Category: Legislation

The GOP’s Corrupt Obamacore Bargain

National Review Online

 

Education Reform: GOP’s Corrupt Obamacore Bargain | National Review Online
The success of Donald Trump, Ben Carson, and Ted Cruz this year is a great and anguished shout from Republicans voters to the powers-that-be in Washington: The system is broken; it’s not working for us.

Read more at: http://www.nationalreview.com/article/428383/no-child-left-behind-extension-deal-corrupt-gop

Top 12 Concerns About Every Student Succeeds Act (S 1177 & HR 5)

Truth in American Education

American Principles Project “Disappointed” With Passage of Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)

Please thank the following Alabama Congressmen who opposed final passage of ESSA.  Senator Richard Shelby, Congressman Mo Brooks, Congressman Gary Palmer, Congressman Mike Rogers!!!  See our website for a detailed list of concerns about this act that will negatively impact Alabama children for years as there is no sunset date on the act.

Eunie Smith, President, Eagle Forum of Alabama

December 10th, 2015                                     
CONTACT: Kate Bryan
American Principles Project
202-853-1524
kbryan@americanprinciplesproject.org
                                           

American Principles Project “Disappointed”
With Passage of Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)

Emmett McGroarty: “Republicans should have listened to the pro-Constitution,
anti-Common Core grassroots groups”

Washington, D.C.– The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), which reauthorizes the failed No Child Left Behind statute, was quickly passed through Congress and signed into law by President Obama just a few moments ago. Emmett McGroarty, Director of Education at American Principles Project, released the following statement on the passage of ESSA:

“American Principles Project is disappointed that Congress has passed the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) to reauthorize the failed No Child Left Behind statute. The claims of Republican leadership that the bill will transfer power back to the states are largely illusory.

“It is particularly noteworthy and even shocking that so many Republicans voted in favor of this bill. Apparently they did not consider it a red flag that every Democrat in Congress supported it, that Barack Obama supported it, that Arne Duncan supported it, that Nancy Pelosi supported it, and that the owners of the Common Core national standards – National Governors Association and Council of Chief State School Officers – supported it. The suggestion that these rabidly pro-Common Core individuals and organizations would support a bill that truly restores state autonomy in education and unravels all they’ve worked for is nothing short of delusional.

“Republicans should have listened to the more than 200 pro-Constitution, anti-Common Core grassroots groups that laid out in detail their objections to this bill and practically begged their “conservative” elected officials to pay attention. Instead, all but 64 members of the House and 12 senators ignored their knowledgeable constituents and did the bidding of the White House and the Republican leadership.

“Perhaps the most galling aspect of ESSA’s progression is the secretive, underhanded manner in which the bill was advanced. ESSA was written by unknown parties, working behind closed doors with no notice to the public, and was released only two days before the House vote. Representatives and concerned citizens could not possibly read and analyze over 1,000 pages of text before the vote was taken. Then the Senate rushed through a vote only a week later. This process was obviously designed by Senate leadership and new Speaker Paul Ryan – in brazen violation of his recent promises of transparency – to ram the bill through before opposition could mobilize.

“American parents are not fooled by this charade — nor will they forget who was responsible.”

To schedule an interview with Emmett McGroarty, please contact Kate Bryan at 202-853-1524 or kbryan@americanprinciplesproject.org.

American Principles Project is a 501(c)(4) organization dedicated to preserving and propagating the fundamental principles on which our country was founded. It aims to return our nation to an understanding that governance via these timeless principles will strengthen us as a country.

 

EAGLE FORUM STATEMENT ON ESEA REAUTHORIZATION

Please thank the following Alabama Congressmen who opposed final passage of ESSA.  Senator Richard Shelby, Congressman Mo Brooks, Congressman Gary Palmer, Congressman Mike Rogers!!!  See our website for a detailed list of concerns about this act that will negatively impact Alabama children for years as there is no sunset date on the act.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: DECEMBER 10, 2015
CONTACT: RYAN HITE, COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR
O 314.721.1213 / C 636.357.4292 / RYAN@EAGLEFORUM.ORG

EAGLE FORUM STATEMENT ON ESEA REAUTHORIZATION

Washington, D.C.: After months of secret negotiations to reconcile the House and Senate versions of the education reauthorization to replace the failed No Child Left Behind, President Obama has signed the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), favored by the education bureaucracy but opposed by many conservatives. President Obama’s quick and willful signature on this education overhaul should only increase skepticism that this bill will meaningfully reduce federal meddling in education.

