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Implementing Common Core: A work in progress

By From page A2 | April 19, 2014

“Education, then, beyond all other devices of human origin, is the great equalizer of the conditions of men – the balance-wheel of the social machinery.”

– Horace Mann, renowned U.S. educator

Horace Mann’s premise is no less true today. As the daughter of a sharecropper, I can’t imagine my life, though with access only to a very inferior education in segregated schools in the South, is still so much better than it would have been otherwise. I remain forever grateful for educators and others who encouraged me, no matter how difficult it would be, not to give up on getting an education.

It’s hard to believe that even today we find ourselves competing with other countries and falling short. Some call it, “closing the global achievement gap.” Maybe that’s why we keep searching for a solution and why some are skeptical about another fix that touts promise for great improvement.

Yes, I’m referring to the newly adopted California Common Core State Standards, the Local Formula Funding and the Local Control Accountability Plan.

County and district school boards are meeting all around the state with their stakeholders to discuss the new standards and how we can plan and work together for the good of our children. It doesn’t matter whether we have children in our schools or not – high education standards at all levels are very important for the good of our country.

Common Core began with the National Governors Association concerned about the large number of children who needed college remedial help and lacked basic skills. In 2009, the governors paid a group of educators to write high-quality standards in English and mathematics that became the Common Core standards. Then in 2010, the California State Department of Education adopted Common Core. This model is based on the premise that all children should graduate from high school ready for college, careers and citizenship.

Tied to Common Core is the Local Control Accountability Plan, which is a three-year plan that must include goals for 10 areas of State Department of Education priorities. County and district boards must submit their plans at the same time as they submit their budgets before June 2014. Charter school authorizers must submit their plans by July 2015. In addition to updating plans annually, the plan must review progress toward goals and the specific actions taken toward achieving the goals.

Also, the state’s new Local Control Formula Funding model is supposed to eliminate rigid categorical program spending and give local boards and stakeholders much more say about the additional funding in the governor’s budget for low-income children, foster children and English learners.

Many parents tell me they are very concerned about their children graduating from college with huge debts and unable to find a job commensurate with the cost of their schooling, and sometimes not finding a job at all. The belief that if you graduate from college, you’ll find a good job has long been debunked. The huge high school dropout population only adds to the problem.

The shift in focus toward careers is creating a new educational model and has the potential for a good partnership between Common Core academics and career technical education, experts say. This past week, I had an opportunity to visit with Gillie Miller, manager for the Solano County Office of Education’s Career/Workforce Development Program. On this day, children from Jepson Middle School were visiting Vacaville High School’s career technical education classes. It’s part of a program there each year called “A Day in the Life.”

The program began as part of a career technical education middle grade grant, awarded to the Solano County Office of Education in 2011-12. Children visit the career technical education classes and observe hands-on demonstrations by high school students. In the afternoon, they also spend time meeting with counselors to learn about the different pathways available to them.

The career technical education classes include medical science I and II, digital photography, principles of engineering-robotics, culinary, fashion, agricultural biology and architectural design.

I absolutely loved the program. It’s just what is needed.

Mayrene Bates is a trustee on the Solano County Board of Education.

Mayrene Bates

Mayrene Bates is a trustee with the Solano County Board of Education.

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  • The MisterApril 19, 2014 - 7:09 am

    Okay Angela, give us your points on CC. (And try not to come off as a feminist victim.)

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  • Rich GiddensApril 19, 2014 - 1:17 pm

    South Carolina wants nothing to do with Common Core and wants the Federal Government out of telling States what to do with Education. But I do completely agree with the Horace Mann quote. We all need to remember----"If you think Education is expensive, try ignorance!"

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  • Salty DogApril 19, 2014 - 1:53 pm

    Common Core= The dumbing down of the youth of america, That way the government will make them dependent on the government so they will continue to vote for big government. That is what Common Core is all about.

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  • Some HistoryApril 19, 2014 - 2:58 pm

    Common Core is a pogrom, a program of Bill Gates, Bill Gates' father was on the Board of Planned Parenthood.. the founders of Planned Parenthood had ties to the Eugenics Movement, most abortion clinics are located in poor minority areas.. Aids was a manmade Bio-weapon to be used to depopulate Africa... Part of the modern Eugenics movement and Club of Rome... Bill Gates and Warren Buffett are all about Population Reduction... I have noticed some class work in the High Schools that do multiple exercises like there is only so much space in the boat... Who do we save... and an apocalypse has happened and there is only food for so many people, a list of people and their characteristics are given... the question is asked "Who do we save".... see it is conditioning the students on... Some must be sacrificed so that others may live... More PSYOPS on the part of the Controllers ... Even if BIG IF, Common Core did result in better Educated Children, so what if The Democrat and Republican Leadership through NAFTA, GATT, over taxation, have moved all the Manufacturing Jobs overseas and through the Federal Reserve funneled the Money to European Bankers, so that THERE ARE NO OR NOT ENOUGH JOBS........ Mrs Bates could you do a column pleading with young women, White, Black, Hispanic, other, whoever to have more respect for themselves and not make Babies that will not be loved and supported Financially like they should be? I think at the heart of the Education problem is the breakdown of the Family. Thank you.... Everybody read Web of Debt and The Public Bank Solution by Ellen Brown and vote for Ellen Brown for Treasurer of California.

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    Google... AIDS: A Doctor's Note on the Man-Made Theory - Bible Believers......... In general Google... Where was the aids virus synthesized... Please read the entire piece... You have no idea how evil these people really are.... They do not like Black People, but they will use Black people like Vernon Jordon, Susan Rice, Condolezza Rice, Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, Eric Holder, when it fits their perp-oses, Mr Obama, they will use him also.. ( evil is evil it does not matter what color you are, if you are human you can sell out to the Devil )... See to them it is just another joke... Blame a monkey for wiping out all the "Monkeys". I am telling you the TRUTH... WAKE UP PEOPLE.... BTW I have nothing against Black people.

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    In general Google... aids flowchart... The Smoking Gun of AIDS - A 1971 Flowchart .... Diagrams the Compartmented research of The Special Virus Program... leading to the Development of Aids.

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  • elon munskApril 19, 2014 - 10:07 pm

    common core is a crock of sh!t and is dumbing down the youth of america. end multiculturism.

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