USPIE Action Endorses Two South Carolina Candidates

USPIE Action is the legislative affiliate of United States Parents Involved in Education. We seek to educate and influence elected officials on Capitol Hill and in the states, activate our grassroots network, and mobilize conservative voters on behalf of education policy. USPIE Action is a 501(c)(4) nonprofit and was founded in 2014. USPIE Action exists so that our nation’s schools will be free from federal intrusion as we impact public policy, influence elections, and support candidates who share our goal to restore local control of education to parents and communities.

SOUTH CAROLINA HOUSE DISTRICT 7 CANDIDATE ALEX FOPPOLI

Read Press Release  Endorsing Alex Foppoli for SC House District 7

SOUTH CAROLINA HOUSE DISTRICT 1 CANDIDATE WALLY SPARKS

Read Press Release  Endorsing Wally Sparks for SC House District 1


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USPIE Action Endorses Dr. Kizzi Gibson

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 4, 2022
Contact: Sheri Few, 803-420-1987
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U.S. Parents Involved in Education ACTION (USPIE Action) announces its endorsement of South Carolina conservative candidate Kizzi Gibson who is seeking the Republican nomination for SC Superintendent of Education.

USPIE Action is the legislative affiliate of United States Parents Involved in Education with the shared goal of abolishing the US Department of Education and ending all federal education mandates.

USPIE Action President Sheri Few says, “USPIE Action is pleased to extend their support to Kizzi Gibson as the best candidate in the Republican Primary. She stands against the sexualization of children and child pornography in SC schools; the indoctrination of children in Critical Race Theory under the guise of Culturally Relevant Pedagogy and Social Emotional Learning; biological boys competing in biological girls sports; and mask mandates for children.” Mrs. Few went on to say, “Dr. Gibson has also agreed to advance the mission of USPIE Action by conducting a cost of compliance study to begin weaning the state off the federal dole and out from under federal education mandates.”

Kizzi Gibson is sincere in her positions in contrast to her opponents in the Republican Primary. The following are just a few observations about her opponents’ positions.

Kathy Maness is campaigning as a conservative and yet she
-is paid to lead the SC Teacher’s Association (in reality the SC teacher’s union);
-opposes School Choice for parents;
-supported Universal Mask Mandates as a town councilwoman and masking children in schools;
-was praised by Nancy Pelosi and Kamala Harris, and
-publicly campaigned for Joe Biden’s $1 trillion spending bill in 2021.

Lynda Leventis Wells has said publicly she is opposed to Common Core and Critical Race Theory, and yet as a member of the Greenville County School Board she 
-did nothing to address the replacement of Common Core a.k.a. SC College and Career Ready Standards and the aligned assessments for more than ten years;
-made the motion to adopt the Equity, Diversity and Inclusion policy adopted by the Board May 25, 2021, which advances equity, social emotional learning, a bias free culture, and specifically directs the utilization of culturally responsive teaching; and
-voted to approve ESSER III federal funding that requires the advancement of equity and inclusion and social emotional learning.

Ellen Weaver has said publicly that she is opposed to Common Core and Critical Race Theory, and yet as a 6-year member, and even Chair of the Education Oversight Committee (EOC) she
-made no attempts to address the replacement of Common Core a.k.a. SC College and Career Ready Standards and the aligned assessments;
-approved of the Community Block Grants program criteria for applicants to model a Social Emotional Learning program for 0-5 year-olds; and
-approved of the EOC Executive Director being trained through the Riley Institute’s Diversity Leaders Initiative that immerses its trainees in diversity, equity, and inclusion, and whose trainer is quoted on their website talking about the murder of George Floyd and saying there is a heightened awareness of the reality of systemic racism.

Please further consider this article published in the New American magazine in 2018 about the organization Ellen Weaver founded and directs.

South Carolina parents and children need a sincere leader for oversight of the state’s education system. South Carolina needs Dr. Kizzi Gibson. Please join USPIE Action in support of Dr. Gibson on June 14th in the Republican Primary!

Help Us Reach Our Goal

What is Giving Tuesday?
Join USPIE for Giving Tuesday! #GivingTuesday is a national generosity movement. Giving Tuesday was created in 2012 as a way for people to do good. Over the past decade it has grown into a worldwide movement that inspires millions of people to give and collaborate.

Why USPIE?
USPIE is a nonprofit, nationwide coalition that seeks to return education to its proper local roots and restore parental authority over their children’s education by helping parents and local communities to escape federal and other national influences. 

It is the vision of USPIE to create a culture where parents, empowered with the authority to choose what and how their children learn, are the undisputed primary educators of their children; where local schools operate in support of families, and where education is unencumbered by federal mandates.

Our Goal
USPIE aims to train parents to run for school board, distribute our Truth and Lies in American Education documentary, publish education policy positions that challenge the current, flawed system, and much more.

