February 18, 2014
Your calls to the Kansas House Education Committee are vital and necessary today and tomorrow! We must ensure that these Kansas legislators follow through in pushing back against federal overreach and restoring authority over education to the Kansas people. If you’ve already called and e-mailed, thank you! Please do it again!
If you are able, we need you in Topeka TOMORROW:
RECLAIM KANSAS EDUCATION – RALLY & HEARING
First floor of the Capitol – North
11-11:30 a.m. – Meet & Greet
11:30 a.m. – Welcome
11:45 a.m. – Presentations and Discussion
1:15 p.m. – Hearing for HB 2621, Room 112-N
We will have buttons, signs and information.
* Please bring your own snacks – no food will be provided.
If you need more information and directions for the Capitol please visit: http://kshs.org/p/kansas-state-capitol-parking/11708...
Please see the following information from a previous alert:
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!
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 e-mail (with the form below) the members of leadership of the House Education Committee, and call their offices with the numbers listed below to respectfully tell them to support HB 2621.
House Education Leadership
- Rep. Kasha Kelley, Chair (785-296-7671)
- Rep. Ward Cassidy, Vice-Chair (785-296-7616)
- Rep. Ed Trimmer, Ranking Minority Member (785-296-7122)
Then, please select the rest of the e-mail addresses below and ask the committee members to support HB 2621. There is not time to wait – they must lead Kansas out of the Common Core THIS session.
House Education Members
- Rep. Sue Boldra (785-296-4683)
- Rep. John Bradford (785-296-7653)
- Rep. Carolyn Bridges (785-296-7646)
- Rep. Diana Dierks (785-296-7642)
- Rep. Willie Dove (785-296-7670)
- Rep. John Ewy (785- 296-7105)
- Rep. Shanti Gandhi (785-296-7672)
- Rep. Amanda Grosserode (785- 296-7659)
- Rep. Dennis Hedke (785-296-7699)
- Rep. Ron Highland (785-296-7310)
- Rep. Roderick Houston (785-296-7652)
- Rep. Jerry Lunn (785-296-7675)
- Rep. Nancy Lusk (785-296-7651)
- Rep. Kelly Meigs (785-296-7656)
- Rep. Melissa Rooker (785-296-7686)
- Rep. Valdenia Winn (785-296-7657)
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