School board says flyers are informational, not political

HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - A Huntsville man is upset over literature supporting "Common Core" education standards being distributed by teachers and students.

"This flyer has been distributed throughout the city, using teachers as a means of delivery to parents," Anson Knowles said at Tuesday's Huntsville School Board  meeting.

However, Huntsville school leaders say there's nothing improper about the literature or sending it home with students.

School officials say the flyers have been vetted by State Superintendent Tommy Bice and school board attorney J.R. Brooks.

"There's nothing political about it," said board member Jennie Robinson. "No one's running for office.  There's not legislation currently before the Legislature.  It's an information piece."

Common Core has its critics who say it's an example of federal government intrusion into Alabama educational decision-making.

Knowles said he objects to the literature, charging that students and teachers have been turned into political messengers delivering a flyer that purports to debunk myths about Common Core.

"The school system is saying that if you believe in repealing Common Core, you believe in myths," he said. "And I don't think that's right."

Schools Superintendent Casey Wardynski said the flyers are meant to inform parents about Common Core, which is part of the system's business.

"Folks want to know what it's about so we're obviously going to send information home so parents understand what it's about," he said. "Just like we would with math, student information systems, drivers ed ."

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