SAY NO TO COMMON CORE!!! Common Core Public Hearing This Thursday 10/03/13

Wisconsin Joint Select Committee on Common Core Standards


*** PUBLIC HEARING ***


THIS Thursday, 10/3, Noon – 8 PM


Wisconsin State Capitol


Room 411 South

In an interview with Wisconsin Reporter last week, Governor Scott Walker took a public stand on Common Core State Standards (CCSS), calling on the Wisconsin State Legislature to hold hearings that the public has demanded for months in order to investigate these controversial standards. The governor stated,  “I’d like us to be in the position where we can identify our own unique standards that I think in many ways will be higher and more aggressive than the ones they’re talking about.”

The legislature responded almost immediately after Walker’s public statement, quickly announcing an Assembly Select Committee, to be headed by Rep. Jeremy Thiesfeldt (R-Fond du Lac), a former educator of 22 years, and a Senate Select Committee, to be headed by Sen. Paul Farrow (R-Pewaukee).

The two committees will jointly hold their first hearing on Common Core State Standards this Thursday, October 3rd, from noon until 8:00pm in Madison at the State Capitol, with additional hearings to be announced.

In speaking with the committee chairs’ offices, we’re told they pushed the hearing time back from what was originally announced in order to ensure that teachers and working parents could attend. It’s a significant gesture, and we applaud it.

IT’S IMPERATIVE THAT WE PACK OUT THE ROOM ON THURSDAY.

We must make our voices heard clearly now that we finally have the opportunity to speak on this issue.

Please attend this Thursday’s hearing, if at all possible, and bring others with you.

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Rock River Patriots Meeting This Friday March 11th

The Rock River Patriots will be having a meeting this Friday March 11th at 6:00pm in Jefferson at Kendall Packaging.  Kendall Packaging is located at 707 N. Parkway Street on the north side of Jefferson.

At this meeting we will discuss the current important topics and events.  We will also watch part of the documentary “The Cartel” and discuss it.   Here is part of the description of the film from the creator’s website:

About The Cartel | Teachers punished for speaking out. Principals fired for trying to do the right thing. Union leaders defending the indefensible. Bureaucrats blocking new charter schools. These are just some of the people we meet in The Cartel. The film also introduces us to teens who can’t read, parents desperate for change, and teachers struggling to launch stable alternative schools for inner city kids who want to learn. We witness the tears of a little girl denied a coveted charter school spot, and we share the triumph of a Camden homeschool’s first graduating class.

Together, these people and their stories offer an unforgettable look at how a widespread national crisis manifests itself in the educational failures and frustrations of individual communities. They also underscore what happens when our schools don’t do their job. “These are real children whose lives are being destroyed,” director Bob Bowdon explains.

Hope to see you all there!

A Moment Of Clarity With Dr. Tim Nerenz – Proficiency

The following column was written by Dr. Tim Nerenz at Moment Of Clarity.  Tim was the Libertarian candidate running against Tammy Baldwin in the last election cycle, before having to withdraw because he moved out of the district.  This column addresses outcome-based education and the fight in Madison to keep the status quo in place by all of the unions opposing the Budget Repair Bill.

Here is the link: Dr. Tim On Proficiency