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.

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

Common Core & the GOVERNMENT TAKEOVER
OF LOCAL CONTROL IN EDUCATION
MY FIGHT AGAINST FED ED: A PUNDIT MOM’S PERSONAL
BATTLES TO STOP FUZZY MATH

MichelleMalkin

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
mandy.ludtke@wyliberty.org

Climate Parents Goal to Indoctrinate Students on Climate Change

Don’t Confuse Us With the Facts

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California-Based Group Promotes

Climate Change Indoctrination for Wyoming Students

Climate Parents is a national group that is involved in climate and social justice campaigns across our nation. They have recently targeted our state, claiming that “Wyoming is for coal over kids.”   They have even posted this message on their Facebook page banner.   They have also posted several press releases that smear the words of our State School Board Chairman and other elected leaders. They are attempting to influence decisions made by Wyoming citizens regarding the Next Generation Science Standards and their views on anthropogenic climate change. Climate Parents wants this taught as an accepted scientific fact.

Climate Parents and Citizens Engagement Lab are out of Berkeley, CA and New York, NY. They have had representatives on-site at a public meeting held in Casper prior to the SBE Meeting concerning the NGSS. The Wyoming Legislature defunded the implementation of the NGSS because of the outpouring of citizens’ voices. These voices were not just concerned about the teaching of climate, but the quality of the standards overall with weak content that was given a “C” rating by the Fordham Institute. This along with teaching anthropogenic climate change and Darwinian Evolution as settled science is the reason parents spoke up in Wyoming.

Lisa Hoyos is the co-founder of Climate Parents. Her bio on KeyWiki states, “In the mid 1990s Lisa Hoyos served on the Board of Directors Oakland based Institute for Social and Economic Studies- sponsor of Cross Roads magazine, which sought to promote dialogue and building new alliances among progressives and leftists… and to bring diverse Marxist and socialist traditions to bear while exploring new strategies and directions for the progressive political movements.”

It is quite clear what their agenda is as it is also freely stated on their website:

“Citizen Engagement Laboratory launched the CEL Climate Lab in 2011 to strengthen the U.S. climate organizing and communications landscape, particularly in terms of rapid response capacity. We believe the primary obstacle to climate action in the U.S. is a lack of cultural and political will, and we pursue three primary strategies for building that will:

  • Increase the Urgency. We help Americans recognize climate change as an urgent threat to our economy and safety.
  • Expand the Coalition. We seek to expand the coalition of those engaged in promoting climate action and a clean energy future.
  • Draw the Line. We strive to make those who deny climate science or stand in the way of action politically toxic.”

You can view a copy of their Open Letter to the State Board of Education HERE!

The majority of the 14,000 signatures on their petition are from out-of-state members. However, it is concerning that signatures from Wyoming educators, scientists and individuals are included and agree that the SBE should abandon the law as they, “urge the board to put legislative politics aside and carry out your duty to adopt [NGSS]. . . ”

Local control of education is where the power of the individual is heard. This is a parental right, for their voice to be heard and for it to be taken to the powers that can make change. This is what happened when the legislature acted.

You can very clearly see their agenda by visiting their website and Facebook page. In fact they are using a scare tactic to teach our children with cartoons and encouraging parents to have their children view them. This comic was produced in partnership by Years of Living Dangerously and Symbolia Magazine and can be seen HERE:

Action-Alert

If you haven’t already PLEASE write Wyoming legislators and the Governor to inform them of what this group is really about, and that you don’t want outside organizations to have influence over Wyoming policy. Only the voices of Wyoming citizens and parents of Wyoming children should count in this discussion, and Climate Parents as a national group has a political agenda and an utter disconnect with the realities of Wyoming’s needs, interests, and children. Further, what this group is actually advocating is that the SBE ignore the budget footnote before them and in fact, disregard the law. You may want to include pertinent links to Climate Parent websites we’ve provided in our article so legislators can see for themselves.  Contact info provided below:

Governor Mead: governor@wyo.gov

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, 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,
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,
Sue.Wallis@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, Jim.Anderson.SD28@wyoleg.gov,
Paul.Barnard@wyoleg.gov, Eli.Bebout@wyoleg.gov, Bruce.Burns@wyoleg.gov,
Cale.Case@wyoleg.gov, Leland.Christensen@wyoleg.gov, Stan.Cooper@wyoleg.gov,
Bernadine.Craft@wyoleg.gov, Dan.Dockstader@wyoleg.gov,
Ogden.Driskill@wyoleg.gov, Fred.Emerich@wyoleg.gov, Floyd.Esquibel@wyoleg.gov,
Gerald.Geis@wyoleg.gov, John.Hastert@wyoleg.gov, Larry.Hicks@wyoleg.gov,
John.Hines@wyoleg.gov, Wayne.Johnson@wyoleg.gov, Curt.Meier@wyoleg.gov,
Leslie.Nutting@wyoleg.gov, Drew.Perkins@wyoleg.gov, Ray.Peterson@wyoleg.gov,
Tony.Ross@wyoleg.gov, John.Schiffer@wyoleg.gov, Charles.Scott@wyoleg.gov,
Michael.VonFlatern@wyoleg.gov

