Kira Willis, candidate for State School Superintendent, has fired off the following press release in response to Erick Erickson’s attack on her and her support for Common Core yesterday. I’ll add that because of his condescending approach to the entire topic and Willis, I’ve decided to go ahead and commit to voting for her. It’s sad that Erick has decided to join those who would spread fear while attacking all who support Common Core as “being paid to do so”. That’s not helpful to the debate, and more importantly, not even close to the truth.
Willis’ release is as follows:
“Erick Erickson is supposed to be a leading conservative voice,” said Willis, “but yesterday that voice sold out to fear-mongering paranoia and failed the students and teachers of Georgia. That’s not conservativism.”
Erickson, a host on WSB radio and Editor-in-chief of RedState.com endorsed a former member of the DeKalb County School Board who was removed from office by Governor Nathan Deal in 2013 for State School Superintendent. On air, Erickson cited her opposition to Common Core as the sole reason for his choice. Willis described Erickson’s reasoning as an insult to Georgia teachers.
“Common Core State Standards were developed in Georgia, first by Republican State School Superintendent Kathy Cox, then by Republican Governor Sonny Perdue, as a means of making sure that measuring student progress would be consistent across states,” said Willis. “States joining together –voluntarily- as protection against intrusion and overreach by the federal government is the very essence of federalism,” she added.
“The SAT, the ACT, the ITBS, and the International Baccalaureate curriculum are all aligned to the Common Core Standards, and I and other teachers in Georgia have been working very hard to implement them for the benefit of Georgia students,” said Willis. “Chanting ‘Stop Common Core’ is a slap in the face to Georgia teachers that would condemn Georgia students to another decade in the academic ratings basement. That may make good radio ratings, but it’s not what real conservatives do.”
Willis taught at Woodland Middle School, Centennial High School and Roswell High School over 18 years and has worked as a Graduation Coach and Response to Intervention (RTI) Coordinator at North Springs Charter High School in Fulton County for the last three years. She is certified as an Educational Specialist in Curriculum and Instruction and holds a Masters in Education Leadership from Kennesaw State University.
“Mr. Erickson is free to endorse whomever he wants, for whatever reason he wants,” Willis said “And while I am of course disappointed in his choice for State School Superintendent, I am dismayed that he calls his reasoning conservative.”
More information is available at www.KiraWillis.com