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HB 50 simply allows parents to opt out…  If a parent wants his child to take the Smarter Balanced Assessment, he can have his child take the Smarter Balanced Assessment.  If a parent wants his child to opt out of the Smarter Balanced Assessment, he can have his child opt out of the Smarter Balanced Assessment….  That is all, Below are those who are in line to vote No on allowing parents opt out their child…..

Gerald Brady

Melanie George Smith:   melanie.g.smith@state.de.us

Debra J. Heffernan

Bryon H. Short:    Bryon.Short@state.de.us

S. Quinton Johnson:   Quinton.Johnson@state.de.us

Peter C. Schwartzkopf

Valerie Longhurst

Michael A. Barbieri

Stephen T. Smyk   Steve.Smyk@state.de.us

Michael Ramone

Earl G. Jaques Jr

W. Charles Paradee

Sean M. Lynn

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These 13 have never ever strayed far from any of jack’s preferred pieces of legislation…  His threat of veto was aimed at these 13 to hold firm, no matter what their constituents want or said.  These 13 are the governor’s pocket votes.  Life should be very interesting for them across the next four days.

Essentially these 13 are siding with the lobbyists and corporations against parents… They feel corporations know best.. whereas parents don’t know jack….

The threat to veto and the closeness of the possibility to override it… (right now it looks possible) in all the excitement this seemingly generates, it is drawing, it is sucking all the wind from a more important story which still needs told…..

We would not be talking about a veto if Common Core was successful policy…. 

If you ever needed proof that Common Core needs to be ditched completely, having the “Education Governor” (who led the governor’s  “reform educational movement” leading out of the Great Republican Recession of 2009) on the skids locally for his educational policies to the point that his veto is about to be overturned…….  who could have ever imagined that in 2009?

It means his policy (Common Core) is a disaster.

Sure he can stake his hopes on a massive counterattack, similar to the 1945 German offensive known as the Battle of the Bulge, but in the larger context it is pretty obvious that general momentum of the war has turned, and that it is only a matter of time until the requested unconditional surrender is received….  parents (representing the Allies) are winning this war over children, and  the corporate reformers such as Markell, Murphy, charter schools, Great Oaks, Rodel, and Longwood Foundation, (Nazis) are losing ground on a war far to extensive and widespread for them to contain…..

As did Hitler, they will continue to exhort… The Germans used 12 year old boys to temporarily hold Berlin against the Russians so its generals and party officials could escape…. (Those boys’ role today is being played by Governor’s commissions). The fighting  against the opt-out movement will continue but for parents of children everywhere there is now light at the end of this long tunnel…..

We should be grateful that in this war we are not killing people. just setting policy… But it has become rather clear that if the Governor feels threatened enough to veto an attempt to simply allow parents to control the education of their child, this reform movement cannot advance any further in a democracy…

For corporate educational  reform to now go forward, they either have to a) change the Constitution, or b) do away with it all together…. The People have awakened, and going against their anger in a democracy, makes ones party lose the next election….  That is what democracy, is.

This is not the time for Opt Outers to pull back.. This is the time to ramp it up, and get this war over (they are on the ropes) …. soon, so we can have our loving children in our arms again…. not some skeletons whose brains have been sucked out by a relentless cruel Smarter Balanced test designed only to pigeon-hole your child into a useless, dull, demeaning future……

There was a lot of political flack when Deldot during the late months of the Minner administration finally discovered that the Indian River Bridge they had  contracted and was being built, was structurally unsafe and had to be demolished with one being built anew. (thanks JoAnne.)

The bridge would collapse.  It made no sense to continue building it. And it would certainly make no sense to let people drive across it… So they tore it down, and rebuilt the magnificent bridge that is there today…. then sued the engineers who cost us money.

Though there was plenty of blame being thrown back and forth as to whose fault it was, I don’t think I heard anyone argue for continuing the building of that bridge because we needed to handle more traffic getting across the inlet….

