Californians United Against Common Core
by Olrlean Koehle 

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Action Alert

Action Alert - Call Senators and tell them to vote no on this fast track bill to try to reauthorize ESEA/NCLB. If you have not written or called to say no to the bill please do so asap. It will probably be going to the education committee today, Feb. 3 to be voted on.

Below you will see the e-mail address to use, the fax number to send a fax to and phone numbers for all the senators on the education committee. Please tell the senators not to reauthorize or try to amend the Elementary Secondary Education Act (originally passed in 1965) which had been reauthorized as the No Child Left Behind Act (in 2001) under George W. Bush. These acts have been nothing but failed policies. They need to be sunseted – sent off into the sunset and let them die a quick death.

In case you need talking points or contact information, they are listed below. Thank you to Dr. Sandra Stotsky and our California Common Core Warriors Joan Davidson for compiling them and Denise Pursche for the list of Senators and phone numbers. The reauthorization bill is over 600 pages. That took a lot of reading and analyzing for these ladies to come up with their talking points.

Also see my letter that I sent off yesterday to Senator Lamar Alexander, the author of the bill. Who, by the way, has some very liberal ideas, even though he has an R by his name.

Check out the video of Lamar Alexander speaking before a national governor’s conference in Kansas, when he was the governor of Tennessee back in 1989. He is telling the audience that they should have a whole "new American school," open all year long from 6:00 am to 6:00 p.m., which would take care of the young pregnant mothers and their children from 3 months old to age 18 and have a team of teachers and principals following the child from K-12. (Isn't that what the data collection of Common Core is making possible?)

The e-mail to reach any senator is FIXINGNCLB@HELP.SENATE.GOV
Here are their phone numbers

Phone Numbers: Committee list for the reauthorization of ESEA:

Senator Republicans by rank:
Lamar Alexander (TN) (202) 224-4944
Mike Enzi (WY) (202) 224-3424
Richard Burr (NC) (202) 224-3154
Johnny Isakson (GA) (202) 224-3643
Rand Paul (KY) (202) 224-4343
Susan Collins (ME) (202) 224-2523
Lisa Murkowski (AK) (202) 224-6665
Mark Kirk (IL) (202) 224-2854
Tim Scott (SC) (202) 224-6121
Orrin Hatch (UT) (202) 224-5251
Pat Roberts (KS) (202) 224-4774
Bill Cassidy (ask to be transferred to his office)
(LA) (202) 224-4623

Senator Democrats by rank:
Patty Murray (WA) (202) 224-2621
Barbara Mikulski (MD) (202) 224-4654
Bernard Sanders (VT) (202) 224-5141
Robert Casey (PA) (202) 224-6324
Al Franken (MN) (202) 224-5641
Michael Bennet (CO) (202) 224-5852
Sheldon Whitehouse (RI) (202) 224-2921
Tammy Baldwin (WI) (202) 224-5653
Christopher Murphy (CT) (202) 224-4041
Elizabeth Warren (MA) (202) 224-4543

Talking points:
We Need to Bring Back Local Control to Local School Districts
1. Set of standards apply to all children. What about exceeding the set standards? Especially the STEM standards?
2. Districts should be incentivized to exceed set standards.
3. This Bill grants unlimited power to the U.S. Sec. of Education such as Page 224 so the Secretary can make waivers for charter schools. Why would they be encouraging charter schools? Because, for the most part, they are run by appointed board members not elected. They become “education without representation” – much easier to dictate to and to control.
4. Bill continues to allow for intrusive data collection - personally identifiable information to be forwarded and garnered by 3rd parties, vendors and for profit organizations/businesses.
5. Allows public funds given to local education agencies to be used to evaluate programs and activities and contract with for-profit, nonprofit, or higher Ed third-party contractors
6. Mandates performance pay for teachers and bonus pay for performance.
7. Mandates teacher pay will be based on measurable increase in student achievement
8. Allows states or local education agencies to get technical assistance by third-party contractors or the IES, Institute of Education Sciences, this is an arm of the NCES, National Center for Education Statistics, that monitors the national center education statistics database
9. Encourages Districts to hire third-party evaluators of supportive school environment for the physical and mental health
10. Bill mandates to Local School Districts rather than allowing for Local Control.
11. The Secretary of Education can propose regulations or alternate processes in any event of failure to reach consensus so the secretary can propose regulations that will go through the rulemaking process
  Orlean Koehle's Comment Letter Against the Reauthorization or Amendment of NCLB


Orlean Koehle,
State President
Eagle Forum of California



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