Full implementation of CCSSI in Alabama is slated to take place in December 2011, so we have a VERY SHORT window of opportunity to stop it. It appears that the only two chances to rescind the vote of adoption can take place at either the October 13 or the November 10, state school board meetings.
Board members, Stephanie Bell and Betty Peters have committed to rescind the vote to adopt CCSSI. That means we only need 3 more members, plus the Governor to rescind the vote and we will be successful in keeping control of education in Alabama! We need you to email every state school board member and Governor Bentley and urge them to rescind their Nov 2010 vote of adoption of CCSSI math and language arts. You don’t have to be an “expert”! Feel free to use reasons in the list in the section "REASONS WHY CCSSI IS NOT GOOD FOR ALABAMA". Pick one or more reasons that are important to you. Make your email short and to the point about why you think CCSSI is bad for Alabama. You are a tax payer, and you have a right to have your voice heard. Our voices will be the only thing stopping this Federal takeover-! Let them hear you NOW!
Hint: You will notice that the first reason stated in the sample email below was directly cut and pasted from the section “Reasons why CCSSI is Bad for Alabama”-reason #6. The second reason in the email below was just a personal "spin" on reason #5.
Dear (Insert board member’s name.),
Please vote to rescind the vote to adopt CCSSI in Alabama. There are many reasons why I feel CCSSI is not in Alabama’s best interest. For one thing, the cost to implement CCSSI is uncertain. This is problematic since our state legislators must appropriate the money for implementation and for making all the changes that are necessary such as changing textbooks, tests, professional development, teacher training, etc. Alabama and other states could falter, given their severe fiscal conditions, when the state legislatures face trying to come up with the money for implementation.
Another reason, even more importantly than money, is that by implementing CCSSI, you are allowing the ever-growing federal government to dictate what students in Alabama are taught. This is not limited government as our Founding Fathers envisioned; it is more like the European-socialistic style of education. Alabamians must remain in control of the education of their children.
Thank you for your consideration.