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School Committee to Vote on Common Core

A resolution on the Common Core goes before the Barrington School Committee as several local residents, including a school board member, fight to halt its implementation.

School Committee to Vote on Common Core
A resolution in support of the Common Core State Standards is on the agenda of the Barrington School Committee meeting tonight, Jan. 16.

The meeting starts at 7:30 pm in the School Committee Meeting Room in Town Hall.

The Common Core resolution is being brought to the School Committee for a vote in the midst of a grassroots effort by several Barrington residents to put a stop to its implementation in Rhode Island. Among the members of Stop Common Core Rhode Island is School Committee member Scott Fuller, a math teacher and former administrator in Cumberland.

Fuller cited in a recent Patch story a synopsis of research that cites '10 colossal errors' of Common Core and the 'train wreck' that he and the other Barrington residents see coming. The website includes a petition.

Here is the complete agenda for tonight's meeting:

Government Center
283 County Road, Barrington

January 16, 2014
7:30 p.m. 

A.      PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE (approx. 7:30 – 7:32 pm)                                    B.     ACHIEVEMENT RECOGNITION (approx. 7:32 – 7:35 pm) 
C.     BPS SPOTLIGHT ON TEACHING AND LEARNING (approx. 7:35 – 7:50 pm) 
D.     INFORMATION AND PROPOSALS (approx. 7:50 – 8:30 pm)
1.      Framework for 2014-2015 Proposed Budget
2.      Curriculum (Science / Social Studies) 
E.      GENERAL PUBLIC DISCUSSION AND INFORMATION (approx. 8:30 – 8:40 p.m.) 
F.      OLD BUSINESS (approx. 8:40 – 9:00 p.m.)
Superintendent and Staff                                                                                   
School Committee
1.      All Day Kindergarten Task Force Update
2.      Governance Workshop
3.      District Website School Committee Link 
G.     NEW BUSINESS (approx. 9:00 – 9:30 p.m.)
Superintendent and Staff
1.      Appointments
MS, Co-Advisor Drama Club
MS, Co-Advisor Drama Club
Request for Leave of Absence
Speech Pathologist
2.      Acceptance of FY12-13 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report
3.      Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development Testing 
School Committee
1.      Adoption of Resolution in Support of Common Core State Standards 
H.     DECISION ITEMS (approx. 9:30 – 9:32 p.m.)
1.      Consent Agenda
Meeting Minutes
Open Meeting and Executive Session of December 19, 2013
Monthly Expenditures for December $3,680,776.38 
I.       DISCUSSION ITEMS (approx. 9:32 – 9:40 p.m.)
1.      Discussion Future Agenda Items
2.      General Discussion to Guide Future Recommendations 
J.       GENERAL PUBLIC DISCUSSION AND INFORMATION (approx. 9:40 – 9:50 p.m.) 
EXECUTIVE SESSION (approx. 9:50 – 10:20 p.m.)
Pursuant to Rhode Island General Laws: Section 42-46-5(a)(1) for personnel;Section 42-46-5(a)(1) for Superintendent evaluation;Section 42-46-5(a)(2) for collective bargaining and litigation with BEST; Section 42-46-5(a)(3) for discussion relative to school buildings security issues; and Section 42-46-5(a)(8) discussion relative to student disciplinary hearings.

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