Parents – not politics

There have been so many articles talking about the politics of Common Core Standards, but it is really about the parents. Moms and dads who are speaking out for their children and for education.  Here are just a few examples – and they are inspiring.  Please watch and read:

 

 

And over the weekend, a dad posted a picture of himself with a Stop Common Core sign and started a facebook page where anyone can post their own picture.  In less than two days, it has grown to over 500 likes and many photos have been posted.  Go parents!

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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.

Tomorrow: KS State BOE September Meeting

TOMORROW!
Tuesday, September 17 at 10am – KS State BOE Meeting

Please join us in Topeka for the KS State BOE meeting! View the September agenda.

If you would like speak in the open forum at 10:30am, please arrive before 10am to sign-up for 3 minutes. If you can’t make it in person, email your statement to kristin(at)kansansagainstcommoncore(dot)com by 5pm TODAY and it will be printed and presented at the meeting. You can also email your statement directly to the Kansas State BOE members.

Here is a great example of questions for the State BOE members:
New Hampshire State Rep Interrogates NH State School Board with These Questions

Over the last several months, citizens have addressed concerns about data collection, student privacy, and student/teacher evaluations related to the SBAC Assessments .  We plan to continue voicing these concerns, and request that Kansas pull out of SBAC and Common Core.    See you tomorrow!

120 SE 10th Ave., Topeka, KS
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Kansas GOP Passes Common Core Resolution (UPDATED)

UPDATED with articles and the resolution document – September 18:
State GOP adopts resolution demanding withdrawal from Common Core, science standards
The Kansas Republican Party has adopted a resolution that demands state leaders reject Common Core school standards and prohibit adoption of new science standards.
State GOP Chair Kelly Arnold said today there is “a groundswell of people” who are opposing Common Core standards for reading and math, which are going into effect in Kansas and 44 other states.
“We feel we lose control over what we are allowed to teach our children here in Kansas,” Arnold said.

Kansas GOP gives failing grade to Common Core
Under the Kansas GOP resolution, Republicans declared the standards were adopted by the state Board of Education “without meaningful input from or even effective notice to Kansas parents, teachers and other taxpayers.”
The resolution declared Common Core “obliterates Kansas’ control over English language arts and mathematics standards in our schools” and implicated the state in an “unconstitutional and illegal transfer of power to the federal government.”
It concluded the new guidelines for Kansas public schools committed the state to “a set of mediocre standards based on questionable philosophies.”

Kansas Republican Party Common Core Resolution

ORIGINAL POST – September 15
Today the Kansas Republican Party State Committee passed a resolution opposing the Common Core Standards.

Here is the text of the resolution:

COMMON CORE RESOLUTION

WHEREAS, adoption of the Common Core Standards

  •  Obliterates Kansas’s control over English language arts and mathematics standards in our schools;
  • Implicates the state in an unconstitutional and illegal transfer of power to the federal government and unaccountable private interests;
  • Commits our state to a set of mediocre standards based on questionable philosophies; and
  • Imposes an enormous unfunded mandate on our state and on our local school districts; and

WHEREAS, adoption of the Common Core Standards was accomplished without meaningful input from, or even effective notice to, Kansas parents, teachers, and other taxpayers; and

WHEREAS, administration of the SMARTER Balanced assessments aligned with Common Core will subject Kansas students to burdensome new testing requirements and will unfairly tie teachers’ evaluations to the scores on the assessments; and

WHEREAS, the scheme that includes the Common Core Standards and the SMARTER Balanced assessments will require the collection and sharing of massive amounts of personal student data, thus threatening student and family privacy and serving no legitimate academic purpose;

RESOLVED, that the Kansas Republican Party that our state leaders should

  • withdraw the state from the Common Core Standards and aligned assessments;
  • prohibit adoption of any standards that require the state to cede any measure of control over their drafting and revision, including but not limited to the Next Generation Science Standards; and
  • prohibit the collection and sharing of private student data for any non-academic purpose.

Upcoming September Events…

Tuesday, September 10 at 7pm – Common Core and You
Learn more about how Common Core affects you, your children and your community.

Minneapolis Public Library
519 Delia Ave, Minneapolis, KS
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Tuesday, September 10 at 6pm – CC Presentation – Hays Tea Party Meeting
Learn more about Common Core. Presentation to follow the first speaker at the meeting.

Thirsty’s Brew Pub and Grill
2704 Vine Street, Hays, KS
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Tuesday, September 17 at 10am – KS State BOE Meeting
Please join us at the KS BOE meeting!

If you would like speak in the open forum at 10:30am, please arrived before 10am to sign-up for 3 minutes. If you can’t make it in person, you can send your statement to all of the BOE members or you can email your statement to us and we will print it and present it at the meeting.

120 SE 10th Ave., Topeka, KS
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