46th Legislative District Democrats Pass Resolution

The 46th legislative district democrats passed a resolution calling for the legislature and the superintendent of public instruction to withdraw the state from the Common Core State Standards, keep education student centered and accountable to the people of the state.  The resolution was on the agenda and a vote was taken at their meeting on October 16, 2014.

Here is a copy of the resolution as it appears in the October 2014 Demogram:

Resolution Opposing Common Core State Standards

WHEREAS the copyrighted (and therefore unchangeable) Common Core State Standards (CCSS) are a set of controversial top-down K-12 academic standards that were promulgated by wealthy private interests without research-based evidence of validity and are developmentally inappropriate in the lowest grades; and

WHEREAS, as a means of avoiding the U.S. Constitution’s 10th Amendment prohibition against federal meddling in state education policy, two unaccountable private trade associations–the National Governors Association (NGA) and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO)–have received millions of dollars in funding from the Gates Foundation and others to create the CCSS; and

WHEREAS the U.S. Department of Education improperly pressured state legislatures into adopting the Common Core State Standards and high-stakes standardized testing based on them as a condition of competing for federal Race to the Top (RTTT) stimulus funds that should have been based on need; and

WHEREAS as a result of Washington State Senate Bill 6669, which passed the State legislature on March 11, 2010, the Office of the Superintendent of Instruction (OSPI) adopted Common Core State Standards (CCSS) on July 20, 2011; and

WHEREAS this adoption effectively transfers control over public school standardized testing from locally elected school boards to the unaccountable corporate interests that control the CCSS and who stand to profit substantially; and

WHEREAS the Washington State Constitution also calls for public education to be controlled by the State of Washington through our elected State legislature, our elected State Superintendent of Public Instruction and our elected local school boards; and

WHEREAS implementation of CCSS will cost local school districts hundreds of millions of dollars to pay for standardized computer-based tests, new technology, new curricula and teacher training at a time when Washington is already insufficiently funding K-12 Basic Education without proven benefit to students; and
WHEREAS some states have already withdrawn from CCSS;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that we call upon the Washington State legislature and the Superintendent of Public Instruction to withdraw from the CCSS and keep K-12 education student-centered and accountable to the people of Washington State.

Connect with others to stop Common Core

While many may have a love-hate relationship with social media, one thing is certain. It is an incredible tool for connecting with others who are working to stop Common Core.

As you can see from the list below, concern about
Common Core in Washington and across the nation is growing.


Just over a year old, the Facebook group Washington State Against Common Core is the place to get connected, get informed, and get involved in statewide efforts.

Washington State Against Common Core 

Combine statewide efforts and watch for action items here.

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On Facebook and Twitter @WaAgainstCCSS

Also follow us on Twitter @WaAgainstCCSS.


Find your local subgroup from our growing list below and get to work locally with your neighbors. Click on the title to be linked directly to the group on Facebook.

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Spokane, Wa Against Common Core 

Spokane, eastern Washington, and northern Idaho.

SEATTLE FAMILIES UNITED AGAINST COMMON CORE & SO MUCH MORE (OPT-OUT) 

Connect with other families in Seattle Public Schools.

COMMON SENSE EDUCATION, NOT COMMON CORE (EAST KING COUNTY)

Bellevue, Kirkland, Redmond, Issaquah, Sammamish, Maple Valley, Snoqualmie

SOUTH KING COUNTY – CITIZENS OPPOSED TO COMMON CORE 

Kent, Auburn, Federal Way, Maple Valley, Covington, Des Moines.

Pierce-Thurston County Common Core Concerned Citizens 

A booming and active group for those in school districts near
Puyallup, Bethel, Tacoma, Bonney Lake/Dieringer, and Olympia.

TRI-CITIES, WA CITIZENS AGAINST COMMON CORE 

Tri-Cities and the surrounding areas, south central and southeast counties.

Freeman Parents Against Common Core

Parents and taxpayers in the Freeman School District, just outside Spokane, connect here.


Other Washington groups fighting Common Core on Facebook:

Washington Badass Teachers
Connect with Washington teachers opposed to Common Core
and corporate education reform.

Washington Parents Against Common Core

Eastern WA Parents and Taxpayers Against Common Core

Spokane Catholics Against Common Core


In Idaho:

Idahoans Against Common Core

Shoshone County, Idaho Against Common Core

Idaho Badass Teachers


In Oregon:

Stop Common Core in Oregon

Oregon Badass Teachers


National:

Parents and Educators Against Common Core Standards

Badass Teachers Association


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