The recent Worcester elections saw some changes on the School Committee, notably the return [in January, when terms begin] of Donna Colorio, who has been a fierce opponent of Common Core and associated PARCC testing.
Colorio has organized forums, raised awareness and written articles to block implementation of what she and many others see as backward steps for public education.
On Nov. 17, Massachusetts voted against PARCC, and to proceed instead with a next-generation MCAS test. Colorio and others don’t quite trust that move, arguing that the new test will contain an unhealthy dose of PARCC. Last Wednesday, their coalition announced they have the signatures to put an anti-Common Core ballot question before voters in 2016. [See this NPR report.]
These activists are right not to trust government. Many states adopted Common Core and/or PARCC uncritically and hastily, only to have second thoughts. [This from Real Clear Education summarizes matters well.]
But was Election Day 2015 in Worcester a referendum on Common Core? Will Colorio’s successes spell major changes in Worcester Public Schools? And is the Common Core/PARCC debate critical to national educational development?
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