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LEGISLATIVE ALERT: CALL NOW! ACTION IS NEEDED TODAY TO STOP HB334 (GRANDPARENTS’ BILL)

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
ASK HIM/HER TO VOTE NO ON HOUSE BILL 334. BE SURE TO INCLUDE A REASON WHY 
THE MEMBERS SHOULD VOTE AGAINST HB334. FEEL FREE TO USE ANY OF THE 
FOLLOWING REASONS TO EXPLAIN WHY COMMITTEE MEMBERS SHOULD VOTE NO ON HB334:

· 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 
state.

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

Senator  Office Phone email
1 ALBRITTON, Greg 334-242-7843 galbritton@att.net
2 ALLEN, Gerald 334-242-7889 gerald.allen@alsenate.gov
3 BEASLEY, Billy 334-242-7868 billy.beasley@alsenate.gov
4 BLACKWELL, Slade 334-242-7851 sb@sladeblackwell.com
5 BREWBAKER, Dick 334-242-7895 dick.brewbaker@alsenate.gov
6 BUSSMAN, Paul 334-242-7855 p_bussman@bellsouth.net
7 CHAMBLISS, Clyde 334-242-7883 clyde.chambliss@alsenate.gov
8 COLEMAN, Linda 334-242-7864 linda.coleman@birminghamal.gov
9 DIAL, Gerald 334-242-7874 gerald_dial@yahoo.com
10 DUNN, Priscilla 334-242-7793 priscilla.dunn@alsenate.gov
11 FIGURES, Vivian Davis 334-242-7871 vivian.figures@alsenate.gov
12 GLOVER, Rusty 334-242-7886 kay.dierlam@alsenate.gov
13 HIGHTOWER, Bill 334-242-7882 bill.hightower@alsenate.gov
14 HOLLEY, Jimmy 334-242-7845 jimmyholley@southeastpharm.com
15 HOLTZCLAW, Bill 334-242-7854 bill.holtzclaw@alsenate.gov
16 LIVINGSTON, Steve 334-242-7858 steve.livingston@alsenate.gov
17 MARSH, Del 334-242-7877 hilda.oglesby@alsenate.gov
18 McCLENDON, Jim 334-242-7898 jimmcc@windstream.net
19 MELSON, Tim 334-242-7888 tmelson672@aol.com
20 ORR, Arthur 334-242-7891 arthur.orr@alsenate.gov
21 PITTMAN, Trip 334-242-7897 trip.pittman@alsenate.gov
22 REED, Greg 334-242-7894 greg.reed@alsenate.gov
23 ROSS, Quinton T., Jr. 334-242-7880 Quinton.ross@alsenate.gov
24 SANDERS, Hank 334-242-7860 hank.sanders@alsenate.gov
25 SANFORD, Paul 334-242-7867 hope.moore@alsenate.gov
26 SCOFIELD, Clay 334-242-7876 clay.scofield@alsenate.gov
27 SHELNUTT, Shay 334-242-7794 shay.sd17@gmail.com
28 SINGLETON, Bobby 334-242-7935 bsingle362@gmail.com
29 SMITH, Harri Anne 334-242-7879 harriannesmith@graceba.net
30 SMITHERMAN, Rodger 334-242-7870 rodger.smitherman@alsenate.gov
31 STUTTS, Larry 334-242-7862 larry.stutts@alsenate.gov
32 WAGGONER, J. T. “Jabo” 334-242-7892 jabo.waggoner@alsenate.gov
33 WARD, Cam 334-242-7873 cam@camward.com
34 WHATLEY, Tom 334-242-7865 tom.whatley@alsenate.gov
35 WILLIAMS, Phil 334-242-7857 Phil@williamsstatesenate.com
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.


Links:
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[1] http://alisondb.legislature.state.al.us/ALISON/SearchableInstruments/
2016RS/PrintFiles/HB334-int.pdf

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 (alabamaeagle.org) 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.

