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Teachers Against Common Core

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PJSTA Approves Resolution to Oppose Common Core

At today’s regularly scheduled meeting the PJSTA’s Representative. Council unanimously voted to approve the following resolution to oppose the Common Core State Standards. The resolution will be submitted to the AFT and NYSUT for consideration from those parent unions.

Resolution to Oppose the Common Core State Standards

WHEREAS, the purpose of education is to educate a populace of critical
thinkers who are capable of shaping a just and equitable society in
order to lead good and purpose-filled lives, not solely preparation
for college and career; and

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Teachers Know Common Core is an Attack on Them!

(Note: We know teachers are under attack via Common Core.  Here is a letter sent to Donna Garner, a retired teacher and political activist, from a teacher in LA.  Also note that teachers cannot speak publicly against Common Core because many will face a hostile work environment)

“Harsh Words from Los Angeles USD Teacher”

Sent to Donna Garner on 5.13.14

Hi Donna,

I’ve been following your emails regarding Common Core, and the situation certainly is not pretty. Thanks a million for all you do.  Many of my liberal friends are no longer liberals. They’re being screwed, and now they know it. We teachers had a meeting with the man who is basically in charge of all school programming, and it isn’t pretty. He’s leaving since they want him to reapply for a job; but he knows his job is being cut.  He will be gone. More on that in a minute –

Hopefully Common Core can be neutered. I heard that 35 states have legislation to either restrict or eliminate Common Core.  WOW!

Most of our math teachers are puzzled themselves by what they have seen in CC.

Our dept. chair (who is a vocal liberal and was a proponent of CC) came back from a district-wide meeting.  He said the entire CC plan was so illogical that his hands were literally shaking after the meeting was over.

I personally don’t think we have seen the worst of CC as of yet, just a mild prelude.  That’s why it needs to be eliminated and right now! Anyway, thanks ever so much for the emails and updates. I share them with my fellow teachers.

I learned today that LAUSD is eliminating the Special Ed. dept. altogether. I have no idea what they are doing, but it sounds crazy.

Our staff was asked to “apply” for a new school daily operations plan, whereby we could hire our own principal and have a say in the day-to-day operations. That has all backfired as of today, and one of the teachers said she would sue if she has the option. They have made it a living hell for teachers.

LAUSD is also getting rid of all Advanced Placement teachers. They have to reapply to get a job – now teachers will be called  “Instructional Advisors” instead of teachers. Welcome to the real Common Core. Welcome Facilitators. We are no longer to be considered teachers.

People don’t understand the forethought into Common Core and what the feds want to implement.  I’ll work at Home Depot or Wal Mart if it gets me out of here “yesterday.”

I am leaving California and moving to Texas. I would have left this year but because of health problems, I could not afford to leave my insurance. However, I am in the process of trying to get my Texas teaching certificate… At first, the Texas assessments were only given in Texas, but now they are available in San Diego.  I’ll try and take them, but…we’ll see. I used to be a salesman, and I can do that again.  I will do anything to get out of LAUSD.

Donna, please keep letting people, teachers, and parents know what is going on in the schools here. If parents really knew, they would be utterly shocked. This is where the education is heading. Complete control by the Feds. They are doing it to the teachers right now, yet the unsuspecting public is like the proverbial “frog in boiling water.” It’s over with here!

Anyway, just thought I’d let you know where Common Core is going. We in LAUSD are at the forefront. I’m going to try and document as many of the changes as possible so that I can send it to you.  Maybe you can use it to alert the rest of America

Take care, Donna, and thanks for helping me see some of the CC stuff; the whole picture is clearly coming into view now. I hope Texas is a better place for me to live and teach.



A Teacher Resigns Over Common Core

“I can no longer be a part of a system that continues to do the exact opposite of what I am supposed to do as a teacher–I am supposed to help them think for themselves, help them find solutions to problems, help them become productive members of society.”

Colorado Springs Teacher Denounces Common Core In Resignation Letter

Let Pauline Hawkins tell you about her struggle to teach in the face of federal interference.

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Common Core – Proof Teachers Can’t Use Curriculum and Methods They Choose

The Jonesboro Sun printed this article on Saturday April 19, 2014. They are now running ads on TV advertising Common Core and saying how much teachers like it (what a joke) and the ad ends by sayings teachers can teach what they want to teach and the way they want to teach. Teachers know this is the farthest thing from the truth but may not know what is behind it. Senator Joyce Elliott (D), the sponsor of the evaluation law below, is one of the legislators that kept repeating the same myth at the Common Core legislative meetings in Little Rock last July, that the standards did not dictate what or how the teachers were to teach. (Jonesboro Representative Homer Lenderman (D) was the sponsor of the bill in the House.) Elliott knew without a doubt that she was purposely being deceitful because she had sponsored the law that locked the teachers into what and how to teach or risk losing their jobs. There are some interesting quotes in the article footnotes. ~ Debbie Pelley

Pelley responds:

Debbie Pelley, Contributing Author: Last week a “conservative” proponent for Common Core was interviewed on a local radio station. She spouted the same line that other proponents, legislators, and even governors everywhere are using to combat critics of Common Core – that Common Core are only standards, and the state, district, and teachers have the choice as to how to meet those standards.1

She repeatedly said Common Core doesn’t tell districts and teachers what to teach or what methods to use and challenged listeners to read the standards to see how benign they are. The Sun quoted her as saying at a meeting in Jonesboro, “There’s not a problem with Common Core, but trouble with school districts’ implementation of it.”2 That statement itself defies common sense. Then why would schools be using the same Common Core curriculum and methods all across the nation, and why is there the same mass opposition in almost every state?

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Teachers Refuse to Administer Standardized Tests

Three NYC teachers refuse to administer standardized tests–neither this year, nor in the future. The post includes their letter to the Powers That Be and their 13 page well-researched (& footnoted) position paper.

This is more than a rejection of Common Core, this is a rejection of standardization. New York City, the home of John Taylor Gatto, is rising up in total opposition to these reforms.

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