Missouri Coalition Against Common Core

Working to regain local control of education in Missouri.

MCACC Comments on Missouri Consolidated State Plan

The Federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), passed in December 2015, requires states to submit a Consolidated State Plan to the Secretary of the US Department of Education detailing how they intend to use federal Title monies. Federal law is very clear that such money is to be used to supplement education spending for the neediest students, not supplant all state funding. 

However, DESE's plan details what every single Local Education Agency (school district) will be required to do, regardless of whether they specifically receive Title money. It contains guidelines for assessment of all students and evaluation of all teachers, not just those in districts receiving federal funds.

ESSA requires these plans to  undergo public review, as well as review by the Governor.

DESE has posted the draft plan on their website here.

The state plans to submit its final document by the September 8th deadline.

Public comments on this draft are due by July 15th.

The Coalition submitted comments (below). We encourage parents to read DESE's complete plan (here) and submit their own comments. You may borrow anything from MCACC's comments that you feel is appropriate. 

Note that DESE has broken up the comments into individual sections. For your convenience we have broken up MCACC's comments into the DESE designated sections as follows:

Title I Part A

Title II Part A

Title VII Subpart B

HR899 Calls for an end of the U.S. Department of Education

Contact your US Representative and ask them to co-sponsor this bill, or get their commitment to vote for it when it comes up for a vote.

It couldn't be more simple. Congressman Thomas Massie's (R-KY) bill is a single line which reads "The U.S. Department of Education shall terminate December 31, 2018."

During the Secretary Devos confirmation hearings, Massie stated,  "Unelected bureaucrats in Washington, D.C. should not be in charge of our children’s intellectual and moral development. States and local communities are best positioned to shape curricula that meet the needs of their students. Schools should be accountable. Parents have the right to choose the most appropriate educational opportunity for their children, including home school, public school, or private school."

“For years, I have advocated returning education policy to where it belongs - the state and local level,” said Rep. Walter Jones, an original co-sponsor. “D.C. bureaucrats cannot begin to understand the needs of schools and its students on an individual basis. It is time that we get the feds out of the classroom, and terminate the Department of Education.

The Department of Education began operating in 1980. On September 24, 1981 in his Address to the Nation on the Program for Economic Recovery, President Ronald Reagan said, “As a third step, we propose to dismantle two Cabinet Departments, Energy and Education. Both Secretaries are wholly in accord with this. Some of the activities in both of these departments will, of course, be continued either independently or in other areas of government. There's only one way to shrink the size and cost of big government, and that is by eliminating agencies that are not needed and are getting in the way of a solution...  [E]ducation is the principal responsibility of local school systems, teachers, parents, citizen boards, and State governments. By eliminating the Department of Education less than 2 years after it was created, we cannot only reduce the budget but ensure that local needs and preferences, rather than the wishes of Washington, determine the education of our children.”

Original co-sponsors include Congressman Justin Amash (R-MI), Congressman Andy Biggs (R-AZ), Congressman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT), Congressman Matt Gaetz (R-FL), Congressman Jody Hice (R-GA), Congressman Walter Jones (R-NC), and Rep. Raúl R. Labrador (R-ID).


Contact your US Representative and ask them to co-sponsor this bill, or get their commitment to vote for it when it comes up for a vote.

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MCACC Bills This 2017 Session

HB830 (Spencer) - Parental Opt Out Policy Requirement
This bill requires all public school districts to have a posted policy on participation in statewide assessments. Such policies MUST recognize parents' right to opt their child out of such assessments. No penalty shall be levied against the child, teacher or school district for non-participation.

HB1142 (Dohrman)- School District Autonomy of Board of Education Member Training
This bill allows school districts to choose how they will obtain their regulatorily required school board member orientation and training, rather than be limited to a state board of education approved or statutorily described source. If districts CHOOSE to they may continue to be trained by MSBA, but they will no longer be required to use their training. Training may come from various sources which may be less expensive or more attuned to the specific issues of a particular district. e.g. Any decent lawyer should be able to cover Sunshine Law requirements with Board members. The districts own curriculum directors can cover curriculum issues. etc. The bill makes current regulation regarding what school board members must be trained in part of state statute.

