Originally Sent: 7/2/2014

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Call Governor to Fight an Emerging Threat to Homeschool Freedom: Common Core

Homeschooling in New Jersey.

Help defend educational liberty.

Senior Counsel Scott Woodruff answers questions and assists members with legal issues in your state. He and his wife homeschooled their children.

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends:

A bill that would require the state of New Jersey to slow down and carefully think through how Common Core would affect schools, children and teachers was not voted on in the Senate last week as we had hoped.

S 2154 is still pending in the Senate, but a new battlefield has opened up. There are rumors that Governor Christie is thinking about signing some kind of executive order addressing the Common Core problem in a half-hearted fashion and trying to kill S 2154.

An executive order is not a good solution! An executive order is not law. It can change or be revoked at any time. We need a law. It’s vital that the Senate vote on S 2154 and enact it into law so Common Core will be subjected to scrutiny based on law, not just on what the governor prefers at any given point in time.

Action Requested

Please immediately call Governor Christie at (609) 292-6000 with this message, or one of your own: “Please use the full weight of your office to support the legislative enactment of S 2154 so Common Core will be subjected to the scrutiny of the law. Please do not try to solve the Common Core problem with a mere executive order.”

If you have not already done so, also please call your New Jersey senator and ask him or her to support S 2154. Your message can be as simple as: “Please vote yes on S 2154. Let’s slow down and really think about whether Common Core is good for New Jersey students.”

It is not necessary to identify yourself as a homeschooler since this bill affects all parents.

Use this link to find out who your state senator is and their contact information.


Since public education began, states and communities have decided what children should learn. Common Core bribes states to give up their right to control what children learn and give it to a federal puppet agency called the National Governor’s Association. It is the most massive central concentration of power over educational policy in our history.

Giving one agency the power to decide what every public school child in America must learn sets up a framework for destroying freedom at the state, local, and family level.

The Common Core standards themselves were never tested before they were foisted on the public. There is no evidence they will work. The small clique of people who wrote them kept all their discussions secret. Virtually none had any experience in writing standards. Some of the best qualified people involved refused to sign off on the standards.

It is naive to expect that homeschoolers will keep their precious right to decide what their children learn if every single public school child in America gets their reading assignments from an office in Washington, D.C.

It is not even unthinkable that one day a child who has not been taught the Common Core will be barred from college, scholarships, military enlistment, and job opportunities.

The companion bill in the Assembly passed by an overwhelming majority. A wide variety of groups and politicians of many backgrounds support S 2154.

For more information about how Common Core threatens homeschool freedom, click on this link.

For additional details on the content of S 2154, click on this link.

Thank you for standing with us for freedom!


Scott A. Woodruff, Esq.,
Home School Legal Defense Association

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