Concerned about APUSH? Please contact the KS State Board of Education

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We recently posted current articles and information about the changes happening to APUSH.  There are local, grassroots efforts pushing back against this happening across the states.  In fact, Texas recently passed a resolution.  And a sample resolution to be adapted for use in other states can be found here: Georgia APUSH Resolution

Even though this is not specifically Common Core, it is an important issue in education.  We hope you will join us and take time to email the Kansas State Board of Education members with your concerns, and consider attending and speaking during the Citizen Open Forum at the upcoming Kansas BOE meeting on Tuesday, October 14, Topeka, KS (details below).

The agenda for the meeting on Tuesday includes:
k.  Act to continue contract with College Board to provide for Advance
Placement exam fees (scheduled for 4-4:10pm

Kansas State Board of Education members:

Mrs. Sally Cauble, Vice Chair, scauble@swko.net
Mrs. Deena Horst, deena@worldlinc.net
Ms. Carolyn L. Wims-Campbell, campbell4ksboe@gmail.com
Mrs. Janet Waugh, jwaugh1052@aol.com
Mr. Steve Roberts, mrxmath@gmail.com
Mr. Jim McNiece, nemprin@yahoo.com
Mr. Kenneth Willard, kwillard48@gmail.com
Mrs. Kathy Busch, kathy.busch@ymail.com
Mrs. Jana Shaver, Chairman, jshaver@cableone.net
Mr. John Bacon, jwmsbacon@aol.com
GROUP EMAIL LIST (copy & paste): scauble@swko.net, deena@worldlinc.net, campbell4ksboe@gmail.com, jwaugh1052@aol.com, mrxmath@gmail.com, nemprin@yahoo.com, kwillard48@gmail.com, kathy.busch@ymail.com, jshaver@cableone.net, jwmsbacon@aol.com

Details about speaking during the Citizen Open Forum:
– *arrive before 10am to sign-up to speak for 3 minutes during the open forum
*bring a dozen copies of your written statement for distribution to board members
– *Citizens’ Open Forum scheduled to begin at 10:30am.
– Location: All meetings will be held in the first floor Board Room (Suite 102) of the Landon State Office Building, 900 SW Jackson Street, Topeka, unless otherwise noted.  The Landon Building is located just east of the State Capitol.

Quick reminder – please be courteous and respectful in all forms of communication.

THANK YOU!

***If you would like to connect with others planning to attend, please email:***
rosy(at)kansansagainstcommoncore(dot)com OR lisa(at)kansansagainstcommoncore(dot)com

Read more here:
Texas State Education Board Passes Resolution to Stop Redesigned AP US History APUSH
http://www.breitbart.com/Breitbart-Texas/2014/09/20/Texas-State-Education-Board-Passes-Resolution-to-Stop-Redesigned-AP-US-History-APUSH/

Georgia APUSH Resolution (Sample resolution that can be adapted for your state)

RNC Adopts Two Strong Education Resolutions

Upcoming September Events…

Tuesday, September 10 at 7pm – Common Core and You
Learn more about how Common Core affects you, your children and your community.

Minneapolis Public Library
519 Delia Ave, Minneapolis, KS
event details on facebook

Tuesday, September 10 at 6pm – CC Presentation – Hays Tea Party Meeting
Learn more about Common Core. Presentation to follow the first speaker at the meeting.

Thirsty’s Brew Pub and Grill
2704 Vine Street, Hays, KS
event details on facebook

Tuesday, September 17 at 10am – KS State BOE Meeting
Please join us at the KS BOE meeting!

If you would like speak in the open forum at 10:30am, please arrived before 10am to sign-up for 3 minutes. If you can’t make it in person, you can send your statement to all of the BOE members or you can email your statement to us and we will print it and present it at the meeting.

120 SE 10th Ave., Topeka, KS
event details on facebook

Upcoming Events – July & August

Mark you calendars for these upcoming events! 

Saturday, July 27th – Common Core Discussion – Admire, KS at 9am
Common Core Discussion – guests invited include legislators, local school board members, principal and superintendent.
Admire Community Center – Admire, KS

Event information on Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/events/395206247251285/

Tuesday, August 6th – Common Core Presentation – Hutchinson Tea Party Group at 7pm
Ramada Convention Center, Hutchinson, KS
Common Core Presentation by Joy Pullmann, Research Fellow of Education Policy at the Heartland Institute and Dr. Walt Chappell.

August Monthly Meeting:
6:15 pm social time
6:45pm PFA business
7:00pm Program
Visit http://www.patriotfreedomalliance.org/Pages/default.aspx for more information

Event information on Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/events/212593448893296/

Tuesday, August 13th – State BOE Meeting – Topeka, KS at 10am
Arrive before 10am to sign-up to speak in the Citizens Open Forum at 10:30am.

View more about the meeting details and find the agenda here:
http://www.ksde.org/Default.aspx?tabid=61

If you can’t attend in person or you want to watch a previous meeting, you can watch online:
http://www.ksde.org/Default.aspx?tabid=241

July – State BOE meeting

We had another good turnout at the State BOE meeting yesterday. We asked that they stay with Kansas University’s Center for Education Testing and Evaluation (CETE) to develop and administer year-end reading and math tests.

