Wyoming Public Radio and Wyoming PBS to Sponsor a ONE-SIDED Discussion on Common Core… Discussion?



SEPTEMBER 10, 2014

AT THE UNIVERSITY OF WYOMING & Will Only Feature Pro-Common Core Panelists

A forum to discuss the Common Core State Standards is scheduled to occur at the University of Wyoming on Wednesday, September 10, 2014 in the Union East Ballroom. The event will take place from 6:30 – 8:00PM and will only feature those who are in favor of the issue. Panelists include Mark Stock from the University of Wyoming, Kathy Vetter from the Wyoming Education Association, and Math teacher, Jayne Wingate from Cheyenne South High School. All of these panelists support the Common Core State Standards. Unfortunately, this forum does not include panelists who oppose this highly controversial set of national standards.

Wyoming Citizens Opposing Common Core would like to encourage those who can to attend this event. For those who cannot attend, we encourage you to contact Wyoming Public Media reporter, Aaron Schrank, who will be moderating the discussion. Aaron Schrank can be contacted by phone at (307) 766-5064 or by email at aschran1@uwyo.edu. Below is a list of questions that can be asked at the forum or of the reporter, Mr. Schrank:

  1. Educational reform typically is undertaken after significant research is done into the proposed solution.  Where’s the evidence that CCSSI, specifically, will make students college and career ready?  What pilot test was conducted for this initiative?
  2. How are students more “college ready” with Algebra II as the highest level of math in the standards?  Only about 2% of students leaving HS with Algebra II will graduate with a STEM degree
  3. Institutions of higher ed had to be on board to get CCSS in our state, so that they could agree to place students who pass a nationalized test in credit-bearing courses, carte blanche, so that the black smudge of “remedial classes” can be eliminated.  Why would such an agreement be necessary if students are “college ready”?  How is forcing students to pay for credit for classes that USED to be labeled remedial improving “college readiness”?
  4. History texts will now be taught in the high school English classroom, replacing much classic literature, which English teachers are qualified to teach.  What qualifications do English teachers have to teach history?  How will you ensure that these texts are not misconstrued through the limits of “close reading” – reading text without consideration of the surrounding context?
  5. Given the fact that a Gates-funded panel is now assembling to “shine a light” on the few curricula that is “best aligned” to the Common Core, and we will have “accountability” pressure on teachers and administrators, how much freedom can districts REALLY look forward to in choosing curriculum?  Please explain how high stakes tests and accountability in testing standards doesn’t ultimately lead to a national curriculum, when in fact, the field is already being narrowed

Michelle Malkin in Cheyenne Sept. 25, 2014! Discount tickets available for WCOCC members!

**EXCLUSIVE OFFER** for Wyoming Citizens Opposing Common Core Members receive a $10 discount!  If you are not already a member it’s EASY.   Join Wyoming Citizens Opposing Common Core’s Facebook group HERE and/or mailing list HERE.


Wyoming Liberty Group & WylibertyinEducation.org
present a Michelle Malkin Event.



Please join us for an informative evening exploring the Common Core issue
and what we can do about it in our own state.
Thursday, September 25, 2014
7:00pm – 9:30pm
Little America – 280 West Lincolnway, Cheyenne WY, 82001
Event will take place in Ballroom C.
Seating is limited at the door.

Click  HERE to RSVP and Learn MORE about this amazing event!

Please RSVP by September 18, 2014
Cost: $50 per person or $60 at the door

Coffee & Desserts will be provided.
for more information, contact:
Mandy Ludtke 307-632-7020
or email to

My VOTE for the Primary Election Tomorrow


The Primary Elections are tomorrow!  I have had several acquaintances ask my opinions about who to vote for.  I admit… I have done a TON of research into the candidates, more so than ever before.  It’s amazing how involved one gets when you have a passion about making changes.

Info on how to Register to vote HERE!  Download the VOTER’s GUIDE for HERE.

This blog post is entirely my own opinion with no outside influence; so take it or leave it.  The candidate listed first is receiving my personal endorsement.   I did not list any Democratic candidates except for Pete Rust who is running for Mayor in my home town of Green River.

Don’t JUST take my word on this!  Please check out the website/Facebook page for each candidate!  The state race PBS debates are HERE.   Don’t forget to check out your candidates stance on Common Core in the survey done by Wyoming Citizens Opposing Common Core HERE.

This is NOT an all inclusive list – these are the candidates I have spent time vetting and/or know on a personal level AND can personally endorse with confidence. 

Local City Races

Mayor of Green River

Pete Rust

Ward II City Council Green River

Ted York

Ward III City Council – MY WARD

Gary Killpack

Governor – We TRULY need a change here! There are two conservative candidates that are excellent choices.  My focus in on education and a constitutional track record.

Cindy Hill

Taylor Haynes

Superintendent of Public Instruction – This is a VITAL race!  PLEASE vet your candidate closely!

Sheryl Lain

Secretary of State

Ed Buchanan – is my choice as he has a proven voting record and stands strong against common core and proven record voting for conservative values.

