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The National Pulse: Alabama Wants Local Control over Education. Will President Trump Deliver?

During the 2015 fight over the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), over 200 parent and conservative organizations and leaders denounced the bill due to its extension of tight control over state and local education by the federal government,

The stranglehold of this completely unconstitutional federal department must be broken. APP’s Emmett McGroarty said it well:

“The fact that Alabama can’t freely choose its assessments confirms that ESSA failed to return control over K-12 education back to state and local government.  No person, no administration has come up with a way for the federal government to exercise such power without it being an unaccountable political bully. It is time to stop this farce and to truly return education policymaking to state and local government, where it would be closest to parents and other citizens.”

Students must be able to learn not just for workforce preparation but also to understand and perpetuate the principles of freedom to maintain our republic. The future of the nation depends on it. Federal micromanaging of tests and standards is no way to maintain liberty.

Alabama Wants Local Control over Education. Will President Trump Deliver?

The National Pulse: 2 Reasons Why DeVos’ Education Reform Plan Would Be a Disaster

Charter school and voucher expansion have been a hot topic across the nation at both the state and federal levels. Interest and grave concern about this expansion, especially at the federal level, has intensified from all points on the political spectrum in light of several recent developments: Florida’s bill serving as a trial run, the release of President Trump’s first federal education budget, Secretary DeVos’ recent testimony and speech, and the Jeb Bush-led promotion of these ideas.

Dr. Karen Effrem examines 2 reasons DeVos education reform would not work.

  1. Increased government tentacles into schools.
  2.  Charter Schools do not improve students performance.

2 Reasons Why DeVos’ Education Reform Plan Would Be a Disaster

The National Pulse: The Student Data Grabbers Are Back At It Again

The bureaucrats and technocrats who see education as mere workforce preparation and who are devoted to monitoring, tracking and slotting free-born American citizens from womb to tomb in order to create their vision of a planned economy are continuing their dystopian efforts with a new bill.  S 1121, the College Transparency Act.

This bill is supported by all of the usual data grabbing suspects that see students merely as links in the labor market supply chain and education merely as workforce skills development. This includes the Workforce Data Quality Campaign, The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the Business Roundtable.

https://thenationalpulse.com/commentary/the-student-data-grabbers-are-back-at-it-again/

The National Pulse: Parents BEWARE: Common Core Tests Now Include Invasive Surveys

 

Dr. Karen Effrem addresses the frightening ramifications of a “brave new world” outlook.

Large national organizations like the National Association of State Boards of Education and the American School Counselors Association have already admitted that one of the main purposes of the Common Core standards and the aligned testing is to mold and profile students’ attitudes, beliefs, and behavior — through what’s called social emotional learning (SEL) or “21st Century Skills.” Can we as a nation, continue to survive as a constitutional republic, if our children are being deemed worthy or not through a “brave new world,” outlook?

https://thenationalpulse.com/commentary/parents-beware-common-core-tests-invasive-surveys/

 

 

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