State Board Extends Deadline for Utah Core Standards Comment Period

Utah Core Standards ForumDid you miss the Utah Core Standards Forum? There’s still time to submit a written comment that will be archived with the official record of the event. The Utah State Board of Education has extended the written comment period for the Utah Core Standards Forum through Sunday, April 29. All comments submitted before midnight on Sunday will be included in the public record.

There are several ways to submit a written comment. You may submit a letter, an email, a Facebook comment or tweet. Here are the details.

→ Mail or hand-deliver to:

Utah State Board of Education
250 East 500 South
P.O. Box 144200
Salt Lake City, Utah 84114-4200

→ Email: contact@schools.utah.gov

→ Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/utahpubliceducation

→ Tweet to @UTPublicEd: http://twitter.com/UTPublicEd or use the hashtag #corestandards

More than 200 people attended the Utah Core Standards Forum and even more watched the forum live over the Internet. We’ll have an archive of the live stream on the Utah State Office of Education website at http://schools.utah.gov soon. The Utah State Board of Education appreciates everyone who participated in the live event and those of you who are submitting written comments.

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3 comments to State Board Extends Deadline for Utah Core Standards Comment Period

  • Susan Schnell

    Dear Utah State Board and Office of Education,

    I appreciated you hosting a state forum on Common Core for citizens to bring up their very real concerns. I understand that this meeting was promised by the State Superintendent to the Legislative Education Council because of a lack of public and legislative input before Common Core was adopted. I thought it was a very civil discussion considering the passion on both sides and I appreciated how well the meeting was organized.

    However, immediately upon arriving, I noticed a stack of Common Core fliers on a hallway table and a different flier distributed on each seat. Both were nice and colorful with smiling children and included many claims about what is truth and what is fiction regarding Common Core. However, a very important detail was left out of both fliers and on the state website…documented facts. Not one of the claimed ‘facts’ on either flier was backed up by proof. As I looked through the citizens’ claims against Common Core in your flier, they were labeled as “FICTION”, and all of your rebuttals were labeled as “FACTS”. I was stunned that you did not have one piece of evidence proving your “FACTS”. This is astounding to me for two reasons. First, you are educators and would require proof and references from any student writing a school paper which required legal documents to prove his point. If educators teach this, obviously they should follow it. Secondly, I know your offices have received all of the signed contracts and legal documents proving that our claims are legitimate enough to at least take another look. Concerned teachers made sure that the state office and governor had these documents because many times state office employees either wouldn’t reply to them or claimed they didn’t have copies of signed contracts. The governor claimed to not remember signing some of these legally binding contracts. I would think that the public would find all of this information disconcerting. Obviously there is a need for transparency, honesty and/or competency in Utah’s Office of Education and the Governor’s Office.

    Now that we all know that everyone involved has all the same legal documentation, and there are serious questions and disagreements about federal involvement and local control, why don’t both parties meet and discuss these concerns in an adult manner? This seems to be the logical plan. Instead, at the forum set up for citizens to discuss their concerns in a civil manner, the President of the Board, Ms. Roberts, gave a nice speech dismissing every one of our concerns at the very beginning of the meeting before we even had a chance to speak. Then the office made sure that everyone in the room received cute colorful fliers paid for by our own tax dollars to tell us all of our claims were “FICTION”. Is this the proper way to make your guests, the people who pay your salaries, feel welcome, respected and listened to? Those fliers probably cost tax payers thousands of dollars, yet they have no basis in truth. They are feely good, go back to sleep, all is fine propaganda. One item even says, “Most thoughtful people on this issue have lined up in favor of the Common Core State Standards.” So anyone questioning CC is not thoughtful? It seems to me that most people who do their homework, be it teachers, legislators or parents, line up against CC because they see the writing on the wall. It’s not the standards themselves that most people are worried about, but how this process was rushed through and is tied to federal strings.

    I was also dismayed to see emails written by PTA leaders and sent all over the state to garner support to come to this meeting because they “have to represent our students!!!”

    FACT: Parents are perfectly able to represent those students, since after all, they are OUR children. I get tired of the competition between the state against parents about whose children these actually are. We entrust these children to the schools for a few hours a day to teach academics. We are not handing over our rights as parents and we don’t need to feel a constant competition about who knows best how to bring them up. There should be a respectful relationship and interaction between teacher, parent and child, never a competition. If it ever comes down to that, parents always win because we have the stewardship over our own children.

