Parents aim to ‘Stop Common Core in Oregon’

Common Core testing set to begin in March

Portland parent Libby Crawford is an active opponent of the Common Core testing, Feb. 20, 2015 (KOIN 6 News)
Portland parent Libby Crawford is an active opponent of the Common Core testing, Feb. 20, 2015 (KOIN 6 News)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN 6) — Libby Crawford has a 4th-grade son and she tries to help him with his homework.

“The frustration, the tears, the arguing I have with my son over my way of doing math and the new way of doing math has been very frustrating,” Crawford told KOIN 6 News.

She is part of a Facebook group called “Stop Common Core in Oregon.”

“There’s over 2000 members that are active with legislation and what’s happening and writing testimony,” she said.

In this photo taken Saturday, June 7, 2014, Joshua King, 9, waits for his computer to boot at home in Lawrence, Kan. Megan King, Joshua's mother, pulled her children out of public school because of Common Core standards and now home schools. She heads a group Kansans Against Common Core. (AP Photo/Amelia C. Warden)
In this photo taken Saturday, June 7, 2014, Joshua King, 9, waits for his computer to boot at home in Lawrence, Kan. Megan King, Joshua’s mother, pulled her children out of public school because of Common Core standards and now home schools. She heads a group Kansans Against Common Core. (AP Photo/Amelia C. Warden)

Supporters say the goal is to bring kids up to a nationwide standard and prepare them for college and careers. Parents and teachers opposed to Common Core said the federal program sets kids up to fail.

Two Oregon House bills dealing with Common Core curriculum and assessments hit the floor. One looks at what school districts are required to do, the other considers parental rights.

House Bill 2714 “provides that parents have the right to excuse student from statewide assessment and that school districts must provide notice of that right to parents.”

Parents have two reasons they can use to opt out their children: religion and disability.

The other bill, House Bill 2835, “prohibits Department of Education from requiring school districts to align instruction or assessments with Common Core state standards.”

The bill also provides school districts would not be penalized for doing so.

Common Core testing in Oregon is scheduled to start next month.

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