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GOP women to host forum on new federal education standards


July 25, 2013
A free public forum on the new and controversial Common Core Standards for schools will be presented on Aug. 19, 6 p.m. at VC Community Hall by the Valley Center Republican Women Federated.

An in depth view and explanation of "Common Core and the Global Citizen" will be presented addressing questions on what the global education standard means for our students.

The Common Core State Standards Initiative (CCS) is a set of K-12 standards developed by the National Governors Assn. (NGA) and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) to form a set of academic standards to be used in common across all states.

According to critics of the standards CCS moves control of the school curriculum from local schools and states to the federal level with only 15% of additional content being left to the school's discretion. However, the critics assert, this additional content will not be covered on national tests.

Forty-five states have adopted CCS. Five states (Virginia, Minnesota, Nebraska, Texas, and Alaska) have rejected the standards. Two states (Alabama and Indiana) are actively working to repeal the CCS. Most states adopted CCS to be eligible for Race to the Top funding or No Child Left Behind waivers.

The forum will discuss some of the pros and the cons of the Core Standards, although in all likelihood the "con" side will probably get the most attention.

For more information on this free public forum, contact Joanne Tolman of the Valley Center Republican Women Federated 760-751-1781.

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