CWA of GA responds to recent news articles on the Common Core

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On August 21, 2013, Gov. Nathan Deal asked the Georgia State Board of Education to do a review of the Common Core standards. In addition, the Governor asked the school board members to begin developing Georgia’s own curriculum standards for Social Studies which are not currently a part of the Common Core standards. Click here for more information.

While Concerned Women for America of Georgia continues to be encouraged that Gov. Deal is listening to Georgia citizens on this critical education issue, there is still work to be done. In 2010, former Gov. Sonny Perdue and former State School Superintendent Kathy Cox shackled Georgia students with the untested and unpiloted Common Core standards and their aligned national tests through the Race to the Top grant. This egregious sidestepping of the General Assembly must not happen again.

CWA of Georgia believes that state legislators must step up to the plate and pass legislation to withdraw Georgia from the Common Core standards, any national tests, and the intrusive student data-tracking system. Only then will Georgia be totally liberated from the Common Core scheme.

2013 Legislative Session Wrap Up: Common Core, Freedom and Gambling

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The fast-paced 2013 Georgia legislative session came to a close on March 28. The 40-day session opened on January 14, and State Director Tanya Ditty represented your interests as a volunteer lobbyist with a physical presence at the State Capitol 35 of the 40 days.

Concerned Women for America’s targeted issues are: Sanctity of Life, Religious Liberty, Family, Anti-Pornography, Education, and National Sovereignty. Legislation this session encompassed several of these core issues. On-the-ground lobbying efforts combined with grassroots prayer and action gets results! Without calls and e-mails from CWA members and friends, successes would have been more difficult to achieve.

Click here to read the legislative update.

Update: Common Core Update on S.B. 167

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A somewhat revised version of S.B. 167 was heard today in the Senate Education and Youth Committee. After becoming apparent that the bill would not have the votes to pass out of committee, bill sponsor Sen. Ligon requested that no vote be taken on the bill. This procedure allows the bill to remain alive for the 2014 Legislative Session.

To some this might appear to be a defeat in stopping the Common Core. I do not see it this way. When we started on this journey to untangle Georgia from the snares of nationalized standards, testing and student data-tracking, very few Georgians even knew about the Common Core standards. CWA of Georgia has been able to educate legislators and citizens to the dangers of the federal power grab of our education system.

To each of you who have made phone calls, sent e-mails, travelled to the Capitol to support S.B. 167, I want to say a very special thank you. There is no way we can have an impact on our culture without grassroots activism. Thank you for getting involved and helping us expose those in our state who recklessly shackled Georgia children to nationalized standards.

Looking ahead:
Over the next several weeks, we will be fine tuning our plans for educating Georgians on the Common Core. Our goal is to cross this state and speak with community leaders, parents, teachers, and citizens about the dangers of the Common Core. We must also continue to educate our state legislators on the importance of withdrawing Georgia from the Common Core.

CWA of Georgia would like to thank several state legislators who battled hard for S.B. 167. Would you please take a moment and contact the offices of the following senators and thank them for their support of this bill?

  • Sen. William Ligon (R-Brunswick) – bill sponsor 404-656-0045
  • Sen. Barry Loudermilk (R-Cassville) – bill co-sponsor 404-656-0034
  • Sen. Lindsey Tippins (R-Marietta) – Senate Education and Youth Committee Chairman 404-657-0406

Also thank Lt. Governor Casey Cagle for his support of S.B. 167. 404-656-5030

The fight to withdraw Georgia from the Common Core standards has just begun. I hope we can count on you as we continue to move forward with this issue. A donation today to help offset the costs of our education campaign would be greatly appreciated. Click here if you would like to donate to the work of CWA of Georgia on this issue.

Tanya Ditty

State Director

Standing room only at Common Core events

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It was standing room only at a press conference today as supporters gathered to hear State Senator William Ligon discuss his piece of legislation, S.B. 167, a bill that would withdraw Georgia from the Common Core State Standards. Concerned Women for America (CWA) of Georgia was on hand, along with several other grassroots organizations and citizen activists, as Sen. Ligon explained why Georgia must maintain control over its curriculum standards. Also speaking at the press conference were several key Common Core experts who explained how Georgia has lowered its educational standards by adopting the national standards in math and English language arts.

Click here watch Sen. Ligon’s press conference on S.B. 167.

Click here to read more about the press conference.

Sen. Ligon addresses standing room only crowd of supporters.

Immediately following the press conference, the Senate Education and Youth Committee held its hearing on S.B. 167 to a packed room of both supporters and opponents of the bill. The committee heard over three hours of testimony, including testimony from Jane Robbins of the American Principals Project; Dr. Sandra Stotsky, English language arts expert; Ze’ev Wurman, math and cost expert; Dr. Jim Arnold, superintendent, and Tish Strange, concerned parent. CWA of Georgia State Director, Tanya Ditty, spoke on behalf of the CWA of Georgia members and as an educator, asking the senate committee to support S.B. 167 and return control of education to the parents and citizens of Georgia.

No vote or action was taken on the bill.

CWA of Georgia is helping lead the fight to stop the Common Core in Georgia, and we are committed to educating parents, school board members, hard-working taxpayers, and our state legislators on the threats imposed by the Common Core. We will keep you posted on the status of S.B. 167.

Click here to learn more about the Common Core.

CWA of Georgia state director, Tanya Ditty testifies
before Senate Education and Youth Committee