Equality Act Increases Inequality

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We call on you to kindly remind your Congressman that HR5 is NOT an equality act. Some members may vote yes because the bill title is tempting!

Frustrating that our elected officials have become so superficial. Please call or email your Congressman!

“Equality Act (H.R. 5)—Next week, the House will vote on the Equality Act (H.R. 5). This mistitled bill would actually create greater inequality, hurting women and individuals of faith—ironically, two out of the five groups that the Civil Rights Act was created to protect.

We need all hands on deck to curb Republican defections on this bill that, if signed into law, would force schools (both public and private), churches, hospitals, businesses, and other institutions to recognize an individuals ‘chosen gender’ instead of their biological sex.”

Please make sure to call your congressman about this dangerous liberal bill.

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Testing, Testing 1, 2, 3

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Standardized testing has a long history in education in the United States. Since the 1980s, lawmakers have worried that the declining academic performance of American students threatens the United States.. These fears have prompted the federal government to implement an increasingly intrusive set of policies intended to boost academic achievement.

Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush attempted to lessen the concerns about public education through promoting statewide standards and assessments that all children should achieve. Clinton offered model standards that states could voluntarily adopt, since enforcing national standards was unconstitutional. Bush took it further by tying federal sanctions to the performance of schools and districts on statewide tests.

By now, most states have chosen not to use the PARCC (Partnership for the Assessment of Readiness for College and Career) and Smarter Balanced (SBAC) assessments, which were designed after the Common Core State Standards Initiative. In 2010, the PARCC and SBAC consortia reported having 26 and 32 member states, respectively, representing diverse political environments. Only Alaska, Minnesota, Nebraska, Texas, and Virginia declined to join by the end of that year. Alaska, whose state standards were closely aligned with the Common Core, affiliated with SBAC in 2013. Minnesota adopted only the English language arts standards and so did not join a consortium. Nebraska, Texas, and Virginia supposedly never adopted Common Core or affiliated with a consortium.

The states remaining in Smarter Balanced are: California, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Idaho, Maine, Michigan, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Vermont, Washington, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.

Iowa, North Carolina, and Wyoming are affiliate members. Previously, it had 30 members. Member states can associate with one or both consortia, without committing to using either test.

PARCC has suffered heavy loss of membership: As of March 2019, the three active PARCC members are the District of Columbia, Louisiana (hybrid, and grades 3-8 only), and Massachusetts (hybrid, and grades 3-8 only).PARCC assessments are also used by the federal Bureau of Indian Education, and the Department of Defense Education Activity.

Five Things every parent, educator, and legislator should know about high-stakes, standardized testing

  • These tests were rolled out having never been field tested and the results have been disastrous. Computer Adaptive Testing- was previously never been tried in the history of the US on such a large scale at the elementary level. Validation requires the test developer to show that the test actually measures what it claims to measure. This has never been demonstrated to anyone’s satisfaction.
  • These tests don’t tell us where we can improve. Many assessments such as classroom and performance tests have diagnostic and instructional value but high-stakes standardized tests have no such value. Teachers and students are barred from seeing the direct results of the tests to discover what went wrong.
  • The tests distort what and how teachers teach. What gets measured is what gets done, and not much else gets done. The tests cut out instruction in subjects not tested, yet some states have wanted teacher evaluations will eventually be tied to these tests.
  • The tests have shown no positive results. After more than a decade of standards and testing accountability efforts there has been virtually no increase in achievement outcomes.
  • The tests are incredibly costly in both time and money.

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Here are some fabulous guides about Opting Out of testing in Florida:

 

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Action Alert: Washington State Sex Ed Bill Hearing

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Oppose 5395-CSE at March 12th Hearing

Urgent call to action!  Please attend and oppose SB 5395 – Comprehensive Sex Education at the House Education Comm Hearing on Tuesday, March 12th at 8:00am.

