Call to Action

  Call to Action
Common Core Question Goes to the Legislature

     Dear Friends,

        As you may have heard, the initiative petition to end Common Core in Massachusetts cleared a major hurdle late last year.  With the help of hundreds of grassroots volunteers, the campaign submitted over 100,000 raw signatures to the secretary of state, over 80,000 of which were certified.  This victory means the question will now be sent to the legislature.

   The Legislature has until May 3rd to act on the question which has been given bill number H 3929.  If the legislature ignores or votes down H 3929 we will need to help gather an additional 10,792 signatures beginning in May in order to make the ballot in November.  We need your to help to ensure the legislature doesn’t ignore the wishes of the tens of thousands of parents who signed the petition because they want Massachusetts schools to remain #1.

   The focus of the campaign over the next several months will be to encourage legislators to listen to the wishes of their constituents and pass H 3929.  We need your help to identify members who support and oppose the ballot question so we can focus our efforts more effectively.  Please take the time to contact your legislators and tell them to listen to the over 80,000 parents and educators who signed the petition and vote to pass H 3929.

Please click on this link to send your message.

Thank you,

Daniel Grayton
Operations Director

 

Learn about the Common Core Debate

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The great testing debate begins
The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education has meetings planned Monday and Tuesday at its Malden headquarters. Ahead of an expected decision in November, board members are scheduled to explore whether to retain the MCAS exam, shift to the federal PARCC exam, or adopt changes in existing assessments.
Despite being tedious and grueling for students, standardized testing is highly potent political topic. That is because, at its core, testing is about accountability in the schools and a critical component of education reform. The movement to replace the homegrown MCAS with federal PARCC test (derived from Common Core curricula) is seen by some as an attack on the high testing standards that distinguish Massachusetts public education.
The Globe devotes much of its editorial page to the issue today. The Pioneer Institute’s Jim Stergios writes: “…Adopting PARCC locks Massachusetts, the nation’s education leader, into inferior education standards. Common Core may help some low-performing states, but it is too low a bar for Massachusetts.”http://bit.ly/1jPtZbK
On the other hand, today’s Globe editorial states: “…PARCC promises to provide even better educational results for Massachusetts students. PARCC aligns with the Common Core national academic standards, diminishes the need for ‘teaching to the test,’ and provides more accurate assessments of student progress.” http://bit.ly/1MNQ6eo
And the Globe’s Joanna Weiss takes a sample math question — on its face a complicated one — as an object lesson about what’s right and possibly wrong with the PARCC test. http://bit.ly/1RjMWy4
And for a deep backgrounder on the testing controversy, see Michael Jonas’ CommonWealth Magazine story, which explore both the politics and the academics involved in the debate over Common Core, PARCC, and the MCAS. http://bit.ly/1jyOLMQ

WRTC News & Info

 

END Common Core Massachusetts

END Common Core Massachusetts

Celeste —

The End Common Core MA ballot initiative is seeking interns who can help in different capacities.  There is a lot more involved in a successful ballot initiative than just collecting signatures!  We have to keep up with requests from volunteers, signers, and media and continually deliver and pick up petitions from town clerks.
In addition to signature collectors, we need interns who can:
  • Drive to town clerks offices during the week or deliver petition papers to volunteers,
  • Use social media effectively,
  • Help with administrative work, using excel and word documents, and
  • Provide website support.
While all opportunities are unpaid at this time, we hope to raise additional funds to pay stipends to interns who can dedicate their time to our effort.  If you can volunteer to help us in these areas or have some other unique talent that you can share please contact me at tabodwell@comcast.net, or call me for more details at 774-208-3480.
Thank you!
Agatha
Agatha Bodwell
Volunteer Coordinator

www.ENDcommoncorema.com

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