 

 

Environmental Education and the Next Generation Science Standards

Enjoyment in chemistry class

The debate over Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) has raised a lot of questions in Wyoming about environmental education. The NGSS seek to imbue students with a particular view regarding the manner in which humans should respond to climate change, sustainability, and other such issues.

Environmental science often reduces to matters of opinion about many controversial issues. The fact that the NGSS take a position on these issues seems to be inconsistent with the view of the U.S. Supreme Court that the state should not prescribe what is “orthodox in politics, religion, nationalism or other matters of opinion.” (West Virginia Board of Education v. Barnette)

Several core ideas in NGSS, including this one, deal with the controversial issue of climate change: “Human activities, such as the release of greenhouse gases from burning fossil fuels, are major factors in the current rise in Earth’s mean surface temperature (‘global warming’).”

While there is evidence that global temperatures may be slowly rising, the causes and future effects of “global warming” are still being debated. In particular, students should be aware that there is widespread debate among climate scientists over (a) the extent to which greenhouse gases (GHG) contribute to changes in global temperature, (b) the degree of climate sensitivity to atmospheric carbon dioxide, (c) whether the consequences of GHG warming will be net beneficial or net harmful, and (d) whether the benefits of any attempts to reduce GHG emissions would be worth the costs. The curriculum needs to be balanced and objective on this topic.

The general idea of protecting the environment and conserving natural resources is not controversial. However, environmental science deals with “politics, religion and other matters of opinion.” It is questionable whether schools should even address unsettled environmental issues with impressionable young minds. If environmental science issues are discussed, then the state assumes an enormous burden of presenting the issues objectively so that they will have a neutral effect. It seems clear that NGSS coverage of environmental issues like climate change lacks the necessary objectivity.

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!

“Building the Machine” The Common Core MOVIE Available HERE!

 CCMovie

 “Building the Machine”

A gripping half-hour documentary that tells the story about the Common Core, one of the biggest national reforms to be adopted behind closed doors.

 HERE

Spread the word on social media and “Like” their page: https://www.facebook.com/BuildingtheMachine

Information on the movie  and the research behind it in their Press Release below:

Groundbreaking Documentary Sheds Light on Common Core 
Purcellville, VA — March 25, 2014

As the national conversation over the Common Core State Standards continues to heat up, one non-profit and an indie filmmaker are hoping that their upcoming documentary will shed light on an issue that they believe is a largely unknown problem. The film Building the Machine is about how Common Core came to be and how it will affect education for years to come.

The Home School Legal Defense Association’s department of Film and Visual Media has been working on the documentary for over a year and the film’s director believes it will make waves in the public debate over Common Core. “When I first started working on the film, I had very limited knowledge about the Common Core and how it made its way into our public schools,” Ian Reid, the film’s director, said. “At first it seems like an ideal solution to the commonly cited woes of an education system that is failing our students: After all, who wouldn’t want higher standards? But after more than a year of investigative research, and in-depth interviews with many on the inside of the education standards world, it was clear that there is much more to the implementation of the Common Core than merely ‘raising standards.’” 

The Common Core State Standards are the product of the National Governor’s Association, the Council of Chief State School Officials, education experts, and many wealthy backers like the Gates Foundation. The standards are being implemented in schools across 45 states. While the Constitution gives the federal government no direct authority over education, the government has created incentives for states to adopt the Common Core as a tactic for national curriculum. But many experts have voiced skepticism as to whether the standards are actually good for American children.

Our goal is to present a balanced investigative documentary, by interviewing experts on both sides of the issue—including some members of the Common Core Validation Committee,” said Reid, “and this led to a variety of fascinating discoveries about the culture war that is being waged in education right now. One of the most troubling was the clear difference between the two factions’ willingness to dialogue over this revolutionary change. Particularly, my team and I found that while many opponents to 
the Common Core were willing to speak out, only a small fraction of the supporters would engage in the discourse.”  

