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Crapo, Risch Split On Common Core

Opposition to Common Core academic standards is rising within Republican Party circles, but Idaho’s two Republican U.S. senators are split on the issue. And their reasoning is noteworthy as well. Sen. Mike Crapo says the Common Core question has been vetted at the state level, and he sees no need for federal officials to interfere. Sen. Jim Risch says Idaho should establish its own standards, describing Common Core as a federal mandate. For federal lawmakers, Common Core is more than just an academic question. Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, recently urged Senate appropriators to cut off federal spending on Common Core implementation/Kevin Richert, IdahoED News. More here.

Question: Is this the case of the center-right in the Republican Party opposing the Tea Party right on another controversial issue?

Trustees To Discuss Common Core

Idaho schools will switch this fall to Common Core State Standards designed to raise student achievement, and the Coeur d’Alene School Board will take a closer look Monday at what that means for local schools. The board workshop was prompted by questions and concerns raised by constituents, including some who see the new English and math standards as a step toward a federal takeover of local education. “The state has adopted Common Core, (and) locally we have some concerns about our ability to maintain control of our curriculum, so how are we going to accomplish that?” board Chairman Tom Hamilton said. Hamilton said none of the school trustees has indicated to him an interest in backing away from Common Core, which 45 states have adopted. “I don’t think we can, and I don’t know that we should,” he said/Scott Maben, SR. More here.

Question: Are you starting to understand the concern that some have with Common Core?

IFF’s Hoffman Opposes Common Core

As Idahoans engage in a statewide conversation about K-12 public school improvement, I want to add another discussion point to the mix: The state should reexamine its participation in national education standards known as Common Core. I say this despite my deep respect and friendship for Idaho Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna, a supporter of Common Core. Tom says there is a lot of misinformation out there about Common Core, propelling some of the opposition. But Lindsey Burke, the Heritage Foundation's education policy expert, told a panel Friday in Orlando that Common Core will lead to less education choice and competition, and is, ultimately, a push for federal control of all education—public and private/Wayne Hoffman, Idaho Freedom Foundation. More here.

Question: Are you surprised that Wayne Hoffman/Idaho Freedom Foundation opposes Common Core?

Common Core Foes Provide Earful

After the three-hour listening session wrapped up Thursday night, Richard Westerberg got another earful. Flanked by two staffers, the State Board of Education member was buttonholed by about a dozen opponents of Common Core, the academic standards on track to launch in Idaho classrooms this fall. Several of the Common Core critics had already testified earlier in the evening, but they weren’t going to leave without making another appeal for Idaho to ditch the standards. The impromptu discussion was, in a way, a good metaphor for the education reform task force’s seven-city tour, which concluded Thursday. Assigned to hit the road to glean ideas from Idahoans — a first step before drafting bills for the 2014 legislative session — Gov. Butch Otter’s 31-member task force fielded complaints about Common Core, something lawmakers approved 27 months ago/Kevin Richert, The EDge. More here.

Question: Is the concerns re: Common Core more paranoia from the uber-cons? Or legitimate? Are you up to speed enough on the issue to answer?

Trustees To Discuss Common Core

From Coeur d'Alene School District Web site:

The Coeur d’Alene School District Board of Trustees will hold a board workshop at 5 p.m. Monday to discuss Common Core state standards.  The workshop will be held at Midtown Center, 1505 N. 5th St.. The school board wants to devote time to learn more about the origin of Common Core and what the Common Core standards are, ask questions to clarify information about the Common Core and dialogue about the work the district has done to transition into the new state-mandated system and what still lies ahead regarding the Common Core. The format of the workshop is intended for interactive discussion amongst board members and staff.  The workshop is open to the public.  No public comment, however, is part of the workshop agenda.

Question: As Duncan Koler goes on this issue, so goes the Coeur d'Alene School Board, right?

Cyber Petition Targets Common Core

Concern over an educational effort known as Common Core has gained momentum lately, and now a petition is circulating opposing it. Among opponents' concerns: Fear of “nationalization” of Idaho education, involvement of federal dollars, and the sharing of personal student data. The goal of Common Core is to elevate and align education benchmarks nationwide, providing clear educational standards in English language arts and math for kindergarten-to-12th-grade students. Duncan Koler (pictured earlier this month speaking to local GOP women), an activist who worked long and hard to rid Coeur d'Alene schools of IB, the International Baccalaureate Organization's education programs, didn't sponsor the petition. But he has signed it. His primary concern with Common Core is what he sees as a loss of local control of education/David Cole, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.

Question: Are you concerned re: the Common Core movement? Do you even know what it is?

Tom Luna Vs Glenn Beck? Really?

Maybe not exactly. But sort of. State Superintendent Tom Luna In defending one of Tom Luna’s key initiatives — Idaho Core Standards, or “common core” — spokeswoman Melissa McGrath calls out conservative pundit Glenn Beck for spreading “misinformation” about the initiative to establish uniform math and English language arts standards. McGrath decried the misinformation in an email sent to Idaho reporters this morning. Here’s the chronology. On March 14, Beck devoted his talk show to common core as a leftist movement that would devastate public education/Kevin Richert, The EDge. More here.

Question: I simply can't imagine that Superintendent Luna would embrace anything “liberal.” Can you?

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