Petition to Close Ineffective Federal Department of Education

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Today is the Day!

Let President Trump know where you stand.

Please take a moment to sign and share the petition to close the wasteful and ineffective Federal Department of Education. The time is now to stop the federal experiment with education and return control to parents and local communities.

Dear Mr. President,

United States Parents Involved in Education (USPIE) is a nonprofit, nationwide coalition of state leaders focused on returning control of education to parents and local communities by eradicating federal intrusion. In light of the strong and repeated evidence that federal involvement in education has hurt rather than helped American children, USPIE has made it its mission to abolish the United States Department of Education (USED) and end all federal education mandates. This will localize the school curriculum, strengthen the teaching force in public schools, and reverse the trend of declining student achievement.

Hundreds of thousands of parents praised your dissent of Jeb Bush and other education bureaucrats, and were hopeful of your comments on ending federal involvement in education when you said on the campaign trail “education has to be run locally.”

On this 40th anniversary of USED and 10th anniversary of the Common Core Standards Initiative, USPIE believes America’s education system is in severe disarray. Despite Secretary DeVos’s arduous work over the past three years, Common Core remains intact in every state although often rebranded. Intrusive Federal mandates continue to stifle both local and parental control as well as innovation.

USPIE requests that you promote H.R.899, which is a bill to terminate the Department of Education and end all federal education mandates. USPIE developed a Blueprint that provides clear explanations and steps to achieve these goals based on research by the CATO and Independent Institute. The Blueprint has been shared extensively with elected officials in Washington D.C. and USPIE is encouraging members of Congress to co-sponsor H.R.899 and to call for a hearing on the bill.

USPIE supports your “America First” philosophy and your campaign promises that have generated so much enthusiasm. USPIE is hopeful that you will consider working with us to reform America’s public education system by first abolishing the Federal Department of Education and ending all federal education mandates. Together we can accomplish much and make American education great again.

Sincerely,

U.S. Parents Involved in Education Leadership Team

We need as many of you to participate as possible in order to get this trending. We are grateful to have made it this far, but we’re not done yet!

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USPIE Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Position Statement

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Schools are ground zero in the current culture war on sex education. The LGBTQ+ agenda is a political movement foisted upon schools under the guise of diversity and civil rights. United States Parents Involved in Education (USPIE) strongly opposes these efforts to confuse and sexualize America’s children.

The LGBTQ+ agenda is based on the controversial research of Alfred Kinsey. Despite the questionable nature of his findings, his work and the LGBTQ+ agenda are supported by such professional organizations as the American Psychological Association, American Psychiatric Association, American Medical Association, and National Association of School Psychologist.  Many were co-opted into endorsing LGBTQ+ doctrines that were not supported by medical science.  These organizations were led to declassify and eventually endorse a range of questionable activities, including sexual deviancy, as normal and healthy.  Since then, LGBTQ+ doctrines have been integrated into America’s government schools in order to influence students beginning in Kindergarten to see LGBTQ+ doctrines as normal and healthy.

Many states have established a K-12 Health curriculum promoting LGBTQ+ doctrines and recommend a K-3 book titled Who Are You?, which introduces children to an array of genders, not just two. According to the book’s lesson plan, students work through the three layers of “The Gender Wheel” learning that “grown-ups look at a baby’s body when they are born and make a guess: boy or girl.”

These programs have little or no medical justification and, in many cases, hurt children, parents and families. Gender dysphoria shows indications of being contagious by infecting children in clusters who suddenly display gender confusion. Moreover, medically affirming treatments like hormone suppression therapy can cause children to lose their ability to have children themselves, and sex change surgery permanently disfigures young children with no evidence of benefit. Individuals who undergo sex change operations have significantly worse mental and physical health ten years after surgery and are much more likely to commit suicide than the general population.  Most concerning is the fact that parents who refuse to consent to these medical treatments can lose their parental rights altogether.

It is the position of USPIE that sexualizing and confusing children in government schools is outrageous and must be stopped immediately.

References available at uspie.org

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USPIE Response to Secretary DeVos and Kellyanne Conway Remarks at 2020 CPAC

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Remember Candidate Trump’s promise to get rid of Common Core? No matter what administration officials say, this is one promise made – promise NOT delivered. Common Core is NOT gone. It remains in every state, in every public school, in every charter school, and sadly in many private and home school programs. Some states pretended to repeal Common Core only to reinstitute it under a different name. Florida may be the first state to make significant progress in a true repeal of Common Core, but that remains to be seen. Additionally, there is risk Florida could lose its Federal education funds if the U.S. Department of Education determines the new standards do not qualify as “college and career ready.”

Common Core remains intact despite the mounting evidence that the standards have destroyed student achievement. Where progress was made pre-Common Core, student achievement is now in decline. For example, before Common Core in Secretary DeVos’s home state of Michigan, 75% of third graders could read on grade level. Now, only 45% of Michigan third graders read on grade level. This is the case despite increased enrollment in charter schools in Michigan, which is the core “solution” to America’s education problems as proposed by Secretary DeVos and Ms. Conway.

