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Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Missouri and Other State Legislators Should Follow the Alabama Legislature's Request of Revocation of Common Core Standards

Apparently Alabama senators take the idea of state sovereignty and local control of schools seriously. Several legislators in Missouri have stated they can't stop common core standards because our State Board of Education signed onto the standards and that action is within its authority and there is nothing the Legislature can do.

It is true it is within the State Board's authority to sign onto these standards that means states won't have any power to set educational standards for its students. What IS true is that the Missouri Legislature can stop the common core standards by voting not to implement the standards and cut the funding for any cost of implementation. That is within the legislative power of Missouri legislators.

If you don't like common core standards and the unfunded mandates created by the Federal Government, and private companies (the NGA and the CCSSO) setting educational directives for public education (which the taxpayer funds, not private industry), forward the letter below to your legislator. He/she can use it as a template (similar to ALEC) and start the process of truly having control of state education. Look at the graphic. 2014 is not that far in the distance for these standards to be in place.

From Eagle Forum of Alabama (Please access the link for the full copy of the letter)

Republican Senators, Representatives Ask State Board of Education To Rescind Adoption Of Common Core Standards

13 senators and 8 representatives recently wrote to Governor Bentley and the State Board of Education to ask them to revoke adoption of the Common Core Standards Initiative and refuse any monies tied to a national curriculum.

We would like to thank Senators Gerald Allen, Scott Beason, Dick Brewbaker, Paul Bussman, Rusty Glover, Bill Holtzclaw, Del Marsh, Arthur Orr, Greg Reed, Clay Scofield, Cam Ward, Jabo Waggoner and Ted Whatley as well as Representatives Jim Carns, Ed Henry, Ron Johnson, Wes Long, Mary Sue McClurkin, Barry Moore, Kerry Rich and Mark Tuggle for standing up for local control of education. For more information about why the Common Core Standards Initiative is problematic, click here.

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