June 26, 2015 Radio Commentary

Draining Taxpayers

Radio Commentary, 90.7, 91.7 New Life FM, June 26, 2015 – By Sue Ella Deadwyler

Recently, I asked the Office of Budget and Research, “How much money in the FY2015-16 budget is allotted to refugee resettlement in Georgia?” The answer, “$9,300,000, but it’s all federal money.” The state does not appropriate matching funds to get that amount, but after refugees arrive, state and local taxes provide welfare benefits, services and education.

Refugee resettlement is an international program powerfully influenced by the United Nations. Global entities determine which nationalities come, how many are selected, and where they settle. By 2012 Georgia’s refugee population had grown so much that Governor Deal asked for a 50-percent reduction in the number coming to Georgia every year. But, the governor’s wisdom was questioned by Mr. J.D. McCrary, executive director for the Atlanta office of International Rescue Committee, Inc. Note this interesting fact. Though Mr. McCrary is employed by an international business, his decision trumped the request of Georgia’s governor.

This is what he said, “Fifty-percent. That’s an enormous request and in fact it’s an unreasonable request. We’re really not sure what the Governor’s or the state’s reservations are over the arrival of new refugees.” So, he arbitrarily cut the governor’s request down to 20- to 25-percent and decided to send Georgia 2,500 refugees every year, instead of 4,000. Continue reading

June 2015 Newsletter

Step-by-Step Decay, and Nobody Stopped It

Court Decisions. During serious discussions, 1963 is often cited as the beginning of cultural decay in the U.S. However, in 1962 the U.S. Supreme Court’s Engle v. Vitale decision had already prohibited officially-sponsored prayer in public schools. The infamous 1963 case, Murray v. Curlett filed by atheist Madalyn Murray O’Hair, expanded the attack on Christianity by proclaiming Bible reading to be unconstitutional in public schools. The resulting void was filled by atheistic humanism that now permeates public schools. And nobody stopped it!

National Education Association (NEA) is not a conservative influence on students. The NEA openly defies and denies family values and standards by affirming, supporting, and promoting behavior modification and situation ethics, by agitating for compulsory education from very early childhood and unrestricted sex education (now morphing into transgender, gender ID and alternate lifestyles). NEA endorses decriminalization of marijuana, secular humanism, national health insurance, teacher unions and strikes, federal control over education, population control, importation of foreign nationals, and a global society. And nobody is stopping it!

NEA openly opposes local control and local financing of public schools, parental supervision of textbooks, tuition tax credits, public initiative legislation, and favors world government over U.S. sovereignty. For the 200th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence, the NEA created a Bicentennial Committee and Bicentennial Ideabook, with a Foreword that includes this statement: “…teachers are the major resource through which to effect (sic) a world community based on the principles of peace and justice.”

For the same event, the NEA fashioned its own Declaration of Interdependence in 1975, while endorsing Dr. Henry Steele Commanger’s identically named Declaration of Interdependence published by the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia. And nobody stopped it!

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June 19, 2015 Radio Commentary

GOP Resolution Challenges College Board Monopoly

Radio Commentary, 90.7, 91.7 New Life FM, June 19, 2015 – By Sue Ella Deadwyler

The College Board’s Advanced Placement U.S. History course got much-needed attention at the State Republican Party Convention in Athens on May 16th. Opposition to the new course prompted Republicans to pass a resolution explaining why the course should be rewritten or completely replaced.

The major problem is the College Board monopoly over course work and testing for college bound students in the United States and other countries. As a private nonprofit corporation, the College Board is not accountable to the public, although it develops, administers, and owns standardized tests and curricula used in public schools K – 12 and beyond.

That means, the trademarked Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT), which is privately developed and beyond parental influence, is used to screen most high school juniors and seniors for college, and parents pay extra for the test. Parents who have no influence on the test or content of the course were charged $98.50 for their child to be tested on June 2nd and another $31.90 for the study guide. The College Board derives additional revenue from selling study guides, tools and services to students, parents, colleges and universities, and from private donations. Continue reading

June 12, 2015 Radio Commentary

Great Idea: Elect the State School Board

Radio Commentary, 90.7, 91.7 New Life FM, June 12, 2015 – By Sue Ella Deadwyler

On May 16th the Georgia Republican Party passed a resolution to elect members of the State Board of Education, and there’s good reason for that. Many folks might not know that state school board members are appointed to seven-year terms. They don’t get paid for serving, but they are reimbursed for expenses.

They are not accountable to voters, although their actions affect all children in public schools. Since they are not elected, state school board members have no incentive to reflect voter values or wishes, even though schools under their control are funded by Georgia taxes that build, maintain and support education. Over half of the state budget is spent on K – 12 schools and higher education, so taxpayers have every right to expect all school board members – state, as well as local – to respect and support the values of students and their parents. While appointed school board members may seek parental approval, their primary allegiance is more likely to be to the person who appoints them, which, in this case, is the governor.

The Constitution of the State of Georgia describes the state school superintendent’s job as “the executive officer of the State Board of Education,” but think about this: The power of the State Board of Education, whose members are NOT elected, supersedes the power of the elected state school superintendent in setting the agenda for each state board of education meeting, in hiring and firing staff, as well as staff directly within the Department of Education. That arrangement subjugates the elected state school superintendent to policies made by 14 state school board appointees that are not accountable to voters. Continue reading