Local School Board in Central Illinois Passes Anti-Common Core Resolution

A local school board in Illinois passed a resolution expressing concern about the Common Core State Standards last Tuesday evening.  The resolution was unanimously passed by the East Peoria Community High School District 309 board.

Here is the resolution below:

WHEREAS the Board of Education of East Peoria High School District 309, Tazewell County Illinois, wish to express their concern regarding the development, selection, and implementation of both the Common Core State Standards and the PARCC Assessment Program.

WHEREAS the Board of Education of East Peoria High School District 309, Tazewell County Illinois, is concerned with:

  1. The increasing encroachment of the Federal Government on education issues at the State and local level.

  2. The lack of local control over the development of standards and the selection of assessments that meet the needs and expectations of the local community.

  3. The high costs associated with the PARCC assessment particularly associated with the need for new technology infrastructure and hardware.

  4. The amount of instructional time lost to excessive assessment practices associated with the administration of PARCC assessments.

  5. The elimination of funding for the ACT, a critical assessment for students with higher education aspirations.

  6. Continued unfunded mandates from the State of Illinois which are unduly burdensome on the tax payers of East Peoria High School District 309.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Board of Education East Peoria High School District 309, Tazewell County Illinois, request that elected State officials carefully review, question, and oppose legislation that provides further appropriations for the development, implementation, field testing, or administration of the Common Core Standards and the PARCC assessment program by supporting the implementation of State Standards and Assessments that are TESTED, PROVEN and EFFECTIVE.

You can view a signed copy here.

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  • Mary Neubecker M.Ed., M.S.W.

    School boards do have power to remain local and elected. They have the power to determine what is good education and what is not. School boards must speak up now as the East Peoria, Illinois school board has done. Parents need to speak up along with their elected boards to restore local control of their schools from the overreach of the State Boards of Education and the Federal Dept. of Education.

  • M

    It’s nice to see the school board effectively communicates with the administration? My spouse teaches at 309, and they just spent the last three years aligning the curriculum with common core standards.

    • Kindall

      New information is coming out all the time. Parents are learning more and speaking out more. I don’t know what a resolution will really do… but I am thankful the school board is listening. Common Core is NOT what our students need.
      I wish District 86 for K-8th grades would listen as well.

  • Tosha Binion Donnals

    I pray my district does this. Ill help anyway I can to get rid of common core!!