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Get Educated about Wyoming’s New Proposal for Educational Choice!

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So many parents across America today are deeply troubled about the direction of public education. Those living in Wyoming are no exception.

The recent passage of the massive Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) replacing NCLB, which cements Common Core and ultimately increases federal control, was a great disappointment to parent-driven grassroots groups.  Even many politicians who profess a belief in limited government jumped on the bandwagon and tried to convince you and me that this giant of a bill (passed with no time to read it) actually gives states any real autonomy.

While you and I could be seriously discouraged right now, Wyoming Citizens Opposing Common Core is not.  We, like many grassroots groups across the U.S., realize it’s time to change our focus on how we handle this devastating educational trend. Instead of continuing to fight something with too many tentacles to cut off, it’s time to support ideas that empower parents and promote quality alternatives that will compete for the leviathan’s food source.

That’s what this proposal, Wyoming’s Educational Savings Account and Tax Credit Program, is all about.  Legislation will eventually be necessary of course, so we implore you to get educated about this idea now before the time approaches for political action. (See PDF file below)

Use social media. Use e-mail. Use your good old-fashioned people skills. Share. Share. And share some more. We will need mountains of educated and vocal proponents once it’s time to talk to legislators.

Check out the proposal below to see how this is a win-win-win for Wyoming (including a win for public schools!)  We are so very excited about this idea.  Please let us know what you think.

Easily download the document below the viewer and share this file with EVERYONE, especially those looking for a way to afford an alternative educational choice!

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IMMEDIATE ACTION NEEDED! Twin Bills on Education Voted on TODAY!

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We MUST take a few moments today and contact our Wyoming delegation!  There are TWIN bills being voted on today that will do more harm than the good!   They claim to fix No Child Left Behind but reading closer it actually does MORE harm to our children’s education! These are TRULY a Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing!

Senator Enzi CALL (202) 224-3424 and  ask him to VOTE NO on S1177

Senator Barrasso CALL  (202) 224-6441 and ask him to VOTE NO on S1177

Representative Cynthia Lummis CALL (202) 225-2311L ask her to  VOTE NO on HR5

Below are the REASONS we want them to VOTE NO!  Detailed information can also be found at the API 21 Pointed List.

 HR 5:

  • Cements the unconstutitional Fed Master- State Servant relationship
  • Attacks parental opt out movement – kills parental opt out rights
  • Hacks off religious freedom and autonomy for any private schools that receive federal dollars for any of their programs
  • Pretends that federal FERPA hasn’t been shot full of holes and depends on FERPA for privacy rights (what privacy rights?)
  • Fails to require parental consent for state data mining of children’s personally identifiable data
  • Creates unelected committees that have real power over state citizens who did not elect them
  • Fails to provide enforcement for autonomy which means there won’t be any state autonomy
  • Extends federal tentacles and data collection to preschoolers
  • Reinforces socialist alignment of schools to workforce, putting economy first without regard for students
  • Retains federal testing mandates

 S1177 does:

  • Pretends to protect us from federal overreach with redundant, nonhelpful language
  • Aligns us to “college and career ready” standard which ARE Common Core, federally defined elsewhere
  • Cements the unconstutitional Fed Master- State Servant relationship
  • Mandates that States answer to the Feds even on altering state standards
  • Retains federal testing mandates
  • Adds to the list of programs a state must consult and aligns with workforce (socialism) program
  • Dictates types of testing
  • Forces out the parental opt out movement
  • Narrows the definition of “mental health” and “school climate” that reduces student religious and political expression
  • Probes into psychological data collection on children without parental consent
  • Fails to require parental consent for state data mining of children’s personally identifiable data
  • Extends federal tentacles and data collection to preschool

Thank you Christel Swasey for compiling the above list!  Please read more details HERE!

 

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Tune in TODAY! Elizabeth & Christy report on the final WDE Science Community Meeting in Evanston

The final of five meetings hosted by the Wyoming Department of Education concluded in Evanston last night.

Listen ONLINE HERE or tune into KVOC 1230AM at 4:00PM TODAY for the Chuck Gray Show. Elizabeth Bingham and Christy Hooley of Wyoming Citizens Opposing Common Core will give an update on the meeting.

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KVOCAdd your comments to the WDE survey HERE.

View the slide show presented at the meeting HERE.

 

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Science Standards Input Opportunities: In person OR take the Survey!