Bill Summary

You can learn more about the agenda behind Comprehensive Sex Ed in the following link: https://wapie.wordpress.com/sex-education-info/

This is a social agenda.  The Protect Child Health Coalition has identified 15 elements found in CSE programs that they believe are harmful to children.

They are as follows:

1. SEXUALIZES CHILDREN

Normalizes child sex or desensitizes children to sexual things. May give examples of children having sex or imply many of their peers are sexually active. May glamorize sex, use graphic materials, teach explicit sexual vocabulary, or encourage discussion of sexual experiences, attractions, fantasies or desires.

2. TEACHES CHILDREN TO CONSENT TO SEX

May teach children how to negotiate sexual encounters or how to ask for or get “consent” from other children to engage in sexual acts with them. Note:“Consent” is often taught under the banner of sexual abuse prevention. While this may be appropriate for adults, children of minor age should never be encouraged to “consent” to sex.

3. NORMALIZES ANAL & ORAL SEX

Normalizes these high-risk sexual behaviors and may omit vital medical facts, such as the extremely high STI infection rates (i.e., HIV and HPV) and the oral and anal cancer rates of these high-risk sex acts.

4. PROMOTES HOMOSEXUAL / BISEXUAL BEHAVIOR

Normalizes or promotes acceptance or exploration of diverse sexual orientations, sometimes in violation of state education laws. May omit vital health information and/or may provide medically inaccurate information about homosexuality or homosexual sex.

5. PROMOTES SEXUAL PLEASURE

Teaches children they are entitled to or have a “right” to sexual pleasure or encourages children to seek out sexual pleasure. Fails to present data on the multiple negative potential outcomes for sexually active children.

6. PROMOTES SOLO AND/OR MUTUAL MASTURBATION

While masturbation can be part of normal child development, encourages masturbation at young ages, which may make children more vulnerable to pornography use, sexual addictions or sexual exploitation. May instruct children on how to masturbate. May also encourage children to engage in mutual masturbation.

7. PROMOTES CONDOM USE IN INAPPROPRIATE WAYS

May inappropriately eroticize condom use (e.g., emphasizing sexual pleasure or “fun” with condoms) or use sexually explicit methods (i.e., penis and vagina models, seductive role plays, etc.) to promote condom use to children. May provide medically inaccurate information on condom effectiveness and omit or deemphasize failure rates. May imply that condoms will provide complete protection against pregnancy or STIs.

8. PROMOTES EARLY SEXUAL AUTONOMY

Teaches children they can choose to have sex when they feel they are ready or when they find a trusted partner. Fails to provide data about the well-documented negative consequences of early sexual debut. Fails to encourage sexually active children to return to abstinence.

9. FAILS TO ESTABLISH ABSTINENCE AS THE EXPECTED STANDARD

Fails to establish abstinence (or a return to abstinence) as the expected standard for all school-age children.  May mention abstinence only in passing. May teach children that all sexual activity—other than “unprotected” vaginal and oral sex—is acceptable, and even healthy. May present abstinence and “protected” sex as equally good options for children.

10. PROMOTES TRANSGENDER IDEOLOGY

Promotes affirmation of and/or exploration of diverse gender identities. May teach children they can change their gender or identify as multiple genders, or may present other unscientific and medically inaccurate theories. Fails to teach that most gender-confused children resolve their confusion by adulthood and that extreme gender confusion is a mental health disorder (gender dysphoria) that can be helped with mental health intervention.

11. PROMOTES CONTRACEPTION / ABORTION TO CHILDREN

Presents abortion as a safe or positive option while omitting data on the many potential negative physical and mental health consequences. May teach children they have a right to abortion
and refer them to abortion providers. May encourage the use of contraceptives,
while failing to present failure rates or side effects.

12. PROMOTES PEER-TO-PEER SEX ED OR SEXUAL RIGHTS ADVOCACY

May train children to teach other children about sex or sexual pleasure, through peer-to-peer initiativesMay recruit children as spokespeople to advocate for controversial sexual rights (including a right to CSE itself) or to promote abortion.

