Call To Action–It’s Time to Bug Some Representatives!

Fine Followers:

Today, we have a new list of representatives for you who will need a little extra attention from all of us this week. Time is of the essence. Please, do not delay!

These folks need a little encouragement to sponsor RS2855 which is the Repeal Common Core preliminary bill the revisors have that is awaiting a bill number. For some reason, many House members will “hear” big lobbyists but not the grassroots. Let’s show them what a mistake that is by lighting up their phone lines! It’s time to bug them. Call the people below and ask them to sponsor RS2855 and the rep should contact Rep. Tony Barton to sponsor.

We have personally asked each of these representatives to sign on their support for our Repeal Common Core bill and they have given us a few different explanations as to why they will not “yet” sign on. You may recall that we posted a few of these excuses, with a little sarcasm to boot, a few days back. Here is part of that post with the excuses:
“election year”
“getting a lot of heat”
“we’ve done this before, not doing again”
“don’t want to make people mad”
“so-and-so told me not to vote for it”
“costs too much”
“not constitutional”
“will be challenged in court”
“too controversial”
“do we still have that in Kansas?”
“I thought that was going away with ESSA.”
“Representative so and so said we don’t have Common Core in Kansas…”
“my best friend is in the bathroom, so I have to wait for him to come out, to know what to do”
“check w/ me tomorrow, I left my brain at home today”

So, we need you to do what you do best…FLOOD THE PHONE LINES! It’s not enough to make one call. It takes persistence and determination and we have just the grassroots group who fits that bill! If you are in one of these rep’s districts, then it is even more important. Remember that one call from a constituent is the equivalent to one hundred opinions. If you are from that rep’s district, make sure to say you are from his district! Get your friends and neighbors to call too. If you’re not from that district, then gently remind the rep that you are a Kansan! Time will run short and so these folks need to hear from you again and again. Don’t be shy!

If you can, let us know what they tell you.

Esau – 785 296-7688 (from Olathe)
Gonzalez – 785 296-7500 (from Perry)
Hawkins – 785 296-7631 (from Wichita)
Highland – 785 456-9799 (from Wamego)—also the House Ed. Chair…so make sure to ask him for an
honest hearing, debate, and vote on this!
Lunn– 785 296-7675 (from Overland Park)—the Vice Chair of the House Ed. committee—so he needs to
get with the program as well!
Mast – 785-291-3500 (from Emporia)
McPherson – 785 296-7695 (from Overland Park)
Osterman – 785 296-7689 (from Wichita)
Ryckman Jr. – 785 296-5481 (from Olathe)
Ryckman Sr.– 785 296-7658 (from Meade)
Thimesch – 785 296-7105 (from Spivey)

Thank you for your help to expel Common Core from Kansas and to help push these so-called “conservative” or “republican” representatives to do the job that you, the people, sent them to Topeka to do! Keep this bill moving forward. Only YOU can make it happen!

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Gear up to Opt Out…Part I

I cannot believe I am typing this, but school is just around the corner. 😦

Registration is coming up fast (next week for many of us!) and it is the perfect opportunity for you to get your kid(s) OPTED OUT of state testing.

It is recommended that parents to do this at the BEGINNING of the school year. (YES, you can do it at ANY time, but the beginning is best.) We all know about the “big” tests in the spring, which are called “summative” tests. But, there are also many, many smaller tests throughout the school year called “formative” tests. So, it is best that you OPT OUT of all of it. It’s VERY easy to OPT OUT.

Just write a note to your principal(s) saying you want to OPT OUT your kid(s) from all state testing–both formative and summative.

It is also suggested that you request that no data about your kid(s) “leave the building” unless it is required by law.

If ever there is a question about what you will or will not allow your child to participate in, make sure that the administration and the teachers all know your contact information and encourage them to make contact with you so that you can gather the information from them that you need to make a decision about whether or not to allow it.

Call To Action–NO to HR 5

NO to HR 5–Your calls and tweets are needed immediately!

PLEASE Call, Email, Tweet! ‪#‎StopHR5‬
Congressman Huelskamp 202-225-2715
Congresswoman Jenkins 202-225-6601
Congressman Pompeo 202-225-6216
Congressman Yoder 202-225-2865

ALERT: HR 5 will be voted on tomorrow (July 8, 2015) either at 1:30 pm or at 4:30 pm (EST)

We Are Fired Up. Are You? You Will Be…Read On!


