Category: Alabama Senate

URGENT ACTION NEEDED! We Cannot Wait Another Day!


Please call your state representative and your state senator today, and ask them NOT to vote for a lottery.  Joe Godfrey, Executive Director of ALCAP, has issued an alert that we think needs to passed along to you immediately, as time is of the essence.

According to a Montgomery Advertiser article (click here to read the article), the Governor is planning to call a Special Session of the Alabama Legislature in order to find funding for Medicaid.  The article implies (and we have heard from reliable sources) that a state-sponsored lottery will be the primary “solution” offered to the Medicaid funding problem, and for the lottery Constitutional Amendment to be on the November ballot, the Special Session will need to be held in early to mid-August.

If pastors and church members do not contact their House Members and State Senators NOW and urge them to oppose all pro-gambling bills during the anticipated Special Session, we will be facing a lottery referendum this November! Given our limited resources, it will be difficult for churches to stop such a vote on the November ballot.

The Alabama Supreme Court wrote several years ago that a “lottery” is defined as “any game of chance.”  That means that if the people of Alabama vote for a lottery, the Legislature could come back and establish casinos throughout the state.

No state or government has ever gambled its way out of a financial crisis.  Instead, gambling actually sucks money out of the economy and states that have legalized lotteries and casino gambling have continually had to raise their taxes to cover the lost revenue from other sources.  California and Illinois are good examples of this.

It is also important to note that if the people of Alabama vote for a lottery, that will not be the end of it.  Pro-gambling forces will continue to push for new forms of lottery ticket sales (Keno and scratch tickets, video terminals, etc.) and new types of gambling.  Once a government becomes addicted to gambling dollars, that government will have to continue to “prop up” the gambling operations and expand gambling in order to keep revenue from gambling coming into the state.

A new documentary has been produced that shows the fallacy of state-sponsored gambling, especially lotteries. The movie is entitled, “Out of Luck.”  The downloadable version from the internet contains language not suited for viewing in churches, but an “educational version” has been released that drops the sound when those words are used.

Joe Godfrey has a copy of the educational version DVD and is willing to travel to different areas of the state in order to show the 1 hour and 44 minute documentary to groups of pastors and area associations of churches.  They will also try to have DVDs of the educational version available for churches to use.  The cost of the DVDs will be $25 (their cost).

If you, or a group of area associations and churches would like to schedule a viewing in the next couple of weeks, please contact Joe at or call the ALCAP office at 205.985.9062. Or, if you wish to order the educational DVD directly, you may contact Joe directly at

Eagle Forum of Alabama’s Work on Student Data Privacy Highlighted by Alabama Political Reporter

From the Alabama Political Reporter, April 27, 2016

By Brandon Moseley

There are only five legislative days left in the 2016 Alabama Legislative Session, and the leadership plans on burning three of those this week.  Both of the constitutionally mandated budgets have passed, so all that is left is deciding what bills live, and what bills die, when legislators vote to sine die this session.

One of the most controversial pieces of legislation facing the Senate is HB125, sponsored by State Representative Terri Collins (R-Decatur), which would create a State longitudinal data system to track Alabama school students as they progress through schools, on to college, and into the work force.  Read the full story here.



Take Action Now to Promote Pro-Life Legislation

Act now before the end of the session to ensure pro-life legislative victories! Your voice is needed to protect human life. All you have to do call or e-mail. Your legislators need to hear that you support the pro-legislation below.

<< HB376/SB363 (Butler, House and Willams [Senate]): The Alabama Unborn Child Protection from Dismemberment Abortion Act would, if enacted, end dismemberment abortions – This bill would stop this barbaric practice and protect babies from the harmful pain when this type takes place.

<<SB205 (Sanford, Senate): Ban on Abortion Clinics 2,000 ft. away from a school.  If enacted, this legislation would protect students from being targeted by abortion clinics.

