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Trump Supports School Choice, Opposes Common Core-Is Attacked by Teachers Union

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(Editor: www.thereportcard.org Donald Trump is advocating spending $20 billion on school choice-voucher, charters and magnet schools. His position has drawn fire from teachers unions who oppose anything that takes funds away from public schools and their own benefits. “Donald Trump isn’t serious about doing what’s best for our students, and he’s clueless about what works,” said National Education Association president Lily Eskelsen Garcia in a press release. “His silver bullet approach does nothing to help the most-vulnerable students and ignores glaring opportunity gaps while taking away money from public schools to fill private-sector coffers.” Randi Weingarten of the American Federation of Teachers stated: “Donald Trump hasn’t done his homework all the available evidence shows his ideas will only destabilize public schools and hurt kids.”

 

Actually, the evidence is quite the contrary, charters and vouchers work, and generally produce superior results. The status quo merely provides benefits to the unions).

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump unveiled his policy stances on school choice on Thursday, revealing a $20 billion plan Trump believes will shift public education in the right direction.

By Allison Nielsen

Appearing in Cleveland, Trump said he would redirect $20 billion federal dollars into state funding to establish a block grant for states to use to help poor children attend different public schools, private schools or magnet schools.

“Each state will develop its own formula, but the dollars should follow the student,” Trump said.

A similar voucher program is already in place in Florida, where nearly 100,000 low-income students receive scholarships to attend private schools. Private companies fund Florida’s school choice program, who then in turn are given tax breaks for their participation in the program.

Trump didn’t say exactly where the federal dollars would come from in the budget, but said the block grants would go to the 11 million school age children living in poverty nationwide.

Trump said the goal of school choice would become a “shared national mission” if he were president, aiming “to bring hope” to every child nationwide. It will then be up to constituents to elect officials at the local, state and federal levels who support school choice.

States would provide up to $12,000 per student to attend a different school.

“The school choice proposals unveiled today by Mr. Trump are a bold set of policies that will increase accountability and lead to better results for our nation’s children,” said Trump’s running mate, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence.

Trump also said he would support merit-pay for teachers, a controversial platform which bases teacher salary on how well a student performs on standardized tests. Trump slammed the tenure system, which is a virtual guarantee of employment for life if a teacher works anywhere from five to 10 years in the field.

The billionaire businessman-turned-GOP nominee also criticized the Common Core State Standards, a national set of education standards implemented nationwide. Trump deemed them a “disaster.”

“Obviously Common Core does not work,” Trump said Thursday.

Teachers refused to jump onboard with Trump’s education policies, attacking him for being out of touch with the realities facing students nationwide.

“Donald Trump isn’t serious about doing what’s best for our students, and he’s clueless about what works,” said National Education Association president Lily Eskelsen Garcia in a press release. “His silver bullet approach does nothing to help the most-vulnerable students and ignores glaring opportunity gaps while taking away money from public schools to fill private-sector coffers.”

Critics of school choice believe, however, that funneling money into school choice programs negatively affects traditional public schools by shuffling tax dollars away from them. Teachers unions like the National Education Association are strictly against them.

The subject of school vouchers and school choice has been at the center of a lengthy lawsuit from the Florida Education Association, which sued over the state’s Tax Credit Scholarship Program for those same reasons.

Trump’s school choice stance is a favorite among the Republican crowd, which generally favors school choice. In Florida, the Tax Credit Scholarship Program is regularly supported by GOP lawmakers and opposed by many Democrats.

The education platform announcement comes after recent calls Trump has made to dramatically scale back or eliminate the U.S. Department of Education.

“Education has to be run locally,” Trump wrote last year.

Restoring authority to the local level, he says, is at the heart of his priorities.

“Common Core, No Child Left Behind, and Race to the Top are all programs that take decisions away from parents and local school boards,” he wrote. “These programs allow the progressives in the Department of Education to indoctrinate, not educate, our kids.”

But some large groups of teachers disagree to whether Trump has the right idea on education.

