Sent: Fri, May 31, 2013 2:58 pm
Subject: Letter from DESE in response to our invitation
Thank you for the invitation to participate in your community meeting at East Newton. I’m sorry I took so long to get back with you as I have been on vacation. I checked with Dr. Cooper, assistant commissioner, to see if the department would be expending more resources on individual community meetings across the state. He indicated that our open meetings were held on May 2nd and we would not be presenting at other meetings at this time. We have an abundance of information on the department’s website at the following link: http://dese.mo.gov/divimprove/curriculum/CommonCoreMeetings.html In addition, on that site are PDF links to the lists of the questions that came out of each of our 8 regional meetings held on May 2, and I am told that it will soon have a link to the answers to all of those questions. If there is information that is not included about which anyone might have additional questions, please feel free to email those questions to me or to the Department firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you again for the invitation,
Mike Wutke, Ed.D.
South Central Area Supervisor
Not to be put off so easily, the local organizer promised DESE to do whatever they could to facilitate DESE's attendance, even covering the costs if necessary.
Subject: Common Core MeetingIn fact, the folks in southwest Missouri are so interested in hearing some answers from DESE that at least one individual has volunteered to drive to Jefferson City, pick up the official(s), drive them down, pay for a hotel room and even cover their meals.
To: Mike.Wutke@dese.mo.gov, email@example.com
Dear Mr. Wutke,
We are so sorry to hear that you don't have the funds to attend. We would like you to come very much and we would be so happy to pay for expenses so that you could represent DESE at this meeting. Would you please reconsider?
Thank you for posting others' questions on the website but we already have questions, what we are lacking are answers. Since this will be implemented in the fall it is not much help to get answers sometime. This is an important matter affecting our children and their education and we are taking this very seriously and we trust that you take it seriously too. Please either come and/or send a representative, we will have a chair for you. Let us know about the expenses you incur and we will be happy to assist in that matter.
Still they await a response from DESE.