    Another official email was sent by the President of the UEA, Sharon Gallagher-Fishbaugh, to plea with teachers to come to the meeting and spread her email far and wide because the “The far-right has launched an attack on the Utah Common Core and are misrepresenting the facts surrounding the creation and implementation of the Core Standards.” Then she goes on to say, “It is critical that we have as many teachers present at this meeting to address the realities related to the Common Core.”

    1. I am insulted that Ms. Gallagher-Fishbaugh has stooped to thinking this is a political right/left issue. Many people on both sides of the aisle have concerns with Common Core.

    2. We are not misinterpreting facts. We are the ones publicizing the actual signed contracts.

    3. We did not launch an attack, but have tried to have leaders sit down civilly together to discuss these concerns.

    By dismissing our claims, spreading rumors about our intentions, sending out emails to urge teachers and administrators to take time away from our comment period, spending our money on fliers to sway public opinion against us and by refusing to meet with us and deal with real facts, I question who is launching an attack, who is misinterpreting facts and who is turning this into a political issue.

    My understanding was that this meeting was for citizens to voice their concerns, not for the UEA and the PTA to send out the red alert to all teachers, PTA leaders and school board members to cheerlead the virtues of Common Core. Every single person who spoke on the Pro Common Core side, without exception, was a teacher, administrator or PTA leader. Not one parent or citizen stood up for Common Core. In contrast, there were many who stood with parents who were school teachers or worked in the education profession at one time or another. Because of the cheerleading of so many public school employees (who have already had many chances for over a year to express their love for this new unproven program), the citizens for whom the meeting was supposedly held had only half the time allotted and were cut off before they were through expressing their concerns. Also, it was suggested that speakers should not repeat the comments made by others for the respect of time, but teacher after teacher spoke on how much they loved the Standards for the same reasons. I am always glad to hear both sides of an issue, but we’ve been hearing the praises of CC for a while now. That meeting was for the community to finally be able to voice their concerns publicly and bring up questions to the Board. You had to have known you would sabotage this intent by recruiting teachers and administrators to praise the program.

    Many parents and teachers have come to the same conclusion: that Common Core is attached to Federal Government strings and needs to be studied further. I believe we can solve this disagreement if both sides sit together with signed contracts and documents and discuss these concerns truthfully. Contracts don’t lie. But fliers can if they offer no factual evidence, but instead are used to sway public opinion of those who haven’t done their own research. The truth is easy to find and we’ve already found it by doing our homework. Please respect our intelligence and discuss the legally binding contracts and federal documentation instead of wasting our tax dollars and precious time on a meeting meant to sway public opinion instead of getting down to the facts.

    We challenge the board and district employees from now on to include documentation based on CC’s legally binding contracts for every claim of fact they make.

    Sincerely,

    Susan Schnell
    Highland, UT

  • I am against any more mandates being handed down by the Federal level. Common core may have been written by states, but it was created by UNESCO and the U.N. I’m tired of the agenda that is put into our schools. Leave our parents, teachers and school boards alone to make their own decisions. We will have well-educated children without the restrictions, money and strings that are coming from the top-down style of government. HEAR US! We have had enough!

  • Tiffany Douglas

    It is unconstitutional for the federal government to dictate the education of our children! I wholeheartedly appose Common Core!

    I volunteer in my daughter’s first grade class once a week, and have been shocked at the feeling of stress in the classrooms, because of this curriculum. From week one of our daughter’s school year we noticed that the math program in particular is very strange. I’ve heard from several teachers that they all had to get together before school started to figure out how to teach the math. My husband and I have always done well in math, and we have had a hard time understanding how to help our daughter with her first grade homework! The worst part is that the agenda does not even give enough time for children to grasp one concept of math before they’re moving on to another confusing one. So those kids who struggle with math get more and more confused and frustrated.

    The reading program isn’t much better. They’re more worried about speed than comprehension. They’ve totally skipped the basics of spelling and reading! Something is seriously wrong when half of a first grade class has to be pulled out of class time for extra reading help.

    I have spoken with several other mother’s, who have the same concerns as we do.

    “We the People” need to get informed and stand up for our rights before they are all taken away completely! The Common Core is trying to take away the role of parents in the raising of our children. I for one am not going to stand by and let that happen!