Nationally Recognized Education Expert Says Missouri’s 1490 Workgroups Creating “Warmed Over Common Core” (Video)

On Monday, nationally recognized education expert Dr. Sandra Stotsky observed two of the 1490 workgroups meeting to develop Missouri’s new education standards. She first observed the Science Grades 6-12 workgroup at 9 am, followed by a visit to the English Language Arts Grades 6-12 workgroup at 10 am.

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Dr. Stotsky spoke to the Science workgroup for over 40 minutes after being asked a question by one of the members of the workgroup. They were open and courteous, taking time to the insights of a former member of the Common Core Validation Committee.

When she was asked a question by a member of the ELA workgroup, though, there was stiff resistance from members of the group, beginning with Ann Franklin, who was placed on the the workgroup by the Missouri School Boards Association. When Heather Drury attempted to ask Stotsky a question, Franklin immediately objected.

“No. No. That’s not the way the legislation reads,” she said.

HB 1490 has text in it that would allow outside experts to be allowed to be considered by the workgroup. It not just allows it, it compels it:

When this was pointed out, Franklin then made a motion.

“I’d like to move that only workgroup members participate in the discussion,” Franklin said.

There was quite a bit of debate over whether Stotsky would be allowed to address the question she was asked. Those opposed to letting her speak were mainly appointed to the group by the educational industrial complex. In the end, they took a vote on Franklin’s motion and it failed by a 7-7 vote.

That’s right. Seven members of this group didn’t want to hear from a noted expert on education standards. Not only that, but if this motion passed, they wouldn’t even have allowed the Governor or Lt. Governor to participate. If there’s a better example of the arrogant attitude from the institutional members of the group, I don’t know what it is.

(Now that I think about it, I wish this would have passed. I would have enjoyed watching these ladies tell Gov. Nixon to pipe down. Or better yet, watch them try that on Lt. Gov. Kinder.) Here’s video of when Dr. Stotsky was invited to speak, and the resulting protest by the educational establishment:

I left the conference room at this point, mainly because I thought they were done listening to her and secondarily because it was sweltering in that conference room. However, Stotsky was asked another question, this time by Stacey Shore, who was appointed to the committee by Speaker of the House Tim Jones.

The debate was interesting. The following video gives you a taste of the contentious relationship of this workgroup. Also, it contains the vote on Franklin motion to shut outside input on the group down:

When Stotsky was on her way out, I was able to catch up with her and get a comment on what she had observed. She was not impressed:

Later, when she was addressing a group in the Capitol, she told them this was the first time she had ever had a group try to refuse to let her speak. She added that what she observed in the workgroups led her to conclude they were simply producing “warmed over Common Core.”

The intent of HB 1490 was to prevent the implementation of Common Core in Missouri. If Stotsky is correct, it’s probable we’ll see more legislation next session to address this issue.

October 22nd, 2014|Categories: The Blog|Tags: , , |0 Comments

The Show-Me Report: October 22, 2014

Post-Dispatch: Source: Darren Wilson says Michael Brown kept charging at him

Post-Dispatch: Official autopsy shows Michael Brown had close-range wound to his hand, marijuana in system

Fox 4: Timing of leaked Ferguson details could be ‘strategic’

Fox 2: Ferguson turns into tinderbox once again after new details leaked

The Missouri Times: Spence unveils Ferguson1000Jobs

Fox 2: “Ferguson 1,000″ initiative working to bring jobs to the area

St. Louis Public Radio: Missouri Voters To Decide Amendments On Early Voting, Teacher Tenure And Sex Crime Trial Rules

Post-Dispatch: Negotiations, concessions lead to end of Occupy SLU protest

KPLR: State senator had loaded gun at time of arrest, police suspected intoxication

Fox 2: Last Ferguson town hall meeting held by the Justice Department lightly attended

Post-Dispatch: Protesters find support for peaceful tactics at St. Louis Council meeting

The Missourian: Candidates field questions from Columbia Chamber of Commerce, League of Women Voters

