Common Core Rally and More Info

Posted: October 8, 2014 in Education
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Below is more important information for those concerned with Common Core:


As you know, the academic work groups to develop Missouri’s new academic standards have been convened, and work has begun.
Two sets of 2-day meetings are completed, but, the third set of meetings will meeting begin, Monday October 20. We could use your help raising public awareness that the work to develop Missouri’s own academic standards is one of the most important Missouri events of 2014!
A special event is planned for you to have your voices heard regarding these meetings.
Attached is a flyer announcing the October dates and towns when Dr. Sandra Stotsky will be speaking in Missouri.
Dr. Stotsky is Prof. Emerita of the University of Arkansas, and one of the members of the Common Core Validation Committee who would not sign off on the common core standards in English because they would not prepare students for postsecondary education. Dr. Stotsky has extensive experience evaluating academic standards, and is highly sought after as a speaker around the country. Her speaking itinerary is as follows:
Monday, October 20, Jefferson City, MO
Tuesday, October 21, Sikeston, MO
Wednesday, October 22,  Springfield, MO
Thursday, October 23, Mansfield, MO
Friday, October 24, St. Louis, MO
The details of locations and times can be found at the link
I would like to encourage as many as possible to bring friends and family and attend the meetings closest to you, but, most especially,
. . . if you are available to come to Jefferson City on Monday October 20 to greet work group members with signs reminding them Missouri does NOT want common core, your efforts would be greatly appreciated.
Here’s the plan:
*8:30 to 9:00 greet work group members with signs and flyers reminding them that Missouri does not want common core.
*take photos of each other outside the buildings to post on FB and tweet out
*be prepared to be asked questions by the press —
*11:15 to 11:30 get a take out lunch (if you like) and head to hearing room 2 in the basement of the capitol building (the room holds approx. 75)
*Noon to 1:00 PM, listen to Dr. Stotsky talk about her experience as a member of the Common Core Validation Committee and Q & A
Parking is available on public streets around the capitol and a parking tower is located on Madison St.
Here are the buildings and times of the work groups:
October 20 (9 a.m. to 4 p.m.): (Locations are subject to change., so please check back to the website:

* Elementary Science – Jefferson Bldg., 1st floor

* Secondary Science – Jefferson Bldg., 5th floor, large conference room

* Elementary Math – Jefferson Bldg., 6th floor, Commissioner’s conference room

* Secondary Math – GOB, Rm. 315

* Elementary Social Studies – GOB, Rm. 316

* Secondary Social Studies – GOB, Rm. 460

* Elementary ELA – GOB, Rm. 470

* Secondary ELA – Truman Bldg., Rm. 400

Share this information with groups that may be able to help get the message out to DESE and the Governor, Missouri does NOT want Common Core.
Let me know if you have questions.
Thanks for spreading the word.
Mary Byrne


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