<<HB157 (Mooney, House): Ban on Assisted Suicide outlaws assisted suicide in Alabama. Currently, Alabama has no protection to protect individuals from this practice.

<<HB158 (Wingo) Child Care Provider Inclusion Act protects adoption agencies from being closed by unfair government license requirements which violate the First Amendment.

Please find your legislators and let them know of your support for these important pieces of legislation and your support of pro-life efforts. Remember to be polite but passionate in your request for their support.

Call List:
First step – Please call your Representative and Senator.  Tell them you are their constituent and ask them if they are sponsoring any of the above bills.  Thank them if they are a sponsor.  Go to Eagle Forum of Alabama’s website to find your legislators at

Second step – Please call the leadership.  Ask Senate and House leadership to support these pro-life measures.
Speaker Mike Hubbard: 334-242-7668
Pro Tem of the House, Rep. Victor Gaston: 334-242-7663
Pro Tem of the Senate, Del Marsh: 334-242-7877 (Montgomery)
Senate Rules Committee Chairman, Jabo Waggoner: 334-242-7892 (Montgomery) (Thank Jabo for his support of Dismemberment Bill).

If you have further questions on pro-life legislation this session, please contact Eagle Forum of Alabama at (205) 879-7096.


The Family Law Committee of the Alabama Law Institute authored House
Bill 334 (HB334), or the Grandparent's Bill. The bill would [still] allow a
court to override a parent's decision to grant a grandparent visitation,
even if the parent is deemed fit.

Unfortunately, HB334 passed in the Senate Judiciary Committee
Wednesday, April 6, 2016.

HB334 has been placed on the calendar and could be up for a floor vote
in the Senate on Tuesday, April 26, 2016. So all day today and before
noon on Tuesday, April 26, 2016, CALL AND EMAIL YOUR STATE SENATOR AND

· The bill would still allow a court to override a parent's decision
regarding whether a grandparent may have visitation without showing that
the parent is unfit.

· The bill allows the state to take the role of fit parents in regards to 
grandparent's visitation. Parents know what is best of their child, not the 

· The bill is unconstitutional and would harm the
parent-child(ren) relationship.

Senator  Office Phone email
1 ALBRITTON, Greg 334-242-7843
2 ALLEN, Gerald 334-242-7889
3 BEASLEY, Billy 334-242-7868
4 BLACKWELL, Slade 334-242-7851
5 BREWBAKER, Dick 334-242-7895
6 BUSSMAN, Paul 334-242-7855
7 CHAMBLISS, Clyde 334-242-7883
8 COLEMAN, Linda 334-242-7864
9 DIAL, Gerald 334-242-7874
10 DUNN, Priscilla 334-242-7793
11 FIGURES, Vivian Davis 334-242-7871
12 GLOVER, Rusty 334-242-7886
13 HIGHTOWER, Bill 334-242-7882
14 HOLLEY, Jimmy 334-242-7845
15 HOLTZCLAW, Bill 334-242-7854
16 LIVINGSTON, Steve 334-242-7858
17 MARSH, Del 334-242-7877
18 McCLENDON, Jim 334-242-7898
19 MELSON, Tim 334-242-7888
20 ORR, Arthur 334-242-7891
21 PITTMAN, Trip 334-242-7897
22 REED, Greg 334-242-7894
23 ROSS, Quinton T., Jr. 334-242-7880
24 SANDERS, Hank 334-242-7860
25 SANFORD, Paul 334-242-7867
26 SCOFIELD, Clay 334-242-7876
27 SHELNUTT, Shay 334-242-7794
28 SINGLETON, Bobby 334-242-7935
29 SMITH, Harri Anne 334-242-7879
30 SMITHERMAN, Rodger 334-242-7870
31 STUTTS, Larry 334-242-7862
32 WAGGONER, J. T. “Jabo” 334-242-7892
33 WARD, Cam 334-242-7873
34 WHATLEY, Tom 334-242-7865
35 WILLIAMS, Phil 334-242-7857
You can read the bill in its entirety here [1].

