To CA Dist. 38 Assemblyman Scott Wilk
RE: Your email on your support of Common Core
I'm really shocked by your response, Scott: "...
it is now my job to implement the Common Core program and make it as effective and efficient as possible"-- REALLY???
Last I heard, GOP is opposed to Common Core and nearly all thinking Conservatives, Libertarians and middle of the road people are, too. You ignored our previous requests to attend our public education events on it.
You should be doing everything you can to mitigate or eliminate this outrageous, unconstitutional, even illegal program which was sneaked in by the Obama admin. using illegally diverted stimulus money, lies and subterfuge, as you should know.
Please show me the bill the legislature passed and the rationale supporting it and your subsequent rationale for supporting it (the pap you sent doesn't really qualify as "rationale").
Please have your staff study this and let us know your thoughts (especially watch the first-ever California Common Core debate event video and tell me if what you learn about Common Core is consistent with Republican and Constitutional principles):
Event video 6/13:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z-TDpxh0OYM - Although this forum wasn't in your district, it was a regional event, well attended by your constituents, many of them activists.
Maybe you're not worried what we think because you think you have a "safe" seat, but if you have a safe seat, shouldn't that allow you to uphold the Republican principles which you profess to espouse?
As a leader in a countywide public interest organization and member of others, I would appreciate hearing back from you on this matter.
Date: August 11, 2014 at 9:59:17 AM PDT
To: Christina & James Powers
From the Office of Assemblymember Scott Wilk
Thank you for contacting my office regarding the Common Core program.
As you know, the Common Core is the federal government’s effort to bring a national standard of education to all Americans. Although there are many provisions to like in the Common Core program, if I had been a member of Congress I would have likely voted “No” as I believe other reforms were possible that would have been less disruptive to parents, teachers, students, and taxpayers.
However, as a state Legislator it is now my job to implement the Common Core program and make it as effective and efficient as possible, regardless of my personal feelings about the federal government’s involvement with our schools.
Clearly with a law so transformational, we will continue to have challenges and need adjustments to improve the program. I pledge to continue working with members on both sides of the aisle to have the best possible education program for students and teachers alike. And I look forward to watching the 5 part series, “Stop the Common Core.”
My staff and I are available if you have any additional questions on this matter or any other state issue. Please contact my office at (661) 286-1565.
Assemblyman Scott Wilk
38th Assembly District
Date sent: 06/12/2014 03:12 pm
Assemblyman Wilk, Common Core is a K-12 set of national education standards for English language arts and mathematics classes that was developed by Achieve Inc., and promoted through the National Governors Association and the Council of Chief State School Officials, both of which are private-Washington DC based trade organizations. A majority of states signed on to Common Core when they signed up for the Department of Education's "Race to the Top" program in 2009 and 2010. Common Core's English and math standards were not yet written at the time, thus these states never saw the standards when they agreed to them. These standards are copyrighted and thus cannot be changed. As a result of the poor quality of Common Core's English Language Arts (ELA) standards, Dr. Sandra Stotsky, of the University of Arkansas, who served on the Common Core Validation Committee, refused to sign off on them. Dr. James Milgram of Stanford University, the only mathematician on the Common Core Validation Committee, refused to sign off on Common Core's math standards, stating, "It's almost a joke to think students [who master the Common Core standards] would be ready for math at a university." Minnesota has refused to sign on to the math portion.In addition to Minnesota, other states have become aware of the adverse effects of Common Core. Alaska, Nebraska, and Texas refused to participate. Indiana, Missouri, and Utah have passed legislation to review Common Core and/or to hold hearings to pull out of it. Virginia has already withdrawn. To learn more about Common Core we encourage you to watch all 5 parts of the documentary 'Stop the Common Core,' starting with Part 1 here:http:// www.youtube.com/watch"v=coRNJluF2O4Please support legislation to stop the implementation of Common Core in our state. James Powers