Brief Audit of Bill Gates Common Core Spending

They say that money can’t buy happiness, but it’s sure being used to buy the hearts and minds of our kids – just ask Bill Gates!  According to  Mercedes Schneider, Common Core State Standards would more aptly be named, the “Common Core Gates Standards”.  Gates is that entity who has thrown millions at trade organizations, policy think-tanks, the AFT and NEA teacher unions, universities, corporations, and even the PTA in order to persuade the general populace and assuage the fears of doubters.

Our educational system is in the process of being bought and sold.  Schneider ponders ,”  Can Bill Gates buy a foundational democratic institution?  Will America allow it?  The fate of CCSS will provide crucial answers to those looming questions.”

http://deutsch29.wordpress.com/2013/08/27/a-brief-audit-of-bill-gates-common-core-spending/

Homeschoolers to be Arrested/Detained Under DeKalb Truancy Ordinance

Logo of the Home School Legal Defense Association.

ACTION ALERT!  HSLDA (Home School Legal Defense Association) is asking for immediate help to stop a truancy order that threatens the rights of homeschoolers under an unusual “emergency” timeline.  The meeting is tonight at 6:00 p.m. at the DeKalb City Council including a possible vote.

“This ordinance gives the police sweeping power to arrest (“detain”) any homeschooled child they think may be truant and enroll them in public school… Additionally, the compulsory age of 17 will be changed to 18, under this ordinance.”

HSLDA is asking citizens and parents of all school children – public, private and homeschooled to attend.  All children will be affected, but homeschoolers would be hurt the most.

http://ilchristiannews.wordpress.com/2013/08/26/hslda-act-today-to-stop-onerous-dekalb-truancy-ordinance/

Blitz State Leaders

Our MACC BLITZ CAMPAIGN begins this week!  Professional and courteous communication with our state leaders.  We are informing and educating leaders about Common Core State Standards, stating our opposition, asking for a complete repeal/full stop to implementation and asking for their position.   We start the campaign with the Education committee members of the House and Senate, then moving to our Senators, Governor and DOE.

Introducing SONDRA ERICKSON!!!  Rep. Erickson is the Republican lead in the Education Policy committee and sits on the Education Finance committee.   Let’s find out Sondra’s position on Common Core!  You may comment on this post, if desired, to let us know about your conversation.  Choose your own mode of communication.  We CAN make a great impact when we work together!!!

NOTE:  When calling your legislator, do not be concerned about whether or not you get everything said “just right”.  It will be more effective if it does not sound “canned.”  The biggest factor will be the volume of calls which translates into votes for or against the legislator and our cause.  Call early and, if you can, call again or use another mode of communication.

Using the guide below, keep your calls short and to the point.  You will most likely talk with an aid.  Offer to provide detailed documentation for the legislator if they are interested and someone to meet with them at their convenience.  You do not have to meet them, unless you desire.  We can meet with them.  Let  them know about our group, Minnesotans Against Common Core.  Have some fun and know that this IS important!!!

Always be cordial and pleasant and “smile when you dial”.   Always thank them for listening and assure them that you or someone else will follow up.  Common Core will be an issue at District caucuses!

Representative Erickson’s Information:

Phone: 651-296-6746 or 800-709-0578

Legislative Assistant:  Carmen Mayo   651-296-7191

E-mail: rep.sondra.erickson@house.mn

Twitter #: none on record?

Address:  Representative Sondra Erickson, 209 State Office Bldg., 100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., St. Paul, MN  55155

Facebook:  Sondy Erickson  “Like” her facebook page and let’s dribble our info on Common Core

Common Core Telephone Call Guide/E-mail or Mail Template

“Hello, this is _________________________, and I’m concerned about our state’s education programs.  I am a voter in the ________________ District and I object to the Common Core State Standards and loss of Local Control.

“What is Representative Erickson’s (or if you are speaking with Rep Erickson – YOUR) position on this?”  If against, encourage and support.  Most likely, they are wanting additional information or may be in favor out of ignorance.  If so, then…)  ((In no particular order – you may have other concerns)).  I, as a citizen, had no knowledge of Common Core Standards until recently.

“I will explain VERY briefly why I am against implementing Common Core Standards.

*  It is a loss of Local Control, that removes the voice of parents, teachers, principals, and School Boards.  I believe in parents and teachers making decisions about our schools.

* Common Core is unconstitutional and goes against the 10th amendment and three federal laws.  Again, from a legal standpoint, Common Core is against our laws and Constitution.

* Costs are estimated to be $16 billion with 90% paid by the states and we may have NO say in what’s being taught, when standards are copyrighted.

* The data tracking requirement from prenatal to workforce is an intrusive violation of the privacy rights of our children and their parents.

* The standards themselves are a deliberate dumbing down of our children as shown by performance scores that have steadily deteriorated since the inception of the Department of Education.

* The standards are so low that the two educators on the Common Core Standards Validation Committee refused to sign off.

Appreciate everyone “doing their part” by informing our state leaders!

BLITZ ACTION ALERT!

**************************MACC BLITZ ACTION ALERT****************
CALL, E-MAIL, WRITE, FAX or TWEET

Beginning Monday, August 26th, Minnesotans Against Common Core begins it’s program of “blitzing” our legislators, governor and DOE, one or two leaders per week. You choose your favorite mode(s) of communication. Professional communication to promote our cause.

Our purpose:
1. Inform and educate our state leaders, who may know little about Common Core
2. Communicate our opposition and why
3. Ask for a complete repeal/full stop in implementing Common Core
4. Ask for their position, pro or against, on Common Core

More information will be posted tomorrow morning! We have a call form and/or e-mail form letter than you can use and amend. Our first calls will go to members of the MN Education Committee and Education Finance Committee.

Keeping you informed on CCSS in Minnesota