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A Back to School Warning to Parents

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Looking for solutions? Here is a list of do’s and don’ts and especially some warnings. It comes from years of experience as a mother who tried every possible form of education to fit my individual children’s unique needs. Regardless of the state in which you live, the challenges are nationally driven and similar. Watch for your state’s local home school conferences. There’s one happening in Utah that locals will not want to miss – this weekend – even if you don’t home school. It’s amazing!

It’s that time of year again. It’s back to school. Many parents and children alike are excited about a new year, a new teacher, or perhaps even a new school. Many will be looking over the forms and policies, the class procedures and making decisions for their children during the first few days of school.

WARNING. ALERT. Read on….

I remember that almost Christmas Eve-like anticipation as a child. I also remember it as a parent. New clothes, new friends. The world begins anew in August and September and centers around that school calendar until the next May or June.

After raising five children and after a few years into the public school system, it wasn’t such a rosy picture. After a few encounters and disappointments, I began to investigate. Something was wrong here.

My decades of research have brought me to a place where I can confidently say that public school is dangerous to both your and your child’s health. It needs to carry the same disclaimer as a cigarette pack.

That sounds dramatic, right?

charlotteHere’s the bottom line: The public school is a federal welfare program that has been failing for decades, and according my dear, long-time friend Charlotte Iserbyt, Reagan’s Senior Policy Advisor from the US Department of Education, it has been a deliberate act of negligence. She was the whistle blower. She is the source of much of what follows. We are all indebted to her.

You can follow her blogs here.

This outrageous assertion actually makes sense if you think about it, because if a socialist society is the goal of the education community (which it is), it needs a compliant, passive and dumbed down citizenry. And it must have its fingers in every pie, managing and controlling from the top down, making us believe it’s bottom up – through the community council and tracking from the bottom up.

Welcome to the New American School.

Charlotte found documents in her Department of Education files (of which I also have copies) of policies and programs at the federal level that were enacted to do just that – to dumb down. They first targeted the minorities in Chicago with a reading program that failed the majority of the students. Learning to read and to discipline the brain by memorization of facts and drilling of calculations, time against accuracy, was banned long ago and replaced with a new social agenda – today called “social justice.”

This was not a partisan decision in Congress. Both parties have worked together, astonishingly with Republicans leading the charge. Watch these two short videos, one from 1989 – a Republican Secretary of Education – a Republican, and one from the current Secretary of Education – a Democrat.

Listen briefly to both of them. Shock and awe here…

This is 1989, Lamar Alexander (today’s chairman of the Senate Education Committee!)

This is our current Sec. of Ed. Arne Duncan (a marxist):

Lamar Alexanders Community Ed Bill
Right now the community ed bill S 1787 is set to bring this model to every state, including Utah – under Lamar Alexander’s leadership in the US Senate. (Early Childhood Ed is key to all of it.)

But if you think this is all great stuff, you, my friend, even though you think you are a conservative Republican and you LOVE LOVE LOVE charter schools (government welfare subsidzied private schools without accountability to local taxpayers – loss of representative republican form of government) – are a marxist. A socialist. A communist at heart. (I warned you this content was hard core.)

As the government-funded school became more controlled from the top down (state or federal), more testing, accounting and tracking became necessary. But it was not the testing of academic (cognitive) learning. It was the testing of attitudes and values (affective), very subtly integrated into a multi-disciplinary curriculum in classrooms that functioned around affirmative action and reverse discrimination policies. That began under Lyndon B. Johnson’s Great Society – with the first national attitudes test, the NAEP.

Fast forward to the education agreements between the US and the USSR in the mid-1980s which clinched it – under Reagan, the US agreed to adopt the Soviet system. This is not a joke. One could legitimately say that the bureaucracy in DC is so huge, that Reagan completely delegated all policies to his cabinet, and perhaps he truly thought that the US-USSR education exchange would turn out that the US would be informing the USSR. Alas, the opposite happened.

Utah’s testing director Don Thomas even invited me to go to the USSR with him to observe how well it was done. I should have taken him up on his offer.

Using operant conditioning, another hallmark of soviet psychology to control the people and developed by B.F. Skinner, is now implemented through computer adaptive testing. Today’s classroom has become the propaganda tool for turning the student against the parochial views of their parents as well as training them to be good little communists all through tests that alter until the right answers are given. Attitudinal and valuse answers. Whose attitudes and values? That is the question.

