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ACTION ALERT: STOP HR 5

Parents Against Common Core

Congressional Leadership Is Bull-Rushing Through HR5, the 600 Page Reauthorization of No Child Left Behind (rebranded the “Student Success Act”)

The House votes this week.  Call your Representative and call the Speaker of the House and tell them to vote “NO” on HR 5! 202-224-3121. 

Below are just a few of the problems.

1. HR5 Denigrates Parental Rights and Seizes State Sovereignty

  • No program shall “operate within a State, unless the legislature of that State shall have . . . waived the State’s rights and authorities to act inconsistently with any requirement that might be imposed by the Secretary as a condition of receiving that assistance.” (Sec. 6561) (emphasis added).
  • Federal requirements will trump the rights “reserved to the States and individual Americans by the United States Constitution” to lead in the education of their child. (Sec. 6564)
  • Requires states to change laws and regulations to “conform” to HR5. (Sec. 1403)
  • Alters the governance structures of states by requiring them to form “Committees of Practitioners” to whom the state must submit rules and regulations. (Sec. 1403)

2. HR5 Does Nothing to Relieve Children From No Child Left Behind’s (NCLB’s) Oppressive Testing Requirements.

3. Feds Will Effectively Direct State Education Policy through Enhanced Continuation of Heavy-Handed NCLB Policies

  • Requires states to demonstrate to the federal government that their standards, assessments, and state accountability systems meet the goal of “prepar[ing] all students to graduate high school for postsecondary education or the workforce.” (Sec. 1001)
  • Requires states to submit comprehensive state plans, which the Secretary can disapprove. (Sec. 1111)
  • States had to make the same showing and meet the same definitional goal to receive NCLB waivers and Race to the Top grants.. HR5 allows for a Common Core “rebrand.”  (Sec. 1001) and (Sec. 1111(3)(A))
  • Prohibitions against the Secretary forcing states into adopting Common Core are meaningless.

4. Increases Federal Data Collection To Control Curriculum

  • Empowers the Department of Education to request individual student and teacher data from State and Local Education Agencies.
  • Authorizes substantial new funding to use this data to evaluate whether schools are using “effective” instructional methods.  (Sec. 2111(b)(1)(A)) and (Sec. 2132)

Governor Pence takes a stand for Freedom and Local Control of Education

Governor Pence takes a stand for freedom and local control of education

Heather Crossin • February 18, 2015 •                                                     Hoosiers Against Common Core

Last week, Governor Pence took a stand for restoring freedom and local control to Indiana schools, when he chose to publicly support Senator Schneider’s “Freedom in Testing” bill, SB470. The bill, which would allow private schools that accept vouchers to choose from a variety of nationally norm-referenced assessments to comply with state accountability measures, rather than being forced to administer the New ISTEP, passed the Senate Education and Career Committee by a vote of 7-3. It did so with the public support of Governor Mike Pence, whose education advisor, Chad Timmerman, testified on its behalf. It is now headed to the Appropriations Committee, where it will be heard this Thursday morning, February 19th, at 9:00am in room 431 of the Statehouse.

During the hearing, democrat committee members questioned Senator Schneider over the bill’s exclusion of public schools, and asked if it would provide an unfair advantage to voucher schools over public schools. While Senator Schneider explained that accountability measures can be maintained using multiple tests, and stated that he would welcome an amendment to include public schools if that was amenable to them, none was offered. Instead, democrats opposed the bill, preferring that all schools function under the control of the New ISTEP, which has been denounced by public and private schools alike. While at this point, SB470 pertains only to private schools that accept vouchers, we believe it is an important first step, which will pave the way for liberating public and charter schools, as well, from the New ISTEP assessment that binds them.

The fact that Indiana’s School Choice program was rated by the Center for Education Reform as the “second worst in the country on infringing on private school autonomy,” speaks volumes about the need for SB470. Only one-third of Indiana’s private schools (317 out of 969) are currently registered to participate in Indiana’s Choice Scholarship Program, according to a report released by the Friedman Foundation this past November.

Likewise, an American Enterprise Institute (AEI) report released last month, corroborates that a major impediment to private school participation in Indiana’s voucher program is the concern over testing requirements and over-regulation. A full 62% of private school leaders who were surveyed cited “concerns about future regulations” as a major factor in their decision not to participate, while an additional 19 percent cited it as a minor factor. Not surprisingly, the AEI report recommends that Indiana “hold private schools accountable in ways that do not threaten their independence and autonomy…private schools value their autonomy and ability to provide an alternative to public schooling. Regulations that require the adoption of state criterion-referenced tests or state curriculum standards impede their ability to offer alternative educational approaches.”

