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STAND FOR KIDS! RALLY/PROTEST – February 6th

STAND FOR KIDS!  RALLY/PROTEST

Thursday, February 6, 2013   7:30am – 12:30pm

Jointly sponsored by: Minnesotans Against Common Core (MACC), Opt-Out Minnesota and Save the Kids

A protest to bring awareness and secure our children’s and grandchildren’s futures!

Can you possibly stand by as your child’s freedoms are lost?

Can you possibly be silent as your parental rights are diminished?

IT’S TIME TO STAND FOR KIDS! Thursday, February 6th, 7:30 am – 12:30 pm at the St. Paul Crowne Plaza – Riverfront for an old-fashioned Rally/Protest.   Crowne Plaza address is 11 East Kellogg Blvd, St. Paul.   We ask all parents, teachers and citizens to sign up by hourly shifts and/or multiple shifts of 7:30 – 8:30; 8:30 – 9:30; 9:30 -10:30; 10:30 – 11:30 and 11:30 – 12:30.  You may sign up on the event pages in facebook or send an e-mail to this website under “contact us”.  Get your pickets ready now!

Registration for those wishing to attend the event:  Chamber Members  $55.00,  Non-Members  $75.00

On Thursday, February 6th the Minnesota CHAMBER OF COMMERCE will host an “Education Summit 2014” to advance and coerce Business Owners and Legislators.  The topic:  Supporting the newest version of the failed policy, No Child Left Behind —- the Common Core Standards Reform.  The Chamber will be discussing their vision to match children, also called “Human Capital”, up to “The Workforce” at an early age.  This initiative will remove parental rights to guide their child’s education as well as remove a child’s voice to choose their own profession.  Please read the linked article and future articles this week.

Interestingly, EDUCATORS have not been invited to the “Education Summit”!

Headlining the event is MICHELLE RHEE, nationally-known reformer, CEO of Students First and former head of Washington DC Schools.  Ms. Rhee will appear with her merry band of corporate reformers to promote Business Owners and Legislators to become more involved with the Common Core initiative in schools, help vet and unseat present school board members and promote individuals to run for their school boards.  This is a direct take-over of our Minnesota Schools!  Other reform characters are: Kati Haycock, president of the Education Trust; Kate Walsh, president of National Council on Teacher Quality;  Aimee Guidera of the Data Quality Campaign; Amy Hertel of the Education Tranformation Initiative;  George Parker of Students First, RT Rybak, founder Generation Next and Suzanne Tachemy-Kubach of the PIE Network.

Sponsors making the calculated decision to promote this campaign are:

General Mills

Minneapolis Foundation

Students First

Target Corporation (Who also generously funds the Preschool for All reform)

The Education Trust

Thomson Reuters

Call these sponsors and tell them, “Your sponsorship of such an event is an affront to parents, grandparents, teachers and children everywhere.  I see this as a direct attack on my role as a parent to direct my child’s education as stated in the Minnesota Constitution.   We want you to pull your sponsorship from the Chamber of Commerce’s Education Summit!”

Please join us and STAND FOR KIDS!

Read this article from Wisconsin regarding their Chamber of Commerce event and support/advocacy of Common Core and workforce matching.

http://wisconsindailyindependent.com/disturbing-testimony-at-hearing-reveals-what-is-at-the-core-of-common-core-support/

MACC State-wide Conference Call: Testing and Data Mining: How the Opt-Out Movement Leads to Beneficial Consequences for Students, Families, Teachers and Principals – Nov 12th 7pm

Common Core Statewide Conference Call with Seton Hall Professor Christopher Tienken!
Topic:  Testing and Data Collection/Mining:  How the Opt-Out Movement Leads to Beneficial Consequences for Students, Families, Teachers and Principals
State-Wide Conference Call – November 12th 7 p.m.
Dial: 1-267-507-0240 Enter the Conference Code: 362722

Christopher Tienken, Ed.D. is an assistant professor of Education Administration at Seton Hall University. He has public school administration experience as a PK-12 assistant superintendent, middle school principal, and elementary school assistant principal. He began his career in education as an elementary school teacher. Dr Tienken’s research interests include the effect and influence of professional development on teacher practice and student achievement, the construct validity of high-stakes standardized tests as decision-making tools about student achievement and school effectiveness, and curricular interventions used in schools to improve achievement. His research about the effects of professional development on student achievement has been recognized by the Institute of Education Sciences and the National Staff Development Council awarded him the Best Research Award in 2008.