In the 1990s, I attended teacher training in Utah’s Granite School District, where it all began under soviet-loving Don Thomas. I was taught that in the classroom, there are just too many Indian chiefs and not enough Indians. (And I naively thought I sent my children to school to become tomorrow’s leaders. Not so.) Cooperative, group learning. The group was IN. The individual was OUT. You must have that mentality in a socialist society. This is the school district where it all began.

The classroom under today’s title – “common core” – has become a manipulative cess pool of redistribution of the brain. We must lower the basketball standard so that all can shoot the basket. Standards drive the curriculum and the tests.

What does STEM have to do with it?

In the public school setting, the Judeo-Christian God is OUT and STEM is in.

It’s all about science, technology, engineering and math in a completely godless vacuum. All knowledge is scrutinized through the secular humanist microscope.

(“But my child’s teacher is Christian, or Mormon, etc.” you say. What difference does it make when that teacher is teaching a mandated secular humanist perspective? Good luck with that, after 13 years of prime time in that environment, and especially when the teacher becomes superior to YOUR credibility as parent.) Many of the good teachers are leaving this system, and I don’t blame them.

These are all highlights and hallmarks of a soviet education.

So Let’s Meet the Soviets
In 1970, I had the opportunity to visit with Soviet students at the Expo 70 World’s Fair in Osaka, Japan while touring with the Department of Defense. I asked if they believed in God. The response was chilling: “Yes – WE are god – it’s within, it’s our intellect, it’s science. If it cannot be scientifically proved, it is not so.”

The Soviets were geniuses at “STEM” before it was even called STEM. They tracked the student from the school to the workforce with a strong emphasis on these fields of study. STEM was first introduced as a package in 2011 at the UN. I was there in the negotiating rooms. Within two years, it was in Utah with every good Republican implementing it through legislative policy. The agenda behind STEM was overlaid with a socialist bias – whether gender equality or environmental activism, that was the goal of STEM.

Bless the PTA moms’ hearts, they adore it and don’t even know what they adore. What wonderful marxist cheerleaders they have become. You name it, like lemmings, they are on it and willing to follow off the cliff.

Utah and Soviet Workforce Training
In the early 1990s, School-to-Work programs began to be implemented. In Utah, the Republican legislature and the education committee along with the majority of the Utah Senate and House, has implemented the entire socialist-soviet workforce training program. No wonder – it began in Utah. Sadly, they would not recognize soviet education if they saw it. They all say they are “conservatives.” This is so frustrating as an informed researcher that observes the ineptness of the majority of legislators. But then, most were educated in the very socialist system they now support. How would we expect them to know the difference?

Although anti-communists were demonized during the post-world war years, today’s average American would not recognize communism or even socialism if it were right in front of them (which it is). The proof is that most Americans are now practicing socialists. In fact, most embrace the very policies that were the hallmark of the soviet system that controlled the workforce.

We have elected these uninformed, naive legislators who continue to build out the community education policies of the soviet union. They couple those programs with the other hallmark of soviet education – the contract school, which feature no elected boards and a polytechnic approach. So one school focused on math and science, another the arts, and so on.

My former soviet friends, Olympic athletes, were tracked from early childhood ed at age 3 into those athletic programs. School was 12 hours a day, six days a week. They were superior. No one could compete with them at the Olympics.

But is that what education is for? Workforce training and management?

But it all imploded. Because, as Margaret Thatcher once said, the problem with socialism is that eventually you run out of others people’s money. The US is headed for an implosion, and I will do anything I can to prevent it from happening to my children and grandchildren.

It took 60 years of the Soviets silencing the churches and only allowing them to preach within the four walls of their sanctuaries, and completely banning religious speech from the school. They usurped the family’s central authority over the children (“your children do not belong to you – they belong to society” – the same mantra we hear from establishment educators running our schools) and implemented in loco parentis attitudes through education bureaucrats, before they realized they had given up liberty for security.

In the US, we now have soviet workforce training systems in place. Because Reagan loved Mormons (his lieutenant governor was John Harmer in California), he jumped at the opportunity to hire one to be his Secretary of Education – T.H Bell of Utah. What a mistake. Bell was a marxist (knowingly or unknowingly), and he is responsible for Utah becoming the pilot program for “outcome based education” the foundation of all socialist tracking and standards over which we now continue to fight.

