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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
Briarwood Presbyterian Church (PCA) – 2200 Briarwood Way Birmingham, AL 35243 – View Map

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

Alabama Drops To “Dead Last” Reversing Upward Trend

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Open Letter to ALABAMA SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS

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! 

Will school board members 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 raising 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

Say NO to Same-Sex Marriage

Say NO to Same-Sex Marriage | American College of Pediatricians

THE AMERICAN COLLEGE OF PEDIATRICIANS URGES ALABAMA SUPREME COURT TO SAY NO TO SAME-SEX MARRIAGE FOR THE PROTECTION OF ALABAMA’S CHILDREN AND FAMILIES

MONTGOMERY, AL. (November 9, 2015) – In a brief filed Friday, the American College of Pediatricians (the College) urged the Alabama Supreme Court to consider the well-being of children in the case before them that would decide the legal impact of Obergefell v. Hodges in Alabama.  Obergefell is the 5-4 decision by the Supreme Court of the United States discovering a federal constitutional right to same-sex marriage.  Read the entire press release here.

Join Us for the 2015 Civil Liberties and Student Data Privacy Summit

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Lady Liberty Privacy

2015 Civil Liberties and Student Data Privacy Summit

When:  Saturday, November 21, 2015, 7:30 AM to 2:30 PM

Where: University of North Alabama Performance Center

Why:  Today’s hottest issues from mass student data collection to privacy violations. What can be done about the growing privacy invasions?

Amazing speakers:  Sean Collin- owner of International IP Watch, Emmett McGroarty with American Principles Project, Dr. Karen Effrem- Director of Education Liberty Watch, Stephanie Bell -member of the Alabama State Board of Education, Dr. Tim Collins- Chair of Political Science at UNA and more.

Registration: See Eventbrite link above. Must bring ticket to attend.

Light breakfast and full lunch provided to registrants!

Bring your legislator with you! Privacy means liberty! Call (205) 879-7096 with questions

Host: Eagle Forum of Alabama Education Foundation alabamaeagle.org

 Co-host: College Republicans of University of North Alabama. Sponsors: Alabama Free Market Alliance, National Association of Scholars, University of North Alabama, Montgomery Federalist Society Chapter, Home School Legal Defense Association.

Disobedience to Obergefell

More than sixty prominent legal scholars have issued the following statement on disobedience to Obergefell v. Hodges:

“We are scholars and informed citizens deeply concerned by the edict of the Supreme Court of the United States in Obergefell v. Hodges wherein the Court decreed, by the narrowest of margins, that every state in the country must redefine marriage to include same-sex relationships.   

The Court’s majority opinion eschewed reliance on the text, logic, structure, or original understanding of the Constitution, as well as the Court’s own interpretative doctrines and precedents, and supplied no compelling reasoning to show why it is unjustified for the laws of the states to sustain marriage as it has been understood for millennia as the union of husband and wife.”

Read the entire article from American Principles Project here.

In case you missed it, Eagle Forum President Eunie Smith and Dr. John H. Killian, Sr. recently co-authored an oped on the case which was published on AL.com.  You can see the oped here.   It was also highlighted by World Net Daily.  You may read that article here.

 

 

Where is the Supreme Court of Alabama on gay marriage?

Guest opinionBy Guest opinion AL.com
on October 01, 2015 at 9:00 AM, updated October 01, 2015 at 9:54 AM

By Eunie Smith, President, Eagle Forum of Alabama and Dr. John H. Killian, Sr., former President of the Alabama Baptist State Convention

Eunie Smith
Eunie Smith, President, Eagle Forum of Alabama

 

It has been three months since the Supreme Court of the United States rocked the nation with their landmark opinion in Obergefell v. Hodges, which purported to redefine marriage to include two adults of the same-sex and force that redefinition on “320 million Americans” as Justice Antonin Scalia disparaged in his dissent.

Five “unelected judges” – as Chief Justice Roberts called them in his criticism of Obergefell – dealt an arrogant blow to God, the family, nature, the rule of law, the Constitution of the United States and the democratic process.  Simply because their opinion has been accepted as the “law of the land” by the media and the left, doesn’t mean that the rest of us have to close our eyes to the truth or pretend that the Constitution allows the judicial branch to legislate a new right to same-sex marriage.

