RESOLUTION AGAINST NATIONAL STANDARDS FOR SCHOOLS & A WARNING FROM OKLAHOMA

Oct 11, 2011 by

Donna Garner

[The arrows mean “lead to.”]

National standards  →  national assessments  →  national curriculum → teachers’ salaries tied to students’ test scores  →  teachers teaching to the test each and every day  →  national indoctrination of our public school children  →  national database of students and teachers

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NATIONAL FEDERATION OF REPUBLICAN WOMEN RESOLUTION

Defeat National Standards for State Schools
Passed Unanimously at the NFRW36th Biennial Convention
Kansas City, MO – October 1, 2011

WHEREAS, The national standards-based “Common Core State Standards” initiative is the centerpiece of the Obama’s Administration’s agenda to centralize education decisions at the federal level;

WHEREAS, The Obama Administration is using the same model to take over education as it used for healthcare by using national standards and boards of bureaucrats, whom the public didn’t elect and can’t fire or otherwise hold accountable;

WHEREAS, National standards remove authority from States over what is taught in the classroom and how it is tested;

WHEREAS, National standards undercut the principle of federalism on which our nation was founded;

WHEREAS, There is no constitutional or statutory authority for national standards, national curricula, or national assessments and in fact the federal government is expressly prohibited from endorsing or dictating state/local decisions about curricula; and

WHEREAS, The Obama Administration is attempting to evade constitutional and statutory prohibitions to move toward a nationalized public-school system by (1) funding to date more than $345 million for the development of national curriculum and test questions, (2) tying national standards to the Race to the Top charter schools initiative in the amount of $4.35 billion, (3) using the Common Core State Standards Initiative (CCSSI) to pressure State Boards of Education to adopt national standards with the threat of losing Title 1 Funds if they do not, and (4) requesting Congress to include national standards as a requirement in the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary School Act (No Child Left Behind);

BE IT RESOLVED, That the National Federation of Republican Women vote to encourage all State Federation Presidents to share information about national standards with their local clubs; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That State Federation Presidents ask their members to (1) contact their State Boards of Education members and request that they retain control over academic standards, curriculum, instruction and testing,  (2) contact their Congress Members and request that they (i) protect the constitutional and statutory prohibitions against the federal government endorsing or dictating national standards, (ii) to refuse to tie national standards to any reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, (iii) defund “Race to the Top” money, and (iv) prohibit any more federal funds for the Common Core State Standards Initiative, including funds to assessment and curriculum writing consortia, and (3) spread the word about the threat of a federal government takeover of education.

Submitted by:  Alabama Federation of Republican Women
Elois Zeanah, President

Co-Sponsors:

Nebraska Federation of Republican Women
Delaware Federation of Republican Women
Wisconsin Federation of Republican Women
Georgia Federation of Republican Women
Tennessee Federation of Republican Women

http://newsok.com/oklahoma-lawmaker-kern-warns-against-national-education-standards/article/3610935#ixzz1aAF2r618

 

Oklahoma lawmaker Kern warns against national education standards

At a House interim study Thursday, state Rep. Sally Kern urged her fellow lawmakers to roll back the adoption of education standards that were created by a national group.

 

BY MEGAN ROLLAND mrolland@opubco.com Oklahoman

Published: October 7, 2011

State Rep. Sally Kern urged her fellow House members Thursday not to use national education standards that already are being implemented in many school districts across the state.

Kern said the standards — which specify what a student should know in each grade — are a federal intrusion on state government and should be abandoned.

“The Common Core State Standards are federalization of education and this violates local control,” said Kern, R-Oklahoma City. “One size does not necessarily fit all.”

In the last legislative session, Oklahoma lawmakers mandated that the state adopt national standards drafted by the National Governors Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers.

The standards were adopted as part of Oklahoma’s application for federal funds through the Race to the Top competition. Oklahoma didn’t win those funds but still adopted the new standards.

Kern said that without the potential of those federal funds, Oklahoma wouldn’t have adopted the Common Core State Standards.

…Jenni White, president of Restore Oklahoma Public Education, cited a long list of criticisms of the Common Core State Standards.

“There’s really a lack of consistent evidence that indicates common core standards even lead to high achievement,” White said.

She said the standards read as though they were “formed by testing companies.”

Other criticism focused on the cost of implementation.

…The new standards will mean school districts must adjust their curriculum to meet the standards, possibly purchase new textbooks and train teachers. The state also will have to develop new tests.

Some representatives at the hearing Thursday said school superintendents in their districts have expressed frustration over the process of adopting the new standards while still being held accountable for older curriculum and testing procedures.

“I’m hearing a lot of frustrations about the transition and the roll out,” said Rep. Ed Cannaday, D-Porum.

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