MACS Monitor May 2013

To Stop Common Core Efforts

We have made some inroads, but we are far from done. The Michigan House removed the funding of Common Core language from the omnibus Budget Reconciliation bill HB 4328 ” Sec. 230. Funds appropriated in Part 1 shall not be used to fund Common Core State Standards Initiative or Smarter Balanced Assessments. Funds shall not be used to implement programs or student assessments created by the Common Core State Standards Initiative or Smarter Balanced Assessments.

However, they hit a ‘pause’ button on the reconciliation
As Passed
Sec.231. “Funds appropriated in Part 1 shall not be used to fund Common Core State Standards Initiative or Smarter Balanced Assessments unless an affirmative action of the legislature authorizing implementation of said standards or assessments is provided.”
In plain English we have until September to make our case that Common Core is Top-down oversight and bad for the overall quality of Education.
Thank you for volunteering for the following dates:
May 22 Tim Berlin
May 29 Theron Crawford
June 5
June 26 Cancelled They will not be in session on this date June 26 Don Albright
July 17
August 21
September 18
September 25
October 9
October 16
October 23
October 30
November 6
November 13
Attached you will find the support information you need to read and be familiar with as we make our office visits

http://www.eagleforum.org/publications/column/backlash-against-common-core.html

http://michellemalkin.com/2013/01/23/rotten-to-the-core-obamas-war-on-academic-standards-part-1/

http://michellemalkin.com/2013/01/25/rotten-to-the-core-part-2-readin-writin-and-deconstructionism/

http://www.nationalreview.com/article/347973/two-moms-vs-common-core/page/0/2

http://canadafreepress.com/index.php/article/54903

Here are the suggested texts of your letters, please put it on church letterhead.

10 Copies for Representatives and 5 copies for Senators

 

Dear Senator,

 

I’m writing to urge you to support an amendment to the Senate Department of Ed budget that read: “Sec. 231. The appropriations in part 1 shall not be used for development of the common core state standards.” This is similar to HR 4276. The White House Plan for Early Education for All Americans expands the federal government’s role in the education of pre-school children, a direction that erodes community and parental responsibility and influence.  In addition, it encourages states to implement additional regulations for pre-schools in the areas of teacher certification, curriculum and assessment systems.  Only two results of expanded regulations are certain:  higher costs and fewer options for parents.  Decades of multiple studies show that existing federal pre-school programs do not provide long-term academic benefits to children.  Yet the Administration now seeks to expand the federal footprint by piling additional regulation and control and higher costs on successful private pre-school programs.  In the immediate term, expanded government regulation increases costs and stifles private programs, long term; federal interference threatens the autonomy and mission of faith-based programs.

 

Many MACS schools include pre-kindergarten classes in the services they offer to parents, so we recognize that pre-school programs are beneficial.  However, it is equally important to recognize that parents are the primary educators of children, especially during their early years.  Education in a formal setting for young children should be optional for parents.  Promoting universal pre-school damages parental rights and erodes parental responsibility.

 

The education of young children is vital, but the responsibility for this education does not lie primarily with government.  We urge you to join with us in opposing further federal involvement in early learning and thereby help protect parental rights and the freedom of existing pre-kindergarten programs to flourish and serve families and communities.

 

Sincerely,

 

Dear Representative,

 

I’m writing to urge you to support HR 4276. The White House Plan for Early Education for All Americans expands the federal government’s role in the education of pre-school children, a direction that erodes community and parental responsibility and influence.  In addition, it encourages states to implement additional regulations for pre-schools in the areas of teacher certification, curriculum and assessment systems.  Only two results of expanded regulations are certain:  higher costs and fewer options for parents.  Decades of multiple studies show that existing federal pre-school programs do not provide long-term academic benefits to children.  Yet the Administration now seeks to expand the federal footprint by piling additional regulation and control and higher costs on successful private pre-school programs.  In the immediate term, expanded government regulation increases costs and stifles private programs, long term; federal interference threatens the autonomy and mission of faith-based programs.

 

Many MACS schools include pre-kindergarten classes in the services they offer to parents, so we recognize that pre-school programs are beneficial.  However, it is equally important to recognize that parents are the primary educators of children, especially during their early years.  Education in a formal setting for young children should be optional for parents.  Promoting universal pre-school damages parental rights and erodes parental responsibility.

 

The education of young children is vital, but the responsibility for this education does not lie primarily with government.  We urge you to join with us in opposing further federal involvement in early learning and thereby help protect parental rights and the freedom of existing pre-kindergarten programs to flourish and serve families and communities.

 

Sincerely,

 

Please plan to meet me at 8:45 at the information desk on the first floor of the Capitol building. Park in any on of the parking garages near the Capitol. I usually park at the Townsend Garage (E on the attached map) on Walnut & Washtenaw with entry from Walnut.

Please make sure to have 15 extra copies of your church bulletin or Wednesday night prayer sheet with the representatives and senators from your church area listed for prayer.

You can find the Representatives here: http://www.house.mi.gov/mhrpublic/

You can find the Senators here http://www.legislature.mi.gov/documents/publications/citizensguide.pdf

I look forward to seeing you soon.

Tim

I am giving you a brief update of my legislative efforts in Lansing. I have been giving our legislators a copy of a letter on the Common Core Standards from the Obama administration.

My efforts on your behalf have not gone unnoticed. Here is an email I received from one staffer that I talked to:

Mr. Schmig,

Thank you for MACS’ support to stop the Common Core here in Michigan – just wanted to pass along a document that was handed to all Republican legislators here today with the list of groups that have come out against the Common Core here in Michigan.

 

Pastors Minutemen Needed

 

As you know my main responsibility with MACS is to serve as a Legislative Liaison in Lansing and Washington DC. It is a responsibility I embrace. I think that we can do more and I’m asking for you to volunteer one Wednesday, once a quarter of your time to meet me in Lansing and to help me minister to our elected officials. Our main purpose will be to be an advocate of social and moral issues before our Legislature, but also to minister to our elected officials, praying with them when appropriate and trying to minister to their spiritual needs. I sincerely believe that if just a handful of them were to get saved we could turn some things around, saved men craft better legislation than unsaved.
I need you to bring a pastor with you when you come, or have one meet you in Lansing, there is strength in numbers. On the Wednesday that is your day to be in Lansing I would encourage you to have a copy of the Your Church’s previous Sunday’s bulletin where you have legislators listed by name that you asked your congregation to pray for. I can’t emphasis how powerful that is with those we will call on.
The point of our time is to minister and to establish relationships in Lansing. As a wise old preacher once admonished his students, ‘if you think this is a time to ride your hobby horse, please ride it out of town”. In other words, I have spent my ministry trying to be salt and light to our legislators and it is possible for someone to destroy in one day what we have spent years trying to build.
I need your feedback and I will make sure that we have letters to give to our legislators. I think your letters should be on church stationery and signed by you.

What Pastors are saying about being a Pastors Minuteman:

 

“Thanks brother. I loved every second of it. What a privilege!”