The Shameful History of Fed Ed

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Department of Education Organization Act

On October 17, 1979 President James E. Carter signed the Department of Education Organization Act. It replaced the
Office of Education with a department proper, and
installed a secretary at its head. 
On the Ed.gov website, they claimed the following purposes of the department:
  1. to strengthen the Federal commitment to ensuring access to equal educational opportunity for every individual;
  2. to supplement and complement the efforts of States, the local school systems and other instrumentalities of the States, the private sector, public and private educational institutions, public and private nonprofit educational research institutions, community-based organizations, parents, and students to improve the quality of education;
  3. to encourage the increased involvement of the public, parents, and students in Federal education programs;
  4. to promote improvements in the quality and usefulness of education through federally supported research, evaluation, and sharing of information;
  5. to improve the coordination of Federal education programs;
  6. to improve the management and efficiency of Federal education activities, especially with respect to the process, procedures, and administrative structures for the dispersal of Federal funds, as well as the reduction of unnecessary and duplicative burdens and constraints, including unnecessary paperwork, on the recipients of Federal funds; and
  7. to increase the accountability of Federal education programs to the President, the Congress and the public. (Section 102, Public Law 96-88)
In the 1860s, a budget of $15,000 and four employees handled education fact-finding.
By 1965, the Office of Education had more than 2,100 employees and
a budget of $1.5 billion. As of mid-2010, the Department has nearly
4,300 employees and a budget of about $60 billion.

So, what’s to show from the last 40 years?

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Results of U.S. Department of Education:

Despite dramatic increases in federal intervention and funding in the public education system since the 1960s, educational achievement has not improved. The most widely used measure of school achievement are scores from National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), which shows no significant change. Efforts to improve educational outcomes for low income children have also been expensive and unproductive. Even the federal college grant and loan programs have been ineffective for students. The evidence is inarguable, the federal government’s intervention in education has been a dismal failure.

 

WHAT CAN BE DONE?

Elimination of federal intervention can be achieved in five steps:
  1. Send all Program Management and Funding to the states including Pell Grants for college.
  2. Repeal all laws permitting federal intervention in K-12 education starting with ESSA.
  3. Privatize college loan programs through savings & loan institutions.
  4. Eliminate all offices and divisions in the US Department of Education and related spending.
  5. Reduce federal tax collection, shifting education revenue responsibilities entirely back to the states.

READ BLUEPRINT TO CLOSE USED

We urgently need a hearing on a bill to terminate the Department of Education, such as H.R.899. Contacting your elected officials is the earnest beginning of this conversation. Please contact your US Congressional Representative and ask if they will support H.R.899 to abolish the US Dept. of Ed.

HOW TO CONTACT ELECTED OFFICIALS

 

 

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It is the mission of USPIE to restore parental & local control of education by eradicating federal intrusion. Although this experiment with federal control of local public schools has gone on for half a century now, it has failed. We need to stop treating children like guinea pigs in some social engineering laboratory & start embracing children as human beings to be supported and inspired to achieve their own dreams and aspirations.

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USPIE October 2018 Newsletter

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USPIE BACK TO SCHOOL PARENT SURVIVAL GUIDE PART 2

NETWORK WITH OTHERS

  • Attend your local school Parent-Teacher meetings (PTO or PTA). Learn how they differ. Consider running for an office.
  • Attend your local school board meetings. Get to know at least one school board member.
  • Develop a rapport with your district officials and make public comment to an issue. Make it a point to get to know your principal and support your teacher while making them better informed with proven facts and valid opinions.  Be sure to explain how US Dept of Education is affecting local control. Email them your testing Opt Out letter. (We recommend taking multiple copies, one for the office, counselor, principal and all their teachers. The parents should have a copy for themselves which the receptionist should sign and date as having received, including a reference to the copies.)
  • Run for your local school board and/or volunteer on someone’s campaign.
  • Write a letter to the editor and/or go on a local radio program to talk about Education issues of today.
  • Hold informal coffee chats with other parents to answer questions and concerns about the effects of Refusing tests/Opting Out.
  • Regardless of which party you prefer, consider becoming more involved in your local political party. This is also a great networking opportunity to inform other about Education matters. Anyone may attend county party central committee meetings, as a guest.
  • Develop a presence and rapport with elected officials and candidates. Volunteer on a campaign- it’s an education like no other. If you are not sure where to start, please ask us and we can refer you to some good campaigns.
  • If all else fails, then it may be time to use other options including private school or homeschooling, but it still pays to get involved!

