state board of education meeting room

On Monday, the State Board officially published notice of the first public hearing as to the progress of the work groups:   Missouri Learning Standards (HB1490) Public Hearing – October 27

The public hearing is to be held in the State Board meeting room and it was reported to hold a capacity of 35 people.  The State Board of Education website states it holds approximately 50 people, but regardless, it will not hold a large amount of people.  The structure of the meeting is not clear from the notice but work group chairs have been informed they will need to submit a report.

Eight chair people from the eight committees will be reporting on progress.  Will co-chairs and facilitators also be in attendance?  The special interest groups appointing members will certainly be in attendance as well as DESE officials and I would expect some legislators will be attending.  Will the media be provided seating?  How many seats will be available for Missouri citizens?  We are concerned about the small space allotted to this first public hearing and have contacted the State Board of Education with those concerns:

To: State Board of Education Members Peter Herschend, Michael Jones, Charlie Shields, Russell Still, Victor Lenz, Joe Driscoll, John Martin, Maynard Wallace

Re: State Board of Education Public Hearing October 27

Date: October 22, 2014

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Dear State Board of Education Members:

We are contacting you in reference to the first public meeting to be held on HB1490 work group reports scheduled for October 27, 2014. The State Board has published the notice of the meeting:

 The Missouri State Board of Education is holding a public hearing on October 27, 2014, for the purpose of receiving public testimony relating to the revision of the Missouri Learning Standards as required by Mo. Rev. Stat. §§ 160.514, 160.526, and 161.855, as amended by CCS #2 SS SCS HB 1490 (2014). This hearing will be conducted in the State Board Room, 1st Floor, Jefferson State Office Building, 205 Jefferson Street, Jefferson City, Missouri and will commence at 11:00 a.m. and will conclude at 12:45 p.m.

We are concerned the public hearing is to be held in the State Board Room which we have been told holds a capacity of 35 people. If this is to be a public hearing on the revision of the Missouri Learning Standards/Common Core State Standards, we would expect ample seating for the public to attend. It would be disappointing and upsetting to Missouri citizens (parents, grandparents and taxpayers) who traveled miles to attend this hearing to then be denied seating for lack of space.

We would appreciate you providing us with the additional information:

How many people will the State Board Meeting Room seat?

Will there be ample seats for the public to be seated to hear the public testimony?

If there is insufficient seating, will the meeting be live streamed to another location?

Will media be allowed in to record the public testimony?

Is there a question and answer period?

How will questions be submitted and who will answer questions?

Will the individual work group reports be read so the public can ask questions or comment on specific work groups and their unique reports?

Will all questions/testimony be gathered and published by the State Board on its website?

Will this meeting be video recorded and posted on the State Board website?

Have all work group committees been instructed as to the format of the meeting?

Would you please advise the public as to the meeting format?

Thank you for your prompt attention to this very important matter.

Cordially,

Gretchen Logue and Anne Gassel

Missouri Coalition Against Common Core

CC: Lt. Governor Peter Kinder

     Senate President Pro Tem Tom Dempsey

     Speaker of the House Tim Jones

We will let you know when the State Board responds to our questions.  We want you to have a seat at the first public hearing on the standards revision process.

Published October 22, 2014

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