We had 5 people speak for 3 minutes and we had 8 written testimonies to present. As a result, the Board had a lot of questions of KSDE staff during the Assessments agenda item at 2:30 this afternoon. They asked about costs, technology upgrades, bandwidth, security of student-level data, when the CETE tests will be revised and how much time the SmarterBalanced tests will take. The multiple problems with SBAC and PARCC pilot tests in Oklahoma, Kentucky, Indiana, New York and Minnesota were brought up. Even the fact that the SBAC website does not open to the sample questions was raised.

As you know—teachers teach what is tested. Therefore, stopping the national tests will help reduce the costs, improve the curriculum and secure the privacy of student, parent and teacher individual data.

Thank you all for the great support!

http://www.kansascity.com/2013/07/09/4337561/kansas-foes-of-school-common-core.html

Reminder: State BOE Meeting Tomorrow!

Tuesday, July 9th – Kansas State BOE meeting at 10am
Board Room of the Education Building, 120 SE 10th Avenue, Topeka, KS
Citizen Open Forum starts at 10:30am – arrive before 10am to sign up to speak for 3 minutes.
For more information visit http://www.ksde.org/Default.aspx?tabid=61 and view the July meeting agenda here.

Event information on Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/events/320622641404697/

We want to have another great turnout this month, and hope you will join us!
Tomorrow we will ask the State BOE members to
PLEASE VOTE TO KEEP KANSAS UNIVERSITY’S READING & MATH ASSESSMENTS
and to withdraw from the Smarter Balanced Assessments (SBAC) and ACT Aspire testing for Common Core reading and math.
 
There are concerns among Kansas superintendents and local school boards:
–  The cost of implementing these national assessments is 2 to 5 times more than the cost for Kansas University to administer the English and Math assessments.
–  Smarter Balanced (SBAC) assessments are also estimated to take up to 8 hours to complete.
–  There have been serious computer failures and issues with these pilot tests this past Spring.

At the June meeting, after the public comments were completed, the State Board heard a presentation on Smarter Balanced (SBAC) and ACT Common Core tests.  At least four of the 10 State Board members voiced concerns about the costs of both national tests, and the loss of student, parent and teacher privacy if these tests are given to Kansas students. 

There are efforts being made in other states to do the same.  In fact, Oklahoma just announced it would be leaving PARCC on Monday.  Alabama, Georgia, Utah, Pennsylvania and now Oklahoma have decided not to force their students to take either the Smarter Balanced (SBAC) or PARCC national tests.  They are joined by Texas, Virginia, Alaska, Nebraska and Minnesota.  There are similar efforts to stop this waste of time and taxpayer money in Ohio, Michigan, Indiana and Kentucky.

If the Board will vote this month to stay with the Kansas University assessments of English and Math:
– It will save millions of dollars which local school boards can keep in Kansas classrooms rather than purchase expensive technology.
–  The risk of sending “student-level data” and “individual” data on every Kansas principal and teacher to the Federal government is far too great for the State Board to force our schools to give these tests.

 

Event information on Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/events/320622641404697/

Reminder: State BOE Meeting on Tuesday, July 9th

PLEASE attend the State BOE Meeting on Tuesday, July 9th at 10am –
120 SE 10th Ave, Topeka, KS
 
View the July agenda here.
View the June meeting here.

The meeting begins at 10am, but you will need to arrive early if you want to sign-up to speak for 3 minutes in the Citizen Open Forum. The Citizen Open Forum begins at 10:30am.
***If you will not be able to attend in person, but would like to submit a written statement to the BOE to read and have put in the meeting file, please message us and we can have you email it to us to print and present. Last month we had 10 written statements to present the BOE.***

We encourage you to attend, and request that Kansas be removed from the
Smarter Balanced Assessments (SBAC) or the ACT Assessments.

There are concerns among Kansas superintendents and local school boards:
– The cost of implementing these national assessments is 2 to 5 times more than the cost for Kansas University to administer the English and Math assessments.
– Smarter Balanced (SBAC) assessments are also estimated to take up to 8 hours to complete.
– There have been serious computer failures and issues with these pilot tests this past Spring.

At the June meeting, after the public comments were completed, the State Board heard a presentation on Smarter Balanced (SBAC) and ACT Common Core tests. At least four of the 10 State Board members voiced concerns about the costs of both national tests, and the loss of student, parent and teacher privacy if these tests are given to Kansas students.

There are efforts being made in other states to do the same. In fact, Oklahoma just announced it would be leaving PARCC on Monday. Alabama, Georgia, Utah, Pennsylvania and now Oklahoma have decided not to force their students to take either the Smarter Balanced (SBAC) or PARCC national tests. They are joined by Texas, Virginia, Alaska, Nebraska and Minnesota. There are similar efforts to stop this waste of time and taxpayer money in Ohio, Michigan, Indiana and Kentucky.

If the Board will vote this month to stay with the Kansas University assessments of English and Math:
– It will save millions of dollars which local school boards can keep in Kansas classrooms rather than purchase expensive technology.
– The risk of sending “student-level data” and “individual” data on every Kansas principal and teacher to the Federal government is far too great for the State Board to force our schools to give these tests.