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Dear Michigan Members and Friends,
Tonight, September 23, 2013, the School Board of the Port Huron Area School District will be voting on a resolution to request the state legislature fully implement the Common Core State Standards. The Port Huron Area School District is one of the largest in the senate district of Senator Phil Pavlov, who chairs the Senate Education Committee. Senator Pavlov is likely watching this resolution closely and may base his support for or against the Common Core based on votes like these in his district.
Some reports HSLDA has seen indicate the Senator Pavlov may need more encouragement to oppose Common Core implementation.
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, state legislators voted to pause implementation and are now reviewing the Common Core. They will make recommendations for the next legislative session.
If you are able, please consider attending the hearing to oppose the Common Core.
The hearing is tonight, Monday, September 23 at 7 p.m. at the McKinley Building, 2720 Riverside Drive, Port Huron, Michigan 48060.
Even if you are unable to attend the hearings, please contact the members of the school board 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 Port Huron Area School Board with the following contact information:
- President Jeffrey Stout: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Vice President Rasha Damashkieh: email@example.com
- Treasurer Garth Kriewall: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Secretary Ann Murphy: email@example.com
- Trustee Tim McCulloch: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Trustee Ronda Ryan: email@example.com
- Trustee Kathie Sheets: firstname.lastname@example.org
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 would 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 Governor’s 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. 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 here.
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
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