Category: Alabama Senate

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:; and for the Governor at


Eunie Smith, President Eagle Forum of Alabama

[email protected]


Save Our Schools

Please call Governor Bentley (334-242-7100) and your state representatives[1] to request that they repeal common core standards and replace them with proven standards in place until 2012-13 in English and 2011-12 in Math.   See entire action sheet at the link below….



Save Our Schools

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 (

You may find your Senator on our website at


Attend Hearing to Stop Common Core


CONFERENCE To Stop Common Core Tragedy in Alabama

SB190 (Sen. Brewbaker) and HB254 (Rep. Barton) to return local control of education

• repeal adoption of Common Core

• protect family privacy & prohibit state bodies from compiling/sharing non-acedemic, “personal” data

• prohibit the State Board of Education from ceding control over education to any entity outside AL

1.  Ask your Senator and Representative to:

“Please support SB190, Sen. Dick Brewbaker’s bill to repeal Common Core.”  “Please

 support HB254, Rep. Jim Barton’s bill to repeal Common Core.”

2.  Call House Speaker Hubbard (HB254) 334-242-7739 & Senate President Pro-tem Marsh

(SB190) 334-242-7877.

3.  Come to Montgomery to hear former Texas Commissioner of Education Robert

 Scott and others testify in support of these bills at two events on Wednesday, 2/27.

1:00 PM Press Conference (steps of Statehouse)

3:00 – 4:00 PM Hearing Star Wars Room 8th floor Statehouse

“These standards make every child a cog in a machine.  There is nothing exceptional about this great nation when you make everybody the same [“common”, ordinary], when you don’t expect greatness from everyone… Let’s see how high individual determination can take our children and not have the tragedy of Common Core.”  Commissioner Robert Scott

The states of Texas, Virginia, Alaska, Nebraska and Minnesota never succumbed to federal government incentives to adopt Common Core.  Legislators in at least 14 states are considering withdrawing from Common Core standards, an “Uncommonly Bad Idea” according to Jane Robbins who will also testify Wednesday.  She says, “Simply put, the Common Core is designed to replace local and parental control over education with centralized, top-down control.  The purpose is to train students for jobs, not educate them to be full, thoughtful citizens in our democratic republic.”

States lose control of what students are taught and how they are tested.  In Alabama, 19 senators have agreed to cosponsor the Brewbaker bill (SB190) to repeal adoption of these national standards.  They are privately owned and CC states agree to implementation of every CC standard, as has begun in Alabama.  Alabama Math and English Language Arts 2010 Courses of study indicate that Alabama added state specific content of only about 2.5% (ELA) and 14% (Math).  CC standards are unproven.  Assertions that they are more rigorous than Alabama’s prior standards are incorrect according to Fordham Foundation, which ranked Alabama ELA #11 in the nation and Math “too close to call” compared with CC prior to CC adoption.  Curriculum choices must be driven by these state adopted Common Core Standards.

Although CC currently incorporates social studies and science as informational text in English Language Arts, national standards in science and social studies are also being circulated.  Improvements were already being made in AL schools.  Excellence in education for Alabama students is inhibited, and indoctrination objectionable to parents is inevitable by continuing with Common Core.

For more information see Alabamians United for Excellence in Education at or



Alabama Leads Against UN Agenda 21’s Infringement on Property Rights

Investor’s Business Daily has an excellent article on how Alabama has taken the lead against the UN’s Agenda 21 and its threat to individual property rights.  Not many people know what Agenda 21 is, but it is an initiative of the United Nations to “promote sustainable development” and it is also a huge threat to property rights.  It has not been adopted by the US Senate, but Obama’s EPA has been quietly adopting many of the suggested regulations associated with Agenda 21.

An example of some of the language from Agenda 21 many Americans find problematic:

“Land … cannot be treated as an ordinary asset, controlled by individuals and subject to the pressures and inefficiencies of the market,” Agenda 21 says.

“Private land ownership is also a principal instrument of accumulation and concentration of wealth and therefore contributes to social injustice; if unchecked, it may become a major obstacle in the planning and implementation of development schemes.”

Thankfully, the Alabama legislature recognized the danger in this kind of scheme and passed SB477 unanimously in both houses.  The legislation bars the taking of private property in Alabama without due process and says that “Alabama and all political subdivisions may not adopt or implement policy recommendations that deliberately or inadvertently infringe or restrict private property rights without due process, as may be required by policy recommendations originating in or traceable to Agenda 21.”