“Donald Trump hasn’t done his homework,” wrote Randi Weingarten of the American Federation of Teachers, which represents nearly 1.6 million teachers nationwide. “All the available evidence shows his ideas will only destabilize public schools and hurt kids.”

 

 

 

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Hillary Flips on School Choice Under Teachers Union Pressure

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(Editor: www.thereportcard.org Hillary Clinton is once again demonstrated that she’ll support powerful teachers unions over better education for America’s children. She once supported choice-vouchers and charter schools. Choice is the one place where public education shines. But that’s of no interest to Hillary Clinton. In this election year of bad Clintonian policy choices, the Democratic retreat from school choice and accountability is the most dispiriting).

No one would call the 2016 election a battle of ideas, but it will have policy consequences. So it’s worth noting the sharp left turn by Hillary Clinton and Democrats against education reform and the charter schools she and her husband championed in the 1990s.

Mrs. Clinton recently promised a National Education Association (NEA) assembly higher pay, student-loan write-offs, less testing and universal pre-K. She had only this to say about charter schools, which are free from union rules: “When schools get it right, whether they are traditional public schools or public charter schools, let’s figure out what’s working” and “share it with schools across America.”

The crowd booed, so Mrs. Clinton pivoted to deriding “for-profit charter schools,” a fraction of the market whose grave sin is contracting with a management company. Cheering resumed. When she later addressed the other big teachers union, the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), she began with an attack on for-profit charters.

We remember when Mrs. Clinton wasn’t so easily intimidated by unions. Bill Clinton’s grant program took the movement from a few schools to thousands. In Mrs. Clinton’s 1996 memoir, “It Takes a Village,” she wrote that she favored “promoting choice among public schools, much as the President’s Charter Schools Initiative encourages.” And here’s Mrs. Clinton in 1998: “The President believes, as I do, that charter schools are a way of bringing teachers and parents and communities together.”

But now Mrs. Clinton needs the support of the Democratic get-out-the-vote operation known as teacher unions, which loathe charter schools that operate without unions. The AFT endorsed Mrs. Clinton 16 months before Election Day, and the NEA followed.
Shortly after, in a strange coincidence, Mrs. Clinton began repeating union misinformation: “Most charter schools, they don’t take the hardest-to-teach kids,” she said on a South Carolina campaign stop in November. But Mrs. Clinton used to know that nearly all charter schools select students by lottery and are by law not allowed to discriminate. The schools tend to crop up in urban areas where traditional options are worst. A recent study from Stanford University showed that charters better serve low-income children, minority students and kids who are learning English.

There’s an irony in Mrs. Clinton’s pitch that schools should simply share best practices. In 2005 the United Federation of Teachers started a charter school in Brooklyn, N.Y., to prove that unions weren’t holding up success. The school rejected the hallmarks of charter schools like New York’s Success Academy: order, discipline and other concepts progressives view as oppressive. Principals, for instance, were renamed “school leaders.” So how’s that experiment working out? Grades K-8 didn’t meet state standards last year and closed.

Mrs. Clinton’s switcheroo follows the pro-union turn of the Democratic Party platform. This year’s original draft was at least mildly pro-reform, but the final version opposes using test scores to evaluate teachers, encourages parents to opt out of testing for their kids, and endorses multiple restrictions on charters that would make them much less effective.

The education planks caused Peter Cunningham, an assistant secretary in President Obama’s Education Department, to lament that the platform “affirms an education system that denies its shortcomings and is unwilling to address them.” He called it “a step backwards” that will hurt “low-income black and Hispanic children” in particular.

In this election year of bad policy choices, the Democratic retreat from school choice and accountability is the most dispiriting.

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Bad Big Brother Bill: Florida HB 137

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By Bill Korach www.thereportcard.org

 

Florida House Bill 137 and its Senate companion bill SB 258 Banning Reparative Therapy forbids parents from getting professional counseling for their child if that child has homosexual tendencies. There is certainly controversy about whether a person is born with same sex tendencies or whether same sex behavior is learned and promoted. However, if loving parents hear from his child under the age of 18 that that child has same sex tendencies, or that that child has transgender notions then parents have every right to be concerned and take action. Big Brother Government has no business poking his nose into a family affair. The conversation could go like this: “Mom, I’m worried I am attracted to other guys. I’m worried about that. Will you still love me? What can I do?’

