Originally Sent: 5/17/2013

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Calls Needed to Oppose
Federal Control of Education

Homeschooling in Michigan

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HSLDA staff attorney Mike Donnelly helps protect homeschool freedom in your community.
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Dear HSLDA Members and Friends,

Your action is needed to support de-funding of the Common Core State Standards Initiative (common core, for short) in Michigan. The Michigan House has voted to deny funding to common core and the full Senate is taking up this issue next.

We are asking our members to take immediate action to protect local control of education and to stop the slippery slope of national curriculum, national testing, national databases and national standards that could seriously harm all forms of education in our country, including home education. HSLDA believes that the threat posed by the continued implementation of standards and the increasing federalization of education is dangerous, and your action is needed!

Action Requested

Please contact your senator and give him or her the following message in your own words.

“Please vote to de-fund common core in Michigan. I am concerned that the continued implementation of common core standards will increase federal control of education and infringe upon the liberty of all parents to direct the education of their children. As a homeschooling parent, I am concerned that common core has the potential to restrict my children’s ability to access higher education and economic opportunities as tests, curriculum and standards are developed. I am also gravely concerned about the talk of collecting data on all children—and whether you call it ‘data portability’ or the precursor of a national database doesn’t matter—the federal government should not be involved in any of these areas. Please vote to deny funding for the implementation of common core so that we can continue to debate the very serious issues surrounding this increasingly federal program.”

You can find out who your senator is by going here.

Background

Although common core is ostensibly a voluntary initiative among states to create one set of content standards for all public schools, HSLDA has serious concerns about the program. And more and more organizations are lining up to oppose it.

It’s touted as “voluntary”: 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 schoolchildren 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.

Proponents talk about common core as a spontaneous movement of individual states working under the auspices of the National Governors Association. But through the Federal Department of Education’s Race to the Top program federal education dollars are used to lure states to adopt the common core. This gives federal education bureaucrats far removed from the parents and teachers at the local level more power over the drafting of educational standards that will be used in schools all across the United States.

For generations, Americans believed that Washington, D.C. should stay out of what local elementary schoolchildren learn. But common core threatens this historic tradition. Please take action to protect Michigan families and to advance this important and fundamental understanding of education in our republic.

To learn more about common core, read our recent article on the subject.

Thank you for standing with us for freedom!

Sincerely Yours,

Michael Donnelly
Home School Legal Defense Association

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