Clark Stith – another excellent conservative choice, also taken the time to attend my common core presentations and is against top town education.  However, he contributed to Matt Mead’s campaign.  Serious ding on my check list.


Jennifer Young

US Senate

Mike Enzi

Bryan Miller

US House of Representatives

Cynthia Lummis

Sweetwater County Commissioner

John K. Kolb (R)

Sweetwater County Sheriff

Richard Haskell (R)

Ken Yager (R)

Sweetwater County Attorney

Daniel Erramouspe (R)

Clerk of District Court

Donnalee Bobak (R)

Wyoming State Auditor

Cynthia I. Cloud (R)

Wyoming State Treasurer

Mark Gordon (R)

Wyoming State Senate Seats

SD 5

Lynn Hutchings -sponsored HB97 – Anti Common Core bill


Karl Allred


Jeff Raney

SD 25

Jennifer McCarty (Constitution Party)


Kara Rae Linn


Bob Ide

Wyoming House District Seats


Cheri Steinmetz


Stephen Watt – attended my common core presentations, signed form for change to standards review process.  Sponsored HB168 – Anti Common Core bill

HD 18

Lyle L. Williams (R)

Fred A. Baldwin (R)


Allen Jaggi – Sponsored HB168 – Anti Common Core bill


Marti Halverson -Sponsored HB168 – Anti Common Core bill


Pat Moore


Kendell Kroeker -sponsored HB168 – Anti Common Core bill


Gregory Flesvig

HD 48

Mark Baker (R) attended Common Core presentation


Garry Piiparinen

HD 50

Charles Cloud


Chuck Gray  -attended common core presentations, panels


Tom Reeder – sponsored HB97 – Anti Common Core bill, organized anti common core panels

HD 60

Bill Hooley (R) – Excellent Choice for Change!!  (Yes, I’m biased here)










Vote Smart on Common Core in the August 19th Primary!


August 19th Primary Election is in 2 Weeks

Do you want to know if the candidate(s) running for office in your district FAVOR or OPPOSE Common Core?  Wyoming Citizens Opposing Common Core has made it simple!

Click HERE and find out WHO your candidate is and WHERE they stand on Common Core.

What if your candidate(s) didn’t fill out a survey?  Use the email address we provided to request he/she return the survey so you can find out.

*An email, which included an online link, was sent to all candidates running for office in the State of Wyoming.  It was followed up with an email reminder which included a list of those whom we had received surveys or responses.  We also mailed a hard copy to all candidates who hadn’t submitted one online.  If your candidate didn’t fill one out, he/she doesn’t recognize your desire to be informed of their position. 

Email your candidate(s) and let them know you are interested in their stance on Common Core.  If your candidate submitted a survey or a statement take a moment to thank them as well!

We Will Not Conform: Memories and Motivation!


It was thrilling to be amongst those that were invited to be in the audience for the We Will Not Conform event hosted by Glenn Beck.  This was a strategy session on how to defeat Common Core.  Members of the audience were able to participate from the theaters via twitter.  It also was intended to connect and bring people together in their own communities.

Glenn Beck and other well known figures who participated are Michelle Malkin, Dana Loesch, David Barton, and Matt Kibbe of FreedomWorks.  It was amazing to see Dr. Terrence Moore, author of The Story Killers and former Hillsdale College Professor, and Emmett McGroarty, from the American Principles Project.

What a boost it gave those in attendance to remember the importance of working TOGETHER across all isles and all political spectrums.


Here in our own state we have those that tell you NOT to come together and that there is only ONE answer to removing Common Core!  This is so sad that many are conflicted and confused by messages that are not consistent. I hope that this would not discourage those of you that are aware what Common Core entails and leave the fight.  I’m grateful Wyoming Citizens Opposing Common Core chose to support this event.

We NEED EVERYONE – even if we don’t agree on EVERYTHING!  This picture reminds me of how important this is!


Here I am pictured with two amazing women whom I’m lucky to call friends.  Yvonne Gasperino and Jenni White also attended in Dallas. Yvonne has successfully brought together MANY from all sides, working together with Stop CCSS in NYS.  They were just one of many groups that brought the opt-out movement that is now sweeping our nation!  Jenni with ROPE successfully moved her state of Oklahoma to a FULL removal of Common Core!  Does this mean they are done and can close up shop?  Of course not!  They are aware that without continued watchfulness Common Core could be back with a new name or through different avenues! Working together across the nation AND in our state, we too can win this battle!

This is Chris Loesch and myself during a break from filming.  He is Dana Loesch’s husband.   Dana was once on the other side of the spectrum compared to those that agree with Glenn Beck.  Now she eats liberals for dinner and has an amzing conservative show on TheBlaze.


Dana lead the charge at the grassroots table along with Heidi Huber of Ohio, Heather Crossin from Indiana, and Emmett McGroarty of American Principles Project.   You can tweet to @DLoesch and #WWNC2 to give input.

Grassroots table

Dana was interested as I explained what lead to my resignation as a public school teacher and the path that lead  me to join others in this fight against top down intrusion into education.


It was an honor to meet Truth in American Education’s Shane Vander Hart.  He took my experience as a teacher being under a gag order and sent it across the nation.  I am grateful to his work then and now for exposing what education reform is doing to parents, students, teachers, and the nation.