 

Should those parents have the right to hire a therapist or seek counsel from their pastor? Should the State have the right to criminalize the actions of parents who are trying to do what is best for that child? Christians are certainly concerned about the rise of the LGBT lobby and coercion of their children in schools from those quarters. It should be noted that HB 137 and SB 258 are opposed by the Florida Conference of Catholic Bishops

 

Dr. Mark Conrad, Senior Pastor of Turning Point in St. Augustine is certainly concerned about Big Government usurping the traditional rights of families to raise their children.

 

“We can continue to run and hide from this situation, but remember sooner of later there will be no place to hide. Problems do not go away by ignoring them but by confronting and dealing with them. (As an example a bill was introduced into the Florida legislature (HB 137/SB 258 Banning Reparative Therapy) that would make it a crime to use conversion therapy on a person who is younger than 18. If a child tells a parent that they feel like they are homosexual and that parent gets professional help to change the child’s thinking, it becomes a crime. Christians need to stand up…….How do we stand? As always, pray, pray, pray, and pray. The vote, vote, vote and vote.”

 

Whose child is it? The parents or the State?

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FL Rep. DeSantis Supports Less Federal School Intervention, More Choice

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Congressman Ron DeSantis (R-FL)

www.thereportcard.org “The vitality of our public K-12 education system has been stymied by schools bogged down in bureaucracy and resistant to reform, leaving many children without the education that they deserve. National ‪#‎SchoolChoice‬ Week celebrates the valuable opportunity that charter schools provide to students who would otherwise be trapped in failing public school systems. Parents and students alike deserve a chance to choose the school that best fits their needs!
I am a cosponsor of Representative Todd Rokita’s Educational Opportunities Act to expand school choice by incentivizing donations to need-based scholarships for students. We must continue to work towards increasing school choice, reducing federal intervention, and making more opportunities available so that each child can have the best education possible.”

Congressman Rokita (R-IN)Spoke before the Indiana Senate Education and Career Development Committee to discuss the specifics of the Every Student Succeeds Act. The bill started with his education subcommittee four years ago and ended on the President’s desk a few weeks ago. It handed states, including Indiana, what the Wall Street Journal called “the largest devolution of federal control to the states in 25 years.”

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Florida Citizens Alliance Supports Bills to Scrap Bad Textbooks

 

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 The Florida Citizens’ Alliance (FLCA) is a coalition of citizens and grassroots groups working together through education, outreach and community involvement to advance the ideals and principles of liberty.  We believe these include but are not limited to individual rights, free markets, and limited government. FLCA opposes Common Core and Common Core related textbooks. They ask the public to urge K-12 Committees To Support Sb 1018 And Companion Hb 899. In a statement FLCA says:

“Bottom line: We had an awesome team in Tallahassee last week. We met with 63 legislators and delivered packages to all 160 legislators, urging them to co-sponsor and support these curriculum companion bills. The packages included examples of specific objectionable books containing pornography, political and religious indoctrination, revisionist history, and destructive common core math. We now have 14 co-sponsors and expect more in the week ahead!

But we need your help!

This is a long way from being a done deal!

Please send an email to every member of the house & senate K-12 committees. Go to www.floridacitizensalliance.com

Then call the committee members to double your impact. We’ve given you names & numbers for the house & senate committees below.

 

HOUSE K-12 SUBCOMMITTEE

  • Chair:  Adkins, Janet H. [R]  (850) 717-5011
  • Vice Chair:  Spano, Ross [R]  (850) 717-5059
  • Democratic Ranking Member: Geller, Joseph [D]  (850) 717-5100
  • Antone, Bruce [D]  (850) 717-5046
  • Diaz, Jr., Manny [R]  (850) 717-5103
  • Fresen, Erik [R]  (850) 717-5114
  • Harrison, Shawn [R]  (850) 717-5063
  • Jones, Shevrin D. “Shev” [D]  (850) 717-5101
  • Lee, Jr., Larry [D]  (850) 717-5084
  • Miller, Mike [R]  (850) 717-5002
  • Plakon, Scott [R]  (850) 717-5029
  • Raulerson, Daniel D. “Dan” [R]  (850) 717-5058
  • Sprowls, Chris [R]  (850) 717-5065

