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...]
August 11, 2014
Today at 7PM - LIVE STREAMED from HERE. Debate between the three Republican candidates running for governor is today at 7PM. Incumbent Matt Mead, Superintendent of Public Instruction Cindy Hill, and Dr. Taylor Haynes will debate the issues just 8 days before the Primary Election! Be sure to tune in! Hosted by Wyoming Public Television and LIVE streamed from … [Read More...]
August 11, 2014
Our candidate survey did not cover Early Childhood Education. We feel that it's important to let Wyoming citizens know where the candidates for Superintendent of Public Instruction stand on this subject. Wyoming Citizens Opposing Common Core sent several questions via email to the candidates. We have heard back from all three Republican candidates. Please click each name to read their … [Read More...]
August 10, 2014
Over 30 Wyoming Legislators are attending the Council of State Governments (CSG) Conference in Alaska this week. It includes a class called "College & Career: Does it begin in Preschool? Experts agree instruction to put students on track for college- and career-readiness can’t wait to begin until kindergarten. This session will focus on policies and program solutions to ensure successful and … [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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