Model Resolutions

RNC Resolution Concerning the Common Core Education Standards:

WHEREAS, the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) are a set of academic standards, promoted and supported by two private membership organizations, the National Governor’s Association (NGA) and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) as a method for conforming American students to uniform (“one size fits all”) achievement goals to make them more competitive in a global marketplace, (1.) and

WHEREAS, the NGA and the CCSSO, received tens of millions of dollars from private third parties to advocate for and develop the CCSS strategy, subsequently created the CCSS through a process that was not subject to any freedom of information acts or other sunshine laws, and never piloted the CCSS, and

WHEREAS, even though Federal Law prohibits the federalizing of curriculum (2.), the Obama Administration accepted the CCSS plan and used 2009 Stimulus Bill money to reward the states that were most committed to the president’s CCSS agenda; but, they failed to give states, their legislatures and their citizens time to evaluate the CCSS before having to commit to them, and

WHEREAS, the NGA and CCSSO in concert with the same corporations developing the CCSS ‘assessments’ have created new textbooks, digital media and other teaching materials aligned to the standards which must be purchased and adopted by local school districts in order that students may effectively compete on CCSS ‘assessments’, and

WHEREAS, the CCSS program includes federally funded testing and the collection and sharing of massive amounts of personal student and teacher data, and

WHEREAS, the CCSS effectively removes educational choice and competition since all schools and all districts must use Common Core ‘assessments’ based on the Common Core standards to allow all students to advance in the school system and to advance to higher education pursuits; therefore be it

RESOLVED, the Republican National Committee, as stated in the 2012 Republican Party Platform, “do not believe in a one size fits all approach to education and support providing broad education choices to parents and children at the State and local level,” (p35)(3.), which is best based on a free market approach to education for students to achieve individual excellence; and, be it further

RESOLVED, the Republican National Committee recognizes the CCSS for what it is– an inappropriate overreach to standardize and control the education of our children so they will conform to a preconceived “normal,” and, be it further

RESOLVED, That the Republican National Committee rejects the collection of personal student data for any non-educational purpose without the prior written consent of an adult student or a child student’s parent and that it rejects the sharing of such personal data, without the prior written consent of an adult student or a child student’s parent, with any person or entity other than schools or education agencies within the state, and be it finally

RESOLVED, the 2012 Republican Party Platform specifically states the need to repeal the numerous federal regulations which interfere with State and local control of public schools, (p36) (3.); and therefore, the Republican National Committee rejects this CCSS plan which creates and fits the country with a nationwide straitjacket on academic freedom and achievement.

References:

1. www.corestandards.org

2.  Federal Law 20 USC 1232a-Sec. 1232a. and The Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) Pub.L. 89-10, 79 Stat. 27, 20 US.C. ch. 70.

http://us-code.vlex.com/vid/prohibition-against-federal-control-19195093

3.  http://www.gop.com/rnc_counsel/

Adopted April 12, 2013

Suggested Caucus Resolutions
from Education Liberty Watch

The “Whereas” language is for information purposes in order to guide discussion. The proposed language is in bold font.

1)      Oppose imposition of mandatory state preschool standards on private preschool programs via state and federal funds

Whereas parents, not government, are responsible for raising and educating their preschool children, neither the state nor federal governments have authority to set preschool curriculum standards especially via the executive branch and especially for private and religious institutions;

Whereas the Dayton administration is using state and federal grant programs to impose a single set of preschool curriculum standards on those institutions regardless of parental choice and without legislative review;

Therefore be it resolved that:

We are firmly against the establishment of universal pre-school programs in Minnesota, including the imposition of statewide early childhood standards and curricula via state and federal funding.

2)      Oppose the imposition of national (Common Core) K-12 standards

Whereas, according to the 10th amendment to the US Constitution, education, since not listed as a power of the federal government, is reserved to states and the people;

Whereas the Common Core National standards are being funded and promoted by federal education programs like Race to the Top and creating a national curriculum that is unconstitutional, violates federal law, is unnecessary and unhelpful for improving national  academic performance, and in many cases are of lower quality than current state standards;

Therefore be it resolved that:

We oppose the adoption of the Common Core national standards and the national tests that accompany them.

3)      Oppose federal and executive branch control of education

Whereas, both the Obama and Dayton administrations are ignoring separation of powers doctrine and implementing various aspects of federal and state education programs, most of which are unconstitutional,  such as No Child Left Behind waivers, Race to the Top, and early childhood scholarships without statutory authority or legislative input;

Therefore be it resolved that:

We oppose reauthorization of the No Child Left Behind Act and until then, Minnesota should opt out.  This also applies to No Child Left Behind waivers, Race to the Top, Head Start, and early childhood scholarships.

4)      Oppose unionization of private businesses and independent contractors

Whereas several states have or attempted to designate individuals like personal care attendants or small independent childcare businesses that care for clients that receive government subsidies for the purposes of unionization and automatically deducting union dues from those subsidies resulting in decreased funds for poor, sick and disabled children and adults;

Therefore, be it resolved that:

We oppose the forced unionization of individuals or businesses whose clients receive government subsidies and the deduction of union dues or fair share fees from those subsidies.

