Springboro Teachers at meeting
Parents Are Awesome

Piqua, OH

#206 Mar 12, 2013
Common Core: Intrusive Data Tracking
The Common Core ensures that the states build expensive high-tech systems that will track student performance and other personal data and provide that information to the federal government.“Hopefully, some day, we can track children from preschool to high school and from high school to college and college to career.”
- U.S. Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan, from a June 8, 2009 speech
Common Core: Exorbitant Price Tag
The unfunded mandates associated with the Common Core are open-ended in areas such as professional development, new textbooks and instructional materials, testing, and data-tracking systems. A recent study shows implementation will cost $16 billion or more nationwide, with about 90 percent of this paid for by states and local districts, despite the $4.35 billion Race to the Top grants. The Common Core fuels a money pot of tax dollars going to pre-selected vendors.
Where Things Stand
In the Nation – Only a few states have turned a cold shoulder to the federal grants and waivers requiring Common Core.
● Texas, Nebraska, and Alaska refused to participate.
● Indiana’s Senate Education Committee voted to delay implementation of the Common Core until after it was reviewed by a study committee.
● South Carolina has legislation pending to pull out of the Common Core supported by the Governor.
● Virginia has pulled out of the Common Core, and Minnesota has refused to sign on to the math portion.
● Utah is holding legislative hearings on withdrawing from Common Core.
● South Dakota has slowed down the implementation of the Common Core with the passage of a bill that requires public hearings around the state.
In Georgia – State School Superintendent Kathy Cox and Governor Sonny Perdue committed Georgia to the Common Core upon signing the Race to the Top grant application in January 2010. In July 2010 the State Board of Education officially adopted the Common Core, only one month after the content standards were released in English Language Arts and Math. In the fall of 2010, Georgia agreed to become a “governing state” of the PARCC assessment consortium, meaning Georgia will implement these tests starting in 2014-15, though the tests are yet unseen and their costs unknown. Current State School Superintendent John Barge campaigned against Race to the Top, but upon taking office, he embraced it and the Common Core.
Sub-standard Standards of the Common Core
English Language Arts (ELA) Standards – Dr. Sandra Stotsky of the University of Arkansas served on the Common Core Validation Committee but refused to sign off on the ELA standards because of poor quality, empty skill sets, the de-emphasis on literature, and low reading levels, such as 8th grade levels for 12th grade students. Even the Fordham Institute – a Common Core proponent -- gave Georgia’s current ELA standards higher marks than the Common Core.
Math Standards – Dr. James Milgram of Stanford University, the only mathematician on the Common Core Validation Committee, refused to sign off, stating,“It’s almost a joke to think students [who master the common standards] would be ready for math at a university.”
Next on the Common Core Agenda – Expect the feds to aggressively push adoption of national standards in science and social studies, just as they have in English and math.
Take Action
Tell your legislators to stop Race to the Top mandates and the Common Core. Get connected at www.stopcommoncore.com
dale

Cincinnati, OH

#207 Mar 12, 2013
Nobama for this mama wrote:
<quoted text>
you mean like "the hand that rocks the cradle...rules?"
No OEA Indoctrination for this mama's cradle....
Should the White House control what your kids learn?
By Stanley Kurtz
Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2012/09/07/sho...
Editor's note: this piece is adapted from "Spreading the Wealth: How Obama is Robbing the Suburbs to Pay for the Cities " (Sentinel HC August 2012).
The core of the hard-left’s education agenda – a program shared by Obama, Ayers, and Darling-Hammond alike – has three parts: 1) a politicized curriculum that promotes leftist notions of “social justice,” 2) reducing “disparate outcomes” between students in different districts by undercutting standards, and 3) a redistribution of suburban education funding to less-well-off urban schools. Achieving these goals on a broad scale requires the federal government to usurp local control of K-12 schooling.
WE MUST SAVE THE PRISON! THE DEAD WALK
Harmful Illusions

Piqua, OH

#208 Mar 12, 2013
Is the Illusion of Excellence Harmful?

