USPIE Back to School Newsletter 8/2018

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USPIE BACK TO SCHOOL PARENT SURVIVAL GUIDE PART 1

PROTECT YOUR CHILDREN & KNOW THE ISSUES
  • Many states have claimed to repeal Common Core, but did not.
  • Common Core for babies is rampant in the Birth to Age Five age group.
  • Assessments are happening all the time, including surveys, and parents are not always notified.
  • Assessment & surveys are a means to collect your child’s personal data, which can be shared widely outside the school system itself.
  • You have the right to opt your child out of bad lessons and assessments, but many schools make it very difficult. Know your rights.
  • New lessons in Social Emotional Learning are being imposed on children.
TIPS
  • Find out if your state assessments are under PARCC, SBAC, Pearson, and/or AIR Helpful article: https://edexcellence.net/articles/the-state-of-state-assessments
  • Ask to see all lesson plans outlined on a syllabus. Find out everything that they read in class, including digital books. This is your supreme court protected right and you can opt them out of any material you feel is inappropriate. Things to look for include materials that favor international and globalism over American sovereignty, revisionist history, social justice issues as early as kindergarten, religious bias like Access Islam, sexually charged materials, and sustainable development.
  • Instruct your child to decline any and all surveys given in class. Refuse all behavioral and psychological profiles. Put this in writing. This is protected under the Hatch Amendment.
  • Read the fine print on everything before you sign it. Do not disclose any information that you do not want shared. Protect your child’s data from unnecessary collection.
  • Volunteer to see what is happening in the classroom and on the playground. Go observe for yourself and know what curriculum is being used. Also determine what is happening at your school regarding bullying.
  • Go to www.fairtest.org and find out which college’s no longer require the SAT/ACT.

LEADERSHIP TEAM REPORT

USPIE recently released our position statement on the proposed USED/DOL merger.
“USPIE opposes all efforts to convert American education into a workforce development system and opposes enabling massive data collection of citizens, especially children, facilitated and coordinated by the Federal government. USPIE believes the effort to make this dramatic conversion through government schools is misunderstood by most Americans and nearly all elected officials.”

FROM THE RESEARCH DESK: WHY STOP FED ED RESOURCES

The USPIE Research Committee developed flyers to be used as a resource for educating people and answering some of the frequently asked questions.

If the Department of Education is closed, who will meet kids’ needs?
There is clear evidence that the involvement and oversight of education by the Federal Department of Education has not resulted in quality educational opportunities for children. Every state has a State Board of Education, a Department of Education and locally elected school boards. These are the organizations, in close partnership with parents, most capable to ensure all children have access to excellent educational opportunities. Since each child and each community is unique, it is inappropriate to make all educational opportunities the same.
What about children with Special Needs?
Even with the ending of federal education programs and closure of USED, federal law continues to protect all persons with disabilities. USED wastes more money that could go to students rather than to the administrators of programs. Local control of programs for children with special needs can ensure more appropriate programming based on the needs of the children in each community.

NEW CHAPTERS

Texas Parents Involved in Education
TXPIE President: Tracy Shannon, shannontracy123@gmail.com
Ohio Parents Involved in Education
OHPIE President: Michael Hamel, bullyusnomore555@gmail.com
North Carolina Parents Involved in Education
NCPIE President: Roy Frady, rfrady@hotmail.com

 

STOP FED ED CANDIDATE PLEDGE SIGNERS

Tami Carlone, Michigan State Board of Education
Lisa Papas, Michigan Senate District 2

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