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Part 2: End Public Comment/SBE Vote Transcript


This is the text transcript to "Part 2: End of public comment and SBE unanimous vote" video featured on the Why the Common Core State Standards in California? Web page.

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Godinez: Good morning everybody. Juan Godinez from
Los Angeles Unified School District, Parent
Advisory Committee. As you

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can see, one minute is hard. I will try. We generally
support algebra I in eighth grade...about time. Two years

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ago, I told you in my testimony about the California
education system. I know initially it is going

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to be hard, like NCLB is, maybe unattainable, but LEAs are
going to put the effort into it. At least they are

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going to try and that's what I like about
it, but at the end, it doesn't matter what happens

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with the Common Core Standards. It is of the
upmost importance to let the parents know

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about the standards. They need to know what
the kids are supposed to be learning, not just in

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8th grade, but this is a process throughout, and
it has not been done successfully previously.

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Let the parents know how we can help you help
our kids learn, and being a minority or low

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income has nothing to do with learning. What
we need is a quality education accessible

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for everybody. Thank you. Michell: Thank you and perfect
timing. Rice: The next three are Pixie Hayward-Schickele,

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Martha Zaragoza-Diaz, and Lauri Burnham Massey.
Hayward-Schickele: Good morning President Mitchell, Board,
Superintendent.

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I'm Pixie Hayward-Schickele representing the
California Teachers Association and it's my

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great pleasure this morning to introduce the
Vice President of the California Teachers

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Association, Dean Vogel. I'd also like to give
what's left of my time to him. Thank you. Vogel: Good

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morning. I'm very happy to be here and thank
you for your thoughtful attention to what's

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before us. I am for the record Dean Vogel,
Vice President at the California Teachers

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Association. I am here on behalf of my president
who has business in LA. The California Teachers

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Association supports the adoption of the Common
Core Standards and we are very, very encouraged

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by what we hear here today and the work that's
before you. That being said, we do

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have a reservation around the eighth grade
math concern, much of it voiced here. We implore

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you to be thoughtful and careful as you attend
to the implementation of the 8th grade math, in

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particular algebra. We believe that there's
a potential for the pathway approach dealing

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with students who aren't quite ready for algebra
in the eighth grade to lead to tracking, and

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we hope that you'll be diligent in attending
to that issue and careful to monitor and assure

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us that tracking does not take place. The ultimate
success of the Common Core as has been stated

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earlier is going to depend on full implementation
and full funding and it's also got to be attention

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to all schools, all students, not just some
schools, and we know that you will give that

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careful attention as well. We have a tremendous
opportunity here before us, ladies and gentlemen,

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tremendous opportunity to move California
forward and continue the work that this board

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has been doing and the California Teachers
Association is enthusiastically supportive

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of the work and we support wholeheartedly
the adoption of the Common Core. Please remember

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that careful alignment to curriculum, the appropriate
text books, assessment, professional development

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are all very important. We urge your adoption
of the Common Core. Thank you. Mitchell: Thank you
very much. Zaragoza-Diaz: Good morning President and

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members of the board. My name is Martha Zaragoza-Diaz
and I'm representing the California Association

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for Bilingual Education and the Californians
Together Coalition. First, I'd like to thank

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the Commission and its members as well as
this SCOE staff for a yeoman's job that they've

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done and meeting their charge within the tight
time constraints that they had...that they had

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to face. We certainly appreciate the recognition
in the introduction with regard to the fact

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that there are certain students, such as English
learners and special education, that may require

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additional support in attaining the standards
outlined in the document. We support the Common

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Core Standards. However, we believe that...that
the board can take it one step further. You

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have our letters already outlining our concerns
but our bottom line is this: if we are to

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assist teachers in differentiating content
instruction and ensuring that English language

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development is provided to English learners
so that they can become fully proficient and

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literate in English, it is highly recommended
that the English language development standards

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be an integral part of the Common Core State
Standards and that they be included as one

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of the strands or be aligned within each strand
of the grade-level language arts standards.

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It is critical that their revision and integration
be done as quickly as possible and we took

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the privilege and provided a recommended time
line that we think is doable. We seek your

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commitment...we seek your commitment to return
to this issue later this year. It is a very

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significant issue for English learners. California's
English language development standards are

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considered model English language proficiency
standards nationally. California once again

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has an opportunity to lead the nation by providing
an exemplary aligned English language proficiency

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model for other states to use. Our organization
stands ready to assist you in this very important

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effort. Thank you. Mitchell: Thank you. Burnham-Massey:
Good morning my name is Lauri Burnham and I give my time to

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be added to the time of next speaker Shelly Spiegel
Coleman. Thank you. Spiegel Coleman: Good morning
President Mitchell,

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Superintendent O'Connell, and Board members.
I'm Shelly Spiegel Coleman with Californians

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Together. We recommend that the same staircase
approach of building complexity from grade

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level to grade level in the Common Core Standards
and the supplemental approach of the artful

