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

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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What is Common Core? September 24 – Alma, KS

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What is Common Core?
(Kansas College & Career Ready Standards for grades K -12)
Why is the concern growing?

Wednesday, September 24th from 7-8pm
Bank of the Flint Hills (basement)
408 Missouri, Alma, KS
(Come in through the alley)

Informational video by Jane Robbins
Expert on Common Core – with American Principles Project

Sponsored by local parents, teachers and grandparents.

SURVEY – COMING SOON!

SurveySays

We are happy to share that we are in the process of sending surveys to primary candidates for the August 5th election.  At this time, the surveys are being sent to candidates for the State Board of Education, the Kansas House of Representatives, and the Kansas Senate.  We will begin posting results later next week.

*Kansans Against Common Core does not endorse candidates, but encourages all Kansans to be active and engaged – and VOTE!  Please stay tuned for survey results, and share the information with friends and family.

Here are the survey questions being sent:

1. Contact Info – name, address, city/town, KS, ZIP/Postal code, email address, phone number

2. For what elected office are you running and under which party (if applicable)? Be very specific about the county, district, or seat.

3. Do you believe Common Core Standards (aka The Kansas College and Career Ready Standards) will prepare students to be college and career ready?
– Yes
– No

4. Do you believe it should be a parent’s right to opt out a student from the Common Core aligned high-stakes testing and also opt out a student from the State Longitudinal Database system that currently tracks all students without parental consent?
-Yes
-No

5. With regard to the federal Department of Education, do you support:
– Completely eliminating it
– Changing it to a small research and advisory council
– Leaving it the way it is

6. Do you support the removal of laws that interfere with a parent’s natural right to oversee every aspect of his child’s education, including curriculum, assessments, data tracking, teacher selection, school selection, etc.?
– Yes
– No

7. Do you believe Kansas should provide universal pre-K for all children?
– Yes
– No

8. With regards to your own research about Common Core (aka Kansas Career and Ready Standards), have you done:
– No research of my own
– Some research on my own (i.e. I asked around to a handful of teachers, parents, administrators)
– Substantial research of my own (i.e. I have actually read the Standards and their appendices as well as well as other published material on the subject.)

9. Do you have any questions about Common Core (aka Kansas Career and Ready Standards) or would you like to speak with any representative from Kansans Against Common Core?
– Yes
– No

10. If you want to clarify any of your responses, please do so here.

*NEW* Opt Out of Assessments (VIDEO)

School may be out for summer,
but you can still find information about opting out of assessments.

Check out this great video (less than 2minutes) created by a Kansas dad…  watch, share and OPT OUT!

VISIT: OPT OUT for Information and Forms.

Common Core Testing Opt Out Form

Common Core Testing Opt Out Form – Version 2

Common Core Testing Opt Out Form – Version 3 Letter

Opt Out FAQs

Letter from KSDE – Opt Out

Articles: Testing and Opting Out