Sunday, March 16, 2014

Press Release: Common Core Demonstrations Planned At The Capitol

The Tulsa 912 Project passed along the following press release:
Day of Activism 
Against Common Core         
Monday, March 17 
Note to Tulsa and Northeast Oklahoma participants:
  • Road Trip Time!!  If you are interested in carpooling and caravaning to the state capitol meet at Reasor's in Jenks at 8:45 am for prompt departure at 9:00 am.  
  • The day's event will begin promptly at 11 and we have a very full schedule.  
  •  Have questions about carpool contact Peggy  918-760-3828

Remember to wear comfy shoes and bring a sack lunch or snacks.  Children are welcome. 
 FREE t-shirts to the first 300 people.  

We will stand united with concerned parents, grandparents, teachers, educators and citizens from across the state of Oklahoma.  Let's have fun, make new friends and take care of business!  It's up to you and me to stand up for Oklahoma's greatest asset ... our children!!

See you at the capitol!! 
Tomorrow (Monday, March 17) is the GRASSROOTS DAY OF ACTIVISM to STOP Common Core from 11am - 3pm

Thanks to 78 members of the Oklahoma House of Representatives, Oklahoma has a bill to STOP COMMON CORE (See below for the 'no' and 'excused' votes).  Though the senate stopped the hearing of SB1764 earlier in the week that also would have stopped Common Core, a press release from the senate last Wednesday reported Senator John Ford would allow a hearing of HB3399 now that it has passed the House.  

FOR TOMORROW:  We need to visit our senators and ask them to please pass this bill through the Senate Education Committee and on the Floor of the Senate WITHOUT alteration that would gut the bill as proposed in the House.

Just like before, we will have EVERYTHING you need in room 412a, so be sure to get there before 10:45 or earlier if possible. PLEASE have comfortable shoes as we will be doing a LOT of walking -  KNOW WHO YOUR SENATOR IS (you can find this in the bottom right hand corner of the page) - there will be snacks and water, but you may bring those as well and put them in 412a if you need.  

Many Stop Common Core groups (and individuals) from across the state are involved in this effort and working hard to make this an exciting and fruitful event!   Please go sign up here if you are on Facebook!  The schedule is below so you'll have an idea of what we will be doing.  You will be provided a T-shirt - we have them in Lg and Extra Lg!

This will probably not be the only visit to the Capitol we'll need to make.  According to a article this morning,  

"Governor Fallin supports the ongoing implementation of the Oklahoma Academic Standards (OAS are Common Core in Math/English/LA) in K-12 schools that are designed to improve student performance by increasing classroom rigor," said Alex Weintz, the governor's spokesman. "Higher expectations have been proven to lead to higher outcomes, and are essential to ensuring that students are college-, career- and citizen-ready when graduating high school."

Ronda Vuillemont-Smith

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