SENATE COMMITTEE ON EDUCATION PRE-K-12

  • Chair:  Senator John Legg [R]  (850) 487-5017
  • Vice Chair:  Senator Nancy C. Detert [R]  (850) 487-5028
  • Senator Lizbeth Benacquisto [R]  (850) 487-5030
  • Senator Jeff Brandes [R]  (850) 487-5022
  • Senator Dwight Bullard [D]  (850) 487-5039
  • Senator Jeff Clemens [D]  (850) 487-5027
  • Senator Don Gaetz [R]  (850) 487-5001
  • Senator Bill Galvano [R]  (850) 487-5026
  • Senator Rene Garcia [R]  (850) 487-5038
  • Senator Bill Montford [D]  (850) 627-9100
  • Senator Eleanor Sobel [D]  (850) 487-5033

 

This is about our children’s future! Don’t make it partisan, and keep it professional

 

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New CA Law: Seniors Get Diploma Without Passing Finals

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(Editor: www.thereportcard.org Educational standards in California have fallen to a new low. Senate Bill 172 says: “High school seniors will receive their diploma whether or not they pass or even take an exit exam; the law also applies retroactively to students who have graduated since 2004.” Exactly who benefits from the new law? Teacher’s unions and the educational bureaucracy benefit because now they have absolutely no responsibility for their student’s education. Talk about an unaccountable bureaucracy. According to the California Department of Education The 2014–15 state budget includes more than $45 billion in General Fund resources for kindergarten through grade twelve (K–12) education and child development. Overall spending for California public schools is about $76.6 billion when federal funds and other funding sources are added. $76 Billion in taxpayer funds so kids can graduate without learning anything. How do the students and taxpayers benefit? They don’t).

 

 

 

 

By Michele Hickford Breitbart

California is often seen as a cultural bellwether in America – after all, it’s the epicenter of the entertainment and technology industries, and is currently led by a “Governor Moonbeam.”

As the late Chicago columnist Mike Royko said as far back as 1979, “If it babbles and its eyeballs are glazed, it probably comes from California.”

Apparently, not much has changed. California has passed a number of laws to take effect January 1st, and while some of them are disconcerting to say the least, there is one in particular that is downright jaw-dropping.

 

As Breitbart reports, high school students will no longer have to actually pass high school to receive a diploma. This takes the participation trophy concept to a new disgusting low.

SB 172 says: High school seniors will receive their diploma whether or not they pass or even take an exit exam; the law also applies retroactively to students who have graduated since 2004.”

 

“Fluid gender?” I suppose that’s separate to the “gender fluids” discussed in the sex education course. Sorry. Couldn’t help myself.

I am trying to find the humor in all of this because it’s all so terribly sad.

 

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Democrats Kill DC School Voucher Program

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(Editor: www.thereportcard.org The D.C. School Voucher Program was a way out of rotten Washington, DC public schools for thousands of poor kids. But no longer as the Democrats in lock step with the Teacher’s Union killed the program after 2016 as part of the omnibus spending bill. Speaker of the House Paul Ryan offered this explanation: “It’s pretty simple. Democrats refused to accept a popular program to help low-income kids get a better education).”

 

 

Wall Street Journal

 

Somebody owes John Boehner an apology. The former House Speaker was routinely attacked as a faux conservative who sold out the conservative agenda. Well, Mr. Boehner is gone and the agenda-setting has been left to Members and their committees. One embarrassing result is that the end-of-year omnibus spending bill puts a big question mark over a rare conservative education victory: the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program.

The omnibus funds the program for fiscal year 2016 but fails to reauthorize it. This means that 20 years after the program was first debated, 10 years after it started, four years after Mr. Boehner revived it after President Obama had killed it, and a few months after the House passed a bill to reauthorize it, we’ll have to fight the battle all over again.

