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|Wisconsin 9/12 Project and Other Grassroots Represented at Joint Hearing on Common Core|
|Written by Kirsten|
|Tuesday, 08 October 2013 17:49|
On October 3rd, I was privileged to represent the Wisconsin 9/12 Project in speaking against Common Core State Standards at the first of a series of hearings on this crucial education matter. It was an honor to stand alongside so many other grassroots and organizational leaders and concerned citizens from across the state who articulately expressed concerns about these controversial standards and want to see Wisconsin take a better path.
We had our work cut out for us at the Madison hearing. A parade of administrators whose talking points sounded strikingly familiar, all came out in favor of Common Core. But some amazing things happened that benefited our cause. First, State Superintendent of Education Tony Evers made some profound missteps in his testimony. In addition, some important facts were uncovered in the questioning of many of the administrators...things they may not even have realized established arguments against continuing forward with Common Core.
A videorecording of the entire eight-hour hearing before the Joint Select Committee for Review of the Common Core Standards Initiative, is available for viewing on WisconsinEye. Of special note:
Additional hearings are scheduled around the state, as follows:
Please try to make it to one or all of these and bring as many likeminded people with you as you can.
If possible, prepare a concise statement (3-4 minutes) to share with the committee. Your statement should be focused and logical, and it should supply documentation/citations wherever possible. Please avoid broad, sweeping generalizations. BE SPECIFIC! You don't need to prove every aspect of Common Core wrong in 3 minutes. You just need to be able to weaken and undermine it with focused, factual, and logical arguments. Decide what you want to talk about, and dig in. Also, it's best if you can bring copies of your testimony for the members of the committee, or at least email it to Senator Farrow's office. The more public testimony we have against the standards, the higher the physical pile of testimony objecting to this initiative, the better. Registering against the standards is great, but it's even better if you speak.
We look forward to seeing you at the next hearing in Fond du Lac!