Race to the Top grant, that the state accepted the standards BEFORE they were written. So, it’s unclear how or whether CCSS can be scrapped, even though the testing was rejected.
Creating Common Core was NOT an open process. It is NOT voluntary. It is a national project created in secret without input from teachers, Congress or state legislatures. Since it was attached to Race to the Top grants, states adopted it sight-unseen. Because its implementation activates federal control of school curriculum for charter schools, private schools, religious schools, Catholic schools and homeschooling, it is blatantly unconstitutional. Continue reading