Local Control?

Effective January 1, 2015 the US Dept. of Ed is going to “phase out the authority of States to define modified academic achievement standards and develop alternate assessments based on those modified academic achievement standards”.

Again the federal government will mandate what we can and cannot do in our North Dakota schools. This will be a significant loss of local control for parents, especially those who have special needs children.

We have superintendents telling their staff not to talk to press. Teachers being pulled into their principals office and told not to say anything negative about Common Core. Principals and superintendents bullying parents over refusing to allow their kids to take the SBAC assessment and pulling them from the data mining happening in our schools.

Many school boards and superintendents have pledged their support to the Department of Public Instruction over the Common Core and associated assessments controversy. Their actions speak volumes. To them it is not about our children it is about protecting their special interests. How does it feel to know that when you go to your teacher, principal, superintendent and school board they have pledged their support to what seems a department stuck at the federal trough and your concerns are falling on deaf ears?

Not what I have in mind when I think of local control. The very people we elect to look out for our best interests have sold our children’s education to the federal government and the highest bidder! Is your state representative one of them too? Leah Peterson Fargo, N.D.