Parents and Educators Speak to Education Committee in support of HB97 and Against Common Core!

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House Ed Committee Heavily Amends 97

It Passed Committee And Is Headed Back To The House.

“There has been a lot happening over the last few days by those that would have you believe that this bill is not good enough, please don’t let this confuse you or divide our groups any further.   I want to emphasize that Wyoming Citizens Opposing Common Core and myself support HB97 and its amendments.  Though we wish that it had been kept in its entirety, we realize that this is our chance to finally rid our state of both CCSS and the SBAC testing consortium.  This bill will also fix the process that allowed CCSS to be adopted under our noses. You can read the bill here and know that it in fact does take us out of CC and doesn’t allow for it to happen again, plus gives parents a better avenue to participate and be informed when changes are happening within the public school.”

The House Education Committee heard HB97 on Monday evening.  There was testimony for and against the bill and several amendments were made.

Amy Edmonds, from the Wyoming Liberty Group, was first to testify on behalf of HB97.   I do not have her full transcript, but she laid to rest a lot of the misinformation concerning HB97 and how common core was not state led and talked of the flawed process that brought it to Wyoming.

Elizabeth Bingham, parent and resident of Rock Springs testified about sovereignty.   It will be found HERE.

A letter was also shared by a prospective educator.  It can be found HERE.

Christy Hooley, parent, and educator shared her experience with CCSS and trying to speak against them in her school.  It can be found HERE.

Cindy McKee, parent and former educator and resident of Savery, had this insight to HB97 and Common Core HERE.

Dawn Irvine, concerned citizen, grandparent, of Cheyenne, spoke of ther concerns for freedom and liberty being lost with CCSS HERE.

Unfortunately, the Committee amended the bill in such a way that the data privacy pieces were completely removed, the Common Core English and math standards review for this year was postponed until 2016, and many more changes were made.  The good news is that the bill still removes Wyoming from the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium and prevents participation in any consortium or program that cedes any control over Wyoming education.  The bill also still includes some solutions to the flawed standards adoption process.  The substitute bill can be seen here.

The Bill now goes to the House Committee of the Whole for 1st reading.  This step includes unlimited debate and a vote will take place only on amendments before moving to 2nd reading.

Please Complete This Action Item By Thursday

IT IS NOW TIME TO ADVOCATE FOR HB97 WITH THE ENTIRE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES AGAIN.

WE CANNOT LET UP!  We now need the entire House to say YES to HB97. Please email in the next 48 hours.

Email the Representatives: Mark.Baker@wyoleg.gov; Eric.Barlow@wyoleg.gov; Rosie.Berger@wyoleg.gov; Stan.Blake@wyoleg.gov; Dave.Blevins@wyoleg.gov; Gregg.Blikre@wyoleg.gov; Kermit.Brown@wyoleg.gov; Donald.Burkhart@wyoleg.gov; James.Byrd@wyoleg.gov; Rita.Campbell@wyoleg.gov; Richard.Cannady@wyoleg.gov; Kathy.Coleman@wyoleg.gov; Cathy.Connolly@wyoleg.gov; Kathy.Davison@wyoleg.gov; John.Eklund@wyoleg.gov; Ken.Esquibel@wyoleg.gov; Lee.Filer@wyoleg.gov; John.Freeman@wyoleg.gov; Gerald.Gay@wyoleg.gov; Keith.Gingery@wyoleg.gov; Patrick.Goggles@wyoleg.gov; Mike.Greear@wyoleg.gov; Matt.Greene@wyoleg.gov; Marti.Halverson@wyoleg.gov; Steve.Harshman@wyoleg.gov; Elaine.Harvey@wyoleg.gov; Hans.Hunt@wyoleg.gov; Lynn.Hutchings@wyoleg.gov; Allen.Jaggi@wyoleg.gov; Norine.Kasperik@wyoleg.gov; Dan.Kirkbride@wyoleg.gov; Kendell.Kroeker@wyoleg.gov; Samuel.Krone@wyoleg.gov; Lloyd.Larsen@wyoleg.gov; Tom.Lockhart@wyoleg.gov; Bunky.Loucks@wyoleg.gov; Tom.Lubnau@wyoleg.gov; Mike.Madden@wyoleg.gov; Troy.Mader@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; Ruth.Petroff@wyoleg.gov; Garry.Piiparinen@wyoleg.gov; Tom.Reeder@wyoleg.gov; Mark.Semlek@wyoleg.gov; Albert.Sommers@wyoleg.gov; Tim.Stubson@wyoleg.gov; Matt.Teeters@wyoleg.gov; Mary.Throne@wyoleg.gov; Tom.Walters@wyoleg.gov; Stephen.Watt@wyoleg.gov; Sue.Wilson@wyoleg.gov; Nathan.Winters@wyoleg.gov; David.Zwonitzer@wyoleg.gov; Dan.Zwonitzer@wyoleg.gov

Call the Rep Hotline: within Wyoming, the number is 1-866-996-8683 or (307-777-8683 in Cheyenne).  You can say: “Please vote yes on House Bill 97″ plus 1-2 short sentences of comment (example “to protect Wyoming children and education”).  Important details on using the hotline are at:  http://legisweb.state.wy.us/postcomments/hotlinedisclaimer.aspx

HB97 Passes Introducation with 47-13 Vote! Continue Take Action Emails…

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We witnessed the beauty of a free republic in action today in Cheyenne.  Concerned citizens turned out to speak face-to-face with Wyoming legislators.  As this happened, we watched “no” votes turn into “yes” votes as concerned parents challenged the claims that have been made to support the Common Core State Standards, and articulated the many issues that come with them.  The valuable conversations that took place will now be allowed to continue as this bill advances to the House Education Committee.

