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Letter to the Editor:

Wisconsin is in the midst of legislative hearings on the Common Core State Standards.

During the first hearing Oct. 3, in Madison, I shared an anecdote from a teacher in a small northern Wisconsin school district. She wrote, “Thank you so much for your strong stand on the Common Core. I see how our math classes have changed for the better — really making students think! Keep up the good work.”

This e-mail sums up why I adopted the Common Core State Standards for Wisconsin in June of 2010. The Common Core State Standards are a vast improvement over our prior standards and advanced the work we began on standards revision in 2007.

Simply, they move Wisconsin forward.

The Common Core State Standards are a set of expectations in English language arts and mathematics for what students should know and be able to do in every grade. Already, these standards are

challenging Wisconsin public school students to learn at higher levels in the critical areas of reading, writing, and mathematics.

The Common Core State Standards are rigorous, clear, and require a deeper grasp of key subject-area concepts; they are benchmarked to the highest U.S. state and international standards to ensure students are ready to succeed in college and careers; and they are aligned to the expectations of higher education and employers.

Contrary to what some may say, adoption of the Common Core State Standards did not usher in more testing or data collection. We haven’t been forced by or received any more money from the federal government to adopt the Common Core State Standards. And, Wisconsin’s local control is safe.

A district’s curriculum, text book adoption, and instructional choices all stay at the local level, just as they’ve always been. Students who need additional support, or children with gifts and special talents, will receive instruction that meets their unique needs, just like before.

The Common Core State Standards have broad support. Forty-five states, the District of Columbia, and four territories have adopted them. They’ve been supported strongly by K-12 educational organizations, the University of Wisconsin System, as well as many other groups and leaders, including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Business Roundtable, Partnership for 21st Century Skills, Business-Higher Education Forum, Association of American Colleges and Universities, Military Child Coalition, the United States Army and the National Parent Teacher Association.

The Common Core State Standards are a pivotal part of the work of hundreds of educators, policymakers, and parents to transform education in Wisconsin, strengthen our public schools, and ensure that every child graduates college and career ready. Without the foundation of strong academic standards, all of our other efforts around improved assessment, better accountability and educator effectiveness, and stronger early literacy will fall apart.

The final two scheduled hearings by the Legislature’s select committees on the Common Core State Standards will be held Oct. 23 in Eau Claire and Oct. 30 in Wausau. I encourage you to contact your local school district to learn more about how the Common Core State Standards are raising the bar for all Wisconsin public school students.

Tony Evers

State Superintendent

of Public Instruction

Tuesday, October 22, 2013 2:53 PM


-1 #57 2013-11-03 12:01

It does not matter if you do bring out things you believe are facts. The "fact is" is that you have lied and made up things before. That is why I am saying you lost your credibility.

Glad that I didn't offend you Jeff. Although you and I have battled before, I sincerely appreciate your opinions even though I might not agree.

And yes, Frank, that is the one I remember.

John, of course I also have LIED in my life. I am not perfect !
-10 #56 Frank Gabl 2013-10-31 12:55

...that I merely beat back successfully with as many posts as I deemed necessary to do the particular job.

To first of all not acknowledge his standard operating procedure and then pile on me for simply seeking truth is despicable in its own right.

What you and Denny seek is a forum where moral relativism rules the day and absolves your own short comings.

You have no answer for my posts asking you to justify the behavior of your party which far and away makes what you decried about my words, nothing in comparison.

What worth has this forum if first and foremost truth is not the number one objective?

Even John knows what I've said here is accurate so his remedy for the situation on another thread is, in pure Alinsky and Obama fashion, to question my mental state.

But all John has done, and you as well, have embarrassingly taken the easy way out by blaming others.

-13 #55 Frank Gabl 2013-10-31 12:35

You could not show more blatantly dishonest partisanship than you just did.

