Common Core Is The Topic At Joint House and Senate Interim Committee Meetings July 22 and 23

Members & Friends:

We are writing to inform you that joint meetings of the House and Senate Interim Committees on Education have been scheduled for Monday, July 22, 2013, at 10:00 a.m. and Tuesday, July 23, 2013, at 9:00 a.m. Both meetings will be held in Committee Room A of the MAC Building in Little Rock. The key topic of discussion will be Common Core. We urge everyone who is interested in Common Core in Arkansas to please attend one or both of these meetings. Considering the breadth of expertise that is slated to testify, the meetings should be quite informative. Additionally, the more bodies there are in the room, the more obvious it will be to the committee members that this is an important issue to the citizens of Arkansas.

July 22 tentative agenda
July 23 tentative agenda
Summary of Curriculum Frameworks
Summary of Common Core and PARCC

Agenda highlights pertaining specifically to the discussion of Common Core are listed below. Please keep in mind that these agendas are tentative and may change.

TENTATIVE AGENDAS

SENATE INTERIM COMMITTEE ON EDUCATION & HOUSE INTERIM COMMITTEE ON EDUCATION

Monday, July 22, 2013
10:00 A.M.
Committee Room A, MAC Building
Little Rock, Arkansas 72201

  • Discussion of Curriculum Frameworks and Educational Adequacy; Ms. Nell Smith, Administrator, Policy Analysis and Research Section, Bureau of Legislative Research
  • Overview of the Historical Development and Implementation of the Common Core State Standards, Initiative (Common Core) in Arkansas; Dr. Tom Kimbrell, Commissioner, Arkansas Department of Education
  • Discussion of Legal Issues Related to Adequacy and the Development and Implementation of Common Core in Arkansas; Mr. Scott Richardson, Senior Assistant Attorney General of the Attorney General
  • Testimony Concerning the Implementation of Common Core in Arkansas

1. Overview of Concerns Regarding Common Core; Ms. Joy Pullmann, Research Fellow and Managing Editor of School Reform News, The Heartland Institute, Chicago, IL (Via Call-in)
2. Overview of Policy Issues Related to Common Core; Dr. Neal McCIuskey, Associate Director, Center for Educational Freedom, CATO Institute, Washington, D.C. (Via Call-in)
3. Overview of Concerns Regarding the English Language Arts (ELA) Component of Common Core; Dr. Sandra Stotsky, Professor of Education Reform, Zlst Century Chair in Teacher Quality, Department of Education Reform, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville (Via Call-in)
4. Overview of Concerns Regarding the Mathematics Component of Common Core; Dr. James Milgram, Emeritus Professor of Mathematics, Stanford University, Stanford, California (Via call-in)
5. Policy Concerns Regarding Common Core; Ms. Grace Lewis, Parent, Mount Vernon, Arkansas
6. Parental Concerns Regarding Common Core; Ms. Jennifer Arnold, Parent, Rose Bud, Arkansas
7. Educator Concerns Regarding Common Core; Ms. Betty Yerger, Retired Educator, Heber Springs, Arkansas
8. Student Concerns Regarding Common Core; Mr. Patrick Richardson, Student, Quitman High School, Quitman, Arkansas

Tuesday, July 23, 2013
9:00 A.M.
Committee Room A, MAC Building
Little Rock, Arkansas 72201

4. Continuation of Testimony Concerning the Implementation of Common Core in Arkansas
1. Remarks by the Arkansas Department of Education; Dr. Megan Witonski, Assistant Commissioner for Learning Services, Arkansas Department of Education
2. Remarks by the Southern Regional Education Board; Mr. Dave Spence, President, Southern Regional Education Board, Atlanta, Georgia; Mr. Gene Bottoms, Senior Vice President, Southern Regional Education Board, Atlanta, Georgia
3. Remarks by the Arkansas Association of Educational Administrators; Dr. Richard Abernathy, Executive Director, Arkansas Association of Educational Administrators
4. Remarks by the Arkansas Education Association; Ms. Brenda Robinson, President, Arkansas Education Association; Mr. E. C. Walker, Interim Executive Director, Arkansas Education Association

-The Board of Conservative Arkansas

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