Thank you!

Thanks for all the support at yesterday’s RALLY & HEARING for HB 2292!

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There was a great turnout at the rally, great speakers in support or HB 2292 – including Dr. Mary Byrne and Ze’ev Wurman, and there were over 60 written testimonies submitted in support of HB 2292.  The House Education Committee heard the proponents of HB 2292 first, and then listened to the opponents.  No vote was taken in committee yesterday, and we do not have a scheduled time or date when/if that will happen – so please, keep emailing, calling and writing the House Education Committee, your own representative and senator, and Governor Brownback… NOW is the time to STOP COMMON CORE in Kansas!  

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TOPEKA – TODAY!

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We look forward to seeing you TODAY at the Capitol to SUPPORT HB 2292!

Please join Kansans Against Common Core and
Kansas Campaign for Liberty!

MONDAY, February 23, 2015
RALLY – Meet & Greet, and Speakers: 11:00am – 1:00pm
HEARING – House Education Committee: 1:00pm
Kansas State Capitol Building, Topeka, Kansas
First Floor Outside Room 112N.

DIRECTIONS & PARKING DETAILS: http://kshs.org/p/kansas-state-capitol-parking/11708

*Photo courtesy of Craig Campbell


If you can’t make it to Topeka, please continue to call and email the House Education Committee (copy & paste, print & share):
ron.highland@house.ks.gov, jerry.lunn@house.ks.gov, valdenia.winn@house.ks.gov, john.barker@house.ks.gov, tony.barton@house.ks.gov, sue.boldra@house.ks.gov, john.bradford@house.ks.gov, carolyn.bridges@house.ks.gov, rob.bruchman@house.ks.gov, diana.dierks@house.ks.gov, willie.dove@house.ks.gov, john.ewy@house.ks.gov, amanda.grosserode@house.ks.gov, dennis.hedke@house.ks.gov, nancy.lusk@house.ks.gov, charles.macheers@house.ks.gov, marc.rhoades@house.ks.gov, chuck.smith@house.ks.gov, ed.trimmer@house.ks.gov

Rep. Ron Highland, Chair – ron.highland@house.ks.gov, 785-296-7310
Rep. Jerry Lunn, Vice-Chair – jerry.lunn@house.ks.gov, 785-296-7675
Rep. Valdenia Winn – valdenia..winn@house.ks.gov 785-296-7657
Rep. John Barker – john.barker@house.ks.gov, 785-296-7674
Rep. Tony Barton – tony.barton@house.ks.gov, 785-296-7522
Rep. Sue Boldra – sue.boldra@house.ks.gov, 785-296-4683
Rep. John Bradford – john.bradford@house.ks.gov, 785 296-7653
Rep. Carolyn Bridges – carolyn.bridges@house.ks.gov, 785-296-7649
Rep. Rob Bruchman – rob.bruchman@house.ks.gov, 785-296-7644
Rep. Diana Dierks – diana.dierks@house.ks.gov, 785-296-7642
Rep. Willie Dove – willie.dove@house.ks.gov, 785-296-7658
Rep. John Ewy – john.ewy@house.ks.gov, 785-296-7105
Rep. Amanda Grosserode – amanda.grosserode@house.ks.gov, 785-296-7659
Rep. Dennis Hedke – dennis.hedke@house.ks.gov, 785-296-7699
Rep. Nancy Lusk – nancy.lusk@house.ks.gov, 785-296-7651
Rep. Charles Macheers – charles.macheers@house.ks.gov, 785-296-7675
Rep. Marc Rhoades – marc.rhoades@house.ks.gov, 785-296-7671
Rep. Charles Smith – chuck.smith@house.ks.gov, 785-296-7522
Rep. Ed Trimmer – ed.trimmer@house.ks.gov, 785-296-7122

THANK YOU!

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Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Thanks for the continued emails and phone calls you have been sending to legislators.
Thank you for the posting and sharing of articles.
Thank you for standing up and speaking out!

Tomorrow will be a really important day in Topeka!
Please keep up the great work – legislators are listening.

