December 19, 2018

Let Congress Know – Vote No on HR5 the ESEA/NCLB Reauthorization

HR5 Petition to Congress.001

- Student Success Act-

Join the Women On The Wall​ team and sign the petition to let Texas U.S. Representatives know – Vote NO on HR5. The battle against HR5 starts up again Monday March 2nd in Washington.

Time is of the essence to let our Texas US House of Representatives know we want them to represent us.

Sign the petition and then call their office and let them know you signed.

Petition to the Texas U.S. House of Representatives- Vote No on HR5

I STAND against HR5 and I Call on my US Representative to Vote No on HR5


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Latest Signatures
54Karol McClennyLawrenceville, GA30045The Federal Government has no business in education. It should be left up to the states. This also sounds very controlling and communistic.Mar 20, 2015
53Theresa NielsenColorado Springs , Colorado 80922 No HR5 and no more Common Core Deceptive Bills Mar 19, 2015
52Barbara DeckerDale, Texas78616I urge you to actually read HR5 and not take your staffs word for it. Our schools have already been 'dumbed down' way too much and this bill will set education back years. Have you ever actually looked at the Common Core curriculum? I seriously doubt it, but do think that it is time that you confronted it for what it is. It's time to stop bribing state legislatures with tax dollars!Mar 18, 2015
51Anita StapletonPueblo81001Words have meaning! Please read the language in this is NOT about choice it is about compliance...all for money.this strips every state from authority over education! JUST say NO!!!!Mar 18, 2015
50John JulianMansfield, TX76063STOP H.R. 5Mar 18, 2015
49April HernandezLeague city , Tx77573Mar 17, 2015
47Paula WeilandHumble, Texas77338Please put our children first and vote NO on H.R.5. It is time that someone from the House listen to us and our concerns for the wellbeing of our children and their education. As parents, we want our children to have a quality education, so please let Texas stand out and put our children and their needs above all else!Mar 12, 2015
46lisa MeadDallas, Texas75225vote NO!!!!Mar 11, 2015
45Jane TrammellPeachtree City, Georgia30269Mar 11, 2015
44Barbara MagleyMt Airy, Georgia30563Mar 11, 2015
43Marilyn LangSealy, Texas77474Please vote NO on H.R. 5. Never waive our sovereignty for any reason ever. Mar 11, 2015
42Cheryl LaughlinPeachtree City, GA30269Please listen to the voice of your constituents STOP this bill NOW.Mar 11, 2015
41June MillerWinder, GA30680Mar 11, 2015
40Don RehwaldtTyrone, Georgia30290-2254Preserve our local government -Mar 10, 2015
39Robert GensSheboygan, Wisconsin53081Mar 09, 2015
38Mellany LambMar 09, 2015
37Greene AlanKingwood, Texas77339Vote no to HR5Mar 08, 2015
36Erin GreeneKingwood, Texas77339Please vote NO on HR5 - for our children.Mar 08, 2015
35Sharon DouglasMAMar 06, 2015
34Rick warrenVote NO on HR5Mar 05, 2015
33Diana TurnerWilmington, De19808Mar 05, 2015
32Kenneth VignaliKaty, TEXAS77494Please do the right thing and get government out of our schools and let kids learn as you and I did growing up. Do not let big government and special interest groups control the educational system. We pay taxes to both you and the schools and demand representation of the people and not corporations pushing this.Mar 05, 2015
31sue steelbrownsville, Wisconsin53006Mar 05, 2015
30Karen AndersonAlba75410Parents want choice and autonomy over their child's education. This federal overreach into our local education system is unconstitutional. Please stand up for our countries principales and vote NO on HR5.Mar 04, 2015
29John and Susan WinfreeCanton, TX75103Please stop the federal government's takeover of education!Mar 04, 2015
28Lydia RomeroLouisiana70520Vote No on H.R. 5. We must protect our children and state by saying No to H.R. 5. Mar 04, 2015
27Marie CorreaNorthwood , New Hampshire Mar 04, 2015
26alison thomasnewtown, ct06470We the people are watching your actions as well as your words. Vote NO!Mar 04, 2015
25Gary SollnerTexasEducation is solely a State responsibility, not the Federal Gov. Fed funds are not to be used to control States' education.Mar 04, 2015
24Dawn McNaryEast Haddam, CT06423Also hold residence in Texas...Do not let them do in TX what has been done in should not be nationalized Mar 04, 2015
23Elisabeth MeyerAustin78745Mar 04, 2015
22Barbara Highttexarkana, ar71854If you can't stand up against an illegal non-immigrant president, then at least fight for the next generation and give them a chance. Vote NO on H.R.5.Mar 04, 2015
21Beth RogersRowlett75089Mar 03, 2015
20Cindy HyltinPlano, Texas75093I'll be watching to see how you vote.Mar 03, 2015
19Paula Ford STOP bribing state legislatures with our tax dollars!Mar 02, 2015
18Diane Della MaggioraCorsicana, Texas75110The only thing Texas should vote for is to defund the US Dept of Education. Keep the federal government out of Texas.Mar 02, 2015
17Janet McAuliffeMcKinney, TX75069-5406Mar 02, 2015
16Nicole HardestyJones Creek, Texas77541Mar 02, 2015
15renee gaytanlewisville, TX75067Listen to Texans!!Mar 02, 2015
14P.J. Byers77354Mar 02, 2015
13James McDougalSpring, TX77389Education is the purview of the States, not the Federal Government. Regardless of how you feel about THIS State's ability to run its Education Programs, when was the last time inviting the Federal Government in to overstep its Consistutional authority actually improved anything? Face it, the Fed does not have "the Midas touch". More often, you have to call Roto-Rooter in to clean up after thMar 02, 2015
12Mark Ramsey (SREC)Spring, Texas77389The UnConstitutional Federal education blob should not be funded at all, much less for 135 BILLION and for 6 more years. Cut in half this year and abolished next year would be a better plan. GOP please go on the offensive and help stop the madness in DC!Mar 02, 2015
11Lisa HarrisHouston, Tx77084Mar 02, 2015
10Desmond TaylorHouston, Texas77096John, please vote 'NO' on this Bill.Mar 02, 2015
9Kathryn MonetteGrand Prairie, Texas75052Please don't vote to extend Bush's bad bill!Mar 02, 2015
8DONNA GARNERHEWITT, TX76643Mar 02, 2015
7verenice juarezgrand prairie, t75051#STOP HR5Mar 02, 2015
6Cheryl walkerhouston, TX77040vote noMar 02, 2015
5Liz TheissHouston, Texas77008Please assist us in stopping this legislation that will place the federal government in control of our educational system.Mar 02, 2015