Eagle Forum of Alabama believes it is important to protect Alabama's 
families from unnecessary government intrusion. Eagle Forum of Alabama 
has found research which shows that states which have passed grandparents 
bills followed with passing legislation regulating brother and sister 
relationships in regards to visitation of nieces and nephews. If you have 
more questions about HB334 please contact the Eagle Forum of Alabama Office at 
(205) 879-7096.


Update: Urgent Action Needed Now to Stop Creation of New Data Collection Agency

The Alabama State Longitudinal Database System Bill or House Bill 125 (HB125) would create two new state agencies with no accountability and almost unlimited authority.  The agencies’ sole purpose would be to collect information on private citizens.  HB125 is currently back in the House with the Holley Amendment added which forces private schools to comply.

The first new agency created would be the Alabama Office of Education and Workforce Statistics, and the second is the powerful advisory board made up primarily of agency heads.  This bill will apply to all public school students and workers leaving public education.  It will collect private information on individuals, potentially through their entire lives.  The purpose of this bill is to collect information on students, and monitor them indefinitely.  As the bill states, “to create the Alabama Longitudinal Data System to provide for the matching of information about students from early learning through postsecondary education and into employment.” (pg. 1) The stated goal of the legislation is to, “guide decision makers at all levels.”  (pg. 3)  No clear basis or need for this mass amount of data collection on private citizens including students is provided. The bill contains only vague promises of confidentially with no actual method of protection or limitation on the data collection power of these new agencies.  The bill claims to provide protections but provides none. “The protection and the maintenance of confidentiality of collected educational data, including compliance with the Federal Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), and all other relevant state and federal privacy laws, and all relevant state cyber security policies,” (pg. 5).  Originally, FERPA was the federal law designed to protect family privacy in education settings. However, the Federal Department of Education gutted the law in December of 2011.  On January 3, 2012, changes went into effect that allowed for the collection of student data by third parties.  Those parties retain ownership of the data and may share or sell it at their discretion.

The first phrase from the bill listed above, is an empty promise, as nowhere in bill are there measures to protect the data.  It is important to note that there are currently no State or Federal laws which apply to this bill in regard to protecting students’ personally identifiable information such as name, social security number, or family information. Even if all the information collected were dis-aggregate (meaning not on-its-own enough to identify an individual) it is still dangerous. Dis-aggregate information becomes personal information once you have just a few data points.  Eagle Forum of Alabama opposes HB125, as it would create two extremely powerful agencies and violate the rights of Alabamians.  If the government is going to seek any private information from citizens, they must provide a sound basis or get a warrant.

The Holley Amendment, which Eagle Forum of Alabama has also reviewed, has now passed.  It does not solve the problems of HB125. The Holley Amendment actually creates additional problems such as requiring private schools receiving any state funding to comply with this data collection program.  Go to Eagle Forum of Alabama’s website to find your legislators. 

Take action now!  Contact your State Representative and Senator and strongly request they oppose HB125.  For more information contact Deborah Love, Executive Director of Eagle Forum of Alabama at (205) 879-7096.

Ed Martin’s Slander Against Eagle Forum of Alabama

Dear friends and supporters,

I am writing you to set the record straight.  You may have received an email from Ed Martin, who has been employed for approximately 16 months by the National Eagle Forum board on which I serve.  He made statements against me personally as well as Eagle Forum of Alabama. These statements from Mr. Martin are slanderous, libelous and without merit. Does it make sense that six long term board members with a total of 219 years of collective volunteer service to the organization would “hijack Eagle Forum”?  (I have personally served over 44 years.) Certainly not!  These board members have fought tirelessly for many years for the values we hold dear under the leadership of Phyllis Schlafly.

Phyllis Schlafly nominated me to the position which I have served for many years as First Vice President of the National Eagle Forum C4 Board. To accuse me of calling for her removal is also slanderous, libelous and without merit.  Her legacy is legendary and ongoing. It is because of our love and respect for Phyllis and our years of camaraderie that we remain dedicated to protecting her legacy and Eagle Forum.

