Public Schools, Charter Schools & Common Core: The Basics
“Defining: Who’s in Control of Education”
November 16, 2013
How Common Core/ Nationalized Education affects all Public Government
funded Traditional and Charter schools
Any school that receives federal funding is under the control of the federal
government. Title funding, IDEA funding, and conditions associated with receipt of funds
and waivers from previous Federal education mandates, dictate conditions of compliance to
Now, the federal government is dictating Standards to receive funding. Common Core
further removes state, local school district, local educators, administrators and parents from
the choice of content, curriculums, testing, data collection, and dictates teacher and school
Public schools now have a ratio of 1 administrator per every 1 educator
, to assure
accountability and compliance to federal/state funding mandates. 1:1.
2. There is NO “Choice” in government funded public education as long as education
standards are mandated from the federal government.
3. Statewide Longitudinal Database Systems (SLDS) ‐ National Database
All public school students and families will, via the Assessment testing, and observations,
enter the Statewide/ National Database System. (SLDS)
The designers of the new data systems fully intend for all students to be part of the massive
data collection program, P‐20. Prenatal to Career.
The Department of Education has reshaped the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act
(FERPA) to permit any government or private entity to access personally identifiable
without parental or student notification.
Indiana has no privacy protection for students or their families.
Data collection goes beyond academic grades, extracurricular activities, and career paths to
include socioeconomic background, emotional state, personal goals, and political and
religious affiliations of the family. Etc. Data accumulation also includes the use of biometrics
to track physiologic responses of students. (See DOE report
Grit, Tenacity, and Perseverance,
February 2013 and the National Center for Education Statistics)
Common Core is the “glue” that holds the Database collection together. It is almost
impossible for states to implement Common Core without agreeing to help build the largest
and most detailed database system, to date, in America’s history.
4. Federal government violates Federal Legislation by mandating National
General Education Provision Act (GEPA)
Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA)
Department of Education Organization Act (DEOA)
First and Tenth Amendments of The Constitution
5. Content and Quality: Common Core is: NOT rigorous; NOT benchmarked;
NOT state led; NOT college and career ready; NOT teaching critical thinking;
NOT parent, educator or taxpayer approved.
Common Core has never been tested anywhere and has no record of success. Common Core
standards are not an improvement over Indiana’s previous standards; architects of the
standards did not have the credentials to do so on any level; elementary through college,
nor were they classroom teachers.
cost of implementing common core and its conditions
far exceeds the federal funding and private grants (Gates foundation etc.) received by
participation; and the cost of our children’s minds far outweighs the monetary cost to
The ultimate cost is that of our future generations.
7. There is no governance or oversight in this Federally mandated, yoked with private
corporation copyrighted set of standards. The CCSSO has insulated itself from all liability
and takes no responsibility for the long‐term outcomes, damages, omissions, or results of
implementing Common Core. The standards may not be changed or deleted except by the
CCSSO. (A 15% content may be added, but this 15% will not be covered by the aligned CC
8. Parents must recognize that employees of the public education system
represent the state and are not at liberty to speak their personal professional
opinions regarding what the state and federal governments pay and mandate them
to teach/ administer.
Most educators are highly dedicated professionals who chose education because they truly
care for students. Educators are trying to meet ever changing demands for metrics, laboring
to cover the required content to meet testing schedules, meet the additional needs of those
with Individual Education Plans, keep their licensure, attend teacher trainings, exceed
educator performance demands, and avoid being transferred, or losing their jobs or their
pensions by being cited with
for speaking out against this latest set of
educational reforms called Common Core standards.
We are developing an Amnesty program for public educators to be able to exercise their
First Amendment rights. Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards, 3C Civics,
clearly represent ideologies and methods in direct opposition to the worldview of the
majority of Judeo‐Christian educators, who as employees of the state, are forced to teach
and represent the mandates of the state and federal government.
9. Charter schools are public schools, use federal and state taxpayer moneys,
and so must abide by mandated Common Core Standards, Assessments and
Private corporations, and private boards manage charters. This
removes the transparency and open board policies of public accountability, access to
information and representation, by which traditional public schools must abide. Know your
board, if dissatisfied, as a consumer you may choose to: “walk.”