The schools track everything today – cradle to grave, just as described in those videos. This is soviet education. The school has become the hub of the family and community, bringing all agencies together to monitor and “help” the parents. Remember Reagan’s quote: “The nine most terrifying words in the English language are: I’m from the government and I’m here to help.” School officials may say they are here to help but they are actually mirroring the parent-monitoring and tattling system of the Soviet Union.

Do you really trust government to be on your side given the history of Utah’s DCFS? (Department of Child and Family Services – or similar agency in YOUR state) Are you aware of that aggressive track record of removing children from their parents at a high per capita rate compared to the rest of the nation?

Back To School Dangers – Giving Up Your Parental Rights – What to Avoid
When things don’t go well, parents often wake up and realize the rights they have given up. That happened to me years ago.

But every year when it’s Back to School, parents – especially the new ones – rush to sign their students up for their child’s SEP, SEOP, IEP or whatever student plan the counselor’s office offers.

Don’t sign on to any tracking education or occupational plan.

If they have a child with a learning disability, they rush to get that IEP or the use of federal funds under the Disability Act (IDEA).

Do not register your child in an IEP – the government will forever be tracking your student and all mental illness or disability or medications into that child’s government file. It’s none of government’s @#$% business. This is the mindset of the Chinese dossier.

Yet parents readily give social security numbers to their schools, and that is the tracking number for life. Remember, we are now a socialist nation – bringing health care and collaborative social service agencies to the hub – the public school.

Don’t share your child’s social security number with anyone except for income purposes.

Don’t allow your student to be tested with any state or federal assessment and sign an agreement that no data will be shared outside of the school.

We have discovered that the schools are tracking the personal identification thousands of criteria – attitudes and values included. Each student can be tracked and the government will know which ones need re-education if they don’t fit in. It is none of the government’s @#$% business.

Cradle to Grave Socialist Schools

Stop Early Childhood Ed in your state. And do NOT enroll your child in any early ed program.

They really do mean to track the babies from the hospitals, as Republican Lamar Alexander advocated in 1989 in that video. That’s why hospitals issue social security numbers the day the baby is born. And these government busy-bodies can’t wait to get that child into the socialist mindset as early as possible.

Now that ObamaCare is in place, the school will begin to build the health clinic and dispense health care directly from the school. The grants are in place through several sources, much of which is now in the ACA (ObamaCare). They will dispense comprehensive health care, without consent of parents (or with uninformed consent), including contraceptives and sex ed. And they will have your doctor’s support, because doctors have also been brainwashed in medical schools whose faculty has bought into socialized medicine decades ago.

And don’t get me going about the American Medical Association, complicit in all of this socialist management. They own and control the medial records and the CPT codes which reports are now under the control of the IRS.

It is for this purpose that I offer this back-to-school warning. You must hold on to your parental rights. Do not relinquish them.

In the early 1990s I helped craft and author and pass the nation’s first state level FERPA – Utah’s Family Education and Right to Privacy Act. It’s purpose was to maintain the privacy of the student with all the data exchange. Now today computer systems have made it a snap – a frightening one at that.

Who trusts government with their private information? No former soviet citizen that escaped that system. Only naive Americans would do that.

This tracking is the hallmark of a communist government system. It is here and it is now, and you are most likely embracing communism yourself as you read this and think I’m imagining dragons.

Yet a while back, in a local church congregation after the service was over, a special announcement was made that the county health department, in the name of public safety in case of disaster, wanted everyone to provide to them not just the names, addresses and phone numbers of the members of that congregation, but the entire health history, what meds were being taken and who the physician was, etc. A large plastic pill bottle was provided to put a copy of that form in the refrigerator, and the other copy went to the county health department.

Are you KIDDING me? Yet you would have been astonished at how many unknowing naive citizens rushed to the table at the back to get that form and fill it out. (I kept mine as evidence of the deception of the communist culture being built around us as we sit on our couches watching the Super Bowl.)

TAKE ACTION

So here is my additional advice:

Back to School parents, do NOT allow your student’s school – if it gets ONE penny of federal or state funding – to administer to your student any state or federal assessment test you have not previewed or that is tied to common core or to the federal funding each state is receiving.

Watch out for Sage or the AIR tests. RED FLAGS both.

Opt Out. Opt Out. Opt Out. Here is the form.

Study and get together with your neighbors and inform them.

Don’t sign up for the PTA. Do organize a PTO. Get your neighbors and do it. Nothing works like competition. Oh. But that’s such a capitalist idea. (Trust me, the PTA will be very threatened.)

