Frank Riggs to Speak March 17, 2017 in Tucson

Please enjoy a St. Patrick’s Day luncheon and an enlightening speech on "Ensuring a Great Education for All Kids," presented by Frank Riggs, Scottsdale businessman and former U.S. Congressman.  Mr. Riggs is also the former CEO of Charter Schools Development Corporation and the founding president of Arizona Connections Academy.  

This event will be held at the Sabbar Shrine, 450 S. Tucson Blvd., Tucson, AZ.  Tickets are $20 per person.  For more information and to purchase tickets, contact Debe Fleenor, debefleenor@allstate.com or text Debe at 520-250-1755.  

 

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A Picture is Worth a Thousand Common Core Standards

Golly, I don’t know who to believe.  Diane Douglas or my own lyin’ eyes?  

(Slide of the above image provided by Robert Michael.)

To read the Common Core Math Standards compared to the "Replacement," click HERE.  

To read the Common Core ELA (English/Language Arts) Standards compared to the "Replacement," click HERE. 

You don’t need a college degree to see that Arizona hasn’t "replaced" Common Core.  All you need is the ability to put on your thinking cap and read. 

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ALERT: Contact AZ House to Say NO to SB1314

Please take action on the SB1314 ‘Student Data Privacy’ Bill.   As written, it is not a good Bill.  Members of the Mommy Lobby are working with House Education Committee members to get an amendment to get our 3 concerns addressed. 

Right now, we OPPOSE SB1314 as written.

SB1314 will be heard in the House Education Committee Monday, March 6 at 2pm.  Click HERE to see the agenda.  

HERE ARE THE 3 MAIN OBJECTIONS TO SB1314: 

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How Much of the Common Core Standards Really Changed?

Wouldn’t you think that, by now, most Arizonans know that Superintendent Diane Douglas is lying when she repeatedly tells people that Arizona’s "new standards are ‘No way’ Common Core-like"!!  I guess she thinks that, if she repeats the lie often enough, people will believe it.  

Gilbert Watch has published two side-by-side comparisons, which were put together by a mother with the Mommy Lobby:  1) The old Common Core Math compared to Arizona’s New Math Standards, and 2) The old Common Core English/Language Arts standards compared to Arizona’s New English/Language Arts standards.   

Recently, a mother with the Mommy Lobby produced a simple, two-sided flyer that you can distribute to your friends, family, legislators, parents, children, by-standers, curiosity seekers, etc:  "How Much of the Common Core Standards Really Changed?"

For anyone who wants to know everything there is to know about Common Core, so you, too, can be sick to death of it, see below.  As for me, I’m researching homeschooling.

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Arizona’s Newest K-12 English/Language Arts Standards No Different than Common Core

As clearly shown in a previous article titled Arizona’s Newest K-12 Math Standards No Different than Common Core, the same is true of the English/Language Arts (ELA) Standards.  

One of the mothers with the Mommy Lobby has completed a 93-page side-by-side comparsion of the old Common Core K-12 ELA Standards to Arizona’s Final “repealed and replaced” Draft.  

Click HERE to see with your own eyes how the Math Standards compare.

Click HERE to see with your own eyes how the English/Language Arts Standards compare.

So, the next time you hear someone say how Arizona’s Common Core standards have been repealed or eliminated, you will know it’s a lie.  

You have the evidence at your fingertips.

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The Struggle for Stupidity – Bill Whittle

Sci-Fi Author Jerry Pournelle recently re-published a sixth grade reader from 1914. In his latest FIREWALL, Bill Whittle explains how full comprehension of a single paragraph from that hundred-year-old elementary school textbook eludes virtually all of today’s college graduates; shows why it is such a sin, and reveals the Progressive Struggle for Stupidity in all of its undeniable venality.

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Heber-Overgaard Schools Governing Board Votes NO to Signing Common Core Declaration

Last Thursday, Oct. 10, the Heber-Overgaard School District Governing Board took a stand. They unanimously refused to sign the Common Core Declaration that was “required” of them by the Arizona Department of Education (AZDOE). Agenda Item 8.02 Approval of Declaration of Curricular and Instructional Alignment to the Arizona Academic Standards was not approved.

The room was full of parents, teachers, and other members of the community. Many spoke out against Common Core. Senator Chester Crandell (LD6) spoke about his concern that, with the exception of the Superintendent, all of the members of the State Board of Education are appointed by the Governor, not elected by the voters. That needs to change. He also voiced his concerns about PARCC testing, stating that he was in favor of college entrance exams.

The board understands that they still have to abide by the Common Core State Standards, because the state law requires it. However, this vote should send a message to the Administration, Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction John Huppenthal, and the AZDOE that the Heber-Overgaard Schools Governing Board and community are not in favor of Common Core.

You may think that this board vote was the big story. It isn’t.

The big story is what parents, teachers, and a governing board member had to say during this meeting.

 

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Have Arizona Teachers Received Gag Orders to Not Oppose Common Core?

Some time ago, a Wyoming school teacher revealed that she had been told by her school district that she was not allowed to speak out against Common Core.  

There are many teachers in Arizona who are afraid to speak against Common Core, fearful of retaliation from their Superintendents, who could target them as first in line for a lay-off, or reassign them to an undesirable teaching position.  

I’ve spoken with teachers who hate Common Core.  They talk of children hating school, because of all the testing, testing, testing.    Even in the first grade, there is little time for anything resembling fun. Everything is uniform, and schools, more than ever before, are turning into "test prep factories."  

These teachers feel like slaves to an insufferable system that deadens the joys of teaching, and they are afraid to speak out publicly!  Please send Gilbert Watch your story.  I will not reveal your name!   Send to anitalchristy@gmail.com. 

Here is the article titled A Wyoming School’s Common Core Gag Order. 

The article begins "I received this email from a 6th grade teacher in Wyoming whose school placed a gag order on her regarding her opposition to the Common Core State Standards.  I’m withholding her name to protect her privacy (and career)."

Here is the email from the Wyoming teacher:

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Building the Machine: Common Core

Haven’t heard of "Common Core"?  If you live anywhere in Arizona, your children are being indoctrinated with Common Core State Standards.   Governor Jan Brewer recently signed Executive Order # 2013-08 which changed its name to Arizona’s College and Career Ready Standards.  It’s time you found out what YOUR children are learning in your local schools.  By the way, the schools are 90% "on board" with it.  Good teachers are helping your students learn, in spite of Common Core.  You are on your own in learning the Truth about Common Core.  Check out this website, for starters:  Common Core: Education Without Representation.  

 

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