NEA and the Culture Skid
Radio Commentary, 90.7, 91.7 New Life FM, July 21, 2017 – By Sue Ella Deadwyler
Just 16 days ago, 7,000 NEA members gathered in Boston for their four-day annual conference over July 4th. That’s when the NEA president declared, “We can win. We have the power and they know it.” The resolutions they passed explain what they plan to win and how they’ll do it.
Although law-abiding Georgians oppose sanctuary policies, and the General Assembly passed H.B. 37 outlawing sanctuary in colleges and universities, the NEA passed NBI 94 to support sanctuary in cities and schools, and promised to help create more.
Resolution NBI 18 outlines NEA’s position on illegal aliens this way: (a) The NEA opposes deportation; (b) and asks school staff NOT to cooperate with Immigration and ICE agents or other officials seeking immigration status. (c) NEA encourages school districts to adopt refusal-to-cooperate-with-ICE-agent policies. Also, NEA will (d) issue a press statement that school staff should not be encouraged or pressured to cooperate with ICE.
NBI 86 authorizes censorship of exhibits NEA deems “offensive.” First, is the NEA Ex-Gay Educators exhibit indicating that homosexuality is a choice. The other two offenders – Creation Truth Outreach and Creation Science Educators – contradict evolution. NBI 154 directs creationism exhibits to be judged by two standing rules to determine whether they are offensive. Continue reading
Education EO and Local Control
Radio Commentary, 90.7, 91.7 New Life FM, July 14, 2017 – By Sue Ella Deadwyler
When President Trump issued his April 26th Executive Order “Enforcing Statutory Prohibitions on Federal Control of Education,” it became the policy of the executive branch through the Secretary of Education to examine whether regulations and guidance documents uphold local control for curriculum, instruction programs, textbooks, library books, and other instructional material.
That order empowered the Secretary of Education to rescind or revise regulations and guidance documents that are inconsistent with federal law and propose replacement regulations within 300 days after the executive order was issued in April 2017.
On the basis of that order, the U.S. Secretary of Education should investigate the Human Rights Campaign’s (HRC) “Welcoming Schools Program,” that’s dedicated to utilizing LGBTQ-inclusive programs in Pre-K – 12 schools throughout the country. To accomplish that, the HRC provides instruction through HRC-trained and HRC-certified facilitators, one of whom trained some of Georgia’s school nurses earlier this year. Continue reading
UBI: Guaranteed Income for NOT Working!
Radio Commentary, 90.7, 91.7 New Life FM, July 7, 2017 – By Sue Ella Deadwyler
Will Georgia go from a guaranteed minimum wage for workers to a universal basic income (UBI) for everyone who has a job or doesn’t work at all? UBI is an emerging issue in other countries and has reared its head in the U.S.A., as well. Hawaii, recently, passed a bill to study the possibility of implementing UBI there.
In the General Assembly this year, three minimum wage bills were introduced, along with two other bills concerning equal pay for males and females. While H.B. 339 attempts to increase the minimum wage from $5.15 to $7.25 – a $2.10 hourly raise – H.B. 315 and S.B. 28 almost triple the current minimum wage to $15.00 per hour. Plus, S.B. 28 would have added an annual cost-of-living increase, beginning January 1, 2019. All those bills were left in committee for consideration next session.
It’s nothing new for minimum wage bills to be introduced or adopted in the U.S., but Finland adopted the UBI concept on January 1st, thereby guaranteeing 2,000 citizens $630 per month whether they work or not. Similar projects, also, exist in Canada, Holland and Italy. Continue reading
HRC, Transgender and Local Control
When President Donald Trump issued his April 26th Executive Order (EO) “Enforcing Statutory Prohibitions on Federal Control of Education,” it became the responsibility of the Secretary of the Department of Education (DOE). If the Secretary accomplishes the goal in the title of the EO, the end result should be (a) enforcement of current laws passed by Congress to protect local control of education and the (b) repeal of federal laws that impede local control.
The broad scope of the EO authorizes the Secretary to (a) examine and determine which regulations and guidance documents uphold local control of education materials1and which do not; (b) rescind or revise regulations and guidance documents that are inconsistent with education law; then subsequently, (c) propose and publish new regulations and guidance documents within 300 days after April 26, 2017, the issue-date of the EO.
Are Welcoming Schools Programs under local control? The Welcoming Schools Program of the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) should be investigated for (a) the Pre-K2 – 12 LGBTQ inclusive programs that defy local values. Also, to be investigated should be (b) HRC-trained facilitators3 and (c) their LGBTQQ4 curricula content, (d) supplemental material and hand-outs, (e) as well as school nurse training. A Welcoming Schools facilitator, who represents the Georgia Safe Schools Coalition, also, recently trained Georgia’s Fayette County school nurses.
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