One week ago…

Support HB 2621 Rally - Wednesday, February 19th

One week ago…

Kansans gathered at the Capitol in Topeka to rally in support of HB 2621, and to attend the House Education Committee hearing for the bill.

There were people who attended from Garden City, Hays, Salina, Wichita, Dodge City, Manhattan, Wichita, Pittsburg, Manhattan, Lawrence, Topeka, Olathe, Spring Hill, Lenexa, Shawnee, Gardner, Leawood, and many other locations.  Kansans who took time off from work, found childcare, and covered travel expenses.

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The room for the hearing was full, and the overflow went outside into the hall.

There were so many speakers, about 70 total with 30 supporting HB 2621, that time  allowed for presenting testimony was limited to only 90 seconds.  Those testifying did their best to make their messages as concise as possible.  Excellent testimony was presented in opposition to Common Core (Kansas College and Career Ready Standards).

The time quickly passed, and the hearing was over.  The bill was not discussed by the committee, and it was not voted on.  That means there is still work to do!  PLEASE:

  • Continue to contact the House Education Committee members and tell them to STOP Common Core and support HB 2621

  • Continue to contact your own Kansas Representative and Kansas Senator and tell them to STOP Common Core and support HB 2621

  • Continue to contact the Governor’s Office

  • AND PLEASE – Continue to share the truth about Common Core (Kansas College and Career Ready Standards) with friends, family, neighbors, etc.  It is so important to encourage others to get involved at the local level!

THANK YOU to everyone who attended the rally!

THANK YOU to everyone who attending the hearing, submitted testimony and presented testimony!

THANK YOU to everyone who made phone calls and sent emails!

THANK YOU to everyone who has been following, sharing, posting, praying and supporting the effort to reclaim education in Kansas!

THANK YOU!

Hearing for HB 2621 - Wednesday, February 19th

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Upcoming Events – February & March

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Don’t miss one of these opportunities to grab a friend and attend an event to learn more about Common Core (Kansas College & Career Ready Standards).  Make sure to visit our UPCOMING EVENTS page often, and sign-up for our email UPDATES.

If you are interested in hosting a meeting and are looking for someone to present about Common Core, please email kristin(at)kansansagainstcommoncore(dot)com.  We will do our best to help find someone to speak at your event.  We want to help inform and connect as many Kansans as possible!

FEBRUARY 2014

  • Wednesday, February 26th – Common Core Standards Presentation (Leavenworth)

  • Thursday, February 27th – Johnson County Townhall: Setting the Record Straight on Common Core (Olathe)

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Wednesday, February 26th at 6pm

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A free, public presentation on Common Core State Standards, a new educational approach in Kansas, is scheduled for 6-8 p.m. Feb 26 in the Jahn Room at Leavenworth Public Library, 427 Spruce St. The room accommodates 45 people.

The Kansas chapter of the Conservative Party of the USA is the event sponsor.

Facebook event information: https://www.facebook.com/events/478576158920612/

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Thursday, February 27 at 7pm

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PLEASE HELP SPREAD THE WORD!!! Share with friends and family, and make sure you bring someone with you to the meeting.

DOWNLOAD AND PRINT FLYER TO POST & SHARE: OLATHE CC TOWNHALL FLYER

The town hall will be held at the Indian Creek Community Church in Olathe on Thursday, February 27th, at 7 p.m. The doors will open at 6:30pm.

Speakers for the event include Paul Schwartz, a concerned parent and IT professional, and Mike Jones, a concerned father of seven kids. There will be a time for questions and answers at the end.

In addition to walking away with a better understanding of Common Core, you will learn a variety of ways that you can personally get involved and make a difference. Remember, Common Core is not a “left” or “right” issue; it is non-partisan and the effects will be felt across our nation now and into the future.

– The standards are of poor quality and put our children two years behind those of high performing nations.

– They substitute classic literature for drab informational text at a time when our children need to be reading more classic literature to prepare for college.

– The standards are age inappropriate in grade k-3 according to child psychologist across the nation.

– Data privacy issues with the Data being collected.

Facebook event information: https://www.facebook.com/events/651226921603082/

MARCH 2014

  • Monday, March 3rd at 6pm – Common Core – Do you know the real truth? (Lawrence, KS) *Details below.

  • Thursday, March 13th at 7pm – Is Our Children’s Right to Privacy being Infringed Upon? (Mound City, KS) *Details below.

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MONDAY, MARCH 3 at 6pm

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Common Core – Do you know the real truth?
Monday, March 3 at 6pm
Presented by the Douglas County Republican Party

Famous Dave’s – Lawrence, KS

Guest speakers:
Rep. Willie Dove, Kansas Representative for the 38th District
Megan King, parent and co-founder Kansans Against Common Core
Paul Schwartz, parent and IT professional
For more details and to REGISTER visit: http://dgcountygop.org/ai1ec_event/common-core-do-you-know-the-real-truth/?instance_id=3424

Facebook event information: https://www.facebook.com/events/1399059623687079/

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Thursday, March 13 at 7pm

Is Our Children’s Right to Privacy being Infringed Upon?

