Governor Corbett Calls on State Board of Education to Conduct a Public Review of Pennsylvania’s Academic Standards

Parkesburg Gazette

Tom CorbettHarrisburg – Gov. Corbett [yesterday] announced that he has asked for a continued public review of Pennsylvania-specific academic content in English language arts and mathematics standards from Kindergarten through 12thgrade. This is the final phase in his nearly three year effort to permanently roll back the national Common Core plan implemented by his predecessor, Gov. Ed Rendell.

“Though Common Core began as a state-led initiative to ensure our public schools met the educational standards needed in the 21st century economy, the process has been overly influenced by the federal government,” Gov. Corbett said.  “Common Core has become nothing more than a top-down takeover of the education system.  It is nothing more than Obamacare for education.”

Under Corbett’s leadership, the State Board has been working toward the repeal of the national Common Core State Standards that were adopted in July 2010 under Gov. Rendell, and replace them with standards…

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8 thoughts on “Governor Corbett Calls on State Board of Education to Conduct a Public Review of Pennsylvania’s Academic Standards

  1. When I asked Mr.newcome what we can do to remove common core he said nothing . he also said that our school had common core before the state pushed it on them . with that said is this going to change anything with Mr.newcome still in charge ?

    • I would disagree about there being nothing we can do. What we have now is PA Core, which is suppose to be state specific. However, it is difficult to fully understand where Common Core ends and the Pennsylvania-specific standards begin, outside of replacing the Common Core tests with the Keystones. That said, I would support Gov. Corbett’s re-election. A Democrat elected to the Governorship would certainly embrace the Federal takeover of the education system. Beyond that, it is all about educating family, friends, and neighbors. Also, stay in contact with our representatives in the General Assembly, and let them know what you expect.

      Whatever standard exists, voters need to hold the School Board accountable for our performance. The buck stops here, with those of us elected to serve. We set the tone. We set the expectations. We set the goals.

      Citizens who do not like the message from the Administration, or the overall performance of the School District, must place the pressure on the Board Members from their Region. Voters hold the School Board accountable, the School Board then holds the Administration accountable, and [stuff] rolls down hill from there. If our citizens vocalize their high expectations, and act on them in the voting booth, then real and positive change can happen.

  2. Tom Wolf has been pretty mum on his stand with Common Core..however he completely disagrees with pension reform which was enough to lose my vote…according to his website and “plan” for Pa – state workers are underpaid and the perk of a taxpayer funded pension is needed to attract and retain qualified people….

    • I would go one further than just Pension Reform…. Pennsylvania needs its own version of Wisconsin’s Act 10. Their school districts have seen significant savings. Some examples went from having large deficits to million dollar surpluses almost overnight. With Wisconsin’s law surviving every court challenge, I would think/hope Pennsylvania will follow with something similar.

  3. BY: Washington Free Beacon Staff
    August 21, 2014 11:43 am

    A state representative from Pennslyvania has filed legislation to repeal Common Core-aligned standards in his state.

    If it moves forward, the bill would make Pennsylvania the sixth state to repeal or implement a review of the standards.

    Pennsylvania adopted new “Pennsylvania Core” standards last year–revisions to their previous standards that reflected Common Core while rejecting some common aspects of implementation, including the Common Core-aligned standardized tests developed by two national groups and adopted by other states. State Representative Gordon Denlinger is now calling this move “rebranding a bad product in an effort to convince customers the serious problems we knew existed had been fixed.”

    Denlinger’s bill calls for his state to develop entirely new standards. The standards would be developed by the State Board of Education along with a 21-member commission involving a mix of teachers, parents, community members, and state legislators.

    Delinger’s office stated in a press release:

    Denlinger crafted the legislation because he continues to hear concerns with the academic quality of the Common Core standards from teachers, school administrators, parents and students.

    “While Pennsylvania made some minor adjustments to the Common Core standards, those adjustments were clearly not enough to salvage what will be a disaster for the quality of education in our state,” Denlinger said. “I believe Pennsylvania must lead the way in rejecting this continuous push toward the federalization of our educational system. For the sake of our children, we need to regain control of our education process by re-empowering our local school districts in order to restore the richness of the American education experience.”

  4. Common Core is part of Agenda 21; Agenda 21 is a non-binding, voluntarily implemented action plan of the United Nations with regard to sustainable development.[1] It is a product of the UN Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in 1992. It is an action agenda for the UN, other multilateral organizations, and individual governments around the world that can be executed at local, national, and global levels. The “21” in Agenda 21 refers to the 21st Century. It has been affirmed and modified at subsequent UN conferences.

    Agenda 21 is a 300-page document divided into 40 chapters that have been grouped into 4 sections:

    Section I: Social and Economic Dimensions is directed toward combating poverty, especially in developing countries, changing consumption patterns, promoting health, achieving a more sustainable population, and sustainable settlement in decision making.
    Section II: Conservation and Management of Resources for Development Includes atmospheric protection, combating deforestation, protecting fragile environments, conservation of biological diversity (biodiversity), control of pollution and the management of biotechnology, and radioactive wastes.
    Section III: Strengthening the Role of Major Groups includes the roles of children and youth, women, NGOs, local authorities, business and industry, and workers; and strengthening the role of indigenous peoples, their communities, and farmers.
    Section IV: Means of Implementation: implementation includes science, technology transfer, education, international institutions and financial mechanisms.

    • Come on Agenda 21 is a conspiracy theory…It would be like saying Parkesburg Borough Council is corrupt…lol

      I’m just kidding Martin I to feel your pain in this matter of Agenda 21 and the dumbing down of our society to keep the slave race in check. The question we should be faced with is how to stop the Agenda 21 mission at this point?

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