Notice of a Public Hearing on HB5 the Common Core of Texas

Jane Robbins with the American Principles Project


Ask a teacher if they think HB5 is dumbing down Texas students. I have and yes the good ones know it is and will tell you so.

Take the time to watch Dr. Peg Luksik speak at the #CANiSEE the Solutions Conference in Austin. This is just a small portion from her amazing talk on the Federal Take over of education known today as Common Core/ College and Career Ready standards.

Her full talk covers the true reality on the ground for children especially our minority students. 

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HB5 which many of us have been saying is the Common Core philosophy of education. A public notice has been release you need to know about so that you can do your part to be there or make sure your friends and neighbors know the truth about HB5.

Donna Garner wrote…

“Revealed: The Dumbing Down of Texas’ Public Schools”

Under HB 5 (passed by the last legislative session), Texas’ high school graduates will no longer be required to take both World History and World Geography. They also will not be required to take the capstone course in English which is English IV. Neither will all Texas graduates be required to take Algebra II and higher-level math and science courses. Not requiring these courses will send our Texas students out into the world bereft of basic foundational knowledge that will plague them the rest of their lives not to mention the fact that Texas public school graduates will go into college and/or careers with a shallow academic degree.

I tried desperately before, after, and during the 83rd Legislative Session to get people to listen to my concerns about dropping the 4 x 4 graduation plan and gutting the individual student and teacher accountability at each grade level/course level. Now the Texas State Board of Education, the Texas Education Agency, and local school districts are stuck trying to implement HB 5 which mucks up every public school in Texas.

I stand by my comments; and as each day passes, more Texans are beginning to see the damage that HB 5 is doing. Here is what I said on 6.17.13 – “For the Historical Record: Texas Will Rue This Day” –

SENATE NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING

COMMITTEE: Education
TIME & DATE: 10:00 AM, Tuesday, August 26, 2014
PLACE: E1.028 (Hearing Room)
CHAIR: Senator Dan Patrick

The Committee will hear invited testimony followed by public testimony on the below interim charges.

Senate Interim Charge #1 (Portion of Charge):

Examine STAAR writing scores for elementary, middle and high school students. For grade levels tested in writing, review the types of writing required. Explore the need for targeted professional development in writing.

Senate Interim Charge #2:

Monitor the implementation of legislation addressed by the Senate Committee on Education, 83rd Legislature, Regular and Called Sessions, and make recommendations for any legislation needed to improve, enhance and/or complete implementation. Specifically, monitor the following:

· HB 5, relating to public school accountability, including assessment, and curriculum requirements; providing a criminal penalty;

(NOTE: Discussion on HB 5 will be limited to an update from our previous hearing on the passing rates of STAAR End-of-Course assessments for the graduating class of 2015)

· HB 1926, relating to the operation of the state virtual school network and courses provided through other distance learning arrangements;
· SB 376, relating to breakfast for certain public school students; and
· HB 617, relating to transition and employment services for public school students enrolled in special education programs.

Public testimony will be limited to two (2) minutes per person.

#CANiSEE THE SOLUTION CONFERENCE VIDEOS ARE AVAILABLE
THESE CONFERENCE VIDEOS WILL GIVE YOU THE KNOWLEDGE AND TOOLS TO STOP COMMON CORE

#CANISEE THE SOLUTION CONFERENCE 2014

To Watch the #CANiSEE Solution Conference 2014 — On Demand – please go to:

http://www.dartfish.tv/CollectionInfo.aspx?CR=p80044c92577

To order CANiSEE SOLUTIONS CONFERENCE DVD’S via mail & pay with check or credit card visit:
http://www.vaulteventmedia.com/images/CanISeeOrderForm.pdf

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Join Texans As We “STAND” for Our U. S. History and Our HEROES!

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Parents, Grandparents and Tax Payers “YOU”
are being called to ACTION!

AP U.S. HISTORY IS UNDER DIRCT ATTACK

Join Texans in Austin for the State Board of Education (SBOE) Meeting 

It is Time to Take a Stand!

Friday July 18th

9 A.M.

William B. Travis (WBT) State Office Building

1701 North Congress Avenue

Austin, TX 78701 

Please contact the Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott 512-463-2100 – Texas State Board of Education Members, State Legislators, Congressmen, elected officials, school administrators, teachers; and tell them that the AP U. S. History Framework/curriculum/exams must be stopped. 

