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Last Friday I sent a communication asking you to contact your Representative asking them to vote NO on HB-5 (The Student Success Act) that would replace No Child Left Behind. It has now been determined that not only will the House be voting on HB5 tomorrow but they are voting on SB227 as well. (This is a FEDERAL DATA MINING BILL). This bill was passed in the SENATE – LAST YEAR. We need to make contact again and tell them to vote NO on this bill as well.
The Pros and Cons of S-227 are clearly defined in the article below:
Common Core - Red Alert Update
Tomorrow is the last chance to stop Common Core at the federal level. We need to overwhelm the Congressional switchboard as we have done in the past. Below is additional information on the Senate data mining bill S-277. Please call your US Representative and Senator tonight or tomorrow morning.
A paragraph on HB-5
As you likely know, the Obama administration dangled waivers to No Child Left Behind in order to get states to adopt Common Core. While it will take state action to totally get rid of Common Core in Florida, up until now there was very little to do at the federal level, until now. The NCLB bill is up for re- authorization and unfortunately the reauthorization bill that just passed out of committee, HR-5 "Student Success Act", doesn't go nearly far enough to make needed reforms. A better alternative is the A-Plus Act which allows states to opt out and instead block grants funds to the states with no strings (A-PLUS is 12 pages vs. HR-5's 616 pages of mandates! Another alternative is the LEARN Act which also allows opting out of NCLB and returns the tax money to the states.
The federal data mining bill S-277 is also being heard on Tommorrow, Feb. 25th! If you oppose federal overreach in education. S-227 (Strengthening Education through Research Act or SETRA) reauthorizes the 2002 Education Sciences Reform Act (ESRA) that has been very problematic because it started the concept of state longitudinal databases, stepped around the prohibition of a national database by creating "national cooperative education statistics systems," allowed personally identifiable information to go to international agencies, and removed the previous penalties of fines and imprisonment for misusing individual student data. SETRA continues or worsens all of that. It is the Big Brother is watching our Kids Act.
PLEASE ASK YOUR US REPRESENTATIVE TO VOTE NO HR-5 AND S-227. They need to support the A-Plus-Act or the Learn Act.
Ways to take ACTION:
This is probably the easiest way to make contact.
http://heritageaction.com/call/house/?utm_source=heritageaction&;...(If you use this feature be sure to add your request for a NO vote on S-227)
OR THE FASTEST WAY:
CALL YOUR REP (202.225.3121) TELL THEM VOTE NO ON HR5 STUDENT SUCCESS ACT! AND NO ON S-277 FEDERAL DATA MINING BILL.
EMAIL your HOUSE REP (link below and copy and paste my info below)
EMAIL HERE http://www.house.gov/representatives/ and COPY & PASTE this:
Go to www.POPVOX.com and OPPOSE THIS BILL! ( Be sure to mention S-227 here as well)
For More information please read:
Heritage Action articles: Reauthorizing No Child Left Behind: The Student Success Act (H.R. 5) and A-PLUS: A Conservative Alternative to NCLB
This is the link to the communication that I had sent on Friday related to HB5 should you wish to reference it
Please call tonight or early tomorrow. Time is of the essence.
I do apologize for the very late notice and appreciate your attention to this matter.
If nothing else capture your Representatives phone number, call them tomorrow and just tell them that you expect them to vote NO!! on both HB-5 and S-227.. FOR THE CHILDREN.
God Bless You and May God Bless Our America.