Responses From Local School Board Concerning The Common Core Standards

The question: “What is your opinion on Common Core and how it will affect education on Central Ohio?” was postulated to members of the Worthington Board of Education in Franklin County, Ohio.

Response from the board President:

I have no idea how it will affect education in Central Ohio since I am unfamiliar with what other local school districts are doing.

Based upon the curriculum presented to the Board of Education this past Monday, I am quite confident that Worthington has developed a plan of implementation that will certainly be beneficial, Common Core or no, to the vast majority of our students. The new curriculum is available on the website you visited. Thanks for the inquiry,

Board President, David A. Bressman

Responses from other board members:

I think the common core curriculum will help raise student achievement in central Ohio. It is a rigorous curriculum that helps develop 21st century skills. The internationally bench marked curriculum will help promote college and career readiness for all students, along with critical thinking skills. With our society being so transient, I think this will help students who move from one district to another as they should all be on the same page as far as grade level curriculum.

Jennifer Best

Philosophically, I oppose standards based education.  As you know, the Common Core State Standards were a state initiative led by Republican governors such as George and Jeb Bush to improve education.  I think that the common core state standards may marginally improve learning in some of the under resourced schools in central Ohio, but I fear that they may undercut high level learning in some of our best schools.  Hope that helps.

Wilson Charles

We have not received responses from the other board members yet, but according to the Re-Elect Marc Schare website:

My primary academic focus has been through my work on the district’s “Race to the Top” committee. The committee has representatives from our teachers and administrators and has had three primary focus areas.

1) The use of data to guide instructional practice

2) A methodology to fairly and objectively evaluate teachers

3) Implementation of a curriculum based on the Common Core State Standards

We will soon launch an educational campaign against Common Core in Ohio. Stay tuned.

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Introducing VDP Chapters

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We have been playing with the idea of local and state chapters for the Valiant Defender’s Party for awhile now. We currently have the resources and manpower to start a few.

State Chapters will be called “Sectors”. Due to limited staffing, each leader of the Sector will be called an Affiliate until it gains five or more members per Sector. Sectors are governed with a federated system; powers not delegated to the International High Command are delegated to the Sectors.

We aim to establish the following three Sectors by 2014:

Sector V in Virginia will serve as our National headquarters.

Sector O in Ohio will serve as our Midwest headquarters.

Sector C in California will serve as our West Coast headquarters.

By 2016, we aim to expand more:

Sector T in Texas will serve as our Southern headquarters.

Sector N in New York will serve as our Northeastern headquarters.

Five Things I Need As A Public Servant

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Clarence Mingo, Franklin County Auditor, 08/11/13

1. The Scriptures must be the unchallenged, moral authority in my life, not partisan or conservative agenda
2. Foundation of my passion must to know Christ and make Him known.
3. Be keenly mindful of the consequences of sin.
4. Strive for excellence in The Lord, but understand the constant need of forgiveness.
5. Be aware of the increasingly distinct nature between me and the world.

Another Letter from Congressman Pat Tiberi

Mr. Sam Garcia
xxx xxxxxxxx Ave
Columbus, OH 43214-2453

Dear Mr. Garcia,

Thank you for your letter regarding a Balanced Budget Amendment (BBA) to the U.S. Constitution. I appreciate this opportunity to correspond with you.

As you know, H.J.Res . 2 was introduced by Congressman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) on January 3, 2013. This bill would not allow the government to spend more in a fiscal year than it takes in for that year. Spending could only be increased if three-fifths of both the House of Representatives and the Senate vote to allow it. Similarly, the statutory debt limit, commonly known as the debt ceiling, would only be raised if three-fifths of both the House and Senate vote in favor of increasing it. You may be interested to know that I am a cosponsor of the bill .

Our government must start to operate within its means, and a BBA would go a long way in keeping government spending under control. Please be assured I will continue to fight to stop the unprecedented growth in the federal debt and restore fiscal discipline.

Thank you again for sharing your thoughts with me. Please contact my office if I can be of assistance in the future.

Sincerely,

Patrick J. Tiberi
Representative to Congress

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Our PopVox page makes it easier for the Valiant Defender’s Party to state its position in Congress. As the new generation  of citizens, we believe in supporting a balanced budget for the future of our nation.

Letter from Congressman Pat Tiberi

January 22, 2013

Mr. Sam Garcia

xxx xxxxxxx Avenue

Columbus, OH 43214-2453

Dear Mr. Garcia,

Thank you for your recent communication. I appreciate this opportunity to correspond with you.

As you may know, on December 19, 2012, the president assembled a task force in an effort to come up with proposals that would reduce gun violence in our nation. The task force was led by Vice President Joe Biden and included members of the Administration and outside organizations. Recently, the president signed an executive order containing 23 proposals to attempt to bring down gun violence. I am currently reviewing the president’s proposals and believe the proposals need to go through the regular legislative process. Since the vice president has worked with key Senate Democrats like Senator Feinstein on these proposals, I believe the appropriate place for the legislative process to begin is in the Senate.

The tragic events that happened in Newton, CT, Aurora, CO, Blacksburg, VA, and in other communities across the country are unthinkable and require a comprehensive examination of the facts. It’s time that we as a society take a broad look at the level of violence we find acceptable in our everyday lives. This examination combined with an evaluation of the effectiveness of our mental health system to preempt acts like these rather than react to them is a step in the right direction.

Additionally, we must start enforcing the laws we already have on the books. You may be interested to know that the Brady Act of 1993 requires Federal Firearms Licensees to request background checks on individuals attempting to receive a firearm. The National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) is managed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). This system already runs database checks on criminal records.

The National Instant Criminal Background Check System Improvements Amendments Act, which was enacted after the Virginia Tech shooting, provides incentives for states to make more records available for use during NICS checks. The total number of mental health records that states made available to the NICS Index increased by approximately 800 percent—from about 126,000 records in October 2004 to about 1.2 million records in October 2011—according to FBI data. This increase largely reflects the efforts of 12 states that had each made at least 10,000 mental health records available by October 2011. However, nearly half the states still do not regularly provide records to the federal database intended to keep guns out of the hands of people with histories of mental illness.

Rest assured, as the father of four young children, this is a matter that I take very seriously. I will closely review legislation that addresses these issues should they be considered by the U.S. House of Representatives.  Again, thank you for taking the time to share your concerns.

Sincerely,

Patrick J. Tiberi

Representative to Congress

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Using our new PopVox account on our Facebook page, which automatically sends letters to Congress, the VDP showed support for the 2nd Amendment. If you read the letter, you can see how much political correctness and vague statements are made.

We as the VDP support Pat Tiberi’s stance on gun rights, however, as he is conservative on the issue. It is just tiring to see politicians attempt to please everybody without saying so.