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Contrast that with the Smarter Balanced today… The governor’s task force acknowledges the massive horrific deficiencies of the entire Smarter Balanced system, but argues for it, saying:… “We need testing to measure results…. ”

Huh?

Contrast that with Earl Jacques caricature of representing the Educational Overseeing Committee of the Delaware House.  “Though these tests are extremely flawed and dangerous, we still need these tests to measure results…..”

Huh?

Contrast this to the governor stating that even though these tests are “not the best”; have considerable “deficiencies”‘; are “doing the best they can”, they must be used because we wouldn’t have a measurement of our schools otherwise.

Huh?

So what is entirely different between tearing down a failing bridge and supporting a failing test regime?  It is this:  no one they know is going to take that harmful test; everyone they know at some point has to drive over that bridge….

Imagine if we’d kept that bridge simply because we got rid of the old one first?   Well, that is exactly what is happening with this Smarter Balanced Assessment…. It is unsafe,  (100% child psychologists say do not let your child take this test) and supposedly because we don’t have another one, we are keeping it open so when it does collapse ….. it will because of our stupidity take a lot of people with it….

Huh?

The only argument opponents of HB. 50 can effectively make to balance the thousands of arguments that parents have for opting out their child…. is this one…

“the validity of overall test results will be undermined if large numbers of students do not participate in the assessment.” ….

It dawned on me today as I read that:    that is exactly the point of opting out….

  • If you knew you were going to have a bad court appearance, you’d seek a continuance or change of venue.
  • If you knew your boss was going to fire you, you’d call out sick so he couldn’t.
  • If you knew your marriage was going to be a mistake, you’d call off the wedding… or not show up.

That is exactly the point.  This test is so horrific, so malicious, so inane, so bizarre, so misappropriated, that taking it is not good…  Why would, or how could any parent NOT opt out their child to spare them the ignominy this test will bring upon them?

All tests are flawed measures of education… this one is a travesty to even those previous poor tests.  This test is dangerous and undermining its assessment should be a public duty of ALL citizens, not just parents of children in school……

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Courtesy of chm.

In 1957 a new drug burst on the European market.  Marketed in 1957 in West Germany under the trade-name Contergan. The German drug company Chemie Grünenthal (now Grünenthal) developed and sold the drug. Primarily prescribed as a sedative or hypnotic, thalidomide also claimed to cure “anxiety, insomnia, gastritis, and tension”.[3] Afterwards, it was used against nausea and to alleviate morning sickness in pregnant women. Thalidomide became an over the counter drug in Germany on October 1, 1957. Shortly after the drug was sold in Germany, between 5,000 and 7,000 infants were born with phocomelia (malformation of the limbs). Only 40% of these children survived.  Throughout the world, about 10,000 cases were reported of infants with phocomelia due to thalidomide; only 50% of the 10,000 survived. Those subjected to thalidomide while in the womb experienced limb deficiencies in a way that the long limbs either were not developed or presented themselves as stumps. Other effects included deformed eyes and hearts, deformed alimentary and urinary tracts, blindness and deafness  —Wikipedia… 

 

Like Common Core, no preliminary tests were run… Like Common Core the drug was sold in advance before it was finished.  Like Common Core, those taking it were never given true facts about the risks….  The drug caused a 50% fetal death rate. Those who survived lived with great challenges….

So today, the testing community and those like Earl Jacques, state reps in their employ, often state that state testing is necessary to measure progress….

Your response to that needs to be…  “Yes, just like Drugs are necessary to kill disease.  But some drugs are dangerous. Some drugs have serious side effects… (why don’t you try living with a 4 hour erection?)….  We don’t give drugs out to everyone unless they are proven safe to everyone, do we?  Isn’t that exactly why we have prescriptions?..”

