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Common Core is costing a lot more than just our dollars. It’s costing us our dignity.

The Obama administration’s “Race to the Top” funding drove a lot of states to adopt the Common Core Curriculum even before it was written. (With Pelosi’s precedent of voting to make a law in order to find out what was in it, who can blame them?) Blind greed drove them to adopt the standards even before any proof or piloting to prove their efficacy. One might wonder what the incentive was behind the plan. Here is the White House press release:

Adapts the Race to the Top Model of Com­petition to Transform Lifelong Learning. Widely viewed as leveraging more change than any other competitive education grant program in history, the Race to the Top (RTT) initiative spurred States across the Nation to bring togeth­er teachers, school leaders, and policymakers to achieve difficult yet fundamental improvements to our education system.

What is that undocumented, unprecedented, and indefinable change that the administration is so happy about? We still don’t know. What we do know, is that it’s going to cost a lot of money. Thanks to the author of my source for this article, we have specific numbers:

The CCS implementation cost in California will be $2,188 million ($2.188 billion), while the federal awards total $104 million.  When I subtract the awards from the CCS cost, I get $2,084 million ($2.1 billion).  In other words,California will need to find $2.1 billion to fund the CCS implementation.

For Illinois, the CCS cost is $799 million and the federal awards are $66 million.  This means Illinois will lose $733 million on CCS implementation.

Pennsylvania will experience a $647 million loss; Michigan will see a $569 million loss; and New Jersey will have a $564 million loss on CCS.

A lot of citizens, too, are now waking up to the prohibitive costs associated with implementing Common Core, and they are not happy. Concurrently, they are realizing this incredibly dubious installation is beginning without any consultation from the electorate.

In the majority of cases, the state education departments adopted the Common Core Standards without the knowledge and approval of the state legislatures.  Many state legislative bodies are now feeling the pressure of the citizens and are re-examining the states’ decisions.

Are we a voting public or aren’t we? Wouldn’t you like to have a say in how your tax dollars are spent? Because with implementation of this costly, untested new curriculum, they are proving to themselves and even to you that your opinion doesn’t count. Maybe the money aspect doesn’t worry you, but how much is your vote worth? With Common Core inflation, nothing, anymore.

For any proud American, that cost is truly too much.

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