Listen to our radio programming on AM 630 www.K-talk.com Monday-Friday, 10-Noon mountain time. We will keep you updated.

Your student will bring home stacks of papers asking for your signature. Read them carefully. DO NOT CONSENT to anything that you are not sure of and know that your student and your family will be tracked unless you specifically request to opt out.

Sex ed is woven throughout the curriculum. Soon in Utah, because of the recent changes to the definition of marriage, the curriculum will begin reflecting the additional endorsement of a lifestyle that most parents do not want their children to be taught.

Opt Out of any family life, maturation or sex ed program. Opt out of any suicide or drug prevention program. Stay away. These are discussions for families in the privacy of their homes.

UFERPA Nosy Questions Brochure

Present this brochure to your student’s school along with the opt out form. (Sadly, too many of you reading this will say, “But I need to be on the good side of the school in order for my child to be the teacher’s favorite.” To this I ask, who’s the parent here and how much do you love your child and your child’s future of freedom? Stand for something! If YOU don’t, who WILL and, how will YOUR CHILD?)

Read your children’s text books and homework papers. A Leftist ideology is woven throughout. It’s often imperceptible. And if you don’t know the difference, start reading and learning.

That should not be surprising. If I were the devil, as Paul Harvey wrote way back in 1965:

“…I would encourage schools to refine young intellects, but neglect to discipline emotions — just let those run wild, until before you knew it, you’d have to have drug sniffing dogs and metal detectors at every schoolhouse door.

“Within a decade I’d have prisons overflowing, I’d have judges promoting pornography — soon I could evict God from the courthouse, then from the schoolhouse, and then from the houses of Congress. And in His own churches I would substitute psychology for religion, and deify science.”

Paul Harvey was prophetic.

Get your child OUT of government-funded schools while you can. Home school them. That’s a tough one to swallow. But it’s the best advice I can give at this point in my life. Find good online programs. If you don’t know how to assess what’s good and what’s not, connect with the parents that do.

In Utah the LDS Home School Conference is this weekend at South Towne Expo, August 21-22. If you are LDS (and even if you aren’t) and even if you don’t home school, get to this event!!! You will find unbelievable resources and network with other parents who are seeking solutions.

Charlotte Iserbyt used to tell me this way back in 1989 when my children were all in public school, and I admit I thought it was a bit on the fringe. I suspect, you may think the same of me as well. But now I have experienced what Charlotte tried to warn me about, and now I am warning you.

It is your choice to believe what you will of my strident message and unsolicited advice. (Where is my tin foil hat, right?)

However, if you value your own liberty, I challenge you to do the research and then to show where I’m mistaken. I have been tracking these details for decades now. I have thoroughly vetted the who’s who of education curriculum and testing development. I have not found one educator involved in public education who is NOT Leftist, socialist, marxist, or communist. They are all the same – it’s about control. Education has drifted from developing the tools that will allow the student to learn for themselves to class struggle and equality and treating everyone fairly. Those educators have stated so themselves. That IS the goal.

Even the ACT and SAT has been taken over by these marxist social engineers. I have a comprehensive presentation on these facts that are indisputable.

This great equality lie is driven from the top – UNESCO, the United Nations where these marxist NGOs gather to build policy. Then they come back around to Washington DC to buy the votes to get the legislation they need.

Watch your legislature. The majority are incompetent but well-meaning individuals who will pass more and more socialist laws over education and the workforce as each year goes by. Then they will run for office as a “conservative” because they could not identify socialism or communism if they saw it. They are not fit for the office they hold.

My final word of advice: Spread the word and vote them OUT.

Blessings to all the good parents out there who want the best education for their children. Be prayerful. Your children are YOUR stewardship, no one else’s.

End of rant.

Looking for solutions? Here is a list of do’s and don’ts and especially some warnings. It comes from years of experience as a mother who tried every possible form of education to fit my individual children’s unique needs. Regardless of the state in which you live, the challenges are nationally driven and similar. Watch for […]

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Meet the Grand Dame of the Common Core Revolt

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charlotteCharlotte Iserbyt.  She is a lightning rod in the field of education reform because she tells it like it is. Too often people don’t want to hear the truth.  But as Senior Policy Advisor in the Department of Education during the Reagan Administration, she saw first-hand what was being planned – what she coined “the deliberate dumb down.”

