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Jun 27, 2014
ELW

Jeb Bush Faces Increasing Criticism and Isolation Over Common Core – #Stop Jeb Now

Karen R. Effrem, MD – Executive Director

Jeb Bush is becoming increasingly strident and isolated in his support for Common Core.  He is often met with protesters as he starts to act like a presidential candidate.  Most recently, as in his home state of Florida, he was greeted by parents from Ohioans Against Common Core and members of the Hamilton County Republican Party opposed to Common Core in Cincinnati. Hamilton County is rightly deemed  “the most important county in the most important state” because of its bellweather function in elections.  Photos of the protest  along with this video are courtesy of Ted Stevenot:

 

Not only is Bush being protested, but he is also becoming more isolated on the political front as other proponents, and especially potential GOP presidential candidates have or are starting to back away or outright reject the standards as federal intrusion into what is constitutionally delimited as a state and local function.  Bush and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie are the only two potential 2016 candidates that are still openly supporting Common Core.

Most of the others have firmly rejected them like Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, Rick Perry, Rick Santorum or Marco Rubio.  Bobby Jindal has changed his mind by vetoing a Common Core bill in Louisiana. Scott Walker has mentioned concerns about federal overreach, but has otherwise been non-committal.  Probably the worst of the bunch, other than Bush, are Mike Huckabee and Mike Pence who have respectively advocated or perpetrated deceptive “re-branding” or “lipstick on a pig” maneuvers like the Bush inspired and directed ones here in Florida.

According to a survey done by Public Policy Polling and reported in Sunshine State News, 50% of voters surveyed in Florida do not want Jeb Bush to run for president compared to 35% who do.  According to the article, “While 47 percent of Florida Republicans want Bush to run, 38 percent say he shouldn’t. ” And, between Florida Senator Marco Rubio and Bush, Rubio is preferred for president 45 to 41 percent by Republicans surveyed.

While not the singular issue, congressional primary candidates all over the nation have made resisting Common Core a prominent part of their campaigns.  Dr. Susan Berry lists them in her Breitbart post.  Particularly important is the stunning upset victory of obscure college professor David Brat over U.S. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor.  Common Core and immigration reform, i.e. amnesty, were both significant issues in that campaign and both issues that also find Jeb Bush opposed to the Republican base.  Tampa Bay Times political columnist Alex Leary labeled Bush one of the week’s political losers due to Cantor’s loss and National Journal writer Josh Kraushaarmentioned Common Core being a problematic issue for Bush in the column where he said:

Bush shares many of the same vulnerabilities as Cantor–a rusty political operation and being out of touch on the issues that animate conservatives.

Bush backed candidates have had problems or have had to distance themselves from Common Core.  In Florida, these include Florida Senate Majority Leader Lizbeth Benacquisto who lost a congressional primary and is now being challenged for her senate seat in large part due to Common Core and Carol Platt, who is backed by Bush in the FL-9 congressional primary and supports Common Core, but was a distant third in a straw poll after a congressional primary debate.   Even North Carolina Senate candidate Thom Tillis, though backed by Jeb Bush, Mitt Romney, and the Chamber of Commerce, had to say he was opposed to Common Core in the primary.

Other media outlets are finally starting to write about the crony capitalist connections that are fueling Jeb Bush’s foundation and his potential presidential run after Michelle Malkin, Glenn Beck and activists across the country have written much about this issue.  Alex Leary of the Tampa Bay Times’ The Buzz column wrote an article outlining Bush’s connections to Bill Gates’ foundation and Microsoft, Pearson, GE, Apple, and Rupert Murdock’s part of Big Data called Amplify.

Feeling the powerful backlash from parents and teachers, even Bill Gates has started to at least acknowledge the many problems with implementation by calling for a two year moratorium on the high stakes testing consequences of the standards.   Yet, Bush is refusing even that kind of a mild delay.  State Impact quoted a Wall Street Journal piece (subscription required), saying:

“Pressing pause means stopping forward momentum,” said a letter released Monday by Mr. Bush’s nonprofit Foundation for Excellence in Education. “And when that happens, things can go backwards.”

The Twitter hashtag #StopJebNow was developed by the Ohio activists before their rally last week.  Given his dangerous promotion of the academically inferior, developmentally inappropriate, and psychologically manipulative Common Core standards, tests, and data collection system, we believe many activists across the nation will be using that as one more weapon in the war to save the hearts and minds of our precious children.

Apr 15, 2014
ELW

Was Pope Francis Calling Out Common Core When Criticizing “Guinea Pig” Education Programs?

Karen R. Effrem, MD  – President

On April 10th, The Vatican released the English translation of a letter from Pope Francis to The International Catholic Office for Children after receiving a delegation from that organization in Rome.  It was a letter that covered several important education, health and human rights issues that were discussed during the meeting.  Particularly revealing was what Pope Francis said about education:

At the same time, this entails supporting the right of parents in the moral and religious education of their children. And on this point, I would like to express my rejection of all types of educational experiments with children. One cannot experiment with children and young people. They are not laboratory guinea-pigs. The horrors of educational manipulation that we experienced in the great genocidal dictatorships of the 20th century have not disappeared; they keep their currency under different clothing that, with the pretension of modernity, force children and young people to walk on the dictatorial path of the “single thought.” A great educator said to me just over a week ago:“Sometimes one doesn’t know if with these projects – he was referring to concrete projects of education – you send a child to school or to a camp of re-education. (Emphasis added).

Although the pope did not use Common Core by name, there are so many elements described in this paragraph, that one definitely has to wonder:

“Experimental” – Bill Gates has infamously said, “It would be great if our education stuff worked, but that we probably won’t know for a decade.” Another huge Common Core proponent, Chester Finn of the Fordham Institute called it an experiment and likened it to building a plane while flying it.

