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“Common Core” Critic Muscled out of Public Forum in Maryland

Common Core Critic Muscled out of Public Forum

UPDATE: Examiner.com reporter Ann Miller has posted her coverage of the town hall event along with additional video. According to Miller, the questions were selected by the Superintendent of Baltimore County Public Schools and difficult questions were omitted or altered.

Miller writes:

Dr. Dallas Dance, Superintendent of Baltimore County Public Schools, and Lillian Lowery, Maryland Superintendent, had the opportunity Thursday night to make minor amends for a three plus year information blackout on Common Core, the new federal curriculum for Maryland schools.

Instead, Dr. Dance added insult to injury by screening, omitting, and editing parents’ questions.

Questions from the audience of about 160 people, which consisted of parents, PTA members, teachers, and school administrators, were submitted on cards prior to and during the 1-1/2 hour meeting for the Q&A period which lasted about 40 minutes.

Dr. Dance chose which questions to read or omit, opting for teacher and school administrator or softball questions. But he also altered the wording of the questions themselves.

Here is the video from Miller’s article:


This reportedly occurred at the following event:

Public invited to learn about Common Core at regional forum hosted by BCPS

What: The public is invited to learn about the Common Core of State Standards at the third of four planned regional forums. The Central Maryland forum will feature greetings from BCPS Superintendent S. Dallas Dance and remarks from Maryland State Superintendent of Schools Dr. Lillian Lowery and Maryland PTA President Ray Leone. Those attending the forum also will hear a teacher’s perspective on the state’s new academic standards.

When: Thursday, September 19, 2013, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Where: Ridge Ruxton School 6916 N. Charles Street, Towson 21204 Background: The Maryland State Department of Education has sponsored four regional public forums for parents, educators, students and others to learn and ask questions about the Common Core State Standards. Nationally, the Common Core education standards establish a set of shared goals and expectations for what students should understand and be able to do in grades K-12 in order to be prepared for success in college and the workplace. In Maryland, the state standards form the foundation for Maryland’s new state curriculum, which is being implemented in the current school year.

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