She’s frustrated that after several decades, conservatives just don’t seem to get it.  Can you blame her?

She has her ducks in a row.  We have been collaborators in this research for over 25 years now, and she is still going strong on her blog site, the ABC’s of Dumb Down, a mix of treacherous truth and her hilarious sense of humor, two of her higher order thinking skills she has fine tuned.  Behind the scenes and in front, she has provided the major background research that has connected the dots for so many new activists and moms and dads who have come and gone in the system and experienced that gnawing feeling “something’s wrong with education.” Read More

      Charlotte Iserbyt.  She is a lightning rod in the field of education reform because she tells it like it is. Too often people don’t want to hear the truth.  But as Senior Policy Advisor in the Department of Education during the Reagan Administration, she saw first-hand what was being planned – what she […]

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Three Choices in Education? Or Two? Or One?

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On July 22, 2014, Glenn Beck hosted an informative discussion about education reforms, specifically “common core.”  I have researched and written profusely about these reforms for over two decades now.  Much of that has already been posted on this blog site and you can search the categories and archives.

The Beck show was enlightening and well-done.  Some excellent ideas were put forward.  How to organize and work with state legislators.  How to research, using original sources.  How to message (although I disagree with a couple of points).

At the end, the show’s ACTION was clear:  buy Beck’s book Conform.  That’s OK too (except that some critical points were omitted.)  We believe in free enterprise and to the degree that his book will galvanize masses to take action, that’s good.  The action I have been urging our local group to do since 2012 is to boycott the tests.  To stage a massive walk out. Read More

On July 22, 2014, Glenn Beck hosted an informative discussion about education reforms, specifically “common core.”  I have researched and written profusely about these reforms for over two decades now.  Much of that has already been posted on this blog site and you can search the categories and archives. The Beck show was enlightening and […]

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Limited Learning for Life-Long Labor: Iserbyt Tells It Like It Is

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This is a priceless video.  Share it with your friends, family, children, grandchildren.  If they don’t know what’s happening to them, they won’t know what to do about it. I’m honored to have known Charlotte Iserbyt for over 25-years and for the depth of knowledge and understanding and her sharp intellect. Please tell parents that oppose common core but support school choice that they must listen to her message before it’s too late.

To get the entire history and the details you need to know, this 8-disc DVD set is a MUST. For more info and how to order, click here.

This is a priceless video.  Share it with your friends, family, children, grandchildren.  If they don’t know what’s happening to them, they won’t know what to do about it. I’m honored to have known Charlotte Iserbyt for over 25-years and for the depth of knowledge and understanding and her sharp intellect. Please tell parents that […]

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The Global Road to Ruin Through Education – Iserbyt

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The author and Grand Dame of exposing The Deliberate Dumbing Down of America, former Senior Education Policy Director for the USDOE, Charlotte Isberyt, has now produced an encore with noted colleagues from around the country that have been sounding the alarm for many, many years.

Cindi Weatherly directed the project and they have laid down a superior and comprehensive series of DVD’s charting what has happened to the United States through the Leftist take-over of education – public, private and parochial. Read More

The author and Grand Dame of exposing The Deliberate Dumbing Down of America, former Senior Education Policy Director for the USDOE, Charlotte Isberyt, has now produced an encore with noted colleagues from around the country that have been sounding the alarm for many, many years. Cindi Weatherly directed the project and they have laid down […]

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The Core of Common Core Exposed

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This upcoming legislative session in Utah will be revealing on many fronts. Take education, for example.

I suspect it will be the same in your state legislature because education reform is nationally controlled now through the “common core” movement. So when I speak of Utah, your state is likely to be facing the same kinds of bills coming through the process. It’s likely that special interests, funded by your chambers of commerce and local think tanks that have locked arms with them are pushing for a reform that is not in the interests of parents and children.

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This upcoming legislative session in Utah will be revealing on many fronts. Take education, for example. I suspect it will be the same in your state legislature because education reform is nationally controlled now through the “common core” movement. So when I speak of Utah, your state is likely to be facing the same kinds […]

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Understanding the Reforms Surrounding Common Core

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This is an excellent presentation by a skilled public speaker, Karen Bracken of Tennessee.  It is one of the most credible on the Internet.

She explains the Common Core reforms in a context many are not and her message needs to be understood.  For those who want sound bites, I’m sorry, we are dealing with a complex bureaucracy, and it simply cannot be explained in a short 20- or 30-minute presentation. 

