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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

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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

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

 

Call, email for EXCELLENCE, NOT COMMON, STANDARDS for all Alabama students

 

Call, email ASAP for EXCELLENT, NOT COMMON, STANDARDS for all Alabama students

The education establishment came out in full force at taxpayers’ expense to support Common Core last Wednesday at the House and Senate Joint Public Hearing on HB254 and SB190.  We grassroots Alabamians MUST contact our State Senators and Representatives NOW to counter this continuing assault on state autonomy over education.  A critical vote is scheduled in the Senate Education Committee  Wednesday, March 6, at 8:30 AM.
Please call and/or email your Senator and the Senators on the Senate Education Committee to vote for SB190.  Ask them to:
1) PROTECT EXCELLENCE in EDUCATION that is controlled by Alabamians and Alabama values.  To support state control over standards (which drive curriculum decisions), Common Core must be repealed. The standards are owned by private interests (the National Governors Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers). These standards were incentivized by the federal government and will be measured and controlled going forward by assessments that are aligned with Common Core. We want excellent, not common standards, under Alabama, not national or federal governance. Alabama’s prior Math and English Language Arts Standards were more rigorous than the unproven common core regimen; they were improving student achievement; and they did reflect ALABAMA values! 2) PROTECT STUDENT PRIVACY in Alabama law. The Obama administration stripped privacy protections from the Federal Education Rights Privacy Act (FERPA) via regulations effective 1/3/2012. Personally identifiable data can now be shared with outside entities. EPIC (Electronic Privacy Information Center) is suing the federal government over this action. Expectations are that demands and abuses of data will dramatically increase.  In Alabama, data collected at local schools goes straight into the state longitudinal data base. The data is clearly personally identifiable even though each student is given a unique student identifier. Not all the Alabama data points can be readily identified, but the National Education Data Model recommends 400 data points on each child including health, family income, political persuasion, and philosophical factors. A 2009 study by the Fordham Center on Law and Public Policy on Children’s Educational Records and Privacy recommended state measures to protect its citizens.  SB190 is an urgent step to protect Alabamians.
SENATE EDUCATION COMMITTEE All phoe numbers begin with (334) 242 (The rest of the number will follow each member’s name.)

Dick Brewbaker (7895), Chairperson; Quinton Ross (7880), Vice Chairperson; Gerald Allen (7889),Slade Blackwell (7851), Vivian Figures (7871), Bill Holtzclaw (7854), Shadrack McGill (7858), TripPittman (7897), Hank Sanders(7860).

HOUSE EDUCATION POLICY All phone numbers begin with (334) 242 (The rest of the number will follow each member’s name.)

Chair; Mary Sue McClurkin (7682), Vice Chair; Phil Williams (7704), Ranking Minority Member;Marcel Black (7686) Elaine Beech (7702), Mac Buttram (7775) Ed Henry (7736), Thomas Jackson(7738), Joseph Mitchell (7735), Kerry Rich (7538), David Sessions (0947), Lesley Vance (7687), as well as House Speaker Mike Hubbard  [Concentrate on Vance, Beech, Buttram, Henry, Sessions, Williams]

When you are on the wrong road, the right thing to do is turn around fast.


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Attend Hearing to Stop Common Core

CALL; COME 2-27 PUBLIC HEARING & PRESS

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 www.auee.org or alabamaeagle.org.

 

 

A Summary of the Legislative Session So Far: What Has Passed and What To Look For

The Alabama Legislature has had an extremely productive legislative session so far.  Without gambling stopping things up, they have been able to pass much-needed reforms.  Below we’ve put together an overview of what they have passed so far and what is ahead.  The legislature has taken a two week break to do redistricting, and will be back in regular session on Tuesday, May 24.

What They’ve Already Passed

HB57– Rep. Greg Canfield’s Education Trust Fund Rolling Reserve Act: changes the budgeting process for the Education Trust Fund to cap spending at a 15-year rolling average.  This legislation will be key to helping to avoid proration in the future. (For more information on this bill and why it’s necessary, click here) Eagle Forum recommends: Y

SB72– Sen. Del Marsh’s legislation to eliminate the state’s Deferred Retirement Option Plan, commonly called DROP.  The ALGOP has a great fact sheet on DROP and why it needed to be eliminated here, and the Alabama Policy Institute has a comprehensive study of the program here. Eagle Forum recommends: Y

HB61– Rep. April Weaver’s legislation to allow businesses to deduct 100% of the amount they pay in health insurance premiums on their state income tax.  Eagle Forum recommends: Y

SB133– General Fund Budget for the next fiscal year.  Because the House and Senate did not pass identical versions of the budget, it has now gone to conference committee.

*Note:  This list is not comprehensive of everything they have passed during this session.

