Common Core education standards at center of public meeting - KOAM TV 7

Common Core education standards at center of public meeting



New standards coming in education spur a public meeting by opponents in Joplin. 
New common core standards in education have many parents asking questions and urging lawmakers to stop funding State Education until the core can be reviewed.

A small but adamant  group of  concerned parents gathered at Missouri Souther State University  Saturday evening to discuss the truth and validity behind the common core program.
     Many parents feel they are being deceived by what state education officials say  will be taught and what will be on common core tests. Some question how students will truly be measured.  They also say local education officials should be determining what's taught without the  federal government imposing standards.   
     Parents are urging  the lawmakers who were in attendance  to stop common core and  re-work standards. 
Parent Jill Carter says, "My school board wasn't able to answer a lot of my questions. Not because it was any fault of theirs, but it was just something they had done to get out of no child left behind. And that's just how it evolved." Parent Melissa Braun doesn't trust that Common Core will help her children individually.  She says of her son, "I have looked at pulling him out, especially because the school he goes to uses standard based grading."  Braun prefers letter grading which she feels is more accepted publicly and is concerned that common core eliminates grade point averages.  
The Missouri Coalition Against Common Core had a presenter at the discussion. 
The coalition has also scheduled a Take Back Our Schools Conference from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, at the University Plaza Hotel and Convention Center, 333 S. John Q. Hammons Parkway in Springfield.


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