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You still have an opportunity to give input to the Science Standards Review Committee at the remaining regional community meetings .   Each meeting will include a presentation on the standards review process, an update on Wyoming’s science standards, and time for the public to comment. The remaining regional community meetings will be held at 6:00 p.m. in the following locations:

June 8, Storey Gym Board Room, 2811 House Avenue, Cheyenne

June 9, Evanston High School, Seminar Room, 701 W. Cheyenne Drive, Evanston.

If you are unable to attend PLEASE fill out the Wyoming Department of Education’s  SURVEY.   (Until June 12th)

Below is information on the concerns voiced by parents across our state.  Feel free to use this information to help you craft your comments for the meeting or the survey:

1)  What specifically do you want your kids to get out of science standards?  (critical minds which have had opportunities to see/debate controversial issues in science from more than one viewpoint? Adequate content for quality high school courses in Physics and Chemistry? Excellent preparation for STEM career paths?) More Ideas HERE!

2) In contrast, what is it about NGSS that won’t help accomplish the goals you have for your children?  Help HERE and More Help HERE(Remember that NGSS is already in use in our state prior to any adoption AND we know the State Board of Education and WDE will be pushing to use NGSS as a spring board for Wyoming Standards).

3) How can the state do the best possible job communicating with you about opportunities to get your input on standards adoption and other major educational decisions being made at the state level (rather than you having to seek it out)?

  • Notes in backpack from your district?
  • Text or phone messaging system already used by your district?
  • Facebook or Social media? Info on joining from your district?
  • An e-mail notification system you can sign up for?
  • How much notice do you need for public meetings/public input?

We believe that our state can arrive at a set of superb standards characterized by autonomy, academic excellence, objectivity and transparency.  Details HERE.

Below is information found on the Wyoming Department of Education’s website concerning the community meetings.  There is a presentation that will be shown at the meetings you may view below if you are unable to attend.

Science Standards Review Committee

The Science Standards Review Committee will meet in Casper June 15-16, 2015 to revise, as necessary, the Wyoming Science Content & Performance Standards, so as to recommend a set of science standards to the Wyoming State Board of Education for adoption.

Thank you for being involved!

Wyoming Citizens Opposing Common Core

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Jim Nations Responds to Community Science Meeting – Tune in TODAY!

Recently we made you aware of the WDE sponsoring Community Meetings on Science Standards.  This week the meetings were held in Gillette and Casper with the remaining meetings in Cheyenne and Evanston.  The press release can be found HERE for times and places.  We encourage ALL parents to attend and let their voices be heard.  We understand that parents may not have been informed properly and have been greatly outnumbered at these meetings.

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Today Jim Nations, who has written and spoken extensively concerning why Wyoming must reject the NGSS, will be speaking on the Chuck Gray Show at 4:05PM.  You may listen online HERE or tune in to  KVOC 1230AM.

Mr. Nations attended the Science Community Meeting in Casper last night and will be discussing concerns and giving an update on the Next Generation Science Standards.  He has been a strong voice supporting parental concern surrounding the NGSS as they may be considered and implemented into the Wyoming Science Standards currently being written.

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Community Meetings Planned on Science Standards: Your Input Needed!

News on the Science Standards Front in Wyoming

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Parents who’ve been concerned about standards adoption in Wyoming (and a close call nearly sweeping in the controversial Next Generation Science Standards right on the heels of the Common Core) now have an opportunity to chime in and be heard before the science standards review committee moves forward in its process. The purpose of these meetings is to give the public a chance to give input on two things:

  1. What Wyoming Science Standards should look like
  2. How the WDE can do the best possible job inviting parents to and including them in this process

Meetings are being held at multiple locations throughout the state. Community Meetings Press Release

It goes without saying that if parents don’t show up…we won’t be heard. Those of you who’ve thus far been unable to travel to speak to legislators and the State Board at their meetings NOW HAVE YOUR CHANCE. Here’s what parents need to be prepared to talk about:

1)  What specifically do you want your kids to get out of science standards?  (critical minds which have had opportunities to see/debate controversial issues in science from more than one viewpoint? Adequate content for quality high school courses in Physics and Chemistry? Excellent preparation for STEM career paths?) More Ideas HERE!

2) In contrast, what is it about NGSS that won’t help accomplish the goals you have for your children?  Help HERE and More Help HERE

3) How can the state do the best possible job communicating with you about opportunities to get your input on standards adoption and other major educational decisions being made at the state level (rather than you having to seek it out)?

