Take Action to Stop Common Core in Nebraska

June 04, 2013

Our friends at LEAP (Liberty Education Advocacy Project) are organizing Nebraskans to take an active interest in our children’s education and protect local control of our schools by stopping Common Core.

What is Common Core?  Click here to learn more.

More information on how you can take action from LEAP’s Coordinator, Rachel Pinkerton:

LEAP Members and Friends,

Board the bus! It’s time to show the State Board of Education how important we believe their work to be, and how committed we are to helping them REPRESENT, not rule over, the people of Nebraska.

This will be Commissioner Roger Breed’s last meeting. He is retiring at the end of this month. The SBOE has been negotiating with PROACT Search, LLC, for their services to help locate our new Commissioner. What better time to remind the board members that they are accountable to the citizens of Nebraska, and that we want a Commissioner who answers to them, as our elected representatives, and NOT to the U.S. Department of Education?
It has been suggested that Commissioner Breed has helped to keep Nebraska out of Common Core. We need a new Commissioner who welcomes the opportunity to work in a state that rejects, in the words of the National RNC Resolution, the Common Core State Standards “nationwide straightjacket on academic freedom and achievement.”
We will gather Friday morning, June 7th, at the parking lot by the vacant Hy-Vee store at Oak View Mall, departing at 7:30am. Count on being back by 12:30pm, but it may be earlier. The Board meeting convenes at 9:00am, and public comment is usually about 9:30am. 
There is still lots of room on the bus! Some will meet us at the State Office Building, 301 Centennial Mall South in Lincoln, where the State Board has it’s 6th floor headquarters. A number of accomplished advocates have signed on to ride the bus. Come if you can and experience an enlightening and memorable trip!  
Stickers will be available to identify our position on the nationwide takeover of K-12 education, “Common Core” in a red circle with a line through it. 
One of our Founding Fathers has a couple of words of wisdom for us on this subject:
“But if it is believed that these elementary schools will be better managed by the governor and the council, the commissioners of the literary fund, or any other general authority of the government, than by the parents in each ward, it is a belief against all experience.” “What has destroyed liberty and the rights of man in every government which has ever existed under the sun? The generalizing and concentrating all cares and powers into one body.” Thomas Jefferson to Joseph C. Cabell, Montecello, February 2, 1816. 
Glen Beck has called for a nationwide defeat of Common Core by summer of 2014, and some of the most unlikely people, many of them educators, are determined to collaborate with him toward that end. 
“I have lost all faith in my union. NEA is a shameless panderer of propaganda and has totally sold out its constituency,” is one example of overwhelmingly negative comments posted following the May 10th, 2013 article “Six Ways the Common Core is Good for Students,” at NEA Today online. 
And, “When is the NEA going to publish the ‘100’s of Ways the Common Core is Horrible for Education’ article?”
Also, “NEA should be ashamed for its complicity in foisting CCSSI on American schoolchildren and claiming that ‘teachers support’ it. That is a BIG LIE!”
“You’re kidding, right? Please tell me it’s April 1 and I’ve overslept,” a humorous, but unambiguous remark.
And the deadly serious, “I am an NEA/NYSUT member and I could not be more angry at this sellout of our profession and our children/students. Sellouts. Although I guess the ultimate result will just be a bunch of ‘toadies’ and uninspired teachers left in our classrooms who will just ‘go along’ like the Nazi prison guards and doctors. And I don’t use this comparison lightly.”    http://neatoday.org/2013/05/10/six-ways-the-common-core-is-good-for-students/comment-page-1/#comments    
Rachel Pinkerton
Coordinator, LEAP–Liberty Education Advocacy Project
(308) 530-2688 
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