Monday, June 10, 2013 — 6 p.m.
Thousand Oaks High School Performing Arts Center
2323 N. Moorpark Rd., Thousand Oaks
Does ONE SIZE fit ALL?
The Community Forum on Common Core will present a compendium of ideas, facts and comparisons for parents and teachers who want to decide for themselves if the nationalized Common Core K-12 standards adopted by the state — but only minimally implemented — are a better alternative to the current California standards.
The public will be treated to competing analyses of Common Core — the good, the bad, and the alternatives. Panelists will take questions from the audience.
Kyle Jorrey, Editor of the Acorn, will moderate the panel discussion.
Common Core is a set of nationalized K-12 standards that states can adopt or withdraw from, but effectively can not change. The Common Core Standards do not belong to — and are not controlled by — the State of California or any state; instead, they are copyrighted by two non-publicly-elected trade associations in Washington D.C. The standards also serve as a gateway for the collection of personally identifiable data on students that is shared with other states, the federal government, and private companies — for the student’s lifetime.
Common Core was viewed favorably by the states who initially adopted it. But some states that accepted the standards are now pausing implementation as their state legislatures reconsider adopting Common Core. Adoption of Common Core was a condition of receiving “Race to the Top” funding from the Obama administration and waivers from some of the Bush administration’s “No Child Left Behind” program penalties.
Parents who homeschool their children or have them attend private schools think that they will escape Common Core and all of its ramifications. Sadly, this is not the case. Common Core’s reach extends to envelop every child. College entrance examinations, as well as SAT and ACT assessment exams, will be aligned with Common Core’s content and methodology. Despite many years of overwhelming evidence of private and homeschooled children’s superior proficiency and education, they will now be disadvantaged when applying to colleges.
On one panel, representing the official position of the Conejo Valley Unified School District will be:
1) Dr. Jeff Baarstad, Superintendent, CVUSD“
2) Mike Soules, President of Corwin Publishing and a parent of three CVUSD students“
3) Dr. Jon Sands, Director of Curriculum and Assessment, CVUSD
4) Peggy Walker, Teacher, Newbury Park High School, and the 2011 CVUSD and Ventura County Teacher of the Year
On the other panel, representing the views of Concerned Parents of Conejo Valley will be:
1) Tony Dolz, Founder of Concerned Parents of Conejo Valley and father of two students in the CVUSD
2) Bill Evers, Former U.S. Dept. of Education official and Fellow of the Hoover Institution “at Stanford University
3) Dr. Sandra Stotsky, Professor Emerita, Univ. of Arkansas; author and expert witness on Common Core before theU.S. Congress and numerous state legislatures
For more information visit www.Dolz.com or call 310-371-7500.
This press release expresses the views of the Concerned Parents of Conejo Valley, which is responsible for its content, and does not represent the views of the Conejo Valley Unified School District.