SURVEY RESULTS

We have started posting the results from the survey emailed to Kansas primary candidates for the State Board of Education, the Kansas Senate and the Kansas House.  Thank you to those who have taken the time to complete the survey.  We will continue to post results as they are submitted.

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Kansans Against Common Core does not endorse candidates, but encourages all Kansans to be active and engaged – and VOTE!

Don’t forget the Kansas primary election is August 5th!

You can find those results by clicking “Survey – Primary Candidates 2014″ at the top menu of the website OR by clicking here: http://kansansagainstcommoncore.wordpress.com/survey-primary-candidates-2014/

Here are the questions that were asked:

1. Contact Info – name, address, city/town, KS, ZIP/Postal code, email address, phone number

2. For what elected office are you running and under which party (if applicable)? Be very specific about the county, district, or seat.

3. Do you believe Common Core Standards (aka The Kansas College and Career Ready Standards) will prepare students to be college and career ready?
– Yes
– No

4. Do you believe it should be a parent’s right to opt out a student from the Common Core aligned high-stakes testing and also opt out a student from the State Longitudinal Database system that currently tracks all students without parental consent?
-Yes
-No

5. With regard to the federal Department of Education, do you support:
– Completely eliminating it
– Changing it to a small research and advisory council
– Leaving it the way it is

6. Do you support the removal of laws that interfere with a parent’s natural right to oversee every aspect of his child’s education, including curriculum, assessments, data tracking, teacher selection, school selection, etc.?
– Yes
– No

7. Do you believe Kansas should provide universal pre-K for all children?
– Yes
– No

8. With regards to your own research about Common Core (aka Kansas Career and Ready Standards), have you done:
– No research of my own
– Some research on my own (i.e. I asked around to a handful of teachers, parents, administrators)
– Substantial research of my own (i.e. I have actually read the Standards and their appendices as well as well as other published material on the subject.)

9. Do you have any questions about Common Core (aka Kansas Career and Ready Standards) or would you like to speak with any representative from Kansans Against Common Core?
– Yes
– No

10. If you want to clarify any of your responses, please do so here.

You can find those results here: http://kansansagainstcommoncore.wordpress.com/survey-primary-candidates-2014/

*Please note:  We are doing our best to contact all the candidates for these offices (State BOE, Kansas Senate, and Kansas House), and have initially emailed using this list provided by the office of the Kansas Secretary of State.  However, some emails have not been deliverable and some candidates do not list one.  If you do not see results from a candidate in your district, please take time to contact them, and ask where they stand on the issue of Common Core.  THANK YOU!

Happy Independence Day!

Happy Independence Day

Happy Independence Day!
Enjoy today and have a wonderful weekend!

We will be spending time with our friends and families, and plan to keep things quiet on our website, facebook and twitter accounts until Monday.  Don’t forget that later next week, we will begin posting results from the survey we are sending to candidates (State BOE, Kansas House, and Kansas Senate) in the upcoming August 5th Primary Election.  We hope you will check back, and continue to share information!
Thank you all for your work to Stop Common Core.

SURVEY – COMING SOON!

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We are happy to share that we are in the process of sending surveys to primary candidates for the August 5th election.  At this time, the surveys are being sent to candidates for the State Board of Education, the Kansas House of Representatives, and the Kansas Senate.  We will begin posting results later next week.

*Kansans Against Common Core does not endorse candidates, but encourages all Kansans to be active and engaged – and VOTE!  Please stay tuned for survey results, and share the information with friends and family.

Here are the survey questions being sent:

1. Contact Info – name, address, city/town, KS, ZIP/Postal code, email address, phone number

2. For what elected office are you running and under which party (if applicable)? Be very specific about the county, district, or seat.