Once again… “Please support HB 2292!”
HOUSE EDUCATION COMMITTEE
(copy & paste – print & share)

ron.highland@house.ks.gov, jerry.lunn@house.ks.gov, valdenia.winn@house.ks.gov, john.barker@house.ks.gov, tony.barton@house.ks.gov, sue.boldra@house.ks.gov, john.bradford@house.ks.gov, carolyn.bridges@house.ks.gov, rob.bruchman@house.ks.gov, diana.dierks@house.ks.gov, willie.dove@house.ks.gov, john.ewy@house.ks.gov, amanda.grosserode@house.ks.gov, dennis.hedke@house.ks.gov, nancy.lusk@house.ks.gov, charles.macheers@house.ks.gov, marc.rhoades@house.ks.gov, chuck.smith@house.ks.gov, ed.trimmer@house.ks.gov

Rep. Ron Highland, Chair – ron.highland@house.ks.gov, 785-296-7310
Rep. Jerry Lunn, Vice-Chair – jerry.lunn@house.ks.gov, 785-296-7675
Rep. Valdenia Winn – valdenia..winn@house.ks.gov 785-296-7657
Rep. John Barker – john.barker@house.ks.gov, 785-296-7674
Rep. Tony Barton – tony.barton@house.ks.gov, 785-296-7522
Rep. Sue Boldra – sue.boldra@house.ks.gov, 785-296-4683
Rep. John Bradford – john.bradford@house.ks.gov, 785 296-7653
Rep. Carolyn Bridges – carolyn.bridges@house.ks.gov, 785-296-7649
Rep. Rob Bruchman – rob.bruchman@house.ks.gov, 785-296-7644
Rep. Diana Dierks – diana.dierks@house.ks.gov, 785-296-7642
Rep. Willie Dove – willie.dove@house.ks.gov, 785-296-7658
Rep. John Ewy – john.ewy@house.ks.gov, 785-296-7105
Rep. Amanda Grosserode – amanda.grosserode@house.ks.gov, 785-296-7659
Rep. Dennis Hedke – dennis.hedke@house.ks.gov, 785-296-7699
Rep. Nancy Lusk – nancy.lusk@house.ks.gov, 785-296-7651
Rep. Charles Macheers – charles.macheers@house.ks.gov, 785-296-7675
Rep. Marc Rhoades – marc.rhoades@house.ks.gov, 785-296-7671
Rep. Charles Smith – chuck.smith@house.ks.gov, 785-296-7522
Rep. Ed Trimmer – ed.trimmer@house.ks.gov, 785-296-7122

MONDAY – Rally and Hearing at the Capitol!

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Support HB 2292 to Repeal Common Core and
Return Local Control of Education to Kansas

This is your chance to be seen and heard!

Please join Kansans Against Common Core and
Kansas Campaign for Liberty!

MONDAY, February 23, 2015
RALLY – Meet & Greet, and Speakers: 11:00am – 1:00pm
HEARING – House Education Committee: 1:00pm
Kansas State Capitol Building, Topeka, Kansas
First Floor Outside Room 112N.

DIRECTIONS & PARKING DETAILS: http://kshs.org/p/kansas-state-capitol-parking/11708

*Buttons (3”) $4.00 each or 3 for $10
*T-shirts $10 – Men’s and Women’s sizes (blue with green apple)

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*Suggested donation (We are not in the fund raising business…we are in the STOP COMMON CORE business) ☺
Particulars: Things at the Capitol are subject to change, so do check back with us for any updates.

Now Is Your Chance!

Everyone-

We are apt to shut our eyes against a painful truth…For my part, whatever anguish of spirit it may cost, I am willing to know the whole truth; to know the worst and provide for it. —Patrick Henry
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Patrick Henry fought for his country. I’m asking you to fight too…for your kids, for your teachers, for Kansas! I am asking you to make some phone calls and I am asking you to BE AT THE RALLY at the Capitol on Monday, February 23 at 11:00AM.

Remember, now is our chance to take action. We are asking that you continue your calls to the following House Education Committee members. If you’ve already called, thank you, but CALL AGAIN! If you haven’t called yet, please, DO IT NOW!

Representatives

BARKER—District 70 ABILENE, KS
785 296-7674
john.barker@house.ks.gov
BRUCHMAN–District 20 LEAWOOD, KS
785 296-7644
rob.bruchman@house.ks.gov
GROSSERODE—District 16 LENEXA, KS
785 296-7659
amanda.grosserode@house.ks.gov
BRADFORD–District 40 LANSING, KS
785 296-7653
john.bradford@house.ks.gov

Thanks!
KACC

RALLY!

Rally!