Bill Information

U.S. House of Representatives
List of Texas U.S. House of Representative Contact numbers. Gohmert, Louie -202-225-3035
Poe, Ted – 202-225-6565
Johnson, Sam – 202-225-4201
Ratcliffe, John – 202-225-6673
Hensarling, Jeb – 202-225-3484
Barton, Joe – 202-225-2002
Culberson, John – 202-225-2571
Brady, Kevin – 202-225-4901
Green, Al – 202-225-7508
McCaul, Michael T. – 202-225-2401
Conaway, K. Michael – 202-225-3605
Granger, Kay – 202-225-5071
Thornberry, Mac – 202-225-3706
Weber, Randy – 202-225-2831
Hinojosa, Rubén – 202-225-2531
O’Rourke, Beto – 202-225-4831
Flores, Bill – 202-225-6105
Jackson Lee, Sheila – 202-225-3816
Neugebauer, Randy – 202-225-4005
Castro, Joaquin – 202-225-3236
Smith, Lamar – 202-225-4236
Olson, Pete – 202-225-5951
Hurd, Will – 202-225-4511
Marchant, Kenny – 202-225-6605
Williams, Roger – 202-225-9896
Burgess, Michael -202-225-7772
Farenthold, Blake – 202-225-7742
Cuellar, Henry -202-225-1640
Green, Gene -202-225-1688
Johnson, Eddie Bernice – 202-225-8885
Carter, John – 202-225-3864
Sessions, Pete – 202-225-2231
Veasey, Marc – 202-225-9897
Vela, Filemon – 202-225-9901
Doggett, Lloyd – 202-225-4865
Babin, Brian – 202-225-1555


Data Collection
Hat Tip to the Florida Coalition Against Common Core~ Who put out this RED ALERT not only on HR 5 but on S 227 as well. 

Besides urging a no vote on HR 5, the Student Success Act that replaces No Child Left Behind, please contact your US representatives to vote NO on S 227, the Senate version of the federal data mining bill.  Having already passed the Senate last year and about to be passed again, it is scheduled for a vote on Wednesday February 25th in the US House.  S 227, the Strengthening Education through Research Act (SETRA) reauthorizes the 2002 Education Sciences Reform Act (ESRA) that has been very problematic, because it started the concept of state longitudinal databases, stepped around the prohibition on a national database by creating “national cooperative education statistics systems,”  allowed personally identifiable information to go to international agencies, and removed the  previous penalties of fines and imprisonment for misusing individual student data. SETRA continues or worsens all of that. Here are four major problems with SETRA (A detailed analysis of these points is available at

1.  SETRA seeks to expand federal psychological profiling of our children
Section 132 of the bill (page 28, line 16-21) inserts the following:
”and which may include research on social and emotional learning, and the acquisition of competencies and skills, including the ability to think critically, solve complex problems, evaluate evidence, and communicate effectively…” (Emphasis added).