Worse, no one will explain how Nancy Pelosi prevailed despite Republican majorities in both houses. Speaker Paul Ryan ’s office says, “It’s pretty simple. Democrats refused to accept a popular program to help low-income kids get a better education.” A spokesman for the House Appropriations Committee chaired by Hal Rogers, which helped negotiate the omnibus, says only that “as this was a compromise agreement, not all priorities could be retained.”

Perhaps this reflects the imbalance of passion. Democrats try to kill vouchers every year because unions demand it. Never mind that Opportunity Scholarship recipients have higher graduation rates and more parental satisfaction than D.C. public school students. Or that the children who get these scholarships are from households with an average household income below $21,000 a year.

Jeanne Allen of the Center for Education Reform puts it this way: “Democrats oppose this program not because it is failing but because it is succeeding. They fear that as these choice programs succeed, poor and minority moms and dads are going to figure out the Democrats are selling their kids out to the teachers unions.” Now that Mr. Boehner is gone, there appears to be no comparable champion in the House GOP conference willing to fight for poor, minority children.

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Rubio, Cruz Sign Pledge to Dump Common Core

 

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Sen. Marco Rubio

(Editor: www.thereportcard.org Sen. Marco Rubio just signed Florida Parents Against Common Core’s (FPACC) pledge to end CCS. Many Republicans now understand that Common Core is bad for education and opens the door wider for more Federal meddling in local school matters. At minimum many Republicans understand that Common Core is politically toxic. However, only Rubio and Cruz have signed the FPACC pledge. Some political experts believe that Jeb Bush’s support for Common Core a key contributor to his low poll standing).

 

 

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., signed his name to a Florida group’s pledge to officially end the Common Core State Standards should he be elected president, according to a release sent to Sunshine State News.

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Florida Parents Against Common Core (FPACC), a statewide group active gainst Common Core, opted to start at the top of the political chain to end the standards, after Gov. Rick Scott and the Florida Department of Education failed to repeal the standards, which have already been implemented in Florida schools and in most states nationwide.

The group approached all of the Republican presidential candidates attending the Republican Party of Florida’s Sunshine Summit last week and asked them to sign a pledge to end the federal implementation of the standards should they be elected president.

Out of 14 candidates, only one — U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas– had signed the pledge by the end of the event.

On Friday, Rubio joined Cruz in signing FPACC’s pledge that he’ll eradicate Common Core if he wins in 2016. Rubio signed the pledge at the Family Leader Foundation’s educational initiative at the Presidential Family Forum in Iowa, home of the first presidential caucus, on Friday.

“Understanding that the massive federal bureaucracy of education must be stopped, and recognizing that the best decision makers for their children’s educational needs are their parents, Senator Rubio is committed to reinforcing his long standing support for the student health and school opportunity of each child,” wrote FPACC state coordinator Luz Gonzalez.

The group welcomed Rubio’s signing of the pledge as a good indicator of getting the nation’s education system back on the right track.

 

“[Rubio’s] strong voice in his opposition to federal involvement in K-12 education, and his prioritizing parental rights within the school institutional and learning structure assures parents that he respects their primary role as education stakeholders,” read a press release from FPACC.

Rubio’s signing comes after FPACC expressed concerns over Republican candidates simply opposing Common Core but not following through on their opposition to the national education standards, which have come under harsh criticism nationwide in recent years.

The group reached out to all of the presidential candidates attending the summit, which included some of the most vocal opponents against the standards including Rubio and Dr. Ben Carson.

U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-SC, told the group he wouldn’t sign the pledge. Carson told FPACC he would get back to them on whether he would sign the pledge but, as of now, has not signed it.

As Sunshine State News previously reported, Rubio had remained silent on whether or not he would sign the pledge as of Thursday evening. .It’s uncertain at this point, however, whether other candidates will join in and also add their names onto the pledge.

