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Thursday, April 30, 2015
Joplin R-8 officials decline to participate in KSN Common Core report
(KSN has asked me to correct this report, saying that the district did not refuse to cooperate.C. J. Huff was gone and others were too busy to do a television interview. One of my sources for the story was someone in the R-8 administration who told me the district has refused this and other requests to talk about Common Core. I have also been told by local media sources that other stories have been done on Common Core on television, but had to do without any cooperation from Joplin. The last time the administration addressed Common Core was during a special extended Morning News Watch on KZRG several months ago, in which C. J. Huff took questions from listeners and ran into numerous problems. I have changed the wording since I do not want to cause any problems for KSN, but not making someone available for a report on the first time Common Core tests have been given in Missouri schools seems shortsighted and strange, since there are few R-8 officials who have ever passed up a chance to be on television.)
Since C. J. Huff and Joplin R-8 officials refuse the use the term Common Core, it's no wonder they declined to participate in this KSN report by Carla Pesono on Common Care.
This year is the first time Missouri school districts have had to take Common Core standardized tests.