HB1161  (Bahr) - Cleaning Up The Standards Development Process
This bill tightens up the language around the process for the state to develop/revise its own K-12 standards (e.g. defining exactly which standards are to be developed, requiring a plenary meeting at the beginning of the process and reimbursement requirement fir work group members) It also makes official the unofficial process that was used to keep the House Speaker and Senate Pro Tem updated on the work group progress. It also requires the Joint Committee on Education to evaluate the cost-benefit and validity of any new statewide assessment system prior to its adoption.

HB1216  (Curtman) - Creation of Standing Committee To Review All DESE Grant Applications
In addition to defining some additional scope and function of the Joint Committee on Education, this bill establishes a standing committee whose purpose is to review and evaluate all grant applications developed by DESE for alignment to the Missouri Constitution, for the fiscal sustainability of the programs they begin after the grant runs out, and provide periodic compliance reviews to monitor vendor performance. They will provide reports of their findings to the legislature to increase transparency of department functions and contract.

HB1217 (Curtman) - Repeal of DESE Slush Fund for Professional Development
In 1993 the
MO legislature created a $20 million virtual slush fund for the Commissioner of Education to give to "colleges, universities, private associations, professional education associations, statewide associations organized for the benefit of members of boards of education, public elementary and secondary schools, and other associations and organizations that provide professional development opportunities for teachers, administrators, family literacy personnel and boards of education." This statutory language will be repealed and these monies will go through the normal transparent appropriations process.
HJR29 (Dohrman) - Term Limits For State Board of Education Members

The current MO Constitution defines a term for State Board of Education members as 8 years and there is no limit to the number of terms one may serve. One member has been on the board for 24 years officially and remains on the board today, another 18 months later, without officially being reappointed. This bill would limit terms to 4 years and limit the number of terms that can be served to 2. As this is a constitutional issue, it will require a vote of the people to be changed so passage of HB675 (and HCR29) would mean a ballot issue some time this year.

HB1186 (Trent) - Additional Functions For the State Board of Education to Improve Transparency
This bill contains several additional functions for the SBE such as: live streaming and video archiving of SBE meetings, reports to the legislature on substantive grants obtained by DESE and DHE, and a table of changes in federal education laws and regulations as well as state and federal judicial rulings that affect the management of public schools, publication of the DESE budget on their website, and fines for dereliction of these duties.

It's all about the data.

The planned workforce is still the goal of the progressive government and now they are free to admit it. They are in the process of collecting data on every single American starting with our children in public schools.

Check out Dr. Byrne's latest Powerpoint on the data collection efforts of the Federal and State governments here. (If you want to see the embedded movies you will need to download the file from the page that pops up. When you see the message about scanning for virus, click Yes.)

Common Core is the GLUE that makes data collection possibl

Why data tracking of students is still important and what parents need to know about how much the system knows or wants to know about your child.

Please visit our Data page for details on who is collecting what, why and how.

Race To The Top 2.0

“This Act prohibits the Federal Government from funding the development, pilot testing, field testing, implementation, administration, or distribution of any federally sponsored national test in reading, mathematics, or any other subject, unless specifically and explicitly authorized by law… It is the sense of the Congress that States and local education agencies retain the rights and responsibilities of determining educational curriculum, programs of instruction, and assessments for elementary and secondary education.”     — ESSA SEC. 8549A and SEC. 8549B

From StopFedEd

Throughout the U.S. Department of Education’s Innovative Assessment Demonstration Authority proposed regulations we see a pattern extremely similar to that of the 2009 Race To The Top grant, which bribed States into applying for a grant that would require the implementation of one-size-fits-all standards to receive funding. The Department of Education is using these regulations to push a common, national assessment system.

Moreover, the Innovative Assessment Demonstration Authority proposed regulations incentivize States to join a consortium, something Congress and ESSA proponents said would not happen.

The following are specific areas in which the proposed regulations are egregious in their attempts to impose a common, Federal education system, stripping parents and SEAs of what little local control of education remains, and in many ways contradicts and undermines the law in which they are intended to provide guidance...

