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study of the Common Core State Standards in Oklahoma, there is nothing else that can be done to block the Common Core here in Oklahoma this legislative session (2013). We dissenters cannot lose our momentum, however, because Core proponents are waiting for us to do just that. This is a marathon, not a sprint! If we cannot stay active and engaged in our opposition to the Common Core through the summer and fall into the start of the 2014 legislative session, it will become nearly impossible for parents to be able to regain control of our children’s education in Oklahoma again. The Common Core must be dealt with legislatively because it was a state mandate - the law creating the standards must be overturned. If we cannot do this, when pressed by communities, school boards, teachers and administrators, Common Core proponents will make their case to keep the initiative based on the premise that, “We’ve already spent too much money to turn around now”. If we lose faith, if we lose hope, if we lose our righteous indignation that education ‘experts’ and billionaire philanthropists with zero expertise in education outside our state believe they know better than Oklahoma parents what’s best for Oklahoma children, the battle for local control of education in Oklahoma will be nearly completely lost. This is why ROPE has put together a series of simple, but powerful events in protest to the Common Core until Legislative Sine Die on the last day of May. We realize that many of us have harried and complicated schedules and we respect that. We are creating our events to occur ONLY on WEDNESDAYS and so that each activity will take a maximum of 2 hours and a minimum of only minutes. Because Common Core proponents are backed by millions of dollars and nearly unlimited media resources for “messaging” the issue, we as dissenters MUST UNITE so our voices are heard SIMULTANEOUSLY. It will be very important, then, for every person opposed to the Common Core take part in these simple Wednesday activities. After May, we will sponsor another set of similar activities including a Common Core ‘summit’ in Tulsa in August (and another in Oklahoma City we hope), where we plan to invite a number of Common Core objectors and researchers to speak, including Glenn Beck and Michelle Malkin who we hope can Skype in. We will also have our legislative Common Core Interim Study sometime during the summer or fall. Keep informed on from our Facebook page and via our email list! Thank you for helping us to say, “Common Core is NOT OK”!
EVENTS: Wednesday, April 24th: Common Core is NOT OK ‘stand in’. Create a poster on plain poster board (it may not have ANY sticks or stakes or they will not allow it in the Capitol) that says, “Common Core is NOT OK”. Bring your poster to the 4th floor rotunda of the state Capitol by 11:00am. We will simply stand together in the rotunda with our signs until 12:00pm. There will be no speakers. We will not have a program. Just like the ‘sit-ins’ of the 60’s we will simply occupy the space with our signs. Wednesday, May 1st: Change your Facebook picture to the Common Core is NOT OK button art. This is very easy to do: 1. Simply put your mouse pointer over the button art on the ROPE Facebook page. 2. Right click your mouse and say, “Save Image As”. 3. Save the photo to a folder in your hard drive you can find! 4. Go to your Facebook page and put your mouse pointer over your Facebook picture. 5. Click “edit profile picture” 6. Select the Common Core button art you just saved. 7. Click “save” 8. VOILA! Your Facebook page now has our button art. 9. Make as many Facebook posts as you can today. Use your own research and/or favorite links, or go to the ROPE Facebook page and ‘share’ some of our posts for the day. 10. Superintendent Barresi’s Facebook page is here. 11. Governor Fallin’s Facebook page is here. Wednesday, May 8: Go back to the letter writing skills your momma taught you and compose AND send a HANDWRITTEN to your Senator and Representative, Governor Fallin and State Superintendent Janet Barresi telling them “Common Core is NOT OK” Senator and Representative: Find out who your Representative and Senator are here. Find legislators addresses and phone numbers through that link as well.
