Press release from the Tennessee Republican Assembly; October 29, 2013:
(Nashville, TN October 31, 2013) — The Tennessee Republican Assembly (TRA), along with other conservative leaders across the State of Tennessee, has called for Tennessee legislators to oppose the continued implementation of the Common Core Federal Mandates in Tennessee due to concerns about these Federal standards and specific concerns about $700,000 recently spent to send Tennessee school principals to China to learn teaching methods that will be applied in our local Tennessee schools.
“We are already seeing the negative effects of Common Core Federal Mandates in our schools, and now we will have thinly veiled socialist and communist agendas promoted with Tennessee tax dollars,” noted Sharon Ford, President of the Tennessee Republican Assembly.
Ford cited the recent expenditure of $700,000 in “Race to the Top” money spent through Vanderbilt University to send 18 elementary, junior high and high school principals to China as an example of wasteful spending that is fueling a destructive agenda for Tennessee schools.
“The Chinese Communist system does not value personal freedom and liberty, nor does it promote the free market system that is the backbone of American prosperity,” Ford pointed out. “China is neither as diverse nor as open to creativity and free speech as the U.S. It is not a political or cultural system we should replicate in Tennessee schools. When we see spending like this it underlines how Common Core can be called “Commie Core”.
“We will see more examples of the liberal, anti-American agenda that is at the heart of Common Core Federal Mandates as more classroom assignments and testing materials are examined,” Ford noted. “Tennessee legislators need to follow the money and demand accountability in how our education dollars are spent, particularly when we see our money being used to instill anti-American campaigns in our classrooms.”
Letter to Tennessee General Assembly
Re: Opposition to Common Core Federal Mandates in Tennessee
Dear Members of the Tennessee General Assembly:
The Tennessee Republican Assembly, along with other individuals and groups listed below, are joining with other concerned Tennesseans and national leaders and groups like the Heritage Foundation, CATO Institute, the California Republican Party, Americans for Prosperity, American Family Institute, the Campaign for Liberty, Concerned Women for America, Senator Marco Rubio, Senator Ted Cruz, Governor Rick Perry, Glenn Beck, Michelle Malkin, and others. Notably Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett and Indiana Governor Mike Pence, both Republicans, have already paused implementation of Common Core Federal Mandates in their states and Florida Governor Rick Scott and Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal seem prepared to follow their lead.
There are numerous problems with the Common Core Federal Mandates, particularly here in Tennessee. Recently, $700,000 in Tennessee taxes funded through Race to the Top, was spent through Vanderbilt University to send eighteen Tennessee elementary, junior high and high school principals to China to learn how to teach the “Chinese way”. The Chinese Communist system is not one that values personal freedom and liberty, nor does it promote the free market system that is the backbone of American prosperity. China is neither as diverse nor as open to creativity and free speech as the U.S. It is not a system we should replicate in Tennessee. And some people wonder why Common Core is sometimes called Commie Core?
Support for this kind of wasteful spending and potentially harmful education “reform” scheme is simply not acceptable to most Tennesseans and we call on you our Tennessee Legislators to immediately express your opposition to Common Core Federal Mandates in clear and direct terms. This topic will be a top political issue in the next election cycle and we believe that the waste of taxpayer money on promoting the Communist Chinese education system in Tennessee will be something voters will strongly oppose.
Thank you for your service in the Legislature and we hope you will more fully investigate the truth about Common Core Federal Mandates as soon as possible.
President, Tennessee Republican Assembly
Nashville Tea Party
President, Parents for Truth in Education
J. Lee Douglas
Founder, 9-12 Project
Concerned Women of America
Putnam County GOP Chair
Secretary, Freedom PAC