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inclusion of K-8 content literacy standards
to supplement the state's content standards

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be equally directed at meeting the needs of
English learners. In California, we need to

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align our current English language development
standards to the approved Common Core Standards

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if we are to give our teachers the additional
support that they need to bring students to

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grade level Common Core Standards. These English
language development or English language proficiency

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standards would be just like the content literacy
standards, not replacing the language arts

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standards but supplementing them. Without this
work this at the state level, each district

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school, or teacher would be left to define
what does it mean to give extra time to promote

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language proficiency. They themselves would
have to create the clear alignment and write

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new standards where holes may exist. If the
state does not do this, then schools, districts,

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and teachers might ignore or better yet be
overwhelmed by this critical task. Districts

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like Alisal, with 68.8 percent of their student
body being English learners, Hoover Elementary

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School in LAUSD with 83.6 percent of their
students being English learners, need our leadership

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on this issue. We recommend the adoption of
the Common Core Standards today to meet the

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short time line that you have before you but
in your resolution, we ask you to adopt language

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as part of the implementation plan that states
that the State Board and the Department of

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Education will use all appropriate current
funds and any new state or federal funds to

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do the developmental work to bring English
learners into the new and exciting possibility

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of Common Core Standards for all. We too stand
ready to help you on this task. Thank you. Rice: President

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Mitchell, the next three are Cheryl Ortega,
Barbara Flores, and Gretchen Muller. Ortega: Good morning.

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My name is Cheryl Ortega and I represent United
Teachers Los Angeles representing over 220,000

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English language learners in our school district.
We'd like to thank the Commission for their

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work in developing the ELA standards but we
also are strongly encouraging or recognizing

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the need to articulate that added support
may be required for English language learners.

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We can't emphasize enough the need to connect
the ELA standards with the ELD standards. For teachers

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to have the most explicit guidelines in directing
instruction for English language learners,

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the ELP standards must be distinctly articulated
and taught explicitly. The more explicit the

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road map, in this case the ELP standards, the
more successful the student will be in reaching

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his or her final academic destination of English
proficiency, so we feel strongly at UTLA that

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ELP standards must be aligned to the ELC Common
Core...ELA Common Core Standards but be distinctly

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articulated so that I and my fellow teachers
can do a better job in creating scaffolded lessons

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that are developmentally appropriate, linguistically
sound, and ultimately successful in helping

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our students. Thank you. Mitchell: Thank you. Flores:
Good morning President Mitchell, Superintendent O'Connell,

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State Board members. My name is Dr. Barbara Flores.
I wear many hats. I'm a university professor.

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My field of expertise is language arts, L1 and L2. I'm
a teacher of teachers. I'm currently the Vice

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President of San Bernardino city Unified
School District, and I come to you today, though,

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as president of the Alliance for a Multilingual
Multicultural Education. On behalf of the

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Alliance of a Multilingual Multicultural Education,
we would like to submit this testimony regarding

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the California Academic Content Standards
Commission's recommendations to adopt the

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Common Core Standards. We are an alliance of
state organizations, affiliates, and committee

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members that have formed a national collective
advocacy agenda for multilingual, bilingual,

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and English language learners. Currently we
are one of the three organizations, along with

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the Council of Chief of State Officers and
the Council of Great City Schools sponsoring

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the fall summit on the impact of Common Core
Standards of English language learners...just

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one more paragraph...We want to recommend that...
we support the recommendations of the California

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Common Standards but we also highly recommend
that the State Board of Education also established

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a commission to create English language proficiency
standards that are aligned with the English

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language arts content standards in order to
provide better policies and guidelines for

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instruction practices for teachers teaching
English language learners and in order to

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accomplish this, the current ELD standards
can be revised, edited, and expanded to align

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with the adopted and improved language arts
common Core Standards. Thank you. Mitchell: Thank you

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very much. So we do need your help folks...I was
thinking about time, but I'm happy to know

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that too. Muller: Good morning. I'm Gretchen Muller.
I'm with the California Math Council and I

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am reading a statement on behalf of Bruce
Grip who was a commissioner and couldn't be

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here today. He says: Distinguished Members of
the California State Board of Education, I

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urge you to accept the recommendation of the Academic
Content Standards Commission and adopt for

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California the Common Core State Standards
with the additions noted in the CCSS draft

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for California. As a member of the Commission,
I am proud of the work that we did and agree

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with the recommendation to adopt the CCS. I
also support this recommendation as a high

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school math teacher. He says he values the
thoughtful and balanced development of mathematics

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in the CCSS from kindergarten through high school.
What I appreciate most is how the high level

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of rigor is enhanced by relevance. The
infusion of the eight standards for mathematical

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practice and the emphasis throughout the Common
Core Standards on mathematical modeling and

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real-world contexts add both meaning and rigor
to improve students understanding of mathematics.

