March 1, 2015
Dear Legislators, Parents have asked much of you this legislative season. Thank you all for your attention to and careful consideration of the matters relevant to our children’s lives and schooling. Of course, we especially thank so many of you who chose to respond favorably to our appeals for the restoration of local control, a genuine parental voice in public education, and parental … [Read More...]
February 23, 2015
Our US Congressional Leadership is pushing HR5, the 600 page Reauthorization of No Child Left Behind (NCLB) and have rebranded it the "Student Success Act" - DO NOT BE FOOLED! It's NOT going to bring Student Success! This is happening with lightning speed! PLEASE contact our US Reps: Here is their contact information: Click on each name to be taken to their contact pages: Senator Mike … [Read More...]
February 22, 2015
This is the last week bills can leave committees and there will be a rush to finish up. SF8 (full bill HERE) is on the House Education Committee agenda Monday upon adjournment and could move along quickly. Thus, we are asking for your action on this bill that threatens any remaining notion of “local control”. What’s the skinny here? Basically, SF8 continues the death march of freedom for … [Read More...]
February 20, 2015
Below is a copy of the letter we sent on behalf of many parents who are concerned with the direction that HB23 could take our Wyoming in science standards: Dear Legislators, We hope to save you some time by hearing from a large group of Wyoming parents in one communication about HB23 (regarding NGSS). We are aware this bill will now go to conference, and we thought it wise to address this … [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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