November 14, 2014 Radio Commentary

Political Sea Change

Radio Commentary, 90.7, 91.7 New Life FM, November 14, 2014 – By Sue Ella Deadwyler

The hard work of Tanya Ditty, State Director of Concerned Women for America of Georgia; Jane Robbins, American Principles Project Senior Fellow; and other education experts was rewarded when their resolution passed the Georgia Baptist Convention last Tuesday. The intent of the resolution is to counteract the disastrous effects of Common Core State Standards on education in Georgia.

The resolution asks the legislature to (a) withdraw Georgia from the Common Core State Standards and testing; (b) prohibit all state officials from entering into any agreement that cedes any measure of control over Georgia education to entities outside the state; (c) on both state and local levels, assure transparency and accountability of curriculum and content standards; (d) and prohibit the collection, tracking and sharing of personally identifiable student and teacher data outside the state. A copy of the resolution will be sent to Governor Deal, Lt. Governor Cagle, Speaker Ralston, and members of the General Assembly.

In the November 4th General Election, Georgia Republicans built on past successes of 2005 when they took control of the Georgia General Assembly, and 2011 when they gained more control by electing Republicans to every state-wide position. Republicans retained all those seats this year and replaced a Democrat congressman with a Republican. Result: Effective January 12, 2015, Georgia will have a Republican Governor, Lt. Governor, Attorney General, Secretary of State, Secretary of Education, Commissioner of Insurance, Commissioner of Agriculture, Commissioner of Labor, both U.S. Senators, 12 Republican Congressmen out of 14, and a majority of members in both House and Senate of the General Assembly. Continue reading

September 2014 Newsletter

Perdue or Nunn:
Which would make Better Decisions in U.S. Senate?

To determine which candidate would better represent Georgia in the U.S. Senate, consider the responsibilities of U.S. senators. Certainly, senators make laws and introduce resolutions and bills, but additional major items of Senate business include the confirmation of Supreme Court Justices and ratification of foreign treaties. If ratified by the Senate, foreign treaties become the law of the land by superseding the U.S. Constitution, State Constitutions and statutes.

David Perdue or Michelle Nunn: Which would vote your values on the following issues?
a. What qualifications would Perdue or Nunn require of nominees to the Supreme Court*?
b. Which candidate would secure borders and stop illegal entry into the U.S.?
c. Which would give amnesty to illegal aliens and invite more “unaccompanied” illegals?
d. Which would vote to enact a global tax to be collected and redistributed by the U.N.?
e. How would Michelle Nunn or David Perdue vote on national or global disarmament**?
f. Would they ratify the U.N. Convention on Rights of the Child and deny parental authority?
g. Would either ratify the U.N. Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and its hot-line authorizing U.N. intervention between patient/parent and patient/physician?
h. Would Nunn or Perdue agree to the U.N. Law of the Sea Treaty (LOST) and the International Seabed Authority with its total jurisdiction over all oceans and everything in them, including the ocean floor with its solid, liquid or gaseous minerals? If it were ratified, the U.S. would be surrendering national sovereignty, independence of action, and wealth.
i. How would Nunn or Perdue handle the International Criminal Court treaty and its power to put service members serving overseas at risk of prosecution for petty or malicious charges?

(If you don’t know their positions on guns and justices, consider the two planks of their party platforms below.)

Excerpts from Democrat and Republican Platforms
*Judicial Appointments
Democrat Party will select and confirm judges who are men and women of unquestionable talent and character, who firmly respect the rule of law, who listen to and are respectful of different points of view, and who represent the diversity of America.

Republican Party will insist on appointing constitutionalist judges, men and women who will not distort our founding documents to deny the people’s right to self-government, sanction federal powers that violate our liberties, or inject foreign law into American jurisprudence.

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March 1, 2014 Newsletter

Common Core: National Take-Over of K – 12 Curricula

“The Common Core gang in 1996 gathered a cozy group of rich big businessmen, six governors, and a few other politicians and founded an organization called Achieve Inc. Working backward from the 12th grade down to kindergarten, this eventually morphed into the Common Core State Standards.”
– “National Takeover of School Curriculum,” by Phyllis Schlafly, February 26, 2014

Common Core is a set of K – 12 English language arts (ELA) and math standards, primarily developed by trade groups and private interests in Washington, D.C.; funded by the Gates Foundation; copyrighted in 2010 by the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices and the Council of Chief State School Officers, as sole owners and developers.

Achieve Inc., mentioned in Mr. Pattison’s quote above, began implementing Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in 13 states, without calling it a national effort, since a nationally mandated curriculum is unconstitutional. Instead, Achieve approached each state department of education and by 2009, 35 states had aligned their curriculum with Common Core. By 2011, 45 states had adopted the sight-unseen pig-in-a-poke that had never been field tested.

Whether with amazing naiveté or complicity in the plan, Georgia agreed to implement CCSS to qualify for a $400 million Race to the Top education reform grant received in August 2010, as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 to improve schools.

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December 6, 2013 Radio Commentary

Inferior Standards

Radio Commentary, 90.7, 91.7 New Life FM, December 6, 2013 – By Sue Ella Deadwyler

Good morning, Jim. In July Governor Deal and State School Superintendent Barge announced that Georgia would pull out of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) testing agreement. But, pulling out of the testing is NOT equivalent to dumping Common Core. To make things worse, Georgia was so willing to qualify for a Race to the Top grant, that the state accepted the standards BEFORE they were written. So, it’s unclear how or whether CCSS can be scrapped, even though the testing was rejected.

Creating Common Core was NOT an open process. It is NOT voluntary. It is a national project created in secret without input from teachers, Congress or state legislatures. Since it was attached to Race to the Top grants, states adopted it sight-unseen. Because its implementation activates federal control of school curriculum for charter schools, private schools, religious schools, Catholic schools and homeschooling, it is blatantly unconstitutional. Continue reading