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As a high school mathematics teacher I would
be pleased to teach integrated courses common

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in other countries or traditional high school
mathematics content to students with the quality

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mathematical preparation based upon these
Common Core Standards. Thank you. Bruce Grip, high school

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math teacher. Mitchell: Thank you. Rice: Cheryl Ortega,
John Deasy, and Suzanne Solomon. I skipped someone.
I thought

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it was Cheryl but it was Alicia, right? It's Alicia.
Sorry about that. Moran: Good morning.
Like everyone before me, I agree for you to

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adopt the Core Standards. I'm here as a person
who for many years worked as an administrator

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with students who were on their way to being
dropouts because of they're low skills, many which

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unfortunately are ELD learners, so I'm just
here to ask you to yes, adopt the Core Standards

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but please remember it is very critical that
you align those to the ELD standards so that

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those students who have the lowest skills
will not continue to fall through the cracks

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and so that they're teachers can help them
and I'm just here to say that my concern is

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for those students especially who have the
lowest proficiency levels and so that they...

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I'm afraid that if you don't align the ELD
standards to the core standards...that their

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needs will not be met. Mitchell: Thanks. Moran:
Ok. Deasy: President Mitchell, Superintendent O'Connell,
and distinguished

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members of the Board. Thank you for allowing
me to make a few comments this morning on

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the decision in front of you. On the adoption
of the Common Core. I'm John Deasy, new deputy

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superintendent in LA Unified. Mitchell: Welcome back
to California, John. Deasy: It's great to be back to
California.

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Three minutes...I get them back. I strongly supported
after the Common Core. California has always

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taken the lead in the nation for strong standards
for youth and you have taken time to thoroughly

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research these standards, examine their interplay
with a framework, and begin for a strong assessment

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system aligned with these standards. Now is
the time to formally adopt them and take the

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lead for the country to see what strong and
thoughtful implementation looks like. I read

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the standards thoroughly, cover to cover, and
I believe the academics speak for themselves

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but this is also a social justice issue. Universal
access and universal acquisition for every

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youth to the standards is imperative. I would
like to pose two concerns that you should be

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mindful of. One is the algebra pathway issue.
While I do not think it should stop the adoption

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of the Common Core, I believe that there is the
potential for youth to be unwisely counseled

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on which path to take. I would urge you to
publicly monitor who is taking the pathway

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and how they're doing and second, the comments
made I strongly support on the ELD standards...
that they be

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strictly and carefully crosswalked
with the ELA standards. I look forward to my

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part, after you make a decision today, in helping
all teachers and principals develop the skills

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necessary to completely implement these standards
so that we can make the success for every

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single student a reality. Thank you kindly. Mitchell:
Thank you, John. Solomon: Susan Solomon, Vice President

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of Education for the California State PTA.
President Mitchell, Superintendent O'Connell, distinguished

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Board members, the California State PTA, representing
over six million children, supports the Common

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Core Standards so that all children will be
ready for college and for the workforce and,

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as has been stated, implementation is key and
the implementation of these core standards

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should be done in the real landscape of what California's
political economy is so that 4 to 10

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years from now, we don't look back at this
reform movement and say what happened? Our

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children are not performing as we planned
and the outcomes are not as we thought, so

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implementation needs to be thoughtful, careful,
and responsible and smart. Thank you. Mithell: Thank

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you. Rice: Fred Navarro, Scott Hill, and Monica Henestroza.
Navarro: Good afternoon President Mitchell,
State Superintendent,

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members of the Board. Fred Navarro, Assistant
Superintendent of Anaheim Union High School District.

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I want to commend you for moving forward with the
Common Core Standards concept. I just want

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to echo what many of the individuals have said
here earlier. It's really important that you

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have woven in the ELD standards throughout
the content areas. As a district that has 87

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percent of its eighth graders in algebra,
can say that my math teachers will tell you

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that the greatest obstacle for those kids
mastering the subject is their academic literacy

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and by weaving in the ELD standards throughout
all the core areas, you'll help us overcome

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that challenge. Thank you very much. Mitchell: Thank you.
Henestroza: Hello. Monica Henestroza on behalf of the San

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Diego Unified School District. I'm here with
three messages on behalf of Superintendent

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Bill Popa and our Board of Education. We strongly
support the adoption of the Common Core Standards

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with the California additions and there
are three issues that I'll outline. First is

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that we strongly believe that the adoption
will help us better meet our mission of college

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and career readiness for students. We think
these standards are better equipped to move

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us in that direction. Second, we want to highlight
the importance that adoption of the standards

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will have for students that are moving in and out
of the state. San Diego Unified is particularly

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affected because we serve 10,000 students of
military families and we think that's an important

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consideration in your vote. The third is that
we stand ready, like many other stakeholders

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do, to help you with the implementation. We
have a large population of English Learner

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students and we look forward to working with
you on those implementation issues as well

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as others. Thank you. Mitchell: Thank you. Hill:
Good morning President Mitchell, Superintendent
O'Connell,