The US Department of Education (USED) is already a flagrant violation of the Tenth Amendment.  The amount of data collected on individual children, families, and teachers via USED through this law and the weakening and loopholes of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and the Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment (PPRA) that provided individual data to the federal government is appalling and a complete violation of the Fourth Amendment as well.  To then give the federal government the right to research the thoughts, feelings, attitudes, and behaviors of free American citizens, especially innocent children, is completely unacceptable and without justification. 
2.  SETRA only appears to prohibit a national database.
Section 157 of the bill takes out the word “national” and still only by words, prohibits a national database. While this appears to be an improvement, it unfortunately doesn’t do anything to stop the egregious loss of privacy that has happened since ESRA established the national cooperative statistics systems and state longitudinal databases in 2002.  These databases have been enhanced by The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA, Stimulus), Race to the Top, and the America COMPETES Act.  In addition they are relying on outdated and weak student privacy laws (FERPA and PPRA), there is no enforcement mechanism, and we have seen how the federal government repeatedly and flagrantly violates its promises not to extend its authority, as with Race to the Top, Common Core and the national tests. 
3. The bill continues to rely on a severely outdated and weakened FERPA to protect student privacy.
Both ESRA and SETRA refer to FERPA (20 USC 1232g) in Section 182 and requires data privacy to be handled according to that law.  However, FERPA passed in 1974 long before the presence of interoperable databases and cloud computing.  It also only discusses sanctions on entities that mishandle the data and those, which used to include fines and imprisonment, were severely weakened when ESRA was passed in 2002.  Students, families, and teachers whose sensitive personal and family data about everything from “social and emotional” issues to genetic data in newborn screening data, have no redress.  According to an investigation by Politico, education technology companies are “scooping up as many as 10 million unique data points on each child, each day.” (Emphasis added) Finally, FERPA has been severely weakened via regulatory fiat to gut consent requirements and broaden access to data by federal agencies and private entities.
4. SETRA continues the large loophole that renders PPRA ineffective in protecting student privacy.
PPRA, cited in section 182 as 20 USC 1232h, prohibits the collection of psychological, political, religious, and other sensitive data in surveys, but not in curriculum and assessments such as in Common Core.



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Action Alert:

Vote NO are H.R. 5


Congressional Leadership Is Bull-Rushing Through HR5, the 600 Page Reauthorization of No Child Left Behind (rebranded the “Student Success Act”)

The House votes on it this week.  Call your Representative and call the Speaker of the House and tell them to vote “no” on HR 5!

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Below are just a few of the problems with the Student Success Act H.R.5.

1. HR5 Denigrates Parental Rights and Seizes State Sovereignty

  • No program shall “operate within a State, unless the legislature of that State shall have . . . waived the State’s rights and authorities to act inconsistently with any requirement that might be imposed by the Secretary as a condition of receiving that assistance.” (Sec. 6561) (emphasis added).
  • Federal requirements will trump the rights “reserved to the States and individual Americans by the United States Constitution” to lead in the education of their child. (Sec. 6564)
  • Requires states to change laws and regulations to “conform” to HR5. (Sec. 1403)
  • Alters the governance structures of states by requiring them to form “Committees of Practitioners” to whom the state must submit rules and regulations. (Sec. 1403)

2. HR5 Does Nothing to Relieve Children From No Child Left Behind’s (NCLB’s) Oppressive Testing Requirements.

3. Feds Will Effectively Direct State Education Policy through Enhanced Continuation of Heavy-Handed NCLB Policies

  • Requires states to demonstrate to the federal government that their standards, assessments, and state accountability systems meet the goal of “prepar[ing] all students to graduate high school for postsecondary education or the workforce.” (Sec. 1001)
  • Requires states to submit comprehensive state plans, which the Secretary can disapprove. (Sec. 1111)
  • States had to make the same showing and meet the same definitional goal to receive NCLB waivers and Race to the Top grants.. HR5 allows for a Common Core “rebrand.”  (Sec. 1001) and (Sec. 1111(3)(A))
  • Prohibitions against the Secretary forcing states into adopting Common Core are meaningless.

