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Pennsylvania House Resolution Number HR 338

Once again, the Harrisburg establishment is playing politics with the futures of our children.  This time, they passed a Resolution in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.  Here is the link to the language:

 

http://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/legis/PN/Public/btCheck.cfm?txtType=PDF&sessYr=2013&sessInd=0&billBody=H&billTyp=R&billNbr=0338&pn=2084

 

In May, The Corbett administration said that it would delay moving forward with the new regulations.  On the same day, the PDE said that this would mean that the Common Core adopted by the State Board on July 1, 2010 would be implemented on July 1 of this year.

 

NOT ONE SECTION OF THIS RESOLUTION EVEN ADDRESSES THAT DEADLINE.   NO ACTION IS BEING TAKEN TO DELAY OR STOP IMPLEMENTATION IN EVERY PUBLIC AND CHARTER SCHOOL IN PENNSYLVANIA.

 

Most of our representatives are unaware of this looming deadline.  The bureaucracy, however, was VERY aware.

 

The Resolution does not require the bureaucracy to obey its language.  It only says that the PDE and the State Board are “urged” to comply.  They can choose to ignore the House of Representatives.

 

But, the fact that the House felt that it had to take some action is an important development.  It means that Pennsylvania’s parents and taxpayers are beginning to make a difference.

 

And it gives us a platform to stand upon when speaking to our representatives. 

 

Make sure you contact your representative today.  Thank each of them for their vote. 

 

And then ask them how they will make sure the Department and the State Board comply – especially since implementation of Common Core begins in less than one month.  Ask them what will happen if the PDE and the State Board do not respond to the “urging” of the PA House.  Ask them if they have actually compared the national standards with the PA “state-specific” standards to see how, or if, they are different.

 

This Resolution is an important first step – it has brought Common Core from the bowels of the bureaucracy and onto the stage of political action.  Our elected representatives have gone on the record in favor of preserving local control, protecting our privacy, and controlling the costs.  Let’s help them achieve those goals.