“No man’s life, liberty, or property are safe while the legislature is in session.”
― Mark Twain
And neither are our children.
Following hard on the heels of Independence Day, Congress is once more intent on denying Americans their liberty. This time it’s parental and local control of the education of their children.
Today, July 7th, Senate Bill S.1177 – Every Child Achieves Act of 2015 (ECAA), will be voted on in the Senate. ECAA, the brainchild of Senators Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Patty Murray (D-WA), has been touted as a rewrite of No Child Left Behind (NCLB) the educational boondoggle passed in 2001.
Under pressure to get the highly unpopular NCLB legislation reauthorized, Republican leadership caved to Obama’s demands and agreed to language which expands, not reduces, the influence of the federal government over schools.
American Principles In Action has released a list of 21 fatal problems with ECAA: The Every Child Achieves Project – A Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing: No Child Left Behind Rewrite Will Drive A National Education Agenda. I remind you there are no less than three federal laws prohibiting a national curriculum, but that hasn’t stopped Congress, Obama, and Erne Duncan from doing an end run around the law. Here are only a few of problems:
5. ECAA adds to the list of federal program a state must consult in developing its plan and requires standards to be aligned with federally approved workforce and early-childhood standards…
8. ECAA contains a requirement for states to “demonstrate” that the state standards are “aligned” to the same criteria used to establish Common Core….Any prohibition included to stop USED from coercing states to use Common Core is meaningless…
14. ECAA removes protection against socioemotional profiling in the statewide assessments (eliminating NCLB’s prohibition against including assessment items that “evaluate or assess personal or family beliefs and attitudes”) and fails to protect against other psychological data-gathering in any other federal education program covered by ESEA.
Call your Senators today and tell them to vote “No” on S.1177, the Every Child Achieves Act of 2015. http://www.senate.gov/senators/contact/.
Erin Tuttle has more analysis at The Danger in the Details of the Every Child Achieves Act of 2015. Phyllis Schlafly, America’s maven of education, as always cuts to the chase with her common sense and plain speaking: GOP to give Obama more power — again?
Not to be outdone by the Senate, Breitbart reports that the House will consider its companion bill, H.R. 5, The Student Success Act (don’t you just love these Orwellian titles?), again this week after being pulled in February because of lack of support. More information on H.R. 5 here and here.
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The video features Dr. Sandra Stotsky, is one of the members of the Common Core validation committee who refused to sign off on Common Core standards. She has written and testified about Common Core.