Category: Legislation

Hear our new radio ad!

We are excited to announce that we have a commercial airing now on the Rick and Bubba Show (WZZK), regarding Dr. James Milgram’s warning of the “irreversible harm” that is likely to occur after four years of Common Core Math.  Alabama students are currently experiencing their third year.   See the text of the ad below, or you may click on the link to hear it (will not play on Explorer).  Then contact your Senator and Representative and ask them to support SB101 in the Alabama Senate and HB424 in the Alabama House of Representatives.  Visit our “Find Your Legislators” tab here to find and contact yours.

 

Students in Alabama will soon embark on their 4th year of common core mathematics. Professor James Milgram, a national expert on school math standards, has a warning for Alabama parents. “Alabama friends, you need to be aware that four years of common core math can do students irreversible harm based on our experience in California”. Professor Milgram knows what he’s talking about. He authored the 1997 California Standards proving to be the best math standards in the nation. His advice to us: “Ask your state Senator to support Senate Bill 101 in the Alabama Legislature”.  Go now to Alabamaeagle.org. There you can email your state legislator directly.  Ask your state Senator to support Senate Bill 101, and repeal common core.  “Protect Alabama students from the irreversible damage”.  Again, that’s Alabamaeagle.org.  Paid for by Eagle Forum of Alabama.

 

 

Tennessee Replaces Common Core With Only One Dissenting Vote

Common Core is Replaced in Tennessee!

Hallelujah!  EVERY Tennessee legislator except ONE voted to Replace Common Core.  The Governor was involved in the legislative process and will sign the bill into law.

The South Carolina legislature passed a replacement bill in June 2014.  In March 2015, the SC Board of Education adopted replacement standards.

The Alabama Ahead Act, SB101 AND HB424, provides for the BEST replacement process.

What about it, Alabama?!!

 

Tennessee facts:

REPLACING COMMON CORE:

SB 1163 by *Bell, (HB 1035) by *Spivey
These three amendments now make up the body of SB1163-HB1035:
Amendment 1Amendment 2Amendment 3

These are final Votes:

House Floor and Committee Votes

HB1035 by Spivey – FLOOR VOTE: AS AMENDED PASSAGE ON THIRD CONSIDERATION 4/20/2015
Passed
Ayes………………………………………..97
Noes…………………………………………0

Representatives voting aye were: Akbari, Alexander, Armstrong, Beck, Brooks H., Brooks K., Butt, Byrd, Calfee, Camper, Carter, Casada, Clemmons, Coley, Cooper, Daniel, DeBerry, Doss, Dunlap, Dunn, Durham, Eldridge, Faison, Farmer, Favors, Fitzhugh, Forgety, Gilmore, Goins, Gravitt, Halford, Hardaway, Harrison, Hawk, Haynes, Hazlewood, Hill M., Hill T., Holsclaw, Holt, Howell, Hulsey, Jernigan, Johnson, Jones, Kane, Keisling, Kumar, Lamberth, Littleton, Lollar, Love, Lundberg, Lynn, Madam Speaker Harwell, Marsh, Matheny, Matlock, McCormick, McDaniel, McManus, Miller, Mitchell, Moody, Parkinson, Pitts, Pody, Powell, Powers, Ragan, Ramsey, Reedy, Rogers, Sanderson, Sargent, Sexton C., Sexton J., Shaw, Shepard, Smith, Sparks, Spivey, Stewart, Swann, Terry, Todd, Towns, Travis, Turner, Van Huss, Weaver, White D., White M., Wilburn, Williams, Windle, Wirgau — 97.

Senate Floor and Committee Votes

HB1035 by Spivey – FLOOR VOTE: THIRD CONSIDERATION 4/21/2015
Passed
Ayes………………………………………..28
Noes…………………………………………1

Senators voting aye were: Bailey, Beavers, Bell, Bowling, Briggs, Crowe, Dickerson, Gardenhire, Green, Gresham, Hensley, Jackson, Johnson, Kelsey, Ketron, Kyle, McNally, Mr. Speaker Ramsey, Niceley, Norris, Overbey, Roberts, Southerland, Stevens, Tracy, Watson, Yager, Yarbro — 28.
Senators voting no were: Harris — 1.

NOTE:  This is the bill we passed last year: http://state.tn.us/sos/acts/108/pub/pc0905.pdf
See Section 1 especially.