 

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USPIE LEADERSHIP TEAM REPORT

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USPIE Open Letter to President Trump

“Since her appointment, Secretary DeVos has used the hammer of the Federal government to broaden its authority and disregard the rights of states and parents.
Three actions in particular demonstrate this disregard:
  • threatening states abiding by state parental rights laws through the ESSA plan approval process,
  • recommending the merger of the Departments of Education and Labor fundamentally shifting the purpose of education to “workforce development”,
  • and now, endorsing the G20’s Declaration enshrining the UN’s education agenda, which undermines not only parents and states, but the fundamental sovereignty of the United States.” 

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FROM THE RESEARCH DESK

Why Stop Fed Ed? Resources
The USPIE Research Committee developed flyers to be used as a resource for
educating people and answering some of the frequently asked questions.
This month we are featuring the flyer specific to employers.
All flyers are available on USPIE.org

FOR EMPLOYERS

If the Department of Education is closed, how will that help small businesses?

Whether in elementary school, middle/junior high, or in senior high- students are supposed to be the clients- not big government or big business. We should be making decisions and evaluating our programs based on their needs. The small business community is the backbone of America and has an interest in quality education, but our schools were not created to serve business and certainly not to breed crony-capitalism. Our educational policies must be based on local control, and not top-down government that big business has been pushing.
Our American education system has traditionally been developed on the premise that a child’s past did not have to determine his future. But the practice of collecting data from pre-school through college/career (P-20W data systems), and then using that data to peg children into selecting their career paths before they even begin high school is flat out wrong. It is improper to expect 12-13 year old students to make such life decisions, and basing their educational pathways on uninformed choices. We need a society that has well-rounded education that includes the creative arts and music, and should not be limited to the utilitarian skills that one merely needs to do a job.
Education should not be about mere workforce development, and children are more than just being cogs in the planned managed economy. USPIE believes that if real education quality can be restored, that students will be more solutions-oriented workers that will result in better innovation. There is very little true critical thinking skills in customer service today, and students are being geared up towards being “good little worker bees”. Ultimately, we do not believe that slippery slope of the private-public partnership of crony capitalism and corporate-elitism bodes society well. We support a restoration of a Public Education system where local control prevails, and where parents are empowered. Businesses will then see a better return on their investments.

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ELECTION SEASON

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General Elections are fast approaching. It’s time to pressure candidates to
commit to returning education to parents and local communities.
Urge your candidates to sign the Stop Fed Ed Pledge!
USPIE will put candidates who sign the pledge on our website,
and also issue a press release on their behalf.

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VIEW ALL CANDIDATES WHO SIGNED PLEDGE

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WILL YOU HELP?

If you are willing to support our mission, any contribution goes directly to our Stop Fed Ed campaign. There’s no better group than USPIE to lead this fight. USPIE is the ONLY national, parent-led education policy group with the mission of ending the US Dept. of Ed and ALL federal education mandates. The leaders in our organization truly understand the problems with the progressive agenda being pushed in American public schools because they’ve all been in the fight for decades. All contributions are tax-deductible.

Will you make a small $5 donation today?

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Secretary DeVos Should Be Terminated

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Dear Mr. President,

United States Parents Involved in Education (USPIE), a nationwide grassroots organization of parents and education advocates regularly conveys concerns to you and other elected officials about the negative effect of Federal government intrusion in education.

USPIE calls for Congress to abide by the Constitutional structure for education, for the elimination of the U.S. Department of Education, for ending all Federal education programs, and for returning the control of education to parents and local communities. USPIE developed a Blueprint based on references from CATO Institute and The Independent Institute to provide clear reasons and steps to achieving these goals. The Blueprint has been shared extensively with elected officials in Washington D.C.

As USPIE communicated to you previously, we were hopeful, with some reservations regarding the nomination of Mrs. DeVos for Secretary of Education. USPIE believed you would instruct Secretary DeVos to be laser focused on fulfilling your campaign promises to eliminate Common Core, however rebranded, and begin to dismantle the U.S. Department of Education.

Since her appointment, Secretary DeVos has used the hammer of the Federal government to broaden its authority and disregard the rights of states and parents.  Three actions in particular demonstrate this disregard:

  • threatening states abiding by state parental rights laws through the ESSA plan approval process,
  • recommending the merger of the Departments of Education and Labor fundamentally shifting the purpose of education to “workforce development”,
  • and now, endorsing the G20’s Declaration enshrining the UN’s education agenda, which undermines not only parents and states, but the fundamental sovereignty of the United States.