Sincerely,

Eunie Smith
President

Eagle Forum of Alabama

Office (205) 879-7096

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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

alabamaeagle.org/resources/video-library

 

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.

alabamaeagle.org/resources/print-library

 

Question on Candidate Questionnaire on Constitutional Conventions

http://alabamaeagle.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/Stacy-Lee-George.pdf

 

Eagle Forum of Alabama Website Articles on Constitutional Conventions

http://alabamaeagle.org/?s=Constitutional+Convention

 

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

http://alabamaeagle.org/2016/04/11/executive-director-deborah-loves-response-to-ed-martins-false-accusations

 

Eagle Forum of Alabama’s Position Statement

http://alabamaeagle.org/issues/alabama-constitution

 

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

http://alabamaeagle.org/2016/04/11/andy-schlafly-on-a-compact-for-a-balanced-budget-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:  aschlafly@aol.com

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

Dear Eagle Forum Members and Friends,

Eagle Forum of Alabama has always very strongly opposed every form of Constitution Convention (Con Con) brought to Alabama’s doorstep. Since my employment began with Eagle Forum of Alabama and before, our state organization has worked tirelessly to stop Con Con. I have always fought, as Executive Director of Alabama Eagle Forum, to oppose Con Con.  Here is a list of my activities to fight Con Con on behalf of Eagle Forum of Alabama since my employment began about a year and half ago.  I have participated in numerous conference calls led by Janine Hansen on Con Con and also participated in Eagle Forum State leaders’ calls opposing Con Con, led by the national office.   I have always joined in the calls when able, provided information about the Con Con fight in Alabama and shared our plans with national leaders and activists.  The Alabama Teen Eagles’ Handbook expressly opposes Con Con. When I participated in Teen Eagles in high school, I learned about the problems with the national popular vote, Con Con, and challenges to the Electoral College.  The handbook makes it very clear that Eagle Forum of Alabama opposes all forms of Con Cons.

-Dec. 15, 2015 I Spoke to Members of the Lauderdale County Republican Party against Madison Coalition efforts, Roman Buhler push for Con Con when he presented to the group.

-Jan. 14, 2016 Spoke to Huntsville Tea Party on Con Con and Legislative Issues.

-Addressed SB10 and spoke in opposition

-Handed out Phyllis’s pamphlet on Con Con

-2016 Testified at Senate Hearing on SB10 in opposition

-Opposed Compact for America false claims about Eagle Forum

-Handed out Andy’s letter to members of the Committee

-Handed out Judi Caler summary of Compact for America problems and bill summary to members

-2016 Lobbied Members to oppose SB10 and handed out the materials to members who skipped the hearing

-Handed out Andy letter, summary, and Janine Compact write up.

-2016  Murfee Gewin, Eagle Forum of Alabama representative testified in opposition to HB42

-2016 Murfee Gewin lobbied House Committee Members before vote and after

-April 5, 2016 Deborah Love, Visited with Senator Hotzclaw staff on sponsoring a rescission bill to repeal all Con Con calls in Alabama and lobbied other legislators on the issue

-Murfee and Deborah Love continuing to approach about meeting and rescission bill

-April 5, 2016 -Drove Alabama John Birch Society Representative, Mr. Jim McLendon with me to Montgomery to distribute his organizations materials to oppose Compact for America

-2016 -monitored the Con Con resolutions from Senator Pittman upon their discovery. Currently they are dead and have not been placed on calendar. We are continuing to monitor this resolution and its House companion.

This is not a complete list and of course, only covers primarily this year and my activities, but the state organization has a strong reputation on this issue.  Please let national leaders know that Eagle Forum of Alabama has a solid record opposing Con Con and actively educating the public and members of the legislature on this issue.  Eagle Forum of Alabama has always actively opposed any form of Con Con in Alabama from our organization’s inception. As Executive Director of Eagle Forum of Alabama, I would direct Ed Martin to cease making slanderous statements and libel against Eunie Smith and Eagle Forum of Alabama.  If these slanderous statements and libel continue from Ed Martin, I will be forced to take further action.

 

Sincerely,

Deborah Love

Executive Director

Eagle Forum of Alabama

Office (205) 879-7096

deborah@alabamaeagle.org

 

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 
(http://alabamaeagle.org/find-your-legislators). 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 
penalties.


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. 
http://alabamaeagle.org/find-your-legislators

ASK YOUR SENATOR TO SUPPORT SB60 TO REPEAL AND REPLACE COMMON CORE

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

AlabamaEagle@gmail.com
alabamaeagle.org

Open Letter to ALABAMA LEGISLATORS
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) http://archive.constantcontact.com/fs111/1106394189560/archive/1122648222121.html