The argument is not over standardized testing… it is over this dangerous Thalidomidic test, the Smarter Balanced Assessment, which does lasting damage… No one is talking about all drugs in general… It is about one specific drug that causes irreparable damage on a gigantic scale …

At least back in 1958 responsible people finally took the drug off the market… That is what needs to happen with the Smarter Balanced Assessment….  Back then, they weren’t worried about corporate profits; they worried about the defects being caused in real children.

Whose opinion would you trust with your child’s or grandchild’s future?  Jack Markell’s?   Or 100% of child psychologists who say…. “You really need to opt your child out of this test..”

When you hear talk of how we need testing… remember the entire opt-out movement is about this one test, (for us) the Smarter Balanced Assessment and how horrible it is… imagine if all pregnant women today were required to take Thalidomide? And if they were aware of its side effects, still they were not allowed to opt out?

ITTS…. It’s This Test, Stupid.  Nothing more, nothing less.  ITTS…..

if I felt that blacks had become too uppity and needed to be shown their place (as slaves or the closest we can put them there) how would I go about it?

I would do what any corporation does…  i would set them up to fail.  Then draw everyone’s attention that they are failing.  I would pretend to try and help.  And then, would say, look, it is pointless, see, even with help they are inferior and we should just recognize that, lock them down, and move forward…..

I would design a test that blacks could not pass. I would mandate that all schools must give it.  It would be about farming, something blacks would have no knowledge about.  We would  even use a dialect, rural midwestern twang, and all answers done in southern diction we would mark wrong.

I would then hold those students back a grade, and fire their teachers, saying they are embarrassments to society and heap shame and ridicule upon them.  We would use these tests to close schools, and put in our own, which would be guaranteed to fail over time….

We would do nothing about poverty these blacks live in.. In fact, we’d reduce their caloric intake 40% by cutting back on SNAP… making them eat less while raising their minimal standards.   We’d make them ineligible for medical care by raising prices to where they could never afford it.

We would also fight every minimum wage increase.

But we would focus primarily upon making a test where only those able to pass, get to taste the good life, and all others toil in squalor in the purgatory we set up for them.

Since we would use this test to cull the blacks out from whites, we would have to be very careful not to fail whites who were less smart than those blacks…  We would have to keep the test secret; we’d have to keep the answers secret, and we would have to keep the grading scale secret…  In this bubble of total secrecy, we disseminate scores completely impossible for independent corroboration.  Therefore a black scoring over 1550 could be called a failure and a white scoring 550 could be deemed passing… We just put PASS next to the white, and FAIL next to the black.

Then we’d make sure that only those who scored high, went forward.  We’d make those failing have to take remedial classes until they gave up in disgust.  Then we utter, you can lead a horse to water but you can’t make him drink….

We would then take over schools that failed and put in our policies.  We would teach second class citizenship. We would teach they were too dumb for anything else. We would browbeat little kids with threats of horror to instill fear of their white overlords.

We would close all competition which was trying to improve the lot of black students; particular those assisting at-need kids. There would only be one option, our schools of indoctrination….

We would make passing this one test, the only way one could go forward… To college.  For a trade job.  For clerical work. For teaching.  Those who never pass, get shunted to the sub class of the cities…  In this way we could control access to good jobs and make sure blacks never get them.

Most of all, since discrimination is illegal, we must pretend we would be doing it “for the children”… We’d say  it is such a shame inner city children are being left behind because of “the soft bigotry of low expectations.”  We say we must rigorously instill demanding regimens and tasks to jolt “these people” out of their slumber.  But really, we just want to make them all fail so we can give the good job money to the whites, and blacks can all hang out to protest at the next riot site.

That is how I would make blacks the new Jews of the Fourth Reich… That is how I would  go about to change the benefits once instilled by Dr. Martin Luther King, so they look less and less promising to Afro-Americans in school.

Dear Legislator:

I found you here:

And got your address here:

I need a favor and will certainly remember it in the next election cycle.  I need you to support HB 50 which will guarantee that my sons and daughters will not be punished because I am keeping them home during the Smarter Balanced Assessment.. I really had no other choice, they are sick… Wink Wink.

