Thursday, April 18, 2013


The Utah State Office of Education (USOE) is holding meetings in each school district to present the SAGE assessment System. SAGE is the acronym for the common core testing system that will be collecting data from our children.
The meeting for Mt. Nebo will be this Thursday, April 18th from 4 - 6pm at the Mt. Nebo District Office/Board Room 350 S. Main, Spanish Fork.
(It has been reported in some places to be on a different day but I have called and confirmed that this is the correct date and time.)
Reports on the previously held meetings. 
Twenty of these meetings will be held throughout the state in the months of March and April. Some of them have been better attended than others. I have heard that one district had only ten people in attendance, while the Alpine School District had between 200 and 250 attend. One reason Alpine was so well attended is the promotion by one Alpine School Board member, Brian Halladay.
Christel Swasey is a Utah Parent who was recently invited to speak on the Glenn Beck show because she has been researching Common Core. She posted on her blog about two of these meetings that she attended. First her own meeting in Wasatch County.
Second, she attended the meeting in the Alpine School District.
Questions that I hope will be answered at this meeting:
If you are wondering what might be discussed, there should be a Q & A time and here are some suggestions for questions.
1. Where can I read our state’s cost analysis for implementing Common Core and its tests? What will it cost per pupil?
2. I read that there is a 15% cap on a state adding to the Core; so what do we do if we decide that we need to add a whole lot more to actually prepare our children well?
 3. What is the amendment process for Common Core standards if we find out they are not working for us?
4. The Constitution assigns education to the states, not to the federal government. Also, the federal General Educational Provisons Act (GEPA) states: “No provision of any applicable program shall be construed to authorize any department, agency, officer, or employee of the United States to exercise any direction, supervision, or control over the curriculum, program of instruction, administration, or personnel of any educational institution, school, or school system, or over the selection of library resources, textbooks, or other printed or published instructional materials by any educational institution or school system…“ In light of this, please explain why our state has agreed to intense micromanagement by the federal government under Common Core testing.
Common Core is not necessarily supported by teachers and school officials.
There are many teachers and school officials who do not support Common Core. The UACC has been collecting their statements, some of which can be read following these four links.
The Republican National Committee (RNC) has just passed a resolution officially rejecting Common Core.
The people of South Utah County have been very active lately and our events have been very well attended. Even though this is short notice and the time is not very convenient for most working schedules, I am hoping that we can have a large turnout for our district meeting this Thursday,

Tamara Atkin
Precinct Chair Payson 06

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