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Raises some questions about Common Core PDF Print E-mail

Letter to the Editor:

Last week I offered comments about Common Core education standards to the Northland Pines School Board, Sen. Tom Tiffany and Rep. Rob Swearingen, and Wednesday I attended the public hearing in Wausau, a lobby day for teachers, principals, administrators and professors who all came out in favor of Common Core.

However, parents, students and taxpayers were under-represented at the hearing. One mom testified that her kindergarten daughter cries that school is too much work. Parents complained that school is too much work for the little ones. A 16-year-old teen testified she’s been home-schooled all her life

and is concerned about Common Core. Will her parents be required to switch to the Common Core curriculum?


Panel members are concerned about costs of Common Core ($100 to $200 million). How will districts maintain programs once federal and state funding ends? Propose a yearly referendum? A panel member legislator asked what cuts in education would be required in order to maintain funding for transportation and broadband issues in district.

Principal Gayle Daniels, Northland Pines Elementary School-St. Germain, testified: “At Northland Pines, we’re doing well. We’ve been very fortunate to have an extremely supportive community and our referendums have passed. We’ve been very, very fortunate. So we haven’t had to worry about making major cuts. That decision on cutting would not be mine alone. It would be up to our school board and the entire administrative team and getting back with all of our teachers and making a decision in a collaborative way.”

The passage of Act 10 saved me and my husband $974 from 2011 to 2012. The local school referendum that just passed in February totally erased those savings, plus the county board just added a small tax increase due to reduced property values. Real estate taxes are at the same level as before Act 10. There are thousands of vacation homeowners in the North Woods — no voice and no vote.

Common Core is another federal bureaucracy simultaneously being tested on tens of millions of American children.

A computer search for “Parents against Common Core“ results in 42 million hits. There are hundreds, if not thousands of websites dedicated to exposing the truth about Common Core. Parents don’t want their children in public schools that teach Common Core.

Shirley Kufeldt


Tuesday, November 05, 2013 11:53 AM
Last Updated on Tuesday, November 05, 2013 11:54 AM


-21 #3 Frank Gabl 2013-11-07 08:23

The issue with Common Core is not how “teachers are implementing it,” but rather, the elephant in the classroom, in that, “ObamaCore” is simply a fraud sold to the American people in the same manner as ObamaCare: on a lie.

Both Evers and Richie perpetuate this lie, similar to Obama’s “if you like your plan you can keep your plan,” by continually stating that Common Core is not about curriculum but only standards:

“A district’s curriculum stay(s) at the local level” – Tony Evers and “It's not curriculum” – Mike Richie.

But here’s what Evers and Richie are well aware of:

The same game plan is being employed with ObamaCore as ObamaCare: Deception.
-20 #2 2013-11-06 11:05
Yes our community has been supportive. I hope not to a fault. If we have a new referendum for costs associated with common core that WILL come to an end!
+14 #1 2013-11-05 13:26
I have been a big critic of how this school board and administration has been running things over the last couple years, from driving good teachers to leave and retire to administration driving the downward spiral of teacher moral to one of the lowest levles in a long time. That being said, I watched the Common Core informational session online and thought that Gayle Daniels and the teachers did a good job explaining what it was they were doing and how the teachers are implementing it. I heard the counter points from those on the Far Right including yourself and thought it fed off the stereotypical slanted talking points. Just because a google search "Parents against common core" gets 42 million hits doesn't mean anything and actually it comes to 23 million hits. Guess what? "Parents for common core" also gets 42 million hits. All that means is people are researching this on both ends of the spectrum.

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