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We need to keep local control of education

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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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