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
http://alabamaeagle.org/issues/education
Average Mathematics grade 4 public schools all students: By jurisdiction
http://nces.ed.gov/nationsreportcard/statecomparisons/acrossyear.aspx?usrSelections=0%2cMAT%2c5%2c3%2cacross%2c0%2c0
Average Reading grade 4 public schools all students: By jurisdiction
http://nces.ed.gov/nationsreportcard/statecomparisons/acrossyear.aspx?usrSelections=0%2cRED%2c5%2c3%2cacross%2c0%2c0
Average Mathematics grade 8 public schools all students: By jurisdiction
jurisjurisdictionhttp://nces.ed.gov/nationsreportcard/statecomparisons/acrossyear.aspx?usrSelections=1%2cMAT%2c5%2c3%2cacross%2c0%2c0
Average Reading grade 8 public schools all students:  By jurisdiction
http://nces.ed.gov/nationsreportcard/statecomparisons/acrossyear.aspx?usrSelections=1%2cRED%2c5%2c3%2cacross%2c0%2c0

FOR REAL ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT, PLEASE VOTE FOR SB60 TO REPLACE COMMON CORE (ALABAMA COLLEGE AND CAREER READY STANDARDS) WITH THE PROVEN BEST OF THE BEST IN THE NATION.

Project Veritas uncovers greed and corruption in their new series on Common Core: Part 1

James O’Keefe, president and founder of Project Veritas, has put together a series of videos on the greed and corruption associated with Common Core.  Project Veritas journalists sat down with America’s top textbook publishing companies, the moneymakers of Common Core, in an effort to expose how crony capitalism is taking over America’s educational system. Shockingly, their journalists in the first video caught a publishing executive mocking her own immoral behavior, laughing about it on hidden camera and then admitting that Common Core is all about the money..

O’Keefe has released the first two videos just this week with more to follow.

See first video here, and the second here.

AGENDA 2: Masters of Deceit and Curtis Bowers in Birmingham next Monday!

Join Curtis Bowers in Birmingham, Alabama for a special screening of AGENDA 2: Masters of Deceit.

2016 is a critical year for America. We can’t get discouraged and we can’t look away.  We’re facing a presidential election, the rise of ISIS, Common Core’s claim on the minds and hearts of our children, the onslaught of the LGBT agenda, a rising national debt, failures of a “conservative” congress, and silence of the church.

Is it possible to make sense of this confused world?  Is there hope? And, is there a solution we can be a part of?  In AGENDA 2: Masters of Deceit, Curtis Bowers says yes.

Watch the trailer here:

AGENDA 2: Masters of Deceit (Trailer) AgendaDocumentary.com from Copybook Heading Productions LLC on Vimeo.

“When filmmaker Curtis Bowers hit the road in 2010 with his film AGENDA, people began to wake up.  AGENDA became one of the best selling independent documentaries of all time, and grass roots America finally had a tool to connect the dots.

“As he continued to travel, Bowers found that people were overwhelmed by the seeming myriad of issues they were facing.  From the promotion of Islam to the propaganda of climate change, from the deceit of Common Core to the manufactured economic crisis, and from the manipulation of the Evangelical Church to the unsustainable debt burden, it seemed as if America had a hundred different enemies with a hundred different agendas.  But he knew from his research that wasn’t the case.

“Join Curtis Bowers as he heads out again to expose the Masters of Deceit and their purposeful, premeditated, treasonous attacks on our freedom.

“‘The issue is never the issue. The issue is always the revolution.”

www.AgendaDocumentary.com

Host: Eagle Forum of Alabama, alabamaeagle.org

When
Monday, January 18, 2016 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM (CST) Add to Calendar
Where
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Chief Justice Moore: “Probate judges have duty to enforce same-sex marriage ban”

According to an order issued today by Supreme Court Justice Roy Moore, the existing order of the Alabama Supreme Court “…that Alabama probate judges have a ministerial duty not to issue any marriage license contrary to the Alabama Sanctity of Marriage Amendment or the Alabama Marriage Protection Act remain in full force and effect.”

Read the order here. CJ Moore – 160106 Admin order (2)

Phillip Jauregui of the Judicial Action Group issued the following statement,

“This Order is both courageous and very well-reasoned.  We need more federal and state officers like Chief Justice Moore who understand that the job of the Federal Judiciary is not to legislate from the bench, but rather to simply decide disputes between parties consistent with the text of the Constitution.  Judicial opinions, like Obergefell v. Hodges, that purport to set policy for all of America are simply not supported by the Constitutional grant of powers given to the Judiciary.

Thank God for Chief Justice Moore!  Please keep him, his family, and his staff in your prayers!”

Regards,

Phillip L. Jauregui
Judicial Action Group