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National Group Organizing Against Common Core Is Coming to Connecticut

by Madeline Stocker | Jul 16, 2014 5:30am
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Conservative media personality Glenn Beck will host a program next week to help communities across America organize against the Common Core State Standards.

Beck’s “We Will Not Conform” program will be livestreamed from Texas to 11 Connecticut movie theaters on Tuesday, July 22.

Click here for a list of locations.

The program is designed to help activists launch their own grassroots campaign against the Common Core State Standards, which were adopted initially by about 45 states, including Connecticut.

Common Core is a set of standards that were written by the National Governors Association, the Council for Chief State School Officers, and Achieve, Inc.

According to the event’s press release, the “We Will Not Conform” broadcast will serve as an individual strategy session in which viewers will act as participants, and “engage with education experts to craft a comprehensive plan to defeat Common Core.”

FreedomWorks Spokeswoman Jackie Bodnar said she expects “a lot of interaction with the audience. Using social media, the activists in the movie theaters can actually give feedback real time to the activists and experts giving the presentation.”

During the broadcast, Beck, will be joined onscreen by several other personalities, including conservative syndicated columnist Michelle Malkin, WallBuilders Founder and President David Barton, and two representatives of FreedomWorks, a conservative and libertarian lobbying group based in Washington. The event is being sponsored by Freedomworks, which is charging $20 per person for admission.

“To Common Core supporters who thought they would win through silence, this night will be a very loud wake-up call,” the ‘We Will Not Conform’ website http://www.wewillnotconform.com/ states. “If you are sick of the endless rhetoric, futile debates, and useless advice about changing the system at the ballot box, then WE WILL NOT CONFORM is the event you’ve been waiting for.”

Although there is a basic framework for the presentation, attendees can expect an evening full of unscripted discussion, Bodnar said.

“Say Michelle Malkin is speaking, and a bunch of people are tweeting at her and asking her [specifics about] what she is saying. She may answer them right then, or she may take the time to answer the questions later,” Bodnar said. “These next steps are going to be shaped largely by what the audience has to say.”

Aside from being able to interact with the hosts of the broadcast, attendees will be given a chance to interact with each other too, Bodnar said. Nothing formal has been organized for each location, but Bodnar predicts informal discussions will take place after the event.

“It’s pretty organic how our community organizes,” Bodnar said. “This is something that will definitely be a platform and a springboard for meetings to evolve in the future.”

Although the broadcast will only feature prominent conservative voices, opposition to the Common Core Standards has consistently transcended party lines. Both right- and left-wing activists have denounced the standards as unnecessary federal intervention, and voices across both parties have called for Common Core to be revoked.

In Connecticut, there was little to no opposition when the state Board of Education adopted the standards in 2010. However, the past several years have seen a change in opinion, with Connecticut citizens presenting hours of testimony against the implementation of the standards to the Connecticut legislature’s Education Committee earlier this year.

While no legislation to repeal the standards has moved forward, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, who has publicly voiced his support for the standards, created a Common Core Task Force to review implementation of the Common Core State Standards.

The Task Force released it’s recommendations earlier this June.

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posted by: Bluecoat | July 16, 2014  6:18am

“Common Core is a set of standards that were written by the National Governors Association, the Council for Chief State School Officers, and Achieve, Inc.”- This is a lie and I dare the author to prove it. The Common Core Standards are Owned and copyrighted by the NGA and CCSSO. These Standards were written primarily by five people basically behind closed doors and with no input from anyone that I know of from CT.
Isn’t there a conflict of interest with Gov Melloy since he is a member of and chair of Commissions within the National Governors Association? Why did the legislature only debate the adoption of the Standards for 45 minutes before voting to adopt?

posted by: Christine Stuart | July 16, 2014  10:44am

Christine Stuart

The legislature never voted on Common Core Standards. The state Board of Education was the only body to take a vote.

posted by: Coyote | July 16, 2014  11:25am

This appears to be an advertisement not news. Is CTNewsJunkie advertising this program?  The article does mention that the presenters are conservative but there is no analysis as to whether there is enough expertise on their panel to adequately address the issues with the Common Core.

