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NGSS, Not This Year

Mila Wood received the following email from Senator Steven Thayn regarding the Next Generation Science Standards’  future in Idaho:   Mila: It looks like the science standards will be rejected and reworked next year with hearings to take input. As far as the total federal funds for education it is $260.2 million which includes colleges […]

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The Establishment Strikes Back

Filed in Uncategorized by on December 16, 2015 1 Comment

By Mary Ollie   “The Establishment Strikes Back” sums up the goings on in West Ada. Concerned Citizens of West Ada School District for Trustee Recall has begun an initiative to recall four school board members. The group which includes Christine Donnell and Reid Olsen, West Ada former superintendent and former board member respectively, and […]

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School Boards Represent Parents or Government?

Filed in Idaho Education News by on November 9, 2015 1 Comment

When you voted for your school board members did you elect them to represent you or the federal government?  I’ll bet you thought they represented you, huh?  Well, it seems that some school boards feel their responsibility is to answer to the federal government first… and parents second.  The Pocatello/Chubbuck School district is leading that charge.  They recently submitted a resolution to the […]

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National Coalition Speaks Out Against ESEA Reauthorization

Filed in Uncategorized by on October 14, 2015 0 Comments

Several Idaho Groups signed on to this letter. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 13, 2015 In a coast to coast effort, parent and citizen groups, resisting the national and federal takeover of standards, testing, curriculum, and student data collection via Race to the Top and Common Core standards, are loudly voicing their concerns and opposition to […]

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Eight County Hearings Scheduled

Filed in Idaho Education News by on October 10, 2015 0 Comments

In August this letter along with enough signatures from eight counties was sent to the Idaho State Department of Education.   Dear State Board of Education and State Department of Education, The citizens listed in the following signature pages are asking for a public hearing in regards to the proposed rules regarding education in : […]

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Call Congress TODAY!!!

Filed in Uncategorized by on July 6, 2015 0 Comments
Call Congress TODAY!!!

I have been out of town so I am late in posting this.  Please take a moment to call Representatives Labrador and Simpson, tell them to please vote no on this legislation.  TODAY!!! While you’re at it, you can use the same phone number to contact Senators Risch and Crapo.  Ask them to vote no […]

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Free Market Education Is Not What Charter Schools Offer

Filed in Uncategorized by on May 12, 2015 1 Comment

Many people see charter schools as the answer to many of the ills our public school system faces.  They’ve been promoted and upheld as filling the need for parental choice in education. Before I begin, I feel the need to give you a little of my background regarding charters.  In the recent past, I was […]

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Bullying Tactics

Filed in Uncategorized by on May 7, 2015 1 Comment

By Stacey Knudsen The SBAC (ISAT 2.0) testing is upon us!  Parents tried very hard with the help of Representative Nate to get a bill, similar to other states that would have allowed us to opt-out of this test.  This bill did not even receive a fair hearing.  It was blocked in two different committees […]

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The Common Core Conspiracy

Filed in Uncategorized by on May 4, 2015 1 Comment
The Common Core Conspiracy

Opponents of Common Core get called a lot of names, most of which can be distilled down to one idea; conspiracy theorists.  Legislators, newspaper articles, even friends, neighbors and family members have been known to poke fun at grassroots activists.  However, there’s a problem when we have the documentation to back up the conspiracy.  Suddenly the theory becomes […]

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No Validity or Reliability = No Assessment!

Filed in Uncategorized by on April 17, 2015 1 Comment
No Validity or Reliability = No Assessment!

Parents across the state are being told that they have no ability to refuse the SBAC (ISAT 2.0) assessment for their child.  School districts and the State Dept. of Education persistently point out that, as a state, we are required to test 95% of the student population per No Child Left Behind and our No […]

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