The “rogue meeting” which Mr. Martin references is a duly called meeting of the full board of directors to conduct necessary board business.  The Martin email with its baseless name calling was not signed by Phyllis Schlafly and is totally uncharacteristic of Eagle Forum.  Eagle Forum has always been an organization that exemplified respectful dialogue and free speech.  The email was apparently designed to intimidate and to thwart six patriotic Americans from doing their fiduciary duty.  These women love God and country and have sacrificed selflessly as volunteers to serve both through Eagle Forum.  To make private Board matters public and slander these women in the process is unconscionable.

Mr. Martin’s letter asserts that Eagle Forum of Alabama “allowed Alabama to pass a Constitutional Convention (Con Con) in 2015.”  While Eagle Forum of Alabama’s goal is to influence the legislature on a myriad of public policy issues, it is beyond absurd to hold this organization accountable for all actions of the state legislature. As you well know, Eagle Forum of Alabama and I personally have faithfully fought any form of Con Con brought to Alabama since our founding. Eagle Forum of Alabama’s reputation of opposing Con Con is well known to those in Alabama. For examples, search our state chapter’s website ( using the term “Constitutional Convention” where a smorgasbord of entries regarding our activities will be readily apparent.

Eagle Forum of Alabama is committed to protecting the integrity of America’s divinely inspired Constitution.  We were instrumental in the Alabama legislature’s resolution rescinding all Con Con calls as far back as 1981. On May 6, 2015, I sent a letter via email to Alabama legislators stating Eagle Forum of Alabama’s position against a Con Con. Included in that letter was Andy Schlafly’s statement against it, as well.  Please see the Con Con question contained in the attached candidate questionnaire and official response from Deborah Love, Executive Director of Eagle Forum of Alabama here.  It is well-known that Eagle Forum of Alabama has consistently opposed any call for a Federal Con Con as well as State Con Cons.

Eagle Forum of Alabama immediately calls on Mr. Martin to cease making slanderous remarks about Eagle Forum of Alabama. If Mr. Martin does not stop making these false statements, we will be forced to take further action on behalf of Eagle Forum of Alabama. If anyone has questions about Eagle Forum’s stance on issues or activities, please contact me or the staff of Eagle Forum of Alabama.  Please be assured that we will continue as we have done for more than 44 years to stand for truth.


Eunie Smith

Eagle Forum of Alabama

Office (205) 879-7096


Some of Eagle Forum of Alabama’s Educational Resources on the Dangers of Constitutional Conventions

This is not a comprehensive list of our publications or work on the dangers of Constitutional Convention.


Video Library Resources on Constitutional Convention


Print Resources on Constitutional Convention and Constitutional Education.  All resources in print and media library are listed our website and are available to the public at no charge.


Question on Candidate Questionnaire on Constitutional Conventions


Eagle Forum of Alabama Website Articles on Constitutional Conventions


Executive Director, Deborah Love’s Response to Ed Martin’s False Accusations


Eagle Forum of Alabama’s Position Statement


Eunie Smith’s letter to Alabama Legislators on an Article V Convention


Andy Schlafly on a Compact for a Balanced Budget Article V Convention

The following letter regarding a Constitutional Convention was sent from Eunie Smith to Alabama Legislators on May 6, 2015. 

To:  Alabama Legislators
From:  Eunie Smith, President Eagle Forum of Alabama

Apparently you have received misinformation regarding Eagle Forum’s position on an Article V Convention.  Please read carefully Eagle Forum Board Member Andy Schlafly’s short statement following, forwarded to me on 5/3/15:

“I completely oppose an Article V Convention.  It is a dangerous threat to our values and our Nation.  Congress or judicial activism would likely require that the voting at such a convention be in proportion to population, and thereby dominated by liberal states.  They would probably put a right to abortion and homosexual marriage into the Constitution, and repeal the Second Amendment.  There is nothing good that can result from an Article V Convention, because Congress and the Courts will not feel restrained by a new amendment any more than they comply with existing text.  Even proposing an Article V Convention has the harmful effect of devaluing the Constitution we cherish.

