Forget the Tea Party.  Forget Constitutionalists.  Forget cowboy sheriffs with guns….

Let us focus on law.

From the Stimulus came the State Fiscal Stabilization Fund and the Race to the Top grant programs that enabled the Department of Ed to set rules for education, in exchange for the money – rules that normally would be determined by the States themselves under the 10th Amendment….

“The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states respectively, or to the people.”

These reforms actually violate three Federal laws. The Department has simply paid others to do that which it is forbidden to do.  Taxpayer money from the stimulus  was used to implement reforms that weakened every State’s autonomy over education…  The Federal Government is running education against the 10th Amendment, even though not specifically allowed under the Constitution.

The flimsy excuse that these ARE state standards only comes from the fig leaf that these standards were led by the Governors at the National Governors Association…  There is no such thing in the U.S. Constitution as a council of governors. Comparing best practices is one thing, but Governors working together to jointly address issues and create rules that affect the whole nation is not a legitimate alternative to Congress, our national representative body. The organizations that introduced Common Core to our nation, state-by-state, had no constitutional commission to do what they did.

Furthermore, it was not the Governors who devised the standards.  The Math Standards were developed by the following, mostly private citizens with no educational background.

  • Sara Clough, Director, Elementary and Secondary School Programs, Development, Education Division, ACT, Inc.
  • Phil Daro, Senior Fellow, America’s Choice
  • Susan K. Eddins, Educational Consultant, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy (Retired)
  • Kaye Forgione, Senior Associate and Team Leader for Mathematics, Achieve
  • John Kraman, Associate Director, Research, Achieve
  • Marci Ladd, Mathematics Consultant, The College Board & Senior Manager and Mathematics Content Lead, Academic Benchmarks
  • William McCallum, University Distinguished Professor and Head, Department of Mathematics, The University of Arizona & Mathematics Consultant, Achieve
  • Sherri Miller, Assistant Vice President, Educational Planning and Assessment System (EPAS) Development, Education Division, ACT, Inc.
  • Ken Mullen, Senior Program Development Associate—Mathematics, Elementary and Secondary School Programs, Development, Education Division, ACT, Inc.
  • Robin O’Callaghan, Senior Director, Mathematics, Research and Development, The College Board
  • Andrew Schwartz, Assessment Manager, Research and Development, The College Board
  • Laura McGiffert Slover, Vice President, Content and Policy Research, Achieve
  • Douglas Sovde, Senior Associate, Mathematics, Achieve
  • Natasha Vasavada, Senior Director, Standards and Curriculum Alignment Services, Research and Development, The College Board
  • Jason Zimba, Faculty Member, Physics, Mathematics, and the Center for the Advancement of Public Action, Bennington College and Cofounder, Student Achievement Partners

The English Language Standards were developed by the following… non Governors…

  • Sara Clough, Director, Elementary and Secondary School Programs, Development, Education Division, ACT, Inc.
  • David Coleman, Founder, Student Achievement Partners
  • Sally Hampton, Senior Fellow for Literacy, America’s Choice
  • Joel Harris, Director, English Language Arts Curriculum and Standards, Research and Development, The College Board
  • Beth Hart, Senior Assessment Specialist, Research and Development, The College Board
  • John Kraman, Associate Director, Research, Achieve
  • Laura McGiffert Slover, Vice President, Content and Policy Research, Achieve
  • Nina Metzner, Senior Test Development Associate—Language Arts, Elementary and Secondary School Programs, Development, Education Division, ACT, Inc.
  • Sherri Miller, Assistant Vice President, Educational Planning and Assessment System (EPAS) Development, Education Division, ACT, Inc.
  • Sandy Murphy, Professor Emeritus, University of California – Davis
  • Jim Patterson, Senior Program Development Associate—Language Arts, Elementary and Secondary School Programs, Development, Education Division, ACT, Inc.
  • Sue Pimentel, Co-Founder, StandardsWork; English Language Arts Consultant, Achieve
  • Natasha Vasavada, Senior Director, Standards and Curriculum Alignment Services, Research and Development, The College Board
  • Martha Vockley, Principal and Founder, VockleyLang, LLC

Those who are test makers and test evaluators, with a very personal financial stake who would benefit greatly from the outcome are highlighted in RED.

There is nothing in the Delaware Code that says Delaware is subservient to a Think Tank.  There is nothing in Delaware Code that says Delaware’s standards are required to be written by LLC’s. There is nothing in Delaware’s Code to even suggest, that because the standards were developed by those who would later profit greatly from them, we are entitled by our Constitution to accept them.

In fact, no vote by any elected official who is accountable to the people,  has ever been required before implementing Common Core.  IT JUST WAS DONE.

Furthermore, it is worth noting that in the only election where this ever went before the people for a vote, Indiana 2012, the people overwhelmingly threw it out and put in an opposing overseer who was outspent 50 to 1….

All signs of the Unconstitutionality of Implementing Common Core….

Forget the Tea Party.  Forget Constitutionalists.  Forget cowboy sheriffs with guns….

Focus on the law.

Why was this implemented without going through the people first?  They are, after all,  officially “the boss”.

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