Your gift will ensure we can continue to help equip parents with the knowledge and skills needed to fight back against all of the nefarious things happening in government schools, including Critical Race Theory, the sexualization of children, boys playing in girls’ sports, mask and vaccine mandates, and the list goes on.​​​​​​​

Our goal is to raise $15,000 by midnight ET tonight. USPIE is 100% volunteer-based and we count on people like you to help keep us going. Can we count on your support? 

Act on Your Parental Rights

Are you thinking about supporting “parental rights” legislation?  With the enthusiastic endorsement of parents, many state legislatures are filing parental rights bills.  It seems like enshrining parental rights into law would make them more powerful and perhaps provide a legal basis to prevent some of the atrocious infringements on the relationship between children and parents happening today. 

Infringements on parents are happening everywhere.  Schools today are teaching children inappropriate sexual information, teaching children they are nothing more than a color or gender, recruiting children into gender-dysphoria and then hiding the evidence from parents, facilitating access to medical treatment for children without parental consent, and even instructing children not to tell their parents what is happening in school.  And although parents complain to administrators and at school board meetings, it seems nothing changes.

But what if the truth is that parental rights laws will only serve to reduce actual parental rights? 

The Founding Fathers believed our rights are inalienable and incapable of being surrendered or transferred because they are given to us by our Creator.  Our rights, including parental rights, do not come from government, they come from God.  The Founding Fathers also recognized that by codifying rights, the definition and scope of the rights becomes legitimate points of debate; hence they did not originally even want to write the Bill of Rights.

An excellent explanation of Constitutional Rights comes from The Law Firm of Robert J. Frank & Assoc. LLC:

The U.S. Constitution recognizes that human beings have “certain inalienable rights” to which they are entitled which arise as a matter of natural right. The most important of these rights are called “Fundamental Rights.”  Fundamental Rights are rights that are so “implicit in the concept of ordered liberty” that “neither liberty nor justice would exist if they were sacrificed.”(1)  The Supreme Court has recognized that fundamental rights include those guaranteed by the Bill of Rights as well as certain liberty, associational and privacy interests implicit in the due process clause and the penumbra of constitutional rights.(2) These special “liberty” interests include “the rights to marry, to have children, to direct the education and upbringing of one’s children, to marital privacy, and to bodily integrity.”(3) 

Think about our current conversation about the right of free speech.  Free speech is now being limited by the arbitrary assertion that only non-offensive speech is permitted.  How about the right to bear arms; as long as the arms are just for sport hunting and are licensed by the government?  Enumerated rights become a target for government control and regulation.

Consider this example from a proposed South Carolina Parental Bill of Rights:

TO PROHIBIT CERTAIN GOVERNMENT INFRINGEMENT ON THE FUNDAMENTAL RIGHTS OF PARENTS TO DIRECT THE UPBRINGING, EDUCATION, HEALTH CARE, AND MENTAL HEALTH CARE OF THEIR CHILDREN EXCEPT IN LIMITED CIRCUMSTANCES,

“Certain” infringement?   Prohibited except in limited circumstances?  Who defines which infringements are prohibited, and which are permitted?  Who defines the exceptions?  Legislation may attempt to define the details, but typically, the implementing bureaucracy has leverage to the details.  Additionally, legislation can be modified over time.  This is very dangerous wording.

U.S. Parents Involved in Education (USPIE) advocates that parents not argue they have rights; instead, recommends parents act on their rights.  If your school is not respecting your rights as a parent, withdraw your child.  Find a different school.  With rights come responsibilities.  Parental rights mean parents are ultimately responsible for their children, including their education.  It may mean some sacrifices are necessary in order to fulfill this responsibility. 

The truth is parents have been given inalienable parental rights by God.  Don’t entrust your rights to be protected by someone else.  Do not support Parental Bill of Rights legislation. Moreover, act on your God-given rights.

  • See Palko v. Connecticut, 302 U.S. 319, 325, 326, 58 S. Ct. 149, 152, 82 L. Ed. 288 (1937); McKinney v. Pate, 20 F.3d 1550, 1556 (11th Cir. 1994) (en banc).
  • See Glucksberg, 521 U.S. at 720, 117 S. Ct. at 2267; Paul v. Davis, 424 U.S. 693, 712-13, 96 S. Ct. 1155, 1166, 47 L. Ed. 2d 405 (1976).
  • Glucksberg, 521 U.S. at 720, 117 S. Ct. at 2267

PARENTS ARE THE FIRST, PRIMARY AND BEST EDUCATOR OF THEIR CHILDREN

Parents across the country are incredibly frustrated with government school leadership. Parents are systematically being pushed out of a decision-making role despite the fact most states have laws ensuring parental authority over their children. Moreover, school districts across the country are lying to parents and the community.