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members of the Board. I'm Scott Hill with School
Innovations and Advocacy. A couple of quick points

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for you today. First, like many others I support
strongly and would encourage you to adopt this
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version of Common Core Standards. Second, President
Mitchell, Undersecretary Gaither, and Commission

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Chair Geeting said it very well and we've heard
today implementation matters, which is why

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I would make a very strong recommendation
to you. Your job today is quite narrow and

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quite focused. It is to adopt very specifically
the academic content standards and do as little

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as possible to prejudge or predispose where
the state will go in terms of the longer-term

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implementation issues. Those are all important.
You don't want to prejudge where those will

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take you into the future, so I would encourage
you to be very specific today in your actions

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around simply adopting the content standards. Thank you.
Mitchell: Thank you, Scott. Rice: Chris Steinhauser,
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Walter Richardson, and Michael Shrek.
Steinhauser: Good morning President Mitchell,
Superintendent O'Connell, and members of the board.
My name's Chris Steinhauser,

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Superintendent of Long Beach Unified School
District, as well as a Member of the Validation

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Committee for the Common Core. On behalf of
Long Beach Unified, I urge you strongly to

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adopt these and we stand ready to support
you and others in the implementation. Thank

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you very much. Mitchell: Thank you, Chris. Hanson:
Morning President Mitchell, Superintendent O'Connell,
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the Board. I am here as the Superintendent
of Fresno Unified representing 73,000 students,

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and I'd just like to slow this down a moment and talk
briefly about students. We are a district with...

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86 percent of our students are students of
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A year ago in Fresno Unified we developed
a profile of students through our work in equity and

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access that we thought could make it an algebra
I. These were students who were basic coming

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out of seventh grade mathematics with the
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We en mass moved 800 students into algebra
I and folks didn't think they should be there.

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I'm proud to report to you that 667 of those students
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Algebra I is out of the way and they're proficient.
That will make for a dramatically different

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high school experience almost to a student.
They are poor and students of color, so rigorous

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clear standards matter. They push at the local
level. Students benefit and all the noise that

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you will hear downstream, I think it's just
all about us adults trying to figure

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out how to give Students access that they
so rightly deserve. We encourage you to strongly

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adopt the Common Core. Thank you. Mitchell: Thanks and
while Walter is coming up, I want to thank

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Mike and Chris for their leadership along
with Ray Cortinez in developing our Race to

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the Top application, so the traveling team
is here. Glad to see you guys. Walter: Good morning

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Board members, Superintendent. I'm Walt Richardson.
I'm from Los Angeles Unified School District,
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of the district's Advisory Committee. I represent
461,128 identified Title I students, and most of those
are LEP students...English language learners students. We
100 percent support the adoption of the Core academic
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We also...although kids might be minority, they might
learn differently, there's nothing wrong with their mind
for learning. We just

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hope that you will make sure that there's staff
development, that kids are learning at the

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grade level, that they are so that when they get into
the middle school, that they're not...teachers

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don't have to teach them at the 4th grade
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We also support you and your hard work that
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I was on the standards team in 1997. I'm hoping
that if you didn't have no parents or community folks

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at this one, next time when
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there at the core part of this process. Thank
you very much. Mitchell: Thank you. Rice: Michael Shrek. That's

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all. Mitchell: Great, okay, thank you all very much and
thanks for helping us keep on our schedule.

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Very important comments. This is a critical
historic opportunity for the state but we

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need to be careful as we embark upon this
decision. Board members questions and comments?

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Yvonne and then David. Chan: Good afternoon. Well first
of all, I want to thank all of the speakers

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coming up to give us your input and particularly
the commissioners. I believe many of you

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are on Curriculum Commission, right? Still? Were?
was? Whatever...and I still remember Sue Stickel...

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you know...all those years plugging and helping
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years, so as Kathy Gather said, it's a great
start, the last 13 years, with the California

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Standards that helped us at the school base
to kind of move that forward. Now having said

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that, it is now I want to put on the hat of
a practitioner. I mean many of us get freaked

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out a little bit, okay, honestly, the last two
months they say what? This is coming and we're going

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to change everything we've been doing...you
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fortunately my school starts tomorrow...2,500
kids returning tomorrow, so last Thursday I

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was able to bring 130 teachers...all my teachers,
pre-k through 12, together and I gave them

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a draft--I downloaded it and gave them a draft--and
I said, okay, I'm going to serve food. I'm going to serve
coffee--I served everything

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except liquor--to kind of make sure that I'm
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I want to really hear what my teachers got
to say, to inform me how I'm going to vote

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today, okay, versus what you said. That's very
important, so what happened is I tried to sell

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at first I said, wait a minute, I'm educated.
I was educated in China and then Hong Kong.

