September 18, 2014
Editor’s Note: A prior version of this article included questions about an NPR live broadcast of the forum that was cancelled after Mrs. Edmonds was added to the panel. When this concern was first raised, messages exchanged between Mr. Schrank and Mrs. Edmonds appeared to confirm that this indeed was correct. However, after the article posted, it became clear a mutual misunderstanding had … [Read More...]
Wyoming Public Radio and Wyoming PBS to Sponsor One-Sided Common Core Discussion at the University of Wyoming
September 9, 2014
PUBLIC EDUCATION FORUM TO DISCUSS COMMON CORE SEPTEMBER 10, 2014 AT THE UNIVERSITY OF WYOMING & Will Only Feature Pro-Common Core Panelists A forum to discuss the Common Core State Standards is scheduled to occur at the University of Wyoming on Wednesday, September 10, 2014 in the Union East Ballroom. The event will take place from 6:30 – 8:00PM and will only feature those who are in … [Read More...]
September 4, 2014
**EXCLUSIVE OFFER** Wyoming Citizens Opposing Common Core Members receive a $10 discount! If you are not already a member it's EASY. Join our Facebook group HERE and/or our mailing list HERE. If you join Wyoming Citizens Opposing Common Core, call 632-7020 and talk to Mandy to get your $40 ticket. Or email Mandy at: email@example.com and tell her you are a member and want the $40 … [Read More...]
August 14, 2014
The Casper Star Tribune published an article by Leah Todd titled “Fact-check: Lain worked as Common Core expert”. The title is MISLEADING and certainly shows BIAS, however, the article begs for a few questions to be answered by both candidates Lain and Balow. Should the candidates respond via social media, we will be sure to update this post with their responses to the questions posted … [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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