Results 1 to 5 of 5

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

  1. #1
    Administrator Jean's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2006

    Now they’re arresting people who complain about the Common Core

    2:21 AM 09/23/2013
    Eric Owens
    The Daily Caller

    A YouTube video went viral over the weekend showing a parent who got violently arrested for expressing his frustrations about the implementation of the Common Core at a public forum Thursday night in the suburbs of Baltimore.

    Somehow, Ellicott City parent Robert Small was then charged with assaulting a police officer in the second degree, reports The Baltimore Sun.

    Small stood up out of order during a question-and-answer forum held by the Maryland State Department of Education. He interrupted Dallas Dance, the Baltimore County School Superintendent. Small explained — calmly, though not particularly fluidly — his belief that the Common Core lowers standards of education for children in the district.

    “You are not preparing them for Harvard,” he said.

    The irate parent, who has a sixth-grader and a second-grader and in Howard County, Md. schools, asserted that the new curriculum will only prepare students for community college.

    This fall, for the first time, 45 states and the District of Columbia have begun implementing the Common Core State Standards Initiative, which attempts to standardize various K-12 curricula around the country.

    Criticism of the Common Core has risen sharply. Opposition has brought together conservatives who stand athwart a federal takeover of public education and leftists who deplore ever-more standardized testing.

    The plan for the question-and-answer forum was for attendees write their questions down on pieces of paper. Then, Dance and the Maryland State Superintendent of Schools, Lillian Lowery, would answer them.

    After Small spoke for perhaps a few minutes, a security guard confronted him. A police report alleges that Small tried to push the guard away when the guard initially confronted him.

    The video does not appear to show Small pushing the guard.

    “Let’s go. Let’s go,” the security guard said.

    “Let him ask his question,” someone yelled.

    To audible gasps, the guard then pulled the 46-year-old father aggressively in the direction of the aisle.

    As the guarded escorted Small out of the forum, Small said “Don’t stand for this. You are sitting here like cattle.” Then he asked, “Is this America?”

    According to The Sun, Small was then handcuffed and forced to sit on the curb outside until police showed up to take him to a local police station. He was finally released around 3 a.m.

    The charge against Small, second-degree assault of a police officer, carries a maximum fine of $2,500 and a prison term of up to 10 years. Another charge, disturbing a school operation, carries a $2,500 fine and six months in prison.

    “Look, I am being manhandled and shut down because I asked inconvenient questions,” Small told The Sun on Friday. “Why won’t they allow an open forum where there can be a debate? We are told to sit there and be lectured to about how great Common Core is.”

    Small added that he himself attended a community college before transferring to the University of Maryland, College Park to finish his bachelor’s degree.

    Support our FIGHT AGAINST illegal immigration & Amnesty by joining our E-mail Alerts at

  2. #2
    Administrator ALIPAC's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2004
    Gheen, Minnesota, United States
    This video has 615,613 views after only being up for 3 days!

    Join our efforts to Secure America's Borders and End Illegal Immigration by Joining ALIPAC's E-Mail Alerts network (CLICK HERE)

  3. #3
    Administrator ALIPAC's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2004
    Gheen, Minnesota, United States
    This America interrupts a school board meeting and they hit him with charges where he now faces up to ten years in jail!

    If he had been one of Obama's protected illegal aliens he could have completely disrespected and disrupted the meeting and walked free like the illegals seen in this video....

    Join our efforts to Secure America's Borders and End Illegal Immigration by Joining ALIPAC's E-Mail Alerts network (CLICK HERE)

  4. #4
    Super Moderator imblest's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2006
    North Carolina
    EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: School Supers have parent arrested from Common Core meeting

    Ann MillerBaltimore County Republican Examiner
    September 20, 2013

    School Superintendents receive an F grade for Common Core meeting

    Dr. Dallas Dance, Superintendent of Baltimore County Public Schools, and Lillian Lowery, Maryland Superintendent, had the opportunity Thursday night to make minor amends at an MSDE-sponsored informational meeting after a three-plus year information blackout on Common Core, the new federal curriculum for Maryland schools.

    Instead, Dr. Dance added insult to injury by screening, omitting, and editing parents’ questions.

    Questions from the audience of about 160 people, which consisted of parents, PTA members, teachers, and school administrators, were submitted on cards prior to and during the 1-1/2 hour meeting for the Q&A period which lasted about 40 minutes.

    Dr. Dance chose which questions to read or omit, opting for teacher and school administrator or softball questions. But he also altered the wording of the questions themselves.

    My submitted question:
    “What is the process for parents to review what data has been or will be collected on our kids, where it is stored, how it will be used, and with whom it has or will be shared? What are parents options for opting out of data collection on our kids?”

    What Dr. Dance read:
    “As a parent, I’ve heard a lot of information around the state Longitudinal Data system. What is the process to review what data is being collected on students, where is it stored, how will it be used, with whom will it be shared?”

    After the question was answered, I called out, “Can parents opt out?”, but was ignored.

