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California cannot afford Common Core curriculum

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Posted: Wednesday, May 29, 2013 12:00 am

On May 14, the Lodi Unified School Board met over a new curriculum called "Common Core."

At the meeting, the board members (Bonnie Cassel, George Neely, Ron Heberle, Ralph Womack, Joe Nava, Ruth Davis and Ron Freitas) ignored the huge cost of this system to school districts. State and local taxpayers will foot 90 percent of the bill, making it a huge, unfunded federal mandate. According to Truth in American Education, each school district will spend over $165 million to implement such an expensive curriculum.

You bet your taxes will rise further as life in California increases in cost. It's a huge cost at a time when Stockton is bankrupt. Lodi faces uncertainty over its unfunded pension obligations, while unofficial unemployment hovers around 20 percent. The Lodi Unified School District has past budget shortfalls due to the current economic stagnation.

Common Core will cost California billions of dollars it does not have. Common Core was not voted for by the state Legislature or the local school boards across California. It's like buying a car without test driving it or seeing the sticker price.

Call your local State Senator, State Assembly and local Lodi Unified School Board to opt out of this expensive curriculum.

Alex Aliferis

Lodi

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