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

July 30, 2014 13:15 pm

by Buzz Brockway · 12 comments

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.

Jackster July 30, 2014 at 1:22 pm

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 July 30, 2014 at 8:29 pm

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.

benevolus July 30, 2014 at 2:16 pm

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

LoyaltyIsMyHonor July 30, 2014 at 4:19 pm

I too found his reference to Common Core curious.

Charlie July 30, 2014 at 8:32 pm

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.

John Konop July 30, 2014 at 8:00 pm

My concern this will be an ideology bs talking point…..over real solutions….

Charlie July 30, 2014 at 8:32 pm

The 90 minutes I heard was hard fact from educators, not ideologues.

John Konop July 30, 2014 at 9:20 pm

Good news!

taylor July 30, 2014 at 9:55 pm

Non-partisan staff of a Mississippi legislative committee was asked to look at Common Core and the role of the federal government. It’s worth the committee’s time to review.

benevolus July 31, 2014 at 8:59 am

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.”

SOGATeacher July 30, 2014 at 11:21 pm

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

benevolus August 1, 2014 at 8:14 am

So how did it go? Did we find any federal connection to Common Core?

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