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George Will – Doubts Over Common Core
“Leave aside the abundant, fierce, often learned and frequently convincing criticisms of the writing, literature and mathematics standards. Even satisfactory national standards must extinguish federalism’s creativity: At any time, it is more likely there will be half a dozen innovative governors than one creative federal education bureaucracy. And the mistakes made by top-down federal reforms are continental mistakes.”

Disturbing Testimony at Hearing Reveals What is at the Core of Common Core Support
The Wisconsin Regional Training Partnership’s promotional program began with an explanation that Common Core was the centerpiece of their effort to “match up the American educational system with the European educational system of work-ready.”

Wichita, KS Family Speaking Out – Parents homeschooling children in response to Common Core standards
They say what concerns them the most is that most parents have been told little, if anything, about the standards.
They hope no matter the conclusion parents reach, they at least take a closer look and ask questions about what their children are being taught.
“If this does nothing more than wake people up to becoming more involved with their children, that’s great,” Justin said. “But absolutely parents need to become more involved in this.”
You can contact them at truthaboutcommoncore@hotmail.com

South Carolina Governor Haley Vows State Will Ditch Common Core
In a speech to the Greenville County Republican Women’s Club on Jan. 16, according to the Anderson Independent Mail, Haley, a Republican who’s up for re-election this year, said, “We are telling the legislature: Roll back common core. Let’s take it back to South Carolina standards.” She added that if Senate Bill 300 (introduced last year for the state’s 2013-14 legislative session) reaches her desk, she “absolutely will sign it.” In that bill, there’s no pause, no mandated review period—just a straightforward move to remove the standards from the state.

Common Core’s Newer Math
“The problem with Common Core is not that it provides standards, but that, despite its claims, there is a particular pedagogy that accompanies the standards. And this pedagogy is flawed, for, just as in New Math, from the youngest ages Common Core buries students in concepts at the expense of content.”

Karen Lameroux, Arkansas mom, speaks out:
On Glenn Beck
On Fox Business

Didn’t make it to the Capitol last week?

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Thank you to everyone who came to Topeka last week, sent emails, made phone calls and sent letters!
We had a great three days, and enjoyed meeting Kansans from Dodge City to Council Grove to Kansas City.  We had families, parents, grandparents and concerned Kansans voicing their opposition to Common Core!

Didn’t make it to the Capitol last week?
How about this week?  January 21, 22, & 23
Although we will not be there like we were last week, there will be some individuals and small groups planning to be there on those days.  We are happy to put you in contact with them.  Please email kristin@kansansagainstcommoncore.com for details.

Please keep up the phone calls, emails, letters and tweets to your Representative and Senator, and the Governor’s Office.

 STOP COMMON CORE – RECLAIM KANSAS EDUCATION

  • The Kansas Board of Education adopted the national K-12 Common Core standards in English and math in 2010 in order to score points on a federal grant competition…a competition we did not even win….money we did not get!
  • As a result we now have the Common Core standards, and they are of poor quality:
    • They fail to prepare students for studies in science, technology, engineering and math.  They put our students two years behind their peers in high-performing countries by eighth grade, and they are even worse for high school.
    • In English language arts, the Common Core severely de-emphasizes the study of classic literature in favor of drab and simplistic “informational” texts.  It does this despite the fact that the overwhelming evidence is that children should be reading more, not less, classic literature.
    • Prominent child psychiatrists and psychologists have heavily criticized the standards as being age-inappropriate for young children.
  • Kansas needs to reclaim its authority over education.  It needs to get out of the standards and develop world class standards that the Kansans control.
  • The state legislature can do this with passage of a simple law.  But they need to know that this is important.  This is critical.

October 5th in Kansas City

Take Back Our Schools – Missouri Coalition Against Common Core

Kansas City – Saturday October 5, 2013
North Kansas City Community Center 1-6:00*

Register to attend TODAY!

  • The History of Common Core Standards – How Did We Get Here?
  • High Quality Standards For Everyone? Not so much. What about special needs kids? How could
  •  CC harm early learners?
  • Testing Testing Testing
  • Data Collection – The government wants to know everything about your children. How can you protect their privacy?
  • What are your rights according to Missouri state law? How can you begin to assert those rights?
  • What is happening at the federal level when it comes to Common Core, Data Collection and state’s rights to control education
  • The future of education in Missouri – a common sense approach based on local assertion of rights already granted by our constitution and legislature.

There will be break out sessions for various interest groups to network with other grassroots activists.

School Board Members – Know your rights as a School Board member. Compare experiences and network with other board members who are trying to get their district out of the public/private system of common standards.

Grassroots Activists – For parents, taxpayers, teachers, legislators. We’ll talk about everything in our activist kit, answer questions and get you networking.

Non-Public Schools (Catholic/Private/Home Schools) – Whether or not CC is in or coming to your school, you need to know what to watch for and how to keep the quality education you are paying for or providing.

Learn more and receive your Grassroots Action Kit with everything you need to inform people in your district about Common Core and data collection.

Don’t wait for government to hand you back control.  Take back the control that has been yours all along.

