Watch The Common Core Study Committee Meeting Today At 1:30 PM.

This afternoon at I’ll be attending the first meeting of the House study committee Speaker Ralston appointed me to. We’ll be looking at the Federal role in education, which as you might imagine, will involve looking at the Common Core education standards. I’ve got a lot to learn but I look forward to listening to what Educators, parents, students, and citizens have to say on this very important topic.

The meeting will be streamed live at 1:30 PM.


  1. Jackster says:

    Buzz – will there be any attempt to differentiate the difference between the “local control” of a curriculum setting body, and what common core spells out?

    Also, will there be an analysis on the best (not most cost efficient) way to assess children, whether it be frequency, method, situational, or parent-based?

    • Charlie says:

      Dr. Barge and Dr. Martha Reichrath both spelled the first points out, in great detail, at the beginning. I didn’t budget enough time to hear the other speakers, but Buzz seemed to hang in for the long haul.

  2. benevolus says:

    Well that should be interesting because “Common Core” and “federal role in education” are apparently completely unrelated.

    • Charlie says:

      Originally there were completely separate. There is a lot of confusion as to what the federal role is right now, with both President Obama’s “endorsement” and Georgia’s use of implementing Common Core as part of our Race to the Top application.

      If it weren’t for those two, Common Core wouldn’t be the issue it is today with conservatives. Breaking down truth vs. perception of these elements is essential for it to maintain support. And if it is to remain the voluntary system that it is, then any federal ties must me minimized.

    • benevolus says:

      From the Executive Summary:

      “Although federal Race to the Top grant competition
      guidelines did not specifically require states to adopt the
      CCSS, evidence suggests that the Mississippi Department
      of Education believed that adoption of such standards
      would strengthen the state’s application for grant funds.
      While not a mandate, the Race to the Top guidelines
      contained a clear incentive for states to consider
      participating in the raising of K-12 standards in the nation
      as a whole. Although the department stated in its grant
      application submission its intent to adopt the CCSS, the
      U.S. Department of Education did not award Mississippi a
      Race to the Top grant.”

  3. SOGATeacher says:

    “any federal ties”..??..Look at the re-authorization of the America Competes Act 2010. That would be a good place to start.

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