First Legislative Day Introduces Bill To Ban Common Core in Delaware #netde #edude

Wow, that didn’t take long. I applaud Senator Dave Lawson for introducing this bill so quickly. It’s about time someone stepped up to do the right thing. Common Core invaded our schools, and the Federal intervention has changed everything. Read the text here:

147th General Assembly
Senate Bill # 269

Primary Sponsor: Lawson
CoSponsors: { NONE…}
Introduced on : 07/01/2014
Synopsis of Original Bill:
(without Amendments) We suspend all Delaware Department of Education support, training, or adherence to the Common Core Standards, materials, curriculum and training for teachers, school staff, or state employees of Delaware. Further, the Official Code of Delaware annotated, relating to competencies and core curriculum, will be amended so as to declare certain actions void ad initio relating to adoption of certain curricula; to prohibit state education agencies from entering into any commitments relating the federal Race to the Top program and or Common Core standards, curricula, testing, or standards, and to cease all use of Race to the Top and Common Core programs, curricula, and standards and require hearings and public input on both programs. Also, this law will amend Title 14 to stop the compilation and sharing of personal student and teacher data to prohibit the expenditure of funds for a state-wide longitudinal data system except for administrative needs and federal grant compliance, to provide notice to students and teachers if certain student data are provided to the United States Department of Education as a condition of receiving federal education grant, to provide for related matters, to repeal conflicting law, and for other purposes.

Current Status: Senate Education Committee On 07/01/2014

Full text of Legislation:
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Fiscal Notes/Fee Impact: Not Required
Actions History: Jul 01, 2014 – Assigned to Education Committee in Senate

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Kevin Ohlandt

I am a proud parent of a son with Tourette's Syndrome and several other co-morbidities. I write on this blog to educate other parents so they know a bit more about not only special education, but all the really bad things that are happening with public schools in Delaware and the USA. We are all in this together, and if our children aren't able to advocate for themselves it's up to us parents! We need to stop letting companies run our schools, and demand our children get a proper education. Our Departments of Education in our states have become weak with fear from the bullying US DOE, and we need to take back our schools!

6 thoughts on “First Legislative Day Introduces Bill To Ban Common Core in Delaware #netde #edude”

  1. Hat’s off to Lawson too… When did this take place, do you know? I only saw it on the website this morning…. Was there discussion? Any objections?

    (But sadly it is a gesture and no more. Because every bill dies and must start over because next January is a new session: the 148th.)

    Unless…. hmmm… there is a September special session, and we can get the population totally riled up and headed to Dover with pitchforks and torches, feathers and tar…. (It’s been done before)…


  2. Spedsupport4parents, I don’t like common core because those who want it think it is the cure for everything that is wrong in education. I feel the pressure that comes along with it distracts teachers from doing their best and providing exceptional education for kids. As well the testing that has spun out of it has been done by those serving corporate interests and the Smarter Balanced Assessments that Delaware will soon be having are confusing and unethical at best.


    1. We’ve been using CCSS for 2 years now at my school. To be honest, I was frightened when I first looked at the standards. Two years in and I’ve adjusted to the increased rigor and so have my students. I didn’t think my kiddos were up to the task but boy was I wrong. I don’t know the Delaware testing system, but Mass has had high stakes testing since NCLB was put in place. Part of me hates the testing, especially when my dyslexic son has to take them and they don’t accurately measure how bright he really is. Another part of me really likes the tests because it lets me know, as a parent and a teacher, how we’re doing in an averagey kind of way. I use the fact that my home district never meets SPED AYP as leverage to get my child more services. At team meetings, nothing gets more shock and awe from the administration than throwing their crummy SPED testing stats at them. I love to be able to say, “Well if this plan is working so well, why are 90% of your SPED kiddos failing the state assessment!” After that, you’d be surprised what you get put on that IEP!


      1. Unfortunately in Delaware, there has been many cases of cheating on the tests, and not by the students. Many people have told me this goes on regularly. So it’s hard to be objective in an environment that would create that kind of behavior.


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