END COMMON CORE MA Clears Signature Hurdle

End Common Core MA, the ballot question committee of citizen activists, teachers, and parents opposed to Common Core’s standards and PARCC tests has announced it has delivered over 30,000 signatures to town halls, and anticipates certification for the ballot.

Donna Colorio, Worcester School Committee Vice Chairman, and chairman of the End Common Core Massachusetts ballot question looks forward to beginning the fall campaign. “We’re ready to move Massachusetts forward to stronger standards by repealing Common Core. We look forward to the public conversation about our shared educational values—including local control, and higher, Massachusetts-based standards.”

On July 21, 2010, twelve members of the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education voted to accept federal dollars and extensively change Massachusetts’ Educational Standards into what is now called Common Core Educational Standards. The state began the implementation of the associated PARCC test, but after heavy pressure, Education Commissioner Mitchell Chester is backing away from PARCC. In mid-November of last year, the board voted to develop a new test, called “MCAS 2.0” for 2016.

Colorio continued. “We can now begin a robust debate to ensure that any tests in MA are based on our high, pre-2010 standards, designed by local educators with MA students in mind. Only passage of our ballot question ensures we will continue to move in the right direction, one set by our successful education reform act of 1993.”

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Sign the petition

We need NEW signatures this FINAL weekend, June 17-19th. Please go to one of these locations to sign the petition.  Email Agatha if you can volunteer to help.

 

Town Location Address Day Time
Barnstable Dump Flint St. Sat. 9-11
Bourne Market Basket 1 Factory Outlet Rd. Sat. and Sun. 9-5
Danvers McKinnon's  73 Holten St. Fri. 4-6
Easton Hannaford's 25 Robert Dr. Sat. 10-2
Easton Hannaford's 25 Robert Dr. Sun. 9-11
Feeding Hills Java Stop   Sat.  8-12
Franklin Stop and Shop Rt. 140 Sat. 10-1
Harwich  Transfer Station 209 Queen Anne Rd. Sat.  9-11
Haverhill Market Basket 400 Lowell Ave. Sun.  1-3
Hyannis Car Show Main St. Sun.  10-2
Kingston Independence Mall 101 Kingston Collection Way Sat. 11-3
Manchester-by-the-Sea Croby's   Sat. 11-1
Middleton Market Basket 230 S. Main St. Sun. 12-2
Middleton Market Basket 230 S. Main St. Sat. 11-2
Newburyport Market Basket 25 Storey Ave. Fri. 12-2
Newburyport Market Basket 25 Storey Ave. Fr. 12-2
Newburyport Market Basket 25 Storey Ave. Sat. 10-2
North Reading Ipswich River Park Soccer Field 15 Central St.  Sat.  10-12
Palmer Big Y One Commerce Way Thurs. 4-7
Palmer Big Y One Commerce Way Sat. 9:30-12:30
Palmer Big Y One Commerce Way Fri. 4-6:30
Raynham Market Basket 240 Broadway Sat. and Sun. 9-2
Reading Market Basket One General Way Fri. 5:30-7:30
Rowley Market Basket 231 Newburyport Tnpk. Fri. 4-6
Rowley Market Basket 231 Newburyport Tnpk. Sun. 11-1
Springfield Stop and Shop Boston Rd. Thurs. 4-7
Springfield Stop and Shop Boston Rd. Mon. 4-5:30
Tewksbury Market Basket Oakdale Plaza Sat. 10-12
Walpole Ice Cream Festival Bird Park on Polley Ln. Sat. 3-5

If you don't see a location convenient to you please click here to print a petition.  Sign it and follow the instructions to mail it back to us by June 15th.


Why Massachusetts Should Vote Yes to End Common Core’s Standards

Why Massachusetts Should Vote Yes to End Common Core’s Standards in November 2016 and

Restore its Superior Pre-Common Core Standards

 

Sandra Stotsky

May 2016

 

1) Status of Common Core in Massachusetts

The Massachusetts Board of Education adopted Common Core’s standards in July 2010 to replace its own 2000/2004 mathematics standards and 2001/2004 English language arts standards, chiefly for $250,000,000 in Race to the Top funds. At the commissioner of education’s request, the Board later voted to include with the Common Core ELA standards the Guiding Principles in the 2001 ELA framework and its two appendices of recommended authors (vetted in K-8 by the editors of The Horn Book—the premier children’s literature magazine in the country).  Also adopted later that year were a few additional standards in mathematics and ELA—to comprise the additional 15% the state was told it could add to Common Core’s.  These additions all appear in the 2011 versions of the state’s mathematics and English language arts curriculum frameworks. The state’s pre-Common Core science and pre-engineering standards were revised to some extent in 2015 but there is no clear information on how closely they align to Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). 

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Let's get organized!