The original Constitutional Convention was made possible by rules of secrecy against media interference.  That is impossible today, and thus the liberal media would obtain the result it wants.  Pinning one’s hopes on an Article V Convention today is like a bankrupt man turning to gambling to solve his family’s financial problems.  Hard work, in electing good people who defend our existing Constitution, is what is needed.  The pie-in-the-sky, dangerous proposal of an Article V Convention should be rejected.  (11/16/2014)”

Andrew L. Schlafly, Esq.
Attorney who practices before the U.S. Supreme Court and twelve U.S. Courts of Appeal; General Counsel of the Assn. of American Physicians & Surgeons (oldest conservative group in the U.S.); A leading attorney in federal litigation against abortion; For six consecutive years, 2009-2014, have led busloads of teenagers to the March for Life in D.C.; Contact:

Proponents of a Constitutional Convention have insisted that a Convention could be limited to the one issue of a Balanced Budget.  However, Yellowhammer quoted the House Sponsor as saying that the “Convention would be limited to a small set of issues….”  Unfortunately, such limiting is wishful thinking because a convention once convened, is a law unto itself.  All it takes is a majority proclaimed by the chairman of the Convention, and anything goes.

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Bi-Partisan Legislation Provides Critical Protection for Students and Parents

The Student and Parent Privacy Protection Act HB267 was filed yesterday by 
Rep. Arnold Mooney, with 35 co-sponsors.  The bill is a result of a large 
bi-partisan effort to protect student privacy in Alabama. Thirty-three 
states have already passed similar legislation.

The bill must pass out of the Education Policy Committee. Its members need 
to hear from us. Please encourage the following members to vote HB267 out 
of committee ASAP: Chairman Collins, Vice-Chairman Rich, Robinson, Butler, 
Drummond, Fincher, Henry, Moore (B), Patterson, Pringle, Scott, Todd and 
Williams (P). 

Please contact your State Representative 
( Tell him your child's 
privacy is important to you and your family. Ask him to support this 
bi-partisan effort to protect the privacy of our children.

Thank the co-sponsors: Fridy (M), Moore (B), Wingo, Black, Hammon, Beech, 
Williams (P), Daniels, Farley, Whorton (R), Holmes (M), Hanes, Todd, 
Fincher, Williams (JW), Whorton (I), Shedd, Ainsworth, Ledbetter, Scott, 
Drake, Pettus, Warren, Knight, Harbison, Hall, Polizos, Henry, Carns, 
Brown, Martin, Standridge, Beckman, Wadsworth and Givan.

What does this bill do?

This bill sets limits as to what data may not be collected and shared. It 
provides for what data may be used on the local level to a minimum degree 
for clearly stated academic purposes.  It sets limits on the State 
government and data collection systems and programs in order to protect 
students and parents from invasive government practices.  It protects the 
civil liberties of students and parents which are foundational to strong 
academics, freedom of speech and progress. It limits the collection of 
certain sensitive information and the disclosure of personally identifiable 
student information to third parties. It provides for enforcement and 

Why is it needed?

There is not adequate privacy protection at the state or federal level 
currently to protect student privacy in Alabama’s Public Schools.  As 
technology has developed rapidly the laws are not in place to address 
the pressing civil liberty violations facing students and parents. 
Students are being used as pawns in experimental programs, tracked by 
the government and tracked by corporations targeting these students to 
sell and research their products.

What protections will be provided by HB267?