We do not believe these actions are consistent with your “America First” philosophy nor your campaign promises that generated so much enthusiasm.

As one of the nation’s largest collaboration of parents, and grassroots education advocates, we are committed to the goal of truly improving education for all of America’s children, which begins with reinstating parental authority and control, and ending Federal meddling in education.  We continue to be available to assist in this effort.

Given these concerns, we call for the immediate dismissal of Secretary DeVos and for the appointment of an American education leader who will prioritize the fulfillment of your campaign promises.

Sincerely,

U.S. Parents Involved in Education

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Drag Queen Story Hour in Mobile, Alabama

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There is a new form of transgender indoctrination spreading across the nation, and it will hit Mobile, Alabama on September 8, 2018. “Drag Queen Story Hour (DQSH) captures the imagination and play of the gender fluidity of childhood and gives kids glamorous, positive, and unabashedly queer role models. In spaces like this, kids are able to see people who defy rigid gender restrictions and imagine a world where people can present as they wish, where dress up is real.”

We must unite and show that we will stand up for our little ones.

The local Tea Party found out about this outlandish program and Alabama PIE President Theresa Hubbard went on to the LGBTQ website Rainbowmobile.org and sure enough, it listed on the September monthly calendar.  The local WKRG Channel 5 also reported on it.  There is some question about whether or not the Mobile County School System may be involved. Theresa is looking into this but has not gotten an answer and the school system has not returned calls to anyone inquiring about it.

We MUST fight back against this form of child abuse. Many plan to assemble outside the library in protest.

The Common Sense Campaign TEA Party created a protest event page for parents and others who want to peacefully protest. The protest event page reads:  “We need to go into Mobile. Sat. Sept. 8, 9:55AM and stand in front of 701 Government Street, Mobile, Alabama Library, respectfully holding signs in opposition of this.”

The details are:

Event:   Drag Queen Story Hour (DQSH)

Time:     12:00 – 1:00 pm

When:   September 8, 2018 – Saturday

Where: Ben May Main Library

Mobile Public Library

701 Government Street

Mobile, AL

Please share this with others in the Mobile, AL area.

USPIE Back to School Newsletter 8/2018

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USPIE BACK TO SCHOOL PARENT SURVIVAL GUIDE PART 1

PROTECT YOUR CHILDREN & KNOW THE ISSUES
  • Many states have claimed to repeal Common Core, but did not.
  • Common Core for babies is rampant in the Birth to Age Five age group.
  • Assessments are happening all the time, including surveys, and parents are not always notified.
  • Assessment & surveys are a means to collect your child’s personal data, which can be shared widely outside the school system itself.
  • You have the right to opt your child out of bad lessons and assessments, but many schools make it very difficult. Know your rights.
  • New lessons in Social Emotional Learning are being imposed on children.
TIPS
  • Find out if your state assessments are under PARCC, SBAC, Pearson, and/or AIR Helpful article: https://edexcellence.net/articles/the-state-of-state-assessments
  • Ask to see all lesson plans outlined on a syllabus. Find out everything that they read in class, including digital books. This is your supreme court protected right and you can opt them out of any material you feel is inappropriate. Things to look for include materials that favor international and globalism over American sovereignty, revisionist history, social justice issues as early as kindergarten, religious bias like Access Islam, sexually charged materials, and sustainable development.
  • Instruct your child to decline any and all surveys given in class. Refuse all behavioral and psychological profiles. Put this in writing. This is protected under the Hatch Amendment.
  • Read the fine print on everything before you sign it. Do not disclose any information that you do not want shared. Protect your child’s data from unnecessary collection.
  • Volunteer to see what is happening in the classroom and on the playground. Go observe for yourself and know what curriculum is being used. Also determine what is happening at your school regarding bullying.
  • Go to www.fairtest.org and find out which college’s no longer require the SAT/ACT.

LEADERSHIP TEAM REPORT

USPIE recently released our position statement on the proposed USED/DOL merger.
“USPIE opposes all efforts to convert American education into a workforce development system and opposes enabling massive data collection of citizens, especially children, facilitated and coordinated by the Federal government. USPIE believes the effort to make this dramatic conversion through government schools is misunderstood by most Americans and nearly all elected officials.”

FROM THE RESEARCH DESK: WHY STOP FED ED RESOURCES

The USPIE Research Committee developed flyers to be used as a resource for educating people and answering some of the frequently asked questions.