4. Increases Federal Data Collection To Control Curriculum

  • Empowers the Department of Education to request individual student and teacher data from State and Local Education Agencies.
  • Authorizes substantial new funding to use this data to evaluate whether schools are using “effective” instructional methods.  (Sec. 2111(b)(1)(A)) and (Sec. 2132)



Women On the Wall is Proud to stand with Pennsylvanians Restoring Education

Anita Hoge

After having Anita Hoge on the Women on the Wall Conference Call we are proud to stand with her and the team at

Pennsylvanians Restoring Education – Pennsylvanians Against Common Core.

Anita and her team have just sent out the press release below.


February 20, 2015, Harrisburg, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, PA.

Citizens of Pennsylvania, Pennsylvanians Restoring Education, Pennsylvania Against Common Core, parents and students are asking Representative John Kline to stop the REAUTHORIZATION of ESEA, HR 5, the Student Success Act of 2015 which will amend No Child Left Behind.

HR 5 denies parents their rights over their children. Reference page 488. Reference page 522-555.

HR 5 legislation creates the radical transformation of tax collection through the assigned destruction and hostile takeover of our local neighborhood schools.

HR 5 violates states’ rights under the United States Constitution.

HR 5 is designed to destroy local, public neighborhood schools through usurpation of elected school boards’ authorities and responsibilities.

HR 5 will destroy all private education in America, as well, legislating Title I “choice” vouchers that will “follow the child,” enforcing HR 5 compliance in EVERY PRIVATE AND RELIGIOUS SCHOOL.

HR 5 would legislate services to these Title I “choice” children called DIRECT STUDENT SERVICES AS A VOUCHER that must be equitable and comparable to any public school, which is needed to satisfy Common Core.

HR 5 will destroy representative government, all non-governmental schools, and standardize education across this nation. This overreach of the federal government is in direct violation of our United States Constitution which dictates separation of federal jurisdiction vs. State jurisdiction.

REPRESENTATIVE KLINE, you state in the Student Success Act HR 5, Press Release, February 3, 2015:

“…..This proposal provides an opportunity to chart a new course….”

REPRESENTATIVE KLINE, this “new course” that you are forcing on the states will end in Constitutional chaos.

HR 5 removes Constitutional states’ rights sovereignty.

HR 5 redefines parent and removes parental rights over the upbringing of their children.

HR 5 subjugates state legislatures under blatantly false pretenses about state and local control.

HR 5 presents choice vouchers defined as “direct student services,” as a means to control private and religious schools and phase out public schools.

HR 5 would transform ALL SCHOOLS into government schools. Has every state ceded the land that these schools occupy, turning them into federal lands? If the states have not ceded the land to the federal government, the federal government’s jurisdiction is determined to be severely limited, unless altered drastically by the state legislature. Questions of jurisdiction would still remain. At the least, HR 5 obfuscates state and federal jurisdictions as specified in the Constitution and affirmed in numerous Supreme Court decisions.

REPRESENTATIVE KLINE Who “Grubered” your HR 5 and consigned the states to federal takeover?

HR 5 forces private and religious schools to provide services through an APPROVED state list of providers eliminating the freedom for private and religious schools to teach students to their own standards and select their own curriculum.

HR 5 forces private and religious schools to provide non-cognitive mental health areas of personality development and interventions whereby proficiency levels in the social, emotional, and behavioral domain are scored to a criterion resulting in violations of privacy under the Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment, federal law, state law, and civil rights laws.

HR 5 uses choice vouchers to dissolve the public school system through the exodus of (departure of) Choice, Title I, at-risk students who disengage from the public school and enter a private or religious school. Public schools are presently represented by locally elected school board members in the United States. The destruction of our neighborhood public school system undermines the power and authority of property tax provisions and elected school board representation on the local level, representation which financially supports local education agencies.

HR 5 provides for the expansion of charter schools as the sanctioned alternative for

schooling. As you, Representative Kline, must know, charter schools are a system of schooling without elected boards. They use public tax monies regulated by federal government mandates, standards, assessment and teacher remediation with data tracking and trafficking and re-education toward Common Core standards.

HR 5 by design eliminates local and state representative government by removing the states’ rights and local control of education and surrenders our children’s education and future to the dictates of the federal government.

REPRESENTATIVE KLINE, HR 5 is a Constitutional Crisis in the Making.

HR 5 requires that states legislatively surrender their rights over education in order to receive Title I funds.

HR 5 removes the parents as the final arbiters in the upbringing of their children, and wrestles control of private and religious education through federal encroachment as explained below.

