Today’s the Big Day, and we received some news coverage about our press conference today as we seek Governor Pence’s help with stopping the Common Core.
From the Ft. Wayne News-Sentinel:
In an event that could attract hundreds, opponents of new federal education reforms – including at least one Fort Wayne Community Schools board member – Thursday are expected to ask Gov. Mike Pence to support legislation that would delay Indiana’s adoption of the “Common Core” academic standards.
“This is to education what ‘Obamacare’ is to medicine,” FWCS board member Glenna Jehl said of the standards being implemented in Indiana and 45 other states under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. “And it’s a new unfunded mandate (for states), in addition to ‘Obamacare.’” Jehl plans to be in Indianapolis on Thursday.
By a 38-11 vote, the Indiana Senate last month passed a bill that would delay implementation so Hoosier lawmakers, parents and others would have more time to study Common Core’s contents, impact and costs. The letter to be delivered at 9:30 a.m. Thursday on the third floor of the state Capitol asks Pence to push for similar legislation in the House, said Judy Ross, who is active in Fort Wayne 9-12, one of several tea party-affiliated groups opposed to Common Core.
Ross said 10 groups representing 5,000 members have formed the Northern Indiana Citizens Coalition to oppose Common Core, and similar coalitions have been formed in central and southern Indiana as well. Ross and many other conservatives question the imposition of a national curriculum and the resulting loss of state and local control.
Read the rest, and we’ll see you at the Capitol!