If the Department of Education is closed, who will meet kids’ needs?
There is clear evidence that the involvement and oversight of education by the Federal Department of Education has not resulted in quality educational opportunities for children. Every state has a State Board of Education, a Department of Education and locally elected school boards. These are the organizations, in close partnership with parents, most capable to ensure all children have access to excellent educational opportunities. Since each child and each community is unique, it is inappropriate to make all educational opportunities the same.
What about children with Special Needs?
Even with the ending of federal education programs and closure of USED, federal law continues to protect all persons with disabilities. USED wastes more money that could go to students rather than to the administrators of programs. Local control of programs for children with special needs can ensure more appropriate programming based on the needs of the children in each community.

NEW CHAPTERS

Texas Parents Involved in Education
TXPIE President: Tracy Shannon, shannontracy123@gmail.com
Ohio Parents Involved in Education
OHPIE President: Michael Hamel, bullyusnomore555@gmail.com
North Carolina Parents Involved in Education
NCPIE President: Roy Frady, rfrady@hotmail.com

 

STOP FED ED CANDIDATE PLEDGE SIGNERS

Tami Carlone, Michigan State Board of Education
Lisa Papas, Michigan Senate District 2

Merger Will Compound Harmful Federal Education Mandates

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USPIE opposes all efforts to convert American education into a workforce development system and opposes enabling massive data collection of citizens, especially children, facilitated and coordinated by the Federal government. USPIE believes the effort to make this dramatic conversion through government schools is misunderstood by most Americans and nearly all elected officials.
The mission of USPIE is to close the US Department of Education (USED) and end all Federal education mandates. The merger proposed by President Trump’s Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to combine the Federal Education and Labor Departments directly contradicts USPIE’s primary goal.
USPIE recognizes the intended goals of the merger — smaller government, streamlining, and saving taxpayers’ money — are all positive efforts. However, USPIE cannot support the merger because it moves the ball in the wrong direction for ending workforce development-based education and the collection of data from children. In fact, the proposed streamlining could make these troubling Federal education mandates more entrenched, more powerful and more destructive. Despite departmental staffing and cost reduction efforts, USED continues to usurp local and parental control in the heavy-handed oversight of ESSA State Plans, and by over-ruling State laws protecting parental rights. Likewise, State ESSA Plans impose Common Core-aligned standards and tests on all schools without local school board approval.
The Executive Order initiating the OMB Reform Plan, which recommends the merger, says the plan;
              “shall include, as appropriate, recommendations to eliminate unnecessary agencies, components of    agencies, and agency programs, and merge functions;” and
              “shall consider… whether some or all the functions of an agency, a component, or a program are appropriate for the Federal Government or would be better left to State or local governments or to the private sector through free enterprise…”
USPIE firmly believes education is best left to States, local communities and parents.
OMB utterly neglected the opportunity provided by the Executive Order to at least begin this process.
Moreover, the OMB Reform Plan itself says:
               “It is no longer appropriate to avoid having foundational discussions about services that might be better served by direct State, local, or even private-sector stewardship.”
USPIE welcomes the opportunity presented by the merger proposal to engage elected officials and the American public in a discussion about workforce development education and massive data collection of children mandated by the Federal government through both USED and the Department of Labor.
If the goal of President Trump’s merger is to save tax payers money, and if President Trump is still interested in ending Common Core and returning control of education to parents and communities, following the USPIE Blueprint to close the Department of Education is a much better plan and one that has the support of many American parents who want to make American education great again!

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It doesn’t matter who runs the Department of Education if it doesn’t exist

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U.S. Parents Involved in Education (USPIE) has set up a national petition calling on President Trump to keep his education campaign promises. Please help thousands of grassroots parents across the country in the fight to return control of education to parents and local communities by signing our petition!

Breitbart, CATO, American Principles Project, and more are signing and sharing the petition!

“The Federal Department of Education should be abolished because it is costly and ineffective, it is unjust and unethical, it is too political, and it is unconstitutional. We, the undersigners, call upon President Donald Trump to keep his campaign promise to close the Federal Department of Education and end all Common Core aligned standards and testing.

Elimination of federal intervention can be achieved in 5 steps:

1. Send all program management and funding to the states.
2. Repeal all laws permitting federal intervention in education starting with ESSA.
3. Privatize college loan programs.
4. Eliminate all offices and divisions in US Dept. of Education and related spending.
5. Reduce federal tax collection, shift revenue control back to states.”

