We need more teachers like Susan Kimball. Kimball is a 20-year veteran teaching Kindergarten at Sikeston Public School District. She testified that she has suffered from bullying and intimidation since she began speaking out against the Common Core State Standards.
Duane Lester at The Missouri Torch recounted her testimony before the Missouri Senate Education Committee testifying in favor of SB 514, introduced by State Senator John Lamping (R-St. Louis), that would prohibit the Missouri State Board of Education and Department of Elementary and Secondary Education from implementing the Common Core State Standards.
“I have been strongly discouraged from saying anything negative about Common Core by my administration and some school board members,” Kimball said, her voice shaking.
Kimball described different instances where she, and others, were warned about speaking out.
“In a professional development meeting, um, inservice in November, and at a faculty meeting in January, we were told in my building, and I quote, ‘Be careful about what you post on Facebook, or talk about in the public regarding Common Core. Don’t say anything negative. It could affect your job.’”
Despite others being intimidated into silence, Kimball continued to speak out.
“When I turned in a personal day request to come support the rally for House Bill 1490, I was asked by my principal, ‘Do you really want that in your personnel file?’ And then I was bullied and ostracized by my administration, a few other teachers and the president of the school board. And that continues today,” Kimball said.
Kimball testified she had messages from other teachers in other states telling similar stories.
Sen. John Lamping, sitting beside Kimball, appeared shocked by her statements.
You can watch her entire testimony below: