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Letter: Constitutionality, local control are big educational concerns

Common Core was created by private corporations, receiving no legislative grant/authority from states to draft national education standards.

The National Governors Association (NGA) and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO), act as a front for CCSS. CCSS violates three federal statutes, prohibiting the federal government from interfering in K-12 education: the General Education Provision Act (USC – Title 20, Chapter 31, Subchapter 111, Part 2, Subsection 1232a); Dept. of Education (D.O.E) Organization Act (Public Law 96-88, 93 Statute 668, Oct. 17, 1979); and the Elementary & Secondary Education Act of 1965 (Public Law 89-10-Apr. 11, 1965 27).

In 2009 the D.O.E announced that federal grants would be given to states if they adopted CCSS (Race to the Top).  Before the standards were finished, states signed up without knowing content or cost.  CCSS replaced No Child Left Behind.

Acceptance of CCSS commits the state to total implementation of the copyrighted material, which cannot be changed or omitted, but may add up to no more than 15% to the curriculum.

Additions must be pre-approved by CCSS copyright holders. For teachers to make changes with the curriculum, they have to call the NGA or the CCSSO (Washington).

So where is our right to keep local control, granted to us through our State Constitution?

In a letter to Gov. Scott Walker and legislators dated Sept. 12, 2013, signed by citizens, it states, “The U. S. Constitution grants to states the right and responsibility to educate their public. The Wisconsin Constitution requires districts to accept responsibility for educating their citizens through a process of local control of schools. Your actions to provide funding for the implementation of Common Core Standards allow the federal government to gain control of our educational system. Such legislation undermines implementation of local control of schools.”