Common Core – What is it?

Common Core – What is it?

Community Forum on “Common Core”

Thousand Oaks High School
Performance Arts Center
2323 N. Moorpark Rd.
Thousand Oaks
Monday, June 10, 2013 – 6 PM

The Community Forum on Common Core presented a compendium of ideas, facts and comparisons for parents and teachers who want to decide for themselves if the nationalized Common Core K-12 standards adopted by the state; but only minimally implemented, are a better alternative to the current California standards.

See the video here:

and the video on the legal right to opt out:

Common Core is a set of nationalized K-12 standards that states can adopt or withdraw from; but effectively not allowed to change.  The Common Core Standards do not belong to and are not controlled by the State of California or any state; instead, they are copyrighted by two, not publicly elected, trade associations in Washington D.C..  The standards also serve as a gateway for the collection of personally identifiable data on students and our families that is shared with other states, the federal government and private companies for the student’s lifetime.

The Common Core is viewed favorably by the states that initially adopted it because its adoption was a condition of receiving “Race to the Top” funding from the Obama administration and waivers from some of the Bush administration’s “No Child Left Behind” program penalties.

The public was treated to competing analysis of what is Common Core, the good, the bad and the alternatives.  The panelists took questions from the audience.

On one side of the panel, representing the official position of the Conejo Valley Unified School District will be (1) Mike Soules, President of Corwin Publishing and a parent of three CVUSD students, (2) Dr. Jon Sands, Director of Curriculum and Assessment, CVUSD, (3) Peggy Walker, Teacher, Newbury Park High School and the 2011 CVUSD and Ventura County Teacher of the Year, and (4). Dr. Jeff Baarstad, Superintendent, CVUSD.

On the other side of the panel, representing the views of Concerned Parents of Conejo Valley, will be (1) Tony Dolz, Founder of Concerned Parents of Conejo Valley and father of two students in the CVUSD,  (2) Bill Evers, Former U.S. Dept. of Education official and Fellow of the Hoover Institution at Stanford University, (3) Dr. Sandra Stotsky, Professor Emerita, Univ. of Arkansas, author and expert witness on Common Core before the U.S. Congress and numerous state legislatures and (4) Dawn Wildman, Attorney and National Coordinator for Citizens United for Responsible Education (CURE).

For more information visit  or call 310 371 7500

 This press release expresses the views of the Concerned Parents of the Conejo Valley which is responsible for its content; not the views of the Conejo Valley Unified District.

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