Dr. Tienken has authored a book, book chapters, and articles on his research interests and presents papers regularly at state, national, and international venues. His new book with Donald Orlich is The School Reform Landscape: Fraud, Myth, and Lies. He has ongoing research collaborations with colleagues at the University of Rome, Italy, the University of Catania, Sicily, and he has been an invited lecturer there as part of a European Union masters degree program. Dr. Tienken is the editor of the American Association of School Administrators Journal of Scholarship and Practice and the Kappa Delta Pi Record. Dr. Tienken was also named as a Visiting Scholar at the Universita` degli Studi Roma Tre, in Rome, Italy for the 2009-2010 academic year as part of their masters degree program: Master Pedagogia per la Persona, L’Organizzazione, La Societa`.

State-Wide Conference Call – November 12th 7 p.m.
Dial: 1-267-507-0240 Enter the Conference Code: 362722

STOP COMMON CORE Profile Campaign

Mark your calendars!!! On Tuesday, November 12 – 15, Minnesotans Against Common Core is taking part in a National Stop Common Core Profile Campaign on Facebook, Twitter and through Education Blogs. We ask everyone who is against Common Core to do the following:
1. Change your profile pic to the same Stop Common Core photo (to be provided).
2. Post on your personal wall asking each of your friends to also change their profile pic if they are against Common Core.
3. Post one article each day that week about Common Core. I am working on which articles to suggest. You can choose an alternate article if you don’t like the suggestions. The suggestions are meant to make this easy for everyone to just click share. The articles will be basic and avoid anything too political.

Many of the state groups are participating in this too so the photo and article suggestions will be the same everywhere. The idea is to flood our online social circle with the same message for four days. We are starting on Tuesday to avoid Veterans Day since many people like to post a themed photo on that day. The event will end on that Friday.

If you are not comfortable posting Common Core articles due to pushback from your facebook friends, make sure you have some facebook friends that have your back and can respond and comment on your wall.

We only have a few months to get the word out before our legislature begins their work. Let’s make sure everyone understands this issue!

Here is the link for profile pictures.

State-Wide Conference Call – Oct. 22nd High-Stakes Tests and Data Collection/Mining

MACC State-Wide Conference Call October 22nd 7:00 p.m. (Central Time); 8:00pm Eastern Time Dial: 1-267-507-0240 Enter the Conference Code: 362722 Minnesotans Against Common Core (MACC) will be hosting its second State-Wide Conference Call to help inform the public about the implementation of a new educational system called Common Core Standards. This call is set for October 22, 2013 at 7:00 p.m.

We are reaching out to a number of national and state experts, who are directly involved in teaching or researching Common Core. Our next two experts are Jamie Gass from the Pioneer Institute and Richard Innes of the Kentucky Bluegrass Institute.   Jamie and Richard’s topic will be:  Testing and Data Collection in the Common Core Standards.  Both gentlemen are extremely knowledgeable in these areas.

Minnesota began implementing Common Core Standards during the 2012-2013 school year through English/Language Arts.  All other subjects, including social studies, science, history and the arts (now referred to as the technical subjects) are embeded within the English/Language Arts standards.    This standard and subsequent matching curriculum is being taught due to the federal grant program called, Race to the Top, initiated only months into the Obama administration. Accepting the ELA standards was contingent upon applying for the grant money. Although our state did not receive federal funds in this lottery, we still had to accept the standards. Our Governor, Commissioner of Education and 93% of all public schools approved the move to accept federal funds for Race to the Top despite the fact that the standards had not even been written and thus could not be reviewed.   This occurred during the time of the 2009 economic crisis.   Although our state did allow for legislative review and expert testimony of the Math Standards, which were flatly refused, we know that most Minnesota school districts are unfortunately teaching Common Core Math. The Social Studies Standards were approved by the Governor and Commissioner of Education, only, without legislative review. Our present governor and department of education has stated their interest in the Next Generation Science Standards.  Additionally, President Obama’s National Sexuality Standards, K-12, were written by stakeholders and are aligned to the Common Core Standards.

Race to the Top includes four main required components according to the grant application.

1.  Implement the common standards, which can be renamed by each state

2.  Implement high-stakes testing for common core

3.  Implement data collection systems to ensure the movement of all data from local schools/district to the State Longitudinal Database

4.  Implement teacher and principal evaluations

Common Core also includes a Preschool for All initiative for 3rd and 4th graders in Minnesota (already running in four areas of the state) with plans to become mandatory preschool beginning at age 3.  Kindergarten is to start in the fall 2014 as all-day Kindergarten without the 1/2 day option.  Measurement and data collection on children will begin prenatally and extend to the workforce.  Colleges are now preparing to accept the large number of students that will be attending college, through College and Career Ready Standards.

We hope you find these informational calls beneficial!