I love this guest op/ed in The Helena Independent Record written by Barbara Rush, a retired teacher from the Helena Public Schools.
According to the Montana Common Core Standards Document, issued by the Office of Public Instruction, the standards were written to “fulfill the charge issued by the states.” Where did this “charge” come from? The work was “led by the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) and the National Governors Association (NGA).” My question is this: When did Montana begin to be represented by associations and councils rather than our elected representatives in the legislature? Denise Juneau, our state superintendent, went to the Montana Board of Public Education, an appointed body of seven, to gain approval to mandate Common Core in all our schools. The Pioneer Institute published an in-depth financial analysis of Common Core and determined that it would cost the state of Montana about $40 million to implement. Where will that money come from, and why wasn’t the legislature the body to decide if this was the right path for Montana schools?
If she would have stopped there it would have still been fantastic. Ms. Rush asks the million dollar question when considering the Common Core. “When did (fill in your state) begin to be represented by associations and councils rather than our elected representatives?”
Be sure to read the whole thing, it’s worth the time.