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) firstname.lastname@example.org
Rep. Sue Boldra (785-296-4683) email@example.com
Rep. John Ewy (785- 296-7105) firstname.lastname@example.org
Rep. Amanda Grosserode (785- 296-7659) email@example.com
Rep. Kelly Meigs (785-296-7656) firstname.lastname@example.org
If you can contact more, here are the rest of the members:
House Education Committee
Rep. Kasha Kelley, Chair (785-296-7671) email@example.com
Rep. Ed Trimmer, Ranking Minority Member (785-296-7122) firstname.lastname@example.org
Rep. John Bradford (785-296-7653) email@example.com
Rep. Carolyn Bridges (785-296-7646) firstname.lastname@example.org
Rep. Diana Dierks (785-296-7642) email@example.com
Rep. Willie Dove (785-296-7670) firstname.lastname@example.org
Rep. Shanti Gandhi (785-296-7672) email@example.com
Rep. Dennis Hedke (785-296-7699) firstname.lastname@example.org
Rep. Ron Highland (785-296-7310) email@example.com
Rep. Roderick Houston (785-296-7652) firstname.lastname@example.org
Rep. Jerry Lunn (785-296-7675) email@example.com
Rep. Nancy Lusk (785-296-7651) firstname.lastname@example.org
Rep. Melissa Rooker (785-296-7686) email@example.com
Rep. Valdenia Winn (785-296-7657) firstname.lastname@example.org
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It is time for citizens to once again direct government.
We must push back against special interests and federal expansion. Please help do that.