Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Public Meeting on Common Core Safford AZ



Thursday May 2nd @ 7:00 p.m.
At the Graham County General Services Building

921 Thatcher Boulevard, Safford, AZ

Presenters will be Celinda Palmer and Jennifer Reynolds

For more information, call 348-7635

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

If I could add to the newspaper article...

I have never aspired to be on the front page of the local newspaper and was so nervous when I realized David Bell was there to photograph and write an article about what I had to say last Friday night.  So as I ate lunch with friends today and got up to pay my bill and could hear others "talking" about what was in the paper, my heart fluttered a bit more in anxiety about what is being said.   So, please do your own research and ask questions about what common core.  I would love to hear your opinions.

David did a great job writing the article, but if I could add to what he said this is what I would say:

When you take federal dollars, in this instance for common core, you are in a way indenturing yourself to the source of the money.   We are taking this money for an UNPROVEN, UNTESTED curriculum where in the case of social studies and science standards are yet to be completed, where NO fiscal analysis has been done.  I would ask, do we ever get enough money for education?  Ask a teacher the last time they had a significant pay raise.  Have your taxes increased recently due to an education need?

Another concern with common core is the p-20 data collection system. The nonprofit organization called Achieve Inc, in Washington D.C. is the main driving force behind creating the Common Core Initiative.  (The Common Core standards were initiated by private interests in Washington, D.C.)  From the Achieve Inc. website it states that full implementation of the Common Core will include P-20 data collection or Statewide longitudinal  Data System (SLDS).  Schools will collect data and report to the AZED.  This student data is then shared with other states and the federal government.  These systems are being developed to track our students from preschool through college.  So what will be tracked?  From the SLDS website this is what will be tracked: “a unique identifier for each student; student enrollment history; tracks if a student drops out or switches school; tracks student test scores; matches student performance to teachers; tracks transcripts of  “remedial” classes; tracks student data to determine if they are “prepared to success in college”, and a “character” report card.  The Achieve Inc. website explains that this information will benefit a “wide array of stakeholders”.  Achieve also states on their website that “While the Common Core Standards are a critical first step, they alone will not bring about the instructional changes necessary to improve student achievement and attainment.  I feel that this violates the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).  In fact it is suggested that this law will need to be reformed through legislation to make it legal for schools to collect and distribute this information.

·        The Arizona State Board of Education adopted Common Core on June 28, 2010 in the failed attempt to acquire Race-to-the-Top funding.  Arizona was “hooked” into the Common Core movement with Race-to-the-Top grants they applied for in 2009-2010 and with that application, they were allowed to apply for “No-Child-Left-Behind Waivers” if they adopted the Common Core Standards verbatim!

Substitute Teachers — Schools have to send teachers to be a part of the curriculum mapping process for Common Core Standards. These trainings will be over multiple days which will take teachers out of the classroom . . . There is a cost to have a substitute teacher in the classroom for multiple days.
New Textbooks — Textbooks are outrageously expensive . . . even if we do find internet options, the publishers who created those options are certainly not offering them for free.
The Cost of Time — Teachers spend a great deal of time trying to educate themselves on the changes from their old standards to those of the Common Core . . . The cost of time is a big reality for schools.
Training Teachers — Bringing in outside experts or consultants is very expensive. In order to properly train teachers, school districts must offer professional development in order to ensure that educators can master the Common Core Standards. These trainings are not a one-shot deal and will cost school districts money. 
NEW TECHNOLOGY - All of the testing for the PARCC test (will repalce AIMS) will be done online

For more information on the financial burden visit: http://educationviews.org/states-taxpayers-cannot-afford-common-core-standards/

There will be a meeting open to the public on May 2nd, 2013 at 7 pm at the Graham County General Services building.  There will be two experts on common core there that night who will be able to answer many more questions than I, including that of bills being written, what is happening in the state sentate and legislature regarding common core.  Please come and be involved! 

Monday, April 15, 2013

Common Core Action Items

Check out the website www.arizonansagainstcommoncore.com  They have a really great facts vs myths about common core complete with references. This action list is from their site!  Really good information about how you can help make a difference.

Common Core Action Items

 Signup to be a member of “Arizonans against Common Core” so you can receive updates on bills at the Capitol and action items- Contact AZSchoolChoice@cox.net.

