This is an invitation-only event. The list will include superintendents, school board members, Common Core Coaches, and the media. The assumption that unless you fit into one of those categories, that we will not be able to attend. This saddens us to know that the meeting is restricted. To our knowledge, teachers and parents have not been invited.
What that also tells us is that this visit has a political reason behind it. A Representative in Nashville said that Haslam is trying to drum up support for Common Core State Standards given the bill that was passed last week to delay further implementation of CCSS and PARCC for two years.
Supposedly a group of community members are going to be at the corner of Lambeth and Roan St. (by the parking lot near the football field) to protest common core. This is public property. We know this is late notice, and it is hard to be spontaneous when you have children, but if you can, join them.
If you have it in your closet, wear red clothing. It is part of the "Wear Red for Public Ed" campaign. It is a small, non-aggressive, non-obtrusive way to send a message that you are in favor of public education. Signage can include: No Common Core, No PARCC, or I am not a Faux Parent.
We have also heard that the Governor is going to be at Cedar Grove Elementary at 8:45 AM in Smyrna (near Murfreesboro) tomorrow.
And we heard there is a third school site scheduled for tomorrow but we aren't sure where in the state it is.
UPDATE on 3/18/14:
Lexington Middle School is the 3rd school Governor Haslam is gracing with his presence, disrupting learning to push his political agenda.
Did you notice that all 3 schools are in districts where there was a push from legislators against Common Core? Yep, not a coincidence.
Did you notice that there has been no notice given? Teachers found out late yesterday about these visits to their schools. Yep, not a coincidence either. It is hard to stage a protest if nobody knows he's coming. This is a very deliberate, very desperate attempt to save Common Core.