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Dear HSLDA Members and Friends,
We urge you to respond to the following two requests for action that Kansans Against Common Core have issued. HSLDA fully supports efforts to get states out of Common Core.
Make Phone Calls to Stop Common Core
Please, make two quick phone calls to aid a critical defense of the United States and Kansas constitutions and to push back against federal expansion.
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 we did not even win … money we did not get!
As a result we now have the Common Core 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 8th 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.
- Kansas needs to reclaim its authority over education. It needs to get out of the standards and develop world class standards that the Kansans control.
- The state legislature can do this with passage of a simple law. But they need to know that this is important. This is critical.
Please call the President of the Senate, Senator Susan Wagle (785-296-2419) and the Speaker of the House, Representative Ray Merrick (785-296-2302), and respectfully tell them to lead Kansas out of the Common Core this session … not next year or the year after, but this year.
The legislative session is starting, and leadership is making its plans, so please make this call today!
A Day at the Capitol to Stop Common Core
Please join us in Topeka on January 14-16 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
We know how difficult it can be to take a day and make a trip to Topeka—especially for our friends out west—but nothing speaks to legislators like Kansans walking around the Capitol, and stopping by their offices with concerns.
We are asking you to take just one day out of your schedule to make a difference!
We will begin by meeting at the information booth on the ground floor of the Capitol.
Download and print our guide to make contacting legislators and finding offices easier.
Download, print, sign and deliver (or mail) a letter to Governor Brownback asking for Kansas to withdraw from Common Core.
Please remember to be courteous and respectful in all forms of communication—and stick with the facts! If you would like more information and resources, this is a good place to start.
If you can’t make it to the Capitol next week …
We encourage you to pick a day and visit the Capitol in person, and the sooner the better! You can use our guide to easily find the contact information for Leadership, the House Education Committee, and the Senate Education Committee. And don’t forget to visit with the legislators from your own district—maybe even call ahead to schedule a few minutes of their time.
Consider taking time to write letters directly to legislators. Send with a friend heading to the Capitol or email us by Sunday, January 12 and we will print and deliver your letters in person.
Print, sign and mail a copy of the letter to the governor.
Continue to take action:
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