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New: House Study Committee on the Role of Federal Government in Education to meet this week.

In March of this year, the Georgia House of Representatives passed H.R. 550. The resolution creates a House Study Committee on the Role of Federal Government in Education.  Speaker David Ralston recently sent out this press release on the formation of the committee.  

The study committee holds its first meeting on Wednesday, August 30, 2014 from 1:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the State Capitol. Click here for all the details.

We urge you attend the study committee meeting.

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New AP U.S. History exam - what is the College Board hiding?


AP U.S. History teachers who received the new sample history test must accept the following conditions set forth by the College Board:

"Exams may NOT be posted on school or personal websites, nor electronically redistributed for any reason. Further distribution of these materials outside of the secure College Board site disadvantages teachers who rely on uncirculated questions for classroom testing. Any  additional distribution is in violation of the College Board's copyright policies and may result in the termination of Practice Exam access for your school as well as the  removal of access to other online services such as the AP Teacher Community and Online Score Reports."
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Updated 7/27/14              
                       
All-Out Assault on Georgia’s History Standards Under Way 
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Update: Georgia’s State Board of Education (SBOE) refuses to protect our heritage.

Tanya Ditty, Concerned Women for America (CWA) of Georgia State Director, testified at the SBOE meeting along with Jane Robbins with the American Principles Project (APP).  Ms. Ditty and Ms. Robins were both allotted three minutes to testify against the new APUSH Curriculum Framework.   Becky Chambers, Program Manager for Advanced Placement at the GA Department of Education was given nearly an hour to speak in favor of the new Framework. Ms. Chambers also answered “softball” questions from the board.

CWA of Georgia and APP requested the SBOE consider passing a resolution that would ask the College Board to postpone the rollout of the new Framework for at least a year. Because the SBOE chose to do nothing, Georgia’s AP US History students will now be subjected to curriculum that is an antithesis to our national heritage.

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Urgent action needed!

Calls must be made TODAY if we are to delay the APUSH Curriculum Framework that is set to be implemented this fall.


Background:
Well, here we go again. First we lost our English language arts and mathematics standards to anonymous, unaccountable entities in Washington, D.C., who gave us Common Core. The next shoe to drop: the replacement of Georgia’s U.S. history standards with a new course that reflects not the preferences of Georgians, but those of D.C.-based elitists who aim to impose their view of American history on Georgia students. This curricular coup is being orchestrated by the College Board – led by David Coleman, the “architect” of Common Core. Is there a pattern here? 

Will the State Board of Education act to protect what little remains of Georgia’s educational sovereignty? Or will it stand idly by while Georgia values are subordinated to the radically different agendas of “experts”?

Coleman’s latest coup comes through the Advanced Placement U.S. History (APUSH) course and exam. Without state pushback, this new APUSH Curriculum Framework will go into effect this fall (2014). Without state pushback, Georgia’s APUSH teachers will have to ignore the state’s U.S. History Georgia Performance Standards if they hope to prepare their students for success on the new APUSH exam – which will NOT cover material outside the new Framework. Once again, Georgians will see their state standards shoved aside.

Contact
State Board of Education Chair Helen Odom Rice today and urge her to pass this resolution that demands the delay of the implementation and rewrite of the AP U.S. History Curriculum Framework. Phone: (404) 657-7410 / E-mail

Contact Gov. Nathan Deal and urge him to support passage of the above resolution.  
Phone: 404-656-1776 / Online contact form 


In August 2013 Gov. Nathan Deal ordered the State Board of Education (SBOE) to develop a model social studies curriculum. In November 2013, the SBOE committed to a public process of developing such a curriculum. We must ensure that both Gov. Deal and the SBOE are held accountable for their commitment. Please, make your calls TODAY!

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The Cobb County GOP hosted a State School Superintendent Forum on June 7, 2014.

Click to watch the forum.

For your convenience, we have provided a list of the questions and the approximate response time for each question.
Click to download the questions.
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Current News

Georgia writers

Mary Grabar PhD is an English professor, speaker, and writer who lives outside Atlanta. She writes at DissidentProf.com.

    Leslie McPherson
    Centralized Education, April 13, 2014, The Times-Georgia

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    The legislative session may be over, but our message remains the same.
     
    Open Letter to Governor Deal
    Click to read the letter.
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    Wrap-up for the 2014 legislative session.

            Click to read.


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    Update - April 14, 2014

    Current Georgia news:

    Georgia Lawmaker Can’t Answer Her Own Question about Common Core (i.e., Rep. Amy Carter –R, Valdosta), April 5, 2014, Heartland.org

    More Dubious Pre-K Science, April 2, 2014, Brookings (article about Georgia Pre-K) 

    Where's The Common Ground in Common Core?, November 12, 2013, GPB

                  Hundreds descend on the State Capitol to rally against the Common Core!

         
         







    Welcome
    to Georgia's Stop Common Core web site.  This site will focus specifically on the efforts to eradicate the Common Core in Georgia. Stay informed on national efforts on defeating the Common Core at stopcommoncore.com.

    If you’ve never heard of Common Core (relabeled the “Common Core Georgia Performance Standards” in Georgia), it’s a nationwide initiative designed to herd states into national K-12 standards and national tests – which ultimately will lead to a national curriculum and silence curriculum input from local parents, taxpayers, and educators.

    Proponents insist that the Common Core initiative is “state-led” and “voluntary,” and that the national standards are “rigorous,” “internationally benchmarked,” and designed to make our students “college-and career-ready.” They also insist that Georgia is not relinquishing control over its standards and curriculum by adopting Common Core, and that the federal government is not controlling this effort. In fact, none of these statements is accurate. This website will show you the truth.


    Our Purpose:
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    2. To provide Georgia citizens the tools and an action plan to defeat the Common Core State Standards in Georgia.
    3. To provide a forum where Georgians can share information about the Common Core and network together for a unified effort to restore local and state control over the curriculum.