BY: B. Keith Plunkett @Keithplunkett
As mentioned in an article yesterday, the Common Core debate in Mississippi has come down to the fight over appropriations in the Mississippi Senate.
If you are a regular reader of Mississippi PEP then you know fighting to bring the truth of Common Core to the attention of Mississippi parents has been a focus for nearly 3 years now.
It all started with an article I wrote in September of 2011, just a few weeks after the launch of this website. By luck of the draw I was looking into the background of an individual coming to speak at a state Dept. of Education conference that month named Mark Tucker.
What I found, as is often the case in the type of policy and political research I do, was a reason to keep digging for more information. The beauty of the work I do is that there is always a new study to hash out, a new connection to be made and a new fact to be realized. (Yes. I’m one of those weird guys who enjoy research, reading policy analysis, and pouring through white papers and studies.)
In my decade of doing this I have never ceased to be amazed by the clear mountain of evidence that proves how inept government planning usually is, and how politicians take advantage of a disengaged public to fulfill their personal ambitions and to enrich themselves and their friends. My amazement is only rivaled by the sadness and anger I sometimes feel towards a largely disengaged public that allows this type of thing to continue.
Such is the case with Common Core.
I won’t go into further detail. Instead, I’ll offer up a timeline of events of our coverage over the past two and a half years and hope it offers some explanation of why we have arrived at the current fight.
If you find it as troubling as I do as a parent, I hope you will call your Representatives and Senators in Jackson today and tell them to stop Common Core by defunding it in this latest appropriations bill.
September 2011: PLUNKETT: Controversial author Marc Tucker to speak at MS Dept. of Education Statewide Forum Sept. 14
August 2013: Mississippi PEP Managing Editor Keith Plunkett discusses the history of the creation of the Common Core Standards being implemented in Mississippi, and the dangers to parents, students and local school boards with JT on Supertalk.
October 2013: CHAMBERS: Common Core Education in Mississippi
February 2014: Cochran and #CommonCore: For it before he was against it.
February 2014: CHAMBERS: Common Core Failed the Test
February 2014: Board of Education OKs Common Core courses
About Keith: Keith Plunkett has worked on communications and policy issues with a range of public officials from aldermen to Congressmen, and a variety of businesses, governmental agencies and non-profits. He serves or has served as a board member of several non-profit, civic and political organizations. Contact him by going to HorizonMediaMarketing.com or follow him on Twitter @Keithplunkett