Misguided 'Common Core' column

I'm responding to Tom Barnidge's May 2 Times column "Pleasant Hill forum eager to find fault with Common Core standards."

First, thanks for mentioning the supreme competence of the panelists. Education experts Anthony Cody, Bill Evers, Orlean Koehle and Ze'ev Wurman gave excellent answers to all our questions. No one supporting the "Core" standards came.

Should we just accept that Common Core is law? There never was a debate. The Race to the Top competition, for which applicants had to commit to implement the Core standards for funding and waivers, took place before the standards were publicly released. California provided no meaningful opening for public or legislative input.

Is opposition to Common Core just a right-wing knee-jerk response? Our panel spanned the political spectrum, as do support and opposition to the standards. California is learning from states that have gone before us; of the original 45 Common Core states, more than 30 now want to rescind implementation. It should have been tested on children before its national rollout.

I urge readers to do their own research about this very important change in California education -- go to sites.google.com/site/CCforumPH/home.

Lisa Ackerman

Walnut Creek

We need Glazer's leadership

I have watched Steve Glazer's leadership as an Orinda councilman and a California State University trustee, and have seen firsthand his strength of character, pragmatism and independence. He believes in the promise of California and will not let the threats of special interests quell difficult discussions that concern the future of our state.

A democracy should settle for nothing less than honesty and openness from its leaders. Unfortunately, recent attacks on Glazer are an ugly reminder of how low special interests will go to prevent just that. We deserve better.

Pat Rudebusch

Orinda

Reject Glazer, choose Baker

I keep getting mail from Steve Glazer saying how independent and moderate he is. But he was Jerry Brown's campaign manager. Brown led the fight to defend Judge Rose Bird, along with the largest tax increase in California history.

Realtors in Sacramento are paying for radio ads to get us to vote for Glazer. That doesn't sound independent to me. I see he shared the same political consultant as arrested State Sen. Leland Yee, who also tried to be something he isn't.

Enough of that. I'm voting for the authentic Asssembly District 16 candidate. That's Catharine Baker, small business counsel, mom, school and community volunteer. Join me in voting for Baker on June 3.

Karen Mankowski

Lafayette