13. UNDERMINES TRADITIONAL VALUES AND BELIEFS

May encourage children to question their parents’ beliefs or their cultural or religious values regarding early sex, sexual orientation or gender identity.

14. UNDERMINES PARENTS OR PARENTAL RIGHTS

May instruct children they have rights to confidentiality and privacy from their parents. May teach children about accessing sexual commodities or services, including abortion, without parental consent. May instruct children not to tell their parents what they are being taught about sex in school.

15. REFERS CHILDREN TO HARMFUL RESOURCES

Refers children to harmful websites, materials or outside entities. May also specifically refer children to Planned Parenthood or their affiliates or partners for their lucrative services or commodities (i.e., sexual counseling, condoms, contraceptives, gender hormones, STI testing and treatment, abortions, etc.) Please Note: A conflict of interest exists whenever an entity that profits from sexualizing children is involved in creating or implementing sex education programs. (For more information on how Planned Parenthood sexualizes children for profit see www.WaronChildren.org and www.InvestigateIPPF.org) (https://www.comprehensivesexualityeducation.org/15-harmful-elements-of-cse/ , Accessed 3/5/2019)

ACTION ALERT: SC Education Reform Bill

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The SC Legislature’s latest attempt to circumvent voters and push for centralization of power comes in the form of an 84-page, Republican-led, omnibus, “education reform” bill- S.419.

PLEASE CONTACT YOUR REPRESENTATIVES IN THE SENATE and recommend the following amendments to Senate Bill 419.

  1. Require Legislative Audit Council cost analysis for Federal Compliance
  2. Strike the entire Zero to Twenty Committee section of the bill
  3. Strike the Competency-based Education section of the bill
  4. Change State Board of Education to be elected by judicial circuit

CONTACT YOUR SENATOR USING THIS LINK

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  1. Require Legislative Audit Council cost analysis for Federal Compliance

USPIE endeavors to return local, parental and community control of education. This starts with eliminating all federal education mandates. This can be achieved by federal legislation and/or by states refusing federal funding. The latest national census report of federal funding for states showed South Carolina only receives 4.96 % of its education budget from federal sources, and yet the federal government controls South Carolina classrooms. The South Carolina Senate should require the Legislative Audit Council to conduct a cost analysis for compliance with Federal education mandates over time.

    2. Strike the entire Zero to Twenty Committee section of the bill

USPIE and its South Carolina chapter oppose Senate Bill 419 because it reinforces, and in many cases doubles down on the workforce development model for education driven by the federal government. This failed education model is predicated upon massive data collection of children from before birth into adulthood. The proposed Zero to Twenty Committee is designed to breakdown and share data silos in order to track children from before birth through adulthood. Creating another politically-appointed committee that is charged with data collection is the opposite of what the Legislature should be doing to improve education.  The entire section creating the Zero to Twenty Committee should be stricken from the bill.

    3. Strike the Competency-based Education section of the bill

Common Core was only a forerunner to Competency-based Education (CBE), the latest national/global education fad. CBE was added to the House version, H. 3759, this week. CBE embeds online, formative assessments in everyday learning, undermining children’s privacy and eliminating a parent’s opportunity to opt out of testing. The entirely computer-based CBE curriculum eliminates the need for a teacher; teachers are mere facilitators/babysitters.

    4. Change State Board of Education to be elected by judicial circuit

In order to restore local, parental, and community control of education, there has to be more direct accountability to parents, teachers and taxpayers of South Carolina for education policy decisions.  A fundamental step toward restoring local control, and accountability to education stakeholders is to elect the State Board of Education by judicial circuit.

PLEASE CONTACT YOUR SENATOR and recommend the following amendments to Senate Bill 419.

