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