COLUMBUS GROVE — The school board heard from area citizens opposed to Common Core educational standards during Monday’s school board meeting.
group came to address the board regarding their opposition to the
Common Core State Standards Initiative, an education initiative that
details what students should know in English, arts and mathematics at
the end of each grade. The initiative is sponsored by the National
Governor’s Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers to
establish consistent education standards across the states.
Bramlage, Glandorf, said they are trying to inform the public about
this program. He said billionaire Bill Gates has spent $160 million in
promoting this program and has a “cartel mentality.” Gates also has
leanings towards eugenics and population control, Bramlage added.
American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 included $4.3 billion to
implement the program which has still not been fully implemented.
“The train is slowly leaving the station,” he said.
Mack, Kalida, said the Common Core reduces the student’s ability for
critical thinking skills. She said some of the textbooks being used are
“porn” and “goes against our Christian values.”
Glenn Karhoff of
Glandorf and father of three, said the mathematical standards “are
inferior to what we have.” He noted Dr. James Milgram, a professor at
Stanford, has a 30-page report on what is wrong with the math standards
in the program.
Karhoff added $4.3 billion was given to the states
from the stimulus package approved in 2009, but the states had to agree
to accept the standards before the standards were even written.
He said $15.8 billion has been spent nationwide, while $662 million has been spent in Ohio at a cost of $375 per student.
“We are forced to accept these standards,” Karhoff said.
Morman of Columbus Grove, added there were never any public hearings in
developing the program and no parents or teachers were involved. She
called some of the reading list “porn” and the majority of the states
are rejecting the program. Jean Wright of Columbus Grove, said the most
troubling part to her is that Common Core is anti-biblical with aspects
of the curriculum that students have no business knowing. There is a
math class that states Abraham Lincoln was a liberal and not religious,
Meanwhile, the board approved a motion to start the
process of seeking renewal of the 0.75 percent income tax levy for
another five years that will appear on the November ballot. Treasurer
Mark Ellerbrock noted this is the fifth renewal of the measure that
originally brought in $400,000. It is estimated that $848,000 will be
brought in at this rate if approved in November.
Nick Verhoff reported he has received nine applications for the
elementary principal position so far, although he thinks that number
will likely double by the end of the week. Verhoff is currently serving
as both superintendent and as elementary principal. He hopes to have a
recommendation for the board next month.
High School Principal
Brian Best reported students are finishing with the writing portion of
the graduation testing. He said the Columbus Grove Choral Department did
an outstanding job presenting the musical “Annie” last weekend.
“It’s nice to see the kids in a different environment. They did a phenomenal job,” Best said.
The third quarter ended March 14 and grades will be
going out next week, so “the seniors are on their last leg.” Best said
he is meeting with parents of seventh graders on Thursday to begin
planning the Washington, D.C. trip in the fall. Other events include the
Scholastic Bowl Thursday at the Educational Service Center; the junior
high school dance from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday at the elementary gym;
Solo Ensembles March 22 and prom on April 12.