Originally Sent: 3/5/2014
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Dear HSLDA Members and Friends:
We need your help to shut down a dangerous threat to the long-term freedom of homeschooling: Common Core.
Common Core is an aggressive, federally funded effort to convince states to surrender control of what public school students learn. This power would go instead to a committee that is closely linked with the agenda of centralizing the control of education in Washington, D.C.
If the centralizing process is eventually completed, homeschoolers will be virtually the only ones in the country who do not teach their children the Common Core content. All the groundwork would then be laid for officials to tell our children that they cannot get into college, or get scholarships, or get jobs, or get into the military because they were not taught the Common Core content.
This is what federal control of education could mean. This is where Common Core could lead us.
The battle is now at the state level. It’s vital that a good number of states pull out of Common Core. If enough withdraw, the whole plan to centralize the control of education in Washington will collapse. HB 2621 is an excellent bill that will take Kansas out of the Common Core and get us closer to ending Common Core completely.
Please call your Kansas state representative right away. A hearing may be held on the bill today! Use this link to find out who he or she is. Your message can be as simple as: “Please vote yes on HB 2621. It will get Kansas out of the Common Core mess and give Kansans the power to control their own educational destiny again.” Or you can formulate your own message using information in the “Background” section of this email.
This affects everyone, so it is not necessary to identify yourself as a homeschooler.
With little public scrutiny, several years ago Kansas education officials steered the state into the Common Core quagmire—in exchange for a chance at a large sum of federal money.
The Common Core standards are also academically weak. Despite the proponents’ claim that the standards are “internationally benchmarked,” the standards are actually lower than international standards, and lower than the standards many states have employed for years.
Read these 12 FAQs to become quickly familiar with all the major Common Core issues.
Check out these resources to increase your knowledge of Common Core.
Thank you for standing with us for freedom!
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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