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August 29, 2014                                                                                  
For Immediate Release    

Contact: Alice Linahan
[email protected]
972-322-8313                                                                
 
OPPONENTS PROTEST GOVERNOR MIKE PENCE’S COMMON CORE REBRAND AT AFP EVENT
 
DALLAS TEXAS: 20-30 activists attending the Americans for Prosperity (AFP) national conference in Dallas arrived early and lined the front row, wearing green anti-Common Core signs to make a statement while Gov. Mike Pence of Indiana addressed the gathering. Others had come prepared to hold paper signs stating Gov. Pence Common Core Rebrand is Not OK, but were precluded due to a “no sign policy. Oklahoma parent, Ronda Vuillemont-Smith said, “We let Governor Pence know that his Common Core rebrand is NOT Ok with Oklahomans.” We told him that “Common Core was a very sore subject with many parents, grandparents and citizen and we would ask that you reconsider what you are doing in Indiana,” after telling him she heard a rumor he was running for President.  Pence responded “if we need to go back and re-evaluate and redo some of them, we can do that.”  Online there were 100’s of tweets which are continuing to build across the country as parents, grandparents and taxpayers join in the protest against Indiana Governor Mike Pence’s rebrand of the Common Core Standards. Tweeting out “Hoosier Kids #DeserveBetter #Dream14.” 
 
The Indiana legislature passed legislation that required the state to enact evidence-based  internationally-benchmarked standards – a requirement that precludes the Common Core.  However, Governor Pence’s administration instead ignored evidence and the leading experts and engineered a “cut-and-paste” rebrand of the Common Core. 
 
The US Department of Education’s intrusion into education decision-making has put it on course to having a monopoly over large swaths of education policy.  That reality is markedly different from the free market principles for which Pence advocated during his AFP presentation and with the federalism principles that he frequently proclaims.
 
The parents criticizing Pence at the AFP event reflect the growing national citizen pushback against the Common Core and the US Department of Education.  A recent Gallup PDK poll showed that 76% of Republicans and 60% of Independents oppose the Common Core standards.  In the face of the growing national opposition to the Common Core standards, Pence’s Common Core rebrand gravely threatens his aspirations for the Republican presidential nomination. 
 
Women on the Wall hosted a Communication Team Conference call in conjunction with a Twitter Rally hosted by Truth in American Education to counter Gov. Mike Pence (IN).  Experts called in from all over the country to share their knowledge and stand with parents and taxpayers against Gov. Pence and the Indiana rebrand of Common Core. Included on the call were Jamie Gass, Pioneer Institute’s Director of School Reform, Jane Robbins, American Principles Project, Dr. Jim Milgram, professor emeritus of mathematics at Stanford University, who explained how dire the fuzzy math in Common Core will be for the future of our nation. On the Call as well was Dr. Chris Tienken, Assistant Professor at Seton Hall University, Department of Education Leadership, Management and Policy along with Nebraska dad Henry Burke who has done extensive writing on the financial impact of Common Core at the state and local level. 
 
Anne Marie Banfield, with Cornerstone Action in New Hampshire, commented on the lack of leadership by Republicans now on education.  “The grassroots in New Hampshire are fully educated and opposed to Common Core. Any governor seeking a presidential nomination had better show that they led their state out of Common Core or anything that mirrors it.”  
 
During the 3 hr Women On the Wall conference call there were important movements that will be shared online by grassroots parents who are taking a stand to educate their friends and neighbors. Letting them know the disappointment of Indiana Moms such as Heather Cassin and Victoria Zink who see daily the reality on the ground for their children and the fact that Gov. Pence did not listen.  

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WomenOnTheWall.Org is a 501(c)(4) Texas non-profit corporation dedicated to protect our children from the many destructive forces within our nation.
WomenOnTheWall  launched the #CanISee™© Campaign calling on Parents, Grandparents, Aunts, Uncles and Taxpayers to give the gift of American Exceptionalism to the next generation by going into their child’s classroom to ask these three questions. 
 
  • #CanISee™© WHAT you are teaching my child?  
  • #CanISee™© HOW you are teaching my child?
  • #CanISee™© WHO is benefiting financially from the curriculum on which my child’s teacher is being evaluated? 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Alice Linahan
972-322-8313
[email protected]
Twitter: @WOWUSTX

December 14, 2012

WomenOnTheWall.org Unveils Texas Speaker Showdown II Video
                                                               
Austin, TX ~ Ahead of the Jan. 8 kick-off to the 83rd Texas Legislature, Republican House of Representative members are being met with a challenge from grassroots activists statewide:  “Conservative House Speaker Or Your Seat.”  To reinforce the message that electing a significant margin of conservative House representatives signals voter expectations of conservative House leadership, WomenOnTheWall.org has released Texas Speaker Showdown II – WE’RE BACK! follow-up video to the 2010 Speaker Showdown theme.


The video notes 2012 Texas Tea Party electoral wins as well as current House Speaker Joe Straus’ loss of key political lieutenants following his obstruction of conservative legislation in the 2011 session.  In addition to congratulating a great number of the newly-elected House members, it reminds that primary season 2014 offers the incoming 95 Republican representatives new “Fall of the RINOs” opportunity pending voter satisfaction with actions taken in the upcoming months.

State Rep. David Simpson (R-Longview) is challenging Straus for the House leadership position.  “I respect Speaker Straus as a fellow legislator; however, we differ on the way that the House should be led. And I am not alone in that opinion,” Simpson said in a recent statement. “The culture of ‘go along to get along’ politics, where members face intimidation and retribution should they disagree with a leadership decision, stifles representative government. “

In supporting transparency for the House speakership vote, WomenOnTheWall.Org is calling on a floor vote not a caucus vote for Speaker so this first vote cast can alert conservative voters as to representatives potentially subject to 2014 primary election replacement.
To “Keep Texas Strong,” issues supported by Republicans and Democrats must be debated as well as understood by the public.  Simpson’s position is that floor votes for either party’s legislation should not be obstructed.  If the speaker has exclusive power to control an overall legislative agenda, public policy passage becomes about who buys legislation – not a full, open review of policy options.

WomenOnTheWall.Org believes state representatives deserve the opportunity to fully represent those who elected them as primary elections subsequently allow voters to hold accountable officials failing to serve constituents’ best interests – no matter which side of the political aisle they are on.  A Simpson victory will require Republican and Democratic support.  It will be a win for all Texas voters by offering greater accountability and for all House members by providing the power to represent their constituents as per the Texas Constitution.

WomenOnTheWall.Org is a 501(c)(4) Texas non-profit corporation dedicated to protect our children from the many destructive forces within our nation.

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