Districts love to point to their fine report card rating as evidence of high performance. Real estate agents love to tout those excellent ratings as proof that a home in the community is a good value. But at some point, Ohioans may want to take a serious look at what is really happening in their school districts. Parents and taxpayers need to know that “excellent” may not be as advertised. It is a disservice to the general public, to parents and especially to children when we pretend that more and more districts are doing a stellar job, when they are not. The stakes are much higher than they are for 1st grade soccer players, who are all superstars. Policymakers must acknowledge that there are serious flaws in an evaluation system that says that the majority of districts are doing excellent work, when all of the data comparing Ohio students nationally and internationally paint a very different picture.

A major disconnect exists when Ohio’s standards suggest that 51.7% of 8th graders are performing at an accelerated or advanced level in reading and the national data suggest that only a small fraction of these 8th graders are anywhere near an advanced level.
Panther37

United States

#209 Mar 12, 2013
WRONG! The parents are all wrong! And they know what's best for our kids to learn so butt out. If you don't like it, get off here and get a teaching degree. Hail Cobra
Panther37

United States

#210 Mar 12, 2013
Mister Clean wrote:
<quoted text>
Clean up your dirty act. There are little children on board.
..shhh they don't have to know about last night..
COBRA COMMANDER

Novi, MI

#211 Mar 12, 2013
you parents are the reason cobra has come back to turn them against you the GOP will burn for their sins down with your pathetic free economy down with the GOP and down with you parents!
Balls and shaft

United States

#212 Mar 12, 2013
Parents Are Awesome wrote:
Common Core: Intrusive Data Tracking
The Common Core ensures that the states build expensive high-tech systems that will track student performance and other personal data and provide that information to the federal government.“Hopefully, some day, we can track children from preschool to high school and from high school to college and college to career.”
- U.S. Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan, from a June 8, 2009 speech
Common Core: Exorbitant Price Tag
The unfunded mandates associated with the Common Core are open-ended in areas such as professional development, new textbooks and instructional materials, testing, and data-tracking systems. A recent study shows implementation will cost $16 billion or more nationwide, with about 90 percent of this paid for by states and local districts, despite the $4.35 billion Race to the Top grants. The Common Core fuels a money pot of tax dollars going to pre-selected vendors.
Where Things Stand
In the Nation – Only a few states have turned a cold shoulder to the federal grants and waivers requiring Common Core.
&#9679; Texas, Nebraska, and Alaska refused to participate.
&#9679; Indiana’s Senate Education Committee voted to delay implementation of the Common Core until after it was reviewed by a study committee.
&#9679; South Carolina has legislation pending to pull out of the Common Core supported by the Governor.
&#9679; Virginia has pulled out of the Common Core, and Minnesota has refused to sign on to the math portion.
&#9679; Utah is holding legislative hearings on withdrawing from Common Core.
&#9679; South Dakota has slowed down the implementation of the Common Core with the passage of a bill that requires public hearings around the state.
In Georgia – State School Superintendent Kathy Cox and Governor Sonny Perdue committed Georgia to the Common Core upon signing the Race to the Top grant application in January 2010. In July 2010 the State Board of Education officially adopted the Common Core, only one month after the content standards were released in English Language Arts and Math. In the fall of 2010, Georgia agreed to become a “governing state” of the PARCC assessment consortium, meaning Georgia will implement these tests starting in 2014-15, though the tests are yet unseen and their costs unknown. Current State School Superintendent John Barge campaigned against Race to the Top, but upon taking office, he embraced it and the Common Core.
Sub-standard Standards of the Common Core
English Language Arts (ELA) Standards – Dr. Sandra Stotsky of the University of Arkansas served on the Common Core Validation Committee but refused to sign off on the ELA standards because of poor quality, empty skill sets, the de-emphasis on literature, and low reading levels, such as 8th grade levels for 12th grade students. Even the Fordham Institute – a Common Core proponent -- gave Georgia’s current ELA standards higher marks than the Common Core.
Math Standards – Dr. James Milgram of Stanford University, the only mathematician on the Common Core Validation Committee, refused to sign off, stating,“It’s almost a joke to think students [who master the common standards] would be ready for math at a university.”
Next on the Common Core Agenda – Expect the feds to aggressively push adoption of national standards in science and social studies, just as they have in English and math.
Take Action
Tell your legislators to stop Race to the Top mandates and the Common Core. Get connected at www.stopcommoncore.com

