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.
U.S. Parents Involved in Education Leadership Team
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:
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.
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.
Because life is easier when you have a team!
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 email@example.com to join the USPIE Homeschool Committee.
Joan Clary (Kentucky)
Karen Larsen (Washington State)
April Few (South Carolina)
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: firstname.lastname@example.org to join the USPIE Recruitment and Chapter Growth Committee.
Florence Thompson (South Dakota)
Michelle Earle (New York)
Please send an email to email@example.com if your school does not accept the form and we will connect you with the Thomas More Law Center.
Visit USPIE.org and click on the Resources page for more information!
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: firstname.lastname@example.org to join the USPIE Marketing Committee.
Michelle Earle (New York)
Victoria Bucklin (Maine)
Mike Leuzzi (Washington State)
Tracy Shannon (Texas)
April Few (South Carolina)
The USPIE Research Committee did the background work to develop the Blueprint to Close the Federal Department of Education found at USPIE.org. The committee provides support to state chapters, watching for good legislation that can be shared and problematic legislation that might spread to other states. They also work with the Marketing Committee and Leadership Team to research and draft USPIE Position papers. All Committee efforts are aligned with achieving USPIE’s mission of abolishing the U.S. Department of Education and ending all federal education mandates.
Chair – Melanie Kurdys (Michigan) Please contact Melanie: email@example.com to join the USPIE Research Committee.
Florence Thompson (South Dakota)
Michael Gendre (Massachusetts)
Victoria Bucklin (Maine)
Roy Frady (North Carolina)
Theresa Hubbard (Alabama)
Chris Honeck (Iowa)
USPIE would like to give a shout out to our friends in Florida, Florida Citizens’ Alliance, who are working hard to help end government takeover of local education. Florida Citizens’ Alliance, Inc. (FLCA) is a 501c (3) grassroots organization working to educate parents, families, and community influencers regarding current activities of great concern in Florida public schools.
These efforts include pursuing legislative policies that promote universal school choice, supporting knowledge-based learning, encouraging the best K-12 standards and curriculum, stopping political, religious and pornographic indoctrination, and encouraging financial transparency/best practices to improve student learning. FLCA now has over 100 grassroots teams and leaders actively supporting what they are doing and 50,000 + people in their active database.
Curing Common Core
Florida citizens have all been fighting the flawed Common Core standards for years. Thanks to Gov. DeSantis, Florida has Executive Order 19-32 which gives Commissioner Corcoran until Jan 2020 to complete. But what does it mean to get rid of Common Core and most importantly what replaces it? Listen to this EVOLVING Curing Common Core Podcast series. You will hear experts like Dr. Sandra Stotsky, creator of the Massachusetts Miracle; Dr Lawrence Gray from Minnesota, creator of pre-Common Core math standards that now have 11 years of stellar results; Dr Karen Effrem, expert on the evils of Social Emotional Learning; Dr Mark Bauerlein, ELA expert, and Dr Heidi Maier, Superintendent Marion County. FLCA reports there will be more to follow including Commissioner Corcoran and key legislators as the process of getting Legislative approval takes shape starting in November.
Back to School Reading list
Commissioner Corcoran Releases New Back-to-School Reading List
~ Over 100 Books Make Up the Best Student Reading List in the Nation ~
This is really, really huge. Scroll down thru the list in the link below and remember it replaces the Sunshine Reader List (SRL). The SRL was a pop culture reading list published every year by the Florida Dept. of Education. This list required novels on the Sunshine Reading List to be published 2010 or newer- yes 2010 or newer! And it effectively banned the classics. NO LONGER!
This is a classical reading list and a major, major win for our kids. It’s also a big win for FLCA. They have been working on this for 18 months and Richard Corcoran, Commissioner of Education, made it happen! Here is the Classical Reading List.
So what’s next?
Here is a working draft of FLCA’s K-12 Education Legislative agenda. FLCA is in the process of getting agreement from the Board and a 20 person state wide advisory team, then FLCA has leaders in over 30 counties who will present the final FLCA 2020 agenda to their respective County Legislative Delegation Hearing between September and December. In the meantime, FLCA will be working overtime to get legislative sponsors.
If we don’t fix the education system, nothing else we do will matter. We will spiral into Socialism or worse. Please subscribe to stay informed on what FLCA is doing to improve education in the Sunshine State.
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