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FEDERAL GOVERNMENT BACKDOOR TAKEOVER OF EDUCATION!

RTTT ChalkboardSchool boards around America need to take a serious look at what the Federal government is imposing on them when taking money! It can be far reaching and become absolutely out of control. Example – What if the Federal government under the Department of Labor (Obama’s hiding place for education implementation changes) begins to tell you your district MUST accept all requests for Charter schools? This is what is being pushed.

If a charter school does well they are supposed to be rewarded. Why? Traditional public schools are not! What about the failures – do you ever see those posted?

Have you ever asked yourself why HR5 is giving so much money to Charter school implementation and decreased the amount allowed for regular Federal Funding? They are practically mandating more Charter schools.
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Why not fix what the problem is with our traditional public school and that is that the Federal government has had their hands in education since 1964 and it has gone down hill ever since. It has nothing to do with the old standards or curriculum being bad or that we need to be more globally “connected”. It is big business trying to oversee the education of our children using them as “human capital” for public private partnerships.

This is what all these Charter School consortium’s and management companies are with other businesses feeding them money. They are even directing legislation that pertains to education with their donations into the legislators coffers.

There is no protection for local district taxing authorities when proposed ESEA federal legislation in HR 5 and SB 1094 allows federal Title I funds to ” follow a child” to the school of their choice; this system of funding will corrupt the taxing ability of your local district when funding of ‘choice students’ who can move within the district, to another district, to another state, blurring appropriations of funding to areas outside their taxing abilities; this will destroy local control and abolish elected representative local government.

There is no protection for local district taxing authorities when proposed ESEA federal legislation in HR 5 and SB 1094 allows federal Title I funds to ” follow a child” to the school of their choice; this system of funding will corrupt the taxing ability of your local district when funding of ‘choice students’ who can move within the district, to another district, to another state, blurring appropriations of funding to areas outside their taxing abilities; this will destroy local control and abolish elected representative local government.

There is no protection for states’ rights when the proposed Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) “Choice” Legislation in HR 5 and SB 1094 will use Title I choice funds that will “follow” the individual child and bypass state control of funds; this is a violation of the 10th Amendment and states’ rights. There is no protection for the citizens and local representative government by pursuing unconstitutional Choice-Charter Schools, which will destroy our public and private school system, forcing federal mandates on all public and private religious schools when accepting Title I choice students; charter schools take away our voice in decision making on the local level, and forces taxpayers to succumb to an unelected for-profit board that will consume our hard earned tax dollars, not in the interest of educating children; charter schools will abolish representative government.
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Are our local school boards and District School Superintendent’s actually looking to force themselves out of a job? With unelected school boards manning our Charter schools nothing will be safe. Not their jobs, their income, the children’s education – can they not think out of the box?

Charter/Choice is the path to Nationalized Education. When the time is right, Obama/Duncan will go through the Federal Dept. of Labor to implement his changes so that they can say it was not done illegally through the USDOE. This is how they got the FERPA changes through and your state government is trying to tell you there were no changes.

They got the FERPA changes through by making it a mandate implemented through the Federal Dept. of Labor.

They got Data Mining through Race To The Top grant monies and now they are opening the doors to more money and just like with Obama Care – our Federal legislators will not de-fund the actions taking place.

Making school districts directly beholden to the federal Department of Education undermines, rather than advances, local control. The guidelines for the 2012-2013 Race To The Top (RTTT) application is referred to as “Race To The Top – District: Applying As A Consortium”. Now school districts are to operate as “consortiums”.

• Announced by the US Department of Education (USDOE) on May 22, 2012, this program is designed to bypass states and go directly to local districts to persuade them to accept strings-attached federal grants. In this way, USDOE can undermine sovereign state decisions with which it disagrees.

• The competition consists of a $400 million fund that will lure applications from eligible districts or groups of districts (defined as those serving at least 2,500 students, 40% or more of whom qualify for free or reduced-price lunch).

• Districts will be expected to “create plans for individualized classroom instruction aimed at closing achievement gaps and preparing each student for college and career.”

• “Eligibility . . . will be determined by a district’s demonstrated commitment to RTT’s four core reform areas.” These core areas include adopting standards acceptable to USDOE and building massive student-data systems.
• Among the 17 categories of vague promises the competing districts must make is the requirement that they show they can track students from pre-K through college, and tie student outcomes back to individual teachers.

• One of the more bizarre requirements is that competing districts promise to implement evaluation systems that consider student outcomes – not just for teacher and principal performance, but also for district superintendents and school boards. Is USDOE suggesting it can fire school boards if it deems them inadequate? Where does Arne Duncan get the authority to tell individual districts how to do their job?

• The competition “offers competitive preference to applicants that form partnerships with public and private organizations to . . . offer services that help meet students’ academic, social, and emotional needs . . . .” So local schools will have to answer to Arne Duncan for whether students are well-adjusted socially and emotionally.

• This district-level program is a full-scale assault on state sovereignty. It is a power-grab through which the federal government will skirt citizens’ elected statewide bodies and negotiate directly with school districts to embrace federal policy. It will also undermine the state governmental structure by grouping school districts together on policy decisions and thereby making it more difficult for the group to disengage from federal programming.

Parents as busy as they are need to wake up before all the roses have wilted and their children are wearing brown shirts to school and their entire education process is run by the Federal government.

Disclaimer: As always if you find anything I have posted to not be factual, please contact me and I will gladly review your information. I spend hours researching for my posts and try to be as factual as possible. truthneducation@ymail.com