Stop Common Core Forum to Take Place in Harrison

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We are very honored and excited to announce that Stop Common Core in New York State has put together a power-packed forum with a national panel of experts. Please join us to hear about the REAL FACTS on Common Core and what it means to your child's education, future and the impact on your property value.

Come join us on Saturday, Sept. 21 (doors open at 12:30 p.m.) at The Renaissance Westchester Hotel, 80 West Red Oak Ln., West Harrison, New York 10604, (914) 694-5400.

Key Note Speakers will be:

Renee Braddy:
A parent-activist and former educator in the Utah Schools who has spearheaded this movement with Christel Swasey and Alisa Ellis, known as "The Three Moms from Utah." Her dedication and endless passion creates the necessary fuel for us moms nationwide to do what we do because of Renee. Renee is well versed in Common Core not only because she is a mother but because she is a former educator. She has been on the forefront of fighting Common Core for over two years now and has a wealth of information to give to other parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and educators. Her commitment and perseverance to keeping education at a local level is what she has been fighting for not only for her children but your children as well. Be sure to watch her video below where she discusses the role of the government and education and where it should **really** be --- at the local level NOT the Federal. 


Alisa Ellis: 
Alisa Ellis is a mother of seven children ranging from Pre-K to 10th grade. She and her husband currently live in the beautiful Heber Valley. In the Spring of 2011 she became concerned with apparent changes in her children's curricula and has spent countless hours researching and presenting her findings in public forums, radio appearances, and meetings. She touches not only parents who live in Utah but those parents from out-of-state and nationwide especially with this video.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CI0XjBzsIfM
Alisa holds a Bachelors of Science in Family, Home and Social Sciences.

Jamie Gass:
Pioneer Institute’s Director of the Center for School Reform. At Pioneer, he has framed and commissioned over 60 research papers on education reform topics. Jamie has more than two decades of experience in public administration and education reform at the state and municipal levels. Previously, he worked at the Massachusetts Office of Educational Quality and Accountability as Senior Policy Analyst-Technical Writer and in the state budget office under two Massachusetts governors. In the 1990s, Jamie worked for the Dean of the Boston University School of Education/Boston University Management Team in its historic partnership with the Chelsea Public Schools. He has appeared on Boston media outlets: WBZ’s Nightside with Dan Rea, WRKO’s Tom & Todd Show, WBZ’s Keller at Large, WGBH’s Callie Crossley Show, WBUR, as well as talk radio across the country. He has been quoted in The Economist, Education Week, and The Boston Globe, and his op-eds are regularly published in The Boston Herald, The Worcester Telegram & Gazette, The Lowell Sun, The Providence Journal, as well as pieces in magazines, such as Education Next and City Journal. Jamie speaks on school choice, academic standards, and school district accountability at events throughout the country. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from Boston University.


Sheila Kaplan:
A longtime independent education researcher, publisher, consultant, program developer, and advocate for students' rights. Sheila founded Education New York Online in 2005 as a one-stop website for state and national education news, research on information policy and children's privacy rights, and issues in education. In 1997 Sheila founded Education New York, at the time the only independent education publication in New York.

Sheila has brought state and national attention to the issue of children's privacy rights under federal education law and has identified gaps in the system that leave students vulnerable to breaches of their personal privacy. She has consulted with federal officials on making the Federal Education Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA) more responsive to the 21st century challenges of protecting students' education records in the electronic information age. Sheila's comments submitted in May 2011 to the U.S. Department of Education on the proposed amendments to FERPA focused on the failure of the proposed rules to adhere to the highest standards of practice in protecting students' privacy and confidentiality.


Emmett McGroarty, Esq.:
The Executive Director of the Preserve Innocence Initiative at the American Principles Project. Preserve Innocence works to protect parental rights and to promote government policies that protect the innocence of children and to fight those policies that drive a wedge between the parent-child relationship. It is working to stop the federal education takeover. McGroarty has provided commentary and analyses on the federal education takeover and its affronts to the underpinnings of our democratic republic. McGroarty received his bachelor's from Georgetown University and his Juris Doctorate from Fordham School of Law.

http://americanprinciplesproject.org/ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wVI78lPCFfs&feature=youtu.be 

Christopher H. Tienken, Ed.D:
Christopher Tienken, Ed.D. is an assistant professor of Education Administration at Seton Hall University in the College of Education and Human Services, Department of Education Management, Policy, and Leadership. He has public school administration experience as a PK-12 assistant superintendent, middle school principal, director of curriculum and instruction, and elementary school assistant principal. He began his career in education as an elementary school teacher. Tienken is currently the editor of the American Association of School Administrators Journal of Scholarship and Practice and the Kappa Delta Pi Record. - See more at: http://christienken.com/


Anyone who has a child in their heart whom they want to protect and to preserve their dreams of becoming who they want to be in the future, should attend this forum. 

We look forward to seeing you there, please bring friends and family.
Aidan August 11, 2013 at 09:47 PM
Parents better wake up ... FAST.
Aidan August 11, 2013 at 09:50 PM
First, a little history for folks new to the topic. Common Core is an initiative that is top down ... concocted by forces outside of education specialists. Business interests had a heavy hand and many governors signed off on it and used political muscle to shuttle thru their legislatures. Most professional, ground-level educators were by-passed and then found themselves in a "get in line" situation. President Obama instituted "Race To The Top" to replace the unpopular "NO Child Left Behind" initiative ... and then used federal money grants ... "carrots", if you will ... during a moment of deep recession and retraction ... to lure states into the CC wave. The roll out of CC has been dreadful. Performance tests were devised before the curriculum was ever polished and teachers properly prepared. It seems almost "fly by night" in nature. I suspect that these new standards (which brought these alarming results) were, in fact, part of the design ... a sort of national alarm regarding education with the clear ring of emergency and immediacy. However, few have actually studied the essentials of CC and seem more than willing to swallow the pop-culture beef that public education is in dire straits. It is not. There is a now a national lament about failing schools that is bogus. Most public schools in this nation are well regarded ... and parental approval of their own public schools is very high. Many of the issues are inner city issues ... or in some cases rural issues. But there is no evidence of a pan-national break down in public education. Common Core chose to autopsy public education and then make sweeping generalizations about all things. It was flawed from the inception ... and even more flawed as it morphs into a national disaster. More later.
Spencer Shawn February 03, 2014 at 06:10 PM
I am not sure what all of the Core is necessary. I don't know enough information to make an educated statement. I think that they should continue if they feel the cause is right. Spencer | http://www.brooklakechristianschool.org/aboutus/index.html


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