ACTION ITEM: FEDERAL (ESEA) - Elementary and Secondary Education ACT We Need to STOP IT...


Dear Friend of Educational Liberty,

THIS IS AN ALL HANDS ON DECK RED ALERT! Congressional education leaders have reached a behind closed doors framework agreement on the rewrite of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), currently called No Child Left Behind (NCLB). According to Education Week, Congress is poised to ram this through quickly at the end of the year while people are distracted by the holidays and the presidential primaries:

Expect the conference to kick off next Tuesday night [TOMORROW 11/17] and conclude by Thursday. And expect the bill to be on the floor of both chambers after Thanksgiving recess. That will give enough time for rank-and-file lawmakers to read it and make sure they understand what's in it before they have to vote on it.

It is CRITICAL, even with the holidays, primaries, terrorism, and other terrible news to inform your members of Congress, PARTICULARLY THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES of what is in the bill and how dangerous it is for our children. PLEASE CALL 202-224-3121! Here also are links to the contact information and social media directories for Congress:


Here is a short note that you can copy and paste into an email or message your members on Facebook.

Dear _______________

As a parent and citizen, I am outraged that congressional leadership has negotiated a compromise bill for the re-authorization of No Child Left Behind in secret. This legislation has such enormous implications for the future of our children and the nation. The available information about this compromise contains much disturbing news, especially since it appears to be based mostly on the Senate bill:

False protection against federal interference in standards and curriculum - The language in both bills is no different than the already violated statutes without enforcement mechanisms that gave us Race to the Top and Common Core in the first place.

A new nanny state/"Baby Common Core" preschool program - Federal involvement in education is unconstitutional to begin with, but extending and expanding the invasive, harmful and manipulative Common Core philosophy and methodology to our youngest children is appalling. In addition, here is a new compilation of studies showing the ineffectiveness and harm of these programs.

21st Century Schools/Parent Replacement Centers - These comprehensive womb to tomb, nearly 24/7 schools with school, health, mental health, and other invasive, non-academic programs that are outside of the constitutional authority of the federal government and have no great record of effectiveness.

No parental opt-out provision- The one excellent piece of parental rights language in the House bill has been removed and the 95% test participation mandate remains. This is unacceptable to me as a parent and will also continue forcing our teachers to teach to the test instead of meeting the individual needs of students.

Until the public is allowed to see the actual language, there are a number of other potential horrors like increased psychological profiling and continued control over state plans by the secretary of education that were in the Senate bill and could likely be in the agreement. These, as well as details about what is listed above, are listed in the letter signed by over 200 organizations and experts in 46 states and are also depicted in this cartoon:

This conference report MUST be voted down. While much of the Common Core system with its associated tentacles was implemented via regulatory fiat without Congressional vote or oversight, a vote for this bill will be seen by me as your affirmation of all that is wrong with federal interference in education. This system is harming students, teachers, school boards, states, and local districts. We need a bill signed by a president that understands and will follow the rule of law and will not participate in the destruction of public education, not a lame duck with an abysmal record of overreach and harm to teachers.

Please let me know your position as soon as possible. Thank you for your service to this nation and to the families of our district.



In addition to your own representative and senators, it is very important to concentrate on the full congressional leadership and the education leadership. Here are some tweets that you can send yourself or go to the links and retweet or substitute the names of your own members:

For GOP Members:
@SpeakerRyan Listen to 200+ parent groups in 46 states! Slay the beast! #StopESEA #EndFedEd

@repjohnkline Listen to 200+ parent groups in 46 states! Slay the beast! #StopESEA #EndFedEd

@SenAlexander Listen to 200+ parent groups in 46 states! Slay the beast! #StopESEA #EndFedEd

For Democrats:
@NancyPelosi ESEA keeps fed testing mandates. Teachers have to teach to invalid standards/test or leave students #StopESEA #LetTeachersTeach

@PattyMurray ESEA keeps fed testing mandates. Teachers have to teach to invalid standards/test or leave students #StopESEA #LetTeachersTeach

@repbobbyscott ESEA keeps fed testing mandates. Teachers forced to teach to invalid standards/test or leave kids #StopESEA #LetTeachersTeach


Common Core  Education without Representation.




 Call 202-224-3121 to be connected to your Representatives and Senators in D.C. today.

They are about to vote to pass No Child Left Behind/ESEA in a new form that is Constitutionally unacceptable.

