Parents In Charge of Education

The silver-lining of the CORONA virus pandemic is the opportunity for parents to get into the driver’s seat of their children’s education.

USPIE has already opined on reopening schools, but because things have escalated and the landscape is changing, leadership is compelled to pivot the conversation toward the opportunity that presents itself. Teachers and their unions do not want schools to open and parents do. President Trump said recently that if the schools do not reopen, perhaps the money should go to parents. USPIE believes that parents are more open than ever to seizing every opportunity to direct the education of their children.

USPIE advocates for teachers and parents working together for the best interest of children. In this case, parents and teachers are in opposing camps like the battles against Common Core. Led by the National Education Association and state and local teacher unions, teachers say they fear for their health and are insisting that virtual schools are the only option. In many cases, unions are taking advantage of the situation to push their liberal agendas, which always starts with more money. According to a spokesperson for a 35,000-member California teachers’ union, their demands for reopening government schools include the defunding of police, a federal bailout of their schools, the abolition of charter schools, and “Medicare for All.”

USPIE believes teachers and parents who are fearful of reopening schools are responding to sensationalism by the media and false assertions about the risk involved. A well-cited article published by the Children’s Health Defense led by Robert Kennedy Jr. and flanked by an impressive Scientific Advisory Committee, is endorsed by USPIE as a critical resource for parents to evaluate safety for their children resuming school attendance. 

Parents who are considering government school alternatives, USPIE recommends homeschooling as the best option. Inquiries about homeschool options have increased dramatically since the pandemic, and USPIE has developed resources for parents who are interested in this alternative.  Micro schools are also a new and innovative option for parents including home-school parents whose co-ops have decided not to resume their operations.

Parents who decide to continue in government schools are encouraged to take charge of their children’s education, and attend local school board meetings to advocate for safely reopening schools.  If the Board is not responsive to parents, then elect like-minded people to the school board. School board elections typically have low turnout and with a few hundred active parents working to elect board members, parents can upset incumbents to regain control of what and how their children are taught.

Financial resources could be a hurdle for non-government school options. USPIE supports tax credits for parents by increasing the current federal child tax credit – a simple check-the-box on your income tax return, “My child(ren) do not attend public school.”  Parents could use this money as they see fit to educate their children without ineffective and wasteful government regulations. To offset the “cost” of this tax credit, money directed to the states for education could be reduced. The Federal government should eliminate all Federal education programs, shut down the U. S. Department of Education and put parents and local communities back in charge of education.

There is a silver lining in this CORONA Virus pandemic.  It is the chance to transform the American education system into an efficient and effective model where parents are in charge and children actually learn.

USPIE Mission, Vision, and Values

USPIE began as a statewide organization in South Carolina in 2001 and expanded nationally in 2014 in response to parent activists around the country frustrated with government stonewalling on Common Core. Since that time, the organization has grown and flourished and has become well-respected nationally as the only parent organization of its kind. In this time of uncertainly and ever-fluid education policy issues, USPIE has been moved to articulate a vision and values that represent the organization and its members. While the focus and mission of USPIE remain constant, we pray our vision and values are appealing to you. Please give us feedback and share with others.

MISSION
United States Parents Involved in Education (USPIE) is a nonprofit, nationwide coalition that seeks to return control of education to parents and local communities by eradicating federal intrusion. Grassroots leaders from around the country have joined forces to abolish the United States Education Department (USED) and put an end to all federal education mandates. 

USPIE endeavors to inform Americans of the trillions of dollars wasted on federal education in the last four decades with nothing to show for it but stagnant test scores and declining student academic achievement. It is the goal of USPIE to return American education to its proper local roots and restore parental authority over their children’s education. 

VISION
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.

VALUES
Respect for others, the truth, fiscal accountability and excellence undergird all USPIE’s efforts.

Respect
Respect for people, especially parents, is core to USPIE’s values. USPIE believes parents have the right and responsibility to raise their children and USPIE contends parents have the right to decide how their children should be taught and what they should learn. Moreover, USPIE understands the commitment to respecting parents is unique, as disrespect for parents, their values and their abilities is prevalent in government schools, with education bureaucrats and even with most elected officials.

Honesty
All of USPIE’s writings are thoroughly vetted and referenced for factual accuracy prior to publication. Of local schools funded by taxpayers, there is an expectation that truth will be taught, and when controversial topics are addressed, all sides of an issue will be presented without bias.