This is a bad test.  Although I was on the fence before, after taking the tests myself, I am certain that keeping my child away from this thing is the right thing to do….

I understand that in any vote, there are arms and legs of yours getting pulled from each side… Those making money off this probably have a stronger grip on you than I ever could… I just ask you to realize what you are about to do…  You are about to say to parents, that despite you not knowing what this test will do, you are going to mandate that all children must take this test regardless of any parents looking out for their child’s best interest who strongly disagree.

Understand this:  this is exactly the same as if you were asking the population at large to take a shot of live germs to protect us against something most of us will never get, let us say Ebola.  The vaccine was rushed and has barely been tested, but even those initial few tests contaminated massive numbers of the population with a live disease and who will never be the same again. A) This vaccine has never been proven safe. B) It has never been shown to work, C) It has never been independently certified. In fact: contrary to statements of its supporters, all evidence out there points to its being dreadfully unsafe and its having no positive value whatsoever…. Those investing in the medicine are making expansive arguments and sweeping claims, which when investigated across two years time, all stand on zero proof… Those against this vaccine are simply saying we need to see more positive proof and to see less harm, before we allow this upon our children…

If you are a parent yourself, you already know THAT is the fundamental right, if not duty of all parents.  It supersedes religion. it supersedes government, it certainly supersedes education.

We now need you to do the right thing and allow parents to opt out without penalty…..it is a right up there with their rights to free speech and to freedom of religion.  It should be guaranteed in the Constitution;  it is their freedom to raise their child.

Please weigh this heavily. This may be the vote that decides your next election…. Those lobbying a “no” vote will be long gone or have endorsements that carry no weight in November 2016.   But rest assured that whichever way you choose to vote, every time the words “Smarter Balanced Assessments” get uttered, every parent in your district will remember….

I hope the tone of this comes across as just stating facts; that is the way it was intended….. nothing more, nothing less.

We all make mistakes. When we do, our real character becomes public… Do we choose to continue harming others to support our own misguided judgment for no other reason than personal vanity?  Or, do we switch sides when the evidence is overwhelming, and admit our mistake (*we were lied to) and fight all the harder to make what is “right”, happen for those powerless and counting upon us?……

Hitler is an example of the first… The morphing of the Apostle Paul from the Hebrew Saul, is an example of the latter…..

Both Deborah Wilson and Jea Street were quoted in the News Journal being against HB 50, the Parental Opt Out Bill… Both cited inner city children as the reason for their assessment….

Their difference in opinion comes from the stark difference between their dreams and the reality of the Smarter Balanced Assessment.  No one should be held up to ridicule for their dreams…

Their dream is noble;  I fully support them.  Where we differ is that their actions are harmful to that dream’s achievement, whereas ours are supportive…  I sort of liken their attitude to those Reconstructionist blacks elected in the South after the Civil War, who became convinced that an ignorant populace was detrimental to the advancement of blacks and allowed and even supported the imposition of poll tests and poll taxes which soon eliminated all blacks from voting…  Whereas ideally only enlightened people, well educated on all government’s details, should be allowed to cast their votes, their decision to back that, disenfranchised black votes for almost 100 years…  Until the Civil Rights Acts, blacks never could overturn those bad choices because they could never vote….

Blackie, how many jelly beans are in that jar?

Blackie, use the connect line tool to determine the boundaries of rectangle that has 875 square units (problem 609 on the 5th Grade Smarter Balanced Assessment).

Their dream and mine, is to make it possible for ever child, no matter how poor, to have the opportunity to become a doctor if he/she so desires…  And they are absolutely correct:  education is the only tool that can ever make that happen.  But like guessing the number of jelly beans in a jar, the Smarter Balanced Assessment actually makes that dream harder to achieve, not easier….

It does so in these ways.

