PA students in grades 3-8 will soon be required to take the PSSA tests to determine if the teacher has done a good job of “teaching to the test.” These tests are not achievement tests to determine what level of achievement your child has attained. However, there is a little known secret that parents can opt their child out of these tests!
Soon your child will be tested to see how well the school is doing its job. That’s right, the PSSA tests do not tell you how well your child is doing compared to other students their age, instead it is used to determine how well your child’s teachers are doing their job.
The purpose of the Gay, Lesbian, Straight Education Network’s Day of Silence is simply to indoctrinate impressionable students that ‘gay is okay.’ Of course, that’s not what they say! Instead they say, it’s a day of action by remaining silent to highlight the silence ‘gay,’ lesbian, bisexual and transgenders students are forced to live in everyday. In reality, it is the highjacking of a taxpayer-funded school day in order to promote the idea that homosexuality/bisexuality/transgenderism are normal. April 15th is not just a day for paying taxes this year, but a day for GLSEN to target our children.
President Obama has nominated Acting Secretary of Education John King, Jr. to be the new Secretary of Education to replace Arne Duncan who departed the end of 2015. King comes off a disastrous tenure leading the New York State Education Department. Now Obama wants to give him access to all America’s children!
f you have or know a student in 6th, 8th, 10th or 12th grade and they attend public school, there is a very good chance they will be taking part in PAYS — the Pennsylvania Youth Survey — sometime this fall. Have you even heard of this survey? Most parents haven’t, but if you don’t opt your child out, they will take part in the survey because the school will take your non-response as a response giving permission for them to administer the survey to your child!
Redefining marriage leads to loss of religious freedom!
Reverend Raphael Cruz, father of Senator Ted Cruz, recently said, “We need to realize that the attack on marriage is more than just an attack on marriage, it actually goes to the heart of religious freedom.
It is well known that the only reason available for parents to opt their children out of the PSSA’s and/or the Keystone exams is if they find that the test(s) are in conflict with their religious beliefs. In order to establish this, the parent has to follow a specified procedure that involves (1) contacting the school administrator; (2) viewing the test; (3) signing a confidentiality agreement; and finally, (4)notifying the district Superintendent that you are opting out your child because of religious beliefs.
Senator Andy Dinniman (D-19) has introduced SB 1382 which would give control of graduation requirements back into the hands of local districts and out of the hands of federal and state governments. Under current law, high school students beginning with the class of 2017 (those currently entering sophomore year) will have to pass high-stakes Keystone Graduation Exams in three subject areas (Algebra I, Biology and Language Arts) in order to earn a diploma. These are developed with no input from teachers teaching those courses. This will simply lead to more “teaching to the test.”
Senate Bill 27 has to do with the exchange of information between child protective services (CPS) and medical practitioners during an investigation by CPS for abuse or neglect. It would eliminate the traditional physician-patient privilege by which physicians are required to keep medical information confidential.It would also entitle medical practitioners to obtain information about investigations from CPS that have nothing to do with a child’s health.
Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-SC) has introduced a resolution, H. Res. 476, which denounces the use of federal coercion to lure states into adopting the Common Core Standards. On the Senate side, Sen. Lindsey Graham’s (R-SC) has introduced S. Res. 345. These resolutions also emphasize the importance of local control of education.