Owasso, Broken Arrow parents displeased with Common Core curriculum

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Reported by: Sharon Phillips
Updated: 11/20/2013 9:20 am Published: 11/19/2013 9:26 pm

Broken Arrow and Owasso city councils are considering a resolution to support Tulsa regional Chamber of Commerce’s 2014 One Voice agenda.

The agenda pushes for more taxes to fund things like the museum construction, building a south Tulsa bridge and funding Common Core.
Many parents have a problem with this and they made their voices heard this evening.

FOX23 News spoke with many parents, and they all said the same thing Common Core is not for their children or for the city of Owasso.

"We’re here at city council because I found out last week through a public notice that there is something called One Voice agenda and part of that is funding the implementation of Common Core,” Owasso mom Kristal Picolet said.

Picolet used to live in Colorado with her family and her children went through the Common Core program in their schools.

"My kids have been the experiment, and I refuse to allow my kids to go back down that road again," Picolet said.

Picolet told FOX23 that the reason she's against it is because she feels like it's a one-size-fits-all agenda.

"I don't want my kids to feel like they are failures, when they are expected to do things that they are not capable of physically or mentally," Picolet said. "Like right now, my second grader is already pre-testing for the third-grade test next spring, so that's a problem."

Owasso dad Russ Dugger also has a strong opinion about Common Core.

"Common Core has been proven time and time again by more and more states that it does nothing but put our children behind," Dugger said.

Tuesday night, both Dugger and Picolet joined a number of other parents to voice their displeasure with the One Voice agenda and its backing of Common Core.

“It’s just not the whole truth, I should say, and there's probably a place for it somewhere, but not in Owasso,” Picolet said.

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RealDeal - 11/20/2013 2:09 PM
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The council did not support Common Core, they endorsed an agenda that had a broad scale of topics, most of which centered around economic development and municipal funding issues. The education item on the agenda resulted from a democratic process involving over 450 people, many of which are educators, who voted on what the slate should look like. The Council voted for an agenda as a whole, one of the items was titled "Preserve and Increase Education Funding". I am attaching a link to the City website so that you can be fully informed as to what your council is advocating for. I would also encourage you to listen to the audio from last week's Council worksession and when it's available, listen to the audio from last night's meeting. Councilor Ross, as Owasso's rep on the INCOG Board of Directors, took part in a unanimous vote last Tuesday morning endorsing the same agenda. He said nothing at last week's City Council meeting regarding the issue as well. What you should note is that the Council also voted to support local military personnel, increased roads and bridges funding for cities & towns, protection of thousands of jobs associated with the Port of Catoosa, many of those people live in Owasso. They also supported the widening of U.S. Highway 169, protecting Owasso's local businesses and many many more topics critical to ensuring that Owasso and it's future, our children, have a community. While I appreciate and even agree with many of the opponents to common core I cannot see how anyone could take out of that meeting that the council supports common core. A law that was voted on in 2009 and took effect in 2010. The legislative body of the City of Owasso has ZERO influence or legal capability to effect OPS or how they spend dollars. The intent of the agenda item regarding education is to demand the necessary funding for an unfunded and unwanted mandate in common core. The comittee who advanced the issue is made up of educators from across the region and the OneV

USEagle - 11/20/2013 1:30 PM
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If you want you children to learn NOTHING, then support common core!
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