In August, I received a disturbing note from a highly respected expert, Jane Robbins, of the American Principles Project. It described an assault on our best and brightest high school students who are taking Advanced Placement U.S. History. For most of the approximately 450,000 students, this will be their last exposure to American History. The […]
About Chris Quackenbush
Chris Quackenbush has participated in research and legislation over the last 3 years on the issue of Common Core and High Stakes Testing. She participated in a Conference at the University of Notre Dame where she met national leaders and joined in the battle to stop common core in 2013. She co-founded Stop Common Core FL and was asked to chair the stop common core statewide effort for the Florida Citizens Alliance in 2014. She participated in the statewide review of the current FL Standards and met with the State Board and the State Commissioner, bringing national experts to Florida to assist.
She has discussed Common Core personally with Governor Bobby Jindal and Indiana Governor Pence and the successful opponents of common core in Oklahoma. She works with local and state legislators as well as Congressman Curt Clawson to inform them on positions and bills.
In 2014, she worked with a small team creating legislation to stop common core and improve education informed by other state and national efforts, and HB1121 was sponsored in the FL House with a Senate companion, but did not pass. This effort is ongoing.
Chris has traveled the state for the Florida Citizens Alliance speaking for, creating and assisting in the formation of education watchdog groups. She has written numerous articles published on Common Core.
Locally, Chris has served on the Lee County School District Strategic Plan Committee, Book Adoption Committee, Continuous Systemic Improvement Committee, and co-created the Lee County Citizens Education Action Committee.
She is a member of several Republican women’s groups, Lee 912, Heritage Action, and AFP. Chris is an active realtor and Top Producer for Starlink Realty as well.
Chris is a mother of two and grandmother of two who inspire her work to restore Common Sense, NOT Common Core to education.
Entries by Chris Quackenbush
Meetings of The Greater Consortium of Florida School Boards are not usually big news, but this meeting, Friday September 19, in West Palm Beach, Florida was an exception as parents have become a volcano of discontent and school board members are rising to address their concerns. The Consortium is eleven school boards which team together […]
There seems to be a lot of confusion about just what we mean by “high stakes” testing. Many people think it’s the same as the tests we used to take…like final exams. In the “old days” when schools worked, certified teachers taught in accredited schools and the teachers gave final exams and evaluated the body […]
On Wednesday, August 27, 2014 the Lee County School Board voted no more State mandated testing. It was 3/2 and the most exciting evening our district has had, EVER. There were over 400 people, most with red shirts showing support, crowded into the board chambers. We had a tailgate party planned, but so much media […]
Several leaders of the growing “Stop Common Core” movement recently were invited to meet with Dr. Kim McDougal, Governor Rick Scott’s chief adviser on education, in an attempt to dispel concerns about Common Core in Florida. Sadly, our meetings were spent talking past each other with absolutely no progress. McDougal claims that the Florida Legislature made great […]
For over a year I’ve been trying to get an opportunity to talk with the Governor about Common Core concerns to no avail. We have been diverted to staff and flatly refused an audience after dozens of requests, letters and calls. My curiosity has been growing for some time why such a good family man […]
Who have we always trusted as the voice of the parents and teachers? The PTA of course. Most parents have attended meetings and supported PTA, but times are changing. Many of our other pillars of education have been destroyed as well. No longer can we send little Johnny off to school trusting he will come […]
As you entered the Governors Club in Tallahassee, Florida, you spoke to me as a small group of us held signs to get your attention to our serious concerns about your federal education program called Common Core. Three grandmas drove 12 hours each to see you, face to face, and you turned and scoured at […]
Arek Sarkissian, writer for The Florida Current writes: “A pair of bills that would place sole responsibility of textbook choices on local school districts made headway this week despite concern from lawmakers. SB 864, by Sen. Alan Hays R-Umatilla, and HB 921, by Rep. Matt Gaetz, R- Fort Walton Beach, would maximize control of textbook […]
Recent news articles have focused on groups testifying and rallying FOR Common Core, specifically a veteran group, “Mission: Readiness.” After research, this turns out to be a front group, paid by the Gates Foundation and the same Cabal that supports Common Core for obvious financial gain. Mission: Readiness is one of “Five missions with One Voice” as […]
Pam Stewart and many others including John Thrasher, John Legg, Joe Negron, Erik Fresen, Anitere Flores, Don Gaetz, Kelli Stargel, and Will Weatherford are being asked to remove themselves immediately from serving on the Jeb Bush Foundation for Excellence in Education as there is a direct conflict of interest with their position and the state’s interest […]
The Florida State Board of Education (FL SBOE) meeting on Common Core State Standards was held in Orlando on February 18th. Concerned citizens attended to speak and wave signs in protest. Nearly one hundred signed up to speak and implore the Board to reject Common Core in Florida. I must say, I was so proud to […]
With breathtaking hubris, Governor Scott’s Education Commissioner, Pam Stewart, has ignored experts and citizens loud cries to stop the giant experiment called Common Core, which could damage a generation of children. But this is not just a move born of benign ignorance, it is a political calculation. The stakes in their games are enormous. The […]
Esther Rachwal, a member of the Republican Party of Sarasota Executive Committee, in an email states, “I can tell you that at the last REC meeting, Tad Mackie presented a Resolution in support of Florida bill HB 25 [which would stop implementation of Common Core] that most of the people there agreed with. However, then Joe Gruters […]
While opposition to Common Core is not just a conservative issue, we must agree that conservatives have carried a heavy load in this battle against nationalizing education so far. It is shocking that with a Republican Governor and state legislature, conservatives who oppose Common Core have been ignored and vilified. Last Saturday I was part […]