Welcome to Kansans Against Common Core.
What is Common Core?
The Common Core State Standards are a set of national core content standards common k-12, in English language arts and math. The purpose is to impose “rigorous standards” so our students will be better prepared for competing in a global economy,and allow comparison of performance across states.
Why are we against the Common Core State Standards?
This is nationalized education without representation. Because curriculum will be tied to the standards,and assessments CCSS violates the 10th amendment, and the three statutes that keep the federal government from creating a nationalized curriculum. Because of the way these standards were adopted parents, teachers, principals, school districts, and even state boards have no control over what is being taught in our schools.
This was said to be a state led initiative, which simply isn’t true. The CCSS were created under the auspices of two D.C. Based trade organizations that have nothing to do with legislation. These organizations were the National Governors Association (NGA), and the Chief Council for State School Officers (CCSSO). These organizations were funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation to jump start this initiative.
How did states get involved?
In 2009 secretary of education Arne Duncan announce the Race to the Top grant application process, which was funded by the stimulus bill. In order to be considered for this grant money states were required to adopt the CCSS and national tests aligned with these standards.
In July of 2009 KS Gov. Mark Parkinson, and Kansas Education Commisioner Alexa Posny signed a memorandum of agreement to participate in Race to the top. The state Board of Education never saw this MOA, and the Legislators knew nothing about this education initiative. Please keep in mind the legislators are not even in session June through November to here testimony on such an idea, which was the plan all along . Also keep in mind in 2009 states were cash strapped looking for ways to fund education.