 

 

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Planned Parenthood Pushes Sex Ed Law in MA

 

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(Editor: www.thereportcard.org Another good reason for Congress to defund Planned Parenthood is their aggressive $10 Million school indoctrination programs that advocate for Planned Parenthood’s culture of death. Planned Parenthood is now pushing a Bill in Massachusetts that would promote radical sex education covering contraception and homosexual practices. One wonders why a “woman’s health” organization needs to promote homosexual practices, but political power might be a good guess. Congress ought to defund Planned Parenthood, and stop that corrupt and racist organization from feeding from the public trough).

 

 

Mass Resistance

 

Planned Parenthood’s radical “comprehensive sex ed” bill, S2048, which has outraged parents across the state, will be before the full Massachusetts Senate tomorrow, Wednesday, Nov. 18. There is a separate House version that has not been voted on yet.

 

Wednesday is the last day of “full formal” sessions of the Massachusetts Legislature until January, when it continues its 2-year session. Bills not passed this week – including the House version of this bill — will still be active until December 31, 2016.

Push for radical “comprehensive sex education”

Making their version of “comprehensive sexuality education” mandatory in all Massachusetts schools has been a major goal of Planned Parenthood in every legislative session since at least 2006. In every session (so far), MassResistance and others have been able to successfully lobby to get the bill stopped in committee. But this year they are pushing extraordinarily hard.

 

A major part of that objective has been to mandate the use of the Department of Education’s odious “Comprehensive Health Curriculum Frameworks” document, written in 1999, which outlines objectives for teaching in grades K-12 about sexuality, broad homosexual issues, “family life”, mental health, birth control, abortion, and other controversial topics. Currently, the document is optional.

 

What this bill does

Planned Parenthood’s goal was clearly stated during their testimony at the June 3, 2015 public hearing. They want to require that any school in Massachusetts that offers sex education at all, would have no choice but to do the full Planned Parenthood approach. The school would not legally have the option of offering a lesser version of sex-ed that the parents might be more comfortable with.

The Senate bill, S2048, “An Act Relative to Healthy Youth” does some very disturbing things:

  • It replaces the current Parents Notification Law (originally written by MassResistance/Parents Rights Coalition).  The required notification to parents would be narrowed from from the general “human sexuality issues” to the specific “comprehensive health education provided by the school.”
  • It continues to be “opt-out” – which has caused enormous problems for parents, instead of the widely-preferred “opt-in”.
  • It mandates that homosexual sex “education” be taught to students.
  • It mandates that contraception be taught.
  • It makes the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks document the de facto standard for schools to use.
  • It introduces the often confusing terms “medically accurate” and “age appropriate” which school officials have been able to use and manipulate with great latitude to serve their agenda, by cherry-picking their “experts”.

Amendments to bill being offered by Republican Senator

Sen. Bruce Tarr, (R-Gloucester) has offered several pro-family-oriented amendments to S2048. These will be taken up on Wednesday when the Senate debates the bill.

 

The amendments include:

  • Make all the material “opt-in” rather than “opt-out” – which is how just about everything else is done in schools, and what most families want. This is by far the most effective amendment.
  • If the “opt-out” is left in, a different amendment would require 30 days’ notice before putting kids in any of the classes.
  • A requirement that any outside contractor teaching comprehensive sexuality be certified by the state every year.
  • Include instruction on “the consequences of pregnancy and responsibilities of parenthood”.

Unfortunately, Republican amendments to Democrat-sponsored bills do not have a history of success in the State House. But we applaud Sen. Tarr for his efforts and hope for the best.

What you must do RIGHT NOW:

This bill needs to be stopped. Planned Parenthood knows exactly what it wants to do with your children. If they get this passed, they will move their sexual, homosexual, and pro-abortion agenda as deep as possible into the schools.

Bill 2048 will be taken up by the State Senate on 11:00 am on Wednesday morning. If possible, make calls before then.

Tell them: We don’t want Planned Parenthood’s radical agenda in our schools at all. At a minimum, it should be “opt-in” for parents. DO NOT pass S2048.

