President Abraham Lincoln’s historic address came during the dedication of Soldiers’ National Cemetery in Gettysburg. Are our Pennsylvania students learning/memorizing these words and the context in which they were spoken? Not likely, but definitely not if PA Core Standards are implemented!!
Those supporting Common Core — in PA called Pennsylvania Core Standards – a simple name change offered by the PA Department of Education to appease those of us who say it’s a national curriculum, which all the evidence points to — is mounting an all out offensive by Chambers of Commerce and local school boards from across the state. They want this ‘monster’ in our schools!! Thus far the supporters of the Pennsylvania Core Standards are outnumbering the opponents in submittals to the Independent Regulatory Review Commission (IRRC). We need those who oppose this total remaking of our education system to send their concerns to the IRRC.
The next hearing of the Independent Regulatory Review Commission (IRRC) concerning Common Core is November 21st at 10:00 a.m. in Harrisburg. They will be hearing testimony at that time, but if you cannot attend the meeting, they will accept your written testimony up till November 19th.
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2.) Michael Farris, Founder and Chairman of the Homeschool Legal Defense Association (HSLDA), is asking for us to set aside November 17th as a special day of prayer for the Romeike family. Remember this is the German homeschool family that came to this country to escape persecution from the German authorities because of their decision to homeschool. They were originally granted temporary asylum by an immigration judge, but the Obama administration appealed that decision and the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals reversed the immigration judge’s decision. In Romeike v. Holder, HSLDA is asking the Supreme Court to uphold America as a place of refuge for those who are persecuted for their faith. Michael Farris says, “I feel good about our argument, but we must all recognize that the Supreme Court takes a very limited number of cases—so please pray that the Court will agree to hear our appeal.” Did you know the Supreme Court of Germany declared that the purpose of the German ban on homeschooling was to “counteract the development of religious and philosophically motivated parallel societies”? By the way that law was enacted by Adolph Hitler!
On September 12th, the PA State Board of Education voted to approve the “Keystone Exams” and adopt what the Board called “state-developed academic standards”. However nothing they adopted changes the goal of Common Core and none of it looks good for PA school districts nor their students.
Yesterday, (9/12/13) the PA State Board of Education voted 13 – 4 to approve the “Keystone Exams” and adopt what the Board called “state-developed academic standards”. We heard the Secretary of Education Catherine Dumaresq tell us last night that what they adopted were NOT national Common Core standards, but state standards and that they included strict provisions against additional student testing above what PA currently has. Many opponents of Common Core question this, saying that these new standards are nearly identical to the national standards and that invasive testing will still occur.
Last Friday Marlin Stutzman (R-IN) sent a Congressional Letter to Eric Holder in support of the Romeike family. It was also signed by 26 of his colleagues, including Pennsylvania Congressman Joe Pitts. Remember the Romeike family had been persecuted in Germany because they were homeschooling their five children. They moved to the US, settled in Kentucky and received initial asylum. However, the Obama Administration through Attorney General Eric Holder, challenged it and the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals backed the Administration.
Today beginning at 1:00 p.m. the Senate Education Committee will hold just such a hearing where individuals for and against Common Core will testify. The chairman of that committee is Senator Mike Folmer who opposes Common Core.
The Romeike family is a German homeschooling family which moved to the United States in August 2008 seeking freedom to homeschool their children. It has been illegal to homeschool in Germany since Hitler’s time. When they left Germany, the parents were facing hefty fines and the government threat of a lien on their home simply because they wanted to homeschool. In January 2010 a federal immigration judge granted the Romeike’s asylum, however in May 2012 the Obama Administration revoked the asylum seeking to deport the family.
Thanks to the many who has contacted your State Senator and Senator Andrew Dinniman directly. Now for a couple updates.
Turns out the current homeschool law already addresses the issue of child safety – and to an even greater extent.