Conservative goals for education policy are simple: reduce the role of the federal government, respect the primary role of parents, and protect the privacy of students. ESSA falls short on every one of these issues.

ESSA cuts a few programs but retains many more and even adds a few, such as a pre-K grant now authorized for the first time. Spending levels will increase over the life of this act, and in spite of the outrage from millions of parents, the onerous NCLB testing mandates remain. Washington bureaucrats will still have plenty to do.

Despite popular rhetoric from supporters, this bill does not eliminate Common Core. While it contains more explicit prohibitions on the Secretary of Education, federal law already contained numerous provisions limiting the Secretary and the Department that have been repeatedly defied without consequence. The damage has already been done, and unless states take action, those that have Common Core today will still have it tomorrow.

Phyllis Schlafly and Eagle Forum have fought the progressive education agenda through its every iteration for over 40 years. Passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act is an incentive to work even harder for our education agenda. Concerned parents and education activists still have ways to fulfill conservative goals:  Urge states to end their involvement in Common Core. Push Congress to pass laws protecting student privacy and parental rights. Elect a president truly committed to ending the oversized federal role in education.

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Speaker Paul Ryan, Make ESEA Reauthorization Bill Public for 60 Days

Speaker Paul Ryan, Make ESEA Reauthorization Bill Public for 60 Days

From Truth in American Education, November 19, 2015
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Because the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (No Child Left Behind) will be the largest piece of federal education legislation Congress will pass in over a decade, Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) should allow the bill to be made publicly available for at least 60 days before the House considers it.
Read the entire story here.

Jane Robbins, attorney with the American Principles Project, also wrote on this subject.  Her article, “Speaker Ryan, No Head Fakes on ‘No Child Left Behind’ Please!” may be found here.

Contact Congressman Paul Ryan and the Alabama Congressional Delegation and ask that a vote on the ESEA reauthorization be given at least 60 days for review prior at any vote.

Cong. Paul Ryan (202) 225-3031.

Alabama Congressional members:
Cong. Robert Aderholt (202) 225-4876
Cong. Gary Palmer (202)225-4921
Cong. Bradley Byrne (202) 225-4931
Cong. Martha Roby (202)225-2901
Cong. Terri Sewell (202)225-2665
Cong. Mo Brooks (202)225-4801
Cong. Mike Rogers (202)225-3261

ACTION ALERT RE: REAUTHORIZATION OF THE NCLB ACT

  1. Ask Senator Sessions (202)224-4124 and Senator Shelby (202)224-5744 to vote NO on The Every Child Achieves Act (S.1177).
  2. Ask Republicans to wait until Obama leaves office and pass a bill that rejects, not codifies, this President’s federalization of education.

US Senate leadership promised to write a bill to reauthorize No Child Left Behind (NCLB) that Obama wouldn’t veto. Unfortunately, on July 7th the Every Child Achieves Act (ECAA) moves to the Senate floor to be heard with Obama’s blessing. We need to STOP it!  Remember this bill has gone without reauthorization since it expired in 2008–WHY THE RUSH !!!! 

Republican leadership caved to Obama’s demands and agreed to language which expands, not reduces, the influence of the federal government over schools.   S.1177 is the largest piece of federal education legislation in over a decade and will last for at least 6 years.

21 talking points from American Principles in Action here include the following:

  • So-called protections from coercion to adopt Common Core are meaningless because they simply replicate existing protections that have no enforcement mechanism for the states.
  • Codifies previously uncodified NCLB waiver process; states have to submit to the feds for their approval detailed education plans in accordance with comprehensive federal guidelines.
  • Retains federal testing mandates in NCLB but adds assessment on behavioral/skills-based standards rather than truly academic standards and harvests data to resemble a psychological profile of the student. 
  • Creates national standards for PreK and childcare that result in compilation of psychological data under three year fed grants despite evidence that these early childhood programs have no lasting academic benefit but may actually do psychological harm.
  • “School climate” grants can pressure schools to suppress student expression of orthodox religious values.  See the symbol here from Sec. Arne Duncan indicating what values regarding marriage children will learn.
  • “Comprehensive school-based mental health services” enable “early identification of social, emotional or behavioral problems” thus enabling unprecedented government surveillance of students’ attitudes and mindsets.

http://www.americanprinciplesinaction.org/wp-content/uploads/ECAA-Talking-Points.pdf

Action Needed! Senate Debate on Every Child Achieves Act on Tuesday!

