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4/19/2013 10:19:39 AM
Tj Schmidt--HSLDA
Please Act Now--Common Core State Standards Initiative

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Please Act Now--Common Core Standards Initiative

Dear Indiana Members and Friends,

As you may know, several legislators in Indiana have introduced
legislation that would allow Hoosiers to let their voices be heard on
the Common Core State Standards Initiative (CCSS). Earlier this year
Indiana State Senator Scott Schneider (R-Indianapolis) introduced
Senate Bill 193.

When this bill passed the Senate but failed to get a hearing in the
House, some of the keys parts of the bill were added to House Bill
1427 with the agreement of the main sponsor of that bill,
Representative Rhonda Rhoads. Now House Bill 1427 is back in the
House, and there are some reports that the speaker, Rep. Brian Bosma,
and others are opposed to bringing the bill up for a vote.

While the standards do not directly impact homeschooling, there are
many ways in which homeschooling freedom could be indirectly impacted.
The main concern for homeschooling families regarding the CCSS
initiative is that it represents another step towards nationalized
curriculum and instruction that could limit our freedom to education
our children as we see fit.

We need you to call in support of House Bill 1427! Please contact your
state representative, Speaker Bosma, and Rep. Rhoads now about House
Bill 1427. Urge your representative to support HB 1427 and ask speaker
Bosma to allow the bill to be heard. You can also thank Rep. Rhoads
for her support of studying the impact of the CCSS in Indiana and
allowing the concerns to be heard. Please act now!

Requested Action:

1. Call and email your representative and give him or her this message
in your own words:

"Please support House Bill 1427. This bill would delay the
implementation of the Common Core State Standards until a legislative
study committee provides a report on the impact in Indiana and the
cost of this implementation to the state. I believe that Hoosiers need
to determine the educational standards of our state and not blindly
follow the Common Core State Standards Initiative. Please vote in
favor of House Bill 1427."

You can find the contact information for your state representative by
going to our Legislative Toolbox at
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=18172 and typing in your ZIP Code.
You will find your representative's contact information under the
Indiana State Government heading. You can also call 800-382-9842 to
reach your representative.

2. Call and email House Speaker Brian Bosma and give him this message
in your own words:

"Please allow House Bill 1427 to be voted on. I believe that Hoosiers
need to determine the educational standards of our state and not
blindly follow the Common Core Standards Initiative. I hope you will
vote in favor of House Bill 1427."

Speaker Brian Bosma (R-88)
Phone: (317) 232-9604
Secondary Phone: (317) 232-9657
Home Phone: (317) 823-7538
Email: H88@in.gov

3. Contact Rep. Rhonda Rhoads and thank her for supporting the review
of the Common Core State Standards. You can contact Rep. Rhoads here:

Phone: (317) 234-3827
Email: H70@in.gov

House Bill 1427: http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=18173 (CCSS
language begins at the bottom of page 8)

Background:

The Common Core State Standards Initiative was aggressively touted by
President Obama as a key part of his national educational plan. The
states have been under significant pressure from the federal
government to adopt the common core standards. Officials began
implementing the common core standards after the Obama administration
required the adoption of these standards as one of the criteria in
determining which states would receive federal "Race to the Top"
money. For more information on the CCSS, please read this recent
article by HSLDA Director of Federal Relations Will Estrada:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=18174


In 2010 the State Board of Education voted to adopt the Common Core
State Standards Initiative as Indiana's new academic requirements for
kindergarten through 12th grade.

Please act now in support of House Bill 1427. Thank you for your stand
for Hoosier control of Indiana educational standards and for freedom!

Please feel free to forward to others who may be interested in
educational freedom in Indiana.

HSLDA Staff Attorney
Tj Schmidt

P.S. We greatly value you and your support--it is a privilege to serve
you! If you or someone you know is not a member of HSLDA, will you
consider taking a moment today to join or recommend us? Your support
enables us to defend individual families and protect homeschooling
freedom for all. Join now: http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=18175

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