Over two and half years ago, a groundswell of support began growing all across this state to withdraw Georgia from the Common Core standards, national tests and the intrusive data-tracking system. This past March, the state legislature failed to pass SB 167, and, as a result, Georgia continues to align itself with the national standards and testing movement, In addition, the collection and tracking of student data by the Georgia Department of Education and private vendors goes unabated.
We must continue to fight against the reckless decision of Georgia’s former governor to shackle Georgia’s students to unvetted and untested standards. The State Board of Education and the House Education Study Committee on the Role of Federal Government in Education are hosting hearings over the next three months. Take action today by attending the meetings and speaking out against the Common Core. Citizens can sign up to speak, and we highly encourage you to do so.
Here are the details:
- The State Board of Education (SBOE) is holding hearings on the Common Core in each congressional district. The meeting for each district is announced in the legal organs of each county two weeks prior to the meeting. Citizens are encouraged to sign up to speak at the meetings. Click here for the meeting dates/times. (list updated 8-21-14)
- The Georgia House of Representatives passed H.R. 550, a resolution that created the House Study Committee on the Role of Federal Government in Education. The study committee is holding four hearings. Citizens are encouraged to sign up to speak at the meetings. The next meeting is scheduled for Monday, August 25, 2014. Click here for details.
Pray without ceasing for Gov. Nathan Deal and the State Board of Education members that they will come to understand that the influencers of the Common Core mean harm for Georgia students. Pray they will take decisive action today to return control of all education decisions to the citizens of Georgia.
CWA of Georgia will not rest until we have reversed course and stopped the national standards movement in Georgia. It is imperative that all outside influences, including the federal government get out of the education business in Georgia. Educational solutions for Georgia children should be made in the state of Georgia.
Stay up-to-date on all education issues impacting Georgia students at ga.cwfa.org.