EDUCATION REFORM IS THE CIVIL RIGHTS ISSUE OF OUR GENERATION
"I absolutely believe that education reform is the Civil Rights issue of our generation. This is why we cannot compromise in regards to Common Core. Would Rosa Parks have compromised? No...she didn't say "ok...I'll give up my seat on the bus on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, if we can compromise on Tuesdays and Thursdays."
When something's not right, it's not right, even if everyone in positions of power tell you it is. We must stop Common Core because we have to protect our future. But it takes all of us, working in a massive strategic effort, if we want to stop this.
During the Civil Rights movement, a teacher named JoAnn Robinson is a name most don't recognize. But her role is legendary. It was JoAnn who made the hand-made copies to distribute to citizens, advertising the very historic Montgomery bus boycott. Without JoAnn's door-to-door conversations with everyday citizens, the movement would've never gained momentum to help the nation and the world see what was going on in Alabama.
You are all JoAnn Robinsons. It's the door-to-door conversations that will help us rise up to stop Common Core. It will be parents who will lead this movement. There has never been a more important time for parents and teachers to join together to stop Common Core and corporate education reform. This is not a party issue, it's about our kids. All of our kids.
In Alabama, Common Core is paired with Plan 2020, which includes race-based standards. I don't know how I can look students in the eye and explain race-based standards. There have been many corporate education reformers try to validate these new accountability standards in Alabama. Let me be very clear...Race-Based Standards are Race-Based Standards are Race-Based Standards. We absolutely cannot support this. Corporate education reformers do not know what is best for OUR kids. And they are ALL our kids.
We are in the middle of a new Civil Rights movement, and we must join together to
Stop Common Core
once and for all."