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5/7/2013 5:33:47 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Kansas: Rally tomorrow to oppose "Common Core"

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Rally tomorrow to oppose "Common Core"

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends,

Please come to a rally tomorrow to oppose "Common Core," the program
that abruptly moves America toward nationalizing the content of what
students learn, and which could ultimately affect the freedom of
homechool parents to choose how and what their children are taught.
Action Requested

Please attend the rally tomorrow at 2 PM in the second floor rotunda
of the state capitol building in Wichita. The sponsor is "Kansans
Against Common Core." Please arrive early and use the East entrance.
For parking information, click here:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=18386 . The rally is scheduled to
end around 3 PM.
Background

Although Common Core is ostensibly a program of voluntary cooperation
among states to create one set of content standards for all public
schools in the whole country, HSLDA has grave concerns about this
program, and more and more organizations are lining up to oppose it.

It's touted as a program of "voluntary cooperation" among states: in
fact, states are getting fistfuls of federal money to ditch their own
carefully-developed standards and embrace a national standard. It's
touted as being academically sound: in fact, it's a "dumbing down" of
standards that individual states already have. And while Common Core
currently only applies to public schools, HSLDA's long history of
fighting against a national, one-size-fits-all approach to what
children learn is due to our concerns that homeschoolers would one day
be forced to use the same curriculum that all other school children
are using. In fact, there is discussion of aligning tests that
homeschoolers take (like the SAT) to the Common Core, which would
pressure homeschool parents to align their homeschool curriculum to
what public school students are being taught. In addition, some of the
supporters of the Common Core's central databases are already
discussing expanding their program to include the personal data of
homeschool students.

It's touted as "national"--implying that it's a spontaneous movement
of individual states. But through the Race to the Top program which
gives federal education dollars to states that adopt the Common Core,
federal education bureaucrats far removed from the parents and
teachers at the local level are in charge of drafting the educational
standards that will be used in schools all across the United States.

For generations, Americans believed that Washington, DC should stay
out of what local elementary school children learn. But that may one
day be viewed as quaint ancient history if Common Core is not pulled
up by the roots.

Over the past 30 years, homeschoolers have been remarkably successful
in protecting--and even enlarging--their liberty in the halls of state
legislatures. But if Common Core succeeds and the federal government
comes to dictate what school children must learn, homeschoolers may
find their freedom hanging by what happens in Washington, D.C.

It is not unreasonable to wonder even whether the ability of our kids
to get college scholarships, or get into college at all, or enlist in
the military or get jobs, could hinge on whether their parents
surrendered their freedom and taught the Common Core rather than what
they know in their hearts they should have taught.

A bill that would have pushed Common Core into reverse in Kansas--HB
2289--made some progress this year in Wichita, but not enough.
Lawmakers will be going home soon. Before they do, they need to see
that you want Kansas out of the Common Core quagmire! The destiny of
Kansas education should be written in Wichita, not Washington.

To learn more about Common Core, read our recent article on the
subject: http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=18387

Thank you for standing with us for freedom!

Sincerely Yours,

Scott A. Woodruff, Esq.,
Senior Counsel,
Home School Legal Defense Association

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=18385

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