A).  It sets the standard so unrealistically high, no inner city child can ever reach it.  Imagine… setting this minimal standard for being allowed on a beginning level basket team:  hitting over 70% of 3 pointers shot…  That standard will never create inner-city basketball stars because no poor child is ever given the opportunity of joining a team, then receive instruction to grow and develop ones skills by trial and error until that level can be reached…. yet the daughter of one of New Castle’s top land developers can be have such an opportunity because they were born with a basketball court in their back yard…

Yet what would work (to continue the basketball analogy), would be to set up basketball camps every summer which all inner city participants could freely participate and even recruit NBA superstars to show up and give helpful tips and teach role modelship.

Whereas the ideals are consistent; the direction taken is as wrong as is the difference between success and failure.  Deborah Wilson and Street misleadingly think that supporting “a high standard”, will in itself create good players… Creating good players is the right goal; they are mistakenly backing the wrong approach.

B)  It like the horror stories of Communist Russia and Communist China under which many of us grew up hearing as to why “we always should be proud and supportive of America”…. the Smarter Balanced Assessment will catalog each child by the time they are eight as to what their future should be.  Imagine if you were cataloged at age 8…   Would any inner city child at age 8 be cataloged as a future doctor?

This test is not some buoying buttress raising poor children from out of the raging flood… Instead, it actually cuts the ropes previously in place, from the bridge preventing anyone lucky enough to catch one, from ever pulling themselves out.

What IS needed to achieve that dream, is dedicated teachers with a union behind them strong enough to stand up to power junkies who would use your children just to enrich their own pockets.  That is exactly what we don’t have, and why we are considering “OPTING OUT” today.  Were their unions actually strong enough to say, “NO” to the smarter balance assessment during its inception, as did all who privately were part of the decision to go forward,  this would never have created the political vacuum in our legislatures allowing this bills to pass.  Teachers would simply not have it.

But laws banning strikes have undercut the power of teachers so much that if any teacher today speaks her mind about the damage Common Core is doing to American Education overall, they will be fired… Which explains why there has been too much silence up to now coming from teachers over this topic.

Imagine if every teacher had only 11 students and their job was to make sure each of those students improved over the course of their tutelage.   Now imagine if each class of 11 students were all at similar levels of development.  Now imagine the teacher could go as fast forward, or as slow as necessary as her group of eleven children needed to grow and develop to their point necessary… Imagine if the only grade those children got, came from their one teacher, who knew what they were capable of and who knew exactly what they did or did not know?

This concept of teaching works…  Arbitrarily guessing answers on a test you don’t understand (and no adult understands) does not ….

C)  There was a time (and both Jea Street and Deborah Wilson remember them), when students of color and poverty, were written off.  Their schools were token shells and though their teachers were well meaning, resources were lacking to give all children of color an education equivalent to those white, right, and having money.  To this extent, both of the above are trying to prevent this return and both see having schools be accountable to a test, as the one way to make sure the slide backwards does not occur….

However, that said, and to use the basketball analogy again, this test and its cutoff of failing the bottom 70% of population, is not the answer. It is harmful to the dream…

Another test, any other test, perhaps might be conducive.  But it would have to be created by educators, real teachers. real professors, and not corporate shills who once slept in a Holiday Inn Express because its bill was paid by one Bill Gates and Melinda Foundation.  Experts in education?  Not.

D)  The Smarter Balance Assessment can become the equivalent of the wearing of a Jewish star in Nazi Germany.  It separates those who are considered the pathetic underclass from the rest. This rebuts what was presented by one of Markell’s butt-lickers in the House Education Committee hearing on that bill.  He was concerned the pickanninies of the inner city would encourage opting out, blessed with the hat tip from schools who didn’t want them lowering the scores. This he stated, would give false readings…  The truth is that with massive non-involvement, all ratings would be null and void because the 95% threshold of test-taking would not be met… His entire argument is moot, in other words.

