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'Common Core' is topic of meeting by Lehighton 9/12 project, Sept. 26

Published September 16. 2013 05:00PM

Dr. Peg Luksik, chairman of Founded on Truth, will be the guest speaker at the Lehighton 9/12 Project on Thursday, Sept. 26.

The meeting will be held in the Mahoning Valley Ambulance Building. The Lehighton 9/12 Project will meet at 6:30 p.m. and the speaker will begin her presentation at 7 p.m.

Dr. Luksik will talk on the topic: "Commom Core- what you need to knowabout your child/grandchild's education standards."

Sandy Dellecker, president of the Lehighton 9/12 Project, said Dr. Luksik was asked to speak because, "Our children deserve better. They are the future of America! Let's not make them settle for less than the very best in education."

She added, "This is a must for any parent, grandparent, teacher, school director, or for that matter, any tax payer."

For more information, call Dellecker at 570-645-8510.

Dellecker said the "four freedoms of Common Core" are:

• Freedom from Accountability

In the Common Core structure, the State sets the standards, creates the curriculum, delivers the curriculum, defines successful performance, develops the assessment tests, administers the tests, scores the tests, and reports on the results.

The IRS would not accept financial records like these from anyone. The FDA would not approve a medicine based on this kind of evidence. They require external, independent audits of costs and effectiveness.

Yet this closed "internal audit" is the only evaluation method made available to parents, teachers and taxpayers.

• Freedom from Privacy

The Pennsylvania information Management System (PIMS) is the federally-mandated longitudinal database that is used for Common Core.

Every child is assigned a unique identification number which enables that child to be tracked from pre-school through college and into the work force. Data includes academic, financial, and health information on each student and family.

There is no parental consent before student information is collected, or shared.

• Freedom from Excellence

Common Core mandates that every child achieve every standard at the specified level. There is no requirement to go beyond that level. That makes the mandated minimum achievement levels the goal of every school.

• Freedom from Local Control

Under Common Core, the state administers mandatory assessments based on the standards. The results are used for student promotion or graduation, teacher evaluation, and school district reward or punishment.

If every district MUST teach the one curriculum that is aligned to the one assessment that measures the one standard or face negative consequences for students, teachers, and schools, what happened to local control?

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