On St. Patrick’s Day the Stop Common Core movement in Oklahoma finally got some state-wide mainstream press coverage! With Governor Fallin positioning herself as representative of the powerful National Governors Association (which is a private club that anyone can join if they have the money) and the State Chamber of Commerce, rather than taking her rightful position to protect the rights of this group of parents and educators, the press has been reluctant to go against her. We have been sharing our message at an increasing crescendo for 3 years as our numbers increase with the implementation of CC, while most of the mainstream media either ignored us completely or mischaracterized us. Meanwhile, new grassroots organizations led by parents and teachers from all walks of life are popping up all over the United States.
This past week the movement was given a big boost by Patrick B. McGuigan – bureau chief for the Watchdog.org network in Oklahoma City, editor of CapitolBeatOK, and Associate Publisher for The City Sentinel, who was recently designated one of the top three political reporters in Oklahoma, as part of a nationwide look at journalism.
On March 14, he released this article (Hallelujah!).
Then on March 16, his comment on Common Core was made on News9 Capitol Report (see video at the bottom of the page at 4:30 mark) about those who try to dismiss parent’s concerns point out the absurdity of how parents and educators were being painted. McGuigan said,
“When you have a coalition that ranges from Jeff Hickman all the way over to (Democratic gubernatorial candidate) Joe Dorman you’re not ‘tin-foil.’ You don’t have tin-foil hats, you’re not watching for black helicopters. You’re reflecting a passion and concern about public policy that is bipartisan and across the spectrum. That’s why the Common Core is in trouble.”
On Monday, St. Patrick’s Day, we had several media outlets show up. Jenni White, founder of Restore Oklahoma Public Education wrote about the event and includes links to the coverage in her blog on Tuesday.
Keep praying! If we win this fight in Oklahoma, it will make it easier for ALL states to get rid of the rotten Common Core.