2012 Legislative Wrap Up

Sorry for the delay in our legislative wrap up, but I’ve been a little under the weather…

The big story of the 2012 Alabama legislative session isn’t what passed, but what didn’t.  The session began with two big, controversial issues–charter schools and immigration reform–on the tip of everyone’s tongue.  Alabama being one of the few states in the union without a charter school law, a handful of Alabama legislators had made passing such a law their top priority.  On the opposite end of the spectrum, Alabama already has the toughest immigration law in the country and there were a lot of people committed to weakening it.


Let’s start with charter schools. Why has Alabama never authorized the establishment of charter schools? I’m afraid you’ll find there is no satisfactory answer.  Maybe that’s why Representative Phil Williams and Senator Dick Brewbaker set out to drastically change the course of education in Alabama by taking on the Goliath known as AEA with their media disinformation campaigns.  Additionally, a very stealthy and clever campaign was being waged on our conservative legislators by the State Superintendents Association.  Doubts were planted in the minds of some of our best and brightest Republican legislators over whether or not we could afford charter schools even though state money spent would have been the same per child and whether or not they were really effective.  Unfortunately, many of these doubts took hold and resulted in a Senate version of a charter school law that did everything but create charter schools.  Thankfully, some legislators realized that it was the better part of wisdom to regroup and come back again next year with a better bill and more organized effort.  Alas, Alabama must survive another year without parental choice in public education.


The second big fight this session was over an issue Alabama has already taken the lead on–immigration reform.  Last year, the Alabama legislature showed it had the courage of its conviction and passed the toughest immigration law in the nation–HB56.  Considering the controversial nature of said law, it is only natural there would be a lot of time and money spent trying to weaken it. But, there were also legitimate changes that needed to be made to make the law more enforceable.  One of the original law’s original sponsors, Rep. Micky Hammon, introduced a set of revisions filed as HB658.  Eagle Forum of Alabama–along with several tea party groups, immigration reform organizations, and law enforcement oriented activists–opposed several of the revisions contained in HB658 based on our belief that it would significantly weaken the original law.  Another original sponsor of the law, Senator Scott Beason, stepped in at this point and was able to work with Rep. Hammon, law enforcement, and others and come to an agreement that made the necessary changes to strengthen the original law without weakening its effect.  These changes were passed on the last day.  Governor Bentley put the issue on the call in the ensuing Special Session but according to press reports, he could not find any legislators willing to introduce the additional changes he had listed on his website, so he signed the law.


There were a few other notable pieces of legislation that passed including Sen. Greg Reed’s Federal Abortion Mandate Opt Out Act and Sen. Gerald Dial’s SB477 to protect Alabama citizens from power grabs under the UN’s Agenda 21 Initiative.  This vital bill is a first in the nation and passed with no dissenting votes. It would “prohibit state, counties, etc., from developing environmental and developmental policies that would infringe on the due process of citizens”.  Rep. Paul DeMarco’s Taxpayer Bill of Rights passed both houses but was pocket vetoed.  In other words, Gov. Bentley chose not to sign it.


Unfortunately a bill to lower the mandatory school age from seven to six passed both Houses before we realized it.  It has always been our position that parents should decide when their children are ready for formal schooling, not the state. Although the bill provides for a delay until age seven if a parent writes the local school board, we anticipate that without vigilance on our part, this provision will be stripped in the future.


But sadly, there were a lot of others that didn’t pass–among them Sen. Cam Ward’s SB84 to prohibit the use of foreign law in Alabama courts and Rep. Steve McMillan’s Fair Ballot Commission Act (HB481).  We regretted that the Attorney General’s packet of law enforcement bills  – specifically increasing penalties for illegal gambling enterprises from misdemeanor to felonies.


Two good resolutions of note were passed.  Both houses concurred on Sen. Waggoner’s resolution that asks Congress to prevent the Environmental and Protection Agency from regulating greenhouse gas emissions without Congressional approval. Sen. Dick Brewbaker’s resolution that passed the Senate but was not brought to a vote in the House “encourages the State Board  of Education to take all steps it deems appropriate, including revocation of the adoption of the [Common Core] initiative’s standards if necessary, to retain complete control over Alabama’s academic standards, curriculum, instruction, and testing system.”


So while conservatives in the Alabama legislature weren’t able to make any great strides in area of education reform, they were able to prevent the teeth from being stripped out of one of the great accomplishments Alabama has–our immigration law.




SB541 Is The Right Fix For Alabama’s Immigration Law

Senator Scott Beason, a co-sponsor of HB56, has introduced a bill (SB541) to tweak that legislation and make it easier to enforce and easier to defend in court.  Sen. Beason’s bill was approved by a Senate Committee today and heads to the floor for a full vote.  HB56’s original sponsor, Rep. Micky Hammon, has also introduced a bill (HB658)to address some issues with the immigration law, but many feel that it changes too much, thus endangering HB56 with the courts, and substantially weakens the original legislation. SB541, however, does exactly what GOP leaders promised they would do–it tweaks the law to make it more effective and more enforceable without making it weaker.