March 23, 2015
Ok, Parents.

Here’s what has happened. The long and short of it is our legislators continuously find every reason and means to NOT remove Common Core from our kids’ schools.
The TRUTH is: They CHOOSE not to act.
The TRUTH is: This is just one of many issues that may or may not get their attention, and well, maybe next year.

Although last year was an election year and the Governor didn’t want anything controversial, so it couldn’t happen then.
The TRUTH is: They all admit, including the Governor, this was the one consistent issue they hear about from the PEOPLE of this state.
But, they “Don’t have the votes”?
But, we “Can’t pass it out of committee because we don’t have the votes on the floor”?
But the thing that makes me the MOST enraged, right MY KIDS having to deal with Common Core on a DAILY basis. EVERY DAY, I have to watch my kids live and breathe Common Core. EVERY DAY is one more piece of them affected by Common Core. The people in Topeka DO NOT FEEL that and most certainly DO NOT care that REAL KIDS are dealing with this EVERY DAY. My KIDS, your KIDS come behind their posturing and their un-informed minds and their personal agendas and their political tactics.

Do you know that very FEW legislators have kids in public schools?
Do you know that very FEW legislators have kids young enough to currently be in K-12 school?
Do you know that nearly all legislators with kids young enough are either homeschooling or sending their kids to non-public school institutions?

Do you know that, even on the Education Committee, legislators have not personally taken the time to find out what’s REALLY happening in classrooms all across the state? They call their sons or daughters to find out how they should vote! Or they call their religious leader connections! Or they spew “talking point” verbiage we all know isn’t true, like, “Kansas College and Career Ready Standards are named such because they were developed by Kansans”!

Do you know that legislators openly admit to “following the direction” of other legislators, so “if you want me to vote differently, you need to get with ‘the one’ I am following.” And when we attempted on MULTIPLE occasions to do just that, the “leader of the pack” wouldn’t meet?
Do you know that the “leader of the pack,” a homeschooler by the way, who believes that not all Common Core materials need to be removed from schools, therefore nearly all attempts go “too far” in removing Common Core, believes that we have to protect the state’s ability to collect personally identifiable data on children, and believes that you, the parent, should not have the right to determine the programs that are best for your children, just as she does in personally deciding what is best for hers?

Do you know that the “leader of the pack” worked to actively kill this bill
by saying things about it that are not true (thank you Sec. Kobach for your clarification),
by saying that “The votes aren’t there,” and
by introducing an 11th hour substitute bill that, as pointed out by committee members, “pretty much maintains the status quo.”

Do you know that, just today, a legislator said that we needed to ”Get more parents to the capitol” in order to sway legislators to change their vote?
After ALL the phone calls and ALL the emails (most of which we were told they just delete without reading) and ALL of you who DID GO TO THE CAPITOL and ALL of you who have worked tirelessly in your communities to inform others of what is happening to our kids, they have the audacity (FB prohibits me from using more appropriately strong language here) to say that?

The TRUTH is: Our legislators are not truly HEARING you and acting accordingly.
The TRUTH is: They will act according to what THEY think should happen, leaving you, the parent, at their mercy, with NO RIGHTS to control and direct YOUR CHILD’S education.

We are working on the next steps in this crusade to extract, through the legislative process, something that never had to go through a legislative process to be brought into our state.
We will not sit down or be quiet or stop. We can’t.

As a parent,
I will continue taking steps to never allow my child to take any of the assessing tests.
I will continue to not approve my child’s participation in academic technologies that track and mine data on my child.
I will continue to actively employ interventions to counter the social mind-wrangling my kids experience at school every day.
I will continue to COMMUNICATE my DISSATISFACTION with my legislator’s inaction to my legislator.

Blessings to you all in your own heart-felt wrestling and day-to-day battles with this.

I will not stop, because I cannot.


1. Call the Governor’s office frequently and tell him to rid this state of Common Core. 785-296-3232
2. Call Speaker Merrick’s office frequently and tell him to rid this state of Common Core. 785-296-2302
3. Call your own representative. List here:
TELL THESE PEOPLE WHAT YOU WANT AND TELL THEM FREQUENTLY! Tell them you’re tired of the baloney and that NOW is the time to take care of Kansas kids, teachers, and parents. Let them know that you are watching what they do and what they say, and in state government, the next election is always just around the corner!

