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  • Ajohnson

    Tell Rob if he is going to print any more articles about dsu to give all the info like good journalists would do. If you print salaries and retirement agreements you better actually find put exactly what these people do, find out how many people they have working for them, and how much money they have saved the state by not hiring but doing the job theirself. You also should know that dsu as of June 30 is debt free, probably the only university that is!!!!!

  • Daniel Johnston

    Common Core, Partisan Politics and the 11th

    I was at the capitol sitting in the house chamber yesterday
    when the North Dakota 64th legislative assembly opened. First on the
    agenda was H.B.1461, a bill to end common core in ND. I would be remiss if I
    didn’t describe the nervous trepidation in the room from the many parents that
    have been fighting common core for what has seemed like a very long time. Indeed,
    for the opponents of common core this battle has been about personal sacrifice
    to the effect of lost wages, lost sleep and a loss of family time. There were
    also supporters of common core in the room, I saw Andy Peterson who represents
    the ND chamber of Commerce and Dale Wetzel, the Information Officer for the ND Department
    of Public Instruction. The US Chamber of Commerce has received over two million
    dollars by the Bill and Linda Gates foundation to promote common core and by
    Andy Petersons own admission the ND chamber has received twenty two thousand to
    do the same. Many remember Wetzel as the man who embarrassed DPI with his on
    air remarks about wanting to “rough up” certain common core opponents.

    Many of the representatives in the room had reservations about some of the language in the bill, reservations so serious that the bill sponsors decided to divide the bill to make it more palatable. A calculatedmove which I believe caught the bills oppponents off guard. The crux of thebill was that it sought to take away to much power from DPI. By dividing the
    bill into part A and B respectively representatives would have the opportunity to
    vote on just a portion of the bill that was far less abrasive to many of the
    representatives. Part A of the bill would remove ND from the smarter balanced
    consortium. Many of the opponents of common core view the consortium as the main problem. The smarter balanced consortium produces the test for CC, as many educators and parents know whenyou have a highly test fueled curriculum the test will ultimately become the
    curriculum. Teachers will inevitably find themselves teaching to the test as their reviews will be based off their student test scores. Some other problems with the consortium are that we have
    been bound to its rules without legislative approval; the rules within in the
    consortium can only be changed with a majority vote to which ND only has 1.
    This is significant when you consider that there are twenty member states in
    the consortium. So much for local control, so much for parental and teacher input, so much for concerns whichtraditionally could be addressed at the local level, but now have to be sent
    through an out of state bureaucracy with little chance ND problems will be
    solved in a timely and efficient manner.
    Rep. Schrieber-Beck (R-district 25), a supporter of CC opened up the discussion by robotically reading a pre-drafted critique of the bill which most likely had its origin from DPI. Further discussion was provided by Rep.Olson (R-district 13) who delivered a fine expose in to the dangers of North Dakota’s involvement in the smarter balanced consortium; he also
    addressed the constitutionality of North Dakota’s involvement in an inter-state
    compact, an issue which is currently in federal court. Rep.Nathe (R-district 30),
    the main voice of resistance to the bill relied upon scare tactics. He argued
    that ND would be open to civil rights lawsuits and that the flow of federal
    money to ND schools may be interrupted if we withdraw from the consortium. Rep.Nathe
    also gave a personal example of how his kids jump for joy when they do CC math,
    a statement which sounded comical and probably had little basis in fact. Rep.Ben
    Koppleman (R-district 16), a co-sponsor of the bill aptly responded to the assembly
    that ND received federal money before CC so why would we not get it if we
    withdrew from the consortium and went back to our own state standards.
    Rep.Belter (R-district 22) a veteran of the assembly spoke about the
    sovereignty that ND will lose if we relinquish our power of education to out of
    state interest. Belter also played upon the emotional sympathies of the
    assembly by telling a story about taking his grandkids to school and being
    presented with an option of having two lines in which he could put the kids,
    one line being common core and other local control, the latter being the choice
    he would make. Rep.Glassheim (D-district 18), was the only democrat to speak
    about the bill. He stated multiple times that he was confused and didn’t
    understand the bill, common core, and the subject in general. He did say that
    he thought it was a good thing that ND could compare our test results with
    other states in the consortium which in turn would help us to become more
    competitive. I couldn’t help but to think how can competition flourish if all
    the states are doing the exact same thing. Overall, I was more than a little
    embarrassed for the democrats after Glassheim spoke. The democrats in the ND
    house chose to turn this into a partisan affair despite the fact that the CC
    debate is a bi-partisan issue nationwide. From the democrats perspective they were
    able to finally have their say in defeating a republican sponsored bill which
    also had the support of a majority of the republican representatives. In my own
    district, Rep.Muscha (D-district 24), chose the partisan route despite hearing
    from numerous members of her constituency to include the Valley City school
    board which voted 4-1 not to adopt Common Core state standards resolution. It’s
    interesting that on the same day Rep.Muscha voted against the divided version
    of H.B.1461 she also voted earlier in the day a do pass on H.B. 1430,a bill to
    legalize medical marijuana. In essence she chose dope over our kids, dope over
    local control, dope over parents and teachers, dope over her constituency. Before
    it sounds like I am being too harsh with Rep. Muscha, I must admit that when
    she voted to legalize marijuana she was simply obeying her parties 2014
    resolutions which call for the legalization of marijuana. I bring this up
    because the republicans in the room that voted against H.B. 1461 could take
    note of the democrats resolve concerning their party platform. The 2014 ND GOP
    resolutions call for ND to withdraw from CC.

    Part of the title for this discussion is the 11th commandment. I’m referring to the well known Reagan philosophy of not speaking badly of other republicans. Rep.Nathe violated the essence of this philosophy when he chose to work in collusion with democrats to defeat a republican sponsored and supported bill, a bill that a majority of the republicans
    supported. It’s interesting that the only real help Rep. Nathe received came from the assistant
    minority leader, Rep.Mock (D) who was told to ask Rep. Nathe a question in order to give him the opportunity to speak once again. The other help dare I say came from the before
    mentioned Rep.Glassheim, a very confused individual indeed.

    Overall, it was a sad day for the people and children of North Dakota. The votes for part A of H.B.1461 were cast and the bill was put down by a narrow 43 yea to 46 Nay. Shortly after, the votes were cast for part B of the bill and it was soundly defeated. What this means for the children of ND is that they will most likely be sent down the CC path for yet another two
    years, two more years of out of state interest controlling North Dakota
    education, two more years of traditional education lost.

    What this means for the common core opponents is that you
    were never involved in a sprint, but a marathon, you are never going to win a
    war without losing some battles first. As an Army veteran I can only give
    advice that truly resonates with me, rub some dirt on it and get back on that
    horse common core warrior’s. Respectfully yours, Daniel Johnston. District 24
    ND GOP Executive Committee Member