Karen deals with the impact of charter schools, which virtually ALL other researchers are refusing to address, primarily because they are collaborating with conservative think tanks whose funders are invested in the development of charter schools.

I am prepping an advanced PowerPoint presentation that will be released shortly. If you would like to be on the invitation list, please sign up for updates on the top right.

This is an excellent presentation by a skilled public speaker, Karen Bracken of Tennessee.  It is one of the most credible on the Internet. She explains the Common Core reforms in a context many are not and her message needs to be understood.  For those who want sound bites, I’m sorry, we are dealing with […]

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School Grades Trump Parental Rights

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Today’s the day the Utah school report card is released.  The Utah legislature, dominated by the Republican Party, voted overwhelmingly to force students to take the state/national assessments by putting a 95% cap on how many must, in order for that school to get a good grade.

Todd WeilerOne of the more outspoken legislators is Senator Todd Weiler.  Here is his post defending the right of the legislature and the school to compel such a testing system where truly “No Child Left Behind” is the desired result.

Here is my reply:

I don’t want to have a spitting match about test questions or standards or whose are better or worse. The principles and philosophies to which those who have influenced and who are in controlling positions over the tests (e.g. College Board, AP, SAT, ACT), is a monopoly. No one can get into an accredited college or university without taking one of those tests (GED included).

In concept, why should a parent who does not want their child to take these tests because they are controlled by a philosophy of education they oppose – e.g. educating for the workforce – managed and controlled by government (Dept. of Labor – statistics and workforce tracking through government-run databases), be forced to do so? Whether state or national, the test-writers and curriculum writers are all aligned with workforce management.

How does the legislature plan to protect their parental rights, given the fact that a school now gets a failing grade (or demerit?) if 95% of the school’s students don’t take it? Oh and that includes the supposedly outside-the-box schools, Charters, most of whom do not allow the taxpayers who fund them to have a vote on that school’s board, and many are state-run anyway. How is that “school choice” and “local control?”

And for that matter, could someone here explain where this idea originated? Is there any historical precedent of a school system whose government tracked students into a managed workforce? (This is not a trick question.)

Today’s the day the Utah school report card is released.  The Utah legislature, dominated by the Republican Party, voted overwhelmingly to force students to take the state/national assessments by putting a 95% cap on how many must, in order for that school to get a good grade. One of the more outspoken legislators is Senator […]

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Defining Local Control

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The phrase is loosely tossed around these days.  But what exactly does local control mean to you?  Technically, it means that you, the taxpayer, should have an elected representative who is accountable to you at the voting booth for every government function.  You know that you have lost local control when your elected representatives pass measures to set up another commission, agency or outsource privately (privatization) and in effect merge the private sector with the public.

Take education, for example.  Parents have been petitioning for the restoration of “local control” for decades.  Each new generation rises and asks, “Why aren’t you listening to me?”

Today, neighborhood schools have no elected boards – replaced by site-based management teams or unelected councils, but the local decisions have been transferred to the district, and in the last two decades, to the state, regional and national levels. That means less accountability.

Charter schools have erupted everywhere, and while some have elected boards, you don’t get to elect them – or even run for them (unless you have a child in the school or are affiliated with it).  Yet, you are paying for them. Some are run by the state.  Where does that take “local control?”

In my book, that’s taxation without representation.

I thought a graphic would illustrate better than words, so I brought together as many of the players involved in the nationalization of education as I could legibly include on one page.  It shows just how big government has become, how bureaucratic, how out of control – with local control virtually lost.  This must change.

You can clearly see that this bureaucracy has been funded and supported by both the Left and the Right. Have I left out any sacred cows?  This is only the tip of the iceberg.

Local Control

Another graphic coming soon: All roads lead to Bill Gates.

To understand how to take back our neighborhood schools and save public education the way it was meant to be, here is a proposed action plan.

We need your help.  It’s a costly campaign going up against this Goliath Bill Gates.  But if David could do it, so can we.

 

The phrase is loosely tossed around these days.  But what exactly does local control mean to you?  Technically, it means that you, the taxpayer, should have an elected representative who is accountable to you at the voting booth for every government function.  You know that you have lost local control when your elected representatives pass […]

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An Education Policy Action Plan

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An Education Policy Action Plan

Federal/National
1. Phase out and defund federal control of education, setting a reasonable timeline to dismantle the US Dept. of Education. Leave only an oversight-monitoring office of one elected official from each state as a check on corporate and government activities related to data collection and other activities formerly carried out by the U.S. Department of Education.

