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Letter: Common core forum necessary

Dorothy Scanlan's letter about education and the upcoming Common Core forum may play well with establishment types, but informed citizens know she is wrong on every assertion.

First, her assumption that constitutionally minded citizens oppose Common Core but supported No Child Left Behind is misguided. Informed patriots, including commissioners Richard Rothschild and Robin Frazier, oppose all federal interference in local education. In fact, Rothschild has repeatedly stated he believes the U.S. Department of Education should be dismantled and control returned to the states as intended within our constitutions.

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There is simply no authority for the Department of Education within the powers of Congress at Article 1, Section 8. All powers not delegated to the federal government are reserved to the states and the people (10th Amendment).

Second, Scanlan's outrage over the Common Core forum assembled by Rothschild, Frazier, and commissioner David Roush is biased. To date, all of the information disseminated to the public about common core has mostly come from state scripted speaking points designed to market common core. These three commissioners rightly understand that Common Core standards give the federal government unprecedented ability to centrally manipulate assessments that will drive curriculum within our classrooms.

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For example, consider the climate change debate. Common Core standards simply presume climate change is anthropogenic at a time when I believe disagreement among scientists is at an all time high on this issue.

Is there a connection between climate change and U.N. Agenda 21 with its sinister treatment of global taxation and its threat to private property rights?

Third, the team of experts being brought in by the commissioners mostly hold doctorate degrees and are experienced professional educators. All of them are participating because of concern for the future of education in America, and none are being paid speaking fees. Rothschild informed me the total miscellaneous costs will be approximately $500. The fact he can organize this for so little money provides proof he is the right person to trust with our tax dollars.

Fourth, Scanlan claims the education budget has been dismantled. That is simply false. Spending per student has increased every year for the past three years in Carroll County, and the average salary of our teachers places us mid-pack for all counties in Maryland.

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Finally, I find Rothschild demonstrates a keen ability to apply a multidimensional level of financial, scientific, constitutional and principled analysis that is unmatched by any other elected official that I know.

George Otto III

Westminster

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