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Why I Oppose the ESEA HR 5 – Student Success Act

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WHY I OPPOSE THE HOUSE ESEA HR5 – Student Success Act!    

by Linda Bell
The House ESEA bill (HR5) is being voted on this morning.  This landmark bill was reintroduced, marked up and passed without public hearing, all within two weeks. Since that time, numerous bloggers have spent hours reading the bill and those analyses have been shared over and over. What is most egregious about HR 5 for me personally? The removal of states rights and authorities and parental rights.

I am going to quote two specific paragraphs from HR5 Section 6561 for you below. First note that paragraph (a) states, in a convoluted way, that states rights and parental rights have already been removed. HR 5 is purported to bring back those rights under “local control”! The first paragraph is music to my ears!
But then we go over to the 2nd paragraph (b-Amendment). Here is the true intent of this entire bill! If your state takes federal grant funds emanating from this ESEA re-write, states will “Waive their States Rights and Authorities”. In one fell swoop, we loose our states rights and along with that, a deeper loss of parental rights.   Local control is out the door and the feds are in charge of your schools, children and families.

Today is the House vote and it looks to be along party lines. Republicans (and a few Democrats) are shooting themselves in the foot as they push to centralize education in America. Most haven’t read the bills and lean on advisers. When I called my US Representative in Congressional District 3 and read portions of the bill over the phone to a staffer, they were frankly shocked. Did it make a difference? Is the US House listening to their constituents? There are many reasons to oppose this bill which includes what is about to happen to private schools and religious freedom. I hope this will help you understand why I (and our many members in MACC) are opposed to HR 5.

HR5 – The Student Success Act
Subpart 4—Restoration of State Sovereignty Over Public Education and Parental Rights Over the Education of Their Children

‘‘SEC. 6561. STATES TO RETAIN RIGHTS AND AUTHORITIES
THEY DO NOT EXPRESSLY WAIVE.
‘‘(a) RETENTION OF RIGHTS AND AUTHORITIES.— No officer, employee, or other authority of the Secretary shall enforce against an authority of a State, nor shall any authority of a State have any obligation to obey, any requirement imposed as a condition of receiving assistance under a grant program established under this Act, nor shall such program operate within a State, unless the legislature of that State shall have by law expressly approved that program and, in doing so, HAVE waived the State’s rights and authorities to act inconsistently with any requirement that might be imposed by the Secretary as a condition of receiving that assistance.” (Emphasis added)

“(b) AMENDMENT OF TERMS OF RECEIPT OF FEDERAL FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE
An officer, employee, or other authority of the Secretary may release assistance under a grant program established under this Act to a State only after the legislature of the State has by law expressly approved the program (as described in sub- section (a)). This approval may be accomplished by a vote to affirm a State budget that includes the use of such Federal funds and any such State budget must expressly include any requirement imposed as a condition of receiving assistance under a grant program established under this Act so that by approving the budget, the State legislature is expressly approving the grant program and, in doing so, waiving the State’s rights and authorities to act inconsistently with any requirement that might be imposed by the Secretary as a condition of receiving that assistance.”

Minnesota Statutes – Local Control over Standards and Curriculum

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Minnesota Statutes – Local Control over Standards and Curriculum

 

Minnesota school district may opt out of the Common Core Standards as well as Common Core Standards curriculum.   Oh, happy day!!!

Minnesota Statute 120B.021, subd. 2 governs academic standards development, including standards adoption by the state. Subdivision 2, (2) specifically prohibits academic standards from requiring “a specific teaching methodology or curriculum.” This means that while the state is responsible for the development and adoption of standards in key subject areas such as language arts, math, science, etc., that school districts maintain control and authority over curriculum.

 Your school district may opt out of using Common Core Standards curriculum.

Additionally, 120B.021, subd. 1a provides the waiver or exemption that empowers school districts to override a state adopted set of standards. It is the rigorous course study waiver and basically a school district can waive state mandated standards if the locally developed standards “that is equally or more rigorous than the corresponding state” standards. This waiver was intended on a student by student basis, but that does not mean the district could not apply it more broadly.

Students or school districts may individually opt out of the Common Core Standards.

 Our school districts have more local control and authority than they either know or appreciate. There are provisions in state law intended to help protect local control.

Time to call your district and demand that they stop using Common Core Standards and Common Core curriculum!  Take 25 – 50 – 75 parents with you and demand… do not ask.

Public Comments Deadline – Monday, February 2nd – ESEA Reauthorization

Public Comments Deadline – ESEA Reauthorization Nears

Sunset ESEA Reauthorization.

The ESEA Reauthorization of Senate  Bill 1094 is being fast tracked through the US senate education committee.   This bill is the old Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 otherwise known as the standards movement and also known as No Child Left Behind (NCLB).

Senate bill 1094 will cleverly make Common Core national law and usurp state’s rights.  The Committee has had a short public comment period that extends to  Monday, February 2nd.

Please call or email Senator Lamar Alexander (Tennessee) and US representative John Kline (Minnesota).  Also be sure to use Twitter. Tell them to sunset the ESEA!  Tell them you don’t want to nationalize Common Core and do NOT reauthorize!  Then call your state senator and state representative and state the very same thing.  Please do this for all the children!

Senator Lamar Alexander   202-224-4944

Representative John Kline  202-225-2271

 

Nationally-Known Speaker, Dr. Pesta Comes to Duluth and the Twin Cities

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Nationally-Known Speaker, Dr. Pesta Comes to Duluth and the Twin Cities
Minnesotans Against Common Core (MACC) and Northlanders Against Common Core (Duluth and Iron Range) is excited to sponsor Dr. Duke Pesta, English professor from UW-Oshkosh, presenting in both the Twin Cities and Duluth.
Here’s the information!
Friday, February 6th at 7:00pm, Grace Church in Eden Prairie
9301 Eden Prairie Rd.  Eden Prairie, MN   55347
Saturday, February 7th at 2:00pm, Duluth Gospel Tabernacle
1515 W Superior St.   Duluth, MN   55806
Common Core/Minnesota World’s Best Workforce Education Summit will feature Dr. Pesta in his, “The Case Against Common Core National Standards”.  Dr. Pesta is nationally-known having spoken in nearly every state and before legislative hearings on the Common Core.  There will be a question and answer session following the meeting.
Just following the Twin Cities’ event, MACC will hold short advocacy training sessions in a breakout style, explaining the connection of Common Core to our mandated statute on the workforce.  We’ll have lots of handouts to help in local and state activism; email and letter templates, and the like.  We’ll also quickly give a run down on good and bad legislation and MACC-inspired legislation.
Please send to all your friends around the state!!!   We are grateful to have Dr. Pesta here and want to have a great crowd at the event.