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Florida Citizens Alliance New Objectionable Materials Report

 

By Bill Korach www.thereportcard.org

 

The Florida Citizens Alliance (FCA)has been in the forefront of combatting Common Core and objectionable materials that plague the classroom like an unstoppable virus. FCA have issued a new report that every family should read titled the Florida Curriculum Assessment. The 11 page report describes six categories of objectionable materials:

 

  • English Language Arts
  • Pornography
  • Reconstructed History and
  • Advanced Placement US History (APUSH)
  • Religious Indoctrination
  • Political Indoctrination
  • Common Core Math Methodologies

Rep. Lee is sponsoring HB 989 that will require all county school districts to make materials available for families to review. The bill in being considered in this current legislative session and just in time because there are some materials in place that should not be in schools. Here are just a few quotes:

 

English Language Arts:

 

“English 3 :Florida Collections– by Houghton, Mifflin, Harcourt Published-2013, is a collection of short stories. The overwhelming content of these types of stories and victimization, racism and bigotry are not teaching our children to be good citizens, but victims of an oppressive culture and with moral values that “anything goes”.

Pornography

 

These materials are available beginning with 6th graders:

 

“One Example: Title: Beautiful Bastard, Author: Christina Lauren

“He leaned close enough to bite my shoulder, whispering, ‘You fucking tease.” Unable to get close enough, I quickened my pace on his zipper, shoving his pants and his boxers to the floor. I gave his cock a hard squeeze, feeling him pulse against my palm. He forced my skirt up my thighs and pushed me back on the conference table. Before I could utter a single word, he took hold of my ankles, grabbed his cock, and took a step forward, thrusting deep inside me. I couldn’t even be horrified by the loud moan I let out – he felt better than anything. ‘What’s that?’ he hissed through his clenched teeth, his hips slapping against my thighs, driving him deep inside. ‘Never been fucked like this before, have you? You wouldn’t be such a tease if you were being properly fucked.”

Revisionist History

 

“Modern World History, 9th Grade Teacher Edition Year: 2013

Author: Holt McDougal Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

The most objectionable portions of the book were the sections on the American Revolution and Founding Principles. In the discussion of the Articles of Confederation, the commentary distorts the extensive back and forth between the Federalists and the Anti-Federalists
-no mention of the 13 colonies declaring their independence as 13 independent Nation States, each with powers of the other nations states of Britain, France, etc.

-no mention of the US Constitution being a legal document that created the federal government
-No mention that the federal government was a product of this legal compact and not a signer or ratifier of the compact. -No mention that this legal compact delegated only 18 well-defined and very limited powers in Article 1, sec 8
– Minimal mention of the extensive debates that led to the Bill of Rights and particularly why we have a 9th and 10thamendment.
– Grossly miss-represented the Federalist position/Stating  “colonial leaders eventually recognized the need for a strong national government” –Not true- our Constitution was carefully crafted to limit federal government powers!”

The full report can be obtained by going to The Florida Citizens Alliance:

Oct. 2016 Objectionable Materials Curriculum Report updated

 

 

 

 

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Key Florida Curriculum Bill Deserves Senate Support

 

By Bill Korach www.thereportcard.org

 

This morning I spoke with Keith Flaugh of Florida Citizens Alliance who is supporting House bill HB 989 and its companion in the Senate SB 1210 are now working their way through the legislative process. 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.  They believe these include but are not limited to individual rights, free markets, and limited government. Mr. Flaugh said his group is very concerned about school materials that indoctrinate students against American principals and support leftist thought. These bills support local control of curriculum materials and include a detailed report of objectionable materials.

 

In 2014 SB 864 (FS 1006.283) was the K-12 Curriculum Bill signed into law by Governor Scott in July of 2014. Its purpose was to:
– Assign each school board the constitutional responsibility to select and provide adequate instructional materials.
–  Require each district to create a transparent review policy/process allowing parents to review instructional materials and raise objections if the material was not accurate or was objectionable.
–  Allow School districts to implement their own selection and acquisition programs as an alternative to buying from the State approved lists.

 

However, Mr. Flaugh stated that virtually every school district ignored the law and parents remain mostly in the dark about materials that are indoctrinating their children. As a result, HB 989 and SB 1210 are drafted to force school districts to close the loop holes. According to Mr. Flaugh the bill will:

 

    – Require that each District School Board shall implement a transparent Policy/Process within their
District whether they acquire from the State list or create their individual acquisition program.
– Provide a definition of quality materials and require all materials meet Florida existing laws (
Tighten the definition of instructional materials to include “on-line” materials.
– Give each District School Board greater flexibility to use instructional materials that meet
        or exceed current Florida Standards.
    – Expand a parent’s right to object to include the rights of taxpayers.

