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Posted: Tuesday, August 6, 2013 12:00 am

Meet one of the forefathers of Common Core: Marc Tucker, president of the National Center on Education and the Economy. He says, “The U.S. will have to largely abandon the beloved emblem of American Education: LOCAL CONTROL.” No more school boards.

He proposes “to greatly strengthen the role of the state education agencies in education governance, at the expense of local control and the federal governments. In this plan, school funding would be the responsibility of the state, not the locality, and distribution of state funds for schools would have nothing to do with distribution of local property wealth. Thus governance roles of the local districts, as well as the federal government, would be significantly decreased. Independent citizen governing boards would be eliminated. The line of political accountability would run to mayors and governors through their appointees. At the state level the governance of the schools, higher education, early childhood education and youth services would all be closely coordinated through the governance system. Though the role of the federal government would not be curtailed, there are some important national functions that must be served in a modern education system. I propose that a new National Governing Council on Education be established, composed of representative of the state and of the federal government to create the appropriate bodies to oversee these functions.”

This is nationalization of education. Do you want Washington, D.C., dictating what your child learns?

Linda Gooden

Lodi

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1 comment:

  • Kim Parigoris posted at 5:48 am on Sat, Aug 10, 2013.

    Kim Parigoris Posts: 470

    Linda- they will still have local School Boards, to give the illusion that the control is local. How much power do they have even now? How many times have you gone to school board meetings, only to have them tell you that something is "mandated"? They already have no control and they may as well quit the charade...Just like we still have our City Councils and County Board of Supervisors..all a big charade. We elect these people just to go through the motions and to give us the illusion that we have a say. If they do have something they can actually make a decision on, they refer to staff, who more times than not, has some consultant whispering in their ears and directing them as how to proceed. Our country is being run by consultants..and unelected Boards and shadow governments like the San Joaquin Council of Governments. How many people have even heard of the COG, and yet they have so much power..and all unelected. Yes, comprised of elected officials, but not elected to the COG. We already have regional government and City Councils and County governments have already been stripped of much of its power and decision making.

     

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