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GOP Leader Calls for Hearing on Common Core

State Rep. Larry Cafero, a Norwalk Republican and Minority Leader in the state House of Representatives, says he wants a public hearing on Common Core education standards. (Photo from Cafero's official statehouse website)
State Rep. Larry Cafero, a Norwalk Republican and Minority Leader in the state House of Representatives, says he wants a public hearing on Common Core education standards. (Photo from Cafero's official statehouse website)
The Democratic-controlled Connecticut Legislature should hold a public hearing on the Common Core education standards and teacher evaluations, says the Republican minority leader of the state House of Representatives.

State Rep. Larry Cafero of Norwalk, the House Republican leader, issued this news release Wednesday calling for the public hearing by the joint House-Senate Education Committee:

House Republican Leader Larry Cafero today called upon Democrats to stage a full public hearing in the Education Committee on the controversial Common Core curriculum and teacher evaluation standards that have caused upheaval in state public schools.

Cafero, writing to the Democratic chairs of the panel, said a full inquiry into the federally driven program must take place to allow educators, parents and anyone who wants to weigh in, vent their opinions and offer suggestions.

“We have heard from thousands of educators and parents outside the legislature on these matters. As lawmakers and their elected officials, we owe the public the chance to address these issues in a formal setting within the General Assembly,’’ Cafero said.

Cafero questioned why, after lawmakers have been deluged from the public, not a single bill regarding Common Core or teacher evaluations was raised by the Education Committee. He criticized the plan to hold an “informal hearing’’ where only invited speakers will be allowed to speak.

House Democratic Chairman Andrew Fleischmann today affirmed no bills will be raised.

“This is exactly why teachers, administrators, parents and their children find themselves in the situation they are in now: Common Core was adopted outside of the legislative process which meant that too many voices were left out of the debate,’’ Cafero wrote.

Not holding a full public hearing, he added, would, “continue to leave people out of the conversation and continue to do damage to our entire education community.’’

The Republican bill proposal would codify important changes adopted by the Performance Evaluation and Assessment Committee.

Susan Harris March 30, 2014 at 06:10 PM
Cullen, I think you bring up a good point. The past state standards were very concerned with pedagogy and methodology- the way a teacher taught. This translated not only into how but also what the curriculum would be. This emphasis was done at the expense of teaching rigorous content in core subject areas. It's also the reason we experienced top honors in the achievement gap, along with a lack of career and college readiness from our students. In contrast the Common Core puts forth rigorous standards in the content areas of reading and math first and allows teachers the creativity to figure out- from their tools in the toolbox- how to get it done. This difference is central in understanding how we arrived at this point of needing new standards.
Danielle Bolliger April 01, 2014 at 09:11 AM
I know some people early in this conversation were interested in what the standards for Common Core are. My sister sent me this link which is about an hour long but worth watching. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KzLrYIDQiqY
Danielle Bolliger April 01, 2014 at 09:14 AM
I also came across this yesterday. There are 3 videos. The third one is a very concerned parent from Arkansas. I hope more parents stand up to get rid of Common Core. http://patriotaction.net/forum/topic/show?id=2600775%3ATopic%3A6635270&xgs=1&xg_source=msg_share_topic
CowDung April 01, 2014 at 09:18 AM
How about actually going to the Common Core website to find out what the CC Standards are? That parent in Arkansas is an idiot. She's complaining about the Singapore math curriculum--it has nothing to do with the implementation of Common Core. Common Core does not specify the use of any of the techniques, procedures, methods or formulas that people like the Arkansas mother are complaining about.
CowDung April 01, 2014 at 09:18 AM
Please read the standards: http://www.corestandards.org/read-the-standards/

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