National Groups Oppose Passage of NCLB ReWrite
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Several Missouri Groups signed on to this letter.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 13, 2015
In a coast to coast effort, parent and citizen groups, resisting the national and federal takeover of standards, testing, curriculum, and student data collection via Race to the Top and Common Core standards, are loudly voicing their concerns and opposition to the conference committee report being written for the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). This letter strongly urges suspension of work on this bill “until a new administration is elected that, we hope, will follow the rule of law and the Constitution regarding the proper federal role in education.” This request is being made because:
It was sent to congressional education leaders responsible for crafting the bill House Education Chairman John Kline (R-MN), Minority Robert Scott, Senator Lamar Alexander, and Senator Patty Murray and is signed by 182 different state and local groups, education activists or local and state officials in 45 states including 15 national organizations and activists in addition to state and local chapters of several other national organizations.
The thoroughly referenced letter lays out fatal flaws with both the House Student Success Act (HR 5) and the Senate Every Child Achieves Act (S 1177) in extensive detail in the following areas, for all of which federal statutory or constitutional authority is extremely questionable or non-existent:
- Federal Involvement in Standards Development
- Federally Mandated Testing
- Federal Curriculum
- Student Data and Psychological Privacy
- Full Service Community Schools & Safe, Healthy & Supportive Schools
“The overwhelming response to this effort to protect the hearts and minds of our children and rein in federal overreach is extremely gratifying,” said Karen R. Effrem, MD, president of Education Liberty Watch, executive director of the Florida Stop Common Core Coalition, and one of the letter’s primary authors. “The unconstitutional federal overreach in education that is so damaging to our children and our future as a nation needs to end now, and stopping this legislation is a critical first step.”
The letter concludes:
Read the full document HERE.
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