For Immediate Release
Minnesotans Against Common Core:
STOP COMMON CORE CAMPAIGN
America has fought in many wars in its short existence. Most of those wars were fought on other lands and continents. Now, we are engaged in the biggest war our country has ever witnessed. It is a war from within!
Congress is ready to reauthorize the No Child Left Behind / Elementary and Secondary Education Act within the month. The House has renamed the bill the “Student Success Act” or HB 5. The education committee voted to pass the bill and it now goes to the full House.
Rep. John Kline (Chair, US House Education and Workforce Committee) has announced that his federalized education plan, a rebranded No Child Left Behind, will go to a full House vote on February 23rd. The news is not good! Rep Kline had an outstanding opportunity to author a bill that protected parental rights and local control. Instead he has chosen to take education out of the hands of parents and teachers. Just this week, the US House worked on a brief mark up of the bill without any public hearing. The House education committee voted to approve the bill. Again, the full US House vote has been scheduled for February 23rd.
Minnesotans Against Common Core (MACC) was founded with the mission of informing and educating. But now, we must take action! We had hoped the ESEA reauthorization would not be brought forth at the national level, but here we are.
In the best sense of protecting and standing for freedom, we call upon all Minnesotans to take action! Take action NOW for the sake of our children, families, citizens, teachers and schools, state and country. Rep. John Kline, who chairs the all-important Education and Workforce Committee in addition to our other MN-elected US Reps must be called. This will be our main focus this week. The US House is on recess, Feb 16th – 20th. Rep. Kline is in district (Burnsville office). Kline is perhaps the most powerful individual holding our children and schools’ future in his hands. We must communicate our dissatisfaction with tens of 1,000s of calls and emails. If possible, make an appointment to visit his office. MACC hopes to work will all like-minded organizations within our state to stop the ESEA reauthorization and ask for Kline to either Sunset the bill or rewrite for a full repeal of Common Core Standards.
- Call Rep John Kline’s local office immediately at his in-district office (952-808-1213) and tell him you are not for “choice” if there is no repeal of the Common Core system. This bill does not take us out of common core curriculum, data collection, over-testing and workforce agenda. You may contact him more than once. Call him every day if you like!
- Email Rep Kline at http://kline.house.gov/contact stating the same.
- Utilize social media like facebook to share with friends that the “Student Success Act” is just a rebrand of No Child Left behind with even more regulations. Rep Kline’s facebook page is (https://www.facebook.com/john.kline.988?fref=ts&ref=br_tf).
- Comment on Rep Kline’s twitter page (https://twitter.com/repjohnkline) and your own using the hashtags #NCLB; #STOPCCSS; #KILLTHEBILL;
- Please contact your constituent US House rep from Minnesota with same methodology. US House reps will be called to vote on the HB 5 in and around February 23rd – in approximately 1 week. Will post this later.
The news of removing local control and federalizing education has not been discussed in the media. Our elected officials who serve us, must be told about these bills immediately!
- As you are able, please contact your own Minnesota representative and senator and tell me you are not in favor of Common Core standards, data collection, over-testing, workforce initiative OR Choice and Charters where Common Core is the only curriculum and testing option.
Specific calling and email talking points will be posted in later tonight. Call and email templates coming also.
Minnesota, we elected Rep Kline and now he must listen to the constituents whom he serves. He chairs a national committee for which all Minnesotans will be affected. Please take the 15 minutes to call and/or email.
Thank you for making your voices known!