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Okay parents and grandparents who are opposed to Common Core, it is time to speak up.

President-elect Trump has promised to STOP COMMON CORE.  Let’s make sure he understands the adverse impact Common Core has had on our children’s education and their everyday lives and why it is so important that he keeps his promise.  Let’s make sure he knows that WE are here, WE are strong, WE are vocal, WE are organized and WE are UNITED for OUR CHILDREN because they are OUR AGENDA!

Join other STOP COMMON CORE parents in sending a short message to President-elect Trump.

Common Core needs to go and the time for President-elect Trump to hear from us is NOW!

New Yorkers reject Common Core
New Yorkers reject Common Core

Here is the letter I sent to President-elect Trump:

Dear President-elect Trump,

Congratulations on winning a very hard fought election to become the next president of the United States of America.

I am the parent of two amazing daughters in New York State and I have been fighting to STOP COMMON CORE since I learned of the ugly beast back in 2012.

Common Core is not good for our children; it is not good for our teachers; it is not good for our schools and it is not good for our country no matter what anyone might try to tell you. Please take time to listen to the parents who have been fighting in the trenches for years. We are here, ready and willing to partner with you, to STOP COMMON CORE as you have promised and we are eager to help you save our schools for our children!

I am hearing distressing rumors that you might be considering Michelle Rhee or Eva Moskowitz for the Secretary of Education cabinet position. Please know that neither candidate is suitable. Michelle Rhee is a Common Core supporter and you have promised to get rid of Common Core. Eva Moskowitz is a very big advocate of high stakes testing which is harmful to our students and she has been accused of being extremely abusive with the discipline of her students in the charter schools she runs.

Please stick with Williamson Evers, who I believe was your initial candidate for the Secretary of Education position.

I look forward to continuing to work with you and the people you place in advisory positions around you as we work together to STOP COMMON CORE.

Sincerely, Jolyn Safron Hurley NY parent, co-founder of Kingston Action For Education

Next U.S. Education Secretary

We will soon be saying goodbye to John King as U.S. Education Secretary.  There seems to be a fair amount of confusion however regarding who President-elect Donald Trump is considering as possible candidates to fill the Education Secretary position.

Williamson Everson is on Trump’s transition team and has been listed on the short list of candidates for U.S. Education Secretary.  Dr. Ben Carson has also been suggested but Dr. Carson has withdrawn his name from consideration.

Several articles (herehere and here) indicate that Michelle Rhee and/or Eva Moskowitz are being considered for appointment as Education Secretary.  Speculation?  Rumor?  Fact?  Not sure, but many concerns are being raised at the thought of either Michelle Rhee or Eva Moskowitz as the next Education Secretary.  These two women are avid supports of Common Core and/or high stakes testing.  I can’t imagine how/why they would be considered for Education Secretary when Mr. Trump has promised to STOP COMMON CORE but perhaps he has not yet learned the full extent of their stands on the Common Core issue.  The Politico article included Moskowitz’s name with Rhee’s as long shots yesterday but Moskowitz’s name has been removed as of today (Nov 17).  Within the last hour I read that Eva Moskowitz has withdrawn her name from consideration which is a relief.  Now if Michelle Rhee would just do the same I could breathe more easily again.

With all the uncertainty regarding who is being considered, I encourage you to let your thoughts be heard regarding who you want to be the next U.S. Education Secretary.

You can share your thoughts with President-elect Trump regarding the next Education Secretary by submitting a letter using the instructions at the STOP COMMON CORE IN NEW YORK STATE website or you can sign a petition in support of Williamson Evers  #EversForED
Hopefully President-elect Trump will pay more attention to the voice of the parents in New York State in his selection of the next Education Secretary than the U.S. Senate did when they confirmed John King as Education Secretary.