June 10, 2015
The final of five meetings hosted by the Wyoming Department of Education concluded in Evanston last night. Listen ONLINE HERE or tune into KVOC 1230AM at 4:00PM TODAY for the Chuck Gray Show. Elizabeth Bingham and Christy Hooley of Wyoming Citizens Opposing Common Core will give an update on the meeting. Add your comments to the WDE survey HERE. View the slide show presented at the … [Read More...]
June 4, 2015
You still have an opportunity to give input to the Science Standards Review Committee at the remaining regional community meetings . Each meeting will include a presentation on the standards review process, an update on Wyoming's science standards, and time for the public to comment. The remaining regional community meetings will be held at 6:00 p.m. in the following locations: June 8, Storey … [Read More...]
May 29, 2015
Recently we made you aware of the WDE sponsoring Community Meetings on Science Standards. This week the meetings were held in Gillette and Casper with the remaining meetings in Cheyenne and Evanston. The press release can be found HERE for times and places. We encourage ALL parents to attend and let their voices be heard. We understand that parents may not have been informed properly and have … [Read More...]
May 22, 2015
News on the Science Standards Front in Wyoming Parents who’ve been concerned about standards adoption in Wyoming (and a close call nearly sweeping in the controversial Next Generation Science Standards right on the heels of the Common Core) now have an opportunity to chime in and be heard before the science standards review committee moves forward in its process. The purpose of these meetings … [Read More...]
Just Released- October 4, 2013:
The Truth About the WDE Timeline
The Wyoming Department of Education (WDE) published and distributed Memorandum 2013-099 to all District Superintendents and Principals throughout the state on August 14, 2013. The following 10 points refer to discrepancies between what WDE claims and what original source documents establish as facts regarding the implementation of common core. We provide both so you can be the judge.
- 1) WDE says that the common core Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) “allows” Wyoming to participate. Then why does the MOA itself say it “commits” Wyoming to the “adoption of” common core (CCSS)? Signing a legal document that commits WY to a process that leads to common core is much different than simply allowing WY to participate in the process because a commitment is a binding agreement.
- 2) WDE says, “the state could leave the process at any time.” So where in the MOA is the clause allowing WY to leave? WY voluntarily entered into this commitment, but upon signing the MOA, WY was committed. If there is no exit clause, WY simply cannot exit.
- 3) State law gives authority to set educational standards to the Wyoming State Board of Education (SBE). Why then, without any authority, did Gov. Freudenthal and Sup. McBride commit WY to standards, especially when those standards weren’t even released yet? Two individuals, without authority from parents and citizens of WY, should not commit our children to national standards that weren’t even finalized.
- 4) WDE says that common core sets standards and doesn’t affect curriculum. Why then, does WDE itself state that Wyoming “must” “align curriculum materials and instructional methods to CCSS?” The claim that there is still local control over what is taught is true so long as what is taught aligns with CCSS. Does that sound like local control? WDE is clearly saying CCSS controls curriculum materials and instructional methods. To prove it, can a teacher choose to teach curriculum that doesn’t align with common core? No. And, there’s your answer.
It is plain to see that omissions, word changes, and a distinct shortage of the “whole truth” characterize the message of state officials “informing” the public about the path of education in Wyoming. Come now…if this much must be hidden about the Common Core State Standards Initiative, citizens should be beyond wary. Let us inform our Superintendents and Principals of the facts behind the WDE timeline. Let us demand integrity in this process, retention of complete control over education in Wyoming, and standards truly befitting of our children, the most precious of any resource.
For full document and detailed original source documentation Click Here
For the WDE timeline Click Here
Restoring Excellence to Education
Amy Edmonds tells how policies such as those found in the Common Core Standards [Common Core] have been promoted historically and here in Wyoming.
She reminds us that centralized micromanagement fails to increase scores on achievement tests. Further, she calls to mind the simple truth that letting good teachers do their jobs increases academic growth. [Read More…]
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