CCSSO President Dr. June Atkinson Won’t Provide Documents Paid for by Taxpayers
Does this include the right to educational documents and information created by the State and its officials? Does this include the right to review educational documents created by CCSSO which is funded by taxpayer dollars? Is this a duty of the State to guard and maintain that right?
Today is an educational lesson about Dr. June Atkinson, President Elect of the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO). CCSSO is a private organization funded by the Federal Government for the crafting and implementation of Common Core State Standards Initiative (CCSSI).
Dr. Atkinson is also the NC Superintendent of Public Instruction and is an ardent supporter of the standards. From July 2013 in American Thinker: Everything You Wanted to Ask About Common Core, and More:
North Carolina’s Lieutenant Governor Dan Forest has written a set of over 200 questions challenging the state superintendent of public schools to explain in detail the adoption and implementation of the Common Core State Standards — before the State Board of Education’s scheduled August 7-8 meeting.
Lt. Gov. Forest’s bold approach to finding the underlying cause of the CCSS in his state no doubt will be answered with attacks, as speaking truth to power rarely results in transparency on the latter’s part. By questioning authority, the Lt. Gov. is showing us how to resist the tyranny of the minority.
Dr. June Atkinson, NC Superintendent of Public Instruction, in a June 12 letter defending CCSS, has already begun a counterattack on why “a pause in the implementation of the Common Core” would be detrimental. She implies that the entire educational structure would fall apart and that such an action would lead “to not teach students how to read, write, speak, listen, and learn math such as adding, multiplying, dividing, subtracting, etc.” To which Forest in #26 returns with “North Carolina did not use the CCSS standards until this past school year. Do you believe that we have not been teaching our students to read, write, speak, listen, and learn math for the past several decades?”
She has a troubling tendency of making statements not based on fact or research and she answers questions with no research or facts to bolster her arguments. I’d love to know her answer to Lt. Governor Forest’s question to her which I believe is still unanswered.
Not only is Lt. Governor Forest demanding answers, the citizens of North Carolina are demanding answers and transparency from the CCSSO. The are requesting Atkinson to “release the files” on the CCSSO meetings which are paid for by taxpayer money.
What is Atkinson’s response?
Here’s more of what Atkinson thinks of taxpayer requests to view the taxpayer funded process of CCSSO:
Aren’t you tired of being dismissed, told that a non-transparent process is transparent, told you are spreading myths and/or misinformation, and public money being used to prop up private companies and private agendas with no accountability? Aren’t you tired of the parents/taxpayers never being considered as stakeholders in educational decisions for schools that they pay for and provide the children to populate these schools so these elitists have jobs?
It’s time to take to Twitter! Tweet @DrJuneAtkinson and @ArneDuncan to demand answers. Refuse to accept these condescending answers and refusal for transparency. Taxpayer money is being used for meetings and plans to develop, direct and enact educational reform with private organizations in a non-transparent manner. This “transformational educational reform” has been shrouded in secrecy and behind the doors maneuvers by corporations and bureaucrats. There must be a reason for all this secrecy, don’t you think?
This tweet will get you started.