Apr 24, 2009
ELW

Team Obama’s Class Warfare Strategy by: Allen Quist

EdWatch forwards the following article because it pertains to every individual who has become active and involved in the grassroots work of education or any other “single issue” that is about protecting freedom for ourselves and for the next generation of Americans.

Now that Obama and company don’t have Bush to kick around any more, they have turned their guns on conservatives. The latest was the attack by Senior White House adviser David Axelrod last Sunday when he described the nationwide Tea Parties as having, “an element of disaffection that can mutate into something unhealthy,”

Axelrod’s “mutate into something unhealthy” broadside is a transparent reference to the April 7 memo of Homeland Security Czar, Janet Napolitano, which said there are certain groups in our nation that are prone to becoming terrorists. The individuals and groups so characterized by Napolitano include those who:

  • “favor state or local authority,”
  • oppose “illegal immigration,”
  • “are single issue, such as opposition to abortion,”
  • oppose “One World Government,”
  • are “returning veterans,”
  • oppose further “restrictions on firearms,”
  • oppose “same sex marriage.”

To identify individuals who attend Tea Parties or are pro-life as being dangerous or likely terrorists is totally absurd, of course. So what is going on? Team Obama operates by class warfare. They have now added philosophical class warfare to the economic.

This raises a host of major concerns, one being the use of law enforcement and our tax money for this kind of sleazy politics. The biggest concern, however, is whether our nation is willing to continue to tolerate political class warfare which is essentially a Marxist tactic.

Mar 31, 2009
ELW

The Case Against Government Preschool – Myths vs. Facts

The pork-laden federal stimulus law contains $53.6 billion for education including early childhood education and  $2.1 billion for Head Start and Early Head Start.  Another $2 billion was added to the Child Care and Development Block Grant, including $93.7 million for childcare quality activities.  Despite massive budget deficits, many states like Minnesota are still trying to spend more on these wasteful, ineffective, and invasive programs.

Although lacking evidence of effectiveness and political popularity, early childhood education has become the new silver bullet answer of the education cartel to solve America’s education woes.  Unfortunately, liberals and teachers unions with their desires for more funding and more control over families have been joined by big business, with its insatiable appetite for more workers, including mothers, and for government subsidies, in this case to cover employees’ childcare costs.  These businesses, along with allegedly conservative politicians and big government economists have gotten on the bandwagon of having childcare turned into another government education program funded by the taxpayers. Continue reading »

Mar 22, 2009
ELW

Nanny State On The March: Protect Your Children & Parents’ Rights

Despite serious economic problems, huge deficits, high taxes and too much regulation, Minnesota state government is looking to expand its control in the raising and education of young children, take over private  childcare, decrease parental choice, and spend more money it does not have on invasive and ineffective programs.  Here are the bills of serious concern as well as a brief update on the budget situation and ideas of how you can be involved to protect both your freedom and your money.

1. More Government Control Over Early Childhood Care and Education – When EdWatch Action first reviewed the early childhood language presented in the education omnibus policy bills (HF 1026/SF 1218 and SF 1253 – education policy bill), we thought it  was another typical example of the Democrats’ big-government tendencies.  Imagine our shock and horror when we found out that this language came from the state Department of Education, supposedly run by Republicans.  Here are some of the many problems with this bill: Continue reading »

Feb 25, 2009
ELW

2010-2011 Budget Reduction Recommendations

Education

1. Kindergarten Readiness Assessment and Intervention Program – (Ed. pp, 254 & 261-262)

Current – $ 573,000 Governor – $574,000 EdWatch – $0

This assessment should be completely eliminated, not increased or even held harmless. It uses very vague and subjective criteria based on very vague, subjective, and politically correct outcomes, The Early Childhood Indicators of Progress. This ridiculous assessment gives fuel to the Nanny State falsely claiming that 50% of Minnesota children are not ready for kindergarten.

2. Preschool Screening – (Ed. pp. 254 & 263-266)

Current – $6,576,000 Governor $7.427, 000 EdWatch – $0

This could be off-loaded to health care providers as part of school physicals and Medicaid already does this screening as part of federal EPSDT for poor children. This is the source for the very subjective statewide mental health screening that Minnesota does apparently to comply with federal special education mandates that each state identify enough children with socioemotional problems to obtain federal funding. Continue reading »