— LL1885 – A.P. Dillon (@LadyLiberty1885) April 23, 2015
One of the most prevalent myths perpetuated by Common Core supporters is that Common Core was or is state-led.
NRO also picked up on Duncan’s statements being translated into an attempt to mobilize minority communities to defend Common Core and the tests — because… Civil Rights, you racists.
Excerpt from NRO:
Here’s Education Week summarizing Duncan’s response to questions about opt-outs:
In the past, English Language Learners, students in special education, and racial minorities were “swept under the rug,” Duncan said. “Folks in the civil rights community, folks in the disability community, they want their kids being assessed. They want to know if they are making progress or growth.”
And here’s Department of Education press secretary Dorie Nolt:
“It is the responsibility of states to ensure that all students are assessed annually because it gives educators and parents an idea of how the student is doing and ensures that schools are paying attention to traditionally underserved populations like low-income students, students of color, students with disabilities and English language learners. The Department has not had to withhold money — yet — over this requirement because states have either complied or have appropriately sanctioned schools or districts that assessed less than 95 percent of students.”
Got the message, selfish parents? You’re hurting the “civil rights community.” You’re harming “students of color.”
Arne and Al Sharpton clearly have had lunch together recently, given Sharpton’s recent need to defend Common Core testing.
This isn’t Duncan’s first time threatening the states over Common Core. Remember Duncan’s blackmailing of states who were trying to get rid of Common Core?
Yes, our education overlords are unhappy with us peasants. The realization that they work for us must be really jarring.