Jefferson City – The Missouri Coalition Against Common Core and Concerned Women For America held a Rally For Excellent Education – Not Common Core at the Capitol yesterday. Over 450 people attended the main rally and many attended the breakout sessions before and after.

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The rally was MC’d by Anne Gassel of the Missouri Coalition Against Common Core. Several legislators spoke about legislation they have sponsored this session to stop common core’s implementation in Missouri.

Representative Kurt Bahr, who has filed legislation against Common Core for three years now, has HB1490 working its way through the House. This bill will be heard by the House Committee on Elementary and Secondary Education on Thursday February 20th. Bahr is from the 102nd district which covers part of St. Charles County. He is an entrepreneur and small business owner, and previously served in the United States Air Force from 2001-2006.

Representative Sonya Anderson, (R-131)  spoke in support of the legislation being filed against common core, including Rep Caleb Jones’ bill which has not yet been assigned a number.

Representative Dean Dohrma who represents the 51st district covering Johnson, Pettis, and Saline counties and is an online professor at the University of Central Missouri, also spoke. As a student of history, he is a great supporter of local control and has introduced a HJR 74 to change the Missouri Constitution to allow the public to elect the state board of education members. If passed, this legislation would put an initiative on the November ballot asking the citizens of Missouri to approve this constitutional change.

Senator John Lamping (R-24) has filed SB514 this session to completely halt the implementation of Common Core Standards which were not developed in accordance with state statutes and remove local control of education.

Senator Ed Emery (R-31) has also filed legislation, SB798, to get Missouri out of common core and the assessments being piloted by the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortia. Senator Emery is a passionate believer in the state’s right to control education and to provide education to our students that is more than utilitarian job skills training.

There will be two others bills working their way through the legislature this session. Their sponsors were not available to speak at the Rally. Representative Casey Guernsey (R-2) has filed HB1873 called the Student Data Protection Act and Senator Wayne Wallingford (R-27) has filed the 4th Amendment Protection Act, calling for the state to limit data collection on its citizens and put in place policies and procedures to protect the data they are currently required by law to collect.

Rall2Other members of the Missouri Coalition were introduced as well and spoke briefly to the crowd including: Gretchen Logue, editor Missouri Education Watchdog and founding member of Truth In American Education; Dr. Mary Byrne a passionate speaker on Common Core who brings her 35 years in education, both k-12 and higher ed, to the Coalition’s efforts; Stacy Shore, from Lake of the Ozarks whose personal crusade to educate the public is also rooted in her passion to advocate for teachers who have had no voice in the implementation of Common Core; Jill Carter from southwestern Missouri who successfully worked with her school district to pass a resolution asking the State Board of Education to reconsider its adoption of common core; and Bev Ehlen Missouri State Director of Concerned Women for America.

In addition to attending the Rally and bringing cards to their state representatives, attendees also participated in three breakout sessions:

Student Data Collection Dangers and the Need to Protect Your Child -Paul Schwartz
Opt Your Child Out of Standardized Testing (Know Your Rights) – Mary Byrne
(Video of this session will be available on and

Using Social Media To Get The Message Out – Gretchen Logue
The Grassroots Toolkit for Media Involvement (Liberty Toolkit) – Ron Calzone,    Missouri First

Common Core in My Child’s School (A mom’s perspective) – Stacy Shore
What You Can Accomplish in Your Community (One mom’s struggle against the education system) – Jill Carter
(Video of this session will be available on


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Anne Gassel

Anne has been writing on MEW since 2012 and has been a citizen lobbyist on Common Core since 2013. Some day she would like to see a national Hippocratic oath for educators “I will remember that there is an art to teaching as well as science, and that warmth, sympathy and understanding are sometimes more important than policy or what the data say. My first priority is to do no harm to the children entrusted to my temporary care.”

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