December 7, 2014
We have recently been made aware that the Wyoming Association of School Administrators (WASA) is in the process of sending a letter to all of the local school boards, encouraging them to sign it and send on to legislators as part of an effort to lobby for moving ahead with education reform many parents do NOT want (Common Core, Smarter Balanced, and so on). This effort could have tremendous … [Read More...]
December 2, 2014
Please take this opportunity to let your voice be heard! Our Superintendent Elect, Jillian Balow is asking for your opinion about the current state of education in Wyoming. Questions aren't limited by canned answers, you can say exactly what you suggest and believe. If we don't make suggestions and ask for better, we have only ourselves to blame! Take just few minutes to take the … [Read More...]
November 24, 2014
Parental Outrage Remains Justified Since we first alerted you to a coalition of education professionals organizing against parents who they characterize as “hijacking” education, further information has come to light. We now find there are actually TWO “coalitions” working on the External Cost Adjustment for schools. Even thought they are not the same, these groups are related. While it … [Read More...]
November 10, 2014
Do your school district administrators listen and work on behalf of you and your children, or not so much? Are you sure about that? Concerned parents were recently shocked to learn that a coalition of nine school districts working together to get a funding adjustment to compensate for inflation is crossing over into territory completely outside of its stated mission. Territory that belittles … [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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