AURORA - Thursday night January 16th at the Eola Branch of the Aurora Public Library, State Rep. Stephanie Kifowit will host a roundtable discussion with Illinois Superintendent of Education Christopher Koch. The organizers of "Stop Common Core in Illinois" are asking parents and taxpayers to join the discussion and find out more about Koch's longtime involvement with the Common Core curriculum.
Koch, who is the state superintendent of education in Illinois, also served as president of the Council of Chief State School Officers from 2010-2011. CCSSO is the Washington DC-based lobbying organization which, together with the National Governors Association (NGA), developed the Common Core State Standards. He is also on the PARCC (Common Core Assessment) governing board.
Under the direction of Koch, Illinois led in the adoption and implementation of Common Core State Standards, Next Generation Science standards and the The College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Framework for Social Studies State Standards.
"In other words, Christopher Koch is an avid supporter and has ensured that Illinois is going to adopt the entire suite of Common Core education reforms," Stop Common Core in Illinois writes.
But there’s more…
According to the New York Times, Christopher Koch, state superintendent of education in Illinois — which has $138 million in contracts with Pearson — went to China, Brazil and Finland with the Pearson foundation, a charity associated with the Common Core connected textbook publisher Pearson Publishing. The only Pearson compensation he listed on state ethics forms was the cost of the flight to China, $4,271 for business class. Asked why hotels, meals and the other flights were not documented, a spokesman for Dr. Koch, Matt Vanover, said, “What we’re looking at is a litmus test; they just want to make sure he’s not traveling first class.”
In response to this Pearson Foundation funded world tour and other questionable practices, the Oswego Superintendent of Schools wrote a letter to Illinois Governor Quinn calling for Superintendent Koch to resign. This letter is worthy of a quick read HERE.
Common Core was adopted by Illinois without debate and a vote by Illinois Legislature. It was adopted by Governor Quinn and the Illinois Board of Education administratively.
More information on Superintendent Koch and problems with the Common Core curriculum is available at the Stop Common Core in Illinois Facebook page.