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We have very rigorous international benchmarking
standards. If it wasn't for that, I wouldn't

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have made it into UCLA, right, and you know,
be sitting right here in this horse shoe. I saw that

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this set of standards is college- and career-
ready, benchmarked against, you know, greatest nations

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with the highest test scores. Your team, whatever,
it is, when my own experience...I said, look teachers,

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we have to kind of start switching gears. Then
I put them in the rooms for four hours. Then

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they came back and this is their report. They
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you know what? Really, this is fewer standards.
I said, oh, is that a good thing, fewer standards, you know?
But then they said, no, no, it's more focused

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standards, much more focused, and I know sometimes
we blame ourselves as mile wide and inch deep

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for California standards compared to Japan,
for those who had the opportunity to visit

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you know schools in Singapore and Japan, and
they said, look, you know, really, like what Greg Geeting

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said, there is the crosswalk, so they're not
giving up their beloved standards that's already

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posted on all of the bulletin boards with
focused standards and deeper. Oh, good, okay,

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so they get me going. Then another group said...
now I have pre-k through 12, so I'm very cognizant

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What my secondary teachers are going to say.
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instead of discrete standards in different
grades. It is, like you say, a staircase, very

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clear progression. Okay, great, you give me a second
point. Now come my secondary people, my science

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teacher, and my history social studies teachers,
and they said, what? You mean we are teaching

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literacy? You are out of your mind. That's what
I thought they would say but no, the department

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chair said, well that's nice to have them clearly
tell us that we are also responsible for writing,

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reading, and language, and then we will work
with our colleagues on that. Here comes my English Department

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in my elementary. Now, of course, we have the
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We're their...don't forget I serve 100 percent
free and reduced, 98 percent walking

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ELDs, ninety eight-percent. They are the school,
so don't tell me a subgroup. They're not a

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sub group. They are the school. Then they said,
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which they love--the phonemic awareness, okay,
the fundamental--then the literature, great,

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and the information text, that's a good balance
and they felt that, hey, look, maybe that will

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provide the multiple paths for our students
who are low-income, English learners to be

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able to kind of weigh in on all three fronts. Now
here comes my math teachers. Don't forget there's

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the algebra issue at my school, okay, like any
schools. Granted, they said there is a good

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balance between procedures, you know. Teachers
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You add. You subtract. You do this, you do...all
the procedures, but do the kids really understand,

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right, how do you balance understanding and
procedures, and this set of standards do balance

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that understanding and procedures, you know.
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know the long division stuff...common denominator...
Now the over stuffing algebra in 8th

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grade...Oh my gosh. Used to be the high school
teacher would say, the middle school did not prepare

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my kids, and the middle school would say the
elementary...right...elementary would go the preschool,

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right, and a preschool would point to the parents
and parents point to who, God, I do not know

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what they are going to do, but as they look
at it, and very clearly this is different.

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Before we have very little learning opportunity
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my third grade teacher walked up and said,
oh my gosh. We are going to teach fraction,

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equivalence, and ordering. What a refreshing
idea because they have to go and learn it

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themselves many of them, and then the middle
schools said, wow you know if starting in 3rd grade

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we do these fractions stuff, by 7th and 8th grade
there's no reason that my school, thought it's

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hard, quite difficult at this point--50 percent
passed the algebra proficiency, 28 percent

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algebra II. It's a struggle. We start with 8
percent only three years ago, so I really stand

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by algebra, definitely, but this provides even
an algebra plus type of situation and added

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the geometry, so with that let me just say
that I'm not as good as Mike Hanson...Where are

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you, Mike? Okay, you got 600 kids up there. I
don't. But anyway, we're getting close, so now I

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will say, in a leap of faith to my colleagues,
that I urge you to adopt this CCR or your

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Common Core Standards and I trust that this
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else, that you will very cautiously and strategically
complete an implementation plan that will

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take into account of the ELDs, that you take into
account students with disabilities, that we'll

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network with all the other states. I believe, Ruth,
there are 48 states states sign on, not 38, 48, except
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I think...Well, whatever it is...Great, even Puerto Rico
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so, really that's the faith in that. Meanwhile, as a Board
member, I have to stay, I trust myself at the and we have
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I trust that I along with all of you have
the knowledge, skills, and experience and know

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what are some potential pitfalls, that we trust
that we can create this new implementation

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plan, that we'll make it work. So the fortune
cookies, I can write it, and I hope you all

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will support it and thank you. Mitchell: Alan and
then David, please. Board Member Arkatov: Mr. President,
I'd like to make a motion,

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but just a comment before the motion. I want
to again commend--I know we've done over and

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over--but there's a reason that we're commending
Greg and Sue and the Commission for their

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truly outstanding efforts, and I want to echo
what Greg said. Substance and adequacy of the

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implementation will be the key. Plans don't
implement themselves, people do, and to those

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that have led the way thus far, I applaud you
and I certainly hope we'll be able to work

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with them on the implementation plan. I think
it's important...and again, I'd like to take

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full credit for this thought but again it's
the wonderful work that Greg and Sue and the

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folks who put together in this document. There's
something that is not covered by the standards,

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or I should say, there's a lot of stuff that
is not covered by the standards, and I'm quoting

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from some of the words in here, but the standards
should be recognized for what they are not

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as well as what they are, recognized for what
they are not as well as what they are for.

