State Sen. William Ligon (R-Brunswick) will be coming to Marietta June 22 to speak at a Common Core panelist discussion organized by Concerned Women for America of Georgia and the American Principles Project.
The event, dubbed “Countering Common Core: You’ve heard the spin — now get the truth,” will include Ligon and several other speakers with expertise on the subject, organizers said.
Besides Ligon, other speakers in the lineup are Jamie Gass of the Pioneer Institute; Bill Evers of the conservative Hoover Institute; and Emmett McGroarty and Jane Robbins, both from the American Principles Project.
“We’re flying in national experts on this. We’re actually having the event Friday in Gwinnett and then repeating it in Cobb for obvious reasons,” said Tanya Ditty, a Marietta resident with Concerned Women for America.
“This is our first major event,” she said. “We’re holding it first in Gwinnett because there is a lot of sway in that area, and in Cobb we’ve got a lot of leadership as well, and we’ve got a little issue with the Cobb School Board.”
The Cobb Board of Education voted recently to nix the acquisition of $7.5 million in Common Core-compliant math textbooks. The board chairman, Randy Scamihorn, has said he may bring the issue back up for another vote later.
Ligon has led the opposition to Common Core in the state Legislature.
“Both Jane (Robbins) and I worked with Sen. Ligon on his two pieces of legislation that would withdraw Georgia out of the Common Core,” Ditty said. “The whole idea is to withdraw Georgia out of the Common Core and out of the national tests.”
She said one of Ligon’s bills would require the Georgia Board of Education to set up hearings in all of the state’s congressional districts before new standards are adopted.
“There would be none of this coming in under the cloak of darkness and saying ‘Here you go,’” Ditty said. “We feel the only voices we have as citizens is through the Legislature. So the whole impetus for this is to educate people with the facts.”
Meanwhile, Ditty said she is teaming up with Cobb school board member Kathleen Angelucci to push the fight against Common Core into other counties.
“Myself, Jane and Kathy are going to a Fayette County Tea Party panel to speak on Monday,” she said. They’ll be trading points and counter points with Dr. John Barge, head of the state Board of Education and a supporter of Common Core.
“Jane (Robbins) and Emmett (McGroarty) are the ones who have written all the white papers on the topic. They are the leading experts in the country on this,” Ditty said. “Jane lives in Stone Mountain and is a Harvard-trained attorney.”
The group has also created a website, stopcommoncore.com, and is sending out DVDs that point out the flaws of Common Core.
“I feel like the momentum is really picking up at the grassroots level. The governor is hearing us,” Ditty said. “We really want to sway him to our side.”