Time for the Gloves to Come Off

Getting Team V fit to fight (literally), the 30th Force Support Squadron offers a challenging boxing workout on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 5-7 p.m. with boxing coach Don Green. For more information, call the Vandenberg Fitness Center at 606-3832.What I’m going to say next is not directed at the legislators who have linked arms with parents, citizens and teachers who want to wrest local control of education back. ¬†I appreciate those courageous legislators who I’m sure at times have taken political heat from Chamber of Commerce groups, other business organizations, educrats, and sometimes members of their own legislative caucus or Governor.

There is a huge lobby working against them that is well-financed and that is tough.

It isn’t easy. ¬†They recognize that top-down, one-size-fits-all reforms do not work. ¬†They never have no matter the grandiose promises we receive that has absolutely no data backing it up.

We need to encourage them to keep up the good fight.

What troubles me is the legislators who do not listen to “we the people.” ¬†If there were rallies, letter campaigns, tweet-fests, etc. held by those who advocate for the Common Core they certainly didn’t make news. ¬†I never heard of hundreds of people cramming meeting rooms, town halls, and committee rooms in support of the Common Core.

But the opposite is true.

So to the legislator who votes against common sense legislation whether it is a parental opt-out bill, a Common Core repeal and replace bill or just a bill to remove your state from invalid Common Core assessments Рa vote against a bill that restores control back to the local level is a vote against parents.  It is a vote against teachers.  It is a vote against kids who are struggling with the nonsensical changes being made as a result of Common Core.

It is time they start to listen to you – the parents, grandparents, and taxpayers at least as much as they listen to your state’s department of education. ¬†It’s also time that they remind the executive branch (even if the governor is from their own party) that checks and balances do exist. ¬†They need to show us they believe in the separation of powers! ¬†They need to make a statement that the executive branch running roughshod all over them like what was done when the Common Core was adopted and implemented will not stand.

Are these legislators ok with being left out of the discussion? ¬†Their vote, not the opposition’s vote, is one of status quo. ¬†This discussion should have taken place in 2009 and 2010, but didn’t so it must happen now.

We seen some profiles in hubris (or cowardice depending on the situation) this session. ¬†For instance the Kansas legislators who voted against an excellent local control bill come to mind. ¬†The West Virginia Senate who unbelievably watered down an excellent bill that passed overwhelmingly in the West Virginia House with bipartisan support. ¬†What hubris! ¬†Arkansas legislators who couldn’t bring themselves to pull their state out of PARCC after this school year.

These bills were not about ridding the state of standards and assessments. ¬†These bills were about ridding your state of standards and assessments your state didn’t control.

These legislators need to show some humility, listen to their parents and actually remember that they represent them, not the special interest groups who are tickling their ear or funding their campaigns.  They need to listen now before some of them will receive an entirely different message at the ballot box.

With this article I announce an ongoing series I will publish as I have material. ¬†I am going to start naming names and calling out those who have been road blocks to good legislation out. ¬†It’s time for them to held accountable. ¬†The gloves are coming off.

If you have a nominee from your state’s legislature please email me at info@truthinamericaneducation.com.

3 thoughts on “Time for the Gloves to Come Off

  1. I would like to thank you for all of your past, current and future efforts to help parents combat the injustices happening to children and teachers across America!

  2. You may also want to point out to your readers that Common Core like its parent Progressive Education, ignores the hierarchical nature of reality thus violating the hierarchical nature of learning and it ignores the contextual nature of knowledge. CC destroys not only the child’s ability to learn but his desire to learn.

  3. Shane….just sent you my wanted poster for Tennessee. They killed our Repeal bill yesterday. Of course one of the legislators stepped up and took a caption bill about Drivers Ed and made it into a repeal bill and got everyone to support it. His bill keeps CC in place for 2 years and creates yet another review committee filled with appointees by the very same people that got us into this mess. Governor Haslam has already started this process so really all this bill does is legitimize the smoke and mirror efforts the Governor already has in place. I think every state should create their WANTED POSTER and the we go after these people with a vengeance. I have cried enough over this now I am ANGRY.

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