  1. Ask Senator Sessions (202)224-4124 and Senator Shelby (202)224-5744 to vote NO on The Every Child Achieves Act (S.1177)
  2. Ask Republicans to wait until Obama leaves office and pass a bill that rejects, not codifies, this President’s federalization of education.

US Senate leadership promised to write a bill to reauthorize No Child Left Behind (NCLB) that Obama wouldn’t veto. Unfortunately, on July 7th the Every Child Achieves Act (ECAA) moves to the Senate floor to be heard with Obama’s blessing. We need to STOP it!

Republican leadership caved to Obama’s demands and agreed to language which expands, not reduces, the influence of the federal government over schools.   S.1177 is the largest piece of federal education legislation in over a decade and will last for at least 6 years.

21 talking points from American Principles in Action here include the following:

  • So-called protections from coercion to adopt Common Core are meaningless because they simply replicate existing protections that have no enforcement mechanism for the states.
  • Codifies previously uncodified NCLB waiver process; states have to submit to the feds for their approval detailed education plans in accordance with comprehensive federal guidelines.
  • Retains federal testing mandates in NCLB but adds assessment on behavioral/skills-based standards rather than truly academic standards and harvests data to resemble a psychological profile of the student. 
  • Creates national standards for PreK and childcare that result in compilation of psychological data and three year fed grants despite evidence that these early childhood programs have no lasting academic benefit but may actually do psychological and academic harm.
  • “School climate” grants can pressure schools to suppress student expression of orthodox religious values.  See the symbol here from Sec. Arne Duncan indicating what values regarding marriage children will learn.
  • “Comprehensive school-based mental health services” enable “early identification of social, emotional or behavioral problems” thus enabling more government surveillance of students’ attitudes and mindsets.

http://www.americanprinciplesinaction.org/wp-content/uploads/ECAA-Talking-Points.pdf

TAA Fails – TPA Passes:  NEXT ACTION TO STOP FAST TRACK

Praise God for Sen. Jeff Sessions and for those four Alabama Congressmen who supported him with their votes on the TAA (Trade Adjustment Assistance) bill in the House on Friday – Brooks, Byrne, Palmer and RobyPlease thank them.  Please ask all Alabama House members to vote against TAA if Boehner brings it up again this week.  Capitol Switchboard (202) 224-3121

Here is a rundown on the issue:
1. Consolidation Of Power In The Executive Branch. TPA eliminates Congress’ ability to amend or debate trade implementing legislation and guarantees an up-or-down vote on a far-reaching international agreement before that agreement has received any public review.

2. Increased Trade Deficits. History suggests that trade deals set into motion under the 6-year life of TPA could exacerbate our trade imbalance, acting as an impediment to both GDP and wage growth.

 3. Ceding Sovereign Authority To International Powers. A USTR outline of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (which TPA would expedite) notes in the “Key Features” summary that the TPP is a “living agreement.” This means the TPP commission could change the agreement as they please with no input from a Congress, including the entry of foreign workers. 

4.  Currency Manipulation. What is known about the agreement thus far is that it doesn’t address currency manipulation at all, which in one of major problems in our dealings with trading partners. 

5.  Immigration Increases. The plain language of TPA provides avenues for the Administration and its trading partners to facilitate the expanded movement of foreign workers into the U.S.—including visitor visas that are used as worker visas, especially since it is a “living agreement.

See how your Congressman voted on both TPA and TAA below. Also, read Sen. Sessions warns of another attempt to pass Obamatrade here.

 

 

 

EF National

 

TAA Fails – TPA Passes

June 12, 2015

Today, the House of Representatives considered two controversial trade related bills, Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) and Trade Promotion Authority (TPA), that would empower President Obama to finish massive “free trade” agreements, namely the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).

The complicated vote series left the fate of the package up in the air. First came the vote for Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA). This ineffective and wasteful government program supposedly helps workers who lose their jobs due to foreign trade; in reality, it’s a bribe to garner Democrat support for trade.

Most Democrats voted against TAA in an effort to kill the whole trade package, and most Republicans opposed TAA as useless government spending. That left 86 Republicans who voted yes, either in support of more government spending or out of total commitment to moving President Obama’s top current legislative priority, TPA.

