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KITSAP COUNTY REPUBLICAN PARTY RESOLUTION

RESOLUTION CONCERNING COMMON CORE EDUCATION STANDARDS

WHEREAS, the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) are a set of academic standards, promoted and supported by two private membership organizations, the National Governor’s Association (NGA) and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) as a method for conforming American students to uniform (“one size fits all”) achievement goals to make them more competitive in a global marketplace,[1] and

WHEREAS, the NGA and the CCSSO, received tens of millions of dollars from private third parties to advocate for and develop the CCSS strategy, subsequently created the CCSS through a process that was not subject to any freedom of information acts or other sunshine laws, and never piloted the CCSS, and

WHEREAS, even though Federal Law prohibits the federalizing of curriculum,[2] the Obama Administration accepted the CCSS plan and used 2009 Stimulus Bill money to reward the states that were most committed to the president’s CCSS agenda; but, they failed to give states, their legislatures and their citizens time to evaluate the CCSS before having to commit to them, and

WHEREAS, the NGA and CCSSO in concert with the same corporations developing the CCSS ‘assessments’ have created new textbooks, digital media and other teaching materials aligned to the standards which must be purchased and adopted by local school districts in order that students may effectively compete on CCSS ‘assessments’, and

WHEREAS, the CCSS program includes federally funded testing and the collection and sharing of massive amounts of personal student and teacher data, and

WHEREAS, the CCSS effectively removes educational choice and competition since all schools and all districts must use Common Core ‘assessments’ based on the Common Core standards to allow all students to advance in the school system and to advance to higher education pursuits; therefore be it

RESOLVED, the Kitsap County Republican Central Committee as stated in their 2012 party platform on education believes that: Parents have the responsibility and authority to educate their children, and we support their right to choose government, private, or home education. We believe that education should be controlled at the local level and focused on preparing the next generation to be productive members of society and leaders for our republic. We support competitive education to reach excellence.

RESOLVED, the Kitsap County Central Committee recognizes the CCSS for what it is– an inappropriate overreach to standardize and control the education of our children so they will conform to a preconceived “normal,” and be it further

RESOLVED, That the Kitsap County Central Committee rejects the collection of personal student data for any non-educational purpose without the prior written consent of an adult student or a child student’s parent and that it rejects the sharing of such personal data, without the prior written consent of an adult student or a child student’s parent, with any person or entity other than schools or education agencies within the state, and be it finally

RESOLVED, the Kitsap County Central Committee rejects this CCSS plan which creates and fits the country with a nationwide straitjacket on academic freedom and achievement.



References:

 

[1] www.corestandards.org

[2] Federal Law 20 USC 1232a-Sec. 1232a. and The Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) Pub.L. 89-10, 79 Stat. 27, 20 US.C. ch. 70.

http://us-code.vlex.com/vid/prohibition-against-federal-control-19195093

 



Reps. MacEwen, Griffey to hold town hall meeting March 14 in Shelton

Thirty-fifth District state Reps. Drew MacEwen, R-Union, and Dan Griffey, R-Allyn, are holding a town hall meeting Saturday, March 14 at The Pavilion at Sentry Park in Shelton.

At the community meeting, attendees can ask questions, and the lawmakers will offer an update on the legislative session.

Here are the details:

Where: The Pavilion at Sentry Park

Address: 190 W. Sentry Drive, Shelton, WA 98584

Time: 2:00-3:30 p.m.

 

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Rep. Jesse Young to host telephone town hall

Rep. Jesse Young, R-Gig Harbor, will host a telephone town hall on Monday, March 9 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.  He invites all 26th Legislative District residents to join him for an hour-long community conversation to discuss state legislative issues.

"These events provide an excellent opportunity for me to hear directly from the people I represent in Olympia," said Young. "My hope is this call makes it easy and convenient for residents in the 26th District to participate in their government. I strongly believe that government is always better when citizens have a clear voice in what is being debated."

To participate, residents can call 253-244-3163.  If listeners have questions during the call they can press the star (*) key on their telephone keypads.

Residents can also listen online at the following link: listen.townhallinteractive.com. Listeners need to login using the following PIN: 648879

Residents unable to participate can contact Young by calling his Olympia office at 360-786-7964 or email him at jesse.young@leg.wa.gov.

For more information about Rep. Young, visit: www.representativejesseyoung.com.