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The Common Core Issue Heating Up?

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The Lee County School Board very courageously opted out of Standardized testing at its regularly scheduled meeting last week and then, evidently due to tremendous pressure, held a special meeting on Tuesday, September 2nd and rescinded their decision.

Anyone who has children or grandchildren in the school system knows that testing has gotten way out of hand.  Standardized testing has been put into place due to the different “educational initiatives” that have been implemented by each of our Presidents, particularly beginning with Jimmy Carter.  Remember Bush 1’s America 2000, Clinton’s Goals 2000, Bush 2’s No Child Left Behind, and now Obama’s Common Core?  Are our children better off?  Every program spends more money, takes away more local control, and the children seem to sink lower in comparison to other countries.  Is it no wonder that many of us are more and more concerned about this issue?

Can you help with this issue?  Can you attend your School Board meetings?  The Lake City Reporter wrote a story this week about us asking our local school boards to opt out of the standardized testing.  This was followed by editorials the next day.  Can you write a letter to the editor and give your input?  This is a great time to get more information out to people who many not be familiar with this issue.

The Tea Party Network Conference will focus on this issue with guest speakers like Dr. Duke Pesta.  If you are not familiar with his work, go to:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vFzy5dL2gGo.  Saturday afternoon will feature a Common Core Forum,  “How to Repeal Common Core”.  This will feature Dr. Pesta, Dr. Karen Effrem, State Respresentative Debbie Mayfield, among others.

Lee County Makes History – Opts out of standardized testing!

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Lee Schools made history Wednesday night when they voted to become the first school district in the state to opt out of all statewide, standardized tests. read more here at www.news-press.com

Action Alert – Common Core – Lee County Florida

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Please help Lee County stand against the jackbooted thuggery of the state & federal governments!

Because of the long list of threatened consequences, many of which are not constitutional and some of which are inaccurate, for opting out, board member Mary Fischer, who was the most undecided in the vote to opt out of state testing has called a meeting for Tuesday 9/2 at 8:30 AM when it will be very difficult for teachers and the public to attend to offer a motion to rescind the courageous and historic vote of 8/27.

Although there is still some question on whether the meeting will happen or at that time, it is CRITICAL that you email the board members and thank the three that voted yes and tell all of them how important it is to stand to protect our children from the invasive, unhelpful, unconstitutional, and expensive state and federal testing mandates.  Read more and find the email addresses at:  HELP LEE COUNTY STAND FIRM

Please take a few minutes today to email the school board members and ask them to stay strong on this issue.  We will be working on our local school boards as well – look for more information shortly on how you can help with this!  To read more about what Lee County has accomplished so far, see the next article.

Not Interested in Politics?

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Karena Bowers Morrison wrote this.  It is in this edition of the American Patriot News but I wanted to include it in this newsletter.  Please share it with someone who thinks there is nothing they can do!

For my friends who ‘don’t *do* politics’… please reconsider your choice. It doesn’t take much to get involved. Really. You don’t need to take it to the level that I have committed to, that is something that I’d never expect of anyone but myself. It’s my choice.

However, here are a few things that you can do and that will make a big difference in how your family is represented by our elected officials.

  1. Educate yourself about the issues and decide on a few that are very important to your family and your community.
  2. Educate yourself about all of the candidate’s views on those issues and decide who best represents those views. This can be done easily by attending candidate forums. In person forums are better representative of the candidates’ views and how they personally interact with their community *before* they are elected.
  3. Reach out to those candidates who are asking for either a few hours of your time or a few dollars of your family budget and see what their needs are in their campaign.
  4. Decide how much time or money that your family is able to afford to donate to what is needed to help spread the message of the candidate(s) who will represent your issues the best while they are serving in elected office.
  5. Contact the campaign(s) and offer your assistance. Much of what is needed by a campaign can be fun, and you will also have the opportunity to be inspired by helping your neighbors learn more about the candidate(s) who have inspired you to get involved.

This may sound like too much work or you may not recognize that the few dollars or few hours that you are able to spare will make a difference in a campaign. Understand that your family’s few hours or few dollars combined with many others is *MUCH* more powerful than the corporate special interests who all too often bankroll crony candidates for the sole purpose of retaining the power over you and your family’s lives. Freedom comes with a cost. Please stand with the candidates who have chosen to sacrifice so much of their own family time and spare funds to take a stand with you and your community. Understand that shared sacrifice now (in time or treasure) will be paid back many fold… but it can’t happen until we all stand united, become no longer silent and speak with our volunteer time or our spare change.

Many thanks to Karena for letting me share this!