Organizational meetings are being set up all across the state to share information about Common Core in general and let people know how they can help end common core.  If you want to learn more please attend one of the upcoming meetings:

May 11 7:00 Hingham Library, 66 Leavitt St., kaypraschma@outlook.com

May 11 7:30 Medway Library, Cole Rm.  26 High St. kellyorourke1453@mac.com 

May 13 7:00 Middleborough VFW, 12 Station St., andycardarelli@hotmail.com (cash bar)

May 18 6:00 Fobes Library, 4 Maple St., Oakham, sherriel1978@gmail.com

May 18 6:00 Hamilton-Wenham Public Library, 14 Unions St. South Hamilton, MichaelGendre@aol.com

May 24 6:30 Leominster Public Library, 30 West St., thomasardinger@gmail.com

May 24 7:00 Norfolk Public Library Community Room, 139 Main St., lisapereira@comcast.net

May 25 7:00 Tony's Pizza, 146 Boston Rd., Sutton, champrd72@gmail.com

June 1  6pm Leicester Senior Center, 40 Winslow Ave., sfrancis@holycross.edu

 

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End Common Core Lobby Day

Your vote counts to your legislators!  Come to the Statehouse to learn how to lobby them and let them know how common core has impacted your life!

Wednesday, March 16th

9:00 a.m. to 1:00

Statehouse, Room 437 

Lunch included

Please RSVP with name, voting address, and phone number to Agatha here.


Our Ballot Initiative is winning in the polls!

Bay State voters favor scrapping Common Core, raising charter school cap, poll shows

- See more at: http://newbostonpost.com/2016/03/04/bay-state-voters-favor-scraping-common-core-raising-charter-school-cap-poll-shows/#sthash.owiTjuX6.dpuf

BOSTON – A majority of Massachusetts voters support scrapping Common Core educational standards and raising the legislative cap on Bay State charter schools, according to a new poll by WBZ and UMass Amherst. Two citizens’ initiatives, one of which would direct the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education to repeal Common Core and another which would allow the Board the flexibility to increase the number of public charter schools in the Bay State, are headed toward the November ballot. The poll of 891 registered Massachusetts voters conducted Feb.19 – Feb. 25 shows that 53 percent support doing away with Common Core and 51 percent support increasing the number of charter schools. But, although a majority of voters support the two education reform initiatives, a substantial number of voters remain undecided on both questions. The proposed Common Core ballot question asks Massachusetts voters whether the state should keep Common Core, adopted here in 2010, or revert to the state’s own pre-Common Core standards. Massachusetts was one of the first states to adopt the controversial standards, which were developed by the National Governors Association. Like many states, Massachusetts chose to replace its homegrown standards with Common Core in order to improve the state’s chance of winning a chunk of the federal government’s $4 billion pool of “Race to the Top” money. 

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Hearing rescheduled to March 7th

The hearing for the ballot question to End Common Core H.3929, An Act Relative to Ending Common Core Education Standards, has been rescheduled for a public hearing before the Joint Committee on Education on Monday, March 7 at 10:00AM in Gardner Auditorium at the State House. If you wish to testify, there will be a sign-in sheet available outside of the hearing room starting at 9:30AM. Please note that under the rules of the Committee, oral testimony will be limited to 3 minutes per person.

If you think you may be able to attend please contact Laina.  Click here to join our email list to be updated on any last-minute changes. 


Why Initiative Petition 15-12/Bill H 3929 Merits Approval

Feb 5, 2016 by 

Sandra Stotsky

February 8, 2016

I thank Alice Hanlon Peisch, Massachusetts House Chair, and Sonia Chang-Diaz, Massachusetts Senate Chair, for the opportunity to testify on H.3929, An Act Relative to Ending Common Core Education Standards.

Overview: After a brief description of my qualifications, I detail some of the problems (1) in Common Core’s standards for English language arts and mathematics adopted by the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education in July 2010 while I was on the Board, (2) in tests based on these standards (e.g., MCAS 2.0), (3) in the report issued in February 2015 by the Massachusetts Business Alliance for Education comparing PARCC tests with recent MCAS tests, and (4) in the lawsuit filed by the MBAE on January 22, 2016 to quash Initiative Petition 15-12 (H.3929), which was certified by the Attorney General on September 2, 2015, after a review of the MBAE’s Memorandum in Opposition to certification filed on August 18, 2015, and the Memorandum of Response filed by the petitioners on August 21, 2015. I also note some Gates Foundation-funded lobbyists trying to quash the petition and conclude by pointing out that the opportunity to vote by secret ballot on the content of public education is one of the few means parents have to combat one man’s inordinate wealth and ego (and narrow views on education).

 

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Public hearing will be rescheduled

The public hearing in front of the Joint Committee on Education was cancelled due to the blizzard.  We will publish the new date as soon as we're notified of it. This gives everyone more time to work on their testimony!  If you think you may be able to attend please contact Laina.  Click here to join our email list to be updated on any last-minute changes.