No one is going to read that and parents suck
Nice bible

United States

#213 Mar 12, 2013
Balls and shaft wrote:
<quoted text>
No one is going to read that and parents suck
. Can I get this in Spanish HAIL COBRA
reality

Girard, OH

#214 Mar 15, 2013
Balls and shaft wrote:
<quoted text>
No one is going to read that and parents suck
Parents suck? If you really believe this, then please go have yourself permanently neutered. Rest assured the balance of our society will be all the better for no seed ever escaping your body.
Reality kings

Cincinnati, OH

#215 Mar 15, 2013
reality wrote:
<quoted text>
Parents suck? If you really believe this, then please go have yourself permanently neutered. Rest assured the balance of our society will be all the better for no seed ever escaping your body.
. Tell that to yo wife !
Mirror Mirror

Piqua, OH

#216 Mar 15, 2013
Mirror Mirror on the wall,
who is the most important of all?

ME! the union teacher in the class room of every child! Away with parents; it is their child with the dollar sign per pupil stamped on the forehead that is the most important RESOURCE to ME! the union teacher.
Make your choice Parents! Either drain your wallets for ME; or ME will drain your brain; leaving Springboro to live and work in La-La
neverland where union rules the parents!
The wild goose

Cincinnati, OH

#217 Mar 16, 2013
Mirror Mirror wrote:
Mirror Mirror on the wall,
who is the most important of all?
ME! the union teacher in the class room of every child! Away with parents; it is their child with the dollar sign per pupil stamped on the forehead that is the most important RESOURCE to ME! the union teacher.
Make your choice Parents! Either drain your wallets for ME; or ME will drain your brain; leaving Springboro to live and work in La-La
neverland where union rules the parents!
plunder my butthole
First Step

Piqua, OH

#218 Mar 17, 2013
Step #1:
Like our Hoosier neighbors to the West, join a growing grassroots movement to leverage each and every Ohio school district away from the Federal economic blackmail commonly known as Common Core teaching standards.
Common core has been nothing more than a FAILURE everywhere, Ohio's public schools being no exception. These days around the state of Ohio, the reason hundreds upon hundreds of districts pat themselves on the back while proudly displaying "Excellent" banners generally has not so much to do with improved quality of teaching. This has a lot more to do with image protection. Our students' standards have been very quietly lowered thru the years in order to help mask the flaws that are inherent in this system of teaching that has been rammed down our throats by the blackmailing FEDS in DC.
Why is the OAA bar systematically lowered? Common Core teaching methods has lead to a propensity to want to "feel good" about education. At the end of the day, Common Core teaching methods turn a blind eye as to HOW WELL the children are educated.
Ohio's distorted mandated Common Core teaching methods are behind why so many A students (and yes even a lot of "gifted" students) end up having to take remedial classes before they can begin their college major.

More...
http://stopcommoncore.com/
http://americansforprosperity.org/indiana/new ...
Balls and Shaft

United States

#219 Mar 17, 2013
reality wrote:
<quoted text>
Parents suck? If you really believe this, then please go have yourself permanently neutered. Rest assured the balance of our society will be all the better for no seed ever escaping your body.
You must want the balls and the shaft
Jelly bread

United States

#220 Mar 17, 2013
First Step wrote:
Step #1:
Like our Hoosier neighbors to the West, join a growing grassroots movement to leverage each and every Ohio school district away from the Federal economic blackmail commonly known as Common Core teaching standards.
Common core has been nothing more than a FAILURE everywhere, Ohio's public schools being no exception. These days around the state of Ohio, the reason hundreds upon hundreds of districts pat themselves on the back while proudly displaying "Excellent" banners generally has not so much to do with improved quality of teaching. This has a lot more to do with image protection. Our students' standards have been very quietly lowered thru the years in order to help mask the flaws that are inherent in this system of teaching that has been rammed down our throats by the blackmailing FEDS in DC.
Why is the OAA bar systematically lowered? Common Core teaching methods has lead to a propensity to want to "feel good" about education. At the end of the day, Common Core teaching methods turn a blind eye as to HOW WELL the children are educated.
Ohio's distorted mandated Common Core teaching methods are behind why so many A students (and yes even a lot of "gifted" students) end up having to take remedial classes before they can begin their college major.
More...
http://stopcommoncore.com/
http://americansforprosperity.org/indiana/new ...
. Nice book
Common Sense Standards