See the specific violations of the language and intent of ESSA at StopFedEd

The Patience, Privacy, Power, Politics, and Pensions Behind the Every Student Succeeds Act

Senator Lamar Alexander made passage of ESSA his top priority since the 2014 mid-terms. This was to be is legacy to the American people. Find out what really went on in DC to get this Act, which Secretary Duncan crowed contained every policy the Administration has been advocating for for years, passed. We were told it was going to return control of education to the states. However,  Alexander has  admitted that, "ESSA isn't worth the paper it's printed on unless it's implemented right, .... The federal government will take these powers right back." Read Dr. Byrne's whole paper here. [Updated]

New Report Sheds Light on Deficiencies of Common Core’s Math Standards

(Washington, D.C.) – The American Principles Project Foundation has just published a new report, “Common Does Not Equal Excellent.” Focusing on the K-8 Common Core State Standards for Mathematics (CCSS-M), authors Erin Tuttle and J.R. Wilson provide evidence that the CCSS-M’s dictation of an instructional approach blurs the line between standards and curriculum. The standards consequently undermine the professional judgment of teachers, whose task it is to know the varied learning needs and styles of their students. Tuttle and Wilson consequently refute the claim that the Common Core is benign, or “just a set of standards.”

Read more on our Standards Quality page

Project Veritas Videos Prove Us Right - For Ed Suppliers it IS All About the Money

Project Veritas has released a series of  powerful and troubling videos showing the callous attitudes and base fiscal focus of the education publishing companies when it comes to providing educational support materials for students. It was never a secret that they are in business to make money and changing standards feeds that business model, but the open contempt for the children and academic excellence is startling in this series of videos. 

Joy Pullman has a three part series over at The Federalist providing details of the decline in quality of American textbooks, the corruption that exists in a system designed to grant monopolies to certain companies by placing inordinate textbook selection power in the hands of a few corruptible people.

Please read Part I and Part II  for the full story.

Why should we be concerned about this decline? In Terrance Moore's book, The Story Killers he warns about the low quality research and bias in these books and what it will do to the mindset of future generations.

“Essentially, all of World War II has been reduced to dropping the bomb and consequently, we are led to believe, America’s inhumanity…Do we want the children just now entering school and in the years to come—who may have never met their great-grandparents—to be made ashamed of that Greatest Generation, of America, and of our resolution to remain free?”

The next time your school district is looking to update their curriculum and textbook selection, maybe you should have a special screening of these videos for your school board members.

“I hate kids. I’m in it to sell books. Don’t even kid yourself for a heartbeat.” - Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Account Manager

"And slapping a new name on it, which in my case, I hope they do…Let’s do it…I can sell a s&*t ton of training around whatever you’re calling it.” -  Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Account Exec. talking about rebranding Common Core.

"Republicans and conservatives do not like being told what to do by people they disagree with....They want to influence what is being taught and Common Core doesn't put up with that." - former Pearson Executive

Governor Nixon Signs HB1490

The Missouri Coalition Against Common Core is proud to announce that Governor Jay Nixon signed House Bill1490 into law on July 14, 2014. We appreciate the work of the Missouri Legislature and the Governor in this first step which enables Missourians to direct and develop education for Missouri students. We believe this is an important first step forward that applies the appropriate caution when implementing a new and untried standards system. This new law will provide a measure of  protection for our teachers, districts and students from consequences for student test scores on a standardized test whose validity and reliability as a tool for measuring their performance is not supported by data.

We look forward to working with the Governor and the Legislature in the next session to further education excellence for Missouri students.

HB1490 Work Group Information

You can find out what the work groups are up to on the DESE website.

There you can find Work Group member lists, meeting locations, dates and times, as well as dates and locations for the public hearings that the State Board of Education is required to hold.

You can also find links to videos from the initial meetings of the work groups on DESE's youtube page here.

Universal Preschool Tied To Common Core

Read more about the universal FAIL of preschool to produce lasting improvement of student performance. Studies now showing that making preschoolers sit in a class structured for older students is actually harmful to their psycho-social development. See our new Early Childhood Education Tab

Common Core Part of an Old Plan

Linda Murphy is an Oklahoma educator and former appointed Secretary of Education and Deputy Commissioner of Labor for Workforce Education and Training.  She wrote in the Okie Blaze about her experience in 1995 she was sent to the National Governors Association meeting in Chicago, by then Oklahoma Governor Keating, where the NGA staff and Marc Tucker met with Education Advisors from many states. 

At that meeting they discussed President Clinton's education plans which were being promoted by business leaders like Lou Gerstner former IBM CEO who later went on to become Chairman Emirtus of Achieve Inc. which wrote the Common Core Standards.

Now her state supports Common Core and the vision of a “human capital pipeline” through education and training nationwide that it enables.

"This is all too familiar to those of us who became informed in the 1990’s," she wrote. "Some leaders remain:  Gerstner, Cohen and long range master planner, Marc Tucker.  Since 1988 Tucker has been Executive Director of the National Center for Education and the Economy, NCEE, funded by the Carnegie Foundation.


