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April 28, 2014
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Nevada County educators opposing Common Core to hold town hall Tuesday

Common Core Concerns (CCC), a group of Nevada County parents and educators who oppose the state’s new Common Core educational curriculum, will hold a town hall meeting Tuesday, April 29, at the Grass Valley Elks Lodge, in what the group is branding an event that will be “Unveiling Common Core.”

CCC member Jan Collins said she is helping to front the event’s bill because she is concerned about how Common Core will be changing the way students are taught in schools around the county.

“We are holding this event to give parents a chance to actually understand what this new curriculum is,” Collins said. “We also want them to know that if they don’t want their child to participate in the curriculum, that they can legally opt out.”

The group claims on its website that Common Core state standards were written by the council of Chief State School Officers, the National Governors Association, the U.S. Department of Education, Achieve, Inc., National Education Association, ACT, the College Board and Sir Michael Barber from the U.K., and, according to the group, is in effect a national curriculum.

Collins said that the curriculum being implemented has too much government oversight and is a form of “federalized education.”

“The federal government should not have this much control over education in our country,” she said.

“The curriculum should be under local control because nobody knows our children and our students more than the teachers that teach them every day.”

The meeting will feature guest speakers who are public opponents of Common Core, such as Pacific Justice Institute President Brad Dacus, Professor Emerita University of Arkansas Dr. Sandra Stotsky and educator Lydia Gutierrez.

Also attending the town hall will be Sacramento parent Katherine Duran, who recently made national news when she was suspended from her son’s elementary school for allowing him to distribute opt-out of Common Core testing forms to his classmates. Duran will lead a Q&A session following the panel of experts.

Co-event organizer Judi Caler says that the town hall is a chance for parents to get perspectives from educators and other parents who have had negative experiences with Common Core.

“Whether they are for it or against it, parents need to be informed about what Common Core is,” Caler said.

“That’s what the town hall is for, to give parents the information, and then they can use it however they’d like.”

For more information, go to http://www.commoncoreconcerns.com

To contact Staff Writer Ivan Natividad, email inatividad@theunion.com or call 530-477-4236.

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