From Rick Grambo, Vice President Harford County Board of Education:
I will offer the following resolution at Monday’s Board of Education Business meeting. It is my sincere hope that the County Executive, members of the County Council, and members of the state delegation will openly express their support for this important motion prior to the meeting on Monday. It’s time to put our children first and stand up for local control of our education system.
Vice President Harford County Board of Education
The 2013 HCPS Legislative Platform advocates an overarching theme of Local Board Authority and further avows to “oppose any legislation which reduces the authority to local boards of education and/or superintendents…”
HCPS is recognized by local elected officials as one of the top school systems in the country, and many officials have stated publicly that they are opposed to Common Core and its associated testing requirements.
HCPS local standards and improvements will light the path, will prove superior for its students, and will allow the local community of parents, educators, and elected officials to keep local control of education a collaborative effort.
Both the Common Core standards and the PARCC tests will create new tax burdens to pay for enormous unfunded mandates on our state and our local school districts.
The Race to the Top grant conditions requires the collection and sharing of massive amounts of student-level data through the PARCC agreement which violates individual student privacy.
We HEREBY offer the following motion:
**The Harford County Board of Education withdraws HCPS from the Common Core State Standards Initiative and;
** Withdraws HCPS from the PARCC consortium and its planned assessments for HCPS’s students, and any other testing aligned with the Common Core standards;
**AND HEREBY rejects any and all funds paid up-front by the state of Maryland or Federal Government for the implementation of said Common Core State Standards Initiative.