Update August 14, 2014
State Director, Tanya Ditty, speaks out on the new APUSH Curriculum Framework: Georgia Republicans duck sequel to the fight over Common Core, Atlanta Journal Constitution, August 14, 2014
State School Board Update:
Tanya Ditty, Concerned Women for America (CWA) of Georgia State Director, testified at the SBOE meeting along with Jane Robbins with the American Principles Project (APP). Ms. Ditty and Ms. Robbins were both allotted three minutes to testify against the new APUSH Curriculum Framework. Becky Chambers, Program Manager for Advanced Placement at the GA Department of Education was given nearly an hour to speak in favor of the new Framework. Ms. Chambers also answered “softball” questions from the board.
CWA of Georgia and APP requested the SBOE consider passing a resolution that would ask the College Board to postpone the rollout of the new Framework for at least a year. Because the SBOE chose to do nothing, Georgia’s AP US History students will now be subjected to curriculum that is an antithesis to our national heritage.
Office of the Governor Update:
Tanya Ditty and Jane Robbins met with Gov. Nathan Deal’s education policy advisor, Erin Hames on Tuesday, July 29, 2014 to express concerns about the Framework. Ms. Hames said she would look into the matter. So far, there has been no word from Ms. Hames.
Immediate Action items
- Contact State Board of Education Chair Helen Odom Rice today and urge her to pass this resolution that demands the delay of the implementation and rewrite of the AP U.S. History Curriculum Framework. Phone: (404) 657-7410 / E-mail
- Contact Gov. Nathan Deal and urge him to support passage of the above resolution. Phone: 404-656-1776 / Online contact form
Click here to access to the archived recording of the APUSH conference call and documents/web article resources.
Click here for additional suggested action items. Note: We have received the expenditure totals for Advanced Placement in Georgia. The report will posted soon.
Georgia specific resources:
- APUSH Fact Sheet
- Comprehensive evaluation of the Georgia U.S. History standards and the APUSH revisionist history standards