What To Look For In The Last Week of the 2011 Session

Likely to Pass:

SB310– Sen. Trip Pittman’s Teacher Tenure Law and Fair Dismissal Act (For more info on the issue of tenure reform and why it is needed, click here)  Eagle Forum recommends: Y

HB123– Education Trust Fund Budget for the next fiscal year

HB64– Rep. Kurt Wallace’s  amendment to the Alabama Constitution protecting the right to a secret ballot in employee representation  Eagle Forum recommends:  Y

HB427– Rep. Paul DeMarco’s Taxpayer Bill of Rights (Click here for more info) Eagle Forum recommends:  Y

HB58– Rep. Mike Ball’s legislation to require  public officials/candidates and spouses of public officials/candidates to disclose if they are employed by the state or federal government or have a contract with the state or federal government.  Eagle Forum recommends:  Y

HB60– Rep. Blaine Galliher’s legislation to opt out of Obamacare  Eagle Forum recommends:  Y

HB19– Rep. Kerry Rich’s legislation to amend the Alabama Constitution to require voters to provide a valid photo ID in order to vote  Eagle Forum recommends:  Y

HB56/SB256– Sen. Scott Beason and Rep. Micky Hammon’s legislation to address the problem of illegal immigration.  Eagle Forum recommends:  Y

HB25– Rep. Paul DeMarco’s Fiscal Transparency Legislation requiring the State Finance Department to produce monthly financial reports for the General Fund and the Education Trust Fund, and to publish them in a prominent place on the department’s website.  Eagle Forum recommends:  Y

In addition to the above, there are several pieces of pro-life legislation that are expected to move in the remaining days of the session including:

HB8– Rep. Wes Long’s legislation to  amends the definition of “child” to include the unborn.  It also creates a rebuttable presumption of exposing a child in utero to a controlled substance if both the mother and the child test positive for the same controlled substance not prescribed by a physician.  Eagle Forum recommends:  Y

SB46– Sen. Cam Ward’s Health Care Rights of Conscience Act to give health care providers, institutions and payers the right to decline to perform services that violate their conscience.  Eagle Forum recommends:  Y

SB201– Sen. Greg Reed’s legislation to prohibit Alabama health insurance coverage of elective abortions except through a premium paid by an optional rider.  Eagle Forum recommends:  Y

SB202– Sen. Greg Reed’s bill to opt Alabama out of federal abortion insurance coverage per the terms of the Obamacare legislation.  Eagle Forum recommends:  Y

HB18– Rep. Kerry Rich’s legislation to ban abortions after 20 weeks, the threshold when the unborn child can feel pain.  Eagle Forum recommends:  Y

Watch Out For

HB365– Rep. Jamie Ison’s legislation to require retailers to notify consumers of their duty to pay a sales/use tax on items purchased over the internet, and keep records of consumer purchases.  Eagle Forum recommends:  N

What Is Unlikely To Pass This Year:

SB196– Sen. Paul Bussman’s Shared Parenting Legislation which would have changed the custodial presumption in child custody cases from 80%/20% to 50%/50%.  Eagle Forum recommends:  Y

HB6– Rep. John Merrill’s legislation to lower the mandatory school age from 7 to 6 years of age.  Eagle Forum recommends:  N

**Don’t Forget, you can find your legislator and see how he/she has voted here.**

Coming Up This Week In The Alabama Legislature

On the Senate side…

In Committee:

SB196–Sen. Paul Bussman’s Shared Parenting bill:  Changes the custodial presumption in child custody cases from 80%/20% to 50%/50%

HB58–Rep. Mike Ball’s Ethics Disclosure Requirements:  Requires public officials/candidates and spouses of public officials/candidates to disclose if they are employed by the state or federal government or have a contract with the state or federal government.

HB64–Rep. Kurt Wallace’s Secret Ballot Protection Act:  Constitutional amendment protecting the right to a secret ballot in employee representation.

SB46–Sen. Cam Ward’s Health Care Rights of Conscience Act:  This legislation will provide a conscience exception for health care providers and pharmacists who believe in the sanctity of life and choose not to perform procedures or provide medication that do not comply with that belief.

SB310–Sen. Trip Pittman’s Teacher Tenure Law and Fair Dismissal Act:  Reforms the state’s tenure system for teachers in order to improve the quality of education in Alabama.

On the floor:

SB301–Rep. Phil Williams’ pro-life legislation:  Redefines person to include all humans from the moment of fertilization.

SB172–Sen. Del Marsh’s legislation to prohibit the use of gas chambers when euthanizing cats or dogs.

SB112–Sen. Arthur Orr’s legislation to remove racist language from the Alabama Constitution of 1901.

SB256–Sen. Scott Beason’s Immigration Reform Legislation–reforming the state immigration laws to provide for enforcement of federal immigration laws.

On the House side…

In Committee:

HB98–Rep. Kerry Rich and Rep. Wayne Johnson’s legislation to impose term limits on legislators in Alabama:  Limits to three consecutive full terms in the House and/or Senate.

HB206–Rep. Jack Williams’ legislation to increase the distance campaign materials and candidates can be to a polling location to 300 ft.

HB427–Rep. Paul DeMarco’s Taxpayer Bill of Rights:  This legislation will, among other things, amend the Alabama Taxpayer Bill of Rights to conform to the federal Taxpayer Bill of Rights including certain aspects like an “innocent spouse” defense.  It will also increase the time period in which a taxpayer has to file an appeal of a preliminary or final assessment.

HB193–Rep. Mike Jones’ legislation to prohibit lawsuits against restaurants for obesity or weight gain.

On the floor:

HB123–Rep. Jay Love: Education Budget for fiscal year ending Sept. 30, 2012

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