Last month, an audience member at the Regional School Committee invited committee members and the public to a public forum on the Common Core. It was pitched as a pro-con forum on the issue.
So far, it’s looking like a one sided debate. The two confirmed presenters are both vocal opponents of the Core.
Event organizers have tried reaching out to Core advocates, but so far without success. If you are one or know one, you can contact the organizers at email@example.com.
The organizers’ challenge may result from the fact that the forum is linked to strong opponents of the Core.
The event is sponsored by Common Core Forum, a group that describes itself as:
a statewide, non-partisan, volunteer citizen group dedicated to replacing the Common Core State Standards Initiative (CCSI) in Massachusetts with academically challenging and age-appropriate educational standards.
The group has had traction in Northborough, which is where the forum will be held. It’s scheduled for Saturday, June 20th, 10:30 am – noon at Northborough Free Library, 34 Main Street.
(And if I learn that they succeed in booking presenters for the other side of the debate, I’ll let you know.)
The difficulty for a partisan group to put together a non-partisan event may be why concerned residents had asked the school committee to put on and attend a pro-con forum. As I shared previously, a response on that request was put off at the last meeting. And it’s uncertain if it will be on the agenda for the June meeting.
Today, an organizer shared the following announcement on the reason for the forum – and frustration over treatment at the May meeting:
School Committees & Parents Invited to Common Core Event Amid Controversy
Frustrated residents of Northborough and Southborough have taken the initiative and scheduled a Common Core discussion because their school administration reneged on their promise.
Since the beginning of the school year, parents and concerned citizens have been asking district school committees to fulfill their responsibility as policy-makers and become knowledgeable on the increasingly controversial issue of Common Core, and its potential impact on student achievement.
The need for an educational forum was evidenced by school committee members publically stating that they were not knowledgeable on this transformational issue. Although the administration assured concerned citizens that a pro/con discussion would be held, it didn’t happen.
To gain attention, a Petition was created requesting policy-makers to attend an educational forum designed for their benefit. Over a single weekend, 412 signatures were gathered. The Petition was presented to the Northborough-Southborough Regional School Committee on May 20th. The uncooperative response fueled the presenters’ frustration. As MySouthborough.com’s next day’s headline reported, “Parents petition Regional Committee for Common Core pro/con forum; discussion stifled”. Significantly, over 40 “Comments” were posted including, “School committee members are elected, are they not? Perhaps if the current members are not willing to work cooperatively and collaboratively with parents and other concerned citizens, we need to elect new ones.”
On their own initiative, citizens scheduled an event in cooperation with Common Core Forum www.commoncoreforum.org It will be held on Saturday, June 20th, 10:30 am to Noon, Northborough Free Library, 34 Main Street. Speakers include Sandra Stotsky, English Language Arts expert and Jamie Gass, Pioneer Institute. The free public service program is open to all, including the press.
For more information, click the flyer to enlarge.
For further details, or to register, click here or email firstname.lastname@example.org.