posted by: Christine Stuart | July 16, 2014  11:46am

Christine Stuart

This is not an advertisement. The opponents of the Common Core in CT who are on the liberal side of the spectrum did not return repeated phone calls for comment on this event. Personally, I don’t think people in CT need a national group to tell them how to organize and I’m fascinated to find out how many people actually show up and pay $20

posted by: Bluecoat | July 16, 2014  12:09pm

Christine,
I heard Senator Joe Markley of Southington, on WTIC Radio a couple of Months back, indicate that the State legislature was only given 45 minutes to review the Common Core before voting. Do you think He was mistaken on what He was voting on?

posted by: Coyote | July 16, 2014  12:17pm

” The opponents of the Common Core in CT who are on the liberal side of the spectrum did not return repeated phone calls for comment on this event.”
It would have been helpful to mention this in the post as well as well as supplying some links to the evidence for liberal opposition. I agree that people in CT do not need a national group to tell them how to organize and the number of people who show up and what is presented in the program are newsworthy. The reasons for opposition to the Common Core come from a wide perspective of political viewpoints.

posted by: IOU | July 16, 2014  12:37pm

IOU

RIP OFF

posted by: Christine Stuart | July 16, 2014  1:14pm

Christine Stuart

Bluecoat,
Yes, Markley may have been referring to the 2012 Education reform package which included the teacher evaluations. Legislature never voted on Common Core and likely never will.
Christine

posted by: Christine Stuart | July 16, 2014  1:15pm

Christine Stuart

Coyote,
You may have missed it but we summarized it in the story: “Both right- and left-wing activists have denounced the standards as unnecessary federal intervention, and voices across both parties have called for Common Core to be revoked.”

posted by: Bluecoat | July 16, 2014  3:12pm

Christine,
Thanks for the correction.
Much appreciated.

posted by: Coyote | July 16, 2014  3:26pm

Christine,

I think I didn’t make myself clear. I think this statement, that you wrote in your comment to me - ” The opponents of the Common Core in CT who are on the liberal side of the spectrum did not return repeated phone calls for comment on this event.” - should have been in the article. Also links about more liberal viewpoints, like the one to the Task Force recommendations at the end of the article.

posted by: RogueWriteInPeltoReporterCT | July 16, 2014  9:42pm

RogueWriteInPeltoReporterCT

If adds anything to the discussion at all, one participant in the Facebook group, Stop Common Core in CT Library, posted the following link to a document showing that Jodi Rell signed off on the Common Core standards. This was news to me, so I thought I would share it: http://s3.documentcloud.org/documents/1010470/ct-joins-49-states-to-develop-common-core.pdf

However, the Malloy administration made the choice to embrace this monster, and today opposition to the Common Core is poised to drive a stake into the heart of the Malloy administration, and that this will be a good thing for our democracy. All Democrats out there agonizing over the prospect of a Foley administration are just going to have to lace up their boxing gloves up and get back to the work of being involved in their government for the next four years. No more taking your hands off the wheel because your guy is in charge. Be heartened, though, because the upshot of this is that the people will have shown that their voices still matter and that a functioning democracy is more important for our future and our children than a cozy monopoly of Democrats at in the state capitol.

posted by: Bluecoat | July 17, 2014  11:11am

Rogue,
You are correct about CT signing onto the CC Standards under Rell.
Everyone here, including the author of this post and Christine should read all the work Mercedes Schneider, (deutsch29.wordpress.com)a teacher from Louisiana, has done on this subject.
She has a few posts on the “Memorandum of Understanding”(MOU)that many of the Staes signed onto in 2009 before any standards were ever written. Which were written by Jason Zimba, David Coleman, Susan Pimental, and Two others, Names which always seem to allude the authors and Editors of CTNews junkie when reporting on this Subject

Here is a good start:
<http://deutsch29.wordpress.com/2013/12/02/more-on-the-common-core-achieve-inc-and-then-some>

posted by: Bluecoat | July 17, 2014  11:22am

A Must Read:
<http://deutsch29.wordpress.com/2013/10/14/the-common-core-memorandum-of-understanding-what-a-story>

It should also be of interest that the CCSS MOU required only two signatures, a governor and education superintendent to put us on board, no public discussion, do legislative debate, nothing.

posted by: GuilfordResident | July 18, 2014  10:55am

Take the money out of education and it’ll be much better and market driven. Microsoft stands to make a mint on Common Core implementation.