3. Do you believe Common Core Standards (aka The Kansas College and Career Ready Standards) will prepare students to be college and career ready?
– Yes
– No

4. Do you believe it should be a parent’s right to opt out a student from the Common Core aligned high-stakes testing and also opt out a student from the State Longitudinal Database system that currently tracks all students without parental consent?
-Yes
-No

5. With regard to the federal Department of Education, do you support:
– Completely eliminating it
– Changing it to a small research and advisory council
– Leaving it the way it is

6. Do you support the removal of laws that interfere with a parent’s natural right to oversee every aspect of his child’s education, including curriculum, assessments, data tracking, teacher selection, school selection, etc.?
– Yes
– No

7. Do you believe Kansas should provide universal pre-K for all children?
– Yes
– No

8. With regards to your own research about Common Core (aka Kansas Career and Ready Standards), have you done:
– No research of my own
– Some research on my own (i.e. I asked around to a handful of teachers, parents, administrators)
– Substantial research of my own (i.e. I have actually read the Standards and their appendices as well as well as other published material on the subject.)

9. Do you have any questions about Common Core (aka Kansas Career and Ready Standards) or would you like to speak with any representative from Kansans Against Common Core?
– Yes
– No

10. If you want to clarify any of your responses, please do so here.

*NEW* Opt Out of Assessments (VIDEO)

School may be out for summer,
but you can still find information about opting out of assessments.

Check out this great video (less than 2minutes) created by a Kansas dad…  watch, share and OPT OUT!

VISIT: OPT OUT for Information and Forms.

Common Core Testing Opt Out Form

Common Core Testing Opt Out Form – Version 2

Common Core Testing Opt Out Form – Version 3 Letter

Opt Out FAQs

Letter from KSDE – Opt Out

Articles: Testing and Opting Out

 

COMING TO A CITY NEAR YOU! Kansas State Board of Education Invites Public to Participate in Focus Groups

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Kansas State Board of Education Invites Public to Participate in Focus Groups as Search for New Education Commissioner Begins

 

The Kansas State Board of Education will host focus groups across the state to gather constituent input as the search for Kansas’ new Commissioner of Education gets underway. Former Education Commissioner Dr. Diane DeBacker submitted her resignation in April to accept a position as the Advisor to the Director General of the Abu Dhabi Education Council.

 

In the preliminary phase of the search process, a series of focus groups will be conducted in several State Board Districts to gather constituent feedback as to what they believe to be the most critical educational issues in Kansas, and the experiences and skills they feel are essential for this leadership position.

There are upcoming opportunities for YOU to participate in public focus groups being held by the Kansas State Board of Education.  We apologize for the short notice, but hope you will make an effort to attend and invite friends and family.  It is so important that we all become active and engaged on the local level, and PARTICIPATE…. you can’t change things if you don’t.

THURSDAY, MAY 29th at 7pm – SHAWNEE MISSION
THURSDAY, MAY 29th at 6:30pm – WICHITA, KS

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 4th at 6:30pm – CHANUTE, KS
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 4th at 7pm – COLBY, KS
THURSDAY, JUNE 5th at 7pm – GREAT BEND, KS
*Details for each event below. 

Here is the information from the Kansas State Department of Education website:

  • THURSDAY, MAY 29th at 7pm – SHAWNEE MISSION

Kansas State Board of Education Invites Public to Participate in Focus Groups as Search for New Education Commissioner Begins
The public is invited to a forum to discuss the criteria for the next Commissioner of Education in Kansas. It is sponsored by local public schools of northern Johnson County — USD 229, Blue Valley Schools; USD 232, De Soto Schools; and USD 512, Shawnee Mission Schools, is the host for the forum. The event is also sponsored by the Kansas State Board of Education. Anyone can attend.

Steve Roberts will facilitate the event. As a member of the State Board, he has a vote in who the next commissioner will be.

The Public Forum begins at 7 p.m., scheduled for 90 minutes, at Shawnee Mission Northwest High School.

  • THURSDAY, MAY 29th at 6:30pm – WICHITA, KS

Kansas State Board of Education Invites Public to Participate in Focus Groups as Search for New Education Commissioner Begins

The Kansas State Board of Education will host focus groups across the state to gather constituent input as the search for Kansas’ new Commissioner of Education gets underway. Former Education Commissioner Dr. Diane DeBacker submitted her resignation in April to accept a position as the Advisor to the Director General of the Abu Dhabi Education Council.