Michael Cohen, Executive Director of ACHIEVE, was chosen by Clinton for leadership in the Department of Education.  Cohen was on staff with Clinton, while he was Governor and chairman of the National Governor’s Association."


At that time Murphy and the education advisors from Virginia and New Hampshire were very vocal about their opposition to this vision.


"I just said NO.  No, the state of Oklahoma will NOT be participating in this plan," she said.


In her 2013 article she wrote about where the plans are now.

  1. Common Core State Standards written by ACHIEVE’s national panel
  2. Curriculum aligned with standards
  3. Student Assessments/Testing aligned with standards and curriculum (assessments include student behavior, attitudes, values and beliefs)
  4. Teachers trained as facilitators of aligned curriculum loosing freedom to teach by direct instruction and design their own lesson plans
  5. Teachers evaluated by monitors who report to the State Longitudinal Data System -SLDS for “Quality and Accountability”
  6. School Districts’ grades reported to the SLDS and the public based on “over simplified” and unproven processes
  7. Student data collected and stored in State Longitudinal Data Systems -SLDS for use across government agencies or outside parties developing tests and curriculum;  P-20 Councils oversee student tracking from Preschool through Age 20;  Individual and group data from schools, government agencies and workforce organizations matched and used in planning; Grades, behavior, nicknames, extracurricular activity, address and religious identity designated as useful data

It is now 2015, two decades since this plan was launched. Back in the 90's there was no social media and no grassroots activism of any serious note. The creators did not envision any public back lash and they had the support of business giants like IBM. They actually expected the public to lap it up. The government was going to make our kids college and career ready. What's not to like? They certainly didn't anticipate any kind of coordinated public push back. Their blind spot was their inability to predict the public's rejection of any plan that was based on authoritarian central control. They didn't plan on the tiger moms, the constitutional resurgency and frankly the high level of awareness of so many parents about what goes on in school. Turns out there is plenty not to like.


You can read Murphy's full article here.

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Check out our new Books tab under Resources for some great books you can find to really understand the scope of what is happening to public education. Common Core is just one part of the machine.

Our very own video tab

We have added  a  Video tab to include lots of informative videos on common core and student data. Please check there for things like:
  • Governor Nixon telling the national governors association that he has been going around the legislature to change the teacher evaluation system.
  • Commissioner Nicastro admitting that common core is the floor of standards we want our children to master.
  • Professor James Milgram explaining why the CC standards won't make kids college ready.
  • Bill Gates telling the Natl Council of State Legislatures that the big benefit of common core is creating a uniform customer base for businesses.
  • Paul Schwartz warning about the dangers of student data collection.

Please check it out and share it with your friends!

Had enough of public school yet?

Check out our Homeschooling page for information about your rights to homeschool and links to Missouri resources for parents just like you.
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MCACC Brochure

We've updated our brochure! Please print out the new one and share. Find it here, or go to our resources page to find it along with other supporting documents. Print it out back to back. Stack the pages and fold in half.

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States that have rejected 

Common Core 2015

For more details on other pending legislation to drop Common Core standards click Here.

Why We Need To Stop Common Core - Video

The American Principles Project and Concerned Women of America have produced a fabulous video series that describes what Common Core Standards are, how we got them and what we can do to get them out of our state. 

Please watch all five segments and share this link with as many people as you can.

If you really want to educate yourself about Common Core go to our Resource page and read the Pioneer Institute Report "Controlling Education From The Top"

National Groups Opposing Common Core

American Association of Christian Schools

American Family Association

Americans For Prosperity

American Principles Project

Cato Institute

Concerned Women Of America

Conservative Teachers of America

Eagle Forum

Education Action Group Foundation

Freedom Works

Locke & Smith

Heartland Institute

Heritage Foundation

Home School Legal Defense Association John Locke Foundation

former Attorney General Ed Meese

National Federation of Republican Women

Pacific Research Institute

Public Interest Institute

Public Policy Institute

Sutherland Institute

Washington Policy Center

We The People

9-12 Groups


Facebook Pages Opposing Common Core

Sign the Petition Against Common Core
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What You Can Do To Help Stop Common Core

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  3. Share the MCACC website with as many people as you can. Encourage them to watch the videos on the Home page. 
  4. Educate yourself by reading the documents on the resources and documents pages and then educate others.
    5. Get your local school board to sign the Resolution Against Common Core.