A forum presenting concerns with the Common Core State Standards being taught in California schools will be held Nov. 5 at Modesto Centre Plaza.
The event is free, a part of the “Unveiling Common Core” tour hitting 13 venues in November. It will give information on problems seen with the standards, their development and with state testing.
“We are excited about the interest and support we have amongst California families,” Pat Bicknell, head of Unveiling Common Core in Stanislaus County and one of the event coordinators, said in an email.
A panel discussion will include Sandra Stotsky and R. James Milgram, who were on the Common Core Validation Committee and refused to sign off on the standards. Stotsky was involved in creating the English language arts standards formerly used in Massachusetts. Milgram is a Stanford University professor emeritus of mathematics.
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Kevin Snider, chief counsel for the Pacific Justice Institute, also will be a panelist. He will give information on allowing children to opt out of state and school district testing.
“This panel discussion is very important to give parents and educators better tools and information to understand how Common Core will effect education in California,” said Peggy Nickle, head of the Unveiling Common Core group in Sonoma and another event organizer.