US Parents Involved in Education (USPIE) is fully supportive of the idea of putting parents back in charge of their children’s education. The problem is “school choice” and “education freedom” proposals by the Federal Department of Education are actually “choice among Common Core programs” and “freedom to impose federal regulations on real education alternatives.” USPIE also agrees completely with Secretary DeVos that the Federal government doesn’t have all the solutions and the ideas she and Ms. Conway propose are bad ideas.

USPIE has developed viable solutions to return control of education to parents. The first step is to eliminate all Federal education programs and close the Federal Department of Education as outlined in the USPIE Blueprint to Close USED. If the Trump administration supported this move rather than the mere $5 billion they have allocated to “education freedom,” they could allocate the entire $64 billion Federal education budget. For 2020, this could be a tax credit program for parents of K-12 children who earn less than $75,000 per year. The only regulation would be not to enroll their children in government schools and then each will receive $4500 per child. Although this amount of money would not enable parents to choose schools for their children like the private schools many Congressmen and Secretary DeVos have chosen for their children, it would allow them to choose private or home schools that do not use Common Core or implement intrusive state assessments and data collection. This is real freedom in education.

As Ms. Conway says, “freedom beats free stuff.” However, USPIE contends freedom cannot be achieved through another government program. Freedom can only be achieved when government gets out of the way. If government gets out of the way, it matters not which party controls the White House or Congress.
President Trump has the opportunity to achieve what even the great President Ronald Reagan could only dream about. He could be the president who actually takes control of education away from the unions, away from big business, away from socialists, away from activists of either or any Party. He could restore the Constitutional version of education, by eliminating Federal intrusion and empowering parents in their local communities to direct the education of their children.

USPIE encourages you to print these remarks and mail them to President Trump at:

President Donald J. Trump
c/o Justin Clark
White House Office of Public Liaison
1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, DC 20500

If President Trump receives a substantial number of letters, it will make an impact. 

CLICK HERE TO PRINT THESE REMARKS

Petition President Trump to Close US Department of Education

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Dear Mr. President,

United States Parents Involved in Education (USPIE) is a nonprofit, nationwide coalition of state leaders focused on returning control of education to parents and local communities by eradicating federal intrusion. In light of the strong and repeated evidence that federal involvement in education has hurt rather than helped American children, USPIE has made it its mission to abolish the United States Department of Education (USED) and end all federal education mandates. This will localize the school curriculum, strengthen the teaching force in public schools, and reverse the trend of declining student achievement.

Hundreds of thousands of parents praised your dissent of Jeb Bush and other education bureaucrats, and were hopeful of your comments on ending federal involvement in education when you said on the campaign trail “education has to be run locally.”

On this 40th anniversary of USED and 10th anniversary of the Common Core Standards Initiative, USPIE believes America’s education system is in severe disarray. Despite Secretary DeVos’s arduous work over the past three years, Common Core remains intact in every state although often rebranded. Intrusive Federal mandates continue to stifle both local and parental control as well as innovation.

USPIE requests that you promote H.R.899, which is a bill to terminate the Department of Education and end all federal education mandates. USPIE developed a Blueprint that provides clear explanations and steps to achieve these goals based on research by the CATO and Independent Institute. The Blueprint has been shared extensively with elected officials in Washington D.C. and USPIE is encouraging members of Congress to co-sponsor H.R.899 and to call for a hearing on the bill.

USPIE supports your “America First” philosophy and your campaign promises that have generated so much enthusiasm. USPIE is hopeful that you will consider working with us to reform America’s public education system by first abolishing the Federal Department of Education and ending all federal education mandates. Together we can accomplish much and make American education great again.

Sincerely,

U.S. Parents Involved in Education Leadership Team

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USPIE Speaks at Annual Education Policy Conference

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It’s time for the Constitutional Coalition’s annual Education Policy Conference and this year we have exciting news: USPIE Communications Director April Few will be a featured speaker!

The focus of this year’s conference is:

“Socialism and Sexualization:

What Are the Antidotes? 

USPIE will be joining some amazing and dynamic speakers on the increasingly popularity of socialism, the push to sexualize children, and how they are related to the demise of our nation.

Speakers for this year’s conference include the following:

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April Few is the young, enthusiastic Communications Director for the national non-profit education policy organization, U.S. Parents Involved in Education (USPIE) where she has been employed for four years. In this role, she coordinates national calls with PIE chapter presidents across the country, serves as Chair for the USPIE Marketing Committee, and is the organization’s website content manager.

April has been a featured guest for education policy issues on national and local talk radio shows around the country. She is also a sought-after speaker in South Carolina where she presents the problems with the workforce development model of education and she recently testified in front of the South Carolina House Education K-12 Subcommittee.

April is featured as the protagonist in the documentary Truth and Lies in American Education scheduled for release in the fall of 2020. The trailer for the documentary will be unveiled for the first time during EPC 2020.

April lives in Camden, SC with her husband and 4-year-old daughter. They are expecting a second daughter and plan to homeschool their children.