  1. Require Legislative Audit Council cost analysis for Federal Compliance
  2. Strike the entire Zero to Twenty Committee section of the bill
  3. Strike the Competency-based Education section of the bill
  4. Change State Board of Education to be elected by judicial circuit

CONTACT YOUR SENATOR

Don’t know who your Senator is? Use this link to quickly find out!

If you have any questions about contacting your legislator, please email or call USPIE ACTION Communications Director April Few: (803) 421-9851  //  afew@uspie.org

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USPIE Communications Director Testifies Against SC House Bill 3759

On Tuesday night USPIE Communications Director April Few, who is a South Carolina resident, testified against SC House Bill 3759 at the K-12 subcommittee meeting .

Watch the video to hear her remarks:

 

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Transcription:

“Good afternoon, my name is April Few and I am the Communications Director for United States Parents Involved in Education. USPIE is a nonprofit organization that began as South Carolina Parents Involved in Education and expanded into a national organization in 2014. The primary goal of USPIE is to return local control of education to parents and communities by eradicating federal intrusion.

USPIE has reviewed House Bill 3759 and is compelled to declare its utter disappointment in the bill you are set to consider.

The bill begins with a false narrative suggesting “a vibrant workforce is critical to sustaining and growing the economy of this State by servicing industry and attracting new industry …”

USPIE opposes all efforts to continue to convert American education into a workforce development system. USPIE also opposes the massive data collection of citizens, ESPECIALLY CHILDREN, facilitated and coordinated by the Federal government through the guise of workforce development education.

Another troubling theme in the bill is the emphasis on “Student Empowerment” — with no mention of empowering parents! In fact, in the proposed legislation, parents are stripped of their right to appeal a decision to retain their child after the third grade.

Research shows adolescents make all their decisions from the emotional part of their brain. It is not until around age 25 that the human brain achieves full cognitive maturity associated with judgement, seeing into the future, abstract thinking, and rational behavior and decision making. This bill is irrational and defies the science of brain maturation to “empower students” with a bill of rights, and give them a voice on the State Board of Education.

Obviously problematic is the way the bill throws teachers under the bus! The bill would hold teachers accountable for failed standards and initiates the distribution of teacher’s personal data from high school forward. If this bill passes, teachers become the next victim of privacy invasion through data collection.

According to a report by the State Department of Education issued shortly after Common Core was “supposedly” replaced, South Carolina’s standards were, and remain 90% aligned with Common Core. As you may recall, these standards are faulty on many levels. The bill’s harsh treatment of failing schools, and the evaluation and grading of teachers based on mandated, failed standards is immoral.

The Zero to Twenty Committee created in this bill is alarming by its name alone! This Committee is mandated to collect data as early as the government can get their hands it and spans into post-high school actions. It is so surreal to me that the sponsors of this bill don’t even attempt to disguise their desire to collect data on children from birth into adulthood and beyond. Does cradle to grave ring a bell?

And finally, the biggest eyesore of the bill is the fact that it creates a whole new politically-appointed committee — unaccountable to individual voters, and audaciously names the director as “EDUCATION TSAR”! As if the Education Oversight Committee weren’t bad enough, bill sponsors want to create another layer of politically-manipulated individuals who are owed political favors. The voters of South Carolina responded loud and clear to a constitutional amendment question last year signifying they want to elect those who decide education policy.

I leave you with four ways the Legislature can promote a statewide culture of excellence in education.

1. To restore local control and foster innovation, the State should wean itself off federal funds. This should begin with a cost analysis of federal regulation compliance. Only 8% of South Carolina education dollars are federal, but they control 100% of the classroom!

2. To enable local incubators for excellence, the State should remove most state-level mandates and bureaucracy. Cost savings should be returned to communities for local education needs.

3. To foster accountability and decentralization of education, the State should eliminate the Education Oversight Committee, and allow voters to elect State Board of Education members.

4. To achieve a statewide culture of educational excellence, the State should abandon the attempt to control the economy with workforce development education and return to evidence-based classical education.