  • Notes in backpack from your district?
  • Text or phone messaging system already used by your district?
  • Facebook or Social media? Info on joining from your district?
  • An e-mail notification system you can sign up for?
  • How much notice do you need for public meetings/public input?

We believe that our state can arrive at a set of superb standards characterized by autonomy, academic excellence, objectivity and transparency.  Details HERE.

The process must genuinely provide for meaningful participation by teachers, potential employers in the field of science, doctoral-level content area experts, AND parents, who should not have to wait until the end of the process to “comment”.   Adhering to the above principles would elevate Wyoming as an education leader among states instead of a follower in the continual march toward centrally-controlled, mediocre education. If you possibly can…please carve out time for the sake of your children and ALL students in Wyoming to make certain the parental voices are heard!

Thank You!

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“The Lack of Science in the Next Generation Science Standards” a Discussion with Jim Nations!

April Natrona County 
Republican Men’s Luncheon
(ALL are invited to attend – lunch not provided)
A Discussion on the Next Generation Science Standards 
with Jim Nations
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Mr. Nations is a science and engineering public relations consultant living in Casper.  He holds a B.A. in Public Relations, a Master of Science degree in Space Studies, and has worked in the space, energy, and transportation industries.
 
Mr. Nations talk is titled “The Lack of Science in the Next Generation Science Standards.”  After Mr. Nations discusses his concerns with the standards, we will have open discussion.
 
When: Friday, April 10 12-1 PM
 
Where: Parkway Plaza Hotel, Railroad Room (next to the pool)
 
Who: All men and women are invited!
 
No RSVP necessary
 
Questions: Call Chuck Gray at 251-1372 and JR Riggins at 262-8446  
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CALL FOR PARTICIPANTS FOR 2015 SCIENCE STANDARDS REVIEW COMMITTEE

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You may recall during the 2015 Legislative session a bill was passed that removed the footnote allowing for consideration of The Next Generation Science Standards for the upcoming science standards review.

The Wyoming Department of Education JUST published this press release calling for ALL Wyoming residents who are interested in serving on the committee to fill out a survey.  This survey will allow you to possibly be selected to serve on this committee.  We encourage each one of you to fill this out so you may be considered.  We would LOVE to see the review panel consist of many engaged and concerned parents.   Sadly this will be limited to 6 parent members, 3 business members, and 2 higher education members.

Click here for the FULL press release WDE Press Release (PDF)

Find the survey HERE and in Press Release text below:

CALL FOR PARTICIPANTS – 2015 SCIENCE STANDARDS REVIEW COMMITTEE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Visit edu.wyoming.gov/press for contact details A call is going out to all Wyoming residents who are interested in serving on the 2015 Wyoming Science Standards Review Committee. The work of this committee will begin this summer with 2-4 days of meetings in June and possibly July. The science standards will outline what students should know and be able to do at the end of each grade level. Standards are concise, written descriptions that describe educational objectives. They do not describe any particular teaching practice, curriculum, or assessment method.

If you are interested in serving on this committee, please complete the survey by clicking on the link below: http://goo.gl/forms/evtnR44brK

The survey will close at 11:45 p.m. on Wednesday, April 22, 2015.

Please note: Completing this survey does not commit you to anything at this time, nor does it sign you up to serve. You are simply expressing an interest to participate. Standards committee members will be chosen from the list of those interested and will be contacted directly through the e-mail address they provide in the survey.

For questions regarding the committee work or the survey, please contact Laurie Hernandez at laurie.hernandez@wyo.gov or 307-777-3469.

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Contact Congress Now to Sign the Grassely & King Letters to end Federal Involvement in Common Core!

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The U.S. House and Senate are beginning to prepare their annual budget negotiations creating an opportunity to end federal intrusion regarding education decisions, which should be left up to the states.

Through Race to the Top grants the government was able to entice states to adopt the Common Core.  The US Department of Education needs to be restricted from using federal funds to further advance the Common Core.

Senator Chuck Grassley (IA) and Representative Steve King (IA) are circulating letters to Congressional appropriators asking them to include language in the budget prohibiting the federal government from spending any money to advance the Common Core or their aligned assessments.

It is crucial that as many members of Congress as possible sign these letters by the close of business on March 26th.