Superintendent Barresi: Oklahoma State Department of Education 2500 North Lincoln Boulevard, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73105 (405) 521-3301 Governor Fallin: Oklahoma State Capitol, 2300 N. Lincoln Blvd., Room 212, Oklahoma City, OK 73105 (405) 521-2342 Sample Letter: Dear Governor Fallin (Superintendent Barresi, Honorable (senator), I am very concerned about the Common Core State Standards. I understand they were not available for review before being passed into Oklahoma law. I believe Oklahoma tax payers, parents and teachers need a more complete understanding of how the Common Core will affect their children’s education and our state’s budget before they are fully cemented in place in 2014. I would like you to know I believe Common Core is NOT OK. Sincerely, BE SURE TO ADD YOUR name and full address. The letter needn’t be fancy at all, but if we have a bunch of people write the same message, WOW! It could become a major issue! Wednesday May 15th: Meet at the Capitol on the 4th floor rotunda. We will be there handing out ROPE postcards – red cards with the Common Core is NOT OK logo on them. You will write your name and address on the back of the card (along with your phone number) and then take a postcard to your personal Representative, Senator and Governor Fallin. Wear your Common Core is NOT OK button when you go. If you cannot come to the Capitol that day, download a copy of the postcard here. There are four to a sheet. Print them off on red paper if you have some and cut them into fours and you’re ready! If you only have white paper, print them out and color the NOT red! Now send one each to your Representative, Senator, Dr. Barresi and the Governor! Wear your Common Core is NOT OK button EVERY WHERE YOU GO today!
Wednesday May 22: TAKE TO TECHNOLOGY DAY! Today we are going to take to the internet to spread our message. All throughout the day, Tweet the message “Common Core is NOT OK!” to Janet Barresi - @JanetBarresi, Governor Fallin - @GovMaryFallin – and any of your legislators that have Twitter accounts. Also add the hashtag #stopcommoncore to your Tweet. This goes to a page Michelle Malkin set up to record anti-Common Core messages and can help spread the word in two ways – one on the state level – one on the national level! Don’t know how to find the Twitter handle for your legislator? Go here. In the ‘search box’ at the top of the page, type in the name of your legislator. If they have a Twitter handle, it will come up there. Don’t have a Twitter account? Go to Twitter.com and set one up – it’s easy! If you have a Facebook page, go to Superintendent Barresi’s Facebook page. Find a post to which you can comment, “Common Core is NOT OK!” (You will not be able to make a post to her page directly – you’ll have to do this as a comment). Now, do the same on Governor Fallin’s Facebook page. Use only this phrase – remember; we are using messaging of our own to overcome the messaging of the Common Core proponents! Wednesday May 29th: Well, the session is just about over for 2013! We have tried diligently to let our legislators know how we feel about the Common Core. Let’s end the session with a ‘ring’, by calling Superintendent Barresi’s office ((405) 521-3301), Governor Fallin’s office ((405) 521-2342) and the office of your state legislator (you can find that here) and say, “Common Core is NOT OK”! You don’t need to say anything more – you can even leave this message on a voice recorder should you get one. When the Legislative or Executive Assistant picks up and answers, “_______ office”, you say in your most polite tone, “Hi, I would just like to ask you to tell Governor Fallin, “Common Core is NOT OK”.” She/he will most probably just say, “Thank you” and that will be the end of it. Say as much as you feel comfortable saying, just don’t forget to use the phrase!
Thanks for all your work and effort throughout the last days of the legislative session! Stay tuned for our next adventures in making Oklahoma realize Common Core is NOT OK.
EVENT SCHEDULE – short:
Wednesday, April 24th: Common Core is NOT OK ‘stand in’. Wednesday, May 1st: Change your Facebook picture Wednesday, May 8: Compose AND send a HANDWRITTEN letters to your Senator and Representative, Governor Fallin and State Superintendent Janet Barresi Wednesday May 15th: Handing out Common Core is NOT OK postcards at the Capitol Wednesday May 22: Tweeting and Facebooking Common Core is NOT OK Wednesday May 29th: Phone calls to personal legislators, Superintendent Barresi and Governor Fallin