Kansas State Board of Education Meeting This Tuesday

By Kristin George

The Kansas State Board of Education is meeting tomorrow at the Kansas State Department of Education (120 SE 10th in Topeka, KS).  It starts at 10am , but arrive by 9:45am if you wish to speak for 3 minutes in the Citizen Forum.

We won’t be the only ones at this State BOE meeting.

Our attendance at the last BOE meeting with a full room and 17 people speaking against Common Core did get noticed. We need your help to have an even bigger crowd and many more citizens speaking out. If you cannot attend, we are happy to print your written statement and present it to the BOE – just email an attached document.

We’ve attached some documents to help you give a personal message to the BOE and to provide you with the facts – including a Parent Opt Out Form. We need to have individuals speaking on a variety of different topics in a sincere and informed manner. There are many items to talk about, but especially the privacy and data issues associated with CC – even more important with the recent articles coming out in the news. You can read more about the issues regarding the changes to privacy in the attached documents, including the letter written by Rep. Leutkemeyer (MO) to Arne Duncan – cosigned by Congressman Huelskamp, Congressman Yoder and Congresswoman Jenkins.

And as mentioned before, the BOE has approving the Next Generation Science Standards on the agenda forTuesday. We should be asking for them to “table a vote to adopt” until issues, mentioned in the attached editorial by Dr. Schrock are answered, costs are documented, who is funding the development is made known, and how these standards will be assessed is disclosed.

You can also read more about problems with NGSS here.

We do not need new science standards, but we do need more qualified science teachers and time to teach science starting in the elementary grades.  The unintended consequences of the NGSS far outweigh any benefits for the State Board to adopt them for Kansas students.

PLEASE attend and help show how strong the grassroots opposition to Common Core is in KS!

We also encourage you to wear something RED to the meeting to show our STOP CC effort.


Kristin George is the co-founder of Kansans Against Common Core.