Trussville City Schools wants to be proactive regarding Common Core
By Gary Lloyd
Trussville City Schools Superintendent Pattie Neill said Monday the system is trying to be proactive relative to Common Core Standards.
Neill said no one has “pulled the wool” over her eyes.
Neill said she hasn’t found anything “harmful” about Common Core Standards.
The school system has heard concerns from parents about Common Core and that those need to be addressed, Neill said.
Neill said at the Trussville City Board of Education workshop Monday that someone suggested she and Alabama State Department of Education Superintendent Tommy Bice had the wool pulled over their eyes. Neill said that wasn’t true.
Parent Advisory Council and Trussville City Schools Foundation member Patrick Campbell was at Monday’s meeting and said discussions about Common Core have mostly been about its “myths.”
Board members mentioned that former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, who ran for the Republican presidential nomination in 2008, recently urged states to embrace Common Core.
Parents with concerns about textbooks or books on reading lists are encouraged to email the principal of their child’s school.
Alabama adopted Common Core Standards in 2010. The standards are a set of internationally benchmarked standards established to help states better align their various individual standards. The Common Core’s mission statement states that they “provide a consistent, clear understanding of what students are expected to learn, so teachers and parents know what they need to do to help them. The standards are designed to be robust and relevant to the real world, reflecting the knowledge and skills that our young people need for success in college and careers. With American students fully prepared for the future, our communities will be best positioned to compete successfully in the global economy.”
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