Back when members of both parties were [at least] constitutionally literate, Justice Joseph Story wrote: “What may not be done directly may not be done indirectly.” In other words, if it is illegal to steal your neighbor’s car, then it is illegal to hire someone to steal your neighbor’s car.
Every point around and through Common Core, from its adoption to its implementation is replete with violations of this principle, and there is no greater evidence of this than the stealth, insidious nature in which it was flown under everyone’s radar.
The US Constitution puts education solely in the hands of the states via the 10th Amendment, and the Ohio Constitution gives the state legislature authority to direct the State School Board via the Ohio Revised Code, but the feds along with Bill Gates, Jeb Bush & other crony capitalists, spent hundreds of millions of dollars to indirectly usurp those Constitutional realities. The state board may develop standards, curriculum & assessments with LOCAL input from districts, teachers & parents, not abdicate that responsibility to unelected, unaccountable national entities representing yet another unholy alliance between big business and big government at the expense of our children.
Moreover, according to the OMB, Ohio taxpayers paid well over $7 billion in K-12 education last year, yet with a mere swipe of their pens, Ted Strickland & Deb Delisle shut us out of the process (which is why Common Core is often referred to as “Education without representation”).
Also preposterous is the fact that Bill Gates gave the NGA & CCSSO, two DC-based trade unions with absolutely no legislative authority to speak on our behalf, millions of dollars to falsely assume that authority, hook up with the federal Department of Education and coerce (lure) states into adopting standards and testing assessments before they were even written, breaking at least three federal laws (that’s some “standard”).
So in some sort of twisted “swing-state” karma, we were forced to adopt Common Core so that we could find out what’s in it.
Additionally, the Ohio Revised Code does NOT allow the State School Board to directly or indirectly mandate curriculum & assessments for private and home schools, yet by illegally adopting a national, one-size-fits-all “standard,” that is exactly what they did as everyone will ultimately be forced to comply with Common Core’s substandard standards.
Another key legal [privacy] issue surrounds the creepy “Student Longitudinal Data System” (SLDS) that needed to be in place in order to receive more Race to the Top reward money (the more Common Core “criteria” that states had in place when submitting the RTTT application, the more money they were eligible to receive).
A [former] State Senator made this data collection a reality by sneaking language – not for Common Core, rather just for the SLDS – into an otherwise innocuous bill after jumping through all of the popular hoops to bypass committee debate, and the general assembly passed it by “emergency measure” without analysis right before the RTTT application was signed. Moreover, due to holes punched into the FERPA 2012 & Pupil Privacy Act, the information may now be personally identifiable as well as shared with the federal departments of Education, Labor & HHS. We will call out that creepy REPUBLICAN state senator later, but for now, know that the Student Longitudinal Data System – not Common Core – was legislatively enabled thereby giving the feds permission to start tracking our children. Not just their academics, but their eye color, religious affiliation, wait time for the bus etc. Do you see how they went thru the back door? More importantly, do you see where this ultimately leads?
Common Core violates both federal and state laws, and should be thrown out on that premise alone. Ergo, any subsequent legislative actions enabling its implementation are invalid.
Michelle Malkin: Feds’ Invasive Date Collection
SCC: Student Privacy Issues
School Data Collection Facts/Summary
Data Mining Common Core Videos