Fox 2: City of Pevely receives “poor” rating by Missouri State Auditor

St. Joseph Post: Sen. Blunt On DHS Announcement: Simply Doesn’t Go Far Enough

Ozark Area Network: Sen. Blunt’s Staff to Hold Mobile Office Event in Ava

The Eagle: Schweich to audit communities with over-active speed traps

The Eagle: Uber stirs more controversy in Columbia

Show-Me Daily: Chart Correction on Show-Me Institute Essay

Missourinet: Hartzler wants more restrictions on travel to fight Ebola

Show-Me Daily: The Teachers’ Union Cycle

October 22nd, 2014|Categories: The Blog, The Show-Me Report|Tags: |0 Comments

Tweet of the Day: Democrats Using Ferguson to Drive Voter Turnout, But…

Hashtag “Truth”

October 21st, 2014|Categories: The Blog|Tags: |0 Comments

VIDEO: Democrat State Senate Candidate Says His “Biggest Enemy” in This Election is “Overly Liberal President”

Democrat State Representative Ed Schieffer held an impromptu question and answer session with the Lincoln County Tea Party this evening.

He assured the group that while he might not always vote the way they wanted, he sure wouldn’t be taking orders from Barack Obama on how to vote, saying he was his biggest enemy in this election:

My biggest enemy in my election is not Jeanie Riddle. My biggest enemy is the President of the United States. My great, educated father knew that. He said, “Eddie, you don’t have to worry too much about the lady running against you. You need to worry about the liberal, overly liberal, President and Congress we have. That’s what you have to worry about.”

Almost sounds like you’re not talking to a Democrat, doesn’t it?

Not this year, it doesn’t. Most all Democrats are running from Obama.

Note: The headline has been changed. It originally read “State Senator.” Schieffer is a candidate for state senate, but is not currently a state senator. The headline error doesn’t change the fact that Democrats are running from Obama like Forrest ran from his problems.

October 21st, 2014|Categories: The Blog|Tags: , |0 Comments

Nasheed “Appeared Drunk” When Police Arrested Her, And, As Usual, She Was Packing (Video)

As I’ve written here before, former gang member Sen. Jamilah Nasheed is ususally armed.

And, I’ve been told before by folks, she loves to get her drink on.

Usually, you don’t want those two to mix, especially if you’re going to intentionally get arrested.

So, allegedly, Sen. Jamilah Nasheed got all liquored up, while packing a gun, and then went out in the middle of the street to get arrested.


For the kids, of course:

“I wanted to send a message to all the protesters that we have a long road ahead of us these next three weeks,” Nasheed said, apparently referring to estimates for when the St. Louis County Grand Jury might return a finding in the shooting death Aug. 9 of Michael Brown, 18, by a Ferguson police officer. “It’s OK to protest, it’s OK to exercise your First Amendment rights, it’s OK to go to jail for a cause, but it’s not OK to destroy communities.

“It’s not OK to burn down businesses,” she continued. “It’s not OK to protest violently in the name of Michael Brown. We all want justice, but we don’t want violent protests.”

But it’s OK to get drunk and carry a gun?

Here’s video of her arrest. NSFW language:

October 21st, 2014|Categories: The Blog|Tags: |0 Comments

Nixon Announces a Commission to Deal With Ferguson Unrest…Yep, That’ll Fix It (Video)

"We want a commission," said no protestor ever.

“We want a commission,” said no protester ever.

After weeks of protests and looting and rioting, Gov. Jay Nixon (D-etached), announced his solution: a commission.

Which makes sense because after all, how many protests have seen seen in Ferguson where people took the streets and shouted, “No commission, no peace!”

The commission will be made up of leaders from business, education, public safety and religious communities as well as “ordinary citizens,” Nixon said. Its task will be to examine concerns that include poverty, education, governance and law enforcement, and offer recommendations for making the region “a stronger, fairer place for everyone to live,” Nixon said.

Ok, great.

Let’s talk about some of the issues of education.

What will Nixon do if this commission comes out and says, “Hey, we all think school choice is a good idea, because after decades of Democrat control, schools in the black community pretty much suck.”