In the preliminary phase of the search process, a series of focus groups will be conducted in several State Board Districts to gather constituent feedback as to what they believe to be the most critical educational issues in Kansas, and the experiences and skills they feel are essential for this leadership position.

 

In Board Districts 8 and 10, Board members Kathy Busch and Jim McNiece will together conduct a focus group:

Thursday, May 29, 2014

6:30 pm

Christa McAuliffe Academy

2055 S. 143rd Street East

Wichita, Kansas

 

The session is free and open to the public.

  • WEDNESDAY, JUNE 4th at 6:30pm – CHANUTE, KS

Kansas State Board of Education Invites Public to Participate in Focus Groups as Search for New Education Commissioner Begins

The Kansas State Board of Education will host focus groups across the state to gather constituent input as the search for Kansas’ new Commissioner of Education gets underway. Former Education Commissioner Dr. Diane DeBacker submitted her resignation in April to accept a position as the Advisor to the Director General of the Abu Dhabi Education Council.

In the preliminary phase of the search process, a series of focus groups will be conducted in several State Board Districts to gather constituent feedback as to what they believe to be the most critical educational issues in Kansas, and the experiences and skills they feel are essential for this leadership position.

 

Board Chair Jana Shaver, representing District 9, will conduct a focus group:

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

6:30 pm

Memorial Auditorium, Alliance Room

101 S. Lincoln

Chanute, Kansas

 

The session is free and open to the public.

  • WEDNESDAY, JUNE 4th at 7pm – COLBY, KS

Kansas State Board of Education Invites Public to Participate in Focus Groups as Search for New Education Commissioner Begins

The Kansas State Board of Education will host focus groups across the state to gather constituent input as the search for Kansas’ new Commissioner of Education gets underway. Former Education Commissioner Dr. Diane DeBacker submitted her resignation in April to accept a position as the Advisor to the Director General of the Abu Dhabi Education Council.

In the preliminary phase of the search process, a series of focus groups will be conducted in several State Board Districts to gather constituent feedback as to what they believe to be the most critical educational issues in Kansas, and the experiences and skills they feel are essential for this leadership position.


Mrs. Cauble will also conduct the following focus groups.

All sessions are free and open to the public.

  • THURSDAY, JUNE 5th at 7pm – GREAT BEND, KS

Kansas State Board of Education Invites Public to Participate in Focus Groups as Search for New Education Commissioner Begins

The Kansas State Board of Education will host focus groups across the state to gather constituent input as the search for Kansas’ new Commissioner of Education gets underway. Former Education Commissioner Dr. Diane DeBacker submitted her resignation in April to accept a position as the Advisor to the Director General of the Abu Dhabi Education Council.

In the preliminary phase of the search process, a series of focus groups will be conducted in several State Board Districts to gather constituent feedback as to what they believe to be the most critical educational issues in Kansas, and the experiences and skills they feel are essential for this leadership position.


Mrs. Cauble will also conduct the following focus groups.

All sessions are free and open to the public.

OKLAHOMA!

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In case you missed it, the Oklahoma legislature passed HB3399 – REPEAL/STOP COMMON CORE – last Friday, May 23rd.

As Gretchen Logue, Missouri Education Watchdog, writes…
Oklahoma Goes Where No State Legislature Has Gone Before
It’s astounding when concerned citizens have to celebrate a state legislature reclaiming control of what is rightfully theirs to control: the educational development and delivery of their standards.  State legislatures should NEVER have had to spend time in session undoing what is illegal.  Governors overstepped their authority to sign their states on to the concept of national standards (they weren’t even written) and give away their state’s right to set educational standards and assessments to private companies.   It is astounding that a state legislature has to pass legislation to thwart the plans of private organizations to take over the control of public education and bypasses voters and legislators.

