A bill to nullify the Common Core educational standards has been introduced in the Kentucky State Senate.
Senate Bill 224 (SB224) was introduced on Mar. 6 to stop all state involvement with Common Core. It is co-sponsored by Sens. John Schickel (R-11), Katie Kratz Stine (R-24), Paul Hornback (R-20) and Damon Thayer (R-17). The bill has yet to receive a committee assignment at the present time.
SB224 declares that the Commonwealth of Kentucky “shall not implement the academic content standards for English language arts and mathematics developed by the Common Core Standards Initiative and copyrighted by the National Governors Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers.” The bill also goes on to ban state participation in the Next Generation Science Standards Initiative and refuses any nationalized assessments related to the banned programs.
Kentucky is hoping to follow in the footsteps of other states such as Indiana and Florida by pushing back against this outrageous federal powergrab. Largely unbeknownst to the American public, Common Core gives the feds the power to collect all kinds of data from children including Social Security numbers, blood type, records of school attendance, supposed learning disabilities, religious affiliation, disciplinary records and parents’ income information. The curriculum also eschews classic literature in favor of drab, government technical manuals. Common Core implementation is already causing test scores to plummet in states that have neglected to take action against it.
SB224 promotes decentralization by removing educational control from unaccountable federal bureaucrats and putting it back into the hands of the people. Common Core’s proponents deceptively claim that the curriculum is not the handiwork of federal bureaucrats because it was conceived by the National Governors Association (NGA) and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO). However, they were only put in charge of Common Core because it is illegal and unconstitutional for the Dept. of Education to issue a copyright. In fact, the NGA has received tens of millions in taxpayer cash from the federal government over the course of many years. Once again, the feds and their lackeys are trying to snooker the public into accepting another one of their illicit schemes.
Powerful, monied interests are banking on this government/corporate takeover of education, and they have all of their heaviest hitters from Barack Obama to Bill Gates to Jeb Bush out there cheerleading for this educational heist. That means it is incumbent upon us to support a measure like SB224 and push it to success. Whether you are living in Kentucky or not, there is much you can do to get involved and stop Common Core in your community.
For Kentucky: Take action today to help pass SB224 by clicking HERE.
For Other States: Check our Tracking and Action Center to see if your state has taken action against Common Core. If they haven’t, contact your state legislators and demand that they introduce legislation similar to SB224. You can find your legislator’s contact information by clicking HERE.