5)      Oppose federal education data tracking from birth.

Whereas, the federal K-12 and early childhood versions of Race to the Top as well as the Stimulus bill all require the states to set up or expand a comprehensive data tracking system of all children from birth on that includes much sensitive family data;

Whereas, the Obama administration has by rule effectively gutted student consent and privacy protection under the Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment;

Therefore, be it resolved that:

We oppose the use of state or federal funds to implement this longitudinal education data system and that our state should opt out.

Posted with permission from Education Liberty Watch

Comprehensive Legislative Package Opposing the Common Core State Standards Initiative

Prepared by the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC)Education Task Force

WHEREAS, high student performance and closing the achievement gap is
fundamentally linked to an overall reform of our public education system through a
strong system of accountability and transparency built on state standards; and

WHEREAS, the responsibility for the education of each child of this nation primarily
lies with parents, supported by locally elected school boards and state governments; and

WHEREAS, in 2009 and 2010, the State was offered the chance to compete for
education funding through the “Race to the Top” program created by the U. S.
Department of Education (“DOE”); and

WHEREAS, the only way to achieve a score in the competition sufficient to qualify for
funding was to agree to “participation in a consortium of States that … [i]s working
toward jointly developing and adopting a common set of K-12 standards…”; and

WHEREAS, the only such “common set of K-12 standards” existent at that time, or
since, is known as the Common Core Standards Initiative (“CCSI”) and was developed
without a grant of authority from any state; and

WHEREAS, given that the first official public draft of these standards was released in
March 2010, to meet the DOE the State had only two months to evaluate the CCSI
standards and agree to adopt them; and

WHEREAS, local education officials, school leaders, teachers, and parents were not
included in the discussion, evaluation and preparation of the CCSI standards that would affect students in this state; and

WHEREAS, no empirical evidence indicates that centralized education standards result in higher student achievement; and

WHEREAS, adoption of the CCSI standards would force several states to lower the rigor and quality of their standards; and

WHEREAS, the National Assessment of Educational Progress national test already
exists and allows comparisons of academic achievement to be made across the states,
without the necessity of imposing national standards, curricula, or assessments; and

WHEREAS, imposing a set of national standards is likely to lead to the imposition of a
national curriculum and national assessment upon the various states, in violation of the Elementary Secondary Education Act; and

WHEREAS, claims from the Common Core Initiative that the CCSI standards will not
dictate what teachers teach in the classroom are refuted by language in the standards as written; and

WHEREAS, common standards will lessen the ability for local stakeholders to innovate and continue to make improvements over time; and

WHEREAS, when no less than 22 states face budget shortfalls and Race to the Top
funding for states is limited, $350 million for consortia to develop new assessments
aligned with the CCSI standards will not cover the entire cost of overhauling state
accountability systems, which includes implementation of standards and testing and
associated professional development and curriculum restructuring; and

WHEREAS, special interest groups can manipulate the vulnerability of the centralized
decision making that governs common standards and lower the standards’ rigor and
quality over time to suit their priorities;

Option A (Resolution):

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT the {legislative body} of the state of
{name of state} rejects any policies and procedures that would be incumbent on the state based on the Common Core State Standards Initiative.

Option B (Statute):

The State Board of Education may not adopt, and the State Department of Education may not implement, the Common Core State Standards developed by the Common Core Standards Initiative. Any actions taken to adopt or implement the Common Core State Standards as of the effective date of this section are void ab initio. Neither this nor any other statewide education standards may be adopted or implemented without the approval of the Legislature.

NATIONAL FEDERATION OF REPUBLICAN WOMEN RESOLUTION

Defeat National Standards for State Schools
Passed Unanimously at the NFRW36th Biennial Convention
Kansas City, MO – October 1, 2011

WHEREAS, The national standards-based “Common Core State Standards” initiative is the centerpiece of the Obama’s Administration’s agenda to centralize education decisions at the federal level;

WHEREAS, The Obama Administration is using the same model to take over education as it used for healthcare by using national standards and boards of bureaucrats, whom the public didn’t elect and can’t fire or otherwise hold accountable;

WHEREAS, National standards remove authority from States over what is taught in the classroom and how it is tested;

WHEREAS, National standards undercut the principle of federalism on which our nation was founded;

WHEREAS, There is no constitutional or statutory authority for national standards, national curricula, or national assessments and in fact the federal government is expressly prohibited from endorsing or dictating state/local decisions about curricula; and

WHEREAS, The Obama Administration is attempting to evade constitutional and statutory prohibitions to move toward a nationalized public-school system by (1) funding to date more than $345 million for the development of national curriculum and test questions, (2) tying national standards to the Race to the Top charter schools initiative in the amount of $4.35 billion, (3) using the Common Core State Standards Initiative (CCSSI) to pressure State Boards of Education to adopt national standards with the threat of losing Title 1 Funds if they do not, and (4) requesting Congress to include national standards as a requirement in the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary School Act (No Child Left Behind);

BE IT RESOLVED, That the National Federation of Republican Women vote to encourage all State Federation Presidents to share information about national standards with their local clubs; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That State Federation Presidents ask their members to (1) contact their State Boards of Education members and request that they retain control over academic standards, curriculum, instruction and testing,  (2) contact their Congress Members and request that they (i) protect the constitutional and statutory prohibitions against the federal government endorsing or dictating national standards, (ii) to refuse to tie national standards to any reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, (iii) defund “Race to the Top” money, and (iv) prohibit any more federal funds for the Common Core State Standards Initiative, including funds to assessment and curriculum writing consortia, and (3) spread the word about the threat of a federal government takeover of education.