One thing that Reid finds most fascinating about the Common Core is that it erases party lines. “Common Core is not a typical liberals-versus-conservatives issue,” he said. “It’s an issue that concerns parents and the future of their child’s education, and I hope to get the message across that their ability to steer the education of their child is largely slipping away from their hands and into the hands of politicians, unelected bureaucrats, and large corporations.”  


The film will be released by the Home School Legal Defense Association online at noon EDT on March 31, 2014, for free. HSLDA will also be accepting pre-orders for the extended DVD set which will ship later this summer. Reid is the Director of Film and Visual Media at the Home School Legal Defense Association.

Video Series: What You Haven’t Been Told! Speakers on Common Core

What You Haven’t Been Told!  Common Core Speakers Present

JacksonPresenters

 (4 Part Video Series)

Presented in Jackson Hole, Wyoming on January 28, 2014

Education Policy Part 1 of 4
Amy Edmonds –Wyoming Liberty Group/ Former WY House Representative

 

The People Behind Common Core Part 2 of 4
Alisa Ellis – Utahan’s Against Common Core

 

A Teacher’s Perspective Part 3 of 4
Christy Hooley  – Teacher/Mother/Wyoming Against Common Core

 

Data Tracking Part 4 of 4
Kelly Simone – Mother/PA-C/Wyoming Citizens Opposing Common Core

 

Questioning the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium

The Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) is the assessment for Common Core and is funded by a $160M grant from the US Department of Education.  Although Common Core has been adopted by the State, SBAC has not.  Sweetwater School District #1 has volunteered 3rd & 4th graders attending Walnut Elementary School to participate April 7th-25th.  Sweetwater School District #2 volunteered Harrison (3rd & 4th grade) April 28th – May 16th, Jackson (4th grade) April 7th – 25th, and McKinnon Elementary schools to participate in a field test of SBAC this spring. These voluntary “test of the tests” are in addition to the other required assessments our children take, such as the Proficiency Assessments for Wyoming Students (PAWS), Student Assessment of Writing Skills (SAWS), Measures of Academic Progress (MAP), DIBELS, DAZE and AIMSWEB.

It puts this valuable learning time toward a for-profit company on a test that we may never see again. The legislature refused to approve funds for SBAC in their interim committee meetings this fall due to tremendous grassroots opposition.

The Field Test is a “test of the test” and will result in some questions being revised or dropped, and students will not receive scores. This test will require approximately ten 45-minute testing sessions, approximately 8 hours, which translates into multiple days of teachers administering unapproved experimental field tests to our children instead of teaching subject matter to them.  Teachers want, need, and deserve time to do their jobs well, not just administer tests – especially experimental ones.

I’m not aware of any parental consent asking if our children could be used for an experimental field test.

Parents across our country are choosing to exercise their parental rights and refuse assessments.  Brianna Davis, mother of Green River students said, “I chose to opt my kids out of PAWS and SAWS because I would rather they spend the hours learning.  I also do not agree with the fact that the test scores are how school funding is determined.”

Recently Lincoln County School District #2 in Star Valley chose to back out of the SBAC Field Test, when initially EVERY school in their district had signed on.  When LCSD#2 found out that the field test was approximately 8 hours long (broken down into 45 minute segments) and that SBAC was not approved by the legislature, and that even if it were approved it wasn’t going to be implemented for two years, they decided not to waste their students’ time on more testing.  LCSD#2, along with Campbell County #1 and Park County #6, chose to prevent their students from being the guinea pigs used to determine if an unapproved test was a good or not.  Will this same step be taken to protect our students in Sweetwater County and allow academics and teaching to take precedence over practicing a trial test?

There are several reasons to assert your parental rights and Opt-Out.

1) Protect student data that will eventually be put into a national database (SLDS).  This is NOT the same information that has always been gathered on our children.

2) Protect kids from undue stress.

3) Allow students to do additional learning rather than spending HOURS testing.

4) Send a message that parents have the control and know what’s best for their child.

5) Allow teachers to use their professional judgment to gage where that student is academically and not rely on or pigeon-hole a child with numbers.

As a practical matter, teachers teach to the test.  Tests are what teachers and children are measured against so it only makes sense for teachers to do so.  SBAC is a federally controlled test.  Therefore the federal government through SBAC controls what our teachers teach and by extension controls what our children learn.  In essence we are voluntarily embracing the test that seals our fate as to the federal control of the teachers and the education of our children in SW#2.  I believe both deserve so much more.

For information on Opting Out please visit WyomingCitizensOpposingCommonCore.com.

Christy Hooley

Green River

Educator, Mother, Concerned Citizen