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Don’t forget the Common Core Concerns in Sioux Falls tomorrow, October 5th

October 4, 2013

I would like to briefly remind everyone about the Common Core Concerns Conference tomorrow Saturday October 5, 2013 (I first posted about it on Sept 26). Dr Sandra Stotsky will be a featured speaker for the event. Included in the nine person panel will be State Representative Jim Bolin; who recently announced he will continue to take a leadership role in Common Core opposition. See the flier below for more information.

Here is a brief bio of Dr Stotsky for those unfamiliar with what she brings to the Common Core debate:

  • Dr. Stotsky retired from the University of Arkansas in December 2012. She is now Professor of Education Emerita.
  • She was Senior Associate Commissioner in the Massachusetts Department of Education from 1999 to 2003, where she was in charge of revising all K12 academic standards, teacher and administrator licensing regulations and licensure tests, and professional development.
  • As a result of what she did, Bay State students became first on NAEP tests in 2005, in grades 4 and 8, in both reading and mathematics, and have stayed there ever since (the latest tests were in 2011).
  • Bay State students also tied for first place in science in grade 8 on the TIMSS (Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study) and were among the highest achieving countries in mathematics.
  • She was also on Common Core’s Validation Committee in 20092010 and was among the 5 members of the committee who refused to sign off on the standards in May 2010.

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P.S. I will not be attending the event. I will be braving the cold, wind, and rain to participate in the Gypsy Day Parade. I wonder how much parade there will be; at the time I write this post at least a dozen bands and more than fifteen floats have cancelled their participation in the parade.

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