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Your Action Needed—Oppose Common Core at Public Hearings!

Homeschooling in Michigan.

Please contact your legislator.



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

Next week the Michigan Senate is hearing public testimony on the implementation of the Common Core State Standards. This recently rescheduled special committee hearing may be the last opportunity for members of the public to comment and provide testimony.

The Common Core Standards are the latest attempt by some to impose a one-size-fits-all approach to education through national curriculum standards. These standards compromise local control of education and represent a step down the slippery slope toward national curriculum, national testing, national databases and national standards, which has the potential to harm all forms of education including home education.

The threat posed by the continued implementation of these standards and the increasing federalization of education is detrimental to our children’s education. In June, the legislature voted to pause implementation and now lawmakers are reviewing the Common Core. They will make recommendations for the next legislative session.

Action Requested

If you are able, please consider attending the hearing and giving testimony to oppose the common core.

The Senate committee hearing is on Wednesday, September 4, at 2 p.m. in the Senate Hearing Room, Ground Floor of the Boji Tower—124 W. Allegan Street, Lansing, MI 48933.

Even if you are unable to attend the hearing, please contact the members of the Senate committee and give them the following messages in your own words:

“I am calling to oppose the implementation of the Common Core State Standards. I am concerned that the continued implementation of Common Core Standards will facilitate the increasing federalization of education with the potential to infringe 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 hinder 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 oppose further implementation of common core.”

Please contact the members of the Senate special committee with the following contact information:

Howard Walker (Co-chairman)
senhwalker@senate.michigan.gov
517-373-2413

Phil Pavlov (Co-chairman)
senppavlov@senate.michigan.gov
517-373-7708

Bruce Caswell
517-373-5932

Patrick Colbeck
517-373-7350

Judy K. Emmons
517-373-3760

Hoon-Yung Hopgood
517-373-7800

John Pappageorge
517-373-2523

Coleman Young
517-373-7346

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 “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 may 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, and this gives more power over the drafting of educational standards that will be used in schools all across the United States to federal education bureaucrats who are far removed from the parents and teachers at the local level.

For generations, Americans believed that Washington, D.C. should stay out of what local elementary school children learn. But common core threatens this historic tradition.

To learn more about common core, visit HSLDA’s webpage.

Thank you for all you do in defense of freedom for families in the great state of Michigan!

Very truly yours,

Michael P. Donnelly, Esq.
HSLDA Staff Attorney

P.S. We greatly value you and your support—it is a privilege to serve you. Thank you for all you do for freedom! 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 threatened by government officials and protect homeschooling freedom for all. Join now >>

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