October 22, 2014
Wyoming Parents Take Note! Your right to Opt out of Testing is in Jeopardy! Please sign our petition provided BELOW to help ensure Governor Mead knows you demand he protect your right. The right to direct the education of your child as YOU SEE FIT, regardless of our Attorney General's opinion. PLEASE DO TWO THINGS RIGHT NOW IF YOU HAVEN'T ALREADY! 1) SIGN OUR PETITION to OPT OUT (Click *Read … [Read More...]
October 11, 2014
Here is an exceptional letter written by Dan Brophy of Jackson Hole. We have received permission to post it here for you to read. Mr. Brophy addresses many concerns that surround the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) Common Core Testing. This test is being strongly considered for adoption and replacement of the PAWS test in our state. We hope that many people read this letter and … [Read More...]
October 5, 2014
Interested parties from all around the state gathered September 25th as outspoken writer and activist Michelle Malkin visited Cheyenne to share her personal fight against the Common Core State Standards and to encourage Wyoming in its own. Mrs. Malkin first was the honored guest at a meet and greet for Wyoming Liberty Group supporters at 4:00 p.m., then moved on to her public presentation at … [Read More...]
October 5, 2014
THE ANSWER IS NO…ACCORDING TO THE OPINION OF THE WYOMING ATTORNEY GENERAL Former director of the Wyoming Department of Education, Richard Crandall, was faced with several parental requests to opt their children out of statewide assessments. The Wyoming Department of Education initially attempted to answer this question on their own by stating that parents could not opt out. However, when … [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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