Piqua, OH

#221 Mar 17, 2013
NEW HIGH SCHOOL PRINCIPAL!!
We watched high school principal Dennis Prager of Colorado, along with Sara Palin and Tom Brokaw, on TV a couple of weeks ago....what a dynamic, down to earth speaker. Even though Palin and Brokaw were also guest speakers they did little but nod and agree with him. This is the guy that should be running for President in 2016!

A Speech Every American High School Principal Should Give.
By Dennis Prager .

To the students and faculty of our high school:
I am your new principal, and honored to be so.
There is no greater calling than to teach young people.
I would like to apprise you of some important changes coming to our school. I am making these changes because I am convinced that most of the ideas that have dominated public education in America have worked against you, against your teachers and against our country.
First, this school will no longer honor race or ethnicity.
I could not care less if your racial makeup is black, brown, red, yellow or white. I could not care less if your origins are African, Latin American, Asian or European, or if your ancestors arrived here on the Mayflower or on slave ships. The only identity I care about, the only one this school will recognize, is your individual identity -- your character, your scholarship, your humanity. And the only national identity this school will care about is American.
This is an American public school, and American public schools were created to make better Americans. If you wish to affirm an ethnic, racial or religious identity through school, you will have to go elsewhere. We will end all ethnicity, race and non-American nationality-based celebrations. They undermine the motto of America, one of its three central values -- epluribus Unum, "from many, one."
And this school will be guided by America's values. This includes all after-school clubs. I will not authorize clubs that divide students based on any identities. This includes race, language, religion, sexual orientation or whatever else may become in vogue in a society divided by political correctness.
Your clubs will be based on interests and passions, not blood, ethnic, racial or other physically defined ties. Those clubs just cultivate narcissism -- an unhealthy preoccupation with the self -- while the purpose of education is to get you to think beyond yourself. So we will have clubs that transport you to the wonders and glories of art, music, astronomy, languages you do not already speak, carpentry and more. If the only extracurricular activities you can imagine being interested in are those based on ethnic, racial or sexual identity, that means that little outside of yourself really interests you.
Second, I am uninterested in whether English is your native language.
My only interest in terms of language is that you leave this school speaking and writing English as fluently as possible. The English language has united America's citizens for over 200 years, and it will unite us at this school. It is one of the indispensable reasons this country of immigrants has always come to be one country. And if you leave this school without excellent English language skills, I would be remiss in my duty to ensure that you will be prepared to successfully compete in the American job market. We will learn other languages here -- it is deplorable that most Americans only speak English -- but if you want classes taught in your native language rather than in English, this is not your school.
Third, because I regard learning as a sacred endeavor, everything in this school will reflect learning's elevated status. This means, among other things, that you and your teachers will dress accordingly. Many people in our society dress more formally for Hollywood events than for church or school. These people have their priorities backward. Therefore, there will be a formal dress code at this school.
Common Sense Standards

Piqua, OH

#222 Mar 17, 2013
Fourth, no obscene language will be tolerated anywhere on this school's property -- whether in class, in the hallways or at athletic events. If you can't speak without using the f -word, you can't speak. By obscene language I mean the words banned by the Federal Communications Commission, plus epithets such as "N...gger," even when used by one black student to address another black, or "B...tch," even when addressed by a girl to a girlfriend. It is my intent that by the time you leave this school, you will be among the few your age to instinctively distinguish between the elevated and the degraded, the holy and the obscene.