Financial Accountability
As the only grassroots 501(c)(3) of its kind, USPIE seeks to market the organization with hands-on practices and state chapter involvement, and in the most efficient way. The facts are clear that USED is costly and ineffective with the $285 billion taxpayer dollars that it oversees. While it is estimated USED funds only 10% of K-12 education, it now controls most education content and policies with little accountability. Since USED’s inception, costs have risen over 400% while academic scores have remained flat. Parental and local control will improve accountability in education.

Excellence
Only through striving for excellence for children, their teachers and mentors can American communities and their families achieve the American dream by providing the best scholastic offerings and learning of content.  As communities and families participate more broadly in the values of respecting others, of honest evaluation of teaching content, and of financial accountability, USPIE expects better communications will develop between parents and teachers. Then, and only then, will excellence emerge.

Visit USPIE.org and Join the Movement to Stop Fed Ed!

In Memory of Donna Hearne

USPIE is deeply saddened by the passing of Donna Hearne. Executive Director of The Constitutional Coalition and author of The Long War and Common Core, Donna spent most of her life working to expose the Marxist government schemes behind the workforce development model of education and is the expert when it comes to this issue.

USPIE is extremely honored to have had the opportunity to interview Donna for the Truth and Lies in American Education documentary and we look forward to premiering the interview when the film is complete.

USPIE interviews Donna Hearne for the Truth and Lies in American Education documentary.

Our deepest sympathies go out to Donna’s family and friends. May God give you peace.

COVID-19 Government Schooling vs. Homeschooling

Shut downs and social-distancing is difficult for all types of schooling happening in America’s homes. Traditional homeschoolers are not able to go to their co-ops, to parks, to the library, to plays, to museums, on play dates, etc. In fact, many homeschool families typically spend more time away from home than they do at home while learning hands on in the real world. Their education delivery is very social contrary to popular myths that suggest otherwise.

Millions of American children are participating in COVID-19 government schooling in their homes due to mandatory school closures. What parents of government-schooled children are being forced to do is far from the typical or ideal homeschooling experience. Homeschooling is a choice families make unlike the unparalleled COVID-19 government schooling forced on families today.

The government determines everything about COVID-19 government schooling where most children learn from electronic devices, attendance data is collected and instruction is teacher-led with mandated times, and parents are merely curriculum enforcers without flexibility. Moreover, COVID-19 government schooling parents, who have more than one child, struggle to keep up with multiple lesson plans and communication with multiple teachers.

Homeschool parents direct their children’s education and choose what to study, when to study, and what approach to use. Homeschooling families learn which subjects can be group lessons allowing younger children to absorb intellectual topics at their pace, and older children mentor younger children. Homeschool parents are also able to adjust their schedules allowing great flexibility and viability for learning throughout the day on any given day.

Even more troubling than the stress for families from school closures is the unfortunate power grab by the government to usurp even more parental, local and state authority over education due to pandemic-induced government restrictions from the top down.

Federal education stimulus money is being pumped into states giving the federal government more control of America’s classrooms when the opposite is what is needed. Federal guidelines coming from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend in reopening schools desks at least 6 feet apart, no assemblies, recess, or field trips, and lunch in classrooms instead of cafeterias to name a few.

Some State School Superintendents are making edicts about class schedules and other regulations for reopening schools without any consideration or input from parents and their duly elected representatives on local school boards. For example, South Carolina Education Superintendent Molly Spearman surveyed school districts without input from local school boards about reopening schools. Berkley County South Carolina School Board member Anne Conder says, “I don’t think Ms. Spearman has the Constitutional authority to make these decisions.” She plans to challenge this authority and is seeking advice from the Board’s legal counsel.

Parents and local elected officials need to stand their ground and remind the state and federal government that education decisions are best made at the local level and defend their legal authority to make these decisions.

USPIE believes parents are a child’s first teacher and should have absolute say in what and how their children learn. Join the movement to restore local control of education and sign the petition to the President to end federal intrusion in American schooling.

Thank You Heritage Foundation!

United States Parents Involved in Education (USPIE) wants to express its sincere appreciation to Lindsey Burke and The Heritage Foundation for their recent proposal to return education control to parents, local communities and states.  The evidence is undeniable that forty years of federal education policy has not improved education outcomes for children despite billions and billions of spending of taxpayer dollars.  It’s time to end this travesty.

