Lammersville school board plans to buy more computers
by Denise Ellen Rizzo
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MOUNTAIN HOUSE — The Lammersville Unified School District Governing Board approved an $80,000 expenditure on Wednesday to buy 200 more Google Chromebooks for the K-8 schools in the district.

The board voted 5-0 to buy the portable computers, which play a big part in the district’s transition to the required Common Core State Standards.

Common Core is a new curriculum designed to develop a national standardized testing method. It’s been adopted in 49 states, including California. That makes it easier for a student to move to another state and not fall behind because of different curriculum and testing methods.

Tests will focus on a student’s critical thinking, as opposed to memorization and multiple-choice answers. The objective is to make students ready for college or a career at the conclusion of high school.

Superintendent Kirk Nicholas told the board that the purchase would be funded by a state grant meant to help schools acquire the technology they need for Common Core and that none of the $80,000 would come from the district’s general fund.

The district initially approved spending $174,135.08 in March to buy 500 Chromebooks for the first students attending Mountain House High School in August.

Nicholas said that when he later asked the K-8 administrators what additional technology they wanted for the adoption of Common Core, they told him they wanted the same computers.

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ertion
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June 08, 2014
The reporter has her facts incorrect, trying to show the inevitability of Common Core. Yet states are backing out of Common Core right and left. Indiana Gov. Mike Pence repealed the standards in his state. Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin (R), who formerly advocated the standards, signed a law pulling her state out only days after South Carolina also withdrew.

The New York teachers association withdrew their support for Common Core. The heat is building up, and the seduction of easy money is fading once people reflect on what they are doing.

Do we really want our kid's progress measured in a centralized database controlled by Washington. Per the US Constitution, education is a matter that should be left to the states.

billfromtracy
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June 08, 2014
(sorry if this is a duplicate, 1st attempt didn't post)

"It’s been adopted in 49 states, including California."

Fact Check:

Source: http://www.corestandards.org/

6 States have not adopted CC (7 if you include South Carolina which just rescinded their adoption last week)

billfromtracy
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June 08, 2014
$80,000 for 200 = $400ea

$174,135 for 500 = $348ea

List price for a Chromebook: $279.00 ea

(Google bulk sales for education shows a list price of $200! ea)

I'm interested in knowing what else the money is being used for. Extended warranty or services? Headphones? Software? But if they plan on spending $400 for a Chromebook alone, we have some serious mismanagement of tax dollars. Especially because Google's own Chromebook page states, "No expensive software to buy."
DunkMan
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June 08, 2014
Bill, You need to learn how to use Google or another search engine as it took less than a minute to get the details from the Lammersville website.

They paid $265 each for the bare-bones HP Chromebooks plus another $25 for power supplies and cords, $30 for software, $13 for configuration services, $3 for recycling fee, plus tax. They also bought $11,0000 worth of security carts.

Stephen
billfromtracy
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June 08, 2014
My point being that I shouldn't have to google things like that to get facts from a news story. The article wasn't done well. 49 states in CC? Even the CC official website doesn't show that.
billfromtracy
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June 08, 2014
"Common Core is a new curriculum designed to develop a national standardized testing method. It’s been adopted in 49 states, including California."

I'm not going to argue CC's validity or implementation. But I will argue facts:

The following States did not adopt CC:

Oklahoma

Texas

Indiana

Virginia

Alaska

Nebraska

Source: http://www.corestandards.org/ (Official Web Site for Common Core

*South Carolina rescinded their adoption this month

Source: http://www.usnews.com/news/articles/2014/06/05/oklahoma-south-carolina-governors-repeal-common-core-standards

ertion
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June 09, 2014
If the people want something like Common Core, so be it. My issue with this particular gambit is that it was rammed down everyone's throats QUICKLY from above, with no citizen input or discussion. From the top down by "those who know". The right skids were greased and this whole thing was presented to everyone as a fait accompli. THERE WAS NO PILOT to determine whether it was even workable. Why the haste? Why the exclusion of key stakeholders, such as the parents?

Sorry, but that's not how things are supposed to be done in this country. There needs to be a proposal followed by a period of listening to citizen comment, and then adjusting the proposal accordingly. We're not idiots who need to be told what to do by wise parents.


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