Read the entire press release from Restore Oklahoma Public Education HERE:

Bill To Repeal And Stop Common Core Passes Oklahoma House and Senate May 23
If signed, HB3399 would be the most thorough removal of Common Core from any state of adoption in the nation to date.  The bill:

  1. Repeals Common Core from state law, creating a framework for standards to be written by Oklahomans over a two year time period.
  2. Directs a return to the state’s previous standards and tests during the interim.
  3. Requires the “mastery of the “standard algorithms in math” – the “most logical, efficient way of solving a problem that consistently works”, in attempt to curb the concept of ‘fuzzy math’.
  4. Requires Oklahoma’s new standards be compared against the Common Core State Standards to ensure they are NOT in alignment.
  5. Provides legislative review and approval of finalized standards as created through the State Board of Education.
  6. Prohibits the state Board of Education from entering into any agreements that would in any way cede control or authority of Oklahoma standards or tests.
  7. Directs standards and tests to be developmentally appropriate.
  8. Creates a paper and pencil test option in the event online testing creates issues for students.

And the question now…
Nation Waits on OK Gov. Fallin: Will She Repeal Common Core Standards?

“The citizens of Oklahoma have achieved an astounding victory. Armed with the facts, they demanded that their legislators defend their rights and the constitutional structure that protects those rights,” said Emmett McGroarty, APP’s Education Director, in a press release. “They did so in the face of an aggressive federal government, the elitists in both parties, and the powerful education industrial complex hellbent on exploiting our children.”

“The issue now is whether Governor Fallin will stand with the moms, dads, and other citizens in Oklahoma, or will she stand with the federal government and corporatists,” McGroarty said.

What can you do to help support the Oklahoma legislation and our friends in Oklahoma?
HERE ARE TWO SIMPLE THINGS:

1. Restore Oklahoma Public Education has made it easy to send a letter to Governor Fallin.  They have put together letters (one for in state and one for out of state) with instructions for you to copy, paste and submit!

DETAILS HERE: Letters To Copy And Paste For Governor Fallin – PLEASE SIGN HB3399
As many of you know, HB3399 (the repeal and replacement of Common Core) passed from both the Oklahoma House and Senate by an overwhelming majority Friday the 23rd.  Shortly thereafter, the legislature went Sine Di.  Governor Fallin has until June 2 to sign HB3399 to sign the bill into law.  If she chooses not to act, the bill will die by pocket veto.

2.  PLEASE SIGN and share this letter by the American Principles Project to Governor Mary Fallin, NGA Chair:

Over 5000 Americans have now signed our ‪#NGAEndCommonCore‬ letter telling NGA Chair Governor Mary Fallin to ‪#StopCommonCore‬!

http://ngaendcommoncore.com/

American Principles Project:
Join American Principles Project, Eagle Forum, HSLDA, Pioneer Institute, Michelle Malkin and others urging Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin, Chair of the National Governors Association, to end the Common Core State Standards Initiative. Through this initiative the NGA has enabled corporations and other private interests to drive education policy which has compromised the power of parents. So we are asking parents, educators and concerned citizens to add their names with ours in order to stop the Common Core State Standards.

THANK YOU!!!

Time’s up!

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As you may already know, the Kansas Legislature has finished the session  Unfortunately, Common Core and the Next Generation Science Standards were not repealed and replaced.  We still have “Kansas College and Career Ready Standards”.

What’s next?
Please continue to share and speak out about Common Core with friends, family, neighbors, teachers, etc.  Be factual and concise.  Common Core IS more than standards, and this can make it very easy to get lost in the weeds.  Start with the basics.  Here are several good places to start:

Be involved in your local community!  Speak with others, distribute literature, write an editorial for a newspaper, host an event, have an information table at a community festival or event, walk in a parade, attend local board meetings, run for the school board, attend town halls, contact Governor Brownback, contact your legislators, contact those running in the upcoming election cycle and know where they stand on Common Core, consider running for a position, contact your KS State Board of Education member, attend a KS State Board of Education meeting, consider running for the board…

BECOME INVOLVED!!!

Thank you all for the absolutely amazing amount of personal time and investment you have given to the fight to reclaim Kansas education.  The session may be over, but the opposition to Common Core is only growing.

Kansans Against Common Core