Special Needs Parents – Beware Arne Duncan and September 21st

PolitiChicks.comCommon Core Warriors have long been warning that the Common Core initiative, meaning the entire education spectrum, was in danger of being hijacked by the federal government.

Here is a decree by the infamous Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan.

In a stunning addition to the final reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, Arne Duncan effectively takes away states’ rights to determine modified academic standards and develop assessments.

Here’s the actual wording (emphasis added):

The Secretary amends the regulations governing title I, Part A of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, as amended (ESEA) (the “Title I regulations”), to no longer authorize a State to define modified academic achievement standards and develop alternate assessments based on those modified academic achievement standards for eligible students with disabilities.

You can read the document here.

I want special needs parents to pay particular attention to this. However, as I’ve pointed out in the past, the definition for disadvantaged students is very loose. If your child doesn’t take the assessment, because you’ve opted him or her out, they could potentially be designated disadvantaged because they didn’t score on a standardized test.

The way the feds have worded things regarding Title 1 funding and the ESEA, almost any child could be labeled as disadvantaged.

Perhaps we are one step closer to Duncan’s sought after community school vision.

Please, please understand what this means. This is exactly what the founding fathers warned us about and why they added the tenth amendment:

The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.

Our freedoms are being stripped from us left and right and most people don’t even know it. Because who has time, or the inclination, to sit and read through the long, dry, barely understandable bills that fly through DC?

There really is only one thing in this world that I would die for. And that is my children. The very least that I can do is stand up and fight for them. Right now, fighting for them looks a lot like pulling them out of the public schools until the feds back off.

I fear the feds will never back off and this only gives them more steam.

If you want to read more, go here. These ladies are brilliant and this article is what first alerted me to the issue. If I pay attention and I wasn’t aware of this happening, imagine the rest of the parents who are working and paying bills and just not tuned into this kind of thing?


Macey France

Oregon PolitiChick Macey France is co-founder of the Stop Common Core in Oregon and is working with parents across the state to educate and help them to learn how to advocate for their children's education. Macey has spoken at many Common Core informational meetings across the state of Oregon. Macey's articles on Common Core have been picked up by various news outlets and she has been a guest on many radio shows across the nation. Macey's article about The Bluest Eye was featured on a panel on Al Jazeera America and was nominated for a CPAC Blogger Award for Best Sunlight Post of 2013. Macey is a strong conservative with libertarian leanings, making her more of a "conservatarian." Preserving the constitutional and moral values of that this great nation was founded on for her children is her priority. She is a stay at home mom of two boys who are now in elementary school. As a mom who has always been interested in politics, religion and all of the taboo subjects, she has always had a lot to say about the state of the nation. When she realized the Common Core Standards were not only bad news for children but a government coup over education, she decided to fight back and is now considered one of the nation's leading experts on all-things-Common Core. When she's not having uncomfortable arguments with strangers on Facebook she can be found spending time with her husband of 15 years and two sons. Find Macey France on Facebook and Twitter: @MaceyFrancePC

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