Then SIGN THE PETITION: http://womenonthewall.org/

How will the New AP US History Framework coming down from College Board President David Coleman affect TEXAS children this Sept.?

 

New War Over High School U.S. History

As Stanley Kurtz stated in his article New War Over High School History….http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/382400/new-war-over-high-school-us-history-stanley-kurtz 

“Americans are only just now waking up to a quiet but devastatingly effective effort to replace the teaching of traditional American history in our high schools with a new, centrally-controlled, and sharply left-leaning curriculum.

The College Board, the company that issues the SAT and the various Advanced Placement (AP) exams, has created an elaborate new framework for the AP U.S. History Exam that will effectively force nearly all American high schools, public and private, to transform the way they teach U.S. History. 
 Texas is at the forefront of the resistance to the new AP U.S. History Exam, but the battle is not going well.  Ken Mercer, a member of the Texas School Board, is attempting to introduce a resolution rebuking and rejecting the new AP U.S. History Exam.  Unfortunately, he is now being told that he must wait to introduce the resolution until September, when it will be too late.

Texas makes up about 10 percent of the College Board’s market.  Were Texas to reject the new AP U.S. History Exam, the entire project could be put into doubt.” 
As Stated by SBOE Ken Mercer in his latest Op-ed. 

“For today’s patriots, this is our Valley Forge and our D-Day – 
this is the Revolution of 2014!”   Ken Mercer, Texas State Board of Education

TEXAS SBOE Ken Mercer goes onto say….

“How bad is the new AP U.S. History Framework? Here are a few key items verified with Larry Krieger (retired teacher and author recognized by the CB as one of the best AP teachers in 2004 and 2005) and Jane Robbins (Senior Fellow at the American Principles Project):

 
  • In the period of the American Revolution up to the 1787 Constitutional Convention, almost every Founding Father is omitted – no Jefferson, Adams, Madison, or Franklin. The Framework excludes Lexington, Concord,  Bunker Hill, Valley Forge, Saratoga, and Yorktown. The commanders and heroes of these pivotal battles are all omitted.
 
  • The lessons on the Civil War omit the Lincoln-Douglas debates, the Gettysburg Address, and the assassination of President Lincoln. The Framework once again omits crucial battles, key commanders, and the valor of common soldiers.
 
  •  The lessons on World War II omit “The Greatest Generation,” Truman, Hitler, D-Day, Midway, the Battle of  the Bulge, and every military commander including Dwight Eisenhower.  Inexplicably, Nazi atrocities against Jews and other groups are not required. The CB concludes its treatment of WWII with this blunt statement:  “The decision to drop the atomic bomb raised questions about American values.”
 
  • The lessons on the Civil Rights Movement do not mention America’s first African-American President. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Cesar Chavez, Rosa Parks, the Navajo Code Talkers, Tuskegee Airmen, 442nd Infantry Regiment, and Barbara Jordan’s famous speech on the Constitution are all omitted.
 
A word search of the entire 98-page document will not find one military commander or one Medal of Honor recipient. Our best and brightest students will thus learn nothing of the heroism and sacrifices of Americans in uniform.
 
The CB instead presents an overwhelmingly negative viewpoint of U.S. history that will please America-haters such as former Illinois professor Bill Ayers.
 
This unelected body is rewriting United States history and promoting among our students a disdain for American principles and a lack of knowledge of major American achievements.
 
History is a dramatic story which, if taught well, allows students to study both the good and bad of America. The new APUSH Framework purposely stresses the negative while dismissing America’s positive contributions.
 
If we do nothing, this radical AP U.S. History course will enter our high schools this fall.

SO WHAT CAN TEXAS PARENTS, GRANDPARENTS AND TAX PAYERS DO?

Sign the Petition.
SHOW UP IN AUSTIN JULY 18TH AND SUPPORT THOSE WHO TESTIFY.  

I STAND WITH TX SBOE KEN MERCER AND REJECT THE NEW AP U.S. HISTORY FRAMEWORK AND EXAM

I STAND w/ SBOE Ken Mercer to REJECT the new APUSH Anti US Framework and Exam

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AP US HISTORY UNDER ATTACK

Jane Robbins with the American Principles Project

I STAND WITH TX SBOE KEN MERCER AND REJECT THE NEW AP U.S. HISTORY FRAMEWORK AND EXAM

I STAND w/ SBOE Ken Mercer to REJECT the new APUSH Anti US Framework and Exam

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