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URGENT: Cong. Anne Kuster stabs every NH child, teacher and parent in the back!

We have been fighting against the reauthorization of No Child Left Behind for several months now. It began with the U.S. House drafting H.R.5 and the U.S. Senate drafting “Every Child Achieves Act”. After each bill passed the House and Senate, they were then sent to a Conference Committee to come up with a final Bill. That final Bill was released with over 1,000 pages and voted on within a few days giving the public and their elected House members a short time to read and identify the numerous problems that still existed.

On December 2, the U.S. House voted to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965. How did your New Hampshire representatives vote?

Cong. Frank Guita (R) : NAY
Cong. Anne Kuster (D) : YE

In other words, Cong. Anne Kuster just stabbed every NH child, teacher and parent in the back with her YEA vote. This also means that Cong. Frank Guinta is due a big THANK YOU from all of his constituents.

What again is so wrong with reauthorizing the failed federal education reform, No Child Left Behind? We can look at a letter sent to the new Speaker of the U.S. House, Paul Ryan, from a State Senator in Georgia, William Ligon.

In Ligon’s letter he talks about the over-reach by the federal government into public education:

“The latest attempt by Congress to reauthorize ESEA under its new name, Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), is a prime example of how the federal government exceeds its constitutional authority. Many of our supporters in the Republican base are wondering why we need a 1061-page federal bill dealing with education policy. I have been told by a member of our congressional delegation that bill’s length was needed to repeal many existing federal laws dealing with education. Unfortunately, a review of the bill reveals not much in the way of repeal but that once again the federal government is driving education policy in every State in the Union through grants and waivers.”

State Senator Ligon goes on to identify the problems within the legislation:

“As for ESSA specifically, here are a few of the issues that I find troubling in the bill. Although Section 8544 (p. 859) assures us that States face no penalties for withdrawing from the Common Core standards or for otherwise revising their standards, ESSA requires that state standards must align with higher-education requirements. Since federal mandates have already ensured that our colleges and universities have aligned their entrance requirements with Common Core (known as College and Career Ready) then it would appear that we again have an entire process, both lengthy and expensive, to readdress college entrance requirements before Georgia could exit the Common Core. Furthermore, ESSA still requires “career and technical education standards” that must align to the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). It is also apparent that ESSA still requires state educational plans, which includes standards, to comply with 11 existing federal statutes, and that the Secretary of Education must sign off on these plans (Section 1005, amending Section 1111(a)(1)(B), pp. 38-39). These statutes run the gamut from Head Start to WIOA. As with all the previous reform legislation from Goals 2000 onward, this bill is intertwined and additive to the overall federal framework for education. ESSA may mitigate some of the onerous effects of NCLB, but it continues to advance the top-down, federal reform agenda.

I am also greatly troubled by the bill’s language that expands the federal role in government preschool in Section 9212, bringing us closer to President’s Obama’s vision for universal preschool. The best research shows that early education has little to no effect on long-term learning. In fact, the Department of Health and Human Services conducted its own rigorous scientific evaluation of Head Start and found that three- and four-year-old preschoolers had no measureable benefits from the program when evaluated in both the first and third grades. The study even failed to show improvements in parenting outcomes and child health outcomes. There were even negative social-emotional development effects associated with these children who had attended Head Start.

Early education through government programs not only wastes money, but is based on a faulty foundation. The best early childhood learning takes place with family, not government programs. Furthermore, the assurances (pp. 968-969) that the Secretary of Education cannot prescribe early learning development guidelines, standards, or specific assessments, preschool curriculum and the like are meaningless when considering that preschool authority rests within the Department of Health and Human Services (p. 971), and such programs already require adherence to Head Start, which demands federal performance standards, or the Baby Common Core as some have dubbed it. There are already 45 federal early learning and childcare programs that spend $14.2 billion annually. This bill continues to expand early learning subsidies and will add another $1 billion in spending over the next four years.

Within this topic of early childhood education, I would be remiss if I did not also mention that data collection on these children is invasive and that these early learning data systems are designed to link with not only the K-12 data systems, but also post-secondary data, and labor data, as well as universal newborn screening and health data systems. This is readily apparent from a quick review of Early Learning Challenge grants from various states. It is truly a cradle- to-grave system of government data collection on the citizens of this nation. Congress is paving the way for the next generation to live in the” brave new world” which facilitates the government’s management of its citizens. If history is any guide, when government controls this much information on its citizens, it will abuse its power.

