Mark your calendar!

There are many upcoming opportunities for you to learn more about Common Core.

We hope to see you at one of these events happening across Kansas.  Please share!

Fall

OCTOBER 2013

Wednesday, October 30

Common Core Presentation – Basehor, KS
Basehor Public Library at 7:00pm
The Superintendent of Basehor Linwood will be presenting.
http://www.usd458.org/gen/blvs/Superintendents_Blog_p1316.html

Event information on facebook – https://www.facebook.com/events/280979008727680/

NOVEMBER 2013

Monday, November 4 – CONCORDIA

A Chance to Learn More About Common Core at 6:30pm
The Schmitz Residence, 513 West 8th street, Concordia
Common Core is being adopted by many states in the USA as the new way to
teach our students. However, many states have now rejected it as well which
include Texas and Nebraska.
Come hear facts and make up your own mind: do you own homework!
Event information on facebook – https://www.facebook.com/events/537979769613859/

Monday, November 4 – JOHNSON COUNTY

Tuesday, November 5 – TOPEKA, MANHATTAN & GARDEN CITY

Wednesday, November 6 – WICHITA & PITTSBURG

Education Standards in Kansas – Americans for Prosperity
Kansas has adopted a new set of K-12 academic standards that takes decision-making authority away from teachers and parents and hands it to a far-away bureaucracy. The problem is that these one-size-fits all rules don’t give teachers much room to innovate in the classroom. Come to one of our expert panels to hear about the dangers of top-down, cookie-cutter standards that are affecting children all over America.

http://americansforprosperity.org/kansas/newsroom/register-now/

Johnson County – 7:15 p.m. Monday, Nov. 4 at the Antioch Branch of the Johnson County Public Library (8700 Shawnee Mission Parkway, Merriam). REGISTER HERE

Topeka – 7 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 5 at the Topeka Country Club (2700 SW Buchanan). REGISTER HERE

Manhattan – 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 5 at Holiday Inn (1641 Anderson Avenue). REGISTER HERE

Garden City – 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 5 in the Endowment Room of the Beth Tedrow Student Center at Garden City Community College (801 Campus Drive). REGISTER HERE

Wichita – 7:30 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 6 at the Petroleum Club (100 N. Broadway, Suite 900). REGISTER HERE

Pittsburg – 11 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 6 at Lamplighter Inn (4020 S. Parkview Dr., Frontenac). REGISTER HERE

Read more: http://americansforprosperity.org/kansas/newsroom/register-now/#ixzz2jBYNmrQD

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 16 – QUINTER & HAYS

Come hear from our panel of education experts and regular moms as they discuss real solutions in K-12 education from the bottom-up and the dangers of top-down, cookie-cutter standards that are affecting children all over America right now.

What do you know about College & Career Ready Standards? The problem is that these national standards create expectations for our teachers without equipping them to fulfill those expectations.
You know that there are issues in our public school system that are making it tougher for the next generation of Kansans to have more opportunity than ours.

QUINTER – To sign up, register online at https://quinter-education-panel.eventbrite.com/
HAYS – To sign up, register online at https://hays-education-panel.eventbrite.com/
or contact Phoebe Pierpoint at 316-217-6515 or ppierpoint@afphq.org

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TRICK-OR-TREAT

Halloween Printable

Thanks to Jenni – Restore Oklahoma Public Education for making these “Kansas” just for us.
Here are her instructions…
PRINT THESE OUT AND PUT IN TRICK OR TREAT BAGS OR TAPE ON CANDY! I put this together in Publisher as a quarter page card. This is a jpg file. You should be able to right click on the picture, click on “save file as”, then paste it four times into a Word document on an 8 1/2×11 page. Print it out, cut out the squares and Voila!

Happy Halloween! #stopcommoncore

Halloween Hand Out - kansas

weekly recap – October 4

Do you know that the Common Core Standards were never tested?
Common Core is an experiment.
And it is an unconstitutional experiment on our children.

Even Bill Gates says ‘It would be great if our education stuff worked but…

If you watch or listen to just one thing about Common Core THIS is it…
Spellbinding Words of Wisdom – Hoosiers Against Common Core
To see what a truly well-educated person sounds like, please take the time to watch the spellbinding testimony below of retired teacher, Bonnie Fisher, who testified before the Indiana Legislative Study Committee at the September 10th hearing.  Ms. Fisher’s experience in education is varied and extends far beyond that of  the K-12 classroom, including extensive reviews of over 800 textbooks from both today and decades gone by.   Her eloquence and command of the English language is truly breathtaking and will leave you in awe of her.
 
Want to know more about Common Core Math?
Math Teacher testifies in NH Common Core – Not good for students
Want to know more about the assessments? 

Listen to this presentation from NH – Tests are FLAWED

Computer grading will destroy our schools
The deepest reason to get rid of automated essay grading is not that the statistical correlations aren’t good enough yet (this is fixable) or that one can cleverly trick the computer (this is true, but not the root issue). The reason to get rid of automated essay grading is that the whole point of doing something like writing an essay is to learn to engage on a level that machines cannot participate in or really appreciate

 
The College Board and SAT scores…
False Alarm
Ginning up alarm may be lucrative business, but education policy requires a more mature discourse.
 
More about the changes to FERPA…
Who has access to your kid’s information? More people than you think
Regulatory amendments released in 2011 by the Education Department effectively tear down these protections and shift the responsibility of determining who has access to student data from parents to bureaucrats and administrators. Under the regulations, schools, districts and states have the ability to designate “authorized representatives” that can receive personally identifiable information without consent if they are deemed to have a “legitimate interest.” Data can now be shared with trade unions, non-educational government agencies, and private companies developing educational products and services. The Education Department even acknowledges that nothing in the regulations prohibit a state politician or private company from being designated.

And in case you missed it…
Complaint Against Science Standards Filed in Federal Court
The Complaint and additional information may be found on COPE’s website: www.COPEinc.org.
The Complaint alleges that the Kansas Board’s adoption on June 11, 2013, of A Framework for K-12 Science Education and the Next Generation Science Standards (the F&S) “will have the effect of causing Kansas public schools to establish and endorse a non-theistic religious worldview” in violation of the First and Fourteenth Amendments to the U.S. Constitution.
 
Just added to our website – Kansans Speak Out

What do Kansans think about Common Core?  We want to hear from you!
Please read these statements and personal stories from parents, grandparents, teachers, and other Kansans

October – Upcoming Events

Learn more about Common Core at one of these Upcoming Events!  Oct 5th, 18th and 23rd

Saturday, October 5 –

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.
Event information on facebook – https://www.facebook.com/events/331967413615058/

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Friday, OCTOBER 18 –

Common Core Presentation – Gardner, KS
Grange Hall at 7pm
Speakers –
Dr. Chappell
Megan King
Rep. Sutton
Sen. Apple
Common Core Pres.
Event information on facebook – https://www.facebook.com/events/169195353284731/

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Wednesday, October 23 –

Common Core Presentation – Salina, KS
Salina Public Library
Speakers –
Dr. Chappell
Vanessa Everhart
Event information on facebook – https://www.facebook.com/events/332988216845550/