•	Keeps data and student information on the local level where it 
was intended to be used for the benefit of the student and not outside 
agencies or corporations. Prohibits the broad sharing of personal data 
collected on Alabama’s students.
•	Protects personal identifiable student information from being 
shared without specific protections. Requires the state and third party 
contractors to follow certain security and privacy protection measures.
•	Prohibits the collection of highly sensitive information on 
students, such as religious affiliation or political beliefs from being 
collected by the school system.
•	Requires parental and student notification for the use of their 
personally identifiable student information.
•	Removes loopholes which stop parents and students from having 
real accountability once a privacy violation occurs.
•	Prohibits invasive overreach of outside parties obtaining 
personally identifiable student information.
•	Provides parents and students with access to monitor their 
child's personal record so that they can ensure information is correct 
and that violations have not occurred.
•	Protects parents and students from unfair treatment from the 
state for exercising their privacy rights.

How can you help?

E-mail or call your State Representative today. Ask them to support 
House Bill 267! We need the Student and Parent Privacy Protection Act 
passed this session! Please go to our website to find your legislators.


The following information has been sent to Alabama Senators.  Please contact yours TODAY and ask that they support SB60 (The Alabama Ahead Act) to repeal and replace common core.  You may find your legislator here.
Alabama Drops To “Dead Last” Reversing Upward Trend

From: Eunie Smith, President
Leslie Whitcomb, Education Chairman

Sadly, the latest NAEP results place Alabama dead last on Math and English, a significant decline from where we were before Common Core when Alabama had been trending upward. The 2011 Alabama State Department of Education document here touted:

“In 2011 Alabama moved from near last to 25th in the nation in overall grades and scores [Education Week assessment] … 12th in the nation for standards, assessments and accountability… data from the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) showed a historic gain of eight points in fourth grade Reading for Alabama public school students – the … highest gain ever in NAEP recorded history. Since then, Alabama has maintained its progress in NAEP assessments.”  But that was before common core implementation in 2012 in Math and 2013 in English.  See graphs and charts below.

According to PARCA,

“The National Assessment of Education Progress (NAEP) is a battery of tests given every two years
to a representative sample of students in all 50 states. The test is designed to serve as a national scorecard, allowing comparison of educational performance across the states. 

The 2015 results are out. They’re disappointing for the nation at large, and for Alabama, in particular.
In 2015, Alabama’s average math score, in both 4th and 8th grade, was the lowest of any state.Between 2013 and 2015, Alabama’s average score declined in both grades.
Among U.S. states, Alabama had the lowest percentage of students scoring proficient in 4th
and 8th grade. Only 26 percent of 4th graders and 17 percent of 8th graders scored high enough on the NAEP to be considered grade-level proficient in math.

While Alabama’s higher poverty rate puts it at something of a competitive disadvantage in national comparisons, a deeper look shows it’s not Alabama’s demographics skewing the results. Name the group – black, white, Hispanic, poverty and non-poverty – all perform worse than their peers in all other states.” (The PARCA Perspective, October 2015)

According to nationally recognized standards expert Sandra Stotsky,
“NAEP scores nationally did not go down because (1) Common Core standards are more demanding and (2) teachers need more professional development.  They went down because Common Core is dumbed down math, and NAEP still includes test items based on what we expected kids to be taught by/in grade 4 only 10 years ago.  Today, our kids can’t get these tests right because their classroom curriculum (based on CC math standards) has been dumbed down, [confuses, and neglects the basics].   Nor can our upper elementary grades do well on NAEP test items in reading when their language arts curriculum has eliminated the great children’s literature that got them to read – especially boys.”

Dr. Stotsky, in a 2011 press conference in Montgomery, advised Alabama to continue with its standards upon which success was building instead of adopting the unproven and flawed common core regimen.  State Board members Betty Peters and Stephanie Bell listened and voted against common core.

Again, more than half of Common Core states showed historic declines on 2015 NAEP – declines that have not been seen since the early 90s when the NAEP began, but Non-Common Core States showed NO decline on NAEP!!!!

It’s not just NAEP scores that confirm the inferiority of Common Core.  ACT scores of Alabama students as shown in The Condition of College and Career Readiness 2015 Alabama report shows that only 16% of Alabama students meet the benchmark in all four subjects.  Further, the percentage is down five percentage points from 2014.  See report here.

