[Curriculum Directors] FW: Utah State Office of Education News Release: Utah Controls Its State Core Standards, U.S. Education Secretary Confirms

Cook, Tricia M. Tricia.Cook at schools.utah.gov
Thu Mar 8 13:36:24 MST 2012


Curriculum Friends,

I wanted to make sure you received this press release with the attached letter from Supt. Shumway and yesterday's gracious response from Secretary Duncan.  I am also attaching the Common Core FACT sheet that you likely received last week.  SCR 13 will be heard on the HOUSE floor today so you still have time to make your VOICE heard.

Warm regards,
Syd

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From: Peterson, Mark 
Sent: Wednesday, March 07, 2012 5:39 PM
To: Board of Education; BEEXECCOM; ckearl at utah.gov
Cc: Dickson, Sydnee; Allyson Isom; Brian Somers; Liz Oldroyd; Holly Braithwaite
Subject: Utah State Office of Education News Release: Utah Controls Its State Core Standards, U.S. Education Secretary Confirms

Note: Attachments to this e-mail include a formatted version of this release, a copy of Superintendent Shumway's letter to Secretary Duncan, and Secretary Duncan's response.



March 7, 2012

For Immediate Release

Contact:	Mark Peterson, public relations director
		(801) 538-7635 ∙ mark.peterson at schools.utah.gov 

Utah Controls Its State Core Standards, U.S. Education Secretary Confirms

SALT LAKE CITY - State Superintendent of Public Instruction Larry K. Shumway today received an answer from U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan confirming "states have the sole right to set learning standards."

Shumway wrote to Duncan on March 5 asserting Utah's right "to complete control of Utah's learning standards in all areas of our public education curriculum." Shumway's letter came in response to concerns with some in Utah that the state's core standards were not fully within the control of the Utah State Board of Education.

Duncan responded today with "unqualified agreement" with Shumway's letter.

www.schools.utah.gov
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