Fifth, we will end all self-esteem programs. In this school, self-esteem will be attained in only one way -- the way people attained it until decided otherwise a generation ago -- by earning it. One immediate consequence is that there will be one valedictorian, not eight.

Sixth, and last, I am reorienting the school toward academics and away from politics and propaganda. No more time will be devoted to scaring you about smoking and caffeine, or terrifying you about sexual harassment or global warming. No more semesters will be devoted to condom wearing and teaching you to regard sexual relations as only or primarily a health issue... There will be no more attempts to convince you that you are a victim because you are not white, or not male, or not heterosexual or not Christian. We will have failed if any one of you graduates this school and does not consider him or herself inordinately fortunate -- to be alive and to be an American.
Now, please stand and join me in the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag of our country. As many of you do not know the words, your teachers will hand them out to you.
American dale

United States

#223 Mar 18, 2013
Common Sense Standards wrote:
Fourth, no obscene language will be tolerated anywhere on this school's property -- whether in class, in the hallways or at athletic events. If you can't speak without using the f -word, you can't speak. By obscene language I mean the words banned by the Federal Communications Commission, plus epithets such as "N...gger," even when used by one black student to address another black, or "B...tch," even when addressed by a girl to a girlfriend. It is my intent that by the time you leave this school, you will be among the few your age to instinctively distinguish between the elevated and the degraded, the holy and the obscene.
Fifth, we will end all self-esteem programs. In this school, self-esteem will be attained in only one way -- the way people attained it until decided otherwise a generation ago -- by earning it. One immediate consequence is that there will be one valedictorian, not eight.
Sixth, and last, I am reorienting the school toward academics and away from politics and propaganda. No more time will be devoted to scaring you about smoking and caffeine, or terrifying you about sexual harassment or global warming. No more semesters will be devoted to condom wearing and teaching you to regard sexual relations as only or primarily a health issue... There will be no more attempts to convince you that you are a victim because you are not white, or not male, or not heterosexual or not Christian. We will have failed if any one of you graduates this school and does not consider him or herself inordinately fortunate -- to be alive and to be an American.
Now, please stand and join me in the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag of our country. As many of you do not know the words, your teachers will hand them out to you.
sounds queer
Parent Power

Piqua, OH

#224 Mar 19, 2013
I would love it wrote:
What's the difference between the tactics of the Springboro teachers union and Teamsters led by Jimmy Hoffa or Union Longshoremen, etc.? Not much in my opinion. They acted like the student section(Blue Crew) at basketball game during the board meeting last night. I didn't realize a professional meeting was a place for applause, booing and interruptions as if yelling at a ref.
I am not talking about all Springboro Teachers. Just the ones acting unproffesional at the meeting. If teachers have a problem with anyone it should be the voters. The BOE is doing the job the voters demanded.
Springboro Education Association teachers need to focus on what they can do for our students in the classrooms; NOT what our students can do for the empowerment of the SEA.

Parents are concerned that our kids are not getting the quality education that is being funded by taxpayers in our school district
and we want to see school district leaders and board members who are focused on doing what's right for our children ....and teachers focused on our child's individual needs in the classroom.
poundsand wrote:
<quoted text>
I don't know about any other math classes but in my son's 7th grade math class the teacher constantly refers him to penda learning or study island web sites to work on math problems. The problem is, he hasn't even been 'taught' how to work the problems. The teacher expects the WEB SITE to do that. The teacher also posts videos but they aren't any better.
If this is what math 'teaching' is today it's no wonder they are "proficient".
And don't get me started on the constant use of 'open book' tests that are given in other subjects he takes...
Just Watching

Dayton, OH

#225 Mar 19, 2013
Parent Power wrote:
<quoted text>
Springboro Education Association teachers need to focus on what they can do for our students in the classrooms; NOT what our students can do for the empowerment of the SEA.
Parents are concerned that our kids are not getting the quality education that is being funded by taxpayers in our school district
and we want to see school district leaders and board members who are focused on doing what's right for our children ....and teachers focused on our child's individual needs in the classroom.
<quoted text>
Please provide specifics on "open book" tests in what classes are students getting open book test.

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