MONDAY – February 17th – Do you know the real TRUTH about Common Core?

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Do you know the real TRUTH about Common Core?
Monday, February 17th at 7:00pm

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Antioch Library
8700 Shawnee Mission Pkwy
Merriam, KS 66202
*Note from the Library: Besides the library’s parking lot, parking is available behind Taco Bell and to the larger lot west of Taco Bell.

Speakers:
Megan King—the history and truth of Common Core and its impact on our children and their education
Megan is a Preschool Teacher, resides in Lawrence with her husband and three sons. In 2011, while researching a new grading system in her son’s middle school, she stumbled upon the Common Core Initiative. Because of what she found, she hasn’t slept well since and now homeschools two of her children. Megan is a co-founder of Kansans Against Common Core and is working diligently to inform Kansas citizens of the truth about Common Core and the grassroots effort to repeal it.

Paul Schwartz—data collection and concerns with Common Core
Paul is a Computer Consultant, was a U.S. Air Force Intelligence Analyst for six years and a Subject Matter Expert for IBM, EMC, and now the healthcare industry. He has over 20 years of Corporate IT experience in security and compliance and has consulted for the top companies on the Fortune 500 list with regards to their security and compliance requirements. Paul has worked numerous security incidences as well as led remediation efforts after security compromises. He has also consulted on several states’ Student Privacy bills. He is a concerned husband and father and resides with his family in the Olathe School District.

Facebook event information: https://www.facebook.com/events/1400731303519877/

The latest Common Core articles…

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The Common Core bait-and-switch, funded by your taxes – Joy Pullmann
Common Core supporters know many voters and politicians dislike federal meddling with education, because it is not authorized by the Constitution, is utterly ineffective and destroys the right of parents to bring up their children as they see fit.

Not with my child you won’t!
Common Core Standards are completely untested experimentally yet are being inflicted on virtually every student in the entire U.S. from K-12 with NO PREVIOUS TESTING. This is an egregious violation of basic ethics and good science and shows the developers’ absolute disregard or ignorance of potential harms to children. The EPA conducts more testing for the food dyes in Kool-Aid than has been conducted on Common Core which kids will live with for 8 hours a day for 12 years.

Senators Stand Up to Obama and Duncan’s Common Core in D.C
WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) will introduce a resolution strongly denouncing the Obama Administration’s coercion of states into adopting Common Core State Standards by conferring preferences in federal grants and flexibility waivers.  The resolution is co-sponsored by Senators Tim Scott (R-South Carolina), Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), Mike Lee (R-Utah), Ted Cruz (R-Texas), James Inhofe (R-Oklahoma), Thad Cochran (R-Mississippi), Roger Wicker (R-Mississippi), and Mike Enzi (R-Wyoming).

Standardized Absurdity: A Preview of Common Core Testing, Part 1 – Dr. Terrence Moore
Let’s put the Common Core to the test. Specifically, let’s look at a pilot standardized examination created by Smarter Balanced, one of the two testing consortia formed to create exams aligned to the Common Core, the educational regimen that prevails in forty-five states in the nation.

How Common Core Devalues Great Literature – Anthony Esolen
The Common Corers get things exactly backwards. You do not read The Wind in the Willows so that you can gain some utilitarian skill for handling “text.”  If anything, we want our children to gain a little bit of linguistic maturity so that they can read The Wind in the Willows.  That is the aim.

Anti-Common Core Lawsuit Filed in Utah
In this instance a child in Alpine School District who is very bright and academically advanced, was prevented from advancing to his appropriate skill level and has been psychologically damaged as a result of the public education system’s insistence on pounding square pegs into round holes to make all children common. Common Core hurts children both at the upper and lower end of the learning spectrum by forcing them to advance at the pace of the group. It is true conveyor belt education in the worst possible way.

JUST POSTED!
*NEW* VIDEO PRESENTATIONS

WATCH:
Paul Schwartz, Data Specialist and Kansas Dad, shares his concerns about data and Common Core.

WATCH:
Dr. Mary Byrne discusses the background, development and implementation of Common Core State Standards.

MARCH 3: Common Core – Do you know the real truth?

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

Guest speakers:
Rep. Willie Dove
Megan King, co-founder Kansans Against Common Core
For more details and to REGISTER visit: http://dgcountygop.org/ai1ec_event/common-core-do-you-know-the-real-truth/?instance_id=3424

Get creative!

