Children should not be measured like products of “factory style” schools, where we sort out the “defective” student products and throw them away. They should be educated based on their individual, God given spark of genius, to be the best they can be. When you test a monkey, a fish, and an elephant on their […]
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
WHO ARE THE PLAYERS? The Left: loves the upside down history rewritten to show America’s heroes as villains, loves the super sexed texts and progressive themes. Loves the emphasis on politically correct “group think” over individual responsibility, loves the humanist approach and moral relativity taught today, loves the “one World” theme of equalizing outcomes. They […]
This is part two in a series of articles on the complex issues surrounding the national debate over the controversial Common Core. To read Part I click here. Our faulty, Common Core Standards HOW THE STANDARDS WERE WRITTEN Diane Ravich, education historian, wrote an excellent article in the Washington Post on her top reason for rejecting […]
Grading our Teachers, Schools and Districts on Student Test results- Has it worked to improve K-12 Education? I am a stickler for the facts, but they can be annoying to those who have a stake in the outcome, and must be hidden when they fail to support the desired conclusion. This is the case with […]
Our Florida State and Federal legislators claim we must hold schools accountable for results so that they, the government, can cost justify the expense of education to the taxpayers. Since 1985, they have increased their emphasis on testing, culminating in No Child Left Behind, Race to the Top and Common Core. Well, let’s see how […]
Someone please wake me up from this bad dream! Did our state and federal government just resurrect Dr. Mengele and unleash him on our kids? This has got to be the cruelest hoax of the century. Let me get this straight. There is a social engineering testing company we have paid $220 million to experiment […]
A group of concerned experts got together to create logical and thoughtful solutions (HB1121 and SB1496), informed by other states’ efforts to remove Common Core and high stakes testing. We were excited to present the best solutions we’d seen nationwide. We trooped off to Tallahassee and presented this to as many Florida legislators as possible. […]
Here’s a simple question for you to ask YOUR representative and Senator: “Are you representing your constituents and the children and educators of your district? Or do you just push the buttons they tell you to push?” “Did you make a back room deal, or do you really believe (not!) that the education bill now […]
On March 5th, a standing room only crowd of geographically and politically diverse groups came together in the Capitol Building of the Florida State Legislature for the “March for the Children” to support changes to our system of education spelled out in SB 1496 by Senator Evers and companion bill, HB 1121, by Representative Tobia. […]
This week, Once again, several grassroots activists fighting to restore local control and to bring common sense not common core to education, headed off for the long drive to Tallahassee. Bob Root, of American Patriot News hosted us from the outskirts of the city and we helped put his excellent papers together for distribution. We […]
Florida State Senator John Legg has presented a new bill February 2, 2015 with much fanfare, Education Accountability – SB 616. Like most other efforts by those who created the problem, this one creates more questions than answers. His bill attempts to solve the problem of too much testing by simply demanding that schools should limit […]
Today I received the newest policy release from the Florida Association of District School Superintendents. To say that I was disappointed is an understatement. It pledges full support for Common Core by name. The new report advocates convoluted minor reforms to adjust to changes and declining student performance which they do not understand, or will not address. Joy […]
BREAKING NEWS! There is a bill in bill drafting to solve Florida’s education issues. Here are the details. Issue 1: Standards – What they are learning. The Commissioner will select several of the best standards from pre 2009 for the local districts to select. The Commissioner will select these standards for English and math are free and not […]
Here’s important information I heard in the Florida State Senate Pre K-12 Education Committee hearing I attended in Tallahassee January 7, 2015. At hour 1:15, after Commissioner Pam Stewart’s presentation, Senator Gaetz said this: “Here’s what I’ve learned today” “We don’t know how much time is consumed by Statewide Assessments.” “We don’t know how much money […]
It is often said, If you’re not catching flak you’re not over the target, so we must be mighty close in our battle against Common Core. Jeb Bush decided he’s had quite enough, and has “lost patience” with Common Core opponents, he said in a December 2nd article. What he means is we should stop upsetting […]