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4/18/2013 5:08:51 PM
Mike Smith--HSLDA
Please call your U.S. senators and urge them to stop the Common Core Curriculum!

From the HSLDA E-lert Service...

Please call your two US Senators and urge them to stop the Common Core

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends:

HSLDA strongly opposes the Common Core State Standards Initiative, and
the curriculum, tests, and databases that are being created as part of
this misguided attempt to nationalize our nation's education system.
You can read our recent article on the Common Core here , and our recent article on
national databases here . You
can watch a video interview of HSLDA's Director of Federal Relations
discussing the Common Core here .

Thankfully, Senator Chuck Grassley (Iowa) understands the problems
with the Common Core, and is urging his fellow senators to oppose the
federal government's funding and support of this nationalized
curriculum. He is circulating a letter to senators urging them to sign
onto the letter to stop the federal government's funding of the Common

Please call your two U.S. senators and ask them to sign onto Senator
Grassley's letter to end federal funding for the Common Core. You can
reach your senators at the Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121, or
visit this page to find your senators and to email them . Since the Common Core
impacts all parents, there is no need to identify yourself as a

Your message can be as simple as: "Please sign onto Senator Grassley's
letter urging Congress to defund the Common Core Curriculum Standards
Initiative. The federal government should not be using tax-payer
dollars to pressure the states into adopting educational goals and
curriculum which should be decided by local parents, teachers, and

Here is the text of Senator Grassley's letter:

We ask that the Fiscal Year 2014 Labor, Health and Human Services,
and Education Appropriations Bill include language to restore state
decision-making and accountability with respect to state academic
content standards. The decision about what students should be taught
and when it should be taught has enormous consequences for our
children. Therefore, parents ought to have a straight line of
accountability to those who are making such decisions. State
legislatures, which are directly accountable to the citizens of their
states, are the appropriate place for those decisions to be made, free
from any pressure from the U.S. Department of Education.

While the Common Core State Standards Initiative was initially
billed as a voluntary effort between states, federal incentives have
clouded the picture. Current federal law makes clear that the U.S.
Department of Education may not be involved in setting specific
content standards or determining the content of state assessments.
Nevertheless, the selection criteria designed by the U.S. Department
of Education for the Race to the Top Program provided that for a state
to have any chance to compete for funding, it must commit to adopting
a "common set of K-12 standards" matching the description of the
Common Core. The U.S. Department of Education also made adoption of
"college- and career-ready standards" meeting the description of the
Common Core a condition to receive a state waiver under the Elementary
and Secondary Education Act. Race to the Top funds were also used to
fund two consortiums to develop assessments aligned to the Common Core
and the Department is now in the process of evaluating these

We ask that you eliminate further interference by the U.S.
Department of Education with respect to state decisions on academic
content standards by including the following language in the Fiscal
Year 2014 Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education
Appropriations Bill:

Sec. __. (a) Funds appropriated under this Act or any prior Act
shall not be used by the Secretary of Education--

(1) to directly develop, implement, or evaluate multi-State or
other specified standards (defined in this section as any set of
academic content standards common to multiple States, including the
Common Core State Standards developed by the National Governors
Association Center for Best Practices and the Council of Chief State
School Officers, or any other specified set or type of academic
content standards selected by the Secretary) or assessments aligned
with such standards;

(2) to award any grant, contract, or cooperative agreement that
requires or specifically authorizes the development, implementation,
or evaluation of multi-State or other specified standards, or
assessments aligned with such standards;

(3) to condition any award of funds to a State on the adoption of
multi-State or other specified standards, or to include, as a
component of an application for Federal funds, a requirement or
preference related to multi-State or other specified standards; or

(4) to enforce any provision of a waiver issued by such Secretary
under section 9401 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of
1965 (20 U.S.C. 7861) related to the adoption of multi-State or other
specified standards.

(b) Nothing in subsection (a) shall be construed to limit the
discretion of an individual State to use funds provided through a
grant, contract, or cooperative agreement for any uses that are
authorized under the grant, contract, or cooperative agreement, if the
State so chooses.

Thank you for standing with us for liberty.

Sincerely yours,

J. Michael Smith, Esq.
President, HSLDA

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