ESSA continues the federal testing mandates (Section 1005, amending Section 1111(b)(2), pp. 52-54). And the types of assessments dictated by the bill include subjective assessments of students’ skills and psychological attributes via the requirement to assess higher-order thinking skills (HOTS). Even though the bill states that assessments will not evaluate or access personal or family beliefs or attitudes, by definition, HOTS, as developed in Bloom’s Taxonomy, includes not only the cognitive domain, but the affective domain and the psychomotor domain. Particularly, the affective domain includes attitudes, feelings, values, motivations, and the like. The federal government has no business imposing any requirements concerning state assessments, but certainly should not require assessments that target students’ psychological profiles.

The bill also incentivizes the Obama administration’s pet concept of schools as “community learning centers,” perhaps more accurately dubbed “parent replacement centers.” This section of the bill, Part B- 21st Century Community Learning Centers (Section 4201, starting on p. 489), creates a service center for youth development that could offer anything from health care and wellness programs to service learning or “environmental literacy.” In addition, the Promise Neighborhoods (Section 4624, starting on p. 606) provide another smorgasbord that offer services to train families to promote early learning and child development as well as provide “social, health, nutrition, and mental health services and supports, for children, family members, and community members…” (609-610). The nanny-state just continues to grow in this legislation.”

We encourage you to read the letter in full to get all of the details.

The U.S. Senate must now vote on this compromised bill. That’s why it’s important for New Hampshire residents to contact U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen and Kelly Ayotte immediately to let them know this latest version is unacceptable and they need to vote NO. (202) 224-3121

As the Republican presidential primary unfolds, it’s pretty clear that the outsiders have an advantage among the Republican voters. Why? Because it’s obvious that the establishment is not listening to their constituents. Republican voters are angry that their voices are not being heard in D.C. or by the Republican Governors. (Remember, Gov. Jeb Bush supports this reauthorization) Voters are angry that legislation like this can be put forth and supported by Republicans.

We are fortunate that our Republican Congressman Frank Guinta (R) listened to the parents and teachers in New Hampshire. But many, including Anne Kuster (D) and the Democrats in D.C., did not.


STOP the reauthorization of “No Child Left Behind” / ESEA

We only have a couple of days before the U.S. Congress votes on ESEA!
Rep. Frank Guinta (202) 225-5456
Rep. Annie Kuster (202) 225-5206

What to expect if this passes?
Well the draft bills are telling…..The federal government will dictate how and what your children learn from now on.
You will lose your parental right to guide your child’s learning in public school through a local Board Of Ed.
It will be the dumbing down of America.
It will be the “push out” of traditional teachers, in substitution for Chrome Books and $15/hr digital facilitators. (Remember the curriculum will be aligned to what the Feds want and carried through those digital devices)
It will be constant testing and assessment – either through what we see today or on digital real time platforms.
It will be the massive collection of very private data on your children.
It will be the funneling of children into specific career tracks early in their K12 experience.
Did you move somewhere because the schools were great? Forget the investment – EVERY CHILD gets the exact same education. No innovation will be allowed. This is unpiloted, unknown, and unethical.

Do you believe your school or state is not being effected by ‘common core’ right now? If this passes, it doesn’t matter if you live in a state that says it isn’t common core. It is a federal law that will supercede all others.

Please, please, please call your Congressman/woman today and leave a simple message that you want them to VOTE NO on ESEA – if for no other reason than it is irresponsible to take a bill this enormous with such huge implications to the next generation – and try to slam it through in 48 hours with no oversight.

Thanks all!

URGENT: Call To Action: Stop No Child Left Behind Reauthorization!

Federal Education Bills – Reauthorization of ESEA

House Bill HR 5 – Student Success Act (SSA) passed 218 – 213.
Senate Bill S 1177 – Every Child Achieves Act (ECAA) passed 81 – 17.

Next Steps –
The House and Senate must write a Conference Report to reconcile the two bills.

There is some hope –
a. Reconciliation may not occur.
b. Pres.Obama may not sign the reconciled measure.

Important proviso –
Because the American people have lost their trust in this President and in this Congress, now is not the time to pass the reauthorization of NCLB. We need to wait until after the elections of 2016. Any bill that Pres. Obama would sign means that the bill is full of the same philosophy of education that perpetuates his Common Core Standards Initiative.

Take Action –
a. Contact your Representatives and Senators.
b. Tell them to oppose the reconciled measure.
c. Because Congressmen and Senators are back in their home districts for the August recess, now is the time to contact them about the NCLB reauthorization bills.
d. Tell them “Just Say No.”