Support HB 2292 to Repeal Common Core and
Return Local Control of Education to Kansas
This is your chance to be seen and heard!

What: Come to the Capitol for a Stop Common Core Rally
When: Monday, February 23, 2015
Meet & Greet, and Speakers: 11:00 – 1:00
Hearing: 1:00
Where: Capitol Building, First Floor Outside Room 112N.
*Buttons (3”) $4.00 each or 3 for $10
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*T-shirts $10
Men’s and Women’s sizes (blue with green apple)
*Suggested donation (We are not in the fund raising business…we are in the STOP COMMON CORE business) ☺
Particulars: Things at the Capitol are subject to change, so do check back with us for any updates.

CALL TO ACTION

Hi Everyone-
Right now we have one of the biggest calls to action of the session. There are FOUR House Education Committee members that MUST hear from us ALL WEEK LONG. Even if you’ve already called/emailed, please, DO IT AGAIN and AGAIN!

If you are from one of these districts, we need your help to get as many people as possible in those districts to call. So, SPREAD THE WORD TO YOUR NEIGHBORS, FRIENDS, FAMILY, ETC.. If you’re not in one of these districts, your phone calls and emails still matter! Please spread the word and MAKE THE CALLS and SEND THE EMAILS yourselves.

We CANNOT let up on these four right now. Please, call them EVERY DAY this coming week. It only takes five seconds per call to say, “Representative, please support HB 2292. Thanks.” That’s it! Please repost this and share it and tweet it and whatever else it is you do to get people to TAKE ACTION!!!

Representatives
BARKER—District 70 ABILENE, KS
785 296-7674
john.barker@house.ks.gov
BRUCHMAN–District 20 LEAWOOD, KS
785 296-7644
rob.bruchman@house.ks.gov
GROSSERODE—District 16 LENEXA, KS
785 296-7659
amanda.grosserode@house.ks.gov
BRADFORD–District 40 LANSING, KS
785 296-7653
john.bradford@house.ks.gov

Finally, we have just learned that the hearing for HB 2292 will be on Monday, February 23, 2015. We do not know the details of it yet or how it will be organized, but please begin to consider submitting written testimony. If you want to do that and need some help, please email me immediately at courtney@kansansagainstcommoncore.com. (I must hear from you no later than Thursday, Feb. 19 at noon, Central time.)

Thank you for your help in supporting HB 2292.
KACC

INTRODUCING HB 2292!!!

HERE WE GO…HB 2292
IN CONJUNCTION WITH CAMPAIGN FOR LIBERTY KANSAS GROUP, WE AT KANSANS AGAINST COMMON CORE ARE SO PROUD TO CO-SPONSOR HB 2292 !!!
…AND IT’S TIME…TIME TO MAKE CALLS!! (Blue Links are HOT…click and go!)
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IT’S TIME TO TACK SOME HIDES TO THE BARN!
Action Items:
1) Calls and emails to the House Education Committee are VERY important RIGHT NOW. Tell them you support HB 2292 and you want them to, too!!
2) Please check in with our website and Facebook page several times a week for updates and calls to action.
3) Spread the word to your friends and family! We need ALL HANDS ON DECK!

Ron Highland ron.highland@house.ks.gov 785-296-7310
Jerry Lunn jerry.lunn@house.ks.gov 785-296-7675
John Barker john.barker@house.ks.gov 785-296-7674
Tony Barton tony.barton@house.ks.gov 913-680-5597
Sue Boldra sue.boldra@house.ks.gov 785-625-2250
John Bradford john.bradford@house.ks.gov 785 296-7653
Rob Bruchman rob.bruchman@house.ks.gov 785-296-7644
Diana Dierks diana.dierks@house.ks.gov 785-296-7642
Willie Dove willie.dove@house.ks.gov 785-296-7658
John Ewy john.ewy@house.ks.gov 785-296-7105
Amanda Grosserode amanda.grosserode@house.ks.gov 785-296-7659
Charles Macheers charles.macheers@house.ks.gov 785-296-7675
Marc Rhoades marc.rhoades@house.ks.gov 785-296-7671
Charles Smith chuck.smith@house.ks.gov 785-296-7522
Dennis Hedke dennis.hedke@house.ks.gov 785-296-7699
Ed Trimmer ed.trimmer@house.ks.gov 785-296-7122
Valdenia Winn valdenia..winn@house.ks.gov 785-296-7657
Carolyn Bridges carolyn.bridges@house.ks.gov 785-296-7649
Nancy Lusk nancy.lusk@house.ks.gov 785-296-7651

Common Core is Predatory…Gear Up!

