The wheels turning the progress of Common Core’s federal takeover of education in America have been spinning for many years. The first inklings of Common Core were seen in 2009 or before, but the concepts behind it have slowly been at work for decades.
The Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) adopted Common Core in June of 2010, just 20 days after it was released, in order to satisfy qualification requirements for federal Race To The Top (RTT) grant funding to the tune of a quarter BILLION dollars.
Just like Obamacare, “you have to pass it to find out what’s in it”, the MSDE really had no clue what they were signing on to beyond the dollar signs. Nor do they care. Baltimore County school superintendent Dallas Dance described it, saying, “We are building the plane as we fly it.”
Those pushing the agenda of nationalized education know that, once it’s implemented, it’s like that brother who moved in “for the weekend” and ends up staying indefinitely. The MSDE has already begun paying expenditures for implementing the new overhaul to our education system. But they can’t tell you what that will cost, because no estimates of implementation costs were done before they signed the dotted line and held out their palms.
As the current billion dollar budget (the biggest departmental budget in the state) expands to include the MSDE’s new windfall, We The Taxpayer will have to continue feeding the beast each and every year. What that means is the MSDE will become like a heroine addict to his drug dealer, scraping for new federal grant money and bending to the strings attached. The school boards are already looking for their next fix. Baltimore County, along with Cecil, Prince George’s, and Allegany Counties are applying for more RTT funding, due Oct. 3. This district level grant requires the local school districts to implement teacher, principal and supervisor evaluation systems no later than the 2014-2015 school year.
What does this mean for the future of education in America? Unless we shake Common Core now, we are doomed to an increasingly over-reaching federal intrusion into our kids education every year. State and county education boards won’t be able to back out as they come to realize the atrocity they signed on to in 2010, because they won’t be able to afford the costs of another overhaul in the system. Not only will they lose the federal incentive grant money, but they will face millions in additional de-Coring costs.
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