I follow closely posts by Mike Fanning, head of Old English Consortium which monitors and provides information to member school districts in the upstate on legislation and other issues concerning public education. I received this message this morning and wanted to share it quickly. It concerns the approval of Math and ELA Standards to replace the Common Core initiative the Legislature rejected last year. Approving these standards is crucial to allowing school districts to move beyond the uncertainty and controversy of the past year and provide what our teachers and students need – rigorous and competitive standards to guide teaching and learning. I hope you will join me in sending thanks and encouragement to Senator Hayes.
Sent: Wed 3/4/2015 10:13 AM
To: Olde English Consortium
From: Mike Fanning
Re:OEC: “Standards” Update (email Sen. Hayes this morning)
Thanks to YOU… and your emails to State Board members, last month, the State Board of Education approved the final, revised Math & ELA standards for first reading! Congrats! Next steps? Goes to the Education Oversight Committee (EOC) and then back to the State Board of Ed for 2nd (final) reading. On Monday, the Standards Subcommittee of the EOC voted to approve these same standards… sending it to the full EOC to vote next week.
Our own Senator Wes Hayes (one of the most influential members of the EOC) lead the vote approving the standards in EOC subcommittee.
But… Yesterday, Senator Hayes had picketers in front of his office… and he’s been getting threats (“we’re gonna get someone to run against you!”) from opposition activists.
Please take just two seconds and email Senator Wes Hayes today (firstname.lastname@example.org ) and (1) thank him for his vote on Monday… and (2) encourage him to stay-the-course… approving the standards (again) in FULL – EOC meeting next Monday (March 9th, 1pm).
Senator Hayes Legislative Office phone number is (803) 212-6240
Michael W. Fanning, Ph.D.