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Common Core Forum Re-Scheduled to March 4

Forum will spotlighting controversial program to federalize public education.

Northborough Free Library. Credit: Patch
Northborough Free Library. Credit: Patch

The free, non-partisan discussion of Common Core which was postponed due to inclement weather will be held at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 4, at the Northborough Free Library, 34 Main Street.

Most Americans, and especially parents, are unaware of the Common Core State Standards Imitative (CCSSI), usually referred to as Common Core. According to its mission statement: “The standards are designed to be robust and relevant to the real world, reflecting the knowledge and skills that our young people need for success in college and careers."

However, parents and teachers have been voicing serious concerns about CCSSI. If fully implemented, it will federalize our public education – local control will be transferred to a bureaucracy in Washington, D.C. Ironically, Massachusetts, a leader in standardized student test results, will spend millions to lower its standards, and according to concerned teachers, it will undermine their autonomy and their ability to help students learn. Another disturbing aspect of Common Core is the proposed “data mining” and the tracking of all students.

Two nationally known experts – Jamie Gass, Director, Center for School Reform, Pioneer Institute and Sandra Stotsky, Professor Emerita, University of Arkansas will describe Common Core’s evolution and the wide-ranging implications if it is fully implemented.

The event is sponsored by the Common Core Forum (CCF).

Admission is free and open to parents, grandparents, students, teachers, education administrators, general public and the Press.

Submitted by the Common Core Forum.

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