Common Core has become the new toy gun. In much the way bringing a plastic water pistol to school (or biting a toaster pastry into a gun shape while on school property) has constituted grounds for suspension, the new object of zero tolerance politics is opposition to the Common Core Curriculum Standards.
From the Times-Herald Record (of upstate New York):
A 13-year-old student at Orange-Ulster BOCES believes she was suspended from school this week as a result of telling other students they didn’t have to take the Common Core English test Tuesday.
The girl, eighth-grader Seirra Olivero, was suspended for two days for insubordination.
While she acknowledges the charge, she contends in a complaint filed with the district that she felt bullied by three administrators because she told other students they didn’t have to take the test.
The child’s mother, Carin Beauchesne, told reporters that her daughter is “being treated like a criminal. She’s a 13-year-old girl.” But William Hecht, Orange-Ulster BOCES’s superintendent, said that the girl’s complaint, which was filed under the state’s Dignity for All Students Act, is being taken seriously. He added that her suspension was a result of her refusing to obey administrators.
The details of the story, which follow, suggest it was a little bit from Column A and a little bit from Column B.