Common Core Updates

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There are only a few opportunities in life to make a real difference by standing up for what you believe in.

The next one is coming on July 22nd at the Regal 14 theater in Gainesville.

Glenn Beck and Fathom Events invite you to your local movie theatre to experience a live national night of action against Common Core. WE WILL NOT CONFORM is a chance for anyone who’s tired of sitting idly by as the federal government continues its takeover of our schools to come together and do something about it.

WE WILL NOT CONFORM isn’t a typical show, it’s an interactive experience where theatregoers will work with experts like Michelle Malkin, David Barton and others in pursuit of real, tangible strategies to wake up our friends and neighbors and make our voices heard. This isn’t an evening about observing, it’s a chance to learn, share and engage with people as frustrated and motivated as you are. By the end of the night, the brainpower, experience, and passion of thousands of people from around the country will be captured in a comprehensive, unified plan of action distributed to all participants.

To Common Core supporters who thought they would win through silence, this night will be a very loud wake-up call. If you are sick of the endless rhetoric, futile debates, and useless advice about changing the system at the ballot box, then WE WILL NOT CONFORM is the event you’ve been waiting for.  For more information on this event, go to:  http://www.glennbeck.com/2014/05/29/on-july-22nd-we-will-not-conform/

Florida Eagle Forum sent out an alert on Common Core:

“Setting the Record Straight About Common Core”

Politicians are being deceptive by communicating to the public and sending out tax payer mail that Florida no longer has Common Core Standards.

Mail pieces are being sent out across the State using taxpayers money coming from legislators that do not have a candidate running against them this term.  These mail pieces are inferring that Florida has eliminated Common Core during the past legislative session. This is simply not true. The Common Core agreement is in full force in the State of Florida.  Politicians are intentionally misleading the voters of Florida. I want to clarify a few of the Bills that passed this legislative session:  To read more about this click here.

A CALL TO ACTION:

Call the Governors Office at (850) 717-9337

  • Ask the Governor to repeal the Common Core in the State of Florida.
  • Reinstate the previous Sunshine State Standards until we are able to truly develop our own.
  • Repeal the contract with America Institute for Research (AIR) and hold those accountable for contracting with this type of organization.

This is such an important issue that we have to stay on top of!

 

What Happened in Mississippi?

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Did you pay attention to the Republican Senate primary in Mississippi?  What do you think of the results? 

  • 1,832 of 1,832 precincts reporting (100.0%)
  • Thad Cochran    50.9%
  • Chris McDaniel   49.1%

Do you wonder how that happened? Could it be the saying that is attributed to Benjamin Franklin?

“When the people find they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic”
Although found nowhere in the national archives or known writings of Benjamin Franklin, it is widely accepted that he once said “When the people find they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.”    read more about this at:  http://knowledgeczar.blogspot.com/2010/03/when-people-find-they-can-vote.html   *(Everything I heard about Thad Cochran was about the money he brought home to the state of Mississippi; is that what they voted for?  If so, are we at a tipping point when more than 50% of the people are willing to vote that way so that they can get what they think they need to be taken care of?) 

or:  could it be the Establishment Republican dirty tactics?  Listen to the robo call here:

http://dailycaller.com/2014/06/22/robocall-allegedly-recruiting-dem-votes-for-gop-sen-cochran-bashes-tea-party-alleges-racism/  

Have we had enough of these type tactics yet?  Are we tired of being bashed from both sides because we are conservative constitutionalists who are concerned about our future, our children and grandchildren’s futures and want to get back to the constutionally limited government that our founders gave to us?

I AM!   If you are, please get involved!  Help us make a difference!  Let the “establishment” know that we have had enough!

Why You Should Oppose the New EPA Rule

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Thanks to Jim B. for sending this.  Written by John Hoblick, Florida Farm Bureau Federation President.

In a 1912 public address President Woodrow Wilson declared that “The history of liberty is a history of limitations of governmental power, not the increase of it.” Some of our current federal officials would be wise to heed Wilson’s counsel.

The reform-minded president recognized that even when used in the name of the common good, unrestrained governmental power is an evil in itself*.

One of the duties of citizenship involves keeping a watchful eye on the authority wielded by public agencies – especially when bureaucrats grasp for discretionary decision making over matters that affect the economy and the daily livelihoods of families across the country.

An example of the problem has emerged with a new federal rule issued by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. In April officials at these two agencies proposed what amounts to be a reinterpretation of the Clean Water Act of 1972.

Known as the “Waters of the United States” rule, the proposal would give the agencies the same regulatory control over low spots on dry land and ephemeral water bodies as they have for the Mississippi River.