Submitted by:  Alabama Federation of Republican Women
Elois Zeanah, President

Co-Sponsors:

Nebraska Federation of Republican Women
Delaware Federation of Republican Women
Wisconsin Federation of Republican Women
Georgia Federation of Republican Women
Tennessee Federation of Republican Women

Click here to download this resolution as a pdf document.

 

Utah:  Second Substitute S.C.R. 13
CONCURRENT RESOLUTION ON COMMON CORE

STANDARDS
2012 GENERAL SESSION
STATE OF UTAH
Chief Sponsor: Aaron Osmond

House Sponsor: LaVar Christensen

General Description:

This concurrent resolution of the Legislature and the Governor urges the State Board ofEducation to reconsider the board’s decision to adopt the Common Core standards.

Highlighted Provisions:

This resolution:

urges the State Board of Education to reconsider the board’s decision to adopt the Common Core standards and, in reconsidering the decision, evaluate the cost, control, and quality of Utah standards in comparison to the cost, control, and quality of the Common Core standards.

Special Clauses:

None

Be it resolved by the Legislature of the state of Utah, the Governor concurring therein:

WHEREAS, high student performance is fundamentally linked to an overall reform of the public education system through a strong system of accountability and transparency built on state standards;

WHEREAS, the responsibility for the upbringing and education of children lies with   parents, supported by local school boards, and the state government;

WHEREAS, Utah has an obligation to control Utah’s core curriculum, the state of Utah shall maintain the right to modify its education curriculum without being subject to an entity outside our state;

WHEREAS, in 2009 and 2010, the state was offered the chance to compete for education funding through the Race to the Top (RTTT) program created by the United States Department of Education;

WHEREAS, the only way to achieve a score in the RTTT competition sufficient to qualify for funding was to agree to participate in a consortium of states working toward jointly developing and adopting a common set of kindergarten through grade 12 curriculum standards;

WHEREAS, the only common set of kindergarten through grade 12 curriculum standards is the set of standards developed through the Common Core State Standards Initiative, which was created without a grant of authority from any state;

WHEREAS, locally elected officials, school leaders, teachers, and parents were not adequately included in the discussion, evaluation, and preparation of the Common Core standards;

WHEREAS, citizens and elected officials want additional review of, or comment on, the Common Core standards and stakeholders in the Utah educational system were not offered sufficient opportunity to review, comment on, and modify standards before adoption;

WHEREAS, no empirical evidence indicates that centralized education standards result in higher student achievement;

WHEREAS, the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) currently allows comparisons of academic achievement to be made across states without the necessity of imposing national standards or curricula;

WHEREAS, standards imposed by groups or entities outside of Utah will impair the ability of local stakeholders to innovate and continue to make improvement over time;

WHEREAS, Race to the Top funding for states is limited, and $350 million for consortia to develop new assessments aligned with the Common Core standards is not sufficient to cover the costs of overhauling state accountability systems, which includes implementation of standards and testing, associated professional development, and curriculum restructuring;

WHEREAS, all entities, public and private, that receive taxpayer funds either directly or in the form of a grant, stipend, or any other means are accountable to Utah taxpayers, and the State Board of Education is required annually to post on the Utah Public Finance Website created in Section 63A-3-402 , any funds received or spent on development of Utah’s core curriculum as a result of the Common Core;

WHEREAS, the centralized decision making that governs the Common Core standards is vulnerable to manipulation by special interest groups who over time may seek to lower the rigor and quality of the standards;

WHEREAS, the United States Constitution, which recognizes Utah as a sovereign republic, acknowledges that the federal government has no educational mandate or authority and allows the states to direct their own education systems;

WHEREAS, Utah should neither relinquish nor cede control of our education system to a consortium of other states or to the federal government; and

WHEREAS, Utah is a governing member of the Smarter Balance Assessment Consortium (SBAC) and, as such, is required to use SBAC assessments with the Common Core standards:

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Legislature of the state of Utah, the Governor concurring therein, urges the State Board of Education to reconsider the board’s decision to adopt the Common Core standards and, in reconsidering the board’s decision, evaluate the cost, control, and quality of Utah standards and assessments compared to the cost, control, and quality of the Common Core standards and SBAC assessments.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Legislature and the Governor requests the State Board of Education to make publicly available on the State Board of Education’s website an evaluation comparing the cost, control, and quality of Utah standards and assessments to the cost, control, and quality of the Common Core standards and SBAC assessments.

 Click here to download a pdf of this resolution.