However if his concern was genuine, he should instead look to a solution… That solution is to insist and finance all schools with over 50% of reduced lunch in grades k thru 5 and in 9th grade, with an 11:1 student teacher ratio.  All personal experience as well as psychological research point to this indelible effect of teaching:  we only learn what we want to learn.  If we don’t want to learn something, our brains won’t let us learn it…

There are two ways to make one want to learn… One is through threats like this : if you don’t pass the Smarter Balanced Assessment you will fail:.. The other is through inducements…  and the greatest inducement in human behavior is praise from someone we desire to receive praise from….  “You got it!  I’m so proud of you!”

That latter one cannot happen as long as the Smarter Balanced Assessment is the only determinant worth of every child…. We are not machines, nor should we ever strive to be.  We are human beings whose brains receive no influence by how dark be our skin,  and we all learn when our emotions “like” something so much, they indelibly etch those moments on our gray matter forever.

If you want doctors to come from poor homes in the inner city, you can have them, lots of them… but you have to go down the right path to get them…  You have to invest in teachers who have time, past experience, and the dedication to teach.  You need teachers who deeply care about children as human beings, and to whom the children love being taught.. You also need an efficient system to remove those disrupters who repeatedly interfere with learning…. Except for a few exceptionals, that would usually be the teacher in an 11:1 student teacher ratio.

WE can achieve the dream…

The first step is allowing parents to opt out of the Smarter Balanced Assessment thereby undermining any credibility those who wish to keep children of color down, will draw from.  That means pass HB 50.

The second is to fund an 11:1 Student Teacher Ratio in all schools with larger than 50% reduced lunch, from ages K through 5 and 9th Grade….

The third, is to remove The Smarter Balanced Test from the test regime all together…  Return to the DCAS or do nothing; both an improvement over the status quo.

The fourth, is to stop charter schools from stealing public school funds.  Either let public schools inherit the Charters as they expire, or fund all charters by line items in the state budget as are vocational schools, and raise taxes on the top one percent to pay for them. Let public schools keep all funding the public voted for them to have.

The fifth, is to put students in classes grouped on their same level… This allows more efficient teaching than having to alternate between teaching exceptional children and severely challenged while losing those in the middle of all the same class..

When and if inner city schools again become places where learning is fun, we will get our fair share of doctors…  Hard work can be fun, whenever there is a viable reason behind it…   The Smarter Balance Assessment has as much reason behind each of its questions as was the reason behind guessing the number of jelly beans in a jar….

So how will you assess how well this new educational program is doing?  Simply count the large number of doctors you can now create….

But first, you have, utterly have to get rid of the Smarter Balanced Assessment as the first step… And that does mean opting out en masse… 

In any argument, after enough time goes by, so much dirt gets thrown it becomes hard to realize in real time what the fight was originally over… just as every  marital argument always goes back to the time “that women” bent over to pick something off the sidewalk, and the husband looked at her in a way he’s never been caught looking at his lifelong partner… Who cares if the original argument started over taking out the garbage?….

So it is with opt out… and HB 50….. |

Here is the original argument.

HB 50 allows parents to opt their child out of the state test without having their child being singled out and punished for their action.  ..  That is all.

HB 50 is required because the DOE, the administration, Rodel, News Journal, Earl Jacques, Dave Sokola, Delaware Charter School Network, Vision (whatever year it is), all say children are required  by law to take this test….  (They aren’t; parents can and could have opted them out at any test previously).

Parents need to opt out of this test because it is dangerous for their child.  Never before in the history of American education have we forced 8 year olds to take tests on par with the GRE, LSAT, and MCAT’s, both in their age-level difficulty and the test’s importance to their future…. 100% of child psychologists all say this is extremely harmful for little children whose brains are barely developed.