    My submitted question:
    “Although Common Core was adopted by MDE three years ago, in exchange for a quarter Billion dollar federal incentive grant through Race To The Top which is conditioned upon adherence to Common Core, parents weren’t informed until after its implementation. The MDE has not valued nor requested parental input. Instead, there was no transparency or even the courtesy of notifying parents much less consulting them. No wonder parents are up in arms. You’ve awakened the Mama Bear. Why haven’t parents across the state heard of Common Core until the month of its implementation?”

    What Dr. Dance read:
    “As a parent, I was a little disappointed that I’m just starting to hear so much information around the Common Core state standard. I want to be informed as most parents across our state. As a parent, how can I learn more information around Common Core?”

    Parent removed and arrested from the meeting for speaking out of turn

    As the pom-pom and rah-rah session neared an end about 20 minutes before the meeting close, parental frustration was mounting as our questions were still going unanswered. One parent, Robert Small, decided to interject to try to force some answers (see video in article above).

    He said: “I want to know how many parents here are aware that the goal of the Common Core standards isn’t to prepare kids for full-fledged universities, it’s to prepare them for community college.....Parents, take control. We’re sick of this. This is not a CNN political game. This is a public town hall... Listen, don’t stand for this. You’re sitting here like cattle. You have questions. Confront them. They don’t want to do it in public.... Parents, you need to question these people....Do the research, it’s online.”

    Mr. Small was arrested after being removed from the auditorium and charged with second degree assault of a police officer and a second charge of disrupting a school function.

    The video clearly shows that, if anyone was aggressive, it was the security guard, not Mr. Small. What may have happened out in the hall however, is unknown.

    In the second video clip (click here), you can hear multiple parents call out how their question was not read and they were ignored.

    There will be one more out of four Common Core meetings hosted by county school boards in Maryland. This one is on October 1 in Prince George’s County. Click here for more info.
    Join our efforts to Secure America's Borders and End Illegal Immigration by Joining ALIPAC's E-Mail Alerts network (CLICK HERE)

  5. #5
    Super Moderator Newmexican's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2005
    Heart of Dixie

    Sep. 26, 2013
    Jason Howerton


    A Florida school board member is facing some backlash after she called 911 because the public had gotten “animated” while speaking out against Common Core State Standards during a school district-sponsored public forum earlier this month.
    Brevard County School Board Amy Kneessy

    Brevard School Board Member Amy Kneessy said she called 911 after school board candidate Dean Paterakis and others pointed out their concerns with Common Core standards and the way they impact the math and English curriculum in Florida as well as other states. A short time after the 911 call, a deputy reportedly forcibly removed Paterakis from of the Sept. 12 meeting for “trespassing.”

    In the 911 tape, which Paterakis later played at a another board meeting on Tuesday, Kneessy tells the 911 operator that she was getting “scared.”
    Kneessy reportedly walked out of the Tuesday meeting briefly as Paterakis aired the 911 call for everyone at the school board meeting to hear.

    “I see that the person that called 911 for this non-emergency has left,” Paterakis said after playing the recording. “I was going to ask her: Why did she call 911 for a non-emergency, why did she try to stop the citizens that were expressing concern for the Common Core?”

    Kneessy later defended her action, saying that there was “no security here and the public got very animated.”

    “If I overreacted that wasn’t my intent, but if I’m going to err, I’m going to err on the side of safety,” she told Florida Today.

    After he was thrown out of the school district-sponsored forum on Common Core State Standards, Paterakis told TheBlaze the meeting was not an “official school board meeting,” but officials felt it was important to “have a dialogue” on Common Core.

    “About 45 citizens attended,” he explained. “I don’t think they were prepared for this group because many of the citizens who had attended seemed to know more about the Common Core than the school administrators did.”

    A few minutes after Paterakis spoke, he says Kneessy called 911 on “some of the citizens because, according to her, they were refusing to give up the microphone and scaring the presenters.” He sees the incident as “an abuse of the 911 system.”

    About 20 minutes later, Paterakis says he was told by Kneessy that he needed to leave. While he refused, he claims a “sheriff’s deputy used physical force” to remove him, “and when I refused to leave he pushed me out of the room and building without being charged with anything.”

    “The deputy told me I was trespassing, yet when we contacted the sheriff’s department the next day they said that I was never trespassing,” he told TheBlaze. “I did nothing illegal, I was just exercising my free speech and right to peacefully criticize the school board.”

    A witness at the event, Alice Kreitz, told TheBlaze that the entire incident was overblown by Kneessy. She said at no point did she feel like the crowd was bound to spin out of control.

    “The only problem they had with Dean [Paterakis] is when he brought up some of their six-figure salaries,” she said.

    Kreitz also claims there was a cameraman employed by the school district videotaping the entire event. She said both she and Paterakis are trying to get the district to release the video, which they say will back up their account of the story.

    “I do believe ‘government’ teachers; and especially school administrators feel ‘empowered’ to step over the line because of what is happening in Washington and all over America with our Constitution and rights being diminished,” Kreitz told TheBlaze.

    Messages left with Brevard Public Schools and Kneessy were not immediately returned.

Tags for this Thread

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts