FAIRFIELD — California appears to be ahead of the country in putting Common Core in place, according to the new Travis School District board president, who attended a San Diego conference that included workshops about the education standards.
“I’m just going to ask the community to keep an open mind,” Ivery Hood said.
Hood said he made a day trip Friday to attend part of the Annual Education Conference and Trade Show conducted by the California School Boards Association. The event took place Dec. 5-7 at the San Diego Convention Center.
The trip cost $845 for airfare, conference registration, taxi and mileage to the airport, according to the school district.
Hood spoke at the Travis School District board meeting Tuesday and noted concerns about the education standards. Hood said communication from school board members to the community will be critical for Common Core.
Vacaville resident Colleen Britton, spokeswoman for CA Common Core Concerns, which questions the new standards, said of Hood’s request, “I’m all for an open mind.”
“But an open mind is open to everything,” she said.
“They need to look at all sides,” Britton said of school officials. “Not just the rosy picture.”
A lot of money is being spent to promote Common Core, she said. “It’s being sold,” she said.
“We’re lowering our standards and compromising academic excellence for something that hasn’t really been proven,” said Britton, a retired teacher.
CA Common Core Concerns hosted a Sept. 25 town hall in Vacaville, where Williamson Evers of the Hoover Institution in Palo Alto spoke about the failure of new math in the 1960s and the collapse of an effort similar to Common Core during the Clinton administration.
But Daly Jordan-Koch, a fourth-grade teacher in Vallejo and former chairman of a California Teachers Association curriculum committee, spoke at the town hall about Common Core as an incredible opportunity for California.
George Guynn Jr., president of the Central Solano Citizens-Taxpayers Group, has compared Common Core to the federal No Child Left Behind program and said school officials need to get away from “top-down-type government.”
Fairfield City Councilwoman Pam Bertani has spoken about attending a Common Core presentation and said she is excited and thankful for the curriculum. She said schools will emphasize writing and analysis – an effort that follows complaints by colleges that students can’t write, Bertani said.
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