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Malloy Embraces Common Core, For Better Or For Worse

by Christine Stuart | Jun 26, 2014 1:59pm
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Posted to: Education, Election 2014

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Gov. Dannel P. Malloy

There may be opposition to implementation of the Common Core State Standards in some parts of the state, but Gov. Dannel P. Malloy is moving forward with the initiative despite what it could mean for his political future.

“There’s no going back,” Malloy said Thursday during a press conference at Annie Fisher School in Hartford.

The press conference was focused on the release of the recommendations from the Common Core Task Force, which Malloy created through an executive order.

Asked if he felt vulnerable politically for moving forward with the Common Core, Malloy said he always feels vulnerable.

“I’ve always felt vulnerable politically,” Malloy said. “My whole entire life. It goes with the fact that you run for office as opposed to not running for office. But if you’re asking does any of that shade in any way my commitment as a public servant to doing what’s right? The answer is ‘no it doesn’t’.”

Not implementing the Common Core was never an option the task force looked at during it’s discussions. Neither was not adopting the Smarter Balanced Consortium Assessment tests, which will eventually replace the Connecticut Mastery Tests.

“There are titles, there are phrases that are used that cause consternation,” Malloy said, referring to some of the jargon that comes with the Common Core. However, he said the teachers he has spoken to support the measure because their students will be more prepared for college and careers.

Malloy said there should be no doubt that all the teachers and parents in the state want what’s best for their children. He believes the best way to get those outcomes is the Common Core.

Diana Burns, a member of the Common Core Task Force, said she thinks there’s a big misconception that Common Core is curriculum when it’s not.

“It’s a framework and teachers have the ability to teach it in any fashion they want to, so I think that it’s a public misconception,” Burns said. “Teachers are really supportive of it and I just hope that’s really known.”

She said they confuse it with being part of the Smarter Balanced Consortium Assessment test and they confuse it with the new teacher evaluation system, which uses student achievement on standardized tests to measure the success of a teacher. Earlier this year, the state delayed tying the new teacher evaluation system to the Common Core State Standards after the two teacher unions complained.

A survey released in March by the Connecticut Education Association found that 97 percent of the 1,452 teachers surveyed felt there should be a moratorium on implementation of the standards. A survey in May of teachers from both the CEA and AFT Connecticut showed 82 percent were concerned about the amount of time they have available to “adequately learn, develop, and implement common core standards.”

AFT Connecticut President Melodie Peters said she has heard less angst about the Common Core than she has heard about other issues.

“But we’re working our way through it. It is about educating people,” Peters said.

However, there are teachers and advocates who feel the Common Core is not an appropriate way to proceed.

Earlier this year, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence signed legislation reversing his state’s adoption of Common Core. Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin joined him earlier this month by signing similar legislation repealing the Common Core in her state.

Connecticut’s Education Committee heard hours of testimony against implementation of the Common Core earlier this year, but no legislation repealing it moved forward for a vote. The state Board of Education adopted the Common Core back in 2010. The legislature never voted on its adoption. At least two gubernatorial hopefuls have made getting rid of the Common Core a focal point of their campaigns.

“His support for the Common Core and its absurd, unfair, and costly Common Core testing program is undermining our public education system and wasting scarce public dollars,” Jonathan Pelto, who is running for governor under the Education and Democracy Party, said.

Peters said she doesn’t believe that Common Core is going to undermine the public education system.

She said the opposition to the Common Core is a “handful of folks across the country who have an agenda to undermine that.” She said the task force and the stakeholders in the state have proven they can make Common Core their own.

“That they can do their own ConnectiCore,” Peters said.

Meanwhile, part of Malloy’s announcement Thursday included additional funding for implementation of the Common Core.

The state Education Department will allocate $2 million for 1,000 professional teacher training days, $2 million for professional development to enhance language arts and math instruction for all students, including those with special needs, and $10 million for school technology upgrades to support the transition to the new standards. Aside from the $10 million in technology upgrades, which will be added to the state Bond Commission agenda, the rest will come from the Education Department’s existing budget.

The $10 million is in addition to the $24 million the state already allocated for technology upgrades related to the transition to the Common Core.

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posted by: ABC | June 26, 2014  2:46pm

Good for him for sticking to his guns.

The anti-CCSS folks are people who have been hoodwinked and heavily influenced by the rank and file union-istas who want nothing to do with teacher accountability. 

The underlying problem with public education?  We have asked for a white-collar mission from a blue-collar industry. 

Many of the teachers you talk to actually have disregard and suspician of people who are highly educated and who are strivers.

We all know that the value of knowledge and education is that it empowers the individual to think for, and to establish agency for themselves. And yet unionism which was developed to give voice to the powerless is pervasive amongst public school teachers. 

How can you teach someone to reach their full potential as an individual while you view yourself to be powerless as an individual?

For many, public ed is primarily an employment system for the middle class.  And while we may have been able to afford that relationship for a few decades when we were largely a blue-collar economy, we aren’t any more so its no longer feasible. 

So the system will either be forced to improve from the top down with reforms like RTTT, CCSS, and TEVAL or it will shrink due to privatization.

Either way, the future can’t come fast enough.

posted by: Sarah Darer Littman | June 26, 2014  6:28pm

“For many, public ed is primarily an employment system for the middle class.”