No previous test has ever been this dangerous, harmful, or damaging.  This is about you as a parent, strictly opting out of the Smarter Balanced Assessment to keep your child from a) either stressing out; or b) having this ridiculous label of FAILURE permanently stamped on his record…. CHILD DID NOT MEET MINIMUM STANDARDS ON SMARTER BALANCED ASSESSMENT 2015 (even though all other tests have labeled him/her as exceptional or proficient.)

Not even professional adults can pass these tests…. The ELA’s have 4 correct answers and each child must decided which of the 4 was deemed to be “the best” answer… (I always get these wrong) This is subjective grading and therefore is unfair and must be disallowed.

These tests do not give feedback to students… No student, no teacher, no administrator ever knows what question each child missed… There is zero credibility here… Any student can be given an undeserved FAIL with no way to challenge it by showing the test to be mistaken.. Recently one Pearson test had Annapolis as the correct capitol of Delaware. Likewise, another student can be given an undeserved EXCEPTIONAL with no way to challenge it (as if someone would)… one possible example: one male student in Wilmington Charter School who shares the same last name with our governor…  These scores are released in the middle of summer, long after a school year has ended….  when the old tests (DCAS) could be graded on the spot…. The reason for the delay, is because this test is not scored based on right or wrong answers.  This test is based on a curve… set by predetermined percentage… Even if every student previously passed the DCAS, it has been fore-ordained that only 30 percent shall survive the Smarter Balanced… Why?  Because the order went out to pass only the top 30 %…..

Bottom line, ITTS… It’s This Test, Stupid.  Children must not take this test, and if our school is intent on “following orders” despite their implications upon children’s lives, it forces parents to become the adults in the room and keep their child home or at minimum, force their school to divert them to a study hall during testing. …

That is what this bill is about…  There is no dollar amount of educational data that is worth the suicidal death of any child. Anyone who votes against HB 50 is, like it or not, voting for the forced continuance of child psychological torture to save their own future financial security, and nothing else.  You are saying, by voting NO on HB 50, that this state can allow whatever any future corporation wants to do to our state’s children and henceforth, all parents are powerless to do anything about it…

In a moral and just world, there would be zero votes against HB 50…  Anything less than its unanimous passage is criminal.  Voting against HB 50 means you a) either hate children… or …b) are so completely ignorant over what this Smarter Balanced Test does to “their” future, that you could never be elected to office again….  Every House of Delegate or Senator who votes NO against this bill will be forever listed along with their photochopped picture, on the kavips Wall of Shame….. It may not seem like much now, but each of you all know how those play out every other November…   You all know.

With all the hoopla over HB 50, this seems to have been lost in the wash… But our sister RTTT state, Tennessee who was also the first to jump aboard RTTT with Delaware, just voted to dump Common Core….

Let that sink in…. A state which went through the exact same process as did Delaware, … voted to dump Common Core… We are asking our General Assembly to vote soon and extend it 5 more years!

Was it a close vote?  Not hardly.    On Monday, the Tennessee House of Representatives voted unanimously (97:0) to repeal Common Core. Tuesday, the Tennessee State Senate followed with a (27:1) vote in favor of repeal….

Their bill, HB1035, also increases accountability by mandating that all educational standards committee appointees be confirmed by the House of Representatives and Senate.  This requires the state board of education or the department of education to cancel any memorandum of understanding concerning the Common Core State Standards entered into with the national governor’s association and the council of chief state school officers.

And every anti-Common Core parent will cheer over the second amendment.. AMENDMENT #2 refers to “postsecondary-and-workforce ready standards” instead of “college-and-career ready standards”, a far more honest appellation.

“Both Democrats and Republicans in my district are strongly against Common Core,” said co-sponsor Rep. Bryan Terry (R-Murfreesboro).”  As they should be, as all should be…..

The question is whether their governor, educational reformer Bill Haslam will veto the bill and risk certain political death as a result pf going against its overwhelming support, or go with the tidal wave of anti-Common Core sentiment surging across the rest of America, and sign it.

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