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Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Angry Moms are Rising Up Against Common Core

Anne Gassel, co-editor of Missouri Education Watchdog was quoted in USA Today about her opposition to Common Core.  From Include parents in standards debate: Opposing view:

Across America, moms are rising up against the Common Core, national standards for English-language arts and mathematics adopted by 45 states. As Anne Gassel, of Ellisville, Mo., said, "Parents and their legislators were cut out of the loop. Even now we can't get straight answers."

Read more here.

Anne is correct.  We are still waiting in Missouri for answers from DESE and their statewide May 2 meetings.  Tick tock.  The clock on the site (to the right) keeps ticking away.  The answers to the questions were to be posted within a week of the meetings. 

As Alisa Ellis states in the USA Today article:

Now, parents are waking up. Alisa Ellis, of Heber City, Utah, typifies their resolve: "Administrators want parents like me to step back and be quiet, but we will not. These are my children, and my voice will be heard."

You will be reading one angry and loud mom's account on MEW tomorrow about her attempts to get answers from Missouri politicians, bureaucrats and school officials.  It's time to start demanding straight answers from these people who are using our children and our tax money with no accountability.

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