1 HOUSE RESOLUTION NUMBER 1,  LEGISLATIVE SESSION 147, 2nd Session JANUARY, 2014

2 WHEREAS, The members of the Delaware House of
3 Representatives recognizes that the State Board of Education’s
4 decision to implement, both, the Common Core Standards and the
5 Smart Balanced Assessment towards Readiness for College and
6 Career’s were not authorized by the Delaware State Legislature;
7 and

8 WHEREAS, In 2010, Delaware became one of 48 states to opt
9 in for the Common Core Standards by accepting federal funds
10 from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and through the
11 Race to the Top Initiative of the federal government; and

12 WHEREAS, Over the next few years, the Common Core
13 Standards, which are largely untested in the United States,
14 will substantively change the educational standards for
15 students in Delaware, thus affecting every teacher and student
16 in the State; and

17 WHEREAS, There are many unknown and significant costs
18 associated with the Common Core Standards and the Smart
19 Balanced Assessment; and

20 WHEREAS, Zero or no substantive cost analysis of the
21 implementation of the Common Core Standards was conducted by

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1 any state-run financial organization, only by a non-partisan, privately funded
2 research organization, RODEL, which under-estimated the financial impact
3 for Delaware by $500 million over 7 years; and

4 WHEREAS, There are many school districts who lacked the
5 technology, infrastructure, and funding to create an
6 environment for the online standards testing required by the
7 Smart Balanced Assessments; and
8 Career’s or the new textbooks that will be needed to teach to
9 the Common Core Standards; and

10 WHEREAS, The State Board of Education has not secured
11 this additional funding for schools that will need curricular, technological,
12 and infrastructure upgrades; and

13 WHEREAS, The most recent data shows that many
14 school districts are operating with a deficit, the prospect of
15 a pension cost-shift, and other expensive unfunded mandates by
16 the State; and

17 WHEREAS, It is inconceivable to require districts to incur
18 costs to upgrade schools in their respective districts because
19 the State Board of Education unilaterally made the decision to
20 move to the Common Core Standards, without counsel from local
21 school districts, without a strong Statewide informational
22 campaign about the Common Core Standards, and without

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1 performing a cost analysis for local school districts and the
2 State; therefore, be it

3 RESOLVED, BY THE HOUSE OF DELEGATES OF THE
4 ONE HUNDRED FORTY SEVENTH GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF DELAWARE, that
5 we urge State Educational Secretary Murphy (or his replacement) and the
6 State Board of Education to delay the implementation of the Common Core
7 Standards until a Board authorized and conducted study shows
8 the costs associated with the Common Core Standards and the
9 Smart Balanced Assessment for College and
10 Career’s; and be it further

11 RESOLVED, That the State Board of Education and General
12 Assembly create a viable plan to provide funding to school
13 districts that need improvements and modernizations to comply
14 with the new Common Core Standards and the Smart
15 Balanced Assessments; and be it
16 further

17 RESOLVED, That suitable copies of this resolution be
18 presented to the State Board of Education and all members of
19 the Illinois General Assembly.

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