November 30, 2023





Experts provided information on why Common Core Standards needs to be stopped. The truth about Common Core Standards and what they mean for your children, your community, and the future of our country was presented.  The Common Core standards are national standards portrayed as state-led and voluntary that are being implemented by Washington DC trade groups funded by the federal government and unaccountable, private foundations.


Thais Alvarez- Why the Common Core State Standards are Unconstitutional and How the Common Core Does Not Improve Learning in the Classroom.

Thais graduated from Florida International University with a B.A. in International Relations, a B.S. in Secondary Social Studies Education and a certificate in Caribbean Studies. After teaching the social sciences for several years, she returned to school to obtain her J.D., with honors, from Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad Law Center. At the Law Center, she received the Scholarship Tax Recognition Award and was also invited to join the Nova Law Review where she was appointed the Executive Editor of the Nova Law Review. While at the Law Center, and in conjunction with the Nova Southeastern University School of Business, Thais also obtained a Master of Accounting in 2002. After her admission to the Florida Bar in 2002, Thais continued her legal education at Georgetown University Law Center in Washington D.C., where she obtained an LL.M. in Taxation in 2003.  Thais serves as the South Florida District Leader for Florida Parents Against Common Core. She is the Director of Broward County for Bear Witness Central. On her free time, Thais writes for both Bear Witness Central and  Her full bio can be found here.


Frank De Varona- The Dangers of the Data Mining Component of Common Core and Who is Behind it.

Frank is an educator, historian, journalist, and internationally known expert on politics, economics, foreign affairs, and national security issues. He was an Associate Professor in the Curriculum and Instruction Department, College of Education, at Florida International University (FIU) from 1997 to 2004. During his seven years at FIU, he taught many graduate and undergraduate courses and supervised social studies student teachers in secondary schools. Mr. de Varona was born in Cuba. At the age of 17, he participated in the Bay of Pigs invasion in an effort to eradicate communism in Cuba. After the defeat, he was sentenced to 30 years in prison and served two years.  When Mr. de Varona returned to the United States, he continued his education and received a Bachelor’s degree in political science and economics and a certificate in Latin American Studies from the University of Florida. He earned a Master’s degree in social studies at the University of Miami and a Specialist in Education degree in educational administration and supervision at the University of Florida. He completed additional graduate work at the University of Florida, FIU, and Boston University.  He worked at the U.S. State Department as interpreter, the U.S. Secretary of Education Lamar Alexander appointed Mr. de Varona to the U.S. Department of Education National Council on Educational Statistics Advisory Committee under the administration of George H.W. Bush. In the Miami-Dade County Public Schools he had a 36-year distinguished career.  He has written 20 books and published many articles.  He is the Bear Witness Central Director for the Miami-Dade area.  His full bio can be found here.

Debbie Higginbotham- Parents Plan of Action

I am a proud wife to my husband, Sam Higginbotham, of 15 years. We have 6 beautiful children ranging in ages 14 years to 23 months old. We are expecting our 7 child in February. I am also step-mom to a wonderful 24 year old young woman. She has her own daughter who is 19 months old as well.

I have been researching Common Core for about a year now and public speaking for only about 6 months on the issue. I felt compelled to get involved the more I learned that Common Core was not the only issue that needed to be addressed but the federal overreach and the affect it would have on homeschool families as well. I don’t know clearly where this path is leading me but I trust that God will give me the tools to be affective and speak to the heart of parents wherever I go.