This started for me all the way back in Feb. of last year when John perpetrated an unspeakable act of un-American behavior on Mr. Hyslop -a then-88 year-old hero of two wars, by questioning this honorable man's patriotism while calling him a liar for rewriting history to fit his agenda. As if an 88 year-old veteran has an "agenda."

I tried numerous times to get an apology and even went for a "compromise" which John immediately rejected out of hand.

Since that time there was the period before the recall where he engaged in despicable acts that I have documented and posted several times, including: vicious name-calling, race and gay-baiting.

Besides those most notable acts of incivility is the nearly daily routine from the get go which has included documented lies, distortions, mischaracteriza tions and fabrications

+9 #54 Jeff Laadt 2013-10-31 11:07
Yes, I agree that John has certainly thrown in his share of attacks on Frank. But I must admit to you that I believe, based on a longer history of abuse, Frank to be the greater culprit here. John makes the mistake of engaging Frank in an ultimately useless (and, more to the point) endless back-and-forth over whatever the issue at hand may be. At some point (say, after 25 posts) it just becomes pointless, after which the discussion has lost all meaning and is just noise. Frank won't allow the noise to end, and John apparently doesn't realize it.

Tim, I fully appreciate what you are trying to do here. Thanks

Jeff Laadt
+8 #53 2013-10-31 10:41
Tim, I responded to you in the Duffy letter.
+1 #52 Denny Erardi 2013-10-31 10:36
Regardless of the number of people who dislike what goes on here, few others are going to chime in I imagine, because of the belittling and attacks that emanate after having done so. Personally, they don't impact me at any important level, as I'm able easily to consider the source. At the same time, I choose not to engage in it directly for all the reasons that I've noted before.

If I want to argue/discuss differences of opinion with someone like Jeff who conducts himself passionately and civilly, I've got his email and can do so in that manner. It's a shame that a public forum has been hijacked in this manner, but as has been noted it's certainly a bona fide expression of free speech.

My experience tells me the best way to neutralize them is to avoid direct discussion.
+11 #51 2013-10-31 09:22
Frank, give it a rest!

John, give it a rest!

Will other people besides Denny and Jeff say something? Come on, you have to be out there!!! I am all for freedom of speech, but you cannot even carry on a conversation without it being interrupted a bazillion times.

Perhaps those two should look into instant messaging instead.

I still think this is the SNL Mclaughlin Group skit.. It is just that loony.
-11 #50 Frank Gabl 2013-10-31 08:45

...economic and legislative terrorists, monkey wrenches, black mailers, anarchists, jihadists and last but not least - wait for it - domestic abusers - Barbara (sexist) Boxer.

And for a perfect understanding of where the millions who think like me are coming from, Google: "Why Obamacare is a Fantastic Success"

Which is why I believe you are innocently misguided, if not actually running interference like John.
-11 #49 Frank Gabl 2013-10-31 08:34

In addition, your hypocrisy is absolutely stunning in your last post.

Rather than denounce (because obviously you agree with the evil forces behind the Alinsky tactics - of your "great American") the incendiary name-calling by those with your ideological mindset, you accentuated the few "accurate" labels I used on your leaders: evil forces, corrupt liars, hate sessions and anti-American, all of which are irrefutable.

So, defend the following Alinsky-minded labels thrown around at reckless abandon by the evil forces in your party to define average Americans who believe in the "American" principles of personal responsibility, self-reliance, individual liberty and fiscal responsibility.

"Holding a gun to the head of the American people - Barack Obama, bombs strapped to their chests, arsonists, kidnappers, suicide bombers, hostage takers, American Taliban, extortionists, teabaggers,

-12 #48 Frank Gabl 2013-10-31 08:11

I don't have the capability today to link it but read Fournier's column today in the National Journal; you are delusional.

Your president's presidency is over due to the same shtick (you call material) that you use on a daily basis which consists of distortions, mischaracteriza tions and flat out fabrications.

After all, both of you are disciples of the fellow traveler and one who worked diligently to bring down capitalism - Saul Alinsky - the definition of "anti-American."

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