Amy Edmonds and Cindy McKee networked and handed out literature to those concerned citizens attending in Laramie.


“Energizing. Motivating. Dawn-breaking as you realize you are not alone. These are some of the impressions people got as they attended the Glenn Beck We Will Not Conform event in Laramie”, said Cindy McKee.

McKee continued to describe why she attended as a member of Wyoming Citizens Opposing Common Core.

We wanted to make sure that people understood that a grassroots movement in Wyoming is already underway. Attendees each received a bookmark with information about how to connect to others who see what’s happening with education in Wyoming and want to do something about it. It was great to see some new faces who are just now becoming aware. It was really exciting to see new activity on Facebook and Twitter during and after the event from Wyoming citizens. This is how a movement grows. It was so gratifying to hear from folks who stopped to thank us for what we were doing as they were leaving the theater.  This kind of event brings people of a like mind together and enables us to connect people from across the state to one another. These connections will multiply and grow more forceful by the month. Thanks to all who attended!

Don’t t miss the rebroadcast!  It will be shown AGAIN on Tuesday July 29th at 6:30PM. 

Find tickets  & Theaters: http://www.fathomevents.com/event/we-will-not-conform-live .

There were theaters selling out across the nation for the amazing event!

Christal Swasey writes about how the theater she attended was overflowing with parents, educators, and concerned citizens HERE.

Lisa Cummings was blogging live from the event and gives a recap HERE.

One of the BEST recaps by the amazing blogger Lady Liberty 1885 HERE.

I whole-heartily agree with Cindy McKee of WCOCC when she says,

Make no mistake…the opposition is watching (they were in attendance as well). But if we persist, if we continue to find each other, organize, and become a powerful force of voters in Wyoming, we will effect change. Come be encouraged. Come meet other people who are concerned just like you. Legislators and other policymakers will indeed listen if we show up and we speak as a united voice, and we stay committed to the course.


Candidates Hill & Lain Meet-N-Greet in Rock Springs July 26th

Candidate Meet-N-Greet

Saturday, July 26th (following the Red Desert Round Up parade)

Approximately 11:30AM – 1PM

Smith’s/Rocky Mountain Bank parking lot (Foothill Blvd)

Rock Springs

       Cindy Hill for Governor                               &                      Sheryl Lain for Superintendent

cindy-hillSheryl Lain

Come and visit with Cindy Hill and Sheryl Lain and find out for yourself why they are running for office. 

Click names above to read more about each candidate and why they are the BEST choice for Wyoming’s future!

Questions please contact christyhooley@gmail.com


Two of Three Candidates for Governor will debate July 15th in Casper


cindy-hill TaylorHaynes MattMead

Two of the three Republican candidates for Governor, Taylor Haynes and Matt Mead, will debate Tuesday, July 15th.

Wheeler Concert Hall at Casper College

The event starts at 7pm and doors open at 6:30 pm.

Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.

While Haynes and Mead have agreed to debate at this particular event sponsored by the Casper College, KCWY News 13 and the Casper Star-Tribune, Cindy Hill declined due to concerns over the Casper Star-Tribune.   Cindy Hill issued this press release explaining her reason for declining.

Cindy Hill has announced that she will refuse to participate in an upcoming gubernatorial debate hosted by the Casper Star-Tribune. Her press release on the subject is below. She plans to participate fully in future debates not hosted by the Casper Star-Tribune.

Hill Proposes Debate Process That Assures Fairness

Wyoming gubernatorial candidate Cindy Hill today declined an invitation to take part in a debate sponsored in part by the Casper Star-Tribune due to the newspaper’s history of inaccurate reporting.

Hill, the State’s Superintendent of Public Instruction, said she has decided against taking part in the debate — for the same reason she recently decided to stop responding to Star-Tribune requests for interviews: she cannot trust the publication to assure fair treatment.

“The Star-Tribune has consistently misrepresented my positions, misquoted me and gone out of its way to cast me in an inaccurate light,” she said. “This tactic has only grown worse since I advocated for the return of the people’s constitutionally protected voting rights that were taken by the current governor.  How can I trust such a group to run an impartial debate and treat all the participants fairly?”

Hill also said she does not want to be seen as supporting the newspaper in any way, including lending her name to its debate. She stressed that there are many fine journalists in Wyoming and that this comment on the Casper Star-Tribune should absolutely not be applied more broadly.

Hill said she looks forward to debating her primary election opponents in settings not connected with the Star-Tribune, i.e., in a way that assures fairness to all candidates.

It should also be pointed out the Cindy Hill has agreed to debate with Matt Mead on each occasion that she has been invited.  She feels strongly about debating Matt Mead as it will show that she is confident in her ability for government leadership.  The only exception has been this debate for the above mentioned reasons.  I have seen the twisting and turning of words and facts by the newspaper in name.  I have come to accept that the Casper Star Tribune has never striven to be unbiased but in fact have chosen to target certain groups, candidates, and leaders that don’t fit their agenda.

Please do your best to educate yourself on which candidate will do the best for our state.