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- May 12, 2016
- WE MUST UNIFY IF YOU LOVE THIS REPUBLIC, by Russell Pearce
Russell Pearce has taken a stand to support Donald Trump, and I agree with him. Please read what he has to say:
As former President of the Arizona Senate, as former Chief Deputy to Sheriff Joe, as former 1st Vice Chair of the Arizona Republican Party and as a consistent Constitutional defender of our Founders Constitution, as Tea Party Patriot, I stand with the majority of Arizona Republicans and America in standing with Donald Trump.Click here to read more
- May 9, 2016
- California Teacher: "Get out of my way, I have some laws to change, and no one's stopping me."
This post appeared in Stop Common Core in California Facebook on May 6, 2016. It was shared by California teacher, Dawn Nikisher Kelly, with her permission:
(GW NOTE: It may be of interest to know that, unlike Arizona, California law allows a parent or guardian to excuse a child from all or parts of the statewide assessment. Not many parents do, however. See 60615 of EDUCATION CODE SECTION 60604-60618.)
- May 9, 2016
- SILENT NO MORE: Why this Former Teacher Opted Out of the AzMerit
Those of us in the anti-Common Core/AzMerit/High Stakes testing movement have long explained why teachers don't speak out against the insane nationalization of our K-12 Education System. Mostly, it's because they don't want to risk losing their jobs. Even former teachers don't speak out, for fear they will never work again in the public school system. Ms. Debra Jo Borden, a former Arizona teacher, bravely went public in late April 2016 . She is silent no more about the gagging of teachers, AzMerit, the data mining and psychoanalysis of our children, and much more. Please read what she has to say:
1) I disagree with the contracts teachers are required to sign that force them to remain silent.
2) I can be brave and I will speak up.Click here to read more
- May 7, 2016
- Cowardly AZ Legislators Fret over "maybe" Losing Federal Money: Courageous NY Children Refuse Tests!
The Arizona Legislature has adjourned Sine Die. The Fifty-Second Legislature, Second Regular Session ended May 7, 2016. Unfortunately, the majority of legislators (including all Democrats) refused to respect parents' rights in voting Nay to SB1455 (parental opt out) . Yet, in liberal left New York, young school children happily joined together to stiffen adult spines against statewide (nationalized) assessments.
- May 3, 2016
- Vacancy on the Arizona State Board of Education’s Standards Development Committee
If you would like to play an effective role in replacing Common Core in Arizona, now’s your chance! There’s a vacancy on the State Board of Education’s Standards Development Committee for a member who is a parent of a public high school student. The Arizona Standards Development Committee includes representation from the Board, business community, deans of colleges, parents, classroom teachers, a school administrator, and a school district governing board member. The Superintendent of Public Instruction Diane Douglas is also a member of the Committee. Members of the Committee are an equal mix of those who have and have not participated in the standards development process in the past.
More information about the Arizona Standards Development Committee can be found HERE.
Applicants are encouraged to complete the application and return the requested documents to firstname.lastname@example.org by May 31, 2016. Click HERE to print out the application.
According to State Board Member Jared Taylor, “It would be great to get some good parents of high school students to apply.”
Are you interested in reviewing some excellent K-12 standards that already exist? See An English Language Arts Curriculum Framework for American Public Schools: A Model and Mathematics Content Standards for California Public Schools Kindergarten through Grade Twelve: A Model
Two addenda could be added to the California standards referenced above that elaborate on the standards themselves and deal with pedagogical and organizational issues: 1) Mathematics Framework for California Public Schools, 2000 Revised Edition; and 2) Mathematics Framework for California Public Schools, 2006 Edition."
Please contact Gilbert Watch and let us know if you apply!Click here to read more
- April 23, 2016
- The Schools' War on Arizona's Children: Part 3 Emotional Child Abuse
As stated in Part 1 and Part 2, even though Arizona legislators are ultimately to blame for causing the ugliness, humiliation, undue stress, and mental anguish experienced by parents and their children who dare to reject AzMERIT, it is the teachers, principals, and administrators who are inflicting the pain. As you will see from these parent comments, some local school "leaders" seem to take delight in emotionally punishing children for their parents' actions. Local school authorities are willing to suspend their own consciences and actually harm children under their care, all in the name of standardized testing. The comments you will read below aren't unusual. They are representative of what's happening all over Arizona. These parents will never again trust the "public school system."Click here to read more