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THURSDAY, MARCH 13th from 7-9pm
BUNKER HILL COMMUNITY CENTER
310 MAIN STREET
MOUND CITY, KANSAS

COMMON CORE STANDARDS DATA MINING AND KANSAS LEGISLATIVE UPDATES
FEATURED SPEAKER: PAUL SCHWARTZ, KANSAS DATA MINING EXPERT, COMMUNICATOR, VETERAN AND FATHER

SPONSORED BY THE LINN COUNTY TEA PARTY – Light Refreshments Served

Facebook event information: https://www.facebook.com/events/713007005397031/

TODAY! Please CALL & EMAIL all House Education Committee members!

#stopcommoncore

TODAY!!! 
Please contact EVERY member of the House Education Committee,
and tell them to support HB 2621.
*All contact information is listed below.

TOMORROW!!!
RALLY & HEARING
The hearing is tomorrow at 1:15pm,
Room 112-N, Kansas Capitol, Topeka, KS.

NOW is the time to STOP Common Core
(Kansas College and Career Ready Standards)
and Reclaim Kansas Education!

House Education Committee Chair
Rep. Kasha Kelley 151-S
Phone: 785 296-7671
Email:kasha.kelley@house.ks.gov

Vice Chair
Rep. Ward Cassidy 151-S
Phone: 785 296-7616
Email:ward.cassidy@house.ks.gov

Ranking Minority Member
Rep. Ed Trimmer 174-W
Phone: 785 296-7122
Email:ed.trimmer@house.ks.gov

Rep. Sue Boldra 352-W
785 296-4683, sue.boldra@house.ks.gov
Rep. John Bradford 166-W
785 296-7653, john.bradford@house.ks.gov
Rep. Carolyn Bridges 174-W
785 296-7646, carolyn.bridges@house.ks.gov
Rep. Diana Dierks 519-N
785 296-7642, diana.dierks@house.ks.gov
Rep. Willie Dove 167-W
785 296-7670, willie.dove@house.ks.gov
Rep. John Ewy 512-N
785 296-7105, john.ewy@house.ks.gov
Rep. Shanti Gandhi 167-W
785 296-7672, shanti.gandhi@house.ks.gov
Rep. Amanda Grosserode 274-W
785 296-7659, amanda.grosserode@house.ks.gov
Rep. Dennis Hedke 581-W
785 296-7699, dennis.hedke@house.ks.gov
Rep. Ron Highland 559-W
785 296-7310, ron.highland@house.ks.gov
Rep. Roderick Houston 54-S
785 296-7652, roderick.houston@house.ks.gov
Rep. Jerry Lunn 352-S
785 296-7675, jerry.lunn@house.ks.gov
Rep. Nancy Lusk 54S
785 296-7651, nancy.lusk@house.ks.gov
Rep. Kelly Meigs 187-N
785 296-7656, kelly.meigs@house.ks.gov
Rep. Melissa Rooker 168-W
785 296-7686 melissa.rooker@house.ks.gov
Rep. Valdenia Winn 451-S
785 296-7657 valdenia.winn@house.ks.gov

COPY & PASTE EMAIL LIST:
kasha.kelley@house.ks.gov, ward.cassidy@house.ks.gov, ed.trimmer@house.ks.gov, sue.boldra@house.ks.gov, john.bradford@house.ks.gov, carolyn.bridges@house.ks.gov, diana.dierks@house.ks.gov, willie.dove@house.ks.gov, john.ewy@house.ks.gov, shanti.gandhi@house.ks.gov, amanda.grosserode@house.ks.gov, dennis.hedke@house.ks.gov, ron.highland@house.ks.gov, roderick.houston@house.ks.gov, jerry.lunn@house.ks.gov, nancy.lusk@house.ks.gov, kelly.meigs@house.ks.gov, melissa.rooker@house.ks.gov, valdenia.winn@house.ks.gov

WEDNESDAY: Rally at the Capitol!

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We apologize for the short notice, but hope you will still find time to join us in as we meet and rally in support of HB 2621 before the House Education Committee hearing at 1:15pm.

WEDNESDAY, February 19th
First floor of the Capitol – North
11-11:30am – Meet & Greet
11:30am – Welcome
11:45am – Presentations and Discussion
1:15pm – Hearing for HB 2621

We will have buttons, signs and information.

* Please bring your own snacks  – no food will be provided.

And we want to hear from you!
We plan to have short presentations,
by those attending that would like to speak.

If you need more information and directions for the Capitol
please visit: http://kshs.org/p/kansas-state-capitol-parking/11708

SUPPORT HB 2621 – Please contact the House Education Committee

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We need your help today, please, to make several quick phone calls to save Kansas children from a dumbed-down curriculum; to make a critical defense of the United States and Kansas constitutions; and to pushback against federal expansion.  The House Education Committee members will be hearing HB 2621 on Wednesday, February 19 at 1:15pm, and we need HB 2621 to pass out of the committee.

  • 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 (Kansas College and Career Ready 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.
  • The Kansas State Board of Education also adopted the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) in June 2013.  The NGSS standards fail to prepare children for college science courses.
  • 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.

