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- March 13, 2014
- What's Wrong with Arizona's Common Core Standards? (AKA ACCS)
First, to clarify, Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and the Arizona College and Career Readiness Standards (ACCS) are identical, except for the name. Governor Jan Brewer renamed CCSS last year through Executive Order 2013-08, perhaps to give the impression that Arizona had something to do with their development. In fact, there was one University of Arizona college professor, William McCallum, who assisted in writing the Math standards.
There has been much controvery surrounding Common Core. See the links below this article to read more about it. Currently, there are 3 bills making their way through the Arizona State Legislature which, by the time you read this article, may or may not have survived to reach Governor Brewer's desk. These bills are: SB1395, SB1396, and HB2316. If you want to know how to contact the appropriate legislators to encourage them to vote YES to these bills, please send Anita Christy an email at email@example.com.
A few months ago, Ms. Christy of Gila Watch and Gilbert Watch, began asking the Arizona State Board of Education (SBE) some questions. The SBE answered some of them, but even after 3 requests, have still not answered others. Follows is the latest email that Ms. Christy sent to the SBE, which should begin to reveal "What's Wrong with Arizona's Common Core Standards"?
March 12, 2014
Dear ADE Staff,
Thank you for your responses below to my questions, and for the attached information that you provided to me. Unfortunately, you did not answer or respond to several questions, so I have addressed them again.
In response to your offer that I provide you with specifics regarding the problems with certain ACCS Standards, as well as your continued assertion that “ACCS are not curriculum,” please see my remarks below.
1. As requested in my previous emails, please provide me with the pre-2010 Arizona State Standards for English Language Arts and Math.
2. You did not answer with any specificity what was wrong with Arizona’s pre-2010 Standards. You state in the attachment that the Thomas B. Fordham Institute found the Common Core standards to be an improvement over Arizona’s past standards. Your link didn’t work for me. However, I did find Fordham’s assessment here: Arizona: English Language Arts/Mathematics.
Please note that Fordham gave Arizona’s ELA a Grade of B and Common Core a B+. They gave Arizona’s Math standards a B and Common Core A-. These grades were not wildly apart and don’t seem to warrant throwing the baby out with the bath water. Fordham also gave specific information to Arizona about what needed to be strengthened. Would it have been too difficult or costly to improve the existing standards?
I would like to point out that Dr. Sandra Stotsky, a member of the Common Core Validation Committee who refused to sign off on the CCSS, offered to help Arizona improve their pre-2010 Standards, pro bono. Here is the video of the Common Core State Standards Symposium held in the Arizona Legislature on Oct. 30, 2013, where she publicly made that offer: Common Core State Standards Symposium October 30, 2013.
3. You did not answer my question: “Were the Common Core State Standards field tested? If yes, when and where”?
It is my belief that the “field testing” is going on all over Arizona, and all over America, and the guinea pigs in this massive Field Test are our country’s children.
4. You have stated to me that it would help if I could review the standards and let you know exactly with which standard(s) I have a concern, and how I would like to see a particular standard modified. Here is one that I believe is inappropriate for Kindergarteners, stated below exactly as it appears in ACCS:Click here to read more
- March 12, 2014
- Safe Cities and Towns
by Jared Taylor
Gilbert Town Council Member
Last year the Town of Gilbert was ranked as the second safest city in America. Great news! This ranking came from a review of violent crime data in the US. While the press focused largely on the influence of public safety, let’s take a moment to recognize the real reason for this ranking: strong families and a thriving faith and service community.
Oftentimes I will use a sports analogy for Team Gilbert and refer to our families, service groups, churches, and schools as our offense.
These groups score the real points in our Golden Rule Town. By instilling both a love of America and strong moral values into our community, strong families are the Most Valuable Player in Gilbert.
Of course a great team can’t be successful without a good defense. In a community, a strong defensive team consists of solid public safety and judicial systems.
In 1995, Dr. Patrick F. Fagan of the Heritage Foundation summarized the following conclusions from professional literature on violent crime and the family in his article titled The Real Root Causes of Violent Crime: The Breakdown of Marriage, Family, and Community.
- Over the past thirty years, the rise in violent crime parallels the rise in families abandoned by fathers.
- High-crime neighborhoods are characterized by high concentrations of families abandoned by fathers.
- The future criminal tends to be an individual rejected by other children as early as the first grade who goes on to form his own group of friends, often the future delinquent gang.
- On the other hand:
- March 12, 2014
- President Reagan on the Importance of Patriotism and Love of Country
- Click here to read more
- March 12, 2014
- Record Attendance at the MCRC Lincoln Day Luncheon!
As reported by Frosty Taylor in her March 11, 2014 Maricopa County Republican News Briefs and Updates:
"Heartfelt Thanks From Chairman LaFaro: I want to express my deepest appreciation to all the volunteers that made the 2014 MCRC Lincoln Day Luncheon the most successful in the history of Maricopa County. It's my honor to be associated with so many hardworking and dedicated people. I have asked April Riggins, the Lead Co-Chair of the Event, to get me a list of all the volunteers so we can recognize them in an upcoming issue of the MCRC Briefs. Below are a few of the heart-warming comments I have received so far:
· "The most successful MCRC Lincoln Day Luncheon in the history of Maricopa County.
· 428 attendees and feedback to the effect best Lincoln Day Luncheon Program ever."
· "Kudos to you! Greatest luncheon ever. You were outstanding. We know you spent a lot of time planning and organizing, and it paid off!"
· "It was a public relations success for sure and showcasing the Center for Self Governance was the biggest win our party has had since Arizona became a state."
· "Thank you for a great event. It reflects all the hard work put into it."
· "It was a terrific turn out and the program was quick keeping everyone engaged. This is a good start of which will be a victorious year for the Republicans."
· "I have been told by many people that the MCRC Lincoln Day Dinner was the ‘BEST EVER’! That is high praise indeed.” - MCRC Chairman A J LaFaroClick here to read more
- March 12, 2014
- New Poll: John McCain is the Least Popular Senator in America
According to a new poll published by Public Policy Polling, Arizona Senator John McCain is the least popular Senator in America. Here is their brutal analysis:
PPP’s newest Arizona poll finds that John McCain is unpopular with Republicans, Democrats, and independents alike and has now become the least popular Senator in the country. Only 30% of Arizonans approve of the job McCain is doing to 54% who disapprove. There isn’t much variability in his numbers by party- he’s at 35/55 with Republicans, 29/53 with Democrats, and 25/55 with independents.
McCain trails in hypothetical general election match ups with both 2012 nominee Richard Carmona (41/35) and former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords (42/35). He would lead though in a match-up with former Governor Janet Napolitano, 44/36. This has the potential to be an interesting one in 2016.
According to the Universal Free Press:Click here to read more