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

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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

 

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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.

 

State Board of Education Considers What to Do about NGSS: Wyoming Citizens Opposing Common Core Reacts

April 11, 2014 – Casper Wyoming – State Board of Education Meeting

In a meeting characterized both by procedural irregularities and emotion, Wyoming’s State Board of Education ultimately sent the proposed science standards back to the Review Committee for reworking. While unclear how much of the Next Generation Science Standards could be included in the final product, board members voiced a need for A-rated standards that will benefit Wyoming students and be free of controversial assumptions. The committee will be allowed to use the NGSS as a model, but it appeared that using other state standards as models will be expected as well.

Public comment was rearranged on the agenda to allow comments to be heard before the vote on the outcome of the NGSS. A group called Climate Parents, some of whom we believe traveled in from out of state, organized statements to support the NGSS and the teaching of anthropogenic global warming in classrooms, and a teacher brought students to do so as well. However, the students did not appear either personally invested or prepared to articulate that position.

Wyoming Citizens Opposing Common Core also organized statements among participants who could attend the meeting.  Members pointed out that the budget footnote was the correct response of the Legislature to concerned citizens and expressed reasons to push for more academically sound and objective standards than the NGSS. We were joined by Representative Tom Reeder, Representative Lynn Hutchings and Michelle Sabrosky, who also contributed valuable testimony. We so appreciate the time everyone took out of their personal lives to make a strong showing at this meeting.

Several testifying, including both legislators, asserted this meeting or ANY consideration of NGSS, even as a model, is not legal given the budget footnote’s restriction on funds. In spite of this concern, the board proceeded to take action, and in the weeks to come, the legality of is the footnote will likely be investigated.

Some board members were anxious to adopt the NGSS for promulgation in spite of the legislature’s budget footnote “effective immediately” due to their own interpretation of the footnote’s effective date. Some board members like the NGSS and expressed concern we wouldn’t have “21st Century Standards” available immediately for our schools. Others clearly were in favor of making the rejection of the standards the Governor’s problem by forcing him to veto the vote for promulgation, as Mary Kay Hill said she would advise the Governor to do should the state board move forward and adopt these standards. However, the vote to adopt for promulgation ultimately failed this time.

The initial vote to send the standards back to the Review Committee also failed, as did a motion to approve the resolution by the Supervisory Committee members to stop this process and allow school districts to choose their own science standards. There was a great deal of contentious discussion, frustration and consultation with legal counsel during the entire meeting, which even went to executive session at one point. It was clear no one wanted to leave the room having done “nothing”, so it finally came back to a vote to reconsider the motion to send the standards back to the Review Committee, and that motion in the end passed.

It will be crucial now for citizens to monitor this process, participate in opportunities to contribute and be watchful for the necessary changes in the standards. As Mary Kay Hill stated as she outlined the position of the Governor’s office, citizen engagement like this is unprecedented and a great opportunity to have genuine, open discussion and participation. Our state can end up with academically sound standards that stay religiously neutral and scientifically objective and be the best in the country!

Our State Board of Edu Cares NOT about You!

One of our State Board of Education’s duties,  as listed on their site,  is to advocate on behalf of students, educators, and citizens.  There was no advocating on behalf of those in attendance, during their meeting on October 8th, 2013 to support Amy Edmonds and their opposition to the Common Core State Standards.  Instead of questioning for further understanding or commenting on Amy Edmonds‘ wonderfully researched presentation to the board, they chose to respond in a dictatorial fashion, not allowing for the voice of those whom they are supposedly advocating for, to be heard.  Instead, their response was to have two teachers give their opinion of  the Common Core State Standards.  The teachers only used emotional statements, calling it “good stuff” and “global readiness”, and even going so far as to claim nothing good has come from our country in years, therefore we need it (I’m grateful he is not teaching my children).  Rather than presenting actual data proving that the CCSS are good for students, they used a propaganda video endorsed by the newly created position and appointed Director of Education Richard Crandall.  There is no data to prove CCSS will improve education or not do harm to our children.   It is  an experiment and the progressive dream to affect a generation of children and benefit from data mining!  So they must rely on Richard Crandall’s propaganda video (created with our tax dollars) and these poor teachers who really do not have any information, other than what they have been fed by the very creators of the common core machine! The only person on that board that was elected by the people of our state is Cindy Hill.  Sadly,  once she spoke out against CC, she had her powers stripped.  I was grateful she chose to speak out against the misinformation that Jim McBride shared during the meeting and also vocalized her disgust that tax payer money be used in the creation of anything on either side o the issue.  Where is the equality in discourse!  Why wasn’t a teacher who has a very different experience with CC allowed to speak?

Vote Governor Matt Mead out of office, make your voice heard, so they will replace these board members and the appointed positions with someone that can speak for the people!

Wyoming Liberty Group was ready to take the comments from those in attendance at the meeting.  You can hear the voices that were not allowed to speak out here:

Read the full presentation and comments to the board by Amy Edmonds here.