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Letter to the editor: A hearing on the common core

Posted: Wednesday, Oct 23rd, 2013

Oct. 8 was a morning ringing with anticipation and hope. The concerned citizens of Wyoming were finally granted their own special spot on the agenda of the State Board of Education.

Amy Edmonds, former Wyoming legislator, was the presenter representing our opposing voices. Many Wyoming citizens made the sacrifices necessary to be there to support her as she did an amazing job in the 30-minute window she was allotted. Her speech can be read at wyliberty.org/feature/citizens-speak-out-stop-common-core/

While we are grateful to the board for the opportunity, knowing that a few at least tried to hear us, the overall response was reprehensible. One member clearly ignored Amy, busying himself checking his computer and typing (definitely appearing he was dealing with emails) while two others made virtually no eye contact.

She appeared to be invisible to the board. Possibly it was the content of her talk … showing the growing opposition to the Common Core State Standards. Jim McBride referred several times to them as “national standards” later when he spoke.

A pro common core presentation followed featuring two Wyoming teachers and a promotional video paid for by our tax dollars. It certainly appears that we taxpayers and parents are paying to be federally convinced to fundamentally transform our constitutional rights in the area of education. We were given no opportunity to respond.

One of the presenters found it “sad” that this has become a political issue. Evidently, she is not aware that it IS political because it deals with the education of our children, we were not informed about it before it was brought into our schools and our schools are paid for by tax dollars. Therefore, everything about our schools is political.

In trying to demonstrate why it’s important to stay the course with Common Core, McBride shared a threat he had received while serving as state superintendent from the undersecretary of the U.S. Department of Education: If you don’t take the federal money for education, we’ll take ALL your federal money … Game and Fish, roads, etc.

The case for the dangers of accepting federal money could not have been made more apparent. Control, not the quality of education, is at the heart of this initiative.

For the “rest of the story” about the Common Core State Standards Initiative, please visit www.wyomingcitizensopposingcommoncore.com.

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