Thanks, and never give up!



Getting Down to the Wire–II

Hi Everyone-

**The vote is at 10:30AM on Friday in room 112NS.** (Yes, that room is correct!)
Update: We have added a name to the list below…

We have reports that there are lots of calls and emails making it to a number of House Education Committee members. This is outstanding. Good work, troops! But, you’re not done yet. MORE, MORE, MORE are needed, so please, forward this on to every Kansan you can think of and ask them to take action…again and again!

It is getting down to the wire in committees to pass bills so that the full House has a chance to act on them. We only have one week left for this to happen. So, here’s what we need from all of you, and more!
1. Call/email the House Education Committee Chair, Ron Highland at 785-296-7310. We are asking that you be polite, but firm (i.e. use your “mom voice”) in asking him to:

  • Make public the date for the vote.
  • Record all votes (so we all know who votes how).
  • 2292 and NO SUBSTITUTIONS!
  • 2292 is a SOLID and VETTED bill…so support it!

2. Call/email House Speaker Ray Merrick 785.296.2302. Please be polite, but firm. Let him know that:

  • “We the people” don’t want a substitute.
  • “We the people” do not support an 11th hour substitute.
  • “We the people” are watching our legislators closely and expect our voices to be heard and acted upon.
  • 2292 is a SOLID and VETTED bill…so support it!

3. Call/email Rep. Bradford at 785 296-7653. Here, we are asking that you be polite, but assertive (I would say more like a firm “teacher voice”). The messages he must hear:

  • He’s been saying he’s been trying to get rid of CC for three years, and here is his perfect chance and it seems he won’t take it. Make sure to point that out.
  • HB2292 is a SOLID BILL…so support it!
  • It is not right that he’s holding back 2292.
  • Let the FULL HOUSE see the bill and let them decide what to do with it.
  • Voters who care about this are paying attention–he’s getting hundreds of calls/emails in support of HB2292 and he needs to do the will of the people. That’s his job!
  • “We the people” do not want a substitute.
  • Constituents in his own district are on board as they are signing a petition to support 2292.

4. Call/email Rep. Grosserode at 785-296-7659. Again, polite but assertive.

  • She’s been saying she’s against CC for a while and she home schools. So, now is her chance to put her money where her mouth is and SUPPORT HB2292 as it stands, no amendments.
  • Voters in her own district are overwhelmingly supporting HB2292 as it stands. Is she with her constituents or against them? Does she think her voters will remember what she does or does not doe here come election time?
  • Kansas could be a leader here. We could be marching to the beat of our own drummer. Does she want to be a leader or a follower? Let the FULL HOUSE decide this, not just her.
  • 2292 is a SOLID BILL and her constituents expect her to SUPPORT IT!

Remember, if this doesn’t make it out of committee next week, we are stuck with CC in Kansas for another year! These people MUST hear from us, over and over again. We know you guys have been working the phone lines and the emails, but we must keep pushing and pushing. Please, don’t stop now!


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!!!

785 296-7674
785 296-7644
785 296-7659
785 296-7653

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 (I must hear from you no later than Thursday, Feb. 19 at noon, Central time.)

Thank you for your help in supporting HB 2292.


…AND IT’S TIME…TIME TO MAKE CALLS!! (Blue Links are HOT…click and go!)
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 785-296-7310
Jerry Lunn 785-296-7675
John Barker 785-296-7674
Tony Barton 913-680-5597
Sue Boldra 785-625-2250
John Bradford 785 296-7653
Rob Bruchman 785-296-7644
Diana Dierks 785-296-7642
Willie Dove 785-296-7658
John Ewy 785-296-7105
Amanda Grosserode 785-296-7659
Charles Macheers 785-296-7675
Marc Rhoades 785-296-7671
Charles Smith 785-296-7522
Dennis Hedke 785-296-7699
Ed Trimmer 785-296-7122
Valdenia Winn 785-296-7657
Carolyn Bridges 785-296-7649
Nancy Lusk 785-296-7651