2. Challenge and discontinue the unconstitutional and illegal administration of behavioral/national tests and assessments. GEPA prohibits national testing, but NAEP is one example.


3. Pursue an anti-trust and/or class action law suit
against the College Board – a private enterprise that receives massive public funding – to break up that monopoly. Reward colleges and universities that restore development and administration of their own entrance exams – unique and individual to each school.

4. End the federal funding of regional labs
, which remove local control and outsource curriculum development for the USDOE.

5. Stop/phase out further funding through ESEA reauthorizations. Because Title I funding bypasses the state and local control has been lost to federal over-reach, and the purpose of education has been changed to government-managed workforce tracking instead of real education, we must restore pre-1965 policies.

6. Prohibit collection of private, personal data. Help bring a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Education for illegal access to student records without informed consent under FERPA. Recent NSA disclosures illustrate the need for strengthening privacy laws. Data mining and sharing should be prohibited beyond the local school and only released upon request for application either to another school or for college application/entrance.

7. Phase out block grants. A taxpayer sends $1.00 to Washington, only to get back 80 cents or less so that control and redistribution are federally controlled and then used against us.

8. Discontinue further voucher, school choice, charter school (“P3” private-public partnership), privatization grants. They constitute taxation without representation at the local level.

9. Phase out the practice of tax-funded research grants and student loans (“P3” vouchers) to private colleges and universities
, binding those schools to federal regulations. This is the loss of religious liberty and socialization of our higher education system.

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State/Local

10. End the Computer-Adaptive Test (CAT)
which employs behavioral strategies to change attitudes and values.

11. Require partisan school board and superintendent elections.
In Utah, a strong Republican state, it is estimated that 70% of most school boards, state and district, vote progressively in funding and education policy. No regular or charter school board/superintendent should be appointed, including pre-selected candidates for a run-off.

12. Tie the funding to the geographical tax base, where the school physically resides, in order to restore neighborhood school accountability.  This is the definition of local control and taxation with representation. Each local school must have an elected board representing – and accountable to – that tax base. Charter and School Community Council laws violate this definition of taxation with representation and must be repealed. 

13. End federal funding of state schools by restoring local control of state trust lands.  This property, when sold, should be allocated to the local school where that property is located.  

14. Repeal consolidation legislation that is merging smaller schools into larger districts.

15. Prohibit local teacher/administrator unions and parent organizations from forcing participation and using dues for political purposes.

16. Phase out vouchers – or anything like them (“the funds follow the student”) – that mingle public funds with the private sector, and that results in taxation without representation.

17. Phase out open enrollment and school choice-charter schools in two phases: First, by ending additional charters. Then, by developing a transition plan under which current charters take responsibility for their own development by a certain cut-off date or go out of business. The intended consequence is authentic parental choices, local control, religious liberty in education, and the restoration of representative government.

Our liberty is the bottom line. “School choice” is a lie. It is killing authentic choice. Private and parochial schools cannot compete with FREE charters and are closing or secularizing to become publicly-funded charters!

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18. Remove your children from schools that receive public subsidies, including public-private partnership (P3) schools (also known as “school choice”-charter-voucher schools).

19. Have confidence that it is possible to teach a child the basics at home.

20. Teach your children correct principles and forewarn them. Students must know that if they enter a college or university that takes federal money, they will be taught ideals that your family or religious beliefs may not support, increasing the chances that they will graduate with a more socialist/secular humanist view.

21. Avoid sending your children to private colleges and universities that accept public, tax dollars.

22. Have the courage to educate and inform the business and church community one-on-one.

In the immortal words of C.S. Lewis:
“Vocational training…prepares the pupil not for leisure, but for work;
it aims at making not a good man but a good banker,
a good electrician, a good scavenger, or a good surgeon….
You see at once that education is essentially for freemen
and vocational training for slaves.”

Submitted by Cherilyn Bacon Eagar, August 30, 2013
Former Candidate U.S. Senate 2010/Congress 2012

An Education Policy Action Plan Federal/National 1. Phase out and defund federal control of education, setting a reasonable timeline to dismantle the US Dept. of Education. Leave only an oversight-monitoring office of one elected official from each state as a check on corporate and government activities related to data collection and other activities formerly carried […]

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