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The standards define what all students are expected
to know and be able to do, not how teachers

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should teach, and the standards make references
to some particular forms of content. Indeed,

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they cannot enumerate all or even most the
content that students should learn. The standards

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must, therefore, be complemented by a well-developed,
content rich curriculum consistent with the

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expectations laid out. While the standards
focus on what is most essential, they do not

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describe all that should be taught. A great
deal is left to the discretion of the teachers and

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the curriculum developers, and as we're hearing
time and time again, this is an open-ended

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question and answer. The aim of the standards
is to articulate the fundamentals, not just

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set out an exhaustive list or set of restrictions
that limits what can be taught beyond

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what is specified. The standards set grade-
specific standards but do not define the intervention

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methods or materials necessary to support
students who are well below...well below grade

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level expectations. No set of grade specific
standards can fully reflect the great varieties of

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abilities, needs, learning rates, and achievement
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However, the standards do provide clear signposts
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and again, I want to talk about the comprehensiveness,
and if you can indulge me just for a minute,

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because again, the words are here and if anybody
hasn't taken the time to go through the

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thousands of pages, both on the national level
and here in California, I suggest that you

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do. It is beyond the scope of the standards
to define the full range of supports appropriate

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for ELL learners which I know...it has been raised
here today. At the same time, all students must

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have the opportunity to learn and meet the
same high standards if they're to have access to the
knowledge

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and skills necessary in their post-high school
lives. Likewise, the standards should be read

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as a line for the widest possible range of
students to participate fully, from the outset,

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as permitting appropriate accommodations to
ensure maximum participation for students with special

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education needs. Here again, technology will
have a profound impact in the future, and in

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every area that the Commission touched and
that we are looking at, technology that will be

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changing the framework and the implementation
abilities in ways that we can't even imagine.

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So while the ELA and math standards being proposed
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they do not define the whole of such readiness.
Students require a wide-ranging, rigorous academic

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preparation and, particularly in the early
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and physical development in approaches to learning--
and I say that again because there is so much...

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There's the movie, I think it was, in Amadeus
where they said too many notes...there can never

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be too many notes, but these standards propose
in the ELA and math stands, are a remarkable

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starting point and the implementation plan
will be everything and so I'd like to make a

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motion that pursuant to Senate Bill 51, I move
that the California State Board of Education

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hereby adopt the academic content standards
as proposed by the Academic Content Standards

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Commission in English language arts and mathematics.
These standards include the Common Core and

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specific additional standards the Commission
has deemed necessary to maintain the integrity

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and rigor of California's already very, very high
standards. Board Member Lopez: I'll second that motion.
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to make a comment. First of all, like my colleagues,
I'd like to thank the Commission, Greg, and

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Sue Stickeler. Stickel? Mitchell: She is a stickler.
That's a part of the legend. Lopez: ...and to you also,
Ted, for reminding

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us what our task is here today and our charge
and I think it's important that we focus on

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the Common Core Standards, but I also hear
from our colleagues that the standards, as

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Greg stated, is only the beginning. It's kind
of the destination that we want all our kids

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to be at, but the road there is very important
and I'm hearing from our colleagues that we

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need to be very diligent, very vigilant, and
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Therefore, the implementation plan is critical,
and I've heard that many times here this morning,

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so I think again...I think we have to be vigilant
and mindful of that process. I'd also like

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to make a comment about the English language
learners. I know that that's been an issue.

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I was glad to hear that Sue Stickel mentioned
that the Commission was sensitive to the English

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language learner issue in the state and, as
we all know, 47 percent of kids go home

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speaking a language other than English. 41
percent of our kids in kindergarten are English

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language learners, so there's a lot of students
that are coming up in those grades and we

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need to prepare them, so I think that we need
to really work closely and diligently as we

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move these standards forward. There's one thing
I'd like to suggest, in that there were a lot

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of comments made about English language learners.
We do have an English Language Advisory Committee

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and I'd like to volunteer that we use that
committee very diligently and strategically

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to help us think this process through in order
to address the serious challenges that we

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have in this state in regards to educating
English language learners because I'm of the

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firm conviction that if we don't get that
right, we are not going to have our future

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workforce, not only for California but for
the nation, so just as a thought I'd like to

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add that in as a commentary. Mitchell: Thanks for
volunteering. That's good. I know that there are
other board

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members who have comments that they'd like
to make before we proceed to a vote. Ben...

