January 25, 2015
UPDATE! HJ002 will be in committee this MONDAY, Jan. 26th. They will be meeting right after adjournment at the Capitol in room 302. IF YOU ARE NEAR CHEYENNE AND WOULD CONSIDER TESTIFYING PLEASE CONSIDER JOINING OTHER CONCERNED CITIZENS! IF NOT… It is crucial that you contact the members of the House Education Committee and tell them to “Vote NO on HJ0002”. (If you haven't … [Read More...]
Former NASA Educator On the Next Generation Science Standards: Short on Science, Long on Errors and Indoctrination
January 23, 2015
As of the posting of this article, Wyoming continues to be in conflict over the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Did the legislature have legitimate reasons to defund its adoption in 2014, or was that political gaming? Does the NGSS promote political agendas based on incomplete science, or does it teach the “up to date” science concepts our students need to be “competitive in the 21st … [Read More...]
January 19, 2015
This bill is an ACT relating to parents; providing for parental right to direct the upbringing, education and care of a child; providing applicability as specified; and providing for an effective date. This bill has been introduced and is assigned to the Judiciary Committee. If enacted, this bill would provide a firmer foundation of legal standing for parents to opt out of nationalized testing … [Read More...]
January 17, 2015
Two Bills To Be Debated in Committee Monday We are seeing quick action on education bills and there is no rest for activists this weekend. Monday afternoon upon adjournment, the House Education Committee will meet and consider two bills we want to make you aware of: HB73 is a very simple bill that basically allows that academic standards to be reviewed every 10 rather than 5 years. … [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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