Senator Kelly Ayotte: Phone: 202-224-3324 or Phone: 603-622-7979
Senator Jeanne Shaheen: Ph: (202) 224-2841 or Ph: (603) 647-7500
Congressman Frank Guinta: Phone: (202) 225-5456 or Phone: (603) 641-9536
Congresswoman Anne Kuster: Phone: (202) 225-5206 or Phone: (603) 595-2006

Problems with Every Child Achieves Act (ECAA)


The following is a list of problems with the Every Child Achieves Act (ECAA):

1. The ECAA is too long; at 792 pages, the bill is 122 pages longer than the burdensome No Child Left Behind law (NCLB).
2. The new language in the ECAA does not restrict the U.S. Department of Education (USED) because:
a. The language simply replicates existing protections.
b. The proposed provisions fail to provide an enforcement mechanism for states.
c. The ECAA aligns the states to the same College-and Career-Ready Standards as in the Common Core Standards.
3. The ECAA continues the same USED master-servant relationship, requiring states to submit education plans to USED.
4. The ECAA retains the federal testing mandates, continuing the NCLB “teach-to-the-test” environment.
5. The ECAA requires standards to be aligned with federal workforce standards and early childhood standards.
6. If a state fails to meet the requirements of a listed program, the USED can force the state to make the mandated changes.
7. ECAA requires states to have College-and Career-Ready Standards, code language for Common Core Standards.
8. ECAA requires states to align to the Common Core Standards.
9. ECAA penalizes schools that do not enforce that 95 % of their students take the state assessment.
10. ECAA dictates particular tests that are very expensive; the tests inject intrusive psychological data collection and profiling into the assessments.
11. ECAA maintains NCLB’s requirement that states produce individual student interpretive reports that contain behavioral skills.
12. All states could be required to submit detailed student profiles to USED.
13. ECAA allows NAEP to implement the probing of students’ psychological traits (e.g., “mindsets,” “grit,” etc.).
14. ECAA eliminates NCLB’s prohibition against very personal items (family beliefs and attitudes, psychological data).
15. ECAA details the framework of the states’ accountability systems.
16. ECAA extends the tentacles of federal control into public preschools.
17. ECAA contains Early Learning Alignment and Improvement Grants. This includes childcare and Head Start, but the grants expire in three years. Even though early childhood programs have little proven educational benefit, the government bureaucrats will gain influence over very young children.
18. ECAA requires statewide preschools to align with federal standards under Head Start and Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG).
19. ECAA includes “school climate” formula grants to force students to adopt certain world-views.
20. ECAA includes formula grants for “extended learning opportunities” to ensure children spend more time at school and less time with their families.
21. ECAA fulfills Arne Duncan’s desire to make schools “21st-century community learning centers.” This fosters reliance on the government schools rather than on families or churches.

Source: This list was compiled from “The Every Child Achieves Act – A Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing,” by American Principles in Action.

CALL TO ACTION: Stop “Every Child Achieves Act”

S. 1177 needs to be stopped. Not only is it a dangerous bill, but the U.S. Senate violated basic civic procedure In Reauthorization of ESEA. There were NO PUBLIC HEARINGS for parents. Why don’t our Senators want to listen to parents? Please tell your two Senators to vote “NO” on S. 1177.
Listen to Sandra Stotsky’s warns of U.S. Senate’s “Gross Violation of Civic Procedure” In Reauthorization of ESEA :


Governor Jeb Bush and the NEA: Working Against NH Parents

Governor Jeb Bush came to New Hampshire a few weeks ago and told us why we should support the re-authorization of No Child Left Behind NCLB. Many teachers and parents were shocked to learn the Governor not only supports the Common Core Standards in our schools, but now he’s trying to get us to support re-authorizing No Child Left Behind.

At what point do we say, he’s out of touch? Did he even read HR5 for instance? All 600 pages PLUS? And if so did he read about the many problems in the Bill that will continue to plague our local schools?

How can Jeb Bush ever be trusted as President if he is that out of touch with the parents in New Hampshire who’ve had to endure the failures of No Child Left Behind and the current problems with Common Core?

To make matters worse, now the NEA is teaming up with Governor Bush to push for reauthorizing NCLB too.

Yes you read that right. The nations teachers union, instead of calling for repealing the law, they too want to re-authorize it in their way.

Their recent e-mail to teachers referenced the Senate version of NCLB however many of the problems in the House version, continue in the Senate version too.

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No where does the NEA call for accountability to PARENTS. Right now this accountability scheme is to bureaucrats.

No where do they call for the repeal of NCLB. They simply want to re-work it and pass it.

We’d like to see Governor Bush and the NEA to start putting parents back in control of their local schools. NCLB and the current proposed legislation continue to leave parents out.

Teachers and parents are fed up with the over-reach by the federal government into our schools. We do not need an out-of-touch Governor and the union leadership joining together in an effort to re-authorize legislation that continues to cut parents out of the picture.