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School program not good for state

Published: Saturday, Aug. 24, 2013 1:15 a.m. CDT

Are you tired of schools receiving unfunded mandates from the state and federal government, which in turn trickle down to you, the taxpayers?

Coming to a school district near you is one of those unfunded mandates – Common Core State Standards Initiative. It will cost taxpayers whether or not a school district implements these standards, unless taxpayers, parents, grandparents, school boards, and teachers band together with other school districts across the state of Illinois. 

What is Common Core? This is a one-size-fits-all type of program. Does any program that is “one size fits all” really work? Aren’t teachers taught that each child is an individual learner and that they should teach different ways in the classroom?

This program has not been used before, so there is no history on Common Core. Also, it is not known how much money this new standard would cost taxpayers. How does that usually turn out? If it was such a good idea, why would school districts be told you either go along with this or we’ll pull funding?

Common Core is not a partisan issue. Because the Sauk Valley Tea Party is hosting an informative event, many might believe this is a tea party issue. Along with Republicans, Democrats are calling the alarm to get rid of Common Core in Illinois. Many teachers and school board members also are concerned about these new standards and how they affect their classrooms and their teaching. 

All are welcome at the Loveland Community Building in Dixon at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday to learn about Common Core. Then you can do your own homework and decide whether this is something you want to get behind to stop in Illinois. Heidi Holan from will be the speaker. 

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