Common Core is Predatory
By Rosy Schmidt, Kansans Against Common Core
Edited by Courtney Rankin, Kansans Against Common Core
February 9, 2015

I often carry a favorite photo of my youngsters when I go out and fight Common Core. It is a favorite photo (of course) and one that reminds me why I jumped into the Common Core fight last year. In the photo is my seven-year-old redhead dressed for Halloween as Lucille Ball and her compliant three-year-old brother dressed as a dinky Ricky Ricardo. It makes me smile and it reminds me why I am willing to leave my comfort zone to read legal documents, research like my life depended on it, and leave dishes in the sink for three days at a time. My kids. America’s kids. A couple weeks ago, I saw the motivational photo that will now replace the photo of my darlings. It is a heartbreaking image that I know will keep the fire burning in my belly when I get tired. It is the image below, of that little boy struggling with his Common Core homework. It displays and evokes emotions that I cannot even describe. Moms and dads, we must not tolerate this any longer; we must protect our kids!! Common Core is predatory.
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It wasn’t even a month ago that I actually scribbled to myself “Common Core is predatory.” It is predatory for the way it causes children to suffer the “age inappropriate, error and trick laden, too much, too soon, too fast, common core homework,” as described on the stopcommoncorenys website, which posted this photo. The post said it received “hundreds of commiserating comments within a half hour.” When we posted on our Kansans Against Common Core Facebook page, it received more than 11,000 hits in three days.

Common Core has been predatory from its behind-closed-doors inception, starting with the gutting of privacy laws that have been in place for decades to protect our kids from this very thing. It is predatory in how it collects massive data on our kids, data that is, frankly, none of their damn business, and data that is very likely to get into the hands of who knows what creep. (Oh, that’s right; Common Core does not technically collect data on kids—it’s the state longitudinal data systems that do this, and the “Social, Emotional and Character Development” (SECD) standards…and all of the other enticement programs that the dealers deal and that they have aligned to Common Core). Bribes. We’ve been warned about that.

Predators also operate by exploitation and control and Common Core plays by these rules, too—in their ever-expanding networks of players who seek to exploit and control kids and schools (and school budgets)—testing companies, survey groups, book publishers’ marketers, on-line app providers, and so on. Predators use people and they are using our kids and schools.

It is predatory in how it shamelessly advocates and normalizes pornography for our still impressionable high schoolers. “Here, we can look at this together…we don’t have to tell your parents.” Check out these books, both on your high schooler’s Common Core English Language Arts Appendix B reading list: The Bluest Eye and Dreaming in Cuban. Did you know that “The National Sexuality Education Standards” are aligned with Common Core? Did anyone ask you what you thought appropriate for your child? Predators love to keep the protectors, the parents, out of the picture.

Predators love to marginalize parents. They often have a honed ability to fool parents through long-held trust. Predators know that parents, by and large, have always trusted what teachers taught. Teachers must now teach Common Core (or else) and the predators use this trust for cover. What is the threat that the Common Core predators use to keep teachers quiet and compliant? Their evaluations. You see, teacher evaluations (and their very livelihoods) are now to be based on high-stakes Common Core-aligned test scores!

Predators steal souls. That’s what they are doing to teachers, too; they are stealing the soul of teaching by snuffing creativity, judgment, experience, and independence. Here are the numbers of teacher retirements for the last five years: 2010: 1028, 2011: 1508, 2012: 1260, 2013: 2084, 2014: 2,199. Is this coincidence?

Common Core has turned some good people with good intentions into addicts, addicts to the drug of federal money. The covert implementation has happened in record time. It has attempted to wolf down the sovereign educational rights of nearly all 50 states. Read our wonderful 10th Amendment again, would you? Do we really have to hear anymore to know that, right now, we need to ACT—to get this predator out of our neighborhoods?
Will you help us tack some hides to the barn?
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Gear up…the real fight begins February 10!

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Stay Tuned!

Coming soon…Roll out of our STOP COMMON CORE 2015 campaign! We hope to have a big announcement in the next couple of days, and if that happens, we are REALLY going to need YOUR help. EVERY phone call, EVERY email, EVERY person who can go to Topeka will BE NEEDED! So please, stay tuned!

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