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Parental Rights and Other Important Legislation

Parental Rights and Other Important Legislation

The Legislature has now been in session for almost two months.  There have been a few ups but mostly a lot of downs.  Legislators are telling us they’re not hearing from many parents and aren’t feeling a lot of urgency to move forward to eliminate Common Core and its associated programs. Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (& the […]

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Peg Luksik’s Idaho Presentation

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Peg Luksik’s Idaho Presentation

Here is the video from our Peg Luksik event the end of January.  Dr. Luksik does a wonderful job using Idaho facts, figures and documents.  Because the slide don’t always come through clearly in the video, we’ve included them below.   Dr. Peg Luksik – CC Idaho

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The Attorney General’s Letter

Filed in Uncategorized by on February 20, 2015 1 Comment

Parents continue to be told they can’t opt out/refuse their children take the SBAC/ISAT2.o.  A letter from the Attorney General is often referenced. Take a moment to read the letter.  What does it actually say?  It is in response to two questions: 1. Can a parent refuse to allow their child to be included in […]

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Support Parents’ Rights

Filed in Uncategorized by on February 18, 2015 0 Comments

With the legislature in session right now, there’s an awful lot to keep up on. Tomorrow morning at 9 a.m. in House State Affairs Committee, Senator Janet Trujillo’s Parents’ Rights Bill will receive a hearing. You can read the text of the bill here: http://legislature.idaho.gov/legislation/2015/H0113.pdf Please consider contacting the members of this committee and asking them to support […]

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Why Refuse the SBAC?

Filed in Uncategorized by on February 18, 2015 0 Comments

Why REFUSE the SBAC? • Idaho committed to an agreement through the SBAC consortium that allows any and all personal level data collected by the state, to be accessed by the federal government and limitless third parties. sbac-cooperative-agreement • The test itself is not valid or reliable…Idaho rules of thoroughness state that any test given […]

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Is the SBAC Illegal to Administer in Idaho?

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Is the SBAC Illegal to Administer in Idaho?

A lot has been said about a parent’s right to not have their child take the SBAC or ISAT 2.o assessments.  IDAPA (Idaho’s Rules for Thoroughness) is always cited as the foundational reason school administrators give parents for denying their parental request.  There is no “opt out” option written in these rules. These rules are […]

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Two Small Victories, Please Say Thank You!

Filed in Uncategorized by on February 12, 2015 0 Comments

  We have had two small but important victories in the last two days. Yesterday, Representative Harris presented a bill to the Senate Education Committee that would allow all students an alternate route to graduation. As of now, only a select few students are allowed this option, all others must pass a standardized test to […]

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Protect Student Data, Support HCR 3

Filed in Uncategorized by on February 9, 2015 1 Comment

  Representative Lynn Luker is introducing House Concurrent Resolution 3 (HCR 3) in front of the House Education Committee tomorrow morning at 9am. This resolution calls for an audit of the states data collecting mechanisms. The title reads: A CONCURRENT RESOLUTION STATING FINDINGS OF THE LEGISLATURE AND AUTHORIZING THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TO APPOINT A COMMITTEE […]

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Race to the Tee and the Story of Common Score

Filed in Uncategorized by on February 7, 2015 0 Comments

By Mary Ollie One day Bogie Gates and Arnie Duffer were bored. To pass the time they played a round of golf and  made small talk. Soon the talk turned to ensuring a steady stream of income. Although both were  financially secure the thought of losing even a penny or encountering a tough competitor was […]

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Idaho Core is Common Core!

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Idaho Core is Common Core!

Some are trying to  defend Idaho Core saying it’s been tailored for Idaho and isn’t the same as Common Core. But Idaho Core is Common Core. Looking at the banner across the top of the Idaho State Dept. of Education website you might get the impression that Idaho Core Standards are unique to Idaho. Let’s start with […]

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