Dear Bill and Melinda,
Commish King has a big PR problem in New York where your Common Core tests didn’t go down so well.
Clearly this video below shows that middle class white, black, and brown families in New York aren’t swallowing your propaganda. They know their children aren’t failures. Commish King recently “got schooled” by these parents at a PTA Town Hall. They are smart, articulate parents who aren’t taking well to corporate reform’s oppression. These New York parents are very confident they have bright articulate students who are not failures. They know the problem is your Common Core. They know the problem is high stakes testing. They know the problem is corporate reform. They are resisting.
The hoax you created is beginning to crack because it was built on a foundation of propaganda. The parents of New York are widening those cracks. Commish King, as it turns out, is helping widen those cracks by giving you a PR problem.
Here King, a coward who is working on behalf of “special interests” of Senator John Flanagan, cancelled all further PTA Town Halls. Read King’s statement here.
This story isn’t over yet, as Commish King came out with another very salacious statement, blaming these parents for being part of “special interests”.
“I was looking forward to engaging in a dialogue with parents across the state. I was eagerly anticipating answering questions from parents about the Common Core and other reforms we’re moving ahead with in New York State. Unfortunately, the forums sponsored by the New York State PTA have been co-opted by special interests whose stated goal is to “dominate” the questions and manipulate the forum.
“The disruptions caused by the special interests have deprived parents of the opportunity to listen, ask questions and offer comments. Essentially, dialogue has been denied.”
“In light of the clear intention of these special interest groups to continue to manipulate the forum, the PTA-sponsored events scheduled have been suspended. My office will continue to work with PTA to find the appropriate opportunities to engage in a real, productive dialogue with parents about our students and their education.”
“Parents don’t deserve to be dominated and manipulated.”
Let’s look at the definition of “special interest”:
a body of persons, corporation, or industry that seeks or receives benefits or privileged treatment,especially through legislation.
Bill, we have a problem here. There are “special interests” involved on behalf of the PTA. But the special interests aren’t PARENTS. The parents haven’t paid for Common Core. They haven’t “bought” the PTA. Susan Ohanian points out the REAL “special interests” involved here:
“Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation awarded grants
National Congress of Parents & Teachers (PTA)
Date: May 2013
Purpose: to educate parents and communities on the Common Core Standards and empower leaders to create the changes needed in their school systems
Date: November 2009
Purpose: to support implementation of a strategic plan for national PTAs to promote college-readiness, and higher student performance outcomes
Hillsborough County PTA
Date: November 2011
Purpose: to continue and enhance its parent advocacy training modules for Common Core State Standards (CCSS) that were originally created during its Gates-funded National PTA sub-grant in 2010
Washington State PTA
Date: March 2011
Purpose: to assist with technology communications infrastructure to push for key policies in Washington
It’s gratifying to see that money doesn’t buy parent silence when faced with their own children’s school experiences.”
~ Susan Ohanian
Another major way your “special interests” are involved is through your obscene funding of Common Core throughout its inception as pointed out clearly by Mercedes Schneider. Mercedes tells the truth about your special interests in one simple statement:
“CCSS is not “state led.” It is “Gates led.”How foolish it is to believe that the man with the checkbook is not calling the CCSS shots.”
Over 30,000 Badass Teachers have formed a group of conservative, moderate, and progressive teachers who are against Common Core and for whole child humane education. Parents across the country are waking up. Students are forming resistance groups to fight corporate reforms.
This 15-year-old has the Common Core “special interest” story figured out. There is something you hadn’t counted on in your big Common Core plan. Conservative and progressive teachers, parents, and students have something in common, Bill and Melinda. They are working together to fight Common Core. What do they have in common? They care about their children, democracy, and public institutions more than they care about “special interests”. Prepare to “get schooled” by a now 15-year-old, Bill and Melinda…
The public is awake, Mr. and Mrs. Gates. The spell of your hoax has been broken. Your toady, Commish King, needs to go. So do you. So does Common Core. So do all your other reforms. Take your “special interests” far away from our public schools.
If the public wants to know more, follow the real “special interests” — follow the money. Who paid for the Common Core? You did, Mr. and Mrs. Gates.
Will other parents resist Common Core when the high stakes tests fail their children too?
Susan and Katie, Teachers’ Letters to Bill Gates
On Twitter: new definition for “special interests” = “We the people.” via @smhstephens