Modesto Teachers Protest Common Core (Video)

Around 125 teachers showed up to protest the launch of Common Core at a Modesto City Schools board meeting.  Teachers claim they are being penalized if they push back or deviate from the Common Core way.

Sounds familiar.

Excerpt from ModBee.com with emphasis added:

About 125 teachers dressed in black packed the Modesto City Schools board meeting Monday to stand in solidarity, complaining of a disorganized and punitive start to Common Core instruction.

The problems are primarily in elementary, where math materials have arrived late and tests have come full of mistakes, said Dana Filippi, Modesto Teachers Association executive director.

“(Reading and writing) teaching strategies that have been tried and true for years are being squashed,” Filippi said, adding that students are being checked for reading progress too often, at least twice every six to eight weeks.

“All the teachers are out here to say we’ve got a problem,” he said.

Beard Elementary teacher Jennifer McGrath-Oller said she was told to exclusively use a “one-size-fits-all” interactive instructional strategy for which teachers received only one day of training to use. Teachers are being given poor evaluations if they deviate, she said. “An unsatisfactory (rating) is now routinely given for things that used to be conversations with principals,” she said.

 

Right below this section of the article is a video.

While this teacher says outright she likes the Common Core, listen to what she says about the ‘new Common Core era’ where their input is being ignored and an entirely new, unproven way of teaching is being imposed and is “removing the parent from the process“.

This teacher also says they are being turned into a “data driven district that leaves little room for actual teaching”.

 

I’ve heard nearly identical complaints from teachers right here in North Carolina.

I’ve also heard how they’ve been warned they need to “go along to get along” when it comes to Common Core. I’ve been told they are worried for their jobs if they talk about the problems.

The question remains, when will NC teachers have enough of this, stand up and speak out?

 

Related Reading:

Behind The Common Core Curtain In NC -PT 1

Behind The Common Core Curtain In NC – Part 2

Behind The Common Core Curtain – Part 3

Behind The Common Core Curtain In NC – Part 4

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Gov. McCrory: Commissions For Me, But Not For Thee

There are a lot of Republicans in North Carolina scratching their heads over Pat McCrory’s governorship thus far.

The most recent example is Governor McCrory suing the legislature over their ability to appoint independent boards and commissions.

One has to ask, what purpose does this stunt hold? And yes, I would qualify this action as a stunt and a transparent one at that.

Senator Jerry Tillman didn’t go as far as to call it a stunt in his newsletter, but it was close. Here’s the relevant excerpt, emphasis added at the bottom is mine:

Governor Sues Legislature

Governor McCrory along with former Governors, Jim Martin and Jim Hunt filed a lawsuit recently to overturn the Legislature’s appointing power of independent commissions and independent boards.

Legislative leaders and our counsel have repeatedly argued the Governors’ lawsuit is flawed, both from a historical as well as a policy perspective.

For more than 100 years, the state legislature has made appointments to many boards and commissions. The Constitution provides the authority and the courts have affirmed it over the years. If the Governor had strong feelings about any bills in question, his option was to veto them. He did not do this. If you understand the logic behind the Governor’s thinking, let me know. It costs a whole lot more to defend lawsuits and to prosecute them than vetoing them. A whole lot of time and money will be spent by both sides in this lawsuit.

The General Assembly’s right to appoint members to independent boards which are beholden to no single appointing authority and right to provide independent oversight is nothing new and has long been upheld by our state’s Supreme Court. Unfortunately, the Governor’s costly and time-consuming lawsuit to ensure he picks the majority of regulatory board members ignores history and sidetracks their important work.

Governor, I believe there’s a better way to work with the House and the Senate. We’ll see…

Apparently, appointments and commissions are alright for the Governor, but not for the legislature.  Make sure you point this out when and if you ever apply for a board or commission on the Governor’s own website.

There’s also the Governor’s eLearning Commission and his Teacher Advisory committee.

Just to drive the hypocrisy of this lawsuit  home, in November alone, Governor McCrory has made appointments to 8 separate commissions and one judicial appointment.

November Commission appointments:

My 2 cents
While the governor has done great things for business in the state, he’s got folks wondering if he plans to run as a Democrat next cycle given all the fights he’s picked, bad appointments he’s made, his bad adviser choices and his love of the toxic Common Core.

2016, so far, is looking like Cooper’s to take.

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NC Common Core Commission Mtg – 11-17-14

On Monday, the Academic Standards Review Commission met for the 3rd time.
I was only able to stay for the first half of the meeting, but tweeted during my time there.

NC DPI was brought in again, this time to explain the math. DPI brought in a team of 6 to present, however after two hours, the only presenter up there was still the first one – Dr. Jennifer Curtis.

Read my storify article, NC Common Core Review Mtg – 11-17-14, and see why the initial presentation stalled out and the overall theme of parents being ‘misinformed’ and teachers ‘making bad choices’ on curriculum being the problem and not the fundamentally flawed and experimental Common Core.

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Nothing is wrong with the Common Core.

It’s the teacher’s fault.
It’s your kid’s fault.
It’s your fault you’re too dumb to get the ‘new’ math.

Related read: As heard in the committee

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CCSSO President/NC Superintendent Elect To Become Longest Serving Educrat

NC’s Superintendent who is also the new confirmed CCSSO President is about to become the longest termed Superintendent in the country.  Atkinson was CCSSO President-elect up until the 14th of November.

 

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Atkinson was made President-elect in 2013. As of November, 14th she is now President.

That’s a lot of political dodging and weaving to stay in the top Educrat spot in NC, but for how much longer? Speculations are Atkinson won’t run in 2016.

I think it would be a fair assessment that Dr. Atkinson is in education the equivalent of a career politician.

Given her significant role in bringing Common Core to North Carolina and the subsequent firestorm, perhaps she’ll be heading to a cushy Gates-tied job like former Governor Perdue.

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Stokes County: Biggest Teacher Turnover Reason Was Local Supplement

Teacher pay is not just set by the state. Each county controls the supplemental pay rate teachers receive on top of that state rate.

The fights over teacher pay this past year has been to harp on the state rate. No one in the media really even mentioned the supplemental pay. That supplemental pay didn’t fit into the ‘assault on education’ narrative.

They’ve broken ranks in Stokes county:

Just to drive it home:

“Teachers leaving to teach in another school district offering a higher local salary supplement was the main reason cited for teachers leaving Stokes County.” – TheStokesNews.com

The average supplemental rate in Stokes in 2013 was $1,624.

It is worth noting DPI  conveniently stopped publishing the supplemental schedules when Republicans took control of the NCGA.

 

Related read: Hey, Remember NCAE’s ‘Member-Led’ Group? Organize 2020?

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