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.
It’s again time to pray for the Romeike family who fled Germany with their children in order to freely homeschool them in the United States. They were originally granted temporary asylum by an immigration judge in 2010, but the Obama administration appealed that decision and the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals reversed the immigration judge’s decision.
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.