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
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 14).
*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:
2014 House Education Committee Notice to All Conferees
2014 House Education Committee Rules