(John Eppolito) – Nevadans Against Common Core (NACC) applauds the Nevada legislators who have stepped forward with measures to put the brakes on the ill-conceived, hastily implemented, expensive, educational disaster-in-waiting known nationally as the Common Core State Standards (renamed here in our state as the Nevada Academic Content Standards).
AB303, spearheaded by Assemblyman Brent Jones and sponsored by another ten members of the Nevada Assembly, brings the decision as to what Nevada’s standards will be from kindergarten through twelfth grade back home to Nevada.
SB 290 is sponsored by Senators Scott Hammond and Don Gustavson and co-sponsored by six members of the Nevada Assembly. Scott Hammond is a Clark County School District teacher.
The Common Core State Standards have come under attack in almost every state that originally signed on, resulting in three states withdrawing completely, and about half of the remaining states canceling testing contracts associated with the standards.
It is good to know Nevada has finally taken action similar to Indiana and Oklahoma and others to rid the state of a bad and costly mistake. Although the backlash against the Common Core State Standards is often characterized as a battle from the right side of the political spectrum (who view Common Core as an effort on the part of the Federal Government to control what goes on in classrooms throughout America), many of the loudest critics of how teachers and students fare under the standards and their accompanying assessments and curriculum are Democrats; moreover, the list of left-side detractors also includes an ever-growing number of teachers’ unions. Besides being mediocre and, in early grades, developmentally inappropriate, the Common Core State Standards impose unfair performance criteria on teachers and set up a data-collection system to rival the NSA. We can only hope a majority of Nevada legislators get informed and vote “yes” on AB303 and/or SB 290.
Nevadans Against Common Core (NACC) is a non-profit organization, whose six board members (three Democrats: Pat Lynch, Angie Sullivan, and Don Gallimore, and three Republicans: John Eppolito, Carol Wright, and Virginia Starrett) demonstrate the truly bi-partisan nature of Common Core opposition in Nevada. Visit www.