Bottom Line: This law will empower parents and community taxpayers a meaningful seat at the table to significantly improve the quality of instructional materials in public schools.

 

Definition of quality materials spelled out in SB 1210 and HB 989
When passed into law, these Instructional Materials companion bills will restore local control of curriculum to each school district, give a meaningful voice to parents and the local community in the selection process for instructional materials, and require instructional materials used in the classroom meet the following criteria:

a. Be research-based, and be proven to be effective in supporting student learning

  1. Provide a non-inflammatory, objective, and balanced viewpoint on issues
  2. Be appropriate to the students’ ages and varying levels of learning
  3. Be accurate and factual
  4. Be of acceptable technical quality
  5. Shall strictly adhere to the requirements of Florida Statute 1003.42(2) US Constitutional Founding values and principles
  6. Not contain pornography or sexually explicit content as is otherwise prohibited by Florida Statute 847.012(3).

The full detailed 11 page report of objectionable materials in Florida Schools documenting extensive political and religious indoctrination, revisionist history, issues with APUSH, pornographic material and destructive math pedagogy can be found at http://floridacitizensalliance.com/liberty/?s=objectionable+materials+report

 

 

Here are just a few of the more egregious example contained in the objectionable materials curriculum report:

 

“Objectionable Materials Pornography:

Beautiful Bastard by Christina Lauren

“He leaned close enough to bite my shoulder, whispering, ‘You fucking tease.” Unable to get close enough, I quickened my pace on his zipper, shoving his pants and his boxers to the floor. I gave his cock a hard squeeze, feeling him pulse against my palm. He forced my skirt up my thighs and pushed me back on the conference table. Before I could utter a single word, he took hold of my ankles, grabbed his cock, and took a step forward, thrusting deep inside me. I couldn’t even be horrified by the loud moan I let out – he felt better than anything. ‘What’s that?’ he hissed through his clenched teeth, his hips slapping against my thighs, driving him deep inside. ‘Never been fucked like this before, have you? You wouldn’t be such a tease if you were being properly fucked.

Revisionist History:

Modern World History, 9th Grade Teacher Edition Year: 2013

Author: Holt McDougal Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

The most objectionable portions of the book were the sections on the American Revolution and Founding Principles. In the discussion of the Articles of Confederation, the commentary distorts the extensive back and forth between the Federalists and the Anti-Federalists
-no mention of the 13 colonies declaring their independence as 13 independent Nation States, each with powers of the other nations states of Britain, France, etc.

-no mention of the US Constitution being a legal document that created the federal government
-No mention that the federal government was a product of this legal compact and not a signer or ratifier of the compact. -No mention that this legal compact delegated only 18 well-defined and very limited powers in Article 1, sec 8
– Minimal mention of the extensive debates that led to the Bill of Rights and particularly why we have a 9th and 10thamendment.
– Grossly miss-represented the Federalist position/Stating “ colonial leaders eventually recognized the need for a strong national government” –Not true- our Constitution was carefully crafted to limit federal government powers!

Religious/Islamic Indoctrination

Citizens for National Security Report of 25 Florida Textbooks

Citizens for National Security, a nonprofit,501© (3) Public Charity, has created and extensive 101 page assessment of 25 Florida K-12 textbooks that specifically outline “egregious errors, glaring omissions, questionable inclusions or political, ethical, cultural and other biases that clearly seek to foster an Islamic agenda”. Their report is titled “Corrections to Islam-biased content in FloridaK-12 Textbook” by William M. Korach II and Dr. William A. Saxton. The study, dated 2012”, assessed history and geography textbooks in use for all 67 Florida counties. It confirmed that over 900 of these Islam biased textbooks were being used in Florida schools and 64 of the 67 counties using one or more. The report contains an assessment over 200 flawed quotes and errors with detailed documentation as to why the material is flawed.

Citizens For National Security was successful at getting several books taken out or revised by the publisher in Palm Beach County back in 2012-13 but this effort did not extend to the other counties.

HB 989 and SB 1210 deserve to be fully sponsored and brought to the floor for a up or down vote. We urge readers to support this legislation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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

Congressman Ron DeSantis (R-FL)

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).”

 

 

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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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(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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