Other speakers include political commentator David Limbaugh; Labor Secretary nominee Andy Puzder; former Planned Parenthood’s Moncia Cline; Donna Rice Hughes; authors Michael Medved, Mary Eberstadt, Suzanne Venker, Jarreett Stepman, Dr. Wilfred McClay; Daily Wire’s Michael Knowles, Focus on the Family’s Tim Goeglin, professors Mary Grabar, Paul Kengor; Walt Heyer, Erin Brewer, Alyssa Ahlgren, Morgan Zegers, Karen England, Barb Anderson, Vernadette Broyles, Evan Sayet, Connie Marshner, Eric Coyhendall, Anne Schlafly Cori, Dr. Michelle Cretella, Margaret Clarke, Gayle Ruzicks, Stephanie Bell, Becky Gerritson, Kelly and Courtney Litvak and others. View speaker bios.

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It is the mission of USPIE to restore parental & local control of education by eradicating federal intrusion. Although this experiment with federal control of local public schools has gone on for half a century now, it has failed. We need to stop treating children like guinea pigs in some social engineering laboratory & start embracing children as human beings to be supported and inspired to achieve their own dreams and aspirations.

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Stop Fed Ed Committees

Because life is easier when you have a team!

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USPIE Research Committee
The USPIE Research Committee did background work to develop the Blueprint to Close the Federal Department of Education found at USPIE.org. The committee provides support to state chapters reviews of State ESSA Plans, keep an eye on proposed legislation in US Congress, and watch for problematic state legislation that might help other states prevent bad ideas from spreading. They also work with the Marketing Committee and Leadership Team to research and draft USPIE Position papers.
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USPIE Recruitment and Chapter Growth Committee
The USPIE Recruitment and Chapter Growth Committee works to not only connect with like-minded people to establish new PIE state chapters, but they also help new PIE Presidents grow their state chapters. It is critical to USPIE’s mission to have a strong grassroots foundation to share our message with everyone including lawmakers. They work with the Marketing Committee and Leadership Team to promote various state chapters and recruit new members in the fight to Stop Fed Ed!
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USPIE Marketing Committee
The USPIE Marketing Committee is essential for growing the Stop Fed Ed movement, especially on social media. The USPIE Marketing Committee’s focus is crafting messages, including petitions, newsletters, and resources for parents which promote USPIE’s mission of abolishing the wasteful and unconstitutional Federal Department of Education and ending ALL federal education mandates.
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USPIE Homeschool Committee
The USPIE Homeschool Committee aims to promote, encourage, and support parents and grandparents who are interested in homeschooling their children. The Homeschool Committee provides simple steps that help parents get started in the homeschool adventure in their state and help them find organizations and people who can offer more support and assistance.

USPIE Homeschool Committee

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The USPIE Homeschool Committee aims to promote, encourage, and support parents and grandparents who are interested in homeschooling their children. The Homeschool Committee provides simple steps that help parents get started in the homeschool adventure in their state and help them find organizations and people who can offer more support and assistance. The Committee also seeks to help protect homeschool freedom in support of parental control.  The Homeschool Committee supports USPIE’s mission of abolishing the U.S. Department of Education and ending all federal education mandates by working to reduce the number of families dependent on Federal Department of Education funding and policies. 

Chairwoman – Victoria Bucklin (Maine) Please contact Victoria at vbucklin@yahoo.com to join the USPIE Homeschool Committee.

Members:

Joan Clary (Kentucky)

Karen Larsen (Washington State)

April Few (South Carolina)

USPIE Recruitment and Chapter Growth Committee

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The USPIE Recruitment and Chapter Growth Committee seeks to connect with like-minded people willing to join USPIE’s mission of abolishing the U.S. Department of Education and ending all federal education mandates.  Since it is critical to USPIE’s mission to build a grassroots army, this committee works to increase state chapter membership and find leaders to act as state chapter presidents. 

Co-Chairs – Sandy Torosian (California) and Sheri Few (South Carolina)

Please contact Sandy Torosian: torosiants@att.net to join the USPIE Recruitment and Chapter Growth Committee.

Members:

Florence Thompson (South Dakota)

Michelle Earle (New York)

TEST REFUSAL FORM

Parents, if you want to let your child’s school know you are refusing to allow your child to take “mandated” tests, please use this Test Refusal Form developed by the Thomas More Law Center.

Please send an email to afew@uspie.org if your school does not accept the form and we will connect you with the Thomas More Law Center.

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Visit USPIE.org and click on the Resources page for more information!

USPIE Marketing Committee

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The USPIE Marketing Committee is essential for growing the Stop Fed Ed movement, especially on social media. The USPIE Marketing Committee’s focus is crafting messages, including petitions, newsletters, resources for parents, and fundraising campaigns.  The Marketing Committee supports the USPIE mission by crafting communications that focus on abolishing the U.S. Department of Education and ending all federal education mandates.

Chair – Audra Christian (Florida): Please contact Audra: audra.christian.ef@gmail.com to join the USPIE Marketing Committee.

Members:

Michelle Earle (New York)

Victoria Bucklin (Maine)

Mike Leuzzi (Washington State)

Tracy Shannon (Texas)

April Few (South Carolina)