“There are many [parents] like me out there, and we are being drowned out by those that are more aggressively speaking out against Common Core,” Lopez wrote in an email. “Yes, politics are definitely involved, but I have chosen to focus on how it will affect children.”
There has been high drama in other states.
Parents assembled in the Poughkeepsie, N.Y., high school last week shouted at state Education Commissioner John King, and directed the discussion at his family.
“My kids are being required to fist pump ‘yes, yes, yes, yes’ like a little Nazi, while your children are enjoying and prospering in the freedom of a private Montessori school,” one woman yelled at the commissioner while pumping her fist into the air.
King quickly said his children were off limits, but added that the school he selected “embraces” the Common Core.
After the meeting, King released a statement blaming “special interests” for disrupting the meeting.
Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, addressing a national education summit he convened in Boston last week, said criticism and conspiracy theories were “easy attention grabbers.”
Bush, a strong supporter of the standards, challenged Common Core critics to suggest solutions.
“I understand there are those opposed to the standards,” he said. “But what I want to hear from them is more than just opposition. I want to hear their solutions for the hodgepodge of dumbed-down state standards that have created group mediocrity in our schools.”
Information from The Associated Press is included in this report. Kathleen McGrory can be reached at kmcgrory@MiamiHerald.com.