Dad Arrested at Common Core Forum
The father of a 2nd-grader and a 6th-grader who attend Howard County schools in Maryland was arrested in September for speaking out against Common Core at a state Department of Education meeting. While trying to ask questions, Robert Small, a research manager for the Department of Veteran Affairs, was confronted by an off-duty police officer hired to provide security. Video shows the confrontation that results in Small being forcibly escorted from a podium. Small is charged with second-degree assault of a police officer, which can lead to a $2,500 fine and ten years in prison. He was also charged with “disturbing a school operation,” which carries a fine of $2,500 and up to six months in jail.
The purpose of the meeting was to explain Common Core standards being implemented in Maryland schools. The format allowed parents to submit written questions. The questions were then read aloud by Baltimore County School Superintendent Dallas Dance with answers provided by a panel. But parents noticed that Dance had changed the wording of the questions they had submitted, which resulted in answers that were not addressing parents’ concerns.
The State Attorney decided to dismiss charges against Mr. Small.
Small said that he understood that the police officer was just doing his job and that his problem is with school officials who refuse to address parents’ Common Core questions. Mr. Small stated:
Look, I am being manhandled and shut down because I asked inconvenient questions. Why won’t they allow an open forum where there can be a debate? We are told to sit there and be lectured to about how great Common Core is.
EAG News commented, “The bureaucrats can’t withstand a simple challenge from a taxpaying citizen without having the (very polite) critic literally hauled off in handcuffs.”