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By Megan Kennedy mkennedy@civitasmedia.com

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Preble Shawnee Local School District met Thursday, Feb. 20, and Common CORE was one major topic.

Barbara Willis spoke regarding the Common CORE, She reported reading an article which refers to the standards of education, the Common CORE, written by Dr. Kelly Kohls from the Cleveland.com website.

“‘The bottom line should be whether or not the Common CORE and PARC will improve educational results. There is no evidence it will,’” she shared. “For instance, Common CORE eliminates much of the literature-based reading, required in 50 percent of reading in elementary, and 75 percent in middle school and high school to be informational text. The results increased behavioral problems.

“Students are bored reading government manuals … and lower grades which are expected to lead to increased drop out rates. Additional issues with the Common CORE are the assessments that accompany the standards. Common CORE standards are not curriculum and do not require local districts to adopt curriculum, however, current Ohio law requires schools to administer the PARC test, one of two federally funded tests that are aligned with Common CORE standards. Testing based on the standards will eventually require all Ohio schools to adopt new curriculum that is aligned with Common CORE. Potentially costing districts hundreds of millions,’” read Willis.

The article presented board members with opposition to the Common CORE path for learning.

The board also heard from Ellen Horton, regarding the opposition of the Common CORE in that it is “not legal,” she said. Horton explained that the Common CORE is in violation of three federal laws.

“All three of these laws have language that says pretty much the same thing. The Federal Department of Education shall have no involvement in the development, supervision, or control of instructional materials or curriculum of any educational institution, school, or school system. Now, one of these laws was enacted in 1979, and this particular law prohibits the federal government from, and I quote, ‘Direction, supervision, or control over the selection or content of library resources, textbooks, or instructional materials.’ But, Governor Kasich has been very quick to let us know that local school boards still maintain the right to select curriculum. And there’s an element of truth in that, but, you consider that students still have to pass the PARC assessment, and the curriculum has to align with Common CORE standards, because the PARC assessment is directed by the Common CORE standards. So while school boards can still make those choices, their choices are still limited by the Common CORE standards. Common CORE will also greatly restrict the freedom of teachers to use their own discretion in outside materials,” said Horton.

The Common CORE curriculum also restricts the ways in how the teachers are expected to teach their classes as well, explained Horton. Horton further said the means in which the Common CORE violated the U.S. Constitution, as well as the Ohio Constitution, and the curriculum will not improve student achievement.

The board also viewed a video which also disputed the Common CORE educational system.

In other business:

  • It was reported Kurt Schulze, a teacher at the Preble Shawnee Junior and High School, is nearing the end of his doctoral program.
  • A board work session will be held March 20. A time for the session is still being considered.
  • It was reported the school has used 13 calamity days, of which, the first five were “excused by the state.” For the last two calamity days, the school utilized the Blizzard Bag program. Utilizing Martin Luther King Day and President’s Day, also allowed the school to make up missed days due to the weather. Four days will be added onto the end of the school’s calendar, making the last day of school May 28. Seniors will be graduating on schedule.

  • Savannah Schneider, the Chapter Secretary of the Preble Shawnee FFA, as well as Ivy Hill, the reporter of the FFA, and Adrianna Via, the treasurer of the FFA, spoke regarding book presentations which were given to the board. The Board was also given barbecue sauce from the FFA’s Vice President Lisa Hill, in honor of National FFA Week. “In honor of it, we would like to give you a token of our appreciation,” said Lisa Hill.

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