The following Representatives should hear your disapproval. Please call or tweet them this weekend:

Aderholt
Barletta
Barr
Barton
Benishek
Bishop (MI)
Blum
Bost
Boustany
Brady (TX)
Brooks (IN)
Calvert
Coffman
Cole
Comstock
Costello (PA)
Crenshaw
Curbelo (FL)
Davis, Rodney
Dent
Dold
Donovan
Emmer (MN)
Fitzpatrick
Fortenberry
Frelinghuysen
Graves (MO)
Grothman
Guinta
Guthrie
Hanna
Herrera Beutler
Huizenga (MI)
Hurt (VA)
Issa
Johnson (OH)
Jolly
Katko
Kelly (PA)
King (NY)
Kinzinger (IL)
Kline
Luetkemeyer
Marino
McCarthy
McHenry
McKinley
McMorris Rodgers
Meehan
Messer
Mica
Miller (MI)
Moolenaar
Murphy (PA)
Nunes
Paulsen
Pitts
Reed
Reichert
Rigell
Rogers (AL)
Rogers (KY)
Rokita
Roskam
Royce
Ryan (WI)
Scalise
Shimkus
Shuster
Simpson
Stefanik
Stivers
Thompson (PA)
Thornberry
Tiberi
Trott
Turner
Upton
Valadao
Wagner
Walberg
Walden
Walters, Mimi
Whitfield
Wilson (SC)
Young (IA)

 
The TAA vote failed, but the House moved onto the second part of the package, Trade Promotion Authority (TPA). TPA empowers President Obama to make his trade deals with foreign countries and takes away Congress’s ability to amend any agreement. Only 54 Republicans voted NO. Please call and thank them for their brave vote:

Aderholt
Amash
Brat
Bridenstine
Brooks (AL)
Buck
Burgess
Clawson (FL)
Collins (GA)
Collins (NY)
Cook
Donovan
Duncan (SC)
Duncan (TN)
Farenthold
Fleming
Garrett
Gibson
Gohmert
Gosar
Griffith
Harris
Hunter
Jenkins (WV)
Jolly
Jones
Jordan
Joyce
Katko
Labrador
LoBiondo
Lummis
MacArthur
Massie
McKinley
Meadows
Mooney (WV)
Mulvaney
Nugent
Palmer
Pearce
Perry
Poliquin
Posey
Rohrabacher
Rothfus
Russell
Smith (NJ)
Webster (FL)
Westmoreland
Wittman
Yoho
Young (AK)
Zeldin

 
Please note that while they voted NO on TPA, the following Representatives voted YES on TAA: Aderholt, Donovan, McKinley, Jolly, and Katko.

Although the failure of TAA today delays the process, Speaker Boehner has the power to bring TAA back to the floor next week. The outcome of that vote will determine the fate of this trade package.

Please keep up the pressure! Contact your Representative and urge him or her to vote NO on TAA when it comes back next week. 

Capitol Switchboard (202) 224-3121

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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

asst@alvedaking.com www.kingrulesbook.com

ACT NOW: Ask Your Representative to Support HB424

ASAP – Please ask your State Representative and key legislators listed below to vote for the Alabama Ahead Act (HB424) to restore sound, state-controlled education in Alabama so that our students will excel, not just be common. Please let us know their response.

Speaker Mike Hubbard; Education Policy Committee Members: Chairman Terri Collins, Oliver Robinson, Mack Butler (co-sponsor), Barbara Drummond, Bob Fincher  (sponsor), Ed Henry, Barry Moore, Jim Patterson, Chris Pringle, Rod Scott, Patricia Todd, Phil Williams, Chairman Rules Committee Mac McCutcheon.  To find your Representative, click here.

If your representative is a co-sponsor, please thank him and ask that he encourage Speaker Hubbard to put HB424 on the Special Order Calendar.

HB424 co-sponsors: Bob Fincher (sponsor), Arnold Mooney, Matt Fridy, Tommy Hanes, Ritchie Whorton, Nathaniel Ledbetter, Corey Harbison, Mike Holmes, Rich Wingo, Dickie Drake, Jack W. Williams, Randall Shedd, Steve Hurst, Mike MillicanRon Johnson, Dimitri Polizos, Reed Ingram, Paul Beckman, Randy Davis, Issac Whorton, Lynn Greer, Phillip Pettus, Mack Butler and Steve McMillan.