February 15, 2014
Great news! Thanks to the hard work of so many activists, especially our friends at Kansans Against Common Core, we finally have a solid bill in the House Education Committee (HB 2621) that will be heard next week!
Right now, your voice is critical in this discussion. We must ensure that these Kansas legislators follow through in pushing back against federal overreach and restoring authority over education to the Kansas people.
A quick recap of Kansas’ Common Core history:
- The Kansas Board of Education adopted the national K-12 Common Core standards in English and math in 2010 in order to score points on a federal grant competition – a competition that we did not win.
- As a result we now have the Common Core standards (Kansas College and Career Ready Standards), and they are of poor quality:
- They fail to prepare students for studies in science, technology, engineering and math. They put our students two years behind their peers in high-performing countries by eighth grade, and they are even worse for high school.
- In English language arts, the Common Core severely de-emphasizes the study of classic literature in favor of drab and simplistic “informational” texts. It does this despite the fact that the overwhelming evidence is that children should be reading more, not less, classic literature.
- Prominent child psychiatrists and psychologists have heavily criticized the standards as being age-inappropriate for young children.
- The Kansas State Board of Education also adopted the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) in June 2013. The NGSS standards fail to prepare children for college science courses.
Kansas needs to reclaim its sovereignty by exiting the Common Core and developing top-notch standards that will be under Kansas’ control! The state legislature can do this with the passage of a simple law – HB 2621.
First, forward this to as many Kansas friends and family as possible who will take action too! Please call AND e-mail (with the form below) the five most important members of the House Education Committee, and respectfully tell them to support HB 2621. After this, please select the rest of the email addresses below and ask the rest of the committee members to support HB 2621. There is not time to wait – they must lead Kansas out of the Common Core THIS session.
If you can only make a few phone calls, here are the most important representatives to contact:
If you can contact more, here are the rest of the members.
House Education Committee
Rep. Kasha Kelley, Chair (785-296-7671) firstname.lastname@example.org
Rep. Ed Trimmer, Ranking Minority Member (785-296-7122) email@example.com
Rep. John Bradford (785-296-7653) firstname.lastname@example.org
Rep. Carolyn Bridges (785-296-7646) email@example.com
Rep. Diana Dierks (785-296-7642) firstname.lastname@example.org
Rep. Willie Dove (785-296-7670) email@example.com
Rep. Shanti Gandhi (785-296-7672) firstname.lastname@example.org
Rep. Dennis Hedke (785-296-7699) email@example.com
Rep. Ron Highland (785-296-7310) firstname.lastname@example.org
Rep. Roderick Houston (785-296-7652) email@example.com
Rep. Jerry Lunn (785-296-7675) firstname.lastname@example.org
Rep. Nancy Lusk (785-296-7651) email@example.com
Rep. Melissa Rooker (785-296-7686) firstname.lastname@example.org
Rep. Valdenia Winn (785-296-7657) email@example.com
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