 Contact your Senator and Representatives in your Legislative District (1-30) and demand they stop funding the AZ Department of Education!

 Suggest that they set up a study committee to determine what steps need to be taken to exit Common Core.

 Watch video hearings on bills implementing Common Core and submit your public comments through Arizona Legislative Information Service (ALIS). Sign up for an ALIS account in the AZ House or Senate Kiosks on the first floor! Then you can track and comment on bills from home (http://alistrack.azleg.gov/rts/login.asp).

 Contact the AZ Department of Education (AZED)- Superintendent of Public Instruction, John Huppenthal and demand he exits us from the Common Core Standards- adeinbox@azed.gov or 602-542-5460.

 Submit the “Common Core Opt Out” Form to the AZED and to your local school district.

 Attend local school board meetings and educate them on why we need to exit Common Core. Meet personally with School Board members and educate them on the “Arizonans Against Common Core” Myths vs. Facts about Common Core.

 Be active in the school district closest to you that is being funded by your property taxes. Demand that they stop teaching Common Core!

 Talk to your friends and neighbors about Common Core- this affects all of our children, grandchildren, college students, etc.

 Sign our “Petition of Redress” to exit Common Core.

If you would like to sign the Graham County petition email us at grahamcountyagainstcommoncore@yahoo.com and we will get with you!

Sunday, April 14, 2013

18th Century Advice: Thomas Jefferson on Education Reform

It will only take a minute to read this article on public education reform.


Thanks and don't forget to contact our Representatives and tell them how you feel about common core!

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Contact our Legislature!

Take some time to view the information in the blog post below and then act on how you feel about it!  Let's flood their inbox with our concerns and get Arizona in the appeals process for Common Core!  When you write to them have some specific questions and request that they reply!  They work for you!  If you don't hear from them please let us know or write a letter to the editor for the newspaper.


For our district 14 -

Gail Griffin -
email: ggriffin@azleg.gov
phn: 602-926-5895

David Gowan -
email: dgowan@azleg.gov
phn: 602-926-3312

David Stevens
email: dstevens@azleg.gov
phn: 602-926-4321

Andy Tobin - Speaker of the House
email: atobin@azleg.gov
phn: 602-926-5172

Andy Biggs - Senate President
email: abiggs@azleg.gov
phn: 602-926-4371

Tom Horne – Attorney General (no email provided)
Phoenix Office
1275 West Washington Street
Phoenix, AZ 85007-2926
Ph: (602) 542-5025
Fax (602) 542-4085

John Huppenthal - State Superintendent of Schools
email:  adeinbox@azed.gov
Ph: 602-926-5261

Senator John McCain – via the web - http://www.mccain.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=Contact.contactform

Senator Jeff Flake - via the web - http://www.flake.senate.gov/contact.cfm

Craig Barrett – Member of Achieve Inc.  Helping create Common Core, Arizona Ready Ed. Council
Arizona Ready Education Council
5000 W. Chandler Blvd. Mailstop CH7-300
Chandler, AZ 85226

Governor Brewer -
The Honorable Janice K. Brewer
Arizona Governor
Executive Tower
1700 West Washington Street
Phoenix, AZ 85007

Some questions to consider when thinking about Common Core
1)      When did our legislators who represent us vote to introduce Common Core into our school?  (The answer is:  They didn’t.  So, who did?  Why didn’t parents have a voice or a choice in this issue?)
2)      Were the Common Core standards pilot tested anywhere?
3)      As a parent, do I have the authority to Opt my child Out of Common Core?
4)      Has PARCC been developed yet?  How will it be better than AIMS?
5)      Please show me the Math book, course outline, and sample math problems (for my child).
6)      Please provide ALL reading selections for my child.
7)      When will the Science curriculum be available?   Who is developing it?
8)      When will the Social Studies curriculum be available?  Who is developing it?

If you would like to help us spread the word on a local level please contact us at grahamcountyagainstcommoncore@yahoo.com

Links for more information about common core

Stay in tune for upcomming public meetings to inform and discuss the impact of Common Core.
 In the mean time, please visit these links for furthur information.





For questions, comments, or to help the cause please contact us at grahamcountyagainstcommoncore@yahoo.com