Delaware Republicans Go On Record Calling for the Repeal of Common Core

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. SUBMITTED BY DELEGATE DAVID L. ANDERSON, KENT COUNTY JOINED BY… DELEGATE LORRAINE O. GLOEDE, KENT COUNTY DELEGATE MIGUEL PEREZ-FABAR, Sussex County DELEGATE JOHN RADELL, NEW CASTLE COUNTY DELEGATE CHERYL PRECOURT, KENT COUNTY

26 thoughts on “Delaware Republicans Go On Record Calling for the Repeal of Common Core”

  1. While it makes a statement, THAT IS ALL IT MAKES a statement. It will never pass in legislative hall we have accepted to much federal funding during the Race to the Top, we are the puppet the feds are the puppet master.

  2. I disagree my friend. In 3 to 4 years, Common Core will be gone from Delaware. As long as Jack Markell is Governor, it won’t be repealed except by a miracle. That miracle could be a GOP senate and 4 house pick ups. Those are long shots, but actually possible. I can count the seats that are flipable. We would have to run the table though. House races 10th, the 4th, the 31st, 29th, the 41st, and I can’t remember the number of Rebecca Walker’s current seat. All six are winnable, we have to hold our own 3 vulnerable seats. If we win 3 or 4, then run the table on the 3 senate races which are the 10th, 17th, and 21st, while keeping Senator Lopez it changes the entire dynamic. We can win any of those races, and it will be an important advance. If lightning strikes and we win all of 3 senate races, it will speed up needed reforms.

  3. “Race to the top money runs out this year. It is time that we chart our own course.”

    We did, for many years. It’s the reason Delaware sank in education ratings. While kids were skating through the Delaware tests, they were falling behind nationally.

  4. Nobody. You are not in tune with facts. I know it is hard to sort wheat from chaff especially when we only have one paper that does nothing less than act like a marketer for the current governor.

    Facts are that Common Core is disruptive, dangerous, and simply inane…

    Please read up before doing any further damage to your otherwise wise and witty commentary here..

    Thanks.

  5. David look at how much money we already accepted under RTT. Delaware received 100 Million from RTT during Phase One. Yes the money runs out this year, which creates a situation that no one has even thought to address.

    How are the programs implemented with the 100 Million the state received going to be sustained when the money runs out ?

  6. Read the statement again. It says not a word about Common Core. I’m an agnostic. I don’t think it will do any more harm that we are currently doing, and I don’t think it will fix anything. To the extent that it might empower corporate forces, I’m against it — but being against Common Core is to oppose a symptom, not the underlying disease.

    You should, but won’t, realize that your opposition to CC is not like conservative opposition. Conservatives ultimately are against the union, not the corporatization of education; why do you think they’re so supportive of for-profit corporate takeovers of schools? On this very blog types a woman who doesn’t know her posterior from her elbow about education, but she knows communism when she sees it, and she’s rabidly anti-CC. Is that the company you’re willing to keep?

  7. “How are the programs implemented with the 100 Million the state received going to be sustained when the money runs out ?”

    You don’t understand the nature of corporate-backed education “reform.” The money was needed to buy the software; Delaware was one of the test markets for the “reform” software that teachers in the targeted schools must navigate.

    I wouldn’t worry about the state picking up a large annual tab. Without federal money this initiative, like all such initiatives, will wither away. I see no sign from either party to suggest otherwise.

  8. nobody concerning corporate backed education reform. Having served on a school board during NCLB and spouse of an educator I understand all to well.

  9. Nobody September 14, 2014 at 11:24 “To the extent that it might empower corporate forces, I’m against it — but being against Common Core is to oppose a symptom, not the underlying disease.”

    Nobody September 14, 2014 at 11:24 “Conservatives ultimately are against the union, not the corporatization of education; why do you think they’re so supportive of for-profit corporate takeovers of schools?”
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    Conservatives are NOT supportive of corporatization of education. Conservatives are in favor of parents through the local school board controlling the education of their children.

    They should be free of union control, federal control, and corporate control.

    However, the local school board should be free to hire any resources it wants — including for-profit companies — as long as the parents through the local school board remain firmly in control at all times.

    As for the symptom vs. the disease, this is what conservatives are saying in different terms: There is the EXCUSE and then there is the REALITY in almost every liberal boondoggle.

    The excuse to fool gullible people is that our children should be taught to higher standards and everyone should have the same core competencies.

    That sounds good.

    That is the worm on the hook.

    THE HOOK — the reality — is entirely different, however.

    The worm dangled in front of the fish hides the hook inside.

  10. Not one school teacher will change anything over this resolution passing. No school teacher gives a rip over common core.