Please call the members of the House Education Committee listed below, and respectfully tell them to support HB 2621.  They need to help lead Kansas out of the Common Core this session.

If you can only make a few phone calls, here are the most important representatives to contact:

Rep. Ward Cassidy, Vice-Chair (785-296-7616) ward.cassidy@house.ks.gov
Rep. Sue Boldra (785-296-4683)  sue.boldra@house.ks.gov
Rep. John Ewy (785- 296-7105) john.ewy@house.ks.gov
Rep. Amanda Grosserode (785- 296-7659)  amanda.grosserode@house.ks.gov
Rep. Kelly Meigs (785-296-7656)  kelly.meigs@house.ks.gov

If you can contact more, here are the rest of the members:

House Education Committee

Rep. Kasha Kelley,  Chair (785-296-7671) kasha.kelley@house.ks.gov

Rep. Ed Trimmer, Ranking Minority Member (785-296-7122) ed.trimmer@house.ks.gov
Rep. John Bradford (785-296-7653)  john.bradford@house.ks.gov
Rep. Carolyn Bridges (785-296-7646) carolyn.bridges@house.ks.gov
Rep. Diana Dierks (785-296-7642) diana.dierks@house.ks.gov
Rep. Willie Dove (785-296-7670) willie.dove@house.ks.gov
Rep. Shanti Gandhi (785-296-7672) shanti.gandhi@house.ks.gov
Rep. Dennis Hedke (785-296-7699) dennis.hedke@house.ks.gov
Rep. Ron Highland (785-296-7310)  ron.highland@house.ks.gov
Rep. Roderick Houston (785-296-7652) roderick.houston@house.ks.gov
Rep. Jerry Lunn (785-296-7675) jerry.lunn@house.ks.gov
Rep. Nancy Lusk (785-296-7651)  nancy.lusk@house.ks.gov
Rep. Melissa Rooker (785-296-7686)  melissa.rooker@house.ks.gov
Rep. Valdenia Winn (785-296-7657) valdenia.winn@house.ks.gov

COMMITTEE EMAILS:
kasha.kelley@house.ks.gov, ward.cassidy@house.ks.gov, ed.trimmer@house.ks.gov, sue.boldra@house.ks.gov, john.bradford@house.ks.gov, carolyn.bridges@house.ks.gov, diana.dierks@house.ks.gov, willie.dove@house.ks.gov, john.ewy@house.ks.gov, shanti.gandhi@house.ks.gov, amanda.grosserode@house.ks.gov, dennis.hedke@house.ks.gov, ron.highland@house.ks.gov, roderick.houston@house.ks.gov, jerry.lunn@house.ks.gov, nancy.lusk@house.ks.gov, kelly.meigs@house.ks.gov, melissa.rooker@house.ks.gov, valdenia.winn@house.ks.gov

It is time for citizens to once again direct government.

We must push back against special interests and federal expansion.  Please help do that.

Thank you!

Wednesday, February 19 – Hearing scheduled for HB 2621

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Reclaim Kansas Education – Support HB 2621

DO YOU KNOW?

(DOWNLOAD THIS INFORMATION AS PDF: Reclaim Kansas Education_Feb19_Hearing)

  • 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 (Kansas College and Career Ready 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.
  • The Kansas State Board of Education also adopted the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) in June 2013.  The NGSS standards fail to prepare children for college science courses.
  • 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 time to act is NOW!

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 19:

HB 2621 is scheduled to be heard by the House Education Committee on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 1:15pm in room 112-N of the State Capitol.

ATTEND:  We need you at the hearing!!!  Please show your support for HB 2621 by attending.

TESTIFY: If you wish to testify before the House Education Committee,

  • Please contact Mrs. Sue Mollenkamp by NOON on Tuesday, February 18, 2014:

Mrs. Sue Mollenkamp, House Education Committee Assistant

Sue.Mollenkamp@house.ks.gov

Phone: (785)296-7671

 If she is not able to answer her phone, please leave a voice mail message plus send her a quick email to sign-up in support of passing HB2621.

  • You will also need to submit an electronic copy to Sue.Mollenkamp@house.ks.gov, and provide her with 40 copies of your written testimony.  It will need to be delivered by 10am on the day of the hearing (Wednesday, February 19).

*IF YOU CANNOT TESTIFY IN PERSON, you may still submit your written testimony as an email attachment.  Please submit to Sue.Mollenkamp@house.ks.gov.

Please keep your written testimony simple and concise.

FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE HEARING AND SUBMITTING TESTIMONY:

2014 House Education Committee Notice to Conferees

2014 House Education Committee Rules

House Bill No. 2621

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House Bill No. 2621

Please continue the phone calls, letters, emails, texts and tweets!

NOW is the time to STOP Common Core
(Kansas College and Career Ready Standards)
and Reclaim Kansas Education!

We will be sharing more details very soon! 
Including date, time and location for a committee hearing.
This will be very important, and we will need you to be there!

Thank you all for the wonderful support!