  1. Call the Senate President’s office: 617-722-1500

Email: Stan.Rosenberg@masenate.gov

  1. If you live in Massachusetts find your Senator HERE and call now!

You can watch the Senate Session live streaming HERE starting at 11:00 am EST.:

 

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Obama Administration Orders Boys Who Say They’re Girls in Girl’s Locker Room

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(Editor: www.thereportcard.org According the the U.S. Department of Education, any boy who says he is a girl must be allowed use the girl’s locker room. The USDE is forcing a Palatine, IL school district to allow a transgendered boy rights that are either laughable or insane depending on one’s point of view. Until Obama administration, a boy who said he was a girls and wanted to use the girl’s bathroom or locker would have been considered either a voyeur or have been subject to psychological counseling.
“What our client wants is not hard to understand: She wants to be accepted for who she is and to be treated with dignity and respect — like any other student,” said John Knight, the director of the L.G.B.T. and H.I.V. Project of the American Civil Liberties Union. What about the feelings of the girls who must put up with a boy in their locker room? Leave it to the Obama administration to define laws and rights that never existed in the name of “equal opportunity”).

 

 

By Mitch Smith and Monica Davey in The New York Times

 

CHICAGO — Federal education authorities, staking out their firmest position yet on an increasingly contentious issue, found Monday that an Illinois school district violated anti-discrimination laws when it did not allow a transgender student who identifies as a girl and participates on a girls’ sports team to change and shower in the girls’ locker room without restrictions.

Education officials said the decision was the first of its kind on the rights of transgender students, which are emerging as a new cultural battleground in public schools across the country. In previous cases, federal officials had been able to reach settlements giving access to transgender students in similar situations. But in this instance, the school district in Palatine, Ill., has not yet come to an agreement, prompting the federal government to threaten sanctions. The district, northwest of Chicago, has indicated a willingness to fight for its policy in court.

The Education Department gave 30 days to the officials of Township High School District 211 to reach a solution or face enforcement, which could include administrative law proceedings or a Justice Department court action. The district could lose some or all of its Title IX funding.

 

In a letter sent Monday, the Office for Civil Rights of the Department of Education told the Palatine district that requiring a transgender student to use private changing and showering facilities was a violation of that student’s rights under Title IX, a federal law that bans sex discrimination. The student, who identifies as female but was born male, should be given unfettered access to girls’ facilities, the letter said.

“All students deserve the opportunity to participate equally in school programs and activities — this is a basic civil right,” Catherine Lhamon, the Education Department’s assistant secretary for civil rights, said in a statement. “Unfortunately, Township High School District 211 is not following the law because the district continues to deny a female student the right to use the girls’ locker room.”

 

Daniel Cates, the district superintendent, said in a statement Monday that he disagreed with the decision, which he described as “a serious overreach with precedent-setting implications.” In an interview, Dr. Cates said district officials had “worked long and hard” to develop a plan that the district believed would balance the rights of everyone involved. That plan entails having the student change beyond privacy curtains in the girls’ locker room.

 

The rights of transgender students have become the focus of disputes in school districts in many states, leading to divergent approaches regarding which sports teams they can play on, bathrooms they can use and pronouns they are addressed by. In separate cases, two California school districts agreed to lift restrictions on transgender locker room and restroom access after federal officials intervened. Students at one Missouri high school protested a decision by the district to let a transgender girl use female locker rooms and restrooms.

 

 

Officials in the Palatine district, which serves more than 12,000 students, have framed their position as a middle ground. The transgender student in question plays on a girls’ sports team, is called “she” by school staff and is referred to by a female name. But the district, citing privacy concerns, had required her to change clothes and shower separately.

The district said she was allowed to change inside the girls’ locker room, but only behind a curtain. The student, who has not been publicly identified, has said she would probably use that curtain to change. But she and the federal government have insisted that she be allowed to make that decision voluntarily, and not because of requirements by the district.

 

“What our client wants is not hard to understand: She wants to be accepted for who she is and to be treated with dignity and respect — like any other student,” said John Knight, the director of the L.G.B.T. and H.I.V. Project of the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois, who is representing the student. “The district’s insistence on separating my client from other students is blatant discrimination. Rather than approaching this issue with sensitivity and dignity, the district has attempted to justify its conduct by challenging my client’s identity as a girl.”

 

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