That’s possible. The black community supports reform and school choice.

What will Nixon do if the commission comes out and says they want the city to make the police force representative of the city’s demographics? Are they supposed to hire a bunch of black cops they can’t afford, or fire a bunch of white cops who did nothing wrong?

After all, one of the complaints is the lack of diversity in the police force.

And what will Nixon do when at the end of this all, we get what we all expect: no change.

The problems in Ferguson aren’t going to be fixed in a board room in the Governor’s Office building. It will take more than a commission to correct the damage years of liberal social experimentation has done to the black community.

Here’s video of the announcement:

October 21st, 2014|Categories: The Blog|Tags: , |0 Comments

The Show-Me Report: October 21, 2014

KMOV: NYT reporter who broke story about federal investigation of Brown shooting speaks

Fox 2: Attorney talks grand jury update in Darren Wilson case

Fox 2: Meditation event held to heal Ferguson

Fox 2: State Senator Jamilah Nasheed arrested in Ferguson

KMOV: State Senator arrested outside Ferguson Police Department

KSHB: Missouri state senator arrested in Ferguson

Post-Dispatch: Missouri governor has mystery meeting with St. Louis mayor

KMOV: Police video shows aggressive tone of some protesters

Washington Times: Ferguson protester uses American flag as weapon in clashes with Rams fans

Fox 2: Three protesters arrested for smashing pumpkins outside St. Louis County Prosecutor’s office

The Blaze: Ferguson Protesters and Football Fans Brawl in Street After St. Louis Rams Game

MSNBC: In Ferguson, activists in search of a revolution

Reddit: The real reason the SLU protestors left campus: SLU president Pestello gave in to their list of demands

KMOV: Sharpton to return to Ferguson before election

Post-Dispatch: Nixon to announce Ferguson-related initiative today

The Eagle: Jefferson City Council approves budget

The Missourian: Columbia City Council says no to marijuana, yes to new buildings

Connect Mid-Missouri: Columbia marijuana decriminalization bill fails

Missourinet: MO Social Services responds to claim of ‘horrendous’ Medicaid service

St. Louis: Open carry/firearm walk scheduled for Saturday afternoon in downtown St. Louis

The Missourian: Group protests plan for 100-mile power transmission line

The Missourian: WHAT OTHERS SAY: The wageless recovery might bring humbug to the holidays

The Turner Report: Roy Blunt on KZRG- The president needs to be engaged on Ebola situation

Post-Dispatch: Blunt: Candidates should be cautious on Ebola rhetoric, but understand concerns

Missourinet: Missouri Sen. Blunt talks handling of Ebola, halting travel (VIDE0)

Southeast Missourian: Groups want say in hire of new education commissioner

Missourinet: Schweich to test for fat budgets and speeders (AUDIO)

The Missourian: Kraus joins candidates getting Sinquefield cash

Post-Dispatch: Sinquefield spreads around more cash

Show-Me Daily: Where the Buses Don’t Run

The Turner Report: Sam Graves: Obama Administration out to bankrupt coal companies

The Missouri Times: 2016 Outlook

The Pitch: Hardly anyone will talk about what happened to Angel Hooper, the 6-year-old girl slain at 7-11

Marshall Democrat: Republicans open Saline County office on Arrow Street

PoliticMo: Despite no organized challenge, Missouri teachers launch TV ad urging voters to oppose Amendment 3

The Missouri Times: Raise coming for Missouri home care workers

KBIA: Re-definition of Federal Water poses problems for some cities at the Lake of the Ozarks

Post-Dispatch: Days of election board ‘camping’ coming to welcome end

Connect Mid-Missouri: Rowden says state must address infrastructure needs

Lee’s Summit Review: Governor’s Withholds Threaten Our Children

KBIA: Missouri Auditor’s Race: Is Tom Schweich Actually Running For Governor?

