So far parents in CT as a general whole do not seem to be as knowledgeable about Common Core or aware of how much opposition there is to the program in other states including our big neighbor NY.
I want to give the candidates for governor Jonathan Pelto & Joe Visconti credit for leading the charge to make Common Core part of the Election Year Discussion in 2014. Joe Visconti & the Stop Common Core in CT parent's group were at least successful in forcing an Informational Hearing which the elected officials like Fleishman wanted no part of until they were forced to do so.
The mere fact that the state BoE feel they have to spend tax payer money to try to turn public opinion to accepting poorer standards as being acceptable is more proof that people need to get better educated about common core & start electing people that are going to have their children's best interest at hearts rather than corporations & special interests which are the only people benefiting from common core.
From the sounds of it, the ads are playing more heavily in the urban areas then in the suburbs, have to wonder if they are focusing upon the cities because they fear angry urban parents realizing that Common Core is a giant lie. The state BoE has been telling them almost every distraction except the truth of exactly how bad how low the standards are & how destructive the Common Core program is to students.
Below is a video of one of many forums that parents have put together in NY state in the town of Wallkill. In NY state there are many forums being held by parents & educators to help other parents & educators about just what Common Core is & why it needs to be stopped & kicked out of our schools.
In CT in the lower portion of the state there are a few parents who are fighting common core & have come together as a group on facebook Stop Common Core in CT. The CT group is growing as more parents are finding them online.
They have held a couple of forums down in their portion of the state but so far not enough parents in the northern half of the state are aware of the problem or expressed an interest in having a forum yet.
Hopefully that will change this year and CT's parents in all 169 cities & towns will loudly say NO! & kick out the democrats in our BoEs that are pushing this crap onto our children & keeping our undereducated children disadvantaged & unsuited for college or careers.
There is a Common Core Protest scheduled for Jan 27th 2015 inside at 7pm at the Stamford Board of Ed meeting located on the 5th floor of the Stamford Govt Bldg, 888 Washington Blvd, Stamford CT. To learn more & join the fight http://CTAgainstCommonCore.org If I understood the plans are anyone wanting to show up with signs outside protesting prior to the meeting show up at 6p but check the site & facebook page to confirm that.
The question that CT parents need to start asking is who should they believe,
the people who are getting paid to promote Common Core (there are local school board members & teachers who were given special training by the state to promote common core & possibly being paid per speaking session)
or are they going to listen to parents & educators that are spending their own money & time & holding forums to educate other parents & teachers?
Take the time to get educated about Common Core & then call your BoE members & find out where they stand on it & why. Of course even better go attend your BoE meetings & start asking questions - especially if the meetings are videotaped.
This is an election year for our local cities & towns BoE members as well as Town Councils - make sure you know where the candidates stand on the issue of common core.
Listen to the video while you do other things if you do not have the time to just sit & watch but you do need to pay attention to what is being said by both the parents & Dr Peg Luksik