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Another story on the $8 Missouri budget line item for “tin foil” from Education Appropriations Committee

Below is a story from the Cabinet Report which purports to be a trusted source in educational news.  This publication is sent to school board members.  It ran a story of Missouri Representative Mike Lair’s $8 budget line item for tin foil for those who question Common Core.  Lair’s actions made national news and the Cabinet Report reported on this legislative action.  Parts of the story are not factual and I made a comment which for some reason never appeared.  Below is the Cabinet Report article, then my response which I saved before sending.  A response from a Missouri mom follows which she saved…and has not appeared either.

If you feel so inclined, submit your response to the Cabinet Report and be sure to send MEW a copy of your response.  Let’s see if it will print any of the responses and issue a correction on the report.  After all, it is a “Trusted Source For What’s News in Education”.  That quote would be meaningful if it reported on the facts and did not base its article on conjecture, lack of information or snarkiness.

From the Cabinet Report:


Spring testing brings out protests and tin foil

by Tom Chorneau

(Mo.)  With a large number of states set later this spring to launch some form of new testing based on the Common Core State Standards, partisans on either side are taking some extreme positions.

A coalition of opposition parent groups, for instance, is organizing a national protest over the coming weeks to encourage millions of families to opt out of the testing and eventually get schools to drop high-stakes standardized assessments altogether.

Meanwhile in Jefferson City, leaders of a Missouri legislative panel proposed adding another $8 to the state’s $25 billion budget plan to facilitate purchase of “two rolls of high density aluminum to create headgear designed to deflect drone and/or black helicopter mind reading and control technology,” according to an item in the Kansas City Star.

The tin foil amendment came from Republican  Mike Lair, a former football coach and history teacher, who offered up the funding proposal as a jab at Common Core opponents who are seemingly too “paranoid” about the standards, according to the Star report.

The new standards, developed by a governor’s association and strongly backed by the Obama administration, were adopted by 45 states as long as five years ago, but as schools began the transition in earnest red flags began popping up from parents, teachers and policy-makers all over the country.

Some of the loudest complaints are coming, surprisingly, from the left side of the political spectrum. Teachers and lawmakers in New York, for instance, pressed the state’s board of education to delay for five years using test scores based on the Common Core for employment decisions and as a high school graduation requirement.

The swirl of controversy has opened a big hole for critics of standardized testing in general, something the Massachusetts-based Center for Fair and Open Testing is using to their advantage.

“Virtually no one in the education realm thinks the volume of testing and the consequences attached to it are useful educationally,” said spokesman Robert Schaeffer, in a December  interview with Cabinet Report. “There is an ideological and political agenda being imposed on public schools and we need to mobilize sufficient power to overturn it.”

Toward that end, Schaeffer’s group along with Parents Across America, United Opt Out, Network for Public Education, and Save Our Schools have organized what they hope will be the spring of testing reform.

According to their website, protests are planned in eight states – Alabama, North Carolina, Texas, Colorado, New York, Pennsylvania, Michigan and Illinois.

Nothing yet, it should be pointed out, has been organized in Missouri so Rep. Lair may have to export his tin hats when the time comes.


My response:

The article states: “Nothing yet, it should be pointed out, has been organized in Missouri so Rep. Lair may have to export his tin hats when the time comes.” Ah contraire! Representative Lair made those comments on the same day a rally was held in the Rotunda of the Capitol with 450-500 people attending against CCSS.

You can read the most recent “apology” from Lair here:

Please note that the tin foil hat reference is meant to marginalize those who have researched the adoption of CCSS and found the pro-CCSS claims to be lacking and not based on verifiable research and data. Michael Petrelli of Fordham has conceded that the standards will not make students STEM ready nor ready for 4 year colleges. Our own commissioner calls these “higher standards”…”the floor”.

So which is it? Higher standards? Making kids ready for “what”? Is it a “higher bar” or lowering the standards? The product that was sold by CCSSI is not the one that is currently being used in the states. Would YOU support and pay billions to private corporations for a program that is likened to “building an airplane while it is flying”… by a CCSS proponent?

Now just who is Representative Lair calling “tin foil hat” wearers? Seems to me we now have information from CCSS proponents that CCSS is not what is was purported to be and is not a well-thought out blueprint.

But he will have plenty of time to make those hats for those who refuse to look at the concessions of the proponents. Did you know it was asked if he was the nation’s most arrogant state legislator?

Missouri is hosting a SECOND rally on May 6.

Another response from a Missouri mom:

Perhaps you need to look into what took place at the Capital building in Jefferson City on February 19 at noon. To say nothing is organized in Missouri is just not true. We are alive and well and battling courageously for the future of our children! There are thousands of wonderful patriots throughout this state standing up to the education machine which boasts its big bank rolls and big names from both sides of the political aisle. Name calling only fuels our fire. Politicians like Rep. Lair are a dime a dozen. Look into the many statesmen in our legislature willing to take a stand against Common Core.

We made our comments between 10 AM and 11 AM CST on February 27.  What does the site show at the time, March 5,of this posting?

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