U.S. Department of Education Deletes “Mother” and “Father”
The 2014-2015 Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA, will provide a new option for dependent applicants to describe their parents’ marital status as “unmarried and both parents living together.” Additionally, where appropriate, the new FAFSA form will also use terms like “Parent 1 (father/mother/stepparent)” and “Parent 2 (father/mother/stepparent)” instead of gender-specific terms like “mother” and “father.”
– ED.gov, April 29, 2013 Press Release (Accessed 05-12-13)
Also in the above press release, the Department of Education said the proposed changes would be in the Federal Register for a month to allow public comment, as required by law.
ACTION – Oppose. Email your opposition to firstname.lastname@example.org
Federal Control of Education via Common Core Curriculum
As indicated in the above press release USDOE officials do not promote community values, which is painfully evident in the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) required in states receiving Race to the Top (RTT) grants, which Georgia did. In addition, Georgia and other states with RTT grants had to adopt CCSS-aligned “college- and career-ready standards.”
CCSS requirements are so egregious that Senator Chuck Grassly (R-Iowa) and his peers signed a letter asking the Senate Appropriations Committee to cut off all future funds that allow the Obama administration to “cajole states” into participating in CCSS and its assessments that are being developed by designated consortia without input from parents or educators across the country.
In the last several weeks, the Michigan House of Representatives voted to defund Common Core and sent the bill to the Senate. Next, the Indiana legislature passed a bill halting the implementation of Common Core until there was further study and an open review process.
In Georgia, “The Cobb County school board rejected a proposal to spend $7.5 million on CC-aligned math textbooks after opponents packed the meeting and spoke of the folly of pouring money into something that may not exist in a year or two,” said Jane Robbins, an attorney with the American Principles Project.”
Access www.stopcommoncore.com to learn about an upcoming CCSS-related event in Rome on May 30th.
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Resolutions Passed by Republican District Conventions
Radio Commentary, 90.7, 91.7 New Life FM, May 10, 2013 – By Sue Ella Deadwyler
Good morning, Jim. In April, Republican District Conventions met and passed resolutions to be offered at their state convention in May. Seven of the 14 District Conventions adopted the “Regionalism Resolution” which repudiates regional government and reminds everyone that the form of government created by The Constitution of the United States is a representative republic, meaning government by the people and the officials they elect. In a republic, law is supreme and all men (including leaders) are subject to it. Also in a republic, the minority has rights which even the majority may not violate.
Another resolution asking the state to withdraw from Common Core State Educational Standards passed in at least ten of the 14 districts. It would minimize federal control over education and restore local control. Although federal control over education violates The Constitution of the United States, as well as the Constitution of the State of Georgia, federal encroachment in education has been and continues to be done through federal grants with strings attached, e.g. No Child Left Behind and Race to the Top, most recently.
Republican District Conventions also passed the “Resolution to Secure the Vote,” urging the Secretary of State to stop using electronic voting machines and return to paper ballots OR add a voter-verifiable paper trail to the system. In addition, Wayne County passed a resolution asking Congress to pass a balanced budget amendment and send it to the states for ratification. Continue reading
ACTION: Ask Governor Deal to Sign S.B. 160!
Call him at 404 656-1776!
Radio Commentary, 90.7, 91.7 New Life FM, May 3, 2013 – By Sue Ella Deadwyler
Good morning, Jim. We’ve all heard, “There’s more than one way to skin a cat,” and that’s also true in getting bills passed. An immigration bill fiercely opposed by pro-amnesty groups from La Raza, the Chamber of Commerce and ACLU had to be attached to S.B. 160 to get it passed and sent to the governor.
With H.B. 125 attached to it, S.B. 160 became an extremely important tax-saving plan for Georgians, because it NOW requires proof of legal entry into the United States before anyone can qualify for tax-funded benefits. EVERY year the upkeep of illegal aliens costs Georgia taxpayers billions of dollars. For example, the cost of educating illegal aliens is $1.7 billion; $318 million for unreimbursed health care. They cost the judicial system $195 million; welfare, $77 million; and $138 million in other state and local operating costs. That totals $2.4 billion every year, an average of $743 per year for each native-born Georgia head of household.
S.B. 160 requires local governments to stop giving sanctuary to illegal aliens and, if they DON’T stop giving sanctuary, they could lose money from the state, plus federal funding distributed by the state, plus financial assistance for postsecondary education. Continue reading
Georgia/Tennessee Water Settlement Proposal
Radio Commentary, 90.7, 91.7 New Life FM, April 26, 2013 – By Sue Ella Deadwyler
Good morning, Jim. A mistake was made in 1818 when the boundary between Georgia and Tennessee was drawn. The surveyor put the boundary one mile south of the actual location of the 35th parallel. Since then, several resolutions and acts by both Georgia and Tennessee have recognized the problem, but the boundary has not been corrected. That might not be an issue to the State of Tennessee, but a corrected border would give Georgia access to water in the Tennessee River at Nickajack.
H.R. 4 proposes a remedy to the error of 1818 and asks Tennessee to settle the dispute by adopting the proper location of the boundary as outlined in the bill. If Tennessee rejects these conditions and Georgia insists on a corrected boundary, Georgia could file suit against Tennessee to set the 35th parallel of north latitude as the true and correct boundary.
H.R. 4 gives Tennessee until the last day of the 2014 legislative session to reach an agreement OR the Georgia Attorney General will be directed to take whatever action necessary to file suit in the U.S. Supreme Court against Tennessee for final settlement of the boundary issue. Continue reading