Please call your Legislators ASAP to let them know you support SB541 and want them to stand firm against weakening HB56.

Prescription-Only Is NOT The Answer

Legislation has been introduced in Alabama to make all pseudophedrine products available only by prescription.  The reason:  Criminals buy pseudophedrine-based cold medicines in bulk to make methamphetamine or “meth”.  Meth is a highly addictive, life-destroying drug that is rampant across the country.  Sand Mountain in particular is a popular spot for the manufacture of meth, earning it the name “Meth Mountain.”

Understandably, our elected officials and law enforcement are concerned about the meth problem. But making over-the-counter cold medicines prescription-only is not the answer.  Consider the following:

  • Alabama currently has a system in place called NPLEx which allows pharmacists, clerks and law enforcement officials to access customer information at the point of sale and immediately stop a transaction if the customer in question has exceeded his or her monthly PSE purchase limit, or raises additional red flags.
  • During the first year using this system, Alabama law enforcement was able to prevent 93,234 boxes of PSE product from being sold.
  • Mexican cartels are increasingly supplying the meth in the U.S. Some estimates say approximately 90% of the meth in the U.S. came from Mexico.
  • This legislation will punish 98% of Alabamians who simply want relief from cold and allergies because of the 2% that use these medicines to make meth.
  • 210,000 Alabamians use PSE products every year. Of these 50,000 are Medicaid recipients. Flooding our doctors offices and requiring innocent Alabamians to come out of pocket for a co-pay will hurt family budgets and have a detrimental affect on the already cash strapped Alabama Medicaid Agency.
  • There are alternatives: Senator Bill Holtzclaw (SB344) and Representative Blaine Galliher (HB363) have introduced compromise legislation that limits sales of PSE products to pharmacies only and expands the reach of the NPLEx database.

Take Action!!

If you don’t think law-abiding citizens who need relief from cold and/or allergy symptoms should have to spend the time and money for a doctor’s visit because of a few criminals who are abusing the product, then call or email your legislator now!!

State Senate  334-242-7600

State House  334-242-7800

This Week In The Alabama Legislature

Things are rolling along in the Alabama Legislature which is now into the fourth week of the 2012 session.  This week, the House passed a bill (HB243) to increase incentives used to lure the film and television production industry to Alabama.  The goal is to make Alabama more competitive with our neighboring states Georgia, Florida and Louisiana in attracting the film industry.

Also passed by the House were two bills by Representative Jay Love.  The first rewards teachers for obtaining national board certification by giving them a $5000 supplemental salary bonus.  The second bill ends the dispute over whether overtime counts as earnable compensation when computing retirement benefits.  The answer:  Yes.  Overtime does count as earnable compensation for the purpose of calculating retirement.  The legislation initially applied only to state law enforcement officers, but was amended in committee to apply to all members of the Employee Retirement Systems.

On Wednesday, several good bills got out of committee including:

Senator Cam Ward’s SB84 which prohibits the use of foreign law to violate the rights of U.S. citizens.

Representative Blaine Galliher’s HB133 which allows students in public schools to receive credit for faith-based courses conducted off-campus.

Senator Cam Ward’s SB105 which authorizes health care providers to decline to perform services that violate their conscience.

At least one bad bill was killed in committee–SB260 by Senator Paul Sanford–which would have significantly weakened the immigration bill by removing the requirement that employers use e-Verify.  In addition, it would have repealed the requirement that individuals show a valid ID to renew car tags and driver’s and other licenses.

Stay tuned for more updates on the 2012 session of the Alabama Legislature!

This Week In The Alabama Legislature

We’re entering the third week of the legislative session, and it looks to be a quiet week. The House will take up the texting while driving ban aka “TTYL” bill (HB2) sponsored by Rep. Jim McClendon, Rep. Mac McCutcheon’s legislation adding utility trucks and wreckers to the list of vehicles for which drivers are required to slow down and move into a vacant lane for when parked on the side of the road (HB76), and Rep. Allen Farley’s bill to crack down on synthetic drugs known as “spice” or “salts” (HB158).  Depending on how fast things move, the House may also get to Rep. Jay Love’s bill to reward teachers who complete the national board certification process (HB251).

Up on the 7th floor the Senate will take up some of the economic development incentives bills passed by the House last week (HB151, HB152, HB159 and HB160).