Though she claims she has been intimidated and bullied for opposing Common Core, a Missouri kindergarten teacher reportedly testified Thursday in support of a bill that would prohibit the controversial state standards in the state’s public schools.
Speaking before the Missouri Senate Education Committee, Susan Kimball said she has been “strongly discouraged from saying anything negative about Common Core by my administration and some school board members.”
The 20-year veteran teacher also recalled a “professional development meeting” where she was allegedly told: “Be careful about what you post on Facebook, or talk about in the public regarding Common Core. Don’t say anything negative. It could affect your job.”
Though she admitted that it is difficult for her to continue speaking out amid the intimidation, the kids are worth fighting for, she 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,” Kimball said. “And the reason I took this stand is because it was right for my kids. They’re my main priority.”
Missouri Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder expressed disgust at the “sinister intimidation” described by the teacher. He urged her to stay in touch with his office regarding her treatment.
Kimball thanked him for the support because she “doesn’t know what I’m going to face when I get home.”
The Missouri Torch has video of Kimball’s testimony: