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Action Needed to Oppose Federally Controlled Testing

Homeschooling in Michigan

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

The Michigan Legislature is holding a joint committee meeting to hear the Michigan Department of Education’s report on federally funded and controlled SMARTER tests. Your support is needed to oppose the further implementation of the SMARTER test regimen.

The SMARTER tests are federally controlled and encourage teachers to “teach to the test” and use curriculum that aligns with the test standards. If these tests are adopted, they will strongly discourage the use of any curriculum that is not specifically aligned to the federal standards. The SMARTER tests are a foot in the door of federally controlled education standards.

Action Requested

Please contact members of the Joint Committee and give them the following message in your own words:

“Please oppose the Common Core Standards and federally controlled SMARTER tests. These tests facilitate the increasing federalization of education with the potential to infringe the liberty of all parents to direct the education of their children. The SMARTER tests encourage teachers to ‘teach to the test’ and create a de-facto national curriculum based around the tests. SMARTER testing requirements undermine local control of education. Please oppose the SMARTER testing requirements.”

You can contact members of the Joint Committee using the following contact information.

If your last name begins with A-C, please contact these senators:

Senator Walker
Phone: (517) 373-2413

Senator Pappageorge
Phone: (517) 373-2523

Senator Caswell
Phone: (517) 373-5932

Senator Pavlov
Phone: (517) 373-7708

Senator Emmons
Phone: (517) 373-3760

Senator Colbeck
Phone: (517) 373-7350

Senator Hopgood
Phone: (517) 373-7800

Senator Young
Phone: (517) 373-7346

If your last name begins with D-H, please contact these representatives:

Representative Lyons
Phone: (517) 373-0846
Email: LisaLyons@house.mi.go

Representative Franz
Phone: (517) 373-0825
Email: RayFranz@house.mi.gov

Representative Crawford
Phone: (517) 373-0827
Email: HughCrawford@house.mi.gov

Representative Daley
Phone: (517) 373-1800
Email: KevinDaley@house.mi.gov

Representative Genetski
Phone: (517) 373-0836
Email: BobGenetski@house.mi.gov

Representative Lund
Phone: (517) 373-0843
Email: PeteLund@house.mi.gov

If your last name begins with I-M, please contact these representatives:

Representative McMillin
Phone: (517) 373-1773
Email: TomMcMillin@house.mi.gov

Representative Hooker
Phone: (517) 373-2277
Email: ThomasHooker@house.mi.gov

Representative Jacobsen
Phone: 517-373-1798
Email: BradJacobsen@house.mi.gov

Representative Price
Phone: (517) 373-0838
Email: AmandaPrice@house.mi.gov

Representative Yonder
Phone: (517) 373-0840
Email: KenYonker@house.mi.gov

Representative Lipton
Phone: (517) 373-0478
Email: ellenlipton@house.mi.gov

If your last name begins with N-R, please contact these representatives:

Representative Knezek
Phone: (517) 373-0849
Email: davidknezek@house.mi.gov

Representative Brinks
Phone: (517) 373-0822
Email: winniebrinks@house.mi.gov

Representative Stallworth
Phone: (517) 373-2276
Email: thomasstallworth@house.mi.gov

Representative Lamonte
Phone: (517) 373-3436
Email: collenelamonte@house.mi.gov

Representative Abed
Phone: (517) 373-0853
Email: theresaabed@house.mi.gov

Representative Rogers
Phone: (517) 373-1784
Email: BillRogers@house.mi.gov

If your last name begins with S-Z, please contact these representatives:

Representative Howrylak
Phone: (517) 373-1783
Email: MartinHowrylak@house.mi.gov

Representative Lori
Phone: (517) 373-0832
Email: MattLori@house.mi.gov

Representative Potvin
Phone: (517) 373-1747
Email: PhilPotvin@house.mi.gov

Representative Singh
Phone: (517) 373-1786
Email: samsingh@house.mi.gov

Representative Zemke
Phone: (517) 373-1792
Email: adamzemke@house.mi.gov

Representative Dillon
Phone: (517) 373-2668
Email: brandondillon@house.mi.gov

Representative Brown
Phone: (517) 373-0476
Email: TerryBrown@house.mi.gov

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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