Historical Failure of National Control of Education – Pope Francis rightly points out that national control of education does not work well for academics, economics or freedom. Even in the United States, education historian Larry Cuban said, “There’s really no good evidence that past educational reforms, such as revising state educational standards, have made much difference.” The 2014 Brown Center Report finds little evidence that Common Core will be effective.    Proponents of Common Core a refusing to recognize these facts.

“Single Thought” –  There are many reports from teachers coming in of scripted, uniform curriculum and complaints from parents about indoctrination with Common Core.

It appears that Pope Francis may have received or been briefed regarding Common Core via the excellent Catholic Scholars’ letter and the Guide for Parents to the Common Core from the Cardinal Newman Society.  Let us hope that this continues so that all students and teachers of all faiths are relieved from what our Catholic friend and activist Willie Guardiola in Florida describes as “The Curse of the Common Core.”

 

 

Mar 20, 2014
ELW

Education Liberty Watch Co-Sponsoring David Barton Common Core Educational Event

Education Liberty Watch is pleased and proud to join with Florida Eagle Forum, Florida Family Policy Council, Liberty Counsel, and Heritage Action for America to bring nationally known historian David Barton of Wallbuilders, and many other speakers, including the authors of the Florida anti-Common Core legislation Rep, Debbie Mayfield and Senator Greg Evers, as well as Dr. Effrem, and the HSLDA movie Building the Machine to Orlando, Florida on March 22nd for the Operation Education Conference to discuss the dangers of Common Core. There will also be grassroots training.  The event is free, but you must register as space is limited.

Jan 30, 2014
ELW

National Anti-Common Core Statement on the State School Chiefs’ Letter Regarding Data Privacy

We the undersigned organizations, representing millions of families and teachers across the nation, issue the following statement in response to the January 23rd, 2014 letter by thirty-four chief state school officers to U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan regarding student data privacy:

This letter is their attempt to reassure the public that individual student data would not be given to the federal government by the states in the federal testing consortia, that there is a prohibition on the creation of a national database,  and that states will be in control of student assessment data.

 

Unfortunately, none of that is true.  As is shown in the formal response to this letter by Dr. Karen Effrem, president of Education Liberty Watch and co-founder of the Florida Stop Common Core Coalition, the assurances in this letter are essentially meaningless.  Current federal law and regulations, the cooperative agreement between the national testing consortia and the federal government, and statements in federal reports all show that the federal government will receive individual student data one way or the other.

 

“The letter is deceptive,” said Effrem.  “The states may not give the individual student test data to the federal government, but the cooperative agreement and the federal FERPA (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act) regulations require or allow the consortia to give individual test and other student data to the feds without consent.”

 

“This is just a bait and switch effort meant to appease worried parents and politicians that are feeling the heat from angry constituents,” agreed Angela Davidson Weinzinger, founder of Parents and Educators Against Common Core.

 

As state and national grassroots organizations opposed to the implementation of the Common Core system of federally supported or controlled national standards, tests, and data collection that will be destructive to our children’s future and our nation’s freedom, we concur with this analysis.

 

The only way to truly protect our children’s data is to restore local control of education that has been usurped by the unconstitutional presence and actions of the US Department of Education.  Until that ultimate goal is reached, we will work to remove each of our states from the state longitudinal data systems and demand genuine state developed standards and assessments, instead of name changes, cosmetic adjustments to the Common Core standards, and deceptive reassurances about state control of test data.

 

NATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS:

Education Liberty Watch

*Advocates for Academic Freedom
*Advocates for Academic Freedom

*Advocates for Academic Freedom

Badass Parents Association

Badass Teachers Association

Home School Legal Defense Association

Parent-Led Reform

Parents and Educators Against Common Core

Special Ed Advocates to Stop Common Core

STATE ORGANIZATIONS:

ALABAMA

Alabama Eagle Forum

Alabamians United for Excellence in Education

ARKANSAS

     Arkansas Against Common Core

COLORADO

Core Concerns, Fort Collins

CONNECTICUT

Stop Common Core in CT

FLORIDA

Florida Stop Common Core Coalition

Florida Parents Against Common Core

GEORGIA

Georgians to Stop Common Core

IDAHO

*Idaho Eagle Forum

Idahoans for Local Education

IOWA

Iowans for Local Control

KANSAS

     Kansans Against Common Core

KENTUCKY

Parents and Educators Against Common Core Standards in Kentucky

MASSACHUSETTS

MA Parents Interested in Common Core

Massachusetts Coalition for Superior Education Standards

MICHIGAN

Stop Common Core in Michigan

MINNESOTA

Minnesotans Against Common Core

MISSOURI

Missouri Coalition Against Common Core

NEVADA

               Parent Led Reform Nevada

               *Stop Common Core Nevada

NEW JERSEY

C5-NJ (the Committee to Combat the Common Core Curriculum-NJ)

NEW MEXICO

NM Refuse the Tests

NEW YORK

Stop Common Core in New York State

NORTH DAKOTA

    *Stop Common Core in North Dakota

OREGON

Parent Led Reform Oregon

SOUTH CAROLINA

      *Parents Involved in Education

SOUTH DAKOTA

South Dakota Against Common Core

TENNESSEE

*Tennessee Against Common Core

*Tennessee Eagle Forum

TEXAS

Parent Led Reform Texas

*Texas Eagle Forum

UTAH

     *Utahns Against Common Core

     *Utah Eagle Forum

VIRGINIA

Stop Common Core in Virginia

WEST VIRGINA

    * West Virginia Against Common Core

WASHINGTON

Washington State Against Common Core Standards

Bottom of Form WYOMING

 Wyoming Freedom in Education

This statement continues to garner support across the country.  An * indicates organizations that signed on after the statement was first released.

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