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Board Member Austin: Thank you, President Mitchell.
I'll be brief both because I have colleagues on the
board and leaders

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in this room who are far more knowledgeable
than I am about this issue, but I did want

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to make a few quick comments. I first want
to thank the commissioners for their wonderful

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work, but I also want to thank...I don't think
we've acknowledged the leadership of President

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Obama and Secretary Arne Duncan for seizing
this moment and getting us to where we are

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today with regards to Common Core Standards
and a whole host of other innovative, groundbreaking

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reforms that have occurred throughout this
state and this nation, so as I was thinking

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about this vote and thinking about the consequential
and even historic nature of it, I was trying

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to bring a different perspective to it, which
is the perspective of a dad. I have two very young

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daughters neither of whom slept very well
last night, who are both going to be...one is

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11 months old...Eloise is 11 months and the other
is 4 and these standards are going to impact
their entire

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academic life in the State of California, and
so as I was thinking about this vote, a vote

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for the status quo or for the Common Core
Standards. I was trying to really think about

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this in terms of what was better for them
and what was better for the rest of the children

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in California, and as I continue to drill down
on it, there's been a lot of talk and a lot of

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a dialogue about whether these standards are
higher or lower than the current standards

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that we have. The reason I'm going to vote
in favor of the Common Core Standards and

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proudly vote in favor of the Common Core Standards
is that I believe they are smarter than the

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standards that we currently have and I think
it's just because we all know a lot more about

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how kids learn as well as about what types
of skills students are going to need to enter

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a 21st century economy. We know a lot more
now than we did over a decade ago about those

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issues. In terms of how kids learn, I think
it...everybody has said this more eloquently than

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I can, but I mean it does seem to me that building
organically upon ideas and concepts so that

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kids are actually learning deep knowledge
of concepts rather than just memorizing answers

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is the best way for us to prepare kids to
be critical thinkers. I also think that there's

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been a lot of interesting back and forth about
the English language arts standards and about

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the addition of an emphasis on nonfiction
study and thinking, and I thought about that

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a lot because I'm actually...I am the son of
two writers. My dad was a novelist. My mom is

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a children's book writer, and so I grew up
in a home with a deep appreciation for literature

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and words and writing and it's very important
to me personally, and I think that the Common

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Core Standards still embrace that, and it's
critical. Every child in California has to

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grow up and graduate with a knowledge of art
and literature, but I also think it's very

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important that we acknowledge that our kids
today are going to grow up and graduate into

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an economy that is wildly different than anything
we have ever seen before, an economy that is

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dominated by information, and the students
that succeed in that economy are going to

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be the students that graduate with the skills
and the tools to critically integrate and

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critically analyze that information and to
do it quickly and to do it intelligently, and

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I think that these standards are an important
step forward in terms of preparing our students

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for that economy. I do believe that there are
many other factors that are currently contributing

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to the problematic, to say the least, problematic
status quo for children in California, but it's

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also true that even if we turn around and
transform every single failing school in California,

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but those schools are teaching kids to the
wrong standards, we will not have done our

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job, so this is a critical vote and a historic
vote. I'm honored to vote yes because I believe

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it's good for my two daughters, Fiona and Eloise,
and I believe these standards are good for all the
children

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of California. Thank you. Mitchell: Thank you, Ben.
Greg...Board Member Jones: Thank you. I too will try
to be brief. I

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try to come with this also from a couple of
different perspectives. People who have a lot

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more knowledge than I know about the intricacies
there is, but you know as I looked at it, I tried

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to look at it as, you know, my role as a business
leader in the state, and clearly I think that

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these Common Core Standards do have the ability
to help us strengthen are competitiveness

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worldwide, particularly if they are benchmarked
against the best that we have in this country

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and benchmarked internationally as well, because
unquestionably, you know, as we continue...we

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will need to have today's students, who will
be tomorrow's workforce, have the computational,

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analytical communications skills that we can
measure consistently around the country, and

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I think that is of great value to us in the
business community and will ready young people

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for their next destination, so I think that,
for me, it has become an important piece

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of this. I too, though you know, kind of like
Ben, if I look at this from, you know...If I try

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to look at this from another perspective...more of a
personal perspective and my own experience, I think
helped me understand

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the value of this a little bit more because
of job transfers and my corporate career, our

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two sons attended schools in six different
states as we moved around the country, and

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I witnessed firsthand the dramatic differences
in rigor and quality of standards and expectations

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that both schools and teachers have for my kids
to meet them as they're in these various places, and so

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as parents my wife and I am made it our business
to make sure that our kids were learning...

