From Marietti Daily Journal reporter Lindsay Field:
MARIETTA — The chess match over Georgia’s involvement in a controversial program to create nationwide educational standards got deeper over the weekend.The State Committee of the Georgia Republican Party adopted a resolution Saturday that recommends the state withdraw from participation in the Common Core standards and the national tests that are tied to them. It also asks the Legislature to prohibit state officials from entering into any agreements that would cede local control over education to the federal government. Also banned under the resolution would be the collection, tracking and sharing of student and teacher data with schools or agencies outside the state.The Common Core standards initiative started more than five years ago as an effort by private and government forces to establish a nationwide set of educational standards for students in kindergarten through 12th grade, starting with English and math. Standards are expected later for science and social studies.But critics worry that Common Core has become President Barack Obama’s attempt to federalize education. Obama has tied his federal “Race to the Top” funds to the acceptance of Common Core standards.Sen. Lindsey Tippins (R-Marietta), who chairs the Senate Education and Youth Committee, said the vote by party leaders won’t dictate any action by state legislators but that it shows there’s a “great deal” of concern about Common Core and its ramifications.He wasn’t surprised the resolution passed but he was surprised by the unanimous vote.“I figured there would be some opposition,” he said.
Tippins – who it’s noteworthy is a republican – sees the troublesome link to already established test regimes.
Tippins said he is most concerned about the testing portion of the national standards.
“If you control the testing mechanism, you’re going to control what’s in the curriculum,” he said. “Because testing is going to drive what’s being taught in the classroom. That is the scary part to me.”
Such words out of the mouth of a Florida republican legislator would be a real show stopper. It appears that Georgia republican aren’t buying into the gambit that Common Core is about preparing a work force. They must not get their talking points from the Bush foundation. While Georgia’s republican legislative body are just like Florida’s in that they both drink charter school Kool-Aid, it’s refreshing to see them skeptical of Common Core and testing.