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We are often contacted by individuals from across Kansas who think that no one is listening, and they are not sure how to spread the message – Stop Common Core (Kansas College and Career Ready Standards).

Time to think outside the box to spread the Stop Common Core message!
Here are just a few ideas…

BILLBOARDS – Large, small, or even a yard sign.
BARNS – or silos.
BOOKMARKS – Hand them out wherever you go!
BUMPER STICKERS – Super easy!
BROADCAST – Television and radio – have you contacted your local stations?
BLACK AND WHITE – Newspapers, bulletins and flyers – write, post & share.

We are also working on a NEW page on our website – Connect Locally – to help you connect with others in your local area.  We truly believe one person can make a difference, but working with others is very helpful.  Let us know if we can help you connect – kristin@kansansagainstcommoncore.com.

Keep it up Kansas!
Let’s get creative and #StopCommonCore.

This is not the time to give up, because
Citizens are Winning the Common Core War – Missouri Education Watchog
So take heart! Keep up the fight and start using that social media to get the facts out about Common Core. Tweet this article with the disheartening news from the ed reformers. Let your legislators know how support for the “state led” standards that bypassed the legislators and citizens in those states is diminishing and we won’t quit until the CCSSI disappears into the history books as a failed education reform and attempt at corporate takeover of public education.

Updates & Articles – February 1

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ARTICLES:
Senator Roberts Introduces Bill to Block Federal Intrusion on State Education Decisions
Kansans Against Common Core leaders Kristin George and Megan King applauded the legislation saying, “We support efforts to stop Common Core, and reclaim local control of education in Kansas.  We appreciate Senator Roberts introducing legislation to limit the federal overreach in education, and we urge Kansas legislators to follow his example in restoring local control.”

Michelle Malkin – School Choice and Common Core: Mortal Enemies
Homeschool mom of six and blogger Karen Braun of Michigan sees the threat to her choice, too. Her trenchant message: “True school choice allows a parent to choose any school that meets their child’s needs, not just those that adopt Common Core State standards and assessments.”

What the heck is a 21st Century Skill – Missouri Education Watchdog
It has been a long hard search, but I have finally found what a 21st century skill is. Up until now all I could get was the “But it goes to 11.” Spinal Tap answer.

What’s in a name? Trouble, if it’s Common Core – Washington Post
***PLEASE READ! And remember that Kansas College and Career Ready Standards and Common Core Standards are the SAME!  We know better… just changing the name of Common Core will NOT be enough. We have taken the time to research and learn the facts. It is much more than a name or “just standards” – the entire package MUST be addressed.

New York Teachers turn on Common Core – Politico
The board of the New York state teachers union this weekend unanimously withdrew its support for the Common Core standards as they have been implemented — a major blow for Common Core advocates who have been touting support from teachers as proof that the standards will succeed in classrooms nationwide.

A Formal Response to the CCSSO Letter on Student Data Privacy – Truth in American Education
36 groups in 26 states co-signed this letter written by Dr. Karen Effrem, President of Education Liberty Watch and co-founder of the Florida Stop Common Core Coalition, in response to a letter that members of the Council of Chief State School Officers sent to U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan.

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THANK YOU to everyone who joined us at the Capitol during January.  It was a great experience!  Concerned Kansans from Dodge City to Olathe came to visit with legislators.  We also appreciate everyone taking time to write, email, call and tweet!  Please continue these efforts.  Our voices are being heard.
STOP Common Core (Kansas College & Career Ready Standards) and reclaim Kansas education!

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February4

Do you know the real TRUTH about Common Core?

Alisa Ellis, Guest speaker
Megan King, Kansans Against Common Core

Tuesday, February 4th at 7pm

Antioch Library
Note from the Library:  Besides the library’s parking lot, parking is available behind Taco Bell and to the larger lot west of Taco Bell.
8700 Shawnee Mission Parkway
Merriam, KS  66202

Guest speaker, Alisa Ellis will speak on the history and truth of Common Core and its impact on our children and their education. READ MORE

Megan King is a Kansas mom, and co-founder of Kansans Against Common Core.  She will be presenting updates and information on the latest in the efforts to STOP Common Core (Kansas College & Career Ready Standards) in Kansas. READ MORE