Information for Your Pastor

Following is the resolution that was unanimously approved by representatives of the 1.1 million member Alabama Baptist Convention in November 2014 which called for the repeal of the Common Core State Standards in Alabama.  Please forward this resolution to your pastor and ask that he share it with his state senator and representative with the request that they stop the miseducation and indoctrination of our children by supporting SB101 to replace common core with sound, superior standards.  SB101 has passed the Senate Education Committee and is in the Senate Rules Committee chaired by Sen. Jabo Waggoner.  We need it to get to the floor quickly so that the House will have time to act.  You may also want to print the resolution yourself to give to your representatives.

Information on how to find your senator and representative is here.

The following documentation appeared on the resolution that was submitted to the Resolutions Committee.

[1] http://web.alsde.edu/home/general/plan_2020_esea.aspx

[2] Comprehensive Counseling and Guidance Model for Alabama Public Schools

http://eboardsolutions.com/Meetings/ViewMeetingOrder.aspx?S=70577&MID=1610

[3] http://alabamaeagle.org/2014/04/01/revisionist-history-smut-in-al-common-core-text

[4] http://www.talladegacountygop.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/Appendix-24-BCA-Praises-AlaStandards.pdf http://www.heritage.org/research/reports/2012/12/questionable-quality-of-the-common-core-english-language-arts-standards; http://pioneerinstitute.org/download/lowering-the-bar-how-common-core-math-fails-to-prepare-high-school-students-for-stem/  

[5] https://eboard.eboardsolutions.com/Meetings/Attachment.aspx?S=70577&AID=37912&MID=1610

Data Shows Another Year of AL Common Core Math “Irreversible Damage”

This week we learned of the impending danger for Alabama children if we don’t stop Common Core in THIS legislative session. Stanford Professor James Milgram is the acknowledged national expert on Math standards writing.  Based on a huge set of data on the failed 1992 California standards written by the same Phil Daro who was the lead author for the Common Core standards, Dr. Milgram addressed the following question:

“ ‘ How long would it take for a student initially in the Phil Daro 1992 program before its low level and erroneous perspective on mathematics would have produced irreversible damage?What the data showed was that if a student had been in the program for four or more years … statistically they never recovered… So you have a situation with the Common Core mathematics standards where you have a limited window and you pretty much know what is going to happen … because the guiding ideas behind it are the exact guiding ideas behind the 1992 CA standards.”   

 Alabama students are being tested on their THIRD year of Common Core math.  Next year – their FOURTH year – will be too late for most Alabama students.  They will never recover from the irreversible damage as experienced by California students.   

For the full text of Dr. Milgram’s letter, click the link below.

Dr. Milgram Letter

Update: Replace Common Core bill moving in Senate

The Senate Education Committee will be voting on Senator Rusty Glover’s SB101, the Alabama Ahead Act, that will repeal Common Core, this Wednesday, April 15th.  Please contact the committee members, thank them for hearing us at this past Wednesday’s hearing and ask that they vote FOR SB101. Brewbaker, Chairperson; Ross, Vice Chairperson; Bussman, Figures, Marsh, McClendon, Pittman, Sanders, Shelnutt.

SB101 will re-establish local and state control of education; terminate implementation of the Common Core standards; direct the State Board to replace these standards with the Math and English courses in use immediately prior to Common Core; convene Course of Study committees to update these standards and improve upon them using the pre-common core standards from states whose national scores ranked no less than the top 10%; implement these proven, improved standards and aligned assessments; prohibit imposition on Alabama of other such national standards or assessments that cede control away from Alabamians.

See the short DVD by Utah Mental Health Therapist Joan Landes that stresses the urgency of putting a stop to Common Core.  She spoke with some House and Senate members at the Alabama Statehouse last year.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rJVswWCNk24

You may want to look up her credentials and send it to your representatives.

 

Act NOW to Stop Common Core

Dear Friend,           

If we are to stop the distress, the dumbing down, and the indoctrination of all our children through common core; if we are to restore state control over education policy in Alabama; if we are to replace common core with the best of the best standards in the nation that reflect Alabama values, YOU will have to act NOW!!!  And ask all your like-minded friends to do the same.  We need an avalanche of emails to the legislature.           

Sen. Rusty Glover (R) has introduced SB101. It will re-establish local and state control of education; terminate implementation of the Common Core standards; direct the State Board to replace these standards with the Math and English courses in use immediately prior to Common Core; convene Course of Study committees to update these standards and improve upon them using the pre-common core standards from states whose national scores ranked no less than the top 10%; implement these proven, improved standards and aligned assessments; prohibit imposition on Alabama of other such national standards or assessments that cede control away from Alabamians.          