USPIE stands ready to assist with creating policy that will implement these simple four steps.

Please visit uspie.org to learn more about the national movement to restore education authority to its proper local roots – to parents and communities.”

Trump Administration Proposes Federal “School Choice” Program

 

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President Trump briefly announced a federal “school choice” proposal in his State of the Union address. Many Americans support parental rights in selecting educational options for their children. American parents are also frustrated that they pay high taxes in support of government schools and then pay out of pocket for private schools or homeschooling. The idea of a federally-supported program that allows parents to redirect their tax money to alternative government, private and home schooling options is very attractive.

USPIE suggests the term “school choice,” when thoughtfully considered, is inadequate to describe the proper emphasis of authority necessary to right the education ship. Parents are a child’s first teacher and should have absolute say in what and how their children learn. USPIE asserts families must restore parental authority over children’s education, and restore “parental choice.” Parental choice is not limited to choosing a building, a level of discipline, or a supplementary emphasis. Parental choice means curriculum choice where classical, technology-free, religious-based, non-Common Core curricula are available.

USPIE’s primary mission is to end the U.S. Department of Education and all federal education mandates returning local, community and parental control of education. Thereby, USPIE is opposed to ALL federally-regulated “school choice” options.

Many families who don’t trust government schools might benefit from a federal school tax credit that would allow them to retain more of their taxable income, afford for one parent to stay home to raise their children and homeschool, or afford a private school of their choice not limited by government funding regulations. There may be a way for parents to keep their own money to spend as they see fit to raise their children with no government involvement. We are anxious to be part of that solution.  But government-enabled school choice is not parental choice.

Please join USPIE in telling the Trump Administration to support true “parental choice.”

Please consider making a small donation to USPIE, a national, parent-led education policy group with the mission of ending the US Dept. of Ed and ALL federal education mandates. USPIE has 501(c)(3) non-profit status which makes all contributions tax deductible. DONATE TODAY!

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Breaking: Special Education Report by The New American

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The New American magazine has published a Special Report on Education. This report exposes the horrors taking place in government schools, the wonders of alternatives, and the need for parents to protect their children.

This will explain just about everything you need to know about education, including sex education which was birthed from the United Nations Education Science and Cultural Organization.

Eye-opening articles written by Alex Newman, Dr. Duke Pesta, and Israel Wayne NEED to be read by state and local education officials, legislators, teachers, moms and dads, pastors… there isn’t one person who wouldn’t benefit from this shocking information.

WE NEED YOUR HELP!

Alex Newman and Dr. Pesta are hoping to distribute 1 million copies of this issue and we need your help. You can place your order today at https://www.jbs.org/store/shoptna/tna-back-issues/tna-2019-back-issues/the-new-american-february-4-2019

You even save when you buy in bulk!

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Several USPIE Leadership members and PIE chapter presidents have already placed their orders and plan to disseminate copies across the country.

We need the grassroots folks’ help to get this into the hands of everyone you know!

Thank you for your help spreading this critical information, and God Bless.

ORDER YOUR COPIES NOW!

DeSantis signs executive order to abolish Common Core in Florida

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Ron DeSantis announced Thursday that he would sign an executive order eliminating education involving common core standards used in Florida’s education system.

He also stated he would “identify ways to make civics education a priority in Florida.”

USPIE just wants to make note that DeSantis does not have a replacement ready, that kids will still be taking the CC aligned assessments this year, and that he will focus on education for jobs in demand.

Watch the announcement video!

As reported by Fox 13 News, “DeSantis’ executive order directs Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran to develop a road map for a new way to educate the sunshine state’s students.

Florida moved to a Common Core-type system under former Gov. Rick Scott, a change aimed at matching standards for other students in the U.S.

State leaders made some tweaks to Common Core, and re-branded it as ‘Florida Standards’ but they remain very similar to Common Core.