Missouri Business Alert: Missouri to take applications for cannabis plant production

October 21st, 2014|Categories: The Blog, The Show-Me Report|Tags: |0 Comments

Conflict? Many of Judge Joyce’s Donations Come From Local Lawyers

In an exclusive report last week, we exposed the fact that Judge Pat Joyce railed on her opponent in a speech before a 9th grade class in Jefferson City. The focus of her rant was $200,000 in donations to Brian Stumpe from the Washington D.C. based Republican State Leadership Committee.

She said on Facebook:

We still do not know who is secretly providing these large donations because the D.C. organization has not released the names, or name of its donor. All Missourians, not just Cole County citizens, should be concerned that this organization and its secret donors want to use our judiciary to promote a political agenda. Politics should have no place in our courts.

Mr. Stumpe’s acceptance of this Washington D.C. organization’s campaign contribution and support raises serious questions about his independence should he serve on our local court.

That’s an interesting couple of statements, considering most of her donations are from local attorneys, who practice law in front of her.

In fact, many of her donations come from one law firm, Carson & Coil, PC.

And who’s rallying the troops to throw more loot into her coffers? The Missouri Association of Trial Lawyers:


We can’t let out-of-state interests buy the courthouse. That belongs to Missouri trial lawyers!

Using Joyce’s logic, we should be more concerned with those donations and question her independence. After all, taking a donation somehow equates to ownership, or at least subservience or a debt meant to be repaid with a future favor.

If that’s the way of it, at least Stumpe won’t be beholden to the lawyers who are trying the cases in his courtroom like Joyce.

October 20th, 2014|Categories: The Blog|Tags: , |1 Comment

Radical State Senator Jamilah Nasheed Gets Herself Arrested in Ferguson

Far left state senator Jamilah Nasheed just sat down in the road tonight, earning her a free ride in a police car:

There’s no question this is exactly what she wanted. There’s nothing else to be accomplished by her actions.

She wanted to get arrested. Now she can be the victim.

She’s still got a long way to go to get Maria Chappelle-Nadal’s street cred though.

Maybe next time.

Hat Tip: Gateway Pundit

October 20th, 2014|Categories: The Blog|Tags: , |0 Comments

Senate Majority Leader Roy Blunt? Maybe…

The current Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is in a very close race in Kentucky, where FiveThirtyEight only has him leading by 4 points.

So what happens if he loses? Who’ll take the reins?

Mitch McConnell, Roy Blunt, John Cornyn

It’s possible it could be the junior Senator from Missouri, Roy Blunt. could replace him, and if the Republicans win the Senate, that’s huge:

A GOP win would propel Republican Sen. Roy Blunt into a more prominent leadership role in his own party.

Blunt, who serves in the Senate’s minority leadership as vice chairman of the Republican conference, would be poised to take on a similar _ or even greater role _ in a majority GOP Senate.

Sure, but Majority Leader? Really?

If the Republicans still manage to win the majority despite a McConnell loss, Blunt would almost certainly be a candidate for the next Majority Leader of the Senate, analysts say.

“What happens to Blunt turns a little bit on what happens to McConnell,” Smith said. “There might be an open competition for Republican leader. Sen. Blunt would be very tempted to make a run at it himself, and he’d make a very strong case based on the fact that he had a parallel leadership role in the House.”

Blunt served as both Majority and Minority Whip in the House of Representatives, and mounted an unsuccessful bid for House Speaker before his election to the Senate in 2010.

Among his colleagues on Capitol Hill, Blunt has a reputation as a solid conservative and an effective spokesman for the GOP, Smith said.

Solid conservative?

Please. What is Smith smoking? Blunt is one of the least conservative Republicans in the Senate. Heritage Action’s scorecard rates support of conservative values. They scored him at 51%:


And Conservative Review scored him at a 32%:


Blunt carries a lot of weight around DC, but let’s not get carried away. He could get this post, but it wouldn’t be because he’s itching to carry the conservative flag into political battle.

It’s because he’s a powerful man in Washington, DC. I wouldn’t be surprised if deals were already being made now in preparation of McConnell’s defeat.

So what do you think of this? Take the poll below and if so inclined, leave a comment explaining your vote.

October 20th, 2014|Categories: The Blog|Tags: |2 Comments