Massachusetts developed some of the best “state” level standards in the United States prior to Common Core. This happened years ago under Governor Weld.
With the enticing money from Race to the Top, Governor Patrick couldn’t pass those federal dollars up. Yes, Massachusetts sold their children for federal dollars like most Governors around the country.
New Hampshire tried to sell our children during the Lynch tenure, but the Feds denied New Hampshire Race to the Top money.
Now that we can see the numerous problems with the Obama “redesign” in our schools, where are the Governors?
In NH, Governor Hassan is no where to be found. She doesn’t talk about the poor quality of the standards or the unethical and invalid Smarter Balanced Assessments. She doesn’t talk about it but who is?
Let’s look to our friends south of the border to Massachusetts again to see what real leadership looks like. NH PARENTS: Notice how the newly elected Governor in Mass. is choosing to engage parents in a discussion and listen to their concerns.
If a quality education was so important to Governor Hassan, where is the leadership?
Govenor Baker has directed Paul Sagan the Board of Ed Chair to hold a series of public hearings around the state, which will solicit feedback from educators, parents, students and local officials on the PARCC exam and the real-world impact of Common Core standards on teaching and learning. The dates and locations are as follows. This is our opportunity to let our voices be heard. If you are planning on attending let me know. I will let you know the procedure to sign up to speak in the next day or so.
* Tuesday, April 28, 2015, Fitchburg State University, Hammond Hall, 3:00–6:00 p.m. (following the regular Board meeting)
Monday, May 18, 2015, Bunker Hill Community College, A300 Auditorium, 4:00–7:00 p.m. (in lieu of the special Board meeting)
Wednesday, June 10, 2015, Bridgewater State University, Rondileau Campus Center Ballroom, 4:00–7:00 p.m.
Monday, June 22, 2015, North Shore Community College – Lynn Campus, Gymnasium, 4:00–7:00 p.m. (in lieu of the special Board meeting)
Tuesday, July 7, 2015, Springfield Technical Community College, Top of Our City Conference Center, 4:00–7:00 p.m.