  11. efile SEPTEMBER 14, 2014 AT 15:20

    You are very far from correct with your assessment that no school teacher gives a rip about the common core. We are very much concerned about it since it can affect our job. No the resolution changes nothing but it does let us know that our fight against CCSS is supported by others.

  12. Teacher’s put a curriculum manual on a shelf, make a notation in a plan book that is never checked and teach. Most teacher’s get offered a pre filled out good observation come year end and move on.

    Common Core is a boogey man. Good teacher’s now what thier kids need.

    Really good teacher’s sick out on in-service days for intruction on Common Core instructional techniques.

    Really, really good teacher’s teach at private school’s where this animated bs is avoided.

    Educational Savings Accounts are coming.

  13. elfie “Teacher’s put a curriculum manual on a shelf, make a notation in a plan book that is never checked and teach. Most teacher’s get offered a pre filled out good observation come year end and move on. Really good teacher’s sick out on in-service days for intruction on Common Core instructional techniques.”

    This just shows how full of crap you are and ignorant of the system. Public school teachers prior to tenure are formally evaluated 4 times a year. After tenure they are formally evaluated once a year at any time, they can be observed unlimited times a year. There are no pre-filled out evaluations. Teachers are not allowed to “sick out” on in service days it’s a violation of their contract.

    “Really, really good teacher’s teach at private school’s where this animated bs is avoided.”

    No teachers who teach in private schools are generally paid less. They also teach at private schools to get reduced tuition cost for their kids. “Really, really good teachers” (the correct term is Highly Qualified) are the ones who are convinced to take positions at universities and colleges.

  14. Teacher’s may get evaluated once a year if they are lucky. Buil;ding admin are so backed up they have zero time to evaluate anyone. DSEA is so strong NO one gets a bad eval for that requires an improvement plan which takes hours to construct.
    In 22 years of teaching I had 6 evaluations.

  15. Btw: no one has signed a teacher contract in 20 years. If you’re sick, you’re sick. No contract prevents you from being sick. The fact that your sick on in-service days is a coincidence. I signed a contract in 1990 and never once since and got paid every 15th and 30th.

  16. I’m not going to argue this with you my wife is an educator in this state. She is evaluated every year as are all the other educators in her school and district she is in.

  17. Bill is right. What the former teacher described was the old way. I know some teachers pretty well. I have seen the changes in the last 3 years as we push “teacher accountability”. Maybe there are pockets of sympathetic principals still allowing that approach, but the majority of teachers are bogged down with paperwork instead of lesson plans. The reason for the paperwork on each student is so the teachers do not have time to prepare their own system anymore and take the one handed to them.

    Next, if the follow the system and have some students have problems with the testing, they have a paper trail to protect their jobs. If they don’t, they can end up with the classes no one wants or if they are not tenured, gone.

    There is too much fear for a majority of teachers to just ignore the mandates and do what they want. They are monitored by other teachers now who make extra money to “mentor” their group.

  18. Those trends go on whether Common Core dies or not. That’s my point. YOu’re fighting a symptom.

    In spite of what the always-ignorant Mr. Moseley says, conservatives certainly DO support charter schools, many of which are operated for profit.

  19. Nobody September 17, 2014 at 10:13 “In spite of what the always-ignorant Mr. Moseley says, conservatives certainly DO support charter schools, many of which are operated for profit.”

    That has no relationship to what I said. As I said, conservatives are neither for nor against for-profit schools or suppliers or vendors or operating companies.

    Conservatives demand LOCAL CONTROL of schools by parents through elected school boards and other elected officials responsive to the community and the parents.

    If the school board chooses to have a for-profit company run some or all of the school, that is their decision.

    But what matters is that the local elected officials remain in control.

    Most charter schools are not run by for-profit companies.

    But with Common Core, the program is being sold on false pretenses. Getting the USDE to pressure States to implement Common Core is a SALES effort, to get States to buy Common Core friendly text books, Common Core friendly curricula, Common Core friendly computers and software, Common Core friendly teaching videos, Common Core friendly teacher training seminars, Common Core friendly T-shirts, coffee mugs, etc., etc., etc.

    You argue that “Common Core” is just a set of standards. That is hopelessly naïve.

    As soon as a State or district adopts Common Core, everything they buy is no primed for vendors to come along and sell everything all new Common Core.

    Basically, the school world runs on PLANNED OBSOLESCENCE like computers and cars.

    When the last fad runs its course, the education world comes up with the next fad. And then the vendors get rich selling all new junk that doesn’t help our children learn anything.

    But if the local school board wants to buy textbooks or anything else, they are certainly free to buy them from a for-profit company.

    But the local officials should not have their arm twisted by the national or State governments, bribed by private corporate money.

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