Cheryl Carpenter Klimek
Biz Pac Review
March 28, 2014
A Missouri kindergarten teacher testified Thursday in support of a bill that prohibits the Common Core State Standards – in spite of bullying tactics she revealed were used to keep her from speaking out.
Watch Kimball’s testimony here via The Missouri Torch:
Susan Kimball, a teacher for over 20 years, told the Missouri Senate Education Committee that she has been bullied and intimidated since she began opposing the controversial standards.
“I have been strongly discouraged from saying anything negative about Common Core by my administration and some school board members,” she told the committee.
She and others were warned about speaking out on several occasions, Kimball said.
“In a professional development meeting, um, in-service in November, and at a faculty meeting in January, we were told in my building, and I quote, ‘Be careful about what you post on Facebook, or talk about in the public regarding Common Core,” she said. “Don’t say anything negative. It could affect your job.”
“It’s the reason I’ve been so nervous,” Kimball said. “It’s so hard for me to speak. Because you have no idea what I have been through over the past six weeks because of my stand. And the reason I took this stand is because it was right for my kids. They’re my main priority.”
Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder, who was present at the hearing, was shocked at Kimball’s testimony.
“Surely it’s incumbent of all of us who hold, who are custodians of these offices who belong to the people, to protect you and teachers like you from the sinister intimidation you described,” he said.
He encouraged Kimball to stay in touch with his office.
This article was posted: Friday, March 28, 2014 at 1:09 pm