1. Call or email these Senators and thank them for co-sponsoring SB101 and let them know if you are their constituent. Glover, Reed, Melson, Allen, Brewbaker, Hightower, Albritton, Bussman, Stutts, Smith, Shelnutt, Sanford.  Tell them briefly why your family wants common core replaced.           

2. Please email and call your state senator and Sen. Del Marsh and Gov. Bentley and tell them briefly why your family wants common core replaced.  Ask them to put SB101 on a fast track!          

3. Call or email your House member and Speaker Hubbard.  Tell them briefly why you oppose common core. Ask them to replace common core this legislative session.            

Alabama’s children will be increasingly stifled, frustrated, and controlled if common core continues.  We are on the wrong road and we need to turn around before we become hopelessly lost.  We must stand for what works to give our children the tools they need to reach their fullest God-given, self-chosen potential.  It is up to you. You can find more contact information for legislators by following this link: http://capwiz.com/state-al/home/; and for the Governor at http://governor.alabama.gov/contact/.

Blessings,

Eunie Smith, President Eagle Forum of Alabama

alaeagle@charter.net

alabamaeagle.org

(205)879-7096

alabamaeagle.org

Two Different Views on the Cromnibus Bill

Congressional Republicans who voted for the Cromnibus bill are experiencing a great deal of backlash.  Following are two articles on each side of the issue.  One is an op-ed from Rep. Martha Roby  (AL-2) published in Yellowhammer.  The other is from Gaston Mooney, Executive Editor of Conservative Review.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Patent Legislation That Passed the US House Will Inhibit Innovation

Patent legislation that passed the House will inhibit innovation

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on May 12, 2014 at 10:44 AM, updated May 12, 2014 at 10:46 AM

By Eunie Smith

Patent legislation pending in the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee can hit close to home.  I am aware of a father with young children who is under treatment for a very rare form of cancer. He is on a drug that retards growth of his tumors.  It was only FDA approved two years ago.  Once that drug’s effectiveness stops, what is next?  Where is the cure?  Cancer research must continue unabated. Legislation that harms the ability of companies to profit from their products inhibits their ability to invest in further research that can lead to more successful treatment.  In this and countless cases, the issue is saved lives!

If Congress weakens Constitutionally-based patent protections, then harm will come not just to research and development in the health care industry but also in manufacturing and technology industries which are prominent in Alabama.  Small businesses, the engine of Alabama’s economy, will no longer have protections that enable their very existence. …

http://www.al.com/opinion/index.ssf/2014/05/patent_legislation_that_passed.html

 

Following is a link to a video from www.savetheinventor.com on what this proposed legislation will mean for Alabama jobs:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W7_Z610LWGk&feature=youtu.be

Let Us Know What They Say

LET US KNOW WHAT THEY SAY!

1)  Please call your state senator TODAY at 334.242.7800 and ask this question:

Will you cosponsor Sen. Scott Beason’s bill to repeal and replace common core standards in Alabama?  If not, why not?  
We need superior, not common, standards that use proven methodology and instill Alabama values.

2)  Please ask ten neighbors to call, too.  We must not fail our children, who will determine America’s future.

Please let us know what response you and your friends get by replying to this email.  TIME IS OF THE ESSENCE!

3)  Please “pray for all those in authority over us [Gov. Bentley, Sen. Del Marsh, Sen. Jabo Waggoner and Speaker Mike Hubbard]  that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.” (I. Tim. 2:2)  Legislators are being given DVD copies of the 22 min. Alabama documented presentation Reasons to Repeal here.

Following a fact filled debate in Montgomery Tuesday night, momentum is building to get legislators to repeal common core, thus enabling students to prosper under parental, local and state control of their education.

Dr. Bice’s latest ploy which he mentioned twice in the debate is to delete from the Alabama ELA standards the recommendation to use the Common Core Text Exemplars.  Too late.  These Exemplars are already imbedded in Alabama textbooks.  For example, the three Exemplars to which Alabamians object primarily because of their graphic sex are featured in the Prentice Hall Alabama Common Core Edition of The American Experience, one of the most widely used 11th grade textbooks in Alabama schools.  One of those featured Exemplars is a book to which Sen. Bill Holtzclaw has publicly objected: The Bluest Eye, with its sympathetic portrayal of a pedophile, whose victim eventually commits suicide.  More on this later.

For more information on Common Core in Alabama, go to Alabamians United for Excellence in Education (www.auee.org).

You may find your Senator on our website at alabamaeagle.org