An Education Policy Action Plan
1. Prohibit collection of private, personal data. 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.
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 further ESEA reauthorizations. Because local control has been lost to federal over-reach and the purpose of education has been changed to government-managed workforce tracking instead of education, we must restore pre-1965 policies.
6. 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.
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.
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. Dismantle the large school districts as soon as the state is free of federal control, and allow local neighborhood schools to develop their own standards and curricula with direct accountability to the neighborhood tax base.
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!
18. Remove your children from schools that receive public subsidies, including public-private partnership (P3) schools (also known as “school choice”-charter-voucher schools). Research private and home school options to confirm they are not aligned with Common Core standards, behavioral tests, aligned computer adaptive tests (CAT), or sharing your student’s records with databases accessed by unauthorized outside entities (SLDS).
19. Have confidence that it is possible to teach a child the basics at home for a fraction of the time as in a public setting, and that students can still out-perform public-charter school students. If parents are concerned about “socialization” beyond their own family unit, find appropriate extracurricular activities in the private sector to give them additional social interaction.
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 through research and student grants. Write letters to the colleges of your choice to let them know where you stand and that you will not consider them unless the policies change.
22. Have the courage to educate and inform the business and church community one-on-one. Show them how these reforms adversely affect them and how the “social justice” curriculum is teaching their future employees to rise up and unionize against them.
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