Utah mother works to preserve history

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  • Carolyn Sharette Sandy, UT
    April 17, 2012 7:52 p.m.

    srw - you are right!

    This is one more attack on the CCSS, based upon misinformation. The federal government did not create the CCSS and force it upon us.

    The CCSS represents stronger language arts standards for Utah students - something we have needed for many, many years. It is a step forward.

    We don't lose money if we decide we want to change something about the CCSS later. We are in full control of the implementation of the CCSS. We have not lost our state educational autonomy.

    I don't like the way it happened (essentially a bribe from the US Dept of Ed for grant money we never won) but I really like that it did happen, and quickly, so that students may benefit immediately.

  • srw Riverton, UT
    April 17, 2012 7:26 p.m.

    "...It is not the responsibility of federal government bureaucrats. That is one of the reasons this Common Core Initiative is such a mistake. It takes the control away from the state and the community and places it at the federal level.

    "...Herbert has supported this initiative, and it is a huge encroachment of the federal government into our lives and strips us of our liberties. This is one reason why so many other Republican candidates are opposing him in his bid for re-election."

    A few minutes ago I didn't know much about the Common Core standards, but now I read the two DesNews articles and I found this on the Common Core website:

    "The Common Core State Standards Initiative is a state-led effort coordinated by the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO). The standards were developed in collaboration with teachers, school administrators, and experts, to provide a clear and consistent framework to prepare our children for college and the workforce."

    So it has nothing to do with the federal government. The title of the other article is correct: "Politics, misinformation feed Common Core debate"