logo-FB-TwitterIowans for Local Control, a group I founded in 2012, launched a petition today to stop the Common Core State Standards and Next Generation Science Standards in Iowa.  I believe Iowans must have a voice in education policy.  The simple fact is this: there was no legislative feedback on the Common Core State Standards.  There was very little public input given prior to the Iowa State Board of Education adopting the Common Core State Standards on July 29, 2010.

I’m not encouraged by what I’ve heard from those who have attended the Next Generation Science Standards task force meetings.  I’m afraid the process is repeating itself, albeit with more awareness.

Here is the text of the petition:

Based upon the factual evidence documented at Iowans for Local Control I ask the Governor, State Board of Education, and the Director of the Iowa Department of Education to immediately take the steps necessary to rescind Common Core adoption, SBAC membership, the Race to the Top application, the No Child Left Behind waiver application, and all other requirements upon the state that are related to these, and return to the Iowa Core standards in use prior to Common Core adoption.

Second, I request that the Iowa State Board of Education reject the Next Generation State Standards.

Third, I request the Iowa Attorney General review all documentation related to such applications and contracts as mentioned above to ensure our state sovereignty is held inviolate. I further request that this review of programs, documents, and applications, include an examination to ensure no private or personal information about students is transmitted outside of local schools and districts.

Fourth, inasmuch as the Iowa State Board of Education adopted Common Core State Standards, failed to perform a cost analysis related to statewide adoption, and failed to hold public meetings where citizens could review the actual standards prior to adoption, I request that the State Legislature strip the Iowa State Board of Education of its authority to set standards and rescind the Common Core State Standards and ban Next Generation Science Standards should the State Board of Education fail to do so.

Fifth, I request that a committee be appointed to rewrite Iowa’s standards through a well-developed and transparent process that includes numerous public hearings and input from committees that utilizes knowledge-based, academic, clearly worded, grade-level specific, measurable standards from other states as models. Then submit said standards to the State Legislature for final approval.

Sixth, give individual schools and districts full local control with the ability to adopt their own high standards, assessments, and research-based curriculum, and recognize that parents have a fundamental liberty interest in the education of their children.

Seventh, I request that a committee of legislators and citizens be formed to develop a 5-year plan to get Iowa off all federal funding of education, and if the federal government threatens to pull non-education related funding away from the state as we pursue this course, that this knowledge should be made public and fought with the assistance of the state Attorney General.

Eighth, I ask that the state strengthen privacy laws and make sharing of personal student data with any state or federal entity a crime both for the one disseminating and the recipient who requested personal information.

Those who want to sign the petition can do so here (we’re requesting that only Iowans sign).

3 comments
  1. 7 demands? Holy cow, religious nuts are…. well, nuts! What about the demand to include creationism in Biology class? Why was that one left out? Thats the most important one.

    1. Apparently you can’t read. Eight “requests”… read again… “ask,” “request,” “request,” “request,”… etc.

      Didn’t use the word “demand.”

      Why not include creationism? Not the purpose of this petition.

      Personally I’d recommend the theory of intelligent design (not creationism, those are two different things) to be taught along side the theory of evolution. That would be the balanced approach.

      Put for the purpose of this petition we want to address the Common Core and block NGSS.

      1. Request vs. demand: you can put lipstick on a pig…
        Please, at this point the credibility of Conservatives is sufficiently lacking, we can’t trust their word. For example, you make a request, lets say it is denied, what do you do next? For example, Conservatives decry ACA for months/years, we have an election, a chance for the country to determine which way we’ll go, the country re-elects Obama, what do Conservatives do next?

        Creationism isn’t science, so it does not have a place in a science class. Intelligent Design is not science, so it does not have a place in a science class. It is not a balanced approach, it is the infusion of mystical beliefs into science class. Science and the scientific method is a well-defined process, a theory based on a set of beliefs doesn’t fit within that concept. You can propose a theory, but how would you test it? A person can hold religious beliefs and still practice science, but those beliefs have no role in science.

        I don’t understand the opposition to establishing standards. Really, is it not good to have an over-arching set of standards so we can compare apples to apples, ie. state to state? Is it not good to even set some standards, so we have a goal to work for? I think the sudden opposition to the Core comes from political ideology being used to prevent a set of guidelines from being codified because the guidelines don’t include theistic concepts. We have quality teachers working on the Standards, making sure they’re relevant and meaningful, what does some group of religionists organized to oppose it know that professional teachers don’t? I’ve read some of the language of the science standards, I rolled my eyes too at the lawyer-speak and ridiculous wordiness. But I don’t pretend to know more about edcuation and curriculum than teachers, so I’ll trust them to do what is best for students. And they will, regardless of some pie-in-the-sky standard.

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