Committee forms to oppose Common Core ballot question

Mar 24, 2016 by

BOSTON – Former Fitchburg State University president Robert Antonucci will lead a new committee to fight a ballot question that would allow Massachusetts voters to weigh in on whether to repeal Common Core educational standards.

The Committee to Protect Educational Excellence in Massachusetts plans to organize a coalition of Common Core supporters, raise funds and wage a campaign to defeat the citizens’ initiative, according to a statement put out by group Friday.

Antonucci, who served as president of Fitchburg State College from 2003 through 2015, previously served as Massachusetts education commissioner from 1992 to 1998.

The draft ballot question that Antonucci’s group opposes asks Massachusetts voters whether the state should keep Common Core, adopted here in 2010, or revert to the state’s own pre-Common Core standards.

“I cannot think of a tactic more dangerous to our schools and children,” Antonucci said in a statement. “Taking an ax to all the hard work that’s been done by Massachusetts educators in the past five years would be both financially devastating and horribly disruptive to the state education system.”

Antonucci has his work cut out for him. A February poll by WBZ and the University of Massachusetts Amherst shows voter support for the measure to scrap the controversial standards.  Fifty-three percent of those surveyed said they planned to vote “Yes” on the question whether “to remove Common Core state standards for mathematics and English language arts.” Twenty-three percent said they would vote “No,” and 26 percent responded that they are not sure how they will vote. It is these undecided voters that Antonucci’s committee must win over, if they are to prevail in November.

Source: Committee forms to oppose Common Core ballot question | NewBostonPost

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    David McGeney

    NEWS FLASH – When you have to hire the most expensive damage control public relations firm in Biston to convince people that Common Cire is good, it pretty much proves it isn’t.

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