Common Core in Texas Schools. #Txlege #Txed

First, let’s go to Waco with Ginger Russell’s article:


WACO ISD made the following youtube video promoting the online ICIVIC program that aligns with Common Core. Waco ISD Superintendent Dr. Bonnie Cain is featured in the video along with Dr. Brooke Blevins of Baylor University. One statement in the video that quickly grabbed my attention was that of  Waco ISD’s Social Studies Content Specialist Karen McDonalds  in stating that ICIVICS  ”is the great equalizer they are all learning equally”.

Public schools and the powers at be are not wanting students to excel any longer they want them all on the same playing field.

Check out the rest of Ginger’s informational article here:

That brings us to today.  This was handed out in Spring Hill Elementary, First Grade Math.

common Core spring hill pic

Notice “Common Core” at the bottom?  That is a problem considering Texas passed a bill (HB 462) that bans Common Core from our Texas schools.


Texas Governor Rick Perry signed HB 462 on Friday effectively banning the Common Core State Standards from the state.  You may remember this passed the Texas House overwhelmingly on a 140-2 vote.  It passed the Texas Senate on May 21.  An amended version was approved by the Texas House on May 23.  It was sent to Governor Perry on May 27th.

Here is the text of the bill:


relating to state control of teacher appraisal criteria, curriculum standards, and assessment instruments.


SECTION 1.  Section 28.002, Education Code, is amended by adding Subsections (b-1), (b-2), (b-3), and (b-4) to read as follows:

(b-1)  In this section, “common core state standards” means the national curriculum standards developed by the Common Core State Standards Initiative.

(b-2)  The State Board of Education may not adopt common core state standards to comply with a duty imposed under this chapter.

(b-3)  A school district may not use common core state standards to comply with the requirement to provide instruction in the essential knowledge and skills at appropriate grade levels under Subsection (c).

(b-4)  Notwithstanding any other provision of this code, a school district or open-enrollment charter school may not be required to offer any aspect of a common core state standards curriculum.

SECTION 2.  Section 39.023, Education Code, is amended by adding Subsection (a-3) to read as follows:

(a-3)  The agency may not adopt or develop a criterion-referenced assessment instrument under this section based on common core state standards as defined by Section 28.002(b-1). This subsection does not prohibit the use of college advanced placement tests or international baccalaureate examinations as those terms are defined by Section 28.051.

SECTION 3.  This Act takes effect immediately if it receives a vote of two-thirds of all the members elected to each house, as provided by Section 39, Article III, Texas Constitution. If this Act does not receive the vote necessary for immediate effect, this Act takes effect September 1, 2013.

Teachers HATE Common Core and Cscope.  More and more teachers are expressing frustration with their superintendents and school boards placing demands on them to perform all the while utilizing… or to  quote a 25+ year Pineywoods teacher “borrowing from Common Core in secret.” 

Could it be nothing more than just incompetent superintendents?


2 thoughts on “Common Core in Texas Schools. #Txlege #Txed

  1. I have been wondering why my daughters homework consists of two problems a day regarding math. It is so basic. She knows all this and now I know why. It is very similar to the example above. This is ridiculous! Her homework doesn’t have Common Core at the bottom but it does have Pearson Education. I did some checking and not surprisingly, they work with Common Core. I am so angry and frustrated! If Governor Perry signed HB 462, why are they still in our schools?? Someone please advise me on what to do next. I don’t know where to start and I am getting angrier by the day.
    Thank you

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