Georgia State GOP Committee Passes Resolution Against Common Core


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.”

Wow, huh?

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.

About Bob Sikes

A long time ago and a planet far, far away I was an athletic trainer for the New York Mets. I was blessed to be part of the now legendary 1986 World Series Championship. My late father told me that I'd one day be thankful I had that degree in teaching from Florida State University. He was right and I became twice blesses to become a teacher in the late 1990's. After dabbling with writing about the Mets and then politics, I settled on education.
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3 Responses to Georgia State GOP Committee Passes Resolution Against Common Core

  1. AJ says:

    Common Core and more…
    http://www.ed.gov/news/press-releases/fact-sheet-redesigning-americas-high-schools

    More federal intervention in opposition to 20 USC § 3403(b) that crafted the federal ED. This link to the ED fact sheet highlights how the “High School Redesign initiative will challenge high schools and their partners to rethink teaching and learning … Meeting President Obama’s goal to lead the world in college attainment by the end of this decade demands a new investment and vision to transform America’s high schools to prepare students for innovative and global economy.”
    Direct federal interference in state and local education?

  2. Diane Kepus says:

    The real problem I see at this point is the lack of representation the Florida citizens are getting from their elected officials since all instruction comes from the Bush Foundations.

    1. FL citizens can talk until they are blue in the face and they are going to take their lead from the Bush instructions.
    2. Threats and inuendos to Rep Exe. Com Chairs and Tea Party leaders to get their crews in line “or else”.
    3. The Foundations offering to speak at your events or give you “their” materials to pass out.
    4. Legislators, superintendents and school board members admitting they have not read the standards.
    5. How can you sleep at night passing a bill you know nothing about that is so influential on the future of our children?
    6. And they call us the “conspiracy” bunch when it is their side that did this all behind closed doors for a few pieces of silver.
    7. Time to focus on the ballot boxes of 2016 and elect some true grassroots people no matter their party – TIME TO CLEAN OUT TALLY ALL THE WAY FROM THE TOP!

  3. If you recall Bob- The GOP passed a resolution opposing Common Core –

    I’m not sure how it’s going to play out, but as of now, conservatives are running from the GOP, At the rate it’s going, in terms of numbers, the GOP is going to be well behind Indie’s, Libertarians and TEA (Where TEA is listed as an actual party) – A lot of them ain’t going back unless the party ditches McCain, Marco Rubio, Karl Rove, Jeb Bush and Lindsay Graham..

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