For Alabama students, clearly Common Core is a Failure with a capital F! 

Who will rescue students from further failure now?   According to Math Standards expert Dr. James Milgram’s research, 4 years of common core type math in California beginning in 1992 resulted in irreparable damage.  California then ditched those standards and returned to what works. Alabama is in its 4th year, as we have pointed out to you before.  When will you ditch the flawed regimen that is common core?

But what would you use?  Just like Alabama has done for years, a committee of professionals and parents could convene.  They could use as a template for Math the pre-common core standards that put California first in the nation; and for English, the acknowledged best were pre-common core Massachusetts.  There are other proven sound standard sets upon which to build.

There is no limit to what our teachers could do for their students if they were no longer constrained by common core and were equipped with the basics that have worked for generations.

You will surely agree with us that it is unfair to our students not to address this ASAP and reverse course before it gets any worse.

All NAEP Scores for Alabama eighth grade students fell since the implementation of Common Core with the exception of eighth grade ELA.  In this instance, the white and black student scores were basically flat with Hispanic scores up 6 points, which raised the overall score by 2 points.

Impact of Common Core on Alabama education
Alabama Accomplishments 2011 prior to impact of Common Core
Average Mathematics grade 4 public schools all students: By jurisdiction
Average Reading grade 4 public schools all students: By jurisdiction
Average Mathematics grade 8 public schools all students: By jurisdiction
Average Reading grade 8 public schools all students:  By jurisdiction


Dr. Alveda King’s Letter to Alabama Legislators on Common Core

May 22, 2015An Open LetterDear Alabama Legislator,The deep and sustaining desire that every child in Alabama will be given the best education possible to be ready to act upon God’s leading in his or her life is surely important to you.

To that end, please consider finding more creative solutions than what is offered in the one size fits all Common Core curriculum. Because we live in a one stop, instant coffee type of environment, we can be misled to believe that something like Common Core will fit the desired bill; but mounting research indicates that COMMON CORE will do more harm than good; hurting most those least able to pull themselves up out of the current educational environment of muck and more. All children need to and deserve to access their full God-given potential. By design, Common Core treats every child as a statistic to be measured by standardized tests.

The following statement from the Chicago Teachers Union in opposition to Common Core is relevant: “Common Core eliminates creativity in the classroom …We also know that high-stakes standardized testing is designed to rank and sort our children and it contributes significantly to racial discrimination and the achievement gap among students in America’s schools.” 9/8/2014 This sorting of students in Alabama based on the color of their skin or their parents income and the setting of lower achievement goals for African Americans than Caucasians has been widely reported. If teachers are told to expect less from minorities, they are likely to get less.

Additional concerns regarding Common Core are the lack of access to parents and local communities in contributing to what children are taught and how they are tested. Please ask yourself this: “Will our students be indoctrinated against the values of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness enshrined in our Constitution?” These American values remain part of the sustaining success of our nation. Yet, there is a not so subtle erosion of these values. By design, Common Core will only add to this decline.  When Common Core is fully implemented, parents and our local communities will have little to no control over what is taught to our children through nationally prescribed Common Core assessments and the curriculum that has been developed to match those assessments.

Also, with the full disclosure features of Common Core, invasive, non-academic personal and family data being kept on state data bases will be at risk, with little or no guarantee that they can and will be protected.

As public Servants, you have the power to really assist children, their families and the communities you represent; please regain control over education in Alabama by passing the Alabama Ahead Act (SB101, HB424) ASAP. You can enable students to rise to new heights instead of holding them down to the lowest common denominator.

May God bless you – especially in your legislative endeavors that impact so many people.

Most sincerely,

Alveda Celeste King
Founder of Alveda King Ministries
Former College Professor and Author of KING RULES
3695F Cascade Road, Suite 307
Atlanta, GA 30331