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Thursday, July 4, 2013

This Fourth of July Represents a Loss of Freedom for Americans.

Behavior like this could get you arrested in talking about Common Core in Florida. 

Is what is happening in Florida occurring in your state with Common Core discussions?  School boards, administrators, principals and teachers don't seem to want parents/taxpayers asking questions they can't/don't answer.  If your district or state agency has a meeting about the standards, chances are you will hear the tired talking points about the standards being
  • internationally benchmarked (even as the CCSSO can't provide a list of internationally benchmarked countries)
  • will make students college/career ready (no data/research to back up this claim and no discussion how the same standards will make children ready for college AND a career at the same time)
  • ready for a 21st century job (still no list of what a 21st century job looks like)
  • schools can still pick their curriculum (even though the standards must be CCSS aligned which severely restricts an authentic choice of curriculum)
  • insert your state's name ___here____ and pretend they are state standards instead of CCSS (think "Missouri Learning Standards"....they are just CCSS renamed to trick taxpayers/parents/legislators to think Missouri is actually setting its own standards)
I came across a story about citizens threatened with arrest in Florida for passing out information about Common Core standards.  Where is the free speech guaranteed (and protected) to Americans?  Didn't Hillary Clinton proclaim "dissent is patriotic"? Why are we celebrating independence today when citizens cannot even pass out information contrary to the government/bureaucratic party line?  Do you want your children to participate in this system?  If Common Core is so great, why the suppression of dissent?  Shouldn't the benefits of CCSS be celebrated and explained, rather than controlling those who disagree?

From Deputies order Common Core protesters off Sebastian campus:

INDIAN RIVER COUNTY — A small group pickets were asked by the Sheriff’s Office to leave school district property at Treasure Coast Elementary on Monday.

In response, about 50 protesters with signs stood outside school grounds at the county’s Common Core curriculum workshop at Rosewood Magnet School on Tuesday.

“They would not allow parents to speak,” Laura Zorc said of Monday’s workshop. Zorc, of Vero Beach, is the southeast coordinator for a grass-roots organization called Florida Parents Against Common Core, and the wife of Indian River County Commissioner Tim Zorc. “Parents were threatened to be arrested if they handed out Common Core fact sheets.”

During both workshops, parents were asked to submit their questions in writing and place them in a basket for review by district officials, who promised to post answers on the district website to questions not answered in person. No questions were accepted from the floor, a procedure that frustrated parents at both sessions.

Read more here.

This is appalling.  This is indicative of how bureaucrats view parents and citizens with concerns.

They don't care.  

Just give them your money and your children and go away.  It's time to say no. Your rights have been violated.  Time to contact Hillary Clinton and get her on your side as a patriotic American.

In 2003, Hillary Clinton said quite emphatically: "I am sick and tired of people who say that if you debate and you disagree with this administration somehow you're not patriotic. We should stand up and say we are Americans and we have a right to debate and disagree with any administration." 


  1. Yes, this is appalling, but the good news in Florida is that we are fighting back! We took apart Tony Bennett's interview on Common Core (see http://edlibertywatch.org/2013/05/florida-commissioner-tony-bennetts-unsuccessful-attempt-to-defend-common-core/)and successfully debated Common Core with a Jeb Bush foundation director (see http://tinyurl.com/ou2xqty)and there was a huge rally and training event in Orlando: http://tinyurl.com/o9cakcp Please visit The Florida Stop Common Core Coalition at www.flstopcccoalition.org

  2. You all are commended for your passion and perseverance.

    I am still appalled that your free speech is being denied in school board meetings.

  3. Thank you for posting this and letting America know what happened to a mom who tried to pass out valuable information to other parents who were going into an informational meeting about Common Core. What is pretty standard for these meetings is the individuals who put these meetings are selective to the questions they answer. People in attendance must write down their questions and then the hosts will decide what questions get answered.
    Our voices will not be suppressed here in Florida. Parents are strengthening up all around the state of Florida.


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