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.
Senator Andrew Dinniman has introduced SB 32 which would require a school district to report to the county Children & Youth Services any children who are homeschooled or in a cyber school. Children & Youth Services, in turn, would be required to do a risk assessment in the home of all these children. This is being introduced as a means to protect children from abusive situations, but in reality it is just another way for the government to intrude into the lives of parents who do not want their children in public school. So . . . will Children and Youth be looking into whether the parents own a gun, whether there are “too many” kids in the home, will the government require each child have their own bedroom?? Just what will the nosy government agency be looking for?
The end of February the Chambersburg Area School District (CASD) board made the right decision and voted down a Gay Straight Alliance (GSA) club – the vote was 5-4. Since that time they have been under attack from the ACLU and the homosexual group Equality PA. In addition a petition has been started on George Soros-funded change.org by a 2010 graduate of CASD and it has garnered 6,000 signatures from around the country demanding that the board allow the GSA.
The American Family Association of Pennsylvania (AFA of PA), a statewide traditional values group, has contacted the president of the Pennsylvania State Education Association (PSEA) about that organization’s role as “funder” of the Gay Lesbian Straight Education Network (GLSEN).
Over the Christmas break condom dispensers were placed near nurses’ offices in 22 schools which have the highest rates of sexually transmitted diseases in the Philadelphia School District. Today the American Family Association of Pennsylvania (AFA of PA) faxed letters of concern to the principals of each of the 22 schools.
SPECIAL STATEMENT: “The PIHL has not banned the National Anthem. A badly worded statement went out to teams about the subject and it has since been clarified and corrected. We apologize for the misunderstanding, but the National Anthem has not and will not be banned.” -md
As everyone’s attention is riveted on Tuesday’s election the Pennsylvania Independent Regulatory Review Commission (IRRC) is moving to plug Pennsylvania into the national Common Core standards. by changing Chapter 4 education regulations without proper public or legislative hearings! Public comments close today!
The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), which has a history of pushing the normalization of homosexuality on school children and intimidating concerned parents,has declared October 30 as “Mix It Up Day.” This is a day very similar to the ‘Gay Day of Silence,’ which is held in April each year. Students, teachers or administrators can go the SPLC website to sign their school up as being a participant and then the SPLC can claim the entire student population is participating! However, many school administrators receiving calls from concerned parents and taxpayers are very surprised to be told that their school is listed on the SPLC website! C