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or whatever they were learning and
wherever they were learning in these

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various schools and various states, that they
have the quality and the caliber of rigor

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that assured that they were being adequately
prepared to succeed in college, and I guess,

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you know, I feel that they were lucky. Just
like probably your kids, the people in this

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room are pretty lucky because you know they
have parents who took it upon themselves to

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intervene and advocate on their behalf and
you know my point in that is that expectations

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for excellence shouldn't depend on luck. They
shouldn't depend on luck or where you live

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or who your parents are or what your economic
status is because as all of us in this room

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know, many of our nation's kids are not as
fortunate as our kids in this room, and so

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you know, I think that has become a valuable
lesson to me, you know, as I've been sort of

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thinking about this. You know, I always kind
of defer to, and some of these people in

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this room have heard me do this before, but
I always refer to the great lessons that

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I learned from my grandmother. My grandmother
was unusually a college educated woman as

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her father, my great-grandfather, was a university
president, and she put in our bedroom my brother

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and I, from the time I was a little kid, a little
plaque that we saw every day, that's said

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no one rises to low expectations, and
I saw that every single day of my life, and

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so I guess I just say all that to say, you
know, from where I sit, I'm going to say hallelujah
because I

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think, you know, at last high expectations for
all kids, no matter their ethnicity, no matter

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where they live, no matter their language, can and
should become a reality, and so Common Core

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Standards, I think from my perspective, can
assure that every child at least has an equal

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opportunity to reach their full potential,
so I am anxiously looking forward to voting

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yes on common core. Micthell: Thank you, Greg.
Excellent. Jonathan...Board Member Williams: And
I'll dovetail on member Jones' hallelujah and

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try and secure my place in heaven and try
and be brief to the extent that I am able

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to. For one, I want to thank everyone who worked
so hard on these standards. They are amazing.

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The only...the only statement that I'll make
is one around the equity issue. We know that

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we have issues with certain populations and
I'll echo Superintendent Deasy's comments with

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regard to making sure that we're monitoring
how algebra continues. It sounds like there's

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room for alignment with the eighth grade goal
and in our history as a policy-making body, as it
relates to 8th

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grade, and it also sounds like plenty of room for
alignment with our English language learners

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as well, so with that I will strongly support.
Mitchell: Thank you. Jim...Board Member Aschwanden:
Thank you for all the people who

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worked so hard. Thank you for the sentiments
expressed around the room. No call for the

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question. Mitchell: I do. I do. It does give me a chance
though to say, me too, and stop. Legal Counsel Botellino:
Excuse me. Hi, I'm Angela

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Botellino, Interim Chief Counsel for the
State Board of Education, and before you proceed

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to the vote, I'd like to offer a friendly amendment.
I believe the reference was to Senate Bill

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51, correct? Do want to correct that? Mitchell: So the
reference should be to Senate Bill 51X, Lopez: So... I...
Botellino: It's Senate Bill...Okay, it can be
Senate Bill 1

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or more specifically Senate bill X51. Mitchell: Shows
you dyslexia with which I have struggled...

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Arkatov: The motion...Pursuant to Senate Bill X51, I move
that the California State Board of Education

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hereby adopt the academic content standards
as proposed by the academic content standards

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commission in English language arts and mathematics.
These standards include the Common Core and

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specific additional standards the Commission
has deemed necessary to maintain the integrity

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and rigor of California's already extremely
high standards. Mitchell: Motion's been made by Mr.

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Arkatov and seconded by Mr. Lopez. The question
has been called by Mr. Aschwandan. All those

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in favor, please signify by raising your hand.
Thank you. The vote is unanimous. Members, this

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is a historic moment
for the state of California, more importantly
for the children of California, for Ben's kids,

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my kids, all of our kids, this will matter.
I'd like to make the following statements

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with relation to the work and many of the comments
that have been made that I think will help

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steer us into the next phase into this implementation.
You're looking puzzled. Okay...that I think will

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help move us now into implementation. So first,
this...this is, as many of us have said throughout

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our discussions today, the beginning of a process
and not the end of one and therefore on behalf

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of the Board I'd like to direct CDE and Board
staff to create an implementation plan as

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defined in the legislation and to work with
the Legislature to launch a curriculum development

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process that can begin to operationalize these
standards. In the course of that work, we hope

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that the framers will take into account the
comments made today regarding the shaping

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of curricula and individual courses from the
collection of standard elements that we've

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adopted today. Second I'd also like to direct
the staff of the Academic Standards Commission,

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that mighty staff of 21, to proceed with technical
cleanup of the draft report we have before

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us. We've discussed today and elsewhere several
inconsistencies that reflect nothing more

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than the time pressure that the Commission
was under and we'd appreciate their continuing

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work to resolve those and clarify those. Further,
we hope that the curriculum Commission, in

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the framework committees, or whatever the apparatus
is, but the implementation organizations that...

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the flow from this will give consideration
to the commentary from the Academic Content

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Standards Commission, which is separate from
the standards we've adopted today but important

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in understanding the Commission's thinking.
I would especially commend to them and to

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members of this board the statements of the
Commission regarding English language learners

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and students with disabilities and finally,
I want once again to thank the members of

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the Academic Content Standards Commission,
its Chair, Greg Geeting and its Project Director,

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Sue Stickel, for their extraordinary work on
behalf of California and its children. Thanks

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to you, California remains a beacon to the
nation and a leader in the movement to establish

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high standards and importantly high outcomes
for all of our children. Thanks. We'll take

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a five-minute break and then the board will
go into closed session.

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