In short, without providing greater freedom to private voucher schools, the general public is quickly beginning to view vouchers as a vehicle not to increase parental choice, but as a lasso with which the government intends to corral private schools into their one-size fits all system. If Republican lawmakers truly believe in the concept of school choice and local control, schools that accept vouchers must be afforded the same liberty as those participating under the Scholarship Granting Organization (SGO) program.

Please call or email your legislators, Senate Pro Tem David Long, and members of the Senate Appropriations Committee and ask them to support SB470, which puts the word “choice” back into the meaning of “school choice” in Indiana!

 

Alert: Who Should We Trust, Parents or the State

ALERT:

Who Should We Trust, Parents or the State?

American Family Association of Indiana                                                                               February 23, 2015; 9:00 a,m,

There is a disturbing bill concerning vaccination policy in the Indiana House of Representatives. House Bill 1359 passed the Health Committee last week.  It is unacceptable as written.

HB 1359 is a major policy shift away from parents and local schools, over to the Indiana Department of Health in Indianapolis.

HB 1359 gives the Indiana Department of Health new powers over medical matters best left up to parents and their local physician.

HB 1359 seeks universal vaccination for a disease that is not easily communicable or carried as an airborne pathogen. This makes it very different from measles or mumps.

HB 1359 will push parents to vaccinate young pre-teen children for a sexually transmitted disease.  Such sensitive decisions are best left up to parents and their local family physician.

Current policies respect the decision making process of parents concerning sexually transmitted diseases and the values that such matters understandably involve.

This is not a debate over common vaccines.  However, the new HPV vaccines, which HB 1359 promotes, are very controversial and have legitimate medical questions surrounding their effectiveness and safety.

Current laws on vaccinations, and informing parents about their importance, are sufficient.  HB 1359 is not needed. It gives the Indiana Department of Health broad new powers in this arena.  HB 1359 is unacceptable in its current form.

Please Contact Your Representative in the Indiana House before they vote on this legislation later today.

You can call the House switchboard at 317-232-9600.

You can find your State Representative here:  http://iga.in.gov/legislative/find-legislators/

Muslim Brotherhood Makes Major Move INSIDE the United States

Muslim Brotherhood Makes Major  Move INSIDE the United States

conservativetribune.com

Friday, January 16th, 2015

There may be a chilling political movement happening within the United States. A recent report indicates that radical-leaning Islamic groups may be planning to use America’s own political system to push the country toward a takeover by Shariah law.  The respected financial news source Investor’s Business Daily revealed that the Muslim Brotherhood is working to build a political party and organize Muslims to influence U.S. elections.

“Muslim voters have the potential to be swing voters in 2016,” said Nihad Awad, a man behind the new U.S. Council of Muslim Organizations, which sounds tame but has connections to radical groups.

The FBI reportedly raided Muslim Brotherhood locations in the wake of 9/11 and found pages of documents that outlined a disturbing plan. The papers listed many organizations that were being used as fronts for the Brotherhood.  Those same organizations are part of the new U.S. Council of Muslim Organizations.

Muslim Brotherhood leaders have already influenced politics in many Middle Eastern countries, including Egypt before they were criminalized there. It looks like they now want to expand their plan to include the United States.  The Muslim Brotherhood’s own website states that its purpose is to push Shariah Law as “the basis for controlling the affairs of state and society” and to unify “Islamic countries and states, mainly among the Arab states, and liberating them from foreign imperialism.”

Shariah, of course, is the fascist set of rules that force women to wear burqas and allows men to beat them if they refuse. That’s just one example of Shariah’s draconian laws.  “USCMO also aims to elect Islamists in Washington, with the ultimate objective of ‘institutionalizing policies’ favorable to Islamists — that is, Shariah law,” stated the Investor’s Business Daily report.

One of the groups that makes up the USCMO is called the Muslim American Society. According to a 2007 Department of Justice document, MAS is “the overt arm of the Muslim Brotherhood in the United States.”

One recent MAS press release reportedly held up Osama bin Laden as a role model and “a visionary who believed in an Islamic state in Afghanistan.”  Just what America needs.  Many extremist Muslims have pledged to destroy the country from within, and it looks like they might now be putting the pieces in place.

If you are alarmed by the trend of radical Islam in America, please share this important story on Facebook and Twitter.