The efforts of the grassroots were bolstered by the presence of national leaders Dr. Sandra Stotsky, Erin Tuttle and Emmett McGroarty, Esq.  After an inspirational and empowering event the night prior, these leaders accompanied citizens to the Capitol for the bill introduction and proved an invaluable support.

Two articles have covered this important step towards winning this battle to take back education in Wyoming.  Read Shane Vander Hart’s article from Truth in American Eduation here.  Also, another article from WyoFile,  quotes Representative John Freeman’s (D-Rock Springs) “experiment” quote supporting Common Core here.

A second house bill addressing Common Core, Smarter Balanced, and student data collection and sharing (HB168) is expected to be introduced by the end of the week.  Wyoming Citizens Opposing Common Core supports any effort to safeguard students from the certain negative consequences of the current education reform agenda.  Even though we know we have a solid piece of legislation in HB 97 and for now will continue to direct our primary efforts here, we applaud the thought and  hard work put into this bill and are thrilled that so many in Wyoming are willing to step up, speak out, and take action.

While HB168 awaits introduction, we feel compelled to forge ahead with HB97 as this bill has already been assigned to the House Education committee.

We must once again ask for communication from you to our elected representatives.  Please contact the following committee members and express your support for HB97, keeping your message brief (personalizing it) and including a subject line that states your main request, as legislators are inundated during session and may only get to scanning their e-mails.  Sample subject lines might be “Please vote YES on HB97″ or “HB97 Yes”.  The House Education committee emails are:

Jerry.Paxton@wyoleg.gov, Garry.Piiparinen@wyoleg.gov, Hans.Hunt@wyoleg.gov, David.Northrup@wyoleg.gov, Matt.Teeters@wyoleg.gov, Cathy.Connolly@wyoleg.gov, Albert.Sommers@wyoleg.gov, John.Patton@wyoleg.gov, John.Freeman@wyoleg.gov

 

Click here to see the 1-page overview of the bill which will help you communicate your thoughts.  Thank you so very much…your efforts have made their mark on the legislature, and the only way to keep it going is to keep up the pressure!

Exciting Development in Cheyenne! MEET Rock Star CC Experts! Support NEEDED!!

MEET & GREET with House Bill Overview

February 11th from 7-9 PM

EVERYONE is ASKED TO ATTEND an amazing event at the Kiwanis Community House in Cheyenne! Three national leaders, Dr. Sandra Stotsky, Erin Tuttle, and Emmett McGroarty, will be guests (SEE BIOS BELOW).  There will be an overview of the education reform bill and information on its introduction that will take place on February 12th at the Capitol.  The Meet & Greet will also allow time for questions, answers, and mingling.

MAPS and MORE INFO HERE to TAKE BACK WYO EDU in Cheyenne!!!

It is VITAL that anyone that can attend the budget session in Cheyenne next week attend to support Representative Tom Reeder’s bill to remove Common Core, SBAC, and the SLDS (with stronger wording on data privacy) in Wyoming.  Please view Rep. Reeder’s site here to get further clarification on how to support it. You can also contact him with your support if you cannot make it to Cheyenne.

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State Representative Tom Reeder’s Site                         PLEASE RSVP for the Meet & Greet

SPECIAL GUESTS!

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Dr. Sandra Stotsky is credited with developing one of the country’s strongest sets of academic standards for K-12 students as well as the strongest academic standards and licensure tests for prospective teachers while serving as Senior Associate Commissioner in the Massachusetts Department of Education from 1999-2003. She is also known nation-wide for her in-depth analyses of the problems in Common Core’s English language arts standards. Her current research ranges from the deficiencies in teacher preparation programs and teacher licensure tests to the deficiencies in the K-12 reading curriculum and the question of gender bias in the curriculum. She is regularly invited to testify or submit testimony to state boards of education and state legislators on bills addressing licensure tests, licensure standards, and Common Core’s standards (e.g., Utah, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, South Carolina, and Texas). She currently serves on several committees for the International Dyslexia Association and on the advisory board for Pioneer Institute’s Center for School Reform. She served on the National Validation Committee for the Common Core State Systemic Initiative (2009-2010), on the National Mathematics Advisory Panel (2006-2008), co-authoring its final report as well as two of its task group reports, on the Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (2006-2010), and on the Steering Committee in 2003-2004 for the framework for the National Assessment of Educational Progress reading assessments for 2009 onward.

Erin Tuttle is a Co-founder of Hoosiers Against Common Core. She was publicly recognized by Governor Mike Pence for her efforts in passing anti-Common Core legislation in Indiana. She has written extensively on the deficiencies of the standards and has testified before the Indiana Senate. Her organization continues to do educational research and has provided commentary on the Common Core Standards for the Bill Bennett Show, NPR, and local talk radio shows across the country. Their research and comments have been cited by National Review Online, EdWeek, StateImpact and EducationNext.

Emmett McGroarty is the Executive Director of American Principles Project on education. He has led APP Common Core in its mission to defend the rights of parents and promote the future of children. He has published ground-breaking reports on the federal takeover of education (Townhall Magazine, March 2011), its lawless tracking of private child and family data (The New York Post, December 2011), and its lawless infliction of radical values curricula on children (Public Discourse, January 2012). Emmett is a frequent media guest, and his written works have appeared in publications such as Townhall Magazine, The New York Post, The Washington Times, and Public Discourse. He is a graduate of the Fordham School of Law and Georgetown University.

American Principle Project’s Video Summary from Common Core Conference at Notre Dame