In 2017, USPIE published its Blueprint to Close USED and End Federal Education Mandates. The Blueprint was informed by similar work by Vicki Alger of The Independent Institute in her book: failure: The Federal Misedukation of America’s Children , and  Neal McCluskey and CATO’s:  Cutting Federal Aid for K-12 Education.  All four of these publications offer well-informed strategies and guidelines for Congress and the President to end wasteful and unsuccessful federal control of education.

Burke’s latest report reflects on bureaucratic waste included in federal education spending and mandates.

In 1998, Representative Pete Hoekstra (R–MI) led a commission that, like the 1994 GAO report on federal financing of state education agencies, also exposed a host of problems with federal regulations and state K–12 authority. “There are nearly three times as many federally funded employees of state education agencies administering federal education programs as there are U.S. Department of Education employees,” the commission found, dubbing these employees part of a “shadow” Department of Education.44

The commission estimated that states completed 48.6 million paperwork hours to receive federal spending, which at that time resulted in just 65 cents to 70 cents of each federal taxpayer dollar spent on education reaching the classroom.

There is no reason to believe that bloated federal mandates have reduced their bureaucratic impact on education funding since 1998, which likely reduces even further the percentage of each federal taxpayer dollar to reach the classroom.  In addition, there is ample reason to assume this “shadow” Department of Education has every reason to fight back against proposals to dramatically reduce federal intervention in education. 

Doing the right thing for America’s children will demand incredible political will.  Please join USPIE, CATO, Independent Institute and The Heritage Foundation in the fight to return education to its proper local roots.  Join the Movement and sign a Petition to President Trump.

The Absurdity of Federal Education Dollars Caught in the Stimulus Mouse Trap

States have been selling control of education to the federal government at an increasingly alarming rate with no discernible benefit to students.  By accepting federal money for education, states have undermined their own sovereignty and worse, the right of parents to direct the education of their children.  US Parents Involved in Education seeks to return control of education to parents and local communities and strongly opposes the most recent “bailout” offered by the federal government in the form of grants, under the HR 748 CARES Act stimulus legislation.  U.S. Representative Thomas Massie, who sponsored HR 899 legislation to close the federal Department of Education, referred to the $1200 payments to qualifying individuals as merely “cheese in the mouse trap.”

Federal spending on education has grown exponentially over the past few decades.  United States Parents Involved in Education (USPIE) documents in its Blueprint to Close USED how discretionary K-12 federal spending grew from $4.5 billion in 1965 to $70.7 billion (2016 constant dollars).  The CARES stimulus spending grants add $30.8 billion to the federal Department of Education for what is termed the “State Fiscal Stabilization Fund” to provide grants to support elementary and secondary education ($13.5 billion), Higher Ed ($14.25 billion), and includes state flexibility grants ($3 billion).  This is an astonishing amount especially considering that President Obama’s Race to the Top program, which ushered Common Core into every state, only added $4.4 billion.  USPIE continues to call for measures to #StopFedEd.  Sadly, this newest spending band-aid moves the ball in the wrong direction.

Importantly, evidence continues to show that all this money and federal control of education policy over the past 50 years has actually hurt student achievement.

Breitbart:  “A study released Monday [April 25, 2020] by the Boston-based Pioneer Institute reveals a historic drop in national reading and math scores among U.S. students since the adoption of the Common Core Curriculum Standards a decade ago. Nearly a decade after states adopted Common Core, the empirical evidence makes it clear that these national standards have yielded underwhelming results for students,” said Pioneer executive director Jim Stergios in a statement. “The proponents of this expensive, legally questionable policy initiative have much to answer for.”

US News & World Report: “MATH AND READING SCORES for fourth- and eighth graders in the United States dropped since 2017, and the decrease in reading achievement has government researchers particularly concerned. ‘Over the past decade, there has been no progress in either mathematics or reading performance, and the lowest performing students are doing worse,’ Peggy Carr, associate commissioner of the National Center for Education Statistic, said during a press call Tuesday.”

USPIE continues to call on President Trump to eliminate all federal control of education and return control to parents and local communities. Stop the absurd spending. Respect that parents, children and teachers are not mice to be enticed by cheese in a mousetrap. Take the opportunity to act now!

Join the movement at USPIE.org and sign the petition.  

