Wyoming to Stop Common Core

Great things happening in Wyoming with the Common Core Trio’s presentation in Star Valley! However, we cannot be complacent that we are in a better position than some states. Unfortunately, our Governor is a chairperson for the National Governors Association, which is a paid lobbyist organization that lead the push for CC under the “state-led” guise. He also pushed through SF104 to replace our Public Director of Instruction Cindy Hill with an appointed position through Jim Rose! I spoke with Governor Mead at a our county’s Capitol for the Day Ice Cream Social, and he disagrees with my concern that CC takes away local control. He attempted to explain to me that our standards are being raised with Common Core. It was apparent he knows nothing but what he has been told by the very creators of the Common Core Standards Initiative. We did not receive enough signatures to repeal SF104! We need to keep standing against this!

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This week Alisa and I spoke in Star Valley, Wyoming at the Afton Civic Center.   The event was filmed and I’ll post it when  receive it.

What I learned:

Wyoming is in great shape to reclaim educational liberty and control.   I’m almost jealous of the state’s position.  Why?

1)  Wyoming could walk away from the temptation of federal monies easily because it has strong education funding through state royalties. 

“Each biennium, Wyoming gets about $1.6 billion to $1.8 billion in federal mineral royalty payments (FMRs), which account for a sizable portion of the state’s entire two-year $8.9 billion budget. More FMRs flow to Wyoming than any other state, largely because of extensive coal mining on federal land” – WyoFile.

2) Wyoming only recently (1 year ago) formally adopted Common Core.  The amount of wasted money, time, teacher development and other Common Core-related waste that is happening in other states, has not happened there…

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Upon This Lack of Evidence We Base Our Children’s Futures

When I spoke with Governor Mead last week, this is the first question I asked him, “Where is the data (evidence) to show that common core will be any better for teachers and students in Wyoming?

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Where is the evidence to support the rhetoric surrounding the CCSS? This is not data-driven decision making. This is a decision grasping for data…  Yet this nation will base the future of its entire public education system, and its children, upon this lack of evidence. – Dr. Christopher Tienken, Seton Hall University, NJ

In the Education Administration Journal, the  AASA Journal of Scholarship and Practice (Winter 2011 / Volume 7, No. 4) there’s an article by Dr. Christopher Tienken of Seton Hall University that clearly explains the ridiculousness of Common Core.  The full article, “Common Core: An Example of Data-less Decision Making,” is available online, and  following are some highlights:

Although a majority of U.S. states and territories have “made the CCSS the legal law of their land in terms of the mathematics and language arts curricula,” and although “over 170 organizations, education-related and corporations alike, have pledged…

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Wyoming Teacher: “Should We Turn a Blind Eye and Be Led Like Sheep Off a Cliff?”

Thank you Christel for sharing this article about my experience as a teacher that questions what we are doing in our schools.

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Truth in American Education posted a powerful article from a Wyoming teacher that I hope many people read.

It’s so ironic.  In this article, the teacher says that an administrator told the teachers “not to use school resources to push political agendas.” Yet the entire Common Core Initiative is a political agenda!  Look at who leads it:  Arne Duncan, Linda Darling-Hammond, Chaka Fattah, Bill Gates, Sir Michael Barber and other extremists who have no respect for local control, the state-directed provisions of the U.S. Constitution or the forbidding by G.E.P.A. law for the federal government to direct state educational systems.

Here’s that quote:

“…My administrator said that there would be no more emailing, or talking about the common core amongst the staff. There was a finality to his tone and the meeting was quickly over at that point. I then received an email from my administrator reminding me of our district policy of…

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