Gobsmacked by the ignorant, patronizing elitism exhibited here, by someone who doesn’t even have the courage to write under their own name.

And let’s see if the way this money is spent is as stacked towards Malloy’s cronies as the last $24M bond issue.

http://www.ctnewsjunkie.com/archives/entry/op-ed_blindly_financing_the_common_core/

posted by: Bluecoat | June 26, 2014  8:59pm

ABC,
Our kids deserve better.
Why don’t we model our education standards after the private schools that the politicians and Mr. Bill Gates send their kids too? Why must we have set of standards thrown down our throats that was created in secret by people who were not qualified?
Even Mr.avid Coleman the Chief Architect of Common core and now the Colleg Board President which is aligning the SAT to the CC has said he and his cohorts who wrote the common core were not qualified.
And ABC, the disagreement with the CC is widespread and mostly a libertarian disagreement
See Reason
<http://reason.com/archives/2014/06/25/the-populist-uprising-against-common-cor>

posted by: Bluecoat | June 26, 2014  9:00pm

Interesting take….

The Populist Uprising Against Common Core Is Libertarian and It’s Winning

It recognizes that there is no one answer to fixing education in America. - Robby Soave,June 25, 2014 Reason Magazine Online

posted by: Bluecoat | June 26, 2014  9:09pm

Don’t forget the 24 million dollars is borrowed money to buy “Google Chrome note book computers”.
these computers are already loaded with software that will collect personal and private information when these computers are being used and even when they are not.
See California lawsuit earlier this year…
<http://safegov.org/2014/1/31/google-admits-data-mining-student-emails-in-its-free-education-apps>

Any adult in our schools today that is turning a blind eye to the data mining of innocent children needs to have their head examined. We are allowing the recording of every child’s move, and the data mining inherent in the Smarter Balanced Assessments is just plain wrong.
Our kids are being subject to personality tests and psychological tests without parental or guardian knowledge or permission.

posted by: OutBackJack312 | June 26, 2014  9:13pm

I’m sorry ABC is just wrong…  The “Gates Foundation” has their hands all over common core.  Do your homework!  Bill Gates is making billions off our kids.  SBAC, Common Core…  Politicians (Pryor and Malloy) are passing laws understanding nothing (Pryor himself, never administered in a public school). They do this because the DNC tells them too..  Every other country in the world places public school teachers in the same class as Doctors and Military service people.  I’m sorry CT parents, unless you act and vote these idiots out of office, your kids will graduate college 200,000 dollars in debt an no job to pay it back…  Pelto for Governor!!!!

posted by: Bluecoat | June 26, 2014  9:16pm

We need to educate our kids so that they can choose their own future and not have that path chosen for them by a bunch of snots(Duncan, Coleman, Rhee, Malloy, Pryor, and ABC).
We have let the “Wizards of Smart” who believe they are the only ones who know how kids should be educated, jamb CC down our throats with out a debate.
Here in CT, there was only 45 minutes to review the CC before the legislature had time to vote.
Thomas Sowell has a term for these nitwits in his book, “Vision of the Anointed”. (I believe he really meant “self-Anointed”)
We are the stupidest people on earth to let this happen.

posted by: 27Reasons | June 26, 2014  10:37pm

The vast majority of teachers and their families will be voting for JON PELTO in 2014! Malloy claims that all of the ‘teachers he speaks to support common core’ because it will make ‘kids college and career ready.’ Who is this guy talking to?!?! I’m so sick of the CCSS propaganda. ‘rigorous’ B.S.

posted by: SocialButterfly | June 27, 2014  8:48am

Malloy only embraces the Common Core to the extent of using it for his political galn.

posted by: Sarah Darer Littman | June 27, 2014  9:21am

“Many of the teachers you talk to actually have disregard and suspician of people who are highly educated and who are strivers.”

Many teachers are suspicious of people who criticize them anonymously and accuse them of being “blue collar” and “middle class” and critical of those who are “highly-educated” (implying that teachers, many of whom have masters degrees, are not”) yet cannot spell “suspicion” correctly.

posted by: PWS2003 | June 27, 2014  10:22am

Sarah, I believe that all CT public school teachers have to obtain a Master’s Degree after a few years otherwise they are not allowed to continue as teachers. It was true for me and I can’t see why they would have reduced this requirement. That would make CT teachers very highly educated and deserving of some respect, but as we know in our country success and intelligence are measured by the size of one’s bank account, model of their car, or number of homes they own.

posted by: ABC | June 27, 2014  10:43am

SDL - It’s revealing to see that making class distinctions in your mind is an accusation.

Revealing but not surprising since all of your rhetoric generally is about how evil and greedy successful entrepreneurs are. 

I was raised middle class and have nothing but respect for the blue collar professions.  But you seem to view them as a crime.

And I never said that I was highly educated.  In fact, I’m not.  I went to public schools throughout college.  Which might explain why I don’t spell so good.

posted by: GBear423 | June 27, 2014  1:05pm

GBear423

Common Core has been opposed by libertarians and the Tea Party movement since rumor of its existence. Sadly the Establishment republicans and democrats are all for it, seemingly.

posted by: Sarah Darer Littman | June 27, 2014  1:08pm

ABC - I have nothing against successful entrepreneurs. My bf is one. My brother is one. I am self-employed myself. What I don’t like are “successful entrepreneurs” who use their wealth to try and circumvent the democratic process.