Mother Explains Why She’s Supporting USPIE on #GivingTuesdayNow

Mother of 2 explains in an #unselfie why she’s supporting United States Parents Involved in Education (USPIE) this #GivingTuesdayNow!

Send us an #unselfie telling us why you support USPIE and the movement to Stop Fed Ed. (An unselfie is just like a selfie with a generous twist! It is a selfless act of giving back. Take a photo of yourself holding a sign briefly telling your friends why you’re supporting USPIE on #GivingTuesdayNow.)

Your contribution will make a real difference to USPIE’s ability to complete its important Truth & Lies in American Education documentary project. The film seeks to motivate a grassroots uprising across the nation to influence Congress to return to parental and local control of education beginning with the elimination of all federally-funded agencies and programs related to education.

  • #GivingTuesdayNow is a global day of generosity to take place on May 5, 2020 as a response to the unprecedented need caused by COVID-19.

Parents are a child’s first teacher and US Parents Involved in Education (USPIE) advocates for parents, not the government, to control their children’s education. 

We invite you join the movement to close the U.S. Department of Education and end all federal education mandates by giving this #GivingTuesdayNow! 

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An Attack on Parental Rights in Education

Government school proponents are afraid of competition, and they should be. Many parents are realizing what their children have been learning in government school, and discovering they can do a better job teaching their children. Below is an article from a Harvard professor who deems homeschooling as “dangerous,” and a very well-written rebuttal from a homeschooled Harvard graduate.

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.  

















A Millennial’s Perspective on Government Schools

April Few, Communications Director for US Parents Involved in Education (USPIE), is a featured guest on Let’s Talk America with Alan Keyes as she discusses USPIE’s mission and their upcoming film Truth and Lies in American Education. Watch the interview and film trailer below and consider making a donation to help complete this important project.

Watch the trailer for the film Truth and Lies in American Education:

Donate to the film.

Learn more at uspie.org.

Resources For Parents Who Are Home With Their Kids

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Parents are a child’s first teacher and US Parents Involved in Education (USPIE) advocates for parents, not the government, to control their children’s education. There are about 2.5 million homeschool students in grades K-12 in the United States and it appears that the homeschool population is continuing to grow at an estimated 2% to 8% per year.

USPIE believes the continuing rise in the homeschool population is related to parental concerns over the Common Core standards, data collection, developmentally inappropriate content, insidious sex education programs, LGBTQ+ policies, mandated vaccines, revisionist history, and more.  Now with schools closing for months due to risk of COVID 19, we witness another incentive for parents to seriously consider homeschooling.

Homeschooling can be challenging, but it can also be very rewarding and incredibly successful in engaging children to learn. There are so many homeschool options available these days that it can be overwhelming. Where should you start?

First, be clear on your reasons for home schooling. What do you want for your children? What are the most important outcomes for your children and your family?

Second, check out the homeschooling laws in your state. The Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) is an excellent resource for home schooling parents, and they have an easy reference of homeschool laws by state. You need to make sure you stay current with state laws for homeschooling.

Third, join a homeschool group.  Find a local co-op for extracurricular activities, museums, outdoor exploration, sports, etc. You will find there are more options than you could imagine specifically tailored for homeschoolers. There are also many online groups. The Crossing Over to Home Schooling Facebook page is an excellent resource for support. One warning however – do not join a group that takes State or Federal money. These groups shift their focus away from freedom and real parent-child focused advice to marketing arms for government education.

Fourth, choose your curriculum. This can seem overwhelming since so many choices are available. The curriculum you choose needs to align with your purpose. Programs like K12 at Home or Public School at Home use Common Core-aligned materials and practices. Programs like Classical Conversations, Freedom Project Education, and Home Grown Learners use more traditional and successful educational materials and practices. Here are some great curriculum options.

Finally, have fun!  One of the most valuable opportunities of homeschooling is reigniting your children’s love of learning. Try to relax and live in the moment. If your child wants to spend all day reading about dinosaurs, let them. You can easily integrate math questions, history questions, verbal presentation skills, research skills and more all into a focused day- or even a week- on dinosaurs!  And include the whole family, both parents, all the grandparents, aunts, uncles, siblings, and cousins are all resources you can integrate into your child’s education. Blogger Joy Novack has gathered tons of free learning options for all ages. Happy homeschooling!

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