It was a packed room to hear District 6 School Board Member Marcia Andrews at Wellington’s Total Wine & More on Monday.
The Common Core Standards are an attempt to unify K-12 education across the nation around a set of grade-specific core skills, ostensibly aimed at raising the worldwide competitiveness of American students. Unfortunately, the devil is in the details, and much anecdotal evidence has surfaced that when the standards are translated into curricula, they represent a “fundamental transformation” that many would argue is not needed or wanted.
Implementation of the standards in Florida was mandated by then Governor Charlie Crist in 2010 and has been rolled out in kindergarten and first grade, with movement to the higher grades about to begin. As they roll out, opposition has been growing across the state, prompting Governor Scott to reject the assessment part of the program called PARCC (Partnership for Assessment of Readiness of College and Careers), leaving open the question of how assessment in the state will proceed. This, and the move to slow things down while the debate continues, shared by Ms. Andrews and others on the School Board and in the state-wide Florida School Board Association, has the possibility to create chaos in K-12 education as teachers are trained, materials are adopted and the rollout continues in the face of a groundswell of opposition.
Ms. Andrews and District Director of Secondary Education Diana Feldman gave the group an overview of history and plans for Common Core in Florida, and fielded many questions from the floor regarding required reading lists, data collection on students, the autonomy of local teachers to shape the curriculum in their classroom, and other hot-button issues.
Although few who have formed positions regarding Common Core would have been swayed by the session, it was informative and gave us the impression that the School Board is listening.
The Palm Beach County Tea Party participated in the 2013 annual Veteran’s Day Parade in West Palm Beach.
Some pictures from Ed and Julie:
LEADERS’ MEETING NOTICE
IF YOU LIKE YOUR TEA PARTY YOU CAN KEEP YOUR TEA PARTY.
Dear Fellow Tea Party Members:
You are invited to attend the next Tea Party Leaders’ Meeting.
PROGRAM: There is no speaker. The “Leaders’ Meeting” provides all interested members an opportunity to participate in the discussion of future Tea Party objectives, long and short range goals and activities (and anything else on their mind).
DATE: Tuesday, December 10, 2013
TIME: 6:00 PM
PLACE: Okeechobee Boulevard Branch Library http://www.pbclibrary.org/branches/okeechobee-blvd
5689 Okeechobee Blvd, West Palm Beach, FL. (561) 233-1880
DIRECTIONS: I-95 to Exit 70 (Okeechobee Blvd.). West on Okeechobee Blvd. 3.5 miles, past Haverhill Road. Library will be on your right, next to Dunkin Donuts.
Or Florida’s Turnpike to Exit 99 (Okeechobee Blvd.). East on Okeechobee Blvd. 0.25 miles to library on Left next to Dunkin Donuts.
We recommend you RSVP and arrive early since seating is limited.
We hope to see you there.
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Section 1251 of the Affordable Care Act contains what’s called a “grandfather” provision that, in theory, allows people to keep their existing plans if they like them. But subsequent regulations from the Obama administration interpreted that provision so narrowly as to prevent most plans from gaining this protection.Forbes
I had to verify this as a fact and it will be re-printed for your reading pleasure. So it is a fact, we have been snookered, “sham-wowed” or however you might describe this latest deception. They knew all along that this rubbish or twaddle of a “health care” act was never designed to function in the manner that it was sold. I don’t want to paraphrase or leave out any of the telling facts so I will print the words of this deception verbatim from page Page 34552 Federal Register:
“These estimates are extended through 2013 by assuming that the identical percentage of plan sponsors will relinquish
grandfathering in each year. Again, to the extent that the 2008–2009 data reflect plans that are more likely to
make frequent changes in cost sharing, this assumption will overestimate the number of plans relinquishing grandfather status in 2012 and 2013. Under this assumption, the
Departments’ mid-range estimate is that 66 percent of small employer plans and 45 percent of large employer plans will
relinquish their grandfather status by the end of 2013. The low-end estimates are for 49 percent and 34 percent of
small and large employer plans, respectively, to have relinquished grandfather status, and the high-end estimates are 80 percent and 64 percent, respectively.”
So……… on June 17, 2010 they knew that on the high side 80 percent of small business and 64 percent of large employers would relinquish their plans thus separating the American worker from his/her health care plan in the implementation year of 2013 or as we call it in “everyday language” —— NOW.
So much for “If you like your health care plan, you can keep your health care plan”.
The the Rose Garden Presidential infomercial is reminiscent of “There’s a sucker born every minute” is a phrase often credited to P. T. Barnum. And the sucker would be those who believed, against their own common sense, the American who allowed themselves to believe….
In this age of Amazon, Apple and other well working, slick and efficient computer info systems, the administration developed the technological version of the Edsel. For those “car buffs”, Ford Motor Company decided it needed another car line to compete against General Motors and in the spring of 1957, they began what was thought to be a highly successful ad campaign, “The Edsel is Coming”. But nobody could see this mystery car, just a glimpse of a hood ornament. Anyone involved with the Edsel was sworn to secrecy not to leak a word about what was being claimed to be a radically new and innovative motor car. For those who did buy an Edsel found that the car was plagued with shoddy workmanship. Many of the vehicles that showed up at the dealer showroom had notes attached to the steering wheel listing the parts not installed. It failed.
So in the end, what was done in the dark is exposed when the light is shined. The lies are being exposed but unfortunately most of this is either going to be buried by the next scandalous episode or simply ignored by those who believe the perfect smile with the beautiful dentures.
Still God is in charge:
New International Version
“For there is nothing hidden that will not be disclosed, and nothing concealed that will not be known or brought out into the open.”
Have a wonderful day.
11/11/2013 MEETING NOTICE
PROGRAM: Common Core Issues
SPEAKER: Marcia Andrews, District 6 School Board member
She will be accompanied by staffers from the Curriculum Department who will speak about the implementation of Common Core so far in grades K-3.
DATE: Monday, November 11, 2013
TIME: 7:00 PM.
Doors open at 6:30 PM
PLACE: Total Wine & More, Shoppes at Isla Verde, 960 S State Road 7, Wellington, FL 33414, (561) 795-9229 Total Wine & More
DIRECTIONS: Take FL-80 W/US-98/Southern Blvd/State Road 80 W to US-441 S/FL-7 N.
Bear right onto the ramp to US-441 S/FL-7 N.
Turn left (south) onto State Road 7/US-441
Go 0.6 miles to signal light at entrance of Shoppes at Isla Verde.
Turn left at signal light into shopping center.
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