Originally Sent: 10/28/2013

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Last Chance to Stop Common Core in Michigan House

Homeschooling in Michigan

Please act right now to stop Common Core!

HSLDA staff attorney Mike Donnelly helps protect homeschool freedom in your community.

Dear Michigan Members and Friends,

On a voice vote the Senate passed a substitute resolution for HCR-11 and then sent it to the House for approval. S-4 would appear to be the last step to re-impose the Common Core on the people of Michigan after the legislature suspended funding pending “affirmative action” by the legislature. It appears that if both houses concur in the resolution this would allow the Department of Education to continue spending on the implementation of Common Core. Your calls have been instrumental in slowing down this attempt and more calls are urgently need to stop the Senate’s amended bill.

The Senate amended the House resolution attempting to appease homeschoolers and others by stating that the DOE and State board may implement Common Core as long as such standards do not “dictate curriculum or prescribe a method of instruction” and so that homeschoolers “retain their independence and control over their children's education and are not subject to Common Core State Standards or the Smarter Balanced Assessment.” While this proposed language is laudable in recognizing the interests of opponents to the common core, such declarations do not resolve foundational concerns. Primarily among these is that a resolution does not have the force of law. Therefore while the Senate may “resolve” these and other declarations, the DOE and State Board may, and probably will, choose to ignore them. For this, and other good reasons, we are asking you to contact the House to oppose this legislation.


Please contact your own representative with the following message in your own words:

“Please vote to oppose the Senate’s S-4 substitute for HCR 11 which includes the requirement for federally controlled SMARTER tests. These tests facilitate the increasing federalization of education with the potential to infringe upon the liberty of all parents to direct the education of their children. The S-4 substitute for HCR 11 still undermines local control of education through this SMARTER testing requirement even though amendments were made. A resolution does not have the force of law and I am concerned that even though S-4 has some helpful declarations, the DOE or State Board may ignore them. Please vote against S-4 as a substitute for HCR 11 and oppose the bill.”

You can find the contact information for your own representative here.

For more reasons to oppose the Common Core visit hslda.org/commoncore

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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