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We pray you all have had a blessed Thanksgiving and a chance to celebrate with family and friends. Just before the break, the ESEA bill passed conference committee. The House is planning a vote on the most consequential education bill in 14 years after a holiday on DECEMBER 2nd or 3rd after a holiday when the language will not even be available until Monday 11/30. See below for details on this appalling process and use this great op-ed by Jane Robbins.
It is very important to contact Speaker Paul Ryan, the House Freedom Caucus and the House in general:
1. FROM NOW UNTIL MONDAY PLEASE JOIN THESE TWITTER RALLIES! IT'S NOW OR NEVER! Live hashtag rallies Sunday 11/29 from 9-11 PM and from 9-11 PM EST on Monday 11/30. Enter at
2. Also please use the new Twitter tool to recruit the House Freedom Caucus to unite to help Stop ESEA and show them they have support! PLEASE take
a few minutes DAILY from now through Monday's twitter rally from 9-11 EST PM on 11/30 to save our kids! It is super easy! http://patriotjournalist.com/StopESEAAction.php?v=0
3. CALL YOUR CONGRESSMAN & SENATORS ON MONDAY AT 202-224-3121 & TELL THEM TO VOTE NO ON THIS ESEA CONFERENCE BILL,ESPECIALLY SINCE NO ONE CAN SEE THE FINAL LANGUAGE UNTIL JUST BEFORE THE VOTE! PLEASE SEND THEM THE NATIONAL COALITION LETTER SIGNED BY MORE THAN 200 DIFFERENT GROUPS NOW IN 46 STATES AT
THE EMAIL AND SOCIAL MEDIA DIRECTORIES OF CONGRESS ARE AVAILABLE AT THESE LINKS FROM OUR FRIENDS AT PATRIOT JOURNALIST NETWORK:
Here are some memes and pictures you can use to contact your members of Congress on Facebook:
The No Child Left Behind Conference Committee considered a few mostly symbolic amendments and adjourned on November 19th.. Senator Mike Enzi (R-WY)i who spoke well the day before about problems of too much federal pre-K offered an amendment to study the problem, which will likely only provide political cover..Rep. Glen Grothman of Wisconsin mentioned the ineffectiveness of preK and the need to strengthen families but unfortunately still voted for the bill. There was another symbolic amendment on privacy that funds teachers more to learn how to protect data by Democrat Jared Polis of CO. Unsurprisingly there was nothing done about psychological profiling. Senator and Republican Rand Paul was the only one with courage to vote no on the final bill.
After the committee refused to allow the public see the bill language they were amending that will have such profound effects on millions of children, we are equally appallingly told that final language will not be available until November 30th and they will ram through final passage in the House on December 2nd or 3rd. See Jane Robbins' excellent column on how the new House boss, Speaker Paul Ryan does not appear to be acting any different than the old boss, John Boehner:
The conference report looks to have these of many problematic features we have been warning about for months in this short note that you can send to Congress:
As a parent and citizen, I am outraged that congressional leadership has negotiated a compromise bill for the reauthorization 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.
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.
This is from the Eagle Forum and provides the number to the Capital switchboard with information you can speak from
November 30, 2015
After the House of Representatives and the Senate passed separate bills reauthorizing the Elementary and Secondary Education Act last summer, a conference committee met in November to reconcile them. The committee agreed to a framework which many conservatives find disappointing. Two major policy victories - guaranteed parental opt-out and portability for Title I public school funds - were cut. Preschool grant language was codified. Spending levels rise in accordance with October's Obama-Boehner budget deal. Conservatives are left with prohibitions that block the Education Secretary from coercing states into adopting national standards like Common Core, but the damage has already been done.
Although negotiators haggled over the framework for months, the final text of the bill, now called the Every Student Succeeds Act, only came out today, November 30th. With the House possibly holding a vote on Thursday, members only have a few days to study a 1,059-page bill. This version is much longer than either the House- or Senate-passed versions of ESEA reauthorization. It includes many complicated provisions, some of which are completely irrelevant to K-12 education.
The Elementary and Secondary Education Act needs change, but this is not the way to do it. Call your senators and representative today. Tell them to vote NO on the Every Student Succeeds Act.
Capitol Switchboard (202) 224-3121
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Thank you so much for sacrificing time during this special season to fight for our children!