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Submitted to New York Times but not published

To the editor

A Violation of the Common Core Standards

**In a press release announcing the launching of The Common Core State

Standards ("States Receive a Reading List: New Standards for

Education," June 2), former Colorado Governor Roy Romer is quoted as

saying: "Common standards ensure that every child across the country

is getting the best possible education, no matter where a child lives

or what their background is."**

Clearly, neither Gov. Romer nor any of those who reviewed the press

release have mastered Standard L.3.1f: "Ensure subject-verb and

pronoun antecedent agreement;" (grades 3-12) and Standard L.6. 1e:

"Recognize and correct inappropriate shifts in pronoun number and

person." (grades 6-12) (page 56 of the Common Core State Standards).

We are told that adoption of the Standards will ensure that Americans

will be able to compete in the 21st century global economy. How can we

hope to do this if we continue to make and allow inappropriate shifts

in pronoun number?

Additional information:

Gov. Romer also served as superintendent of Los Angeles Unified School


Press release, US Department of Education, "National Governors

Association and State Education Chiefs Launch Common State Academic


Stephen Krashen & Susan Ohanian

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