A small, bur vocal, group of anti Common Core folks are working hard to save Mike Sentance’s job because they think he is opposed to these standards.
(Though I am unaware that in the ten months as state superintendent he has made any effort to do so.)
And the truth is that the record tells us clearly that Sentance in the past has stated that he thinks Common Core is just dandy for southern states.
For example, there is this interview he did on a Boston radio station Sept. 8, 2015 when he was on a program called Nightside hosted by Dan Rea. The station was WBZ. Sentance was joined by Donna Colorio who was leading an effort to have a statewide vote about Common Core. I listened to the interview several times and made notes.
Sentance was very clear in saying that Common Core was not good for Massachusetts because they were weaker than the standards the state had been using. HOWEVER, he was also very clear that he thought Common Core was fine for “southern states” that had low standards, poor expectations and bad test scores.
Guess what? Last time I checked Alabama was a southern state.
But here is the funky part of all this. You can no longer find that interview at the link above since it was pulled yesterday, July 21, 2017. It was available for nearly two years and through some strange coincidence when Sentance is on thin ice in Alabama and folks opposed to Common Core are coming to his aid, his own spoken word that flies in the fact of their contention, mysteriously disappears.
Funny how things like this happen.
More recently there is the contract for $210,000 to a consulting group, ANet, to conduct training this summer for the Montgomery school intervention. They detail what they will be doing in two pages. They mention how they will be working with Common Core seven times in these two pages.
For instance, they explain what will happen during four days of training for school leadership teams. “Accelerate school progress through knowledge building about literacy and math instruction with a focus on COMMON CORE ESSENTIALS:”
Remember, this is the program being done at Sentance’s direction. The very one he says the state school board can not tell him what to do.
Like so much else that has happened since Sentance hit town, none of this adds up. He said on the radio that he thinks Common Core is good for the South (then the audio evidence mysteriously vanishes) and he spends $210,000 with a company that repeatedly says their training includes Common Core.
I guess someone will next tell me Nick Saban wears blue and orange underwear
Editor’s note: The anti Common Core campaign Sentance worked on in Massachusetts fizzled.