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Taking Back America By Taking Back Our Schools

By Michelle Malkin • April 10, 2013 02:58 PM

Thanks to grass-roots activism, limited-government think tanks, whistle-blowing educators and bloggers, vigilant local and state legislators, and tireless parents committed to protecting their children, the truth about federalized Common Core standards is spreading. Every voice counts. Glenn Beck and his team at The Blaze have done invaluable work exposing the corrupt, privacy-undermining Fed Ed scheme to a wider audience. Glenn and I have been under fire for joining education watchdogs and shedding light on the Common Core racket. Predictably, all of us Common Core opponents who challenge the constitutionality, effectiveness, conflicts of interest have been mocked and attacked as conspiracy-mongers and extremists.

Big Government Republicans like Jeb Bush (and before him, brother W. and father G.H.W.) have little regard for local control of education. They and their statist partners in both Big Business and the public school establishment have tried for decades to impose dumbed-down, politicized curricular conformity in America’s classrooms. As I’ve emphasized from the time I started covering “outcome-based education” in the early 1990s through “Goals 2000,” “No Child Left Behind,” and “Race to the Top,” the bipartisan Fed Ed standards movement isn’t about raising standards at all. Whether under Bush or Obama, it’s about top-down control engineered through government-administered tests and left-wing textbook monopolies.

Some stalwart conservatives inside the RNC get it. They’re bucking the mooooooderate Republican line on Common Core and have put forth a resolution being considered this afternoon at the RNC spring meeting. I heard from one of the co-sponsors of the resolution today, who believes it will pass. I’ll update with developments.

Here’s the full text of the resolution, via Shane Vander Hart at Truth in American Education. The takeaway: Common Core is not “state-led,” never piloted, undermines choice, threatens student/family privacy, and is ”an inappropriate overreach to standardize and control the education of our children so they will conform…”

Exactly.

RESOLUTION CONCERNING COMMON CORE EDUCATION STANDARDS

WHEREAS, the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) are a set of academic standards, promoted and supported by two private membership organizations, the National Governor’s Association (NGA) and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) as a method for conforming American students to uniform (“one size fits all”) achievement goals to make them more competitive in a global marketplace, (1.) and

WHEREAS, the NGA and the CCSSO, received tens of millions of dollars from private third parties to advocate for and develop the CCSS strategy, subsequently created the CCSS through a process that was not subject to any freedom of information acts or other sunshine laws, and never piloted the CCSS, and

WHEREAS, even though Federal Law prohibits the federalizing of curriculum (2.), the Obama Administration accepted the CCSS plan and used 2009 Stimulus Bill money to reward the states that were most committed to the president’s CCSS agenda; but, they failed to give states, their legislatures and their citizens time to evaluate the CCSS before having to commit to them, and

WHEREAS, the NGA and CCSSO in concert with the same corporations developing the CCSS ‘assessments’ have created new textbooks, digital media and other teaching materials aligned to the standards which must be purchased and adopted by local school districts in order that students may effectively compete on CCSS ‘assessments’, and

WHEREAS, the CCSS program includes federally funded testing and the collection and sharing of massive amounts of personal student and teacher data, and

WHEREAS, the CCSS effectively removes educational choice and competition since all schools and all districts must use Common Core ‘assessments’ based on the Common Core standards to allow all students to advance in the school system and to advance to higher education pursuits; therefore be it

RESOLVED, the Republican National Committee, as stated in the 2012 Republican Party Platform, “do not believe in a one size fits all approach to education and support providing broad education choices to parents and children at the State and local level,” (p35)(3.), which is best based on a free market approach to education for students to achieve individual excellence; and, be it further

RESOLVED, the Republican National Committee recognizes the CCSS for what it is– an inappropriate overreach to standardize and control the education of our children so they will conform to a preconceived “normal,” and, be it further

RESOLVED, That the Republican National Committee rejects thecollection of personal student data for any non-educational purpose without the prior written consent of an adult student or a child student’s parent and that it rejects the sharing of such personal data, without the prior written consent of an adult student or a child student’s parent, with any person or entity other than schools or education agencies within the state, and be it finally

RESOLVED, the 2012 Republican Party Platform specifically states the need to repeal the numerous federal regulations which interfere with State and local control of public schools, (p36) (3.); and therefore, the Republican National Committee rejects this CCSS plan which creates and fits the country with a nationwide straitjacket on academic freedom and achievement.

References:

1. www.corestandards.org

2. Federal Law 20 USC 1232a-Sec. 1232a. and The Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) Pub.L. 89-10, 79 Stat. 27, 20 US.C. ch. 70.

http://us-code.vlex.com/vid/prohibition-against-federal-control-191...

3. http://www.gop.com/rnc_counsel/

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This is a step in the right direction. Let's hope with more people involved in the fight against it we can stop it!

Yes, it is a good sign. However, resolutions are sometimes put forward to placate people. We can see that DC does what it wants reagardless of what the little people want. Our only hope, JMHO, is to take the low hanging fruit. In other words, get control of those local seats of power like school boards and town councils and work our way up. Many of those seats go uncontested or even empty and as we have seen with the Gilbert School Board you can make a difference at that level even if you can't change everything.

We must have our state governments take the lead,  we cannot count on RNC or any other govern body.  Protection of our constitional rights will depend on our state sovereignty, and nullification.

Agreed, Karen

Harry, 

I have gone to the Gilbert School Board Meetings. They are a joke in my opinion. The School Board is so on board with this, with pay raises with what ever suits them. They aren't really interested in hearing from those of us who speak from time to time. I have been disappointed by some of the elected board members as well. I keep wondering what they are getting out of the deal to not be more careful about what is happening in our schools. Are they paid? What is the motive for them to be behind the superintendent like they are???

Just wondering. 

Our new school board is a different animal. There are three who are somewhat fiscally and socialy conservative. Things are different now. It is no longer a rubber stamp committee and some of the new members are engaging the community in a positive way. I highly recommend supporting the new board and the board president Staci Burk. You might want to check out the consversations on the Facebook page: Gilbert Public Schools "Rabid Fringe"

I just wanted to take the opportunity, here to say how blessed I was, tonight, July 9, 2013, at the Mesa School Board meeting. I was delighted to meet Karen Gevaert and others fighting the "good fight".

I see this is an old post. It shows that we have people being consistently involved. YEAH! Help us get signatures for the Referendum HB2003
Yours for Life and Divine Providence,
Beth Hallgren

karen gevaert said:

We must have our state governments take the lead,  we cannot count on RNC or any other govern body.  Protection of our constitional rights will depend on our state sovereignty, and nullification.

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