Originally Sent: 5/21/2014
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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 North Carolina legislators are fighting back against the State Board of Education’s adoption of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), which will detrimentally affect not only public school students but also students in home schools. Senate Bill 812 and House Bill 1061 would replace the CCSS with standards developed by the State Board of Education after consultation with the newly formed Academic Standards Review Commission. These bills would also prohibit the State Board of Education from acquiring or implementing CCSS tests without the approval of the legislature. Your calls and emails are needed to support these bills that would get rid of CCSS altogether.
The current impact of the CCSS on home schools 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 home schooling 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.
Members of the legislature need to hear from home educators and others who want to replace the Common Core State Standards with standards appropriate for North Carolina students.
1. Please call and/or email your state senator and state representative with this message or something similar in your own words:
“Please vote for Senate Bill 812 and House Bill 1061, which would replace the Common Core State Standards with standards appropriate to the needs of North Carolina students. The Common Core State 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.”
To find the contact information for your state senator, please click here.
To find the contact information for your state representative, please click here.
2. Please forward this email to every family you know who is not a member of HSLDA and urge them to contact their senators and representatives about these bills.
To view the text of Senate Bill 812, please click here.
To view the text of House Bill 1061, please click here.
Please call or email today!
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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