State governors – not the federal government – developed Common Core and former Gov. Jeb Bush did everything he could to sell it as “fewer, higher expectations, critical thinking skills, benchmarked to the best in the world.”

Critics of Common Core, including Tea Party groups, said it would take away local control and dumb down our schools. Meanwhile, many parents had trouble understanding some of the teaching methods and found it confusing, particularly some of the math.

“One of the things we would constantly hear about on the campaign trail was a lot of frustration from parents in particular with this idea of Common Core,” said Gov. DeSantis. “When you complained… I heard you. I told you I’d do something about it. And today we are acting to bring promises to reality.”

DeSantis gave the order to replace Common Core-type standards with a new system that increases the quality of curriculum, and places a higher emphasis on teaching civics.

Florida education standards will not change this year. Gov. DeSantis said he and Commissioner Corcoran will seek input from teachers and parents, then present a reform plan to the legislature, to enact in 2020.

It wasn’t the newly-minted governor’s only education-related announcement this week.

Wednesday, at a news conference at Tampa Bay Technical High School, Gov. DeSantis announced an executive order he said would help Florida students get degrees and jobs through education programs focused on in-demand skills.

Wednesday’s order also called for a faster path to reach an associate’s degree at a state college or university.”

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Tell President Trump to VETO HR4174

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Congress just passed HR 4174- Foundations for Evidence-based Policymaking Act (FEPA). This is a massive data mining bill which enables data linkage, encourages data sharing between agencies, and expands data access.

Only 17 Representatives voted against this detrimental bill. THANK YOU: http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2018/roll484.xml

Tell President Trump to VETO HR4174!

Why? Because:

1) It’s flat-out creepy to mandate linked databases without informed consent of individuals whose pii is to be nationally accessed;

2)  the “fact sheet” for HR4174 is a deceit sheet; and

3) the bill’s so long, wordy, and was cheated out of any hearing or debate before being passed, that too many of the “good guys” wrongly voted for it.

USPIE Advisory Board member Christel Swasey makes a plea to President Trump in her latest letter regarding HR4174.

Please email and tweet President Trump and other people to ask him for a veto on HR 4174, Evidence Based Policymaking. They’re not taking calls because of the shutdown, but you can send an email: www.whitehouse.gov/contact.

How do I ask President Trump to veto the bill? https://www.whitehouse.gov/get-involved/write-or-call/?utm_medium=email&utm_source=sendpress&utm_campaign 

You can email the White House and use the free Twitter site. On Twitter you can use @realDonaldTrump @Potus @WhiteHouse and #VetoHR4174 and #VetoFEPA.

Thank you!

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Let’s Celebrate a Worthy Cause!

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Dear Friend,

‘Tis the Season of Giving where we celebrate generosity to worthy causes.

USPIE is such a cause, and the reason is easy to explain: USPIE was founded in 2014 with the mission of returning control of education to parents and local communities by eradicating federal intrusion. We believe parents are a child’s first teacher and should have absolute say over where and how their child is educated.

State leaders from around the country who are fed up with being ignored on education policy have joined forces to abolish the US Education Department and put an end to ALL federal education mandates.

USPIE endeavors to inform Americans of the trillions of dollars wasted on federal education in the last 35 years with nothing to show for it but stagnant test scores and declining student academic achievement.

It is the goal of USPIE to return American education to its proper local roots and restore parental authority over their children’s education.

 

During this Christmas Season, would you consider supporting

U.S. Parents Involved in Education with a special gift?

 

Your gift will help increase our Newsletters and informative email circulation, allow us to send our Stop Fed Ed materials to legislators and influential education policy leaders, and much more!

If you believe these goals are worthy of support, please make your best, tax-deductible gift to USPIE today: https://uspie.org/donate

Thank you for your support of USPIE and parental rights in education, and for making USPIE a part of your end-of-year giving!

 

Merry Christmas and All the Best in the New Year to come!

 

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