CC children“Our Children, Our Money, Our Choice! Stop Common Core!” That was the message that over 100 parents, teachers, and yes, children called out in front of the Utah State Office of Education, on Friday! The gathering was to inform the Board that it is time to hear the concerns of citizens regarding Common Core.

In order for public opinion to be heard, citizens had to call in days before the meeting to be put on the list to speak. Dr. Gary Thompson, Alisa Ellis, and myself were given the opportunity to speak. I’ve posted two of the speeches and the video below.

Christel Swasey was then interviewed with ABC4 News, and I was able to capture some of that interview.

Our number of attendees was vital! And this was a great start! For the first time that I can recall, Utah State Superintendent Mertell Menlove missed out on committee meetings, and sat with over 50 parents. He listened to our concerns and his patience was tested as each of us felt the need to stand boldly and correct mis-information that we knew to be false. I personally told him that he was a brave man and thanked him for the opportunity to speak with us.

Two things came out of that short visit: 1)Superintendent Menlove is not doing his homework. There were so many issues relating to Common Core that he was not aware and could not answer to! 2) Both sides agree that we need to sit down, that we need to share our factual documents without emotion, and that by doing so, Utah just might come up with a reasonable policy for education! But it will have to be with parents, legislators and Board members. If either one is left out, we are destined to repeat history, yet again!

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By Alisa Ellis:

Two years ago I considered myself a regular mom happily volunteering in the school and “raising nerds” as my husband and I regularly joked because we’ve always focused on the academic side of education. It is important to me. It wasn’t in my life plan to be here today. There are a million other things I’d rather do but can’t sit idly by and watch local control slip away.

I don’t appreciate my tax dollars being spent trying to sell Common Core to me. You can’t talk AT the public. You must talk WITH us.

We MUST open up an honest open dialogue about the Common Core Reform Agenda. This IS NOT just standards and it never was. This is an entire education reform package. The standards tie everything together with the testing and data collection enforcing compliance. You and I, we have a lot more in common than you may think but we can’t find common ground if we don’t even have a dialogue.

None of us are saying we can’t get out, we know we can and that’s why we say to you. WE WANT OUT!!! We can do better! There are solutions. Over 120 UT professors of math, science and engineering signed a petition stating that they would like to pick up standards SUCH AS California’s who Fordham said “are excellent in every respect.”

We must retain freedom and excellence in our children’s education. Parents and teachers must have the freedom to work together to set the very best educational pathway for the children not what will be best for the economy, businesses, testing companies. We must do what is best for the children.

Blanketing untested and unproven reforms across the Nation is certainly not in the best interest of the children. This common core nonsense is creating a Monopoly, not just a monopoly of curriculum but a monopoly of thought where this one idea is being sold as the answer to all problems in education and the solution for all children.

You and I both know that each child is an individual who learns and thinks differently from the student sitting next to him.

It is a blatant lie to state that these are minimum standards. They never were. The 15% guide has been in every document I’ve read since 2009 and it is in the waiver. You’re worried about delegating your constitutional authority to higher ed but that’s exactly what you’ve done with Common Core which we don’t own. They are NOT UT’s. UT can and must be a leader. Let’s not settle for A- WE MUST DO BETTER.

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By Lisa Cummins:

Superintendant Menlove, Members of the Board

My name is Lisa Cummins. I am a mother of 5, and an Aunt to many. I am here before you to defend them against your tyrannical jurisdiction and the implementation of Common Core.

This battle that I am fighting is a battle for the souls of these children. The Elite of this country have co-mingled with the Communistic like leadership of this Nation to create a monster that you are willing to feed our children into.

While the standards themselves are nothing to gawk at, the rest of the ugly package has gotten my undivided attention. I have found that the primary goal is data collecting and to achieve that by mandating assessments, tying it to student’s grades, thereby coercing parents into giving in for the sake of their child’s future. You have almost tied our hands behind our backs. ALMOST!

As far as information texts go, nowhere in either the United States Constitution or the Utah State Constitution, does it say that pre-approved categorically elected representatives on the State Board of Education have the authority to usurp parents’ rights.

In pointing to another informational text, the Utah State FERPA, the State Board has ignored or brushed aside parental rights. With accepting the $9.2 million dollars that came from the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act — “Stimulus Bill” to create the State Longitudinal Data system, on top of the continuous refunding of 9% of our tax dollars by the Federal Government, you have turned your allegiance to the Federal expectations and ties instead of to the people of Utah who pay the rest of your budget.

“In 2011, the U.S. Department of Education reinterpreted” and edited “the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act to permit a student’s academic record to be shared with virtually anyone including non-governmental organizations without prior written parental consent,” stating instead that is “best practice”, but not necessary.

“Rupert Murdock, owner of Amplify Education, estimates that K-12 education is a $500 BILLION dollar sector.” (Source: American Thinker)

Money and power talk and clearly you have fallen hook line and sinker to sell our children’s souls.

I demand the right to opt my children out of your state assessments without it affecting their final grades! I demand accountability and answers! I demand that local control be given back to the parents and teachers, who know best on how to teach our children.

I also declare that if you insist on collecting data from my children you had better bring a warrant! Otherwise you are indeed violating Article 1 Section 14 [Unreasonable searches forbidden — Issuance of warrant.] The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers and effects against unreasonable searches.

Thank you!