EPA officials would gain the independent right to determine which areas of dry land are subject to the Clean Water Act. But the authors of the act never intended to give any federal bureaucrat direct control over dry land. This law only applies to navigable waters.

Prairie potholes, ditches and temporary pools of water created by heavy rainfall are not navigable waters by any reasonable understanding.

But the new rule would expand that meaning of the act so that the EPA and the Corps of Engineers could claim they are. If so, land owners would immediately face permitting and mitigation expenses.

Farm families are not the only private land owners at risk. As the article on Pages 10 and 11 of the June issue of FloridAgriculture magazine indicates, the owners and managers of golf courses, recreational lands, utilities, cemeteries and theme parks would face the same financial burdens. Fines for misinterpreting the rule could be as high as $37,500 each day. The agencies’ claims that traditional agricultural practices are exempt do not ring true. The text of the rule presents a very different meaning.

I am greatly distressed at the prospect that many of Florida’s farm families could be forced out of business because of the permitting costs alone. We must protect them against an unprecedented power grab.

Editor’s note: *President Wilson was one of our worst presidents when it comes to not limiting governmental power; but I guess all of them said something good at one time or another.  Whether they believed it or not is another matter!

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Free Download – KrisAnne Hall’s New Book!

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KrisAnneHall In Defense of LibertyPatriots, Let’s Get KrisAnne Hall in the Top 100 List

NEW BOOK RELEASE…FREE DOWNLOAD LIMITED TIME ONLY!

From KrisAnne Hall: I have just released a new book on Amazon called “In Defense of Liberty”

It is available as a free download for the next 48 hours*. Why 48 hours? The way the Amazon Kindle book title ranking game is played in large part is based on the number of downloads ratings and reviews a book gets.

So, as a liberty loving patriot if you want to help get the message of liberty exposed to the enormous universe of Amazon Kindle book buyers all you have to do is take 10 seconds to go to the Amazon link and download it.

DOWNLOAD IT NOW: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00KJ45F5W

It won’t cost you a penny and you can do it all in less than 10 seconds. So right now please take 10 seconds out of your day today in defense of Liberty!

*Only available through Monday, June 2nd!

**I read this book last night – it is a quick read with a lot of good information that can be used in our everyday conversations!  I encourage everyone who can, to download the book!

VA Accountability – What Can You Do To Help?

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This week could be a huge first step for VA accountability — but we need your help to make it happen!

Wednesday afternoon, the House of Representatives will vote on HR 4031 — the VA Management Accountability Act. HR 4031 represents a big first-step in bringing accountability to the Department of Veterans Affairs. Simply put, it would allow the VA secretary to actually fire bad VA managers and administrators — a power the secretary does not currently have. It’s common sense and long overdue!

Tonight we are asking every CVA staff member, volunteer, and supporter to make 5 phone calls to targeted Congressional offices, urging support for HR 4031. Our goal is to flood the voicemails of key representatives before the big vote.

Will you take 10 minutes tonight to demand #VAaccountability?

Go to:   VA Accountability   for more information on what to do to help!

Common Core Update 5/13/2014

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Gov. Scott signs three Common Core bills
TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Rick Scott’s office announced Monday he had signed a trio of bills aimed at allaying fears about the state’s version of the Common Core education standards.

Scott also signed another education bill dealing with school grades. According to Scott’s office, the three Common Core-related measures he signed Monday included:

  • SB 864, which requires school districts to set up a process through which parents can contest the selection of certain textbooks and classroom materials.
  • HB 7031, which among other things removes all references to “Common Core” from state law. A set of state standards based on Common Core and using the overwhelming majority of the Common Core standards would remain in place.
  • SB 188, a bill barring schools or school districts from collecting biometric and other personal information.

 

Each of the bills addresses one of the concerns raised by activists, mostly but not exclusively conservatives, who have slammed Common Core.

“The legislation I am signing today will set Florida students and families up for education success and prevent unnecessary collection of data from our students and reaffirm that Florida school boards will select the textbooks with historic opportunities for public input,” Scott said in a statement announcing the signings.

Conservatives have criticized the standards, which were commissioned by the governors and chief education officials of dozens of states, as a federal intrusion into school operations that should be handled locally.

That plan, modeled on a blueprint developed by Stewart, would simplify the formula for grading schools. It would also do away with the penalties schools could currently receive for the grades assigned in the 2014-15 school year, a plan meant to provide a transition year as schools adjust to the new standards and tests.

What do you think?

Dr. Karen Effrem’s response:
We will have a full analysis out later today which will be able to be read on our website at www.flstopcccoalition.org where you can also sign up for our updates if you so desire.

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