The following Resolution passed overwhelmingly at the 2014 state GOP Convention.
WHEREAS…America is a society which values rugged individualism, family, excellence, and diversity;
WHEREAS…The Common Core Approach to education is a one-size-fits-all standard, regardless of personal and professional goals or individual talents, thereby conflicting with the aforementioned American values;
WHEREAS…Common Core is based upon a high stakes test which is contrary to the best research which supports local regular quizzing and classroom testing;
WHEREAS…America has long valued local control, and the Tenth Amendment of the Constitution leaves Education in the hands of the States and the People;
WHEREAS…Common Core is a national standard masquerading as local standards and has bypassed the process of legislative approval, public development, and has had limited local control;
WHEREAS…Common Core is being rejected by teachers, parents, and concerned citizens across America;
WHEREAS…Common Core, as currently being proposed to be implemented, will harm special education students and their rights under federal law;
WHEREAS… Common Core will cost tens of millions to implement in Delaware in addition to the money already spent, in order to purchase new curriculum.
WHEREAS…Power is being taken from local school boards and elected officials and concentrated in the Delaware Department of Education and the Federal Department of Education;
WHEREAS…The Common Core Assessments and Implementation have been criticized even by those who supported it in 2012, such as the DSEA and DE PTA. Opposition to Common Core crosses party, ethnic, religious, and ideological lines; and;
WHEREAS…Common Core will undermine centers for excellence in education such as home schools, private schools, unique charter schools, and even affects colleges and universities;
THEREFORE… Let it be resolved by The Republican Party Of Delaware Assembled at Convention this September 13, 2014, that THE REPUBLICAN PARTY OF DELAWARE SUPPORTS THE IMMEDIATE ENACTMENT OF LEGISLATION TO REPEAL COMMON CORE AND SMARTER BALANCED ASSESSMENTS IN THE STATE OF DELAWARE.
DAVID L. ANDERSON, KENT COUNTY
LORRAINE O. GLOEDE, KENT COUNTY
MIGUEL PEREZ-FABAR, Sussex County
JOHN RADELL, NEW CASTLE COUNTY
CHERYL PRECOURT, KENT COUNTY
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