It promotes accountability, backwards.  Instead of the creation (government school system) being accountable to its creator (We, the individual People) this NCLB/ESEA proposed law wants We, the People accountable to the creation itself via data tagging and an increase of laws to bind us.

I recommend reading what American Principles Project is saying at The Pulse 2016 and what U.S. Grassroots organizations said in an open letter to Congress.

You can also just read the official US Dept. of Education blog to see the at-first-glance-seemingly-innocuous words from Secretary Duncan:

“…the nation is at a crossroads with two different paths for an new ESEA — a choice with moral and economic consequences“.  That is true.  Then he says, “ESEA should be replaced with a law that ensures opportunity for every child in this country; strengthens our nation economically; and expands… accountability.”

Do you see any dangerous false premises behind those words?

  1.  It’s based on the premise that the new version of ESEA is a better law, which is false.  ESEA cements big government controls over citizens, assumes that the federal government knows best how to define and how to turn around struggling schools;  increases the workforce-not-academic mindset of schools; pushes toddlers into the government influence with early childhood education fund promotion, and builds its whole monstrous mess on federally structured, interoperable, common longitudinal databases (SLDS), and common educational data standards— data tags that are nonconsensual citizen tracking for most of the person’s life.  That alone should give Congress a second thought.
  2. It assumes that the federal government Constitutionally does, or morally should, hold the power to influence “every child in this country”.  But the Constitution says otherwise.  So does the Bible.
  3. It assumes that economic fulfillment, defined by government, is a proper role of a school system.  That’s communism, folks.  In America, we go to school to learn truth– not to be minimally trained in order to serve the government’s definition of what the economy needs.*
  4. It assumes that accountability should be from students, teachers and schools to Big Government.  False.  That’s almost exactly backwards.  Accountability should be from public servants (teachers, state officials, and elected officials, to the clients of public ed:  that is, voters, student familes, and taxpayers.  We the People created government.  We created the school system.  The creation cannot demand accountability from its creator.  The creation cannot boss its creator –unless We the People who created it, are sweet-talked and bribed by Duncan and others into allowing it. We the People must hold on to the reins of power and not become sheep to our own creation.  But ESEA is threatening us.

*The Business Roundtable has written a letter to Congress that says, “A prepared workforce is essential for U.S. employers of all sizes. This is how we guarantee a brighter future for our workers and their families. We ask you to encourage the conferees to strengthen ESEA’s accountability provisions. Schools should be required to implement support strategies in cases where students are not meeting state-defined achievement goals…”

What?  Corporations want Congress to pass ESEA so that schools will be forced to move toward a workforce-based, rather than a liberty and individual-based, achievement plan.  That sounds no different that the thinking of the communist countries’ systems.  Decision making for children should never be based on the judgment of the government machine’s economic dictates –but on what the student, with guidance from the parent, and trusted teachers, choose.

Please don’t be fooled by the cronies’ talk.  This is America.  We want academic and creative and computer freedom, not a top-down system run by the coupling of government to corporation, which bypasses the will of the voters and the individuals that must abide by it.

Call today.  Tell your Senator and Representative in DC to vote NO on ESEA reauthorization. 202-224-3121.

“What's gotten in the way of education in the United States is a theory of social engineering that says there is ONE RIGHT WAY to proceed with growing up.”
John Taylor Gatto, Dumbing Us Down: The Hidden Curriculum of Compulsory Schooling

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Comment by robert c tipton on December 1, 2015 at 9:49pm

Why do I feel like I live in germany 1933--and its not congress but The Reichstag

