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Sign Our Petition to Stop Common Core & Next Generation Science Standards in Iowa

September 30, 2013 3 Comments

We’re launching a petition to let Des Moines know that we do not want top-down standards in the state of Iowa.  Please consider adding your name to the petition below.

Based upon the factual evidence documented at Iowans for Local Control I ask the Governor, State Board of Education, and the Director of the Iowa Department of Education to immediately take the steps necessary to rescind Common Core adoption, SBAC membership, the Race to the Top application, the No Child Left Behind waiver application, and all other requirements upon the state that are related to these, and return to the Iowa Core standards in use prior to Common Core adoption.

Second, I request that the Iowa State Board of Education reject the Next Generation State Standards.

Third, I request the Iowa Attorney General review all documentation related to such applications and contracts as mentioned above to ensure our state sovereignty is held inviolate. I further request that this review of programs, documents, and applications, include an examination to ensure no private or personal information about students is transmitted outside of local schools and districts.

Fourth, inasmuch as the Iowa State Board of Education adopted Common Core State Standards, failed to perform a cost analysis related to statewide adoption, and failed to hold public meetings where citizens could review the actual standards prior to adoption, I request that the State Legislature strip the Iowa State Board of Education of its authority to set standards and rescind the Common Core State Standards and ban Next Generation Science Standards should the State Board of Education fail to do so.

Fifth, I request that a committee be appointed to rewrite Iowa’s standards through a well-developed and transparent process that includes numerous public hearings and input from committees that utilizes knowledge-based, academic, clearly worded, grade-level specific, measurable standards from other states as models. Then submit said standards to the State Legislature for final approval.

Sixth, give individual schools and districts full local control with the ability to adopt their own high standards, assessments, and research-based curriculum, and recognize that parents have a fundamental liberty interest in the education of their children.

Seventh, I request that a committee of legislators and citizens be formed to develop a 5-year plan to get Iowa off all federal funding of education, and if the federal government threatens to pull non-education related funding away from the state as we pursue this course, that this knowledge should be made public and fought with the assistance of the state Attorney General.

Eighth, I ask that the state strengthen privacy laws and make sharing of personal student data with any state or federal entity a crime both for the one disseminating and the recipient who requested personal information.

Petition to Stop Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards

Based upon the factual evidence documented at Iowans for Local Control I ask the Governor, State Board of Education, and the Director of the Iowa Department of Education to immediately take the steps necessary to rescind Common Core adoption, SBAC membership, the Race to the Top application, the No Child Left Behind waiver application, and all other requirements upon the state that are related to these, and return to the Iowa Core standards in use prior to Common Core adoption.

Second, I request that the Iowa State Board of Education reject the Next Generation State Standards.

Third, I request the Iowa Attorney General review all documentation related to such applications and contracts as mentioned above to ensure our state sovereignty is held inviolate. I further request that this review of programs, documents, and applications, include an examination to ensure no private or personal information about students is transmitted outside of local schools and districts.

Fourth, inasmuch as the Iowa State Board of Education adopted Common Core State Standards, failed to perform a cost analysis related to statewide adoption, and failed to hold public meetings where citizens could review the actual standards prior to adoption, I request that the State Legislature strip the Iowa State Board of Education of its authority to set standards and rescind the Common Core State Standards and ban Next Generation Science Standards should the State Board of Education fail to do so.

Fifth, I request that a committee be appointed to rewrite Iowa's standards through a well-developed and transparent process that includes numerous public hearings and input from committees that utilizes knowledge-based, academic, clearly worded, grade-level specific, measurable standards from other states as models. Then submit said standards to the State Legislature for final approval.

Sixth, give individual schools and districts full local control with the ability to adopt their own high standards, assessments, and research-based curriculum, and recognize that parents have a fundamental liberty interest in the education of their children.

Seventh, I request that a committee of legislators and citizens be formed to develop a 5-year plan to get Iowa off all federal funding of education, and if the federal government threatens to pull non-education related funding away from the state as we pursue this course, that this knowledge should be made public and fought with the assistance of the state Attorney General.

Eighth, I ask that the state strengthen privacy laws and make sharing of personal student data with any state or federal entity a crime both for the one disseminating and the recipient who requested personal information.

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384mike cressDavenport, IowaOct 22, 2013
383Amy SheelerDes Moines, IowaOct 22, 2013
382Karen BradleyAltoona, IowaOct 22, 2013
381Rhea BenderOct 22, 2013
380Gale SeversonStrawberry Point, IowaOct 20, 2013
379dee lipscombiowa city, IowaOct 18, 2013
378dianne molanderiowa city, iowaOct 18, 2013
377Jerry EvansWaterloo, IowaOct 18, 2013
376jeanne JenningsJohnston, IAOct 18, 2013
375Robert RoofManchester, IowaOct 18, 2013
374Pam ZelleMarion, IowaOct 18, 2013
373Brian WildAmes, IAOct 17, 2013
372catherine wilhelmDyersville, iowaOct 16, 2013
371ken schroederholy cross , iaOct 16, 2013
370jason waltonoxford , iowaOct 16, 2013
369Jennifer WhitakerNorwalk, IAOct 15, 2013
368Craig HansenCouncil Bluffs, IaOct 15, 2013
367Susan KurtBELLEVUE, IowaOct 15, 2013
366Lois HomewoodOct 15, 2013
365Deanne CooheyDyersville, IowaOct 15, 2013
364Ron LawrenceDyersville, IowaOct 15, 2013
363LaVon HammelDubuque, IowaOct 15, 2013
362vernon hitzOct 14, 2013
361karen ausenurbandale, iaOct 14, 2013
360Les FeldmannDurango, IowaOct 13, 2013

Filed in: Action Alerts, Common Core News, NGSS News, Our Updates • Tags: Common Core State Standards, Iowa Attorney General, Iowa Legislature, Iowa State Board of Education, Terry Branstad

About the Author: Shane Vander Hart

Shane Vander Hart founded Iowans for Local Control in 2012. Shane also is the founder and editor-in-chief of Caffeinated Thoughts and the founder and president of 4:15 Communications, LLC, a social media & communications consulting/management firm.  You can connect with Shane on Facebook or follow him on Twitter and Google +.
  • Jill

    Excellent!

  • Leslie Beck

    Thanks to everyone who has signed! If you cannot see the most recent names, click the right and then left arrow in the lower right hand corner of the names section. This will load the names so you can see that yours is listed if you just signed.

    • http://shanevanderhart.com/ Shane Vander Hart

      Thanks Leslie!