John Killian
Dr. John H. Killian, Sr., former President of the Alabama Baptist State Convention

 

Confusion has reigned in the wake of Obergefell.  A Christian clerk was jailed for refusing to issue same-sex marriage licenses. A physician was found guilty of warning patients about the dangers of homosexuality. Leading LGBT activist groups rallied for the legalization of prostitution.  The Browns, of “Sister Wives,” cited Obergefell in their fight to legalize polygamy.  Protests are erupting over transgender boys being allowed in the girls’ bathroom.  The Southern Poverty Law Center is pumping funds into their “Teaching Tolerance” curriculum – aimed at brainwashing children to accept perversion in our public schools. Alabama probate judges who uphold what Alabama’s law demands when it comes to marriage, receive frequent hate mail and threats designed to intimidate them into violating their religious beliefs about marriage.

This is only the beginning. Obergefell will be a catalyst for the further deterioration of the family, religious liberty, and the values and principles that have made America great.  Massive litigation fees will be incurred as Christians in Alabama stand firm on their convictions in businesses, churches, and in the public square.  Judicial activism following Obergefell will only intensify as the sentiments of men and women – no matter how “supreme” – are allowed to trump the rule of law found in the plain text of the Constitution and the “law of Nature and of Nature’s God.”

In March, the Alabama Supreme Court exhibited a remarkable understanding of these issues when they issued a permanent injunction that halted same-sex marriage in this state.  Liberty Counsel – with a brief filed on behalf of Alabama Policy Institute and Alabama Citizens Action Program – has asked the Alabama Supreme Court to affirm its injunction and disregard the Obergefell opinion which four members of the United States Supreme Court said was completely unconstitutional.

That request has been pending in the Alabama Supreme Court for nearly three months.

Washington County Probate Judge Nick Williams and Probate Judge John Enslen of Elmore County, have asked for an “Emergency” Petition and a “Protective Order” to protect their sincerely held beliefs in light of the prosecution of Kentucky Clerk Kim Davis.

So far those petitions also remain unanswered.

Alabamians elected justices to the Alabama Supreme Court with confidence that they would judge rightly in the fear of God, in step with the Constitution of the United States and the Alabama Constitution, and representative of the traditional values that Alabamians cherish.  We anxiously await their decision.

Duty to God, the preservation of our constitutional republic, and the future of families and children require no less than a prompt and resolute decision in this case.  The Alabama Supreme Court should act immediately to protect the sincerely held religious beliefs of our citizens and the sanctity of the institution of marriage – as adopted by 81% of Alabama voters.  They should not leave the citizens of Alabama to wonder, “Where is the Supreme Court of Alabama?”

Eagle Forum of Alabama Press Release on Planned Parenthood’s harvesting fetal organs for profit

July 24, 2015

Official Press Release from Eagle Forum of Alabama

Deborah Garrett, Executive Director of Eagle Forum of Alabama

“It is critical that the State of Alabama immediately open an investigation into Planned Parenthood in light of recent and past discoveries about the disturbing practices of this organization. Our state leaders at all levels of government should call for immediate defunding of this organization. Selling human tissue and body parts of aborted babies is a clear human rights violation. It is in violation of federal law, Alabama State law, and public policy.   Without an investigation into the Planned Parenthood’s practices and the money trail behind these black market sales, they will continue. At this time we have no idea how many women in Alabama were directly impacted by this horrible practice and how this impacted the abortion procedures carried out in the Planned Parenthood Clinics in Alabama. The women who were directly impacted by this practice have a right to know how their services were negatively impacted and their bodies were used for illegal profit. The taxpayers of the State of Alabama have a right to know how much of their Federal tax dollars are going to support illegal black market sales of human body parts. Without human rights we have no others rights. The time to act is now.”

Alabama Applies for Federal Grant to Establish Statewide P-20W Database

Alabama School Connection

By Tricia Powell Crain on July 8, 2015
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