Despite Executive Order, Common Core Proceeds Full Steam Ahead in Iowa


In case anyone is under any illusions that the Common Core State Standards were being repealed due to Governor Terry Branstad’s executive order.  A video message from Dr. Brad Buck, director of the Iowa Department of Education, should put those notions to rest.  Common Core is being implemented as we speak.

You can watch his message below.

Dr. Buck mentions a task force that has been put together for assessments. That was ordered by the Iowa Legislature as part of the education reform bill.  The Iowa Legislature needs to approve any assessment that is mandated by the state.  Right now only the Iowa Assessments are required or Iowa’s public and accredited non-public schools.  If this task force is run in the same manner as the Next Generation Science Standards it will be a complete farce.  The task force met for the first time on October 29th.  Here are the remaining dates:

  • November 22, 2013
  • December 13, 2013
  • January 15, 2014
  • February 20, 2014
  • March 14, 2014
  • April 18, 2014
  • May 22, 2014 
  • June 12, 2014
  • July 17, 2014 (tentative – if needed)
  • August 14, 2014
  • September 17, 2014 (tentative – if needed)

The first meeting was held in the Grimes Building.  We’ll let you know if the location stays the same.

Here are the members of the task force:

  • Ruth Allison, Administrative Consultant, Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services, Des Moines
  • Catherine Blando, Educator, Iowa City
  • Shelly Bosovich, Executive Director, Des Moines Public Schools, Des Moines
  • Kathy Brenny, Consultant, Prairie Lakes Area Education Agency, Storm Lake
  • Martha Bruckner, Superintendent, Council Bluffs Community School District, Council Bluffs
  • Lowell Ernst, Director of K-12 Instruction, Pella Community School District, Pella
  • Diana Gonzalez, Chief Academic Officer, Board of Regents, Urbandale
  • Harry Heiligenthal, Leadership Development Director, Iowa Association of School Boards, Des Moines
  • Tina Hoffman, Regional Administrator, Grant Wood Area Education Agency, Cedar Rapids
  • Mark Lane, Principal, Jensen Elementary, Urbandale
  • Jo Ellen Latham, Director of Curriculum and Instruction, Southeast Polk Community School District, Pleasant Hill
  • Jane Lindaman, Associate Superintendent for Educational Services, Waterloo Community School District, Waterloo
  • Jon McKenzie, Director of Assessment  & Comprehensive Improvement, Area Education Agency 267, Cedar Falls
  • Angela Olson, Associate Principal, Xavier High School, Cedar Rapids
  • Elliott Smith, Executive Director, Iowa Business Council, Des Moines
  • David Tilly, Deputy Director, Iowa Department of Education, Des Moines
  • Tammy Wawro, President, Iowa State Education Association, Des Moines
  • Melanie Wirtz, Teacher, Union High School, La Porte City
  • Karen Woltman, Parent, Swisher

Gee that looks *balanced*, one parent and one non-public representation…

If you haven’t already, be sure to sign our petition in order to Stop Common Core and the Next Generation Science Standards in Iowa.

About Shane Vander Hart

Shane Vander Hart founded Iowans for Local Control in 2012 which later merged with Iowa RestorEd. Shane also is the founder and editor-in-chief of Caffeinated Thoughts and the founder and president of 4:15 Communications, LLC, a social media & communications consulting/management firm.  You can connect with Shane on Facebook or follow him on Twitter and Google +.


  1. Is there a link for the petition?

  2. Barrie Judge says:

    We are in trouble! Can the public attend the task force meetings?

  3. Common Core is about local control. Unlike Standard Courses of Study, it does not tell you what to teach when, it simply states what a student should know by a certain grade- the district/school/teacher, however your local system is structured, determines what needs to be done in the classroom to ensure students get to this point.

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