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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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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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:

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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