Some of the most egregious examples include:

– Children being taught about gender alternatives and encouraged to claim a gender counter to reality without parental notification

– Children being frightened about dying from COVID, required to wear a mask to avoid death, and punished if their mask falls off or is removed

– Schools that have adopted Critical Theory, including Critical Race Theory, Critical Gender Theory, Critical Feminist Theory, and Critical Queer Theory into school lessons without informing parents and lying about its inclusion

– A well-known candidate for Governor insists parents should have no role in directing the education of their children and doubled down in a subsequent media interview

America’s parents are becoming more and more aware of the truth, and they want the indoctrination and manipulation of their children to stop. Most parents trusted government schools but are now realizing this trust was misplaced and they are mad. Community members are angry their tax dollars are being used to teach divisive philosophies and blatantly wrong information.

The National School Boards Association (NSBA), in its call for federal investigations and sanctions against parents who want authority over what their children learn, have proven their allegiance to leftist pedagogy at all costs. Their claims of violence are unfounded. U.S. Parents Involved in Education (USPIE) does not condone violence but shouting at a school board meeting is not violence. Shouting may be the most appropriate response when the school board arbitrarily cuts off community comments. Threats of physical harm are also inappropriate, but threats to remove people from office or threats of mass exodus from the school are not acts of violence. Nor is protesting in public spaces with signs. If some people become concerned or feel unsafe, local law enforcement is best equipped to respond.

Why are school districts across the country behaving in this similar way, systematically pushing parents out while simultaneously attempting to indoctrinate children to accept socialism, reject the laws of biology, accept racist thinking, become social justice warriors and more? It is not surprising that American parents are responding similarly without some spurious national terrorist organization providing a coordinated strategy. The idea that the National School Board Association would call for the US Department of Justice to label objecting parents “domestic terrorists” is ludicrous and itself an example of creating an explosive situation.

USPIE sincerely hopes local communities and their local school leadership begin to have more constructive conversations, moving back to teaching reading, writing and arithmetic and the virtues that have made America a great country. But if that does not happen fast, USPIE supports parents who pull their kids out of public schools. Perhaps a mass exodus would open some eyes, but more importantly, parents can keep their children safe and stop fighting the corrupt system.

Protecting Parental Rights to Make Decisions about Their Children’s Health

The federal government has no authority to govern America’s classrooms. The U.S. Constitution enumerates the role of the federal government and leaves education up to the states. In fact, the tenth amendment of the Constitution says, “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states respectively, or to the people.” President Joe Biden and Education Secretary Miguel Cardona have no authority to supersede state laws that allow parents to decide health decisions for their children. In letters from Secretary Cardona to eight states on August 18, 2021, and in Biden’s address to the nation September 9, 2021, duly elected state officials that enacted laws that prohibit mask and vaccine mandates were warned that local education agencies (LEAs) have the support of the Biden administration to violate these state laws. Moreover, they say that if any LEA loses funding due to noncompliance with state law, the federal government will cover those loses.

The Biden administration has already dumped $130 billion dollars into LEAs across the country to incentivize following CDC guidelines and to advance the equity agenda (a.k.a. Critical Race Theory). Biden added in his remarks, that if the $130 billion wasn’t enough to cover loses to LEAs who don’t comply with state law, he would infuse more money into those states.

Federal interference in education has existed since the U.S. Department of Education was first founded under the Carter administration in 1979.  Federal overreach isn’t just a Democrat idea; it blossomed and grew under Bush Senior and George W. Bush; however, the blatant disregard for duly elected state officials and their authority to govern according to the U.S. Constitution has never been so bold.

Parents and taxpayers must push back against Biden’s tyrannical abuse of power in state education. U.S. Parents Involved in Education (USPIE) stands with the states that have passed laws that protect a parent’s right to make medical decisions for their children.

Once the national political climate turns back to more conservative leadership, it should be an urgent priority to close the US Department of Education and end all federal education mandates. USPIE has written a Blueprint that does this in 5 easy steps. In the meantime, USPIE will provide resources to parents across the country to enable them to protect their God-given rights over health decisions for their children.

USPIE 21 Day Challenge to Become a Critical & Rational Thinker

Welcome to a new kind of 21-day challenge!

US Parents Involved in Education (USPIE) developed this activity in response to the 21 Day Challenges focused on racism, equity and diversity being used in schools, churches, businesses and government. Every story has two sides. This is the other overlooked side. Take this challenge if you dare to think critically and rationally. Open your mind.

It has been said it takes at least 21 days to start making achievable change in one’s life, so each day, please read, watch, or listen to the linked resources. Take a few minutes to reflect on your thinking; drawing connections, noting questions, and sitting with any discomfort. We hope this challenge will support a deeper understanding of race and racism in the United States. It represents only a small portion of, and a pathway into, a much larger conversation. Watch this introductory video and join the conversation at USPIE 21 Day Challenge FB Page!