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ST. PAUL – This week the K-12 Education Policy and Oversight Committee held a hearing on the Common Core Standards Initiative.
“At this week’s hearing we learned that the proposed national common core standards in math are flawed," said State Representative Carlos Mariani, Chair of the K-12 Education Policy and Oversight Committee. “The fact this message came from Minnesota experts who led the effort that created the current high quality Minnesota math standards raises a red flag on proceeding with adoption, especially since we are required to adopt them verbatim.”
Public testimony was heard from; Dr. Larry Gray, Professor of Mathematics, University of Minnesota; Ellen Delaney, Assistant Principal, Spring Lake Park High School; and Grace Keliher, Minnesota School Boards Association. The testifiers shared their reservations that the problems won’t be corrected before the final standards are scheduled to be released at the end of May 2010. The Minnesota Legislature adjourns on May 17th, 2010.
“Minnesota is being asked to adopt these standards as a requirement for receiving federal funds,” said State Representative Carlos Mariani. “The Governor says he wants us to get those funds. Is the Governor also saying that we should adopt flawed math standards? Doesn’t this suggest that the Legislature ought to be involved in determining their adoption? Lawmakers in St Paul are playing a good role in airing these issues in public hearings that allow Minnesotans to see the danger in adopting lesser standards as opposed to the Governor who is not engaging in a public vetting of this decision. The Minnesota Legislature is committed to upholding high education standards.”
The second round of the national Race to the Top grants requires states to enact the Common Core Standards Initiative by August 2, 2010 in order to be eligible for federal funds.