Comment by FCTP on November 20, 2015 at 8:40am

The ESEA Reauthorization Process Stinks
Posted: 19 Nov 2015 09:36 AM PST

Photo credit: Rob Crawley (CC-By-2.0)
I recently wrote about the compromises that had been reported in the framework for the Elementary and Secondary Education reauthorization bill. The language of this framework has yet to see the light of day.
We have learned that the conferees for the ESEA reauthorization reconciliation received a hard copy of compromise bill on Tuesday night. Hard copies are not easily shared. Erin Tuttle of Hoosiers Against Common Core, who has been unable to obtain a copy of the framework, shared in an email that she was told the bill was 5 to 6 inches thick and didn’t have page numbers.
The conference committee is being rushed along when it would take at least a month to go through this bill.
Not only does the bill stink, from what we’ve been able to learn about it, the process stinks as well. This is not how a constitutional republic is supposed to work. In the interest of transparency this bill needs to be shot down.
Here is a list of the House Conferees and their Twitter handles courtesy of Karen Effrem:
 Rep. John Kline (R-MN), chairman, Committee on Education and the Workforce @repjohnkline
 Rep. Todd Rokita (R-IN), chairman, Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education @toddrokita
 Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC) @VirginiaFoxx
 Rep. David P. Roe (R-TN) @DrPhilRoe
 Rep. Glenn Thompson (R-PA) @CongressmanGT
 Rep. Brett Guthrie (R-KY) @brettguthrie
 Rep. Luke Messer (R-IN) @RepLukeMesser
 Rep. Steve Russell (R-OK) @reprussell
 Rep. Carlos Curbelo (R-FL) @repcurbelo
 Rep. Glenn Grothman (R-WI) @repgrothman
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Comment by FCTP on November 20, 2015 at 8:39am

ESEA Reauthorization Reconciliation Bill Passes Out of Conference
Posted: 19 Nov 2015 01:11 PM PST

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Two days… two days is all the conferees on the ESEA reauthorization bill had to consider this bill. The language still has not been released, and all but one conferee voted to send this bill out of the conference committee today. U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) voted no by proxy.
There were eleven amendments added that don’t really offer any improvements that we can see (not that we have seen the bill). The bill will not be made public until November 30. The House will take up the bill on December 2nd. It is uncertain when a vote will take place.
This bill barely passed the House 218 to 213 with some amendments that made it more palatable for conservatives. This bill, it has been reported (though no one has actually seen the bill) has any of those provisions.
So it is vitally important that we overwhelm the phones, Twitter accounts, and email of our U.S. Representative, and other members of Congress as well. This ESEA reauthorization must be killed in the U.S. House.
The post ESEA Reauthorization Reconciliation Bill Passes Out of Conference appeared first on Truth in American Education.

Comment by FCTP on November 20, 2015 at 8:38am

Speaker Paul Ryan, Make ESEA Reauthorization Bill Public for 60 Days
Posted: 19 Nov 2015 04:15 PM PST

Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) after being sworn in.
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.
The bill is not scheduled to be made publicly available until November 30th. Thus, a vote should not be scheduled until late January. Currently, it is scheduled for December 2; two days is clearly not sufficient. House members will be forced to vote on a bill they haven’t read.
The American people expected a new style of leadership under Speaker Ryan, not more of the same. If he allows a bill of this magnitude to become law without adequately vetting its merits and faults, it will affirm that the same ills that plagued Congress under Speaker Boehner remain fully intact.
While the conference committee hearing consisted mostly of members editorializing about how important it is to pass the bill, we did learn a little about the bill:
Neither the House version of the bill, the Student Success Act (SSA), nor the Senate version, the Every Child Achieves Act, were considered ideal to conservatives. In fact, the SSA barely passed the house amid complaints it didn’t do enough to restore power back to the states. The main incentive for conservatives to ignore less appealing aspects of the bill and pass it was the inclusion of a provision to allow the portability of Title 1 funds, which many believed important to the School Choice movement. The conference committee proceedings confirmed that Title 1 portability was no longer included in the new bill.
The conference committee proceedings also revealed that the new bill would increase spending by 12% over the next five years. Do conservatives think this increase is appropriate when our country is facing 18 trillion in debt? The federal government has increased spending on education by 300% since ESEA was passed with nothing to show for it; student test scores have remained flat.
High-stakes testing mandates are retained.
What we have heard, but can’t confirm:
The new bill is hundreds of pages longer than either prior version.
It contains new programs that weren’t in either prior version.
There is a new competitive grant for pre-schools- think Race to the Top for Tots
Very complex language that is unclear. This means the US Depart of Education will have tremendous leeway to interpret it to the advantage of the federal government. Because it has discretion over how to administer the law, unclear language makes it easier for the US Department of Education to justify and make decisions to place requirements on the states through its rule-making authority.
The post Speaker Paul Ryan, Make ESEA Reauthorization Bill Public for 60 Days appeared first on Truth in American Education.

Comment by Franklin W. on November 19, 2015 at 10:37am

Next step...

All female students, kindergarten thru college, MUST wear burkas so muslim little girls will not feel different.

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