Common Core flyer met with opposition by PTA member

Published: Sep. 14, 2013 at 12:48 AM CDT|Updated: Oct. 12, 2013 at 12:48 AM CDT
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A flyer printed by the Chamber of Commerce is being called 'propaganda' by a PTA member.
A flyer printed by the Chamber of Commerce is being called 'propaganda' by a PTA member.

HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - A South Huntsville parent is calling out for a showdown over the state's Common Core educational standards and flyers discussing the topic.

For several months, city schools have been distributing literature produced by the Chamber of Commerce which addresses what it calls 'myths' about Common Core.

South Huntsville PTA member Anson Knowles said this is improper use of teachers' and school resources to spread political propaganda. He is calling for parents to turn out in force at the next Huntsville school board meeting, and demand that the board put a stop to schools and teachers pushing a political agenda.

"The issue for me is the appropriate use of resources in the school and maintaining the public's trust," said Knowles. "The fact that a teacher can hand out flyers to parents and coerce them to talk to their legislators is immoral."

A school district representative said the flyers are nothing more than information that explains policies and practices that are already in place, and that there is nothing political about the flyers because there's not political persuasion going on, no election, and no legislative decision being made.

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