The new National Security Agency data-mining center in Utah came online May 30, just in time to start collecting the 600 student data points called for under Common Core standards. If the recent Internal Revenue Service, Associated Press and Benghazi scandals didn't concern you, then federal Common Core data collection should.
Lawmakers in Kansas, Missouri, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Georgia, Indiana, Alabama, South Carolina and Utah are pushing back against the new uniform standards for reading, writing and math. Many states adopted the standards before they were written, and without any legislative authorization, in 2010. Virginia, Texas, Alaska, Minnesota and Nebraska rejected Common Core standards outright. Many other states, fighting reality, are still under the marketing spell of the federal government and private companies pushing the standards.
States are beginning to understand that federal money given for accepting Common Core is only for one or two years, then states must fund future years. Given that it is very expensive and untested, states also are realizing the inherent risk to their educational budgets. Most states now understand that their acceptance means they must accept the standard curriculum without reservation. If the curriculum doesn't work for all students, parents will have no one to call.
Parents, please tell your local school board representative to stop Common Core.