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UPDATE: Group claims Legislature duped it on killing Common Core

The anti-Common Core group Mississippi Families Restoring Excellence in Education is claiming Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves and the Legislature deceived it in pledging to eliminate the education initiative.

The bill sent to Gov. Phil Bryant last week does not kill Common Core and Bryant should veto it, the group said in an email Monday morning.

Bryant has signaled he may do just that. The governor said last week the bill falls short of ending Mississippi’s participation in Common Core, a voluntary set of educational standards many states, including Mississippi, have adopted. He said he will need to review the bill further before deciding whether to sign it.

Mississippi Families Restoring Excellence in Education said in a statement Monday:

“The final version of this bill does nothing to “end Common Core in Mississippi” nor does it prohibit the use of the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Career, or PARCC, as claimed by Reeves.

PARCC is one of two state consortia that are developing a common set of K-12 assessments aligned with Common Core State Standards, also known as Mississippi College- and Career-Ready Standards.

Families Restoring Excellence in Education noted its members stood with Bryant and several state senators on south steps of the Capitol. “On that day, the governor expressed his desire to ‘wipe the chalkboard’ and create a new set of standards for Mississippi children. That is not what has happened,”  Families Restoring Excellence in Education charged in its weekend email.

Referring to Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves’s official statement at the start of the session that SB 2161 “will end Common Core,” the group said it “challenges that statement and declares it a deception.”

Mississippi Families Restoring Excellence in Education was founded in 2014 with the goal of stopping the Common Core Initiative in the state.

Supporters of Common Core have struggled to eliminate the perception that the federal government developed the national education standards. The standards were developed through a state-led initiative spearheaded by governors and state school chiefs. 
The standards are not federally mandated. Mississippi, along with 45 other states and the District of Columbia, voluntarily adopted the standards.  “The federal government didn’t write them, didn’t approve them, and doesn’t mandate them,” the Mississippi Department of Education says on its website.

The state Education Department also emphasizes in a list of “myths” about Common Core that local school boards retain their same level of authority as they had before adoption of the standards. 



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  1. The Legislature duped a lot of people this session! Take your pick of issues.

  2. No one from MS FREE has every claimed that the Federal government developed the standards. The Federal government in the Race To The Top Grant (RttT) required, among other things, states to adopt “College and Career Ready” standards to apply for the RttT grants. THE ONLY STANDARDS THAT MET THOSE QUALIFICATIONS AT THE TIME OF THE GRANT WAS THE COMMON CORE STATE STANDARDS. The federal government used the money carrot to entice states to adopt the standards. States committed to adopt the standards before the standards were out in final form.

    Here is a simple timeline from the PEER report #582 dated 1/6/2014 given to the Legislature. Spring of 2009, former Gov. Haley Barbour and former State Super of Ed, Hank Bounds signed a formal memorandum of agreement with NGS/CCSSO committing MS to adopt the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). The final CCSS were released by the NGS/CCSSO on June 2, 2010. The MS State Board of Ed unanimously adopted the CCSS during it’s June 25, 2010 meeting under a “temporary rule to become effective immediately based on a finding of imminent peril to public welfare in the loss of substantial federal funds from the Race to the Top grant”. Never mind that the fact that standards had been released only 23 days before. Do you really think the MS State Board of Ed has time to review the final standards in that 23 day time frame?

    Then guess what? Mississippi was not awarded any of the RttT grant money. ZILCH – NOT ONE PENNY. So much for the imminent peril theory to justify adopting the standards. The $$$ carrot worked for states because 45 states fell for it.

    Unfortunately, the standards were not the only thing that came along with that commitment. There were other commitment made as well. – Teacher Assessments and the expanded Statewide Longitudinal Data System (SLDS) on our students. Issues surrounding those two topics are well hidden from the public. Those are the issues that really need to be further discussed so parents and teachers understand what is really at stake.

    Common Core is not just a set of educational standards as many would have you believe. The discussion about the “education standards” is merely a distraction from the more troubling issues embedded in the Assessments, the SLDS, and data mining of our students.

  3. Why didn’t Texas, Virginia, etc. adopt CCSS if there were no other CCR options available? They obviously found alternative CCR standards. Furthermore, which standard asks for your child’s “data”? I missed that standard when I actually READ the standards. And, because there are numerous tests available, do you suggest ALL tests are “mining for data?” Finally, and I assume you are employed, are you not assessed on your job performance? If you’re a doctor and 9 out of ten of your patients died despite the fact you did everything you could, should you be allowed to keep your job? Would you blame the state medical board? Would you blame the patients or the patients parents? Would you say the patients aren’t good medicine takers?

  4. Oh, restoring excellence in education infers there once was excellence in education in Mississippi. When was that?

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