Time to Buck the Core
February 2, 2017
By District 1 Representative Heather Scott
Citizens showed up on the Capitol steps this
week to speak out against the federal-mandated
Common Core in our Idaho schools.
The "Buck the Core" rally featured Dr. Geoffrey
Thomas, superintendent from the Madison School
District, Russ Fulcher, former state senator and
current governor candidate, and Dr. Duke Pesta,
Wisconsin professor and an advocate for
repealing Common Core.
Idaho brought Common Core standards and testing
into the state in 2010. Only 13 states are using
the SBAC test now, and unfortunately, Idaho is
one of them.
The testing is expensive, unreliable and
frustrating for many students and teachers.
Citizens and rally speakers shared several
concerns with the top down approach of Common
Core. Their goals were clear:
* Remove federal mandates for local schools in our state.
* Stop psychological dossiers (data) collection with no expiration date
or access for parents on our children.
* End the expensive SBAC testing.
* Stop un-elected state boards making decisions for local school boards.
* Stop non-teachers from labeling our teachers as failures based on
Two bills from our Freedom Agenda have been
delivered to the education committees addressing
the Common Core issue. One would repeal Common
Core as a state mandate and the other would
repeal the SBAC testing.
If you want to express your voice about Common
Core and the SBAC test, you can contact the
House and Senate Education Committees in the
Idaho legislature. Here are the links to the
Committee members and chairs:
Senate Education Committee and
House Education Committee.
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