Meet our Expert Education Panel

October 25, 2013

AFP-Kansas is pleased to present a series of education panels around the state to discuss sweeping, top-down, cookie-cutter education standards.

Let’s meet the panel of experts you’ll be hearing from at our events in Johnson County, Topeka, Manhattan, Garden City, Wichita, and Pittsburg:

Dr. Mary Byrne is a co-founding member of Missouri Coalition Against Common Core. She has an M.Ed. in instructional design and a doctorate in special education from Teachers College, Columbia University.

Kristin George is a co-founder of Kansans Against Common Core.  She began researching Common Core in early 2013 after reading an article about the new standards.  As she began to ask questions and look for more information, she discovered most people knew very little about Common Core and the current changes happening in education.  Since then, she has been working to inform others about Common Core through grassroots efforts. Kristin currently lives in Pratt, Kansas, with her husband and two young children.

Megan King is the mother of 3 boys in Lawrence, Kansas. She first learned about Common Core in 2011 after talking with a teacher about a new grading system in her son’s middle school.  After Googling “What is Common Core?” and many sleepless nights of research, Megan is now a grassroots activist and co-founder of Kansans Against Common Core.

Jane Robbins is an attorney and a senior fellow with the American Principles Project in Washington, DC. In that position she has crafted federal and state legislation designed to restore the constitutional autonomy of states and parents in education policy, and to protect the rights of religious freedom and conscience. Her essays on these topics have been published in various print and online media. With Emmett McGroarty she co-authored the APP/Pioneer Institute report, Controlling Education From the Top: Why Common Core Is Bad for America. She has written numerous articles about the problems with Common Core and has testified about the issue before the legislatures of seven states. She is a graduate of Clemson University and the Harvard Law School.


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