If you agree with this simple idea, please click this link to sign the petition. This petition requires email verification. If you don’t receive the email, please check spam folder:

https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/abolish-federal-department-education-1

More information at uspie.org 

Texas Rally Against LGBT Agenda!

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By Texas Parents Involved in Education President Tracy Shannon

People of faith and for religious freedom are needed to stand up and speak for what we believe in here in Mansfield, TX.

The rabid LGBT activists have sent their forces in from all over the country to put pressure on the Mansfield Independent School District (MISD) to indoctrinate the children in elementary through high school with the LGBT agenda.

While parents in the district have supported the district putting a teacher on leave after she continued to push LGBT ideology on the elementary children in her art class, the media and LGBT activists have seized this opportunity to push even harder for exclusive gender-identity and sexual-orientation policies within the district…things like making boys’ rooms accessible to girls and girls’ rooms accessible to boys who aren’t happy with their God-given gender and policies that would punish those with deeply held religious convictions that do not support the LGBT lifestyles.

This story has made some headlines already and has conservatives and evangelicals happy to see that some parents stood up. But I just found out that the LGBT brought in activists from out of state to speak and were very close in number to those in the community that spoke in support of the board for putting the indoctrinator (formerly referred to as “art teacher”) on leave.

We need to get our people out, we need Op Eds written to support this district and to stand against the indoctrination. Please share, or copy and paste this information so we can support the parents and the district that stood against LGBT indoctrination in schools.

We need people to show up on

May 22nd at 7PM at

Mansfield Performing Arts Center (rooms 1-4)

1110 Debbie Ln, Mansfield, TX 76063.

The teacher that was put on leave is demanding that MISD adopt LGBT policies. We need to make a stand and make it clear to the LGBT activists: DON’T MESS WITH TEXAS CHILDREN.

Please join the TXPIE Facebook group!

Stop Fed Ed? Here’s why and how!

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WHY STOP FED ED?

IT IS COSTLY AND INEFFECTIVE

FED ED oversees about $285 billion taxpayer dollars, funds 9% of K-12 education and controls 100% of the program. Costs have risen over 400% since 1979 while scores have stayed close to flat. Also, every program that the Fed supports in each state has to have a duplicate person in the state Dept. of Ed to administer – excessive duplication of costs. With trillions of dollars wasted on federal education in the last 35 years there is nothing to show but stagnant test scores and declining student academic achievement.

 IT IS UNJUST AND UNETHICAL

First rule of education should be like that for medical profession: Do No Harm. Because of Common Core State Standards, we regularly see K-8 grade students in tears of frustration over unreasonable levels of homework and obtuse methods for learning basic math and other concepts. And perhaps most disturbingly, the standards have discouraged the love of learning in our most vulnerable children – clearly an injustice to these children’s true potential. K-3rd graders spend valuable time learning how to take tests on computers rather than learning to read and write.

IT IS TOO POLITICAL

Clinton: Goals 2000, Bush: No Child Left Behind, Obama: Race to the Top and Every Student Succeeds Act. With each new administration we get a new program, a new set of standardized tests, and new pressures to conform to the most recent education mandates.

IT IS UNCONSTITUTIONAL

“Powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people”  – Tenth Amendment

 

HOW TO STOP FED ED

Elimination of federal intervention can be achieved in five steps:

  1. Send all program management and funding to the states.
  2. Repeal all laws permitting federal intervention in education starting with ESSA.
  3. Privatize college loan programs through savings and loans institutions.
  4. Eliminate all offices and divisions in the US Dept of Education and related spending.
  5. Reduce federal tax collection and shift revenue control back to states.

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*References and further information found at USPIE.org

These California Homeschoolers Fought Back and Won!

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Over 1,000 homeschoolers took over the 3rd and 4th floor of the California State Capitol April 25th to oppose AB 2756, a bill meant to segregate their personal data from that of other private schools and publicize it on the California Department of Education website… AND THE BILL DIED.

Parents and students lined up one by one, and for over three hours, voiced their opposition to AB 2756. When the committee voted later that evening, not one legislator made a motion in support of the bill. Without a motion, there was no vote, and the bill died.

These Californians stood up for the right to educate their own kids without government meddling!

What a fabulous victory for homeschooling and liberty loving Americans throughout California! You homeschoolers are an example to us all!

Join the California Parents Involved in Education Facebook group to get involved and stay informed!