Common Core Discussion – Thursday in Liberal, KS

Thursday, July 18th – Common Core Discussion – Liberal Chamber of Commerce, Liberal KS

Legislative Brownbag
Liberal Chamber of Commerce is hosting a Legislative Brownbag Roundtable discussion at the Depot.

Topic:
Common Core Curriculum
Thursday, July 18
Noon to 1:00 PM
Roundtable discussion panel will consist of:
Kansas School Board member Sally Cauble
State Rep. Reid Petty
USD 480 Superintendent Paul Larkin
USD 483 Superintendent Elton Argo
USD 483 staff Donna Argo.

Comments and questions will be taken from the audience.

Bring your lunch!
Tea and cookies will be provided
sponsored by AT&T

Event information on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/events/645252902154364/

Reminder: State BOE Meeting Tomorrow!

Tuesday, July 9th – Kansas State BOE meeting at 10am
Board Room of the Education Building, 120 SE 10th Avenue, Topeka, KS
Citizen Open Forum starts at 10:30am – arrive before 10am to sign up to speak for 3 minutes.
For more information visit http://www.ksde.org/Default.aspx?tabid=61 and view the July meeting agenda here.

Event information on Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/events/320622641404697/

We want to have another great turnout this month, and hope you will join us!
Tomorrow we will ask the State BOE members to
PLEASE VOTE TO KEEP KANSAS UNIVERSITY’S READING & MATH ASSESSMENTS
and to withdraw from the Smarter Balanced Assessments (SBAC) and ACT Aspire testing for Common Core reading and math.
 
There are concerns among Kansas superintendents and local school boards:
-  The cost of implementing these national assessments is 2 to 5 times more than the cost for Kansas University to administer the English and Math assessments.
–  Smarter Balanced (SBAC) assessments are also estimated to take up to 8 hours to complete.
-  There have been serious computer failures and issues with these pilot tests this past Spring.

At the June meeting, after the public comments were completed, the State Board heard a presentation on Smarter Balanced (SBAC) and ACT Common Core tests.  At least four of the 10 State Board members voiced concerns about the costs of both national tests, and the loss of student, parent and teacher privacy if these tests are given to Kansas students. 

There are efforts being made in other states to do the same.  In fact, Oklahoma just announced it would be leaving PARCC on Monday.  Alabama, Georgia, Utah, Pennsylvania and now Oklahoma have decided not to force their students to take either the Smarter Balanced (SBAC) or PARCC national tests.  They are joined by Texas, Virginia, Alaska, Nebraska and Minnesota.  There are similar efforts to stop this waste of time and taxpayer money in Ohio, Michigan, Indiana and Kentucky.

If the Board will vote this month to stay with the Kansas University assessments of English and Math:
- It will save millions of dollars which local school boards can keep in Kansas classrooms rather than purchase expensive technology.
–  The risk of sending “student-level data” and “individual” data on every Kansas principal and teacher to the Federal government is far too great for the State Board to force our schools to give these tests.

 

Event information on Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/events/320622641404697/

Reminder: State BOE Meeting on Tuesday, July 9th

PLEASE attend the State BOE Meeting on Tuesday, July 9th at 10am -
120 SE 10th Ave, Topeka, KS
 
View the July agenda here.
View the June meeting here.

The meeting begins at 10am, but you will need to arrive early if you want to sign-up to speak for 3 minutes in the Citizen Open Forum. The Citizen Open Forum begins at 10:30am.
***If you will not be able to attend in person, but would like to submit a written statement to the BOE to read and have put in the meeting file, please message us and we can have you email it to us to print and present. Last month we had 10 written statements to present the BOE.***

We encourage you to attend, and request that Kansas be removed from the
Smarter Balanced Assessments (SBAC) or the ACT Assessments.

There are concerns among Kansas superintendents and local school boards:
– The cost of implementing these national assessments is 2 to 5 times more than the cost for Kansas University to administer the English and Math assessments.
– Smarter Balanced (SBAC) assessments are also estimated to take up to 8 hours to complete.
– There have been serious computer failures and issues with these pilot tests this past Spring.

At the June meeting, after the public comments were completed, the State Board heard a presentation on Smarter Balanced (SBAC) and ACT Common Core tests. At least four of the 10 State Board members voiced concerns about the costs of both national tests, and the loss of student, parent and teacher privacy if these tests are given to Kansas students.

There are efforts being made in other states to do the same. In fact, Oklahoma just announced it would be leaving PARCC on Monday. Alabama, Georgia, Utah, Pennsylvania and now Oklahoma have decided not to force their students to take either the Smarter Balanced (SBAC) or PARCC national tests. They are joined by Texas, Virginia, Alaska, Nebraska and Minnesota. There are similar efforts to stop this waste of time and taxpayer money in Ohio, Michigan, Indiana and Kentucky.

If the Board will vote this month to stay with the Kansas University assessments of English and Math:
– It will save millions of dollars which local school boards can keep in Kansas classrooms rather than purchase expensive technology.
– The risk of sending “student-level data” and “individual” data on every Kansas principal and teacher to the Federal government is far too great for the State Board to force our schools to give these tests.