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Interesting exchange about Common Core costs in other states: it sure doesn’t cost much!

After his bill was ravaged in its hearing before the House Education Committee, Rep. Glenn Cordelli sent this email to his committee colleagues, together with these attachments, to make the case that other states had found the Common Core expensive to implement.  Rep. Myler responded that, based on the information Rep. Cordelli had sent, the opposite was the case – these states had determined that the new standards had not cost much at all!  And our experience in New Hampshire confirms that.

From Rep. Cordelli:

From: “Cordelli, Glenn” <Glenn.Cordelli@leg.state.nh.us>
To: “~House Education Committee” <HouseEducationCommittee@leg.state.nh.us>
Subject: HB 1239 follow-up

Good afternoon.
I just wanted to follow-up on some of the discussion yesterday related to HB 1239 about other states doing analysis of implementation costs.
I have attached Common Core fiscal analysis from Indiana, Arizona, Wisconsin, and Washington St (see tables 8&9).
In addition, below are links to additional information:

Tennessee:
http://www.tncore.org/faqs.aspx

California:
http://www.cde.ca.gov/fg/aa/ca/commoncore.asp

Virginia:
http://www.doe.virginia.gov/news/news_releases/2010/jun24.pdf

Thanks for your consideration.
Glenn

From Rep. Myler:

Fellow Education Committee member Rep. Mel Myler responded with the email below, including this attachment.

Rep. Cordelli,

Thank you for these links in your recent email.  However, I have found that these reports are much too voluminous and prohibitive for a detailed study.  Time just does not permit my total review of the data.  Must leave this to the professionals who are paid for critical analysis.  However, in scanning the material I did find some interesting information.  [See attached “Common Core – Fiscal Issues: Indiana, Wisconsin, and Washington, Tennessee“]

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Demands for accountability in Wisconsin’s 22 year old voucher program

In School vouchers: Time to demand common-sense reforms – JSOnline, Barbara Milner demands open meetings and real accountability for voucher schools.  She says,

Accountability and achievement are two of the biggest buzzwords in education today.

So why are Milwaukee’s voucher schools allowed to sidestep mandates that other publicly funded schools must follow?

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All public schools must follow the state’s open meetings and records requirements. Why should the private voucher schools be exempt? This is especially worrisome because a number of voucher schools are phoney private schools; all their students receive a publicly funded voucher and there is not a single student privately paying tuition.

If the voucher schools want to truly be accountable, they should release their data to the public — whether racial demographics, suspension rates, admission policies, staff pay, or the names and contact information of their boards of directors. Likewise, their meetings should be open to the public.

New Hampshire’s voucher plan, which provides for no accountability from the schools hoping to receive millions in state funding, is facing a court challenge and calls for repeal, supported by Governor-Elect Hassan.