Oregon Shuts Out Citizens’ Voices

This would have been a perfect time for Common Core warriors to go and fill that hearing with people against Smarter Balanced and against the Common Core in general. There have been times that an OAR has not went through because there were enough cries of dissent. However, just like a king would run things, the State DOE must not have felt it was necessary to let the people know about it.

People who are signed up to receive notifications for hearings and meetings did not receive such notification. I am sure that the state DOE would have an explanation, excuse or “good reason” as to why people didn’t receive notification; however, seeing as how things tend to be run around this here country ala “pen and a phone” dictatorship, I believe Oregon is just following in Big Brother’s footsteps.

It might possibly be related to the fact that the state of Oregon is finally getting negative feedback on the Common Core. The last public hearing they had saw a small gathering of around 20 people, protesting the Common Core. Yes, I am aware that 20 people is not huge. However, a year ago we couldn’t find 20 people who even knew what the Common Core was, so I count this as a win.

All of this to say that no matter what state you live in keep your ears open and your heads up. You have to watch everything your state does. Do you know the steps your governor or state DOE has done to implement and cement the Common Core and the new assessments? Quit letting these people run over you. They are supposed to be representative of you, not bypassing all public input and just doing what they want to do or what the people who are paying them exorbitant amounts of money to push this education reform down your throats.

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Macey France

Oregon PolitiChick Macey France is co-founder of the Stop Common Core in Oregon and is working with parents across the state to educate and help them to learn how to advocate for their children's education. Macey has spoken at many Common Core informational meetings across the state of Oregon. Macey's articles on Common Core have been picked up by various news outlets and she has been a guest on many radio shows across the nation. Macey's article about The Bluest Eye was featured on a panel on Al Jazeera America and was nominated for a CPAC Blogger Award for Best Sunlight Post of 2013. Macey is a strong conservative with libertarian leanings, making her more of a "conservatarian." Preserving the constitutional and moral values of that this great nation was founded on for her children is her priority. She is a stay at home mom of two boys who are now in elementary school. As a mom who has always been interested in politics, religion and all of the taboo subjects, she has always had a lot to say about the state of the nation. When she realized the Common Core Standards were not only bad news for children but a government coup over education, she decided to fight back and is now considered one of the nation's leading experts on all-things-Common Core. When she's not having uncomfortable arguments with strangers on Facebook she can be found spending time with her husband of 15 years and two sons. Find Macey France on Facebook and Twitter: @MaceyFrancePC

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