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Missouri Senators Bring Campaign to Stop Federal Education Standards to Chesterfield

Republican senators Brian Nieves and John Lamping will host an event tonight featuring several speakers on the "Common Core" standards--what they are calling a federal takeover of education.

Missouri Senators from West County are bringing their campaign to stop the implementation of national education standards in Missouri called “Common Core” to Chesterfield City Hall.

Republican Sen. Brian Nieves and John Lamping, both Republicans, are hosting an event at 7 p.m. Thursday that will also feature speakers from Common Core opposition groups.

Nieves represents Missouri’s 26th district, which covers parts of West St. Louis County, including Wildwood, Eureka and Chesterfield, and Franklin County. Lamping represents the 24th district, which covers parts of west-central St. Louis County, including Creve Coeur, Ladue, Frontenac, Olivette and Clayton.

Earlier this year, Lamping filed SB 210, a bill that would prohibit the state from putting the new standards in place. Lamping and other conservative groups opposed to the standards have decried them as a federal takeover of education.

The Common Core Standards Initiative has already been adopted in 45 states and is designed to create a rigorous set of consistent and clear expectations for what students are expected to learn.

Lamping told the St. Louis Beacon in March that he was also concerned with the way the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education is moving ahead in implementing the standards with what he said is little communication to the General Assembly.

The Beacon story also cites Chris Nicastro, commissioner for the department, as defending the standards, pointing out that they support the goals that her department has set for Missouri students.

She also notes that they simply inform districts as to what students should know but do not tell them how to teach. Control of curriculum and decisions on how the standards are taught will remain at the local level.

The standards have been developed over a number of years but are just now starting to generate public attention, both nationally and locally. West Newsmagazine reported that about a dozen protestors stood outside a Rockwood Board of Education meeting April 11 in Ellisville holding signs with anti-Common Core messages.

The protest was organized in part by the Missouri Coalition Against Common Core. The group’s co-founder is Anne Gassel, Wild Horse Township Republic Committeewoman and one of the speaker’s scheduled for Thursday’s event in Chesterfield. 

Do you have an opinion on the Common Core Standards Initiative? Let us know in the comments section below. 

Travis Bickle May 02, 2013 at 04:52 PM
Misquote on my part. SPLC named Nieves to the Dirty Dozen because of his association with State Legislators for Legal Immigration which according to SPLC works closely with The Federation for American Immigration Reform which SPLC says is an anti immigrant hate group because of its white nationalist agenda and ties to racist groups. I am just quoting and encourage readers to look it up. Tim Jones is closely associated to Rex Sinquefield"s anus and cannot seem to extract his head from it. My assessment as well as various articles I have read. Trying to be funny!
steven boody May 02, 2013 at 06:43 PM
in my opinion the southern poverty law center is nothing but a front for left wing marxists to hide behind with direct connections to homeland security and barry. they breath hate from the word go, but try to place the label on everyone else - just another PC group trying to quiet Americans from speaking the truth.
Travis Bickle May 02, 2013 at 07:11 PM
Steven....I know that you feel this way as do many of the Nieves apologists that inhabit Catawissa, Robertsville and Pacific. If you know the absolute truth, please write that book. I want to purchase a copy. That and the book on space aliens that have visited you, bigfoot, MOMO,why you want a 4 wheel drive truck and a Harley Davidson, you never need to visit a dentist, jobs you can make a living on without a high school education and not smell like a hamburger and fries at the end of your shift and house trailer repair and remodeling. You are certainly a Brian Nieves kind of guy.
Frank Johnson May 02, 2013 at 07:15 PM
Hey folks, I wanted to jump in and ask that we keep the conversation away from making personal accusations against other Patch users. Let's stick to debating the issues, please.
steven boody May 02, 2013 at 09:23 PM
Ghee 2 graduate degrees, one in public administration and working 5 years in the Missouri Office of Administration, drafting legislation and reviewing bills before the Governor would sign or veto them does not count for anything. I have heard Brian speak, but I do not know him or carry his water. Take a chill pill and have great day.

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