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Calls Needed to Support Anti-Common Core Bills

Homeschooling in Mississippi

Take a stand for educational freedom.



Senior Counsel Dee Black answers questions and assists members with legal issues. He and his wife homeschooled their children.
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Dear HSLDA Members and Friends:

Some Mississippi legislators are fighting back against the further implementation of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), which will detrimentally affect not only public school students but also students in home instruction programs. Senate bills 2526, 2632, 2736, and 2737 all address aspects of the CCSS that potentially threaten home educators. Your calls and emails are needed to support these bills that would stop CCSS in its tracks.

The current impact of the CCSS on homeschools nationwide is revealed in the expanding state longitudinal databases for tracking all students, shifting college admissions expectations, newly updated curricula, and revised standardized tests. For additional information from an HSLDA analysis of the CCSS, please click here.

HSLDA’s primary opposition to the CCSS comes from its overarching philosophy of centralized educational planning. The standards create a one-size-fits-all approach to education and rest on the assumption that every child must learn the same things at the same speed. We believe that the success of homeschooling shows that the key to educational success is empowering parents and teachers, not educational bureaucrats. As public school test scores and graduation rates continue to fall, it is disappointing to see that the CCSS continues to follow the failed approach of greater national control over education instead of empowering parents, teachers, and local schools.

All of these bills are pending consideration by the Senate Education Committee. Members of the committee need to hear from home educators and others who want to stop the implementation of the Common Core State Standards in Mississippi.

Action Requested

1. Please call and/or email members of the Senate Education Committee with this message or something similar in your own words:

“Please vote for Senate bills 2526, 2632, 2736, and 2737, all of which would stop further implementation of the Common Core State Standards. These standards are flawed because they create a one-size-fits-all approach to education and rest on the assumption that every child must learn the same things at the same speed. The key to educational success is empowering parents and teachers, not educational bureaucrats.”

The members of the Senate Education Committee are as follows:

Gray Tollison, Chairman
(601) 359-2395
gtollison@senate.ms.gov

Nancy Adams Collins, Vice-Chairman
(601) 359-2395
ncollins@senate.ms.gov

David Blount
(601) 359-3232
dblount@senate.ms.gov

Terry C. Burton
(601) 359-3234
tburton@senate.ms.gov

Videt Carmichael
(601) 359-3244
vcarmichael@senate.ms.gov

Steve Hale
(601) 359-3252
shale@senate.ms.gov

Angela Burks Hill
(601) 359-2886
ahill@senate.ms.gov

W. Briggs Hopson III
(601) 359-3237
bhopson@senate.ms.gov

Russell Jolly
(601) 359-2886
rjolly@senate.ms.gov

David Jordan
(601) 359-3244
djordan@senate.ms.gov

Chris Massey
(601) 359-2886
cmassey@senate.ms.gov

John A. Polk
(601) 359-3246
jpolk@senate.ms.gov

Tony Smith
(601) 359-2886
tsmith@senate.ms.gov

Brice Wiggins
(601) 359-3232
bwiggins@senate.ms.gov

J. P. Wilemon, Jr.
(601) 359-3232
jwilemon@senate.ms.gov

2. Please forward this email to every family you know who is not a member of HSLDA and urge them to contact members of the committee about these bills.

View the text of Senate Bill 2526.

View the text of Senate Bill 2632.

View the text of Senate Bill 2736.

View the text of Senate Bill 2737.

Please call or email today!

Sincerely,

Dewitt T. Black, III
HSLDA Senior Counsel

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 threatened by government officials and protect homeschooling freedom for all. Join now >>

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