Wyoming Liberty Group
Last week I wrote about free speech in public education and how one community in Wyoming (Cody) is up in arms, neighbor fighting neighbor, over the eminent purchase of a K-8 reading curriculum.
What in the world could get folks so worked up that they would start calling one another racists and bigots? What is in this curriculum?
Here's what's happening in education this week, in Wyoming and around the country.
Recently Al Gore decided to turn up the heat on those not willing to worship the climate change movement as “accepted science.” Mr. Gore stated at a recent technology event he felt anyone who disagrees with man made climate change should “pay the political price.” One has to wonder what price Mr. Gore is talking about? Perhaps he would like to silence all speech that doesn't align with his political ideology.
And in similar news this week the Wyoming State Board of Education met in Saratoga, WY, and voted to move forward with the review of the state’s science standards. No doubt we will see the same kind of rhetoric coming from those on the board pushing the Next Generation Science Standards adoption in Wyoming.
Last week, HR 5, the federal rewrite of No Child Left Behind - seriously mistitled as the “Student Success Act” - was pulled from the floor of the US House after Republican leadership could not get the votes required to pass the bill out of the House.
Congressmen had been hammered over the past week with emails, tweets and other social media communications from their local grassroots organizations asking them to vote against HR5.
Karin McQuillan, Jackson, WY
Common Core is a liberal program known as Obamacare for education, which is hated by children, parents and conservatives across America. Wyoming should be a leader in fighting against Common Core. Yet even as you read this, Governor Mead and the legislature are going full steam ahead, while parents don’t even know what is happening.
Here are ten reasons you should know about Common Core even if you are not a parent:
For Wyoming parents wondering what really happens behind the scenes to push the direction of statewide education policy, they need look no further. A stunning video released this past week by the parent-led group, Wyoming Citizens Opposing Common Core, revealed minutes from an October meeting convened by an education bureaucracy-led group called the ECA (External Cost Adjustment) Coalition.
The Coalition, which was apparently formed to ensure an increase in education funding through the use of an ECA, veered away from such school finance issues and stated in their minutes, among other things, that parents are not education experts and that they have “hijacked” education in Wyoming. The Coalition hinted at back door deals being made to ensure the continuation of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS).
Public school students have taken to Twitter to point out some of the absurdities of the federal National School Lunch Program (NSLP).
In 2012, the Obama administration made over 15 major rule changes to the NSLP, prompted by First Lady Michelle Obama’s new Nutrition Program, which included increasing the number of dark, green leafy vegetables served to school age kids, decreasing the amount of fat and salt in foods and denying children the option of refusing certain foods.
For those of you who do not follow the news closely, you may have missed a recent piece on Wyoming Attorney General’s (AG) August letter stating that parents do not have the right to opt their children out of high stakes statewide testing in the public education system.
For many parents in Wyoming, the AG’s high handedness came as a shock. The letter came after a long string of emails from parents this spring requesting release of their children from these tests culminated in a stalemate with the Wyoming Department of Education [WDE]. The WDE was unable to prove to parents that state and federal law required their children to be tested, regardless of their parents’ wishes. So the WDE asked the AG to weigh in.