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! 

Will you help us reach our goal of $5,000 by giving $25?

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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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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