 Please call your U.S. Representative and two U.S. Senators and urge them to sign the Grassley & King letters

Click names to read the King & Grassely Letters

You can reach your Congressional representatives by calling the US Capitol switchboard at 202-224-3121 or directly here:

Representative Cynthia Lummis: (202) 225-2311

U.S. Senator John Barrasso: (202) 224-6441

U.S. Senator Mike Enzi:  (202) 224-3424

You could say something like, “I am aware that Representative King and Senator Grassely are circulating letters concerning prohibiting the federal government from spending money on furthering Common Core.  I am urging that my Representative sign these letters.”

Thank you!  Every Phone Call Counts!

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*RED ALERT EMERGENCY* Email TODAY to VOTE NO on SF8! It’s dangerous to Local Control!

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SF8 is a VERY dangerous bill that is still in PLAY!  It’s 41 pages are heavily amended and kills what little local control we have left.  It’s on 2nd reading today and 3rd tomorrow.

Please Take Action Today!

  1. Email the ENTIRE House
  2. Use “Vote NO on SF8” in the subject line
  3. Let them know this bill is an egregious attack on the “local control” our state education officials keep saying school districts have and this bill is just not redeemable. (See the skinny on in below)

House Emails:

Jim.Allen@wyoleg.gov, Mark.Baker@wyoleg.gov, Fred.Baldwin@wyoleg.gov, Eric.Barlow@wyoleg.gov, Rosie.Berger@wyoleg.gov, Jim.Blackburn@wyoleg.gov, Stan.Blake@wyoleg.gov, Kermit.Brown@wyoleg.gov, Donald.Burkhart@wyoleg.gov, James.Byrd@wyoleg.gov, Rita.Campbell@wyoleg.gov, Richard.Cannady@wyoleg.gov, Scott.Clem@wyoleg.gov, Cathy.Connolly@wyoleg.gov, JoAnn.Dayton@wyoleg.gov, Harlan.Edmonds@wyoleg.gov, Roy.Edwards@wyoleg.gov, John.Eklund@wyoleg.gov, Ken.Esquibel@wyoleg.gov, John.Freeman@wyoleg.gov, Gerald.Gay@wyoleg.gov, Mike.Greear@wyoleg.gov, Marti.Halverson@wyoleg.gov, Steve.Harshman@wyoleg.gov, Elaine.Harvey@wyoleg.gov, Hans.Hunt@wyoleg.gov, Allen.Jaggi@wyoleg.gov, Mark.Jennings@wyoleg.gov, Norine.Kasperik@wyoleg.gov, Dan.Kirkbride@wyoleg.gov, Kendell.Kroeker@wyoleg.gov, Samuel.Krone@wyoleg.gov, Lloyd.Larsen@wyoleg.gov, Dan.Laursen@wyoleg.gov, Tyler.Lindholm@wyoleg.gov, Tom.Lockhart@wyoleg.gov, Bunky.Loucks@wyoleg.gov, Mike.Madden@wyoleg.gov, Robert.McKim@wyoleg.gov, David.Miller@wyoleg.gov, Glenn.Moniz@wyoleg.gov, Bob.Nicholas@wyoleg.gov, David.Northrup@wyoleg.gov, John.Patton@wyoleg.gov, Jerry.Paxton@wyoleg.gov, Charles.Pelkey@wyoleg.gov, Ruth.Petroff@wyoleg.gov, Garry.Piiparinen@wyoleg.gov, Bill.Pownall@wyoleg.gov, Tom.Reeder@wyoleg.gov, Andy.Schwartz@wyoleg.gov, Albert.Sommers@wyoleg.gov, Cheri.Steinmetz@wyoleg.gov, Tim.Stubson@wyoleg.gov, Mary.Throne@wyoleg.gov, Tom.Walters@wyoleg.gov, Sue.Wilson@wyoleg.gov, Nathan.Winters@wyoleg.gov, David.Zwonitzer@wyoleg.gov, Dan.Zwonitzer@wyoleg.gov

SF8 (full bill HERE)

What’s the skinny here?

Basically, SF8 continues the death march of freedom for school districts through more work on “accountability”. The state will take on the role of making certain that state standards are linked all the way down to the district level through reviews, or audits of our school districts. The audits will examine:

  • Curriculum maps (now just a minute, we were told by Common Core proponents that curriculum was always a “local” decision!)
  • Assessments (isn’t this a local decision too? We already have a state test…)
  • Graduation Requirements

Districts that are found to be lacking in any of these areas will be “counseled” into compliance. So exactly what “control” will be left to local districts? What color to paint the bathrooms?

Thank you for your dedication to advocating for local control and a truly quality education for Wyoming students!

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