REPRESENTATIVE KLINE, quoting from your HR 5 legislation, on page 552, you stipulate the criteria for removing the state legislature’s constitutional power, rights, and responsibilities as follows:

Subpart 4—Restoration of State Sovereignty Over Public Education and Parental Rights Over the Education of Their Children

‘‘(a) RETENTION OF RIGHTS AND AUTHORITIES.— No officer, employee, or other authority of the Secretary shall enforce against an authority of a State, nor shall any authority of a State have any obligation to obey, any requirement imposed as a condition of receiving assistance under a grant program established under this Act, nor shall such program operate within a State, unless the legislature of that State shall have by law expressly approved that

program and, in doing so, HAVE waived the State’s rights and authorities to act

inconsistently with any requirement that might be imposed by the Secretary as a condition of receiving that assistance.” (Emphasis added)

An officer, employee, or other authority of the Secretary may release assistance under a grant program established under this Act to a State only after the legislature of the State has by law expressly approved the program (as described in sub- section (a)). This approval may be accomplished by a vote to affirm a State budget that includes the use of such Federal funds and any such State budget must expressly include any requirement imposed as a condition of receiving assistance under a grant program established under this Act so that by approving the budget, the State legislature is expressly approving the grant program and, in doing so, waiving the State’s rights and authorities to act inconsistently with any

requirement that might be imposed by the Secretary as a condition of receiving that assistance.” (Emphasis added)

The passage of your bill out of committee to be voted on by the entire House of Representatives by February 24 must be stopped. The HR 5 Reauthorization of ESEA, amending No Child Left Behind, must be stopped because the provisions inherent in this legislation are egregious and lack Constitutional authority. Passage of H.R. 5 will bring about the destruction of the United States system of public education as well as the radical transformation of representative government both at the state and local level.

REPRESENTATIVE KLINE, these states’ rights issues have not been discussed at your hearings. Is each state legislature aware of the fact that these measures, hidden in federal and state statute, will remove their state’s guaranteed rights under the Constitution? Will each state, including your own state of Minnesota, have to amend its own state constitution to comply with HR 5?

Several states have recently added language in their state statutes that in effect cedes jurisdiction to the federal government.

REPRESENTATIVE KILNE, have you advised the following states of the impact of the HR 5 legislation:

Pennsylvania has currently proposed legislation, HB 168, Sec. 121(a) (Representative Tobash), that states it will comply to federal ESEA legislation and future ESEA legislation:

“The Department of Education shall develop and implement Keystone Exams in [the following subjects:]…… required by the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (Public Law 107-110, 115 Stat. 1425) or any successor statute.”

(lines 17, 18, 19 ) (Emphasis added)

Oklahoma, in an effort to stop Common Core, the Oklahoma legislature’s passage of House Bill 3399, Sec. 11-103.6a 4 (page 18) with the purpose to remove Common Core Standards, defined in their bill that they would succumb to ESEA federal law:

“Upon the effective date of this act, the State Board of Education shall seek certification from the State Regents for Higher Education that the subject matter standards for English Language Arts and Mathematics which were in place prior to the revisions adopted by the Board in June 2010 are college-and career-ready as defined in the Federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) Flexibility document issued by the United States Department of Education.” (emphasis added)

The Oklahoma legislature codified Common Core through ESEA and gave up its state’s rights authority by surrendering education and students to federal control.

Indiana’s supposed departure from Common Core in HB 1427, (Sec. 14.5(a) C, page 9) also surrenders its state’s rights in order to comply with federal standards.

“Provides that the state board shall implement educational standards that use the common core standards as the base model for academic standards to the extent necessary to comply with federal standards to receive a Flexibility Waiver.”

(emphasis added)

South Carolina’s bill, H3893, (Sec 3, section 59-18-325, (C)(1) passed to stop Common Core and the Smarter Balanced Test is yet another example of a state surrendering its state’s rights over education and students to the federal government. In fact this law restores Common Core:

“The summative assessment must assess students in English/language arts and mathematics, including those students as required by the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and by Title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. [For purposes of this subsection, ‘English/language arts’ includes English,

reading, and writing skills as required by existing state standards.”]

NOTE: The existing State standards are Common Core. (Emphasis added)

The state of Washington is yet another example. Reference Senate Bill 6030, (Sec 6, (4)(a) page 16, lines 17-20):

“..and shall not conflict with requirements contained in
Title I of the federal elementary and secondary education act of 1965, or the requirements of the Carl D. Perkins vocational education 20 act of 1998, each as amended.” (Emphasis added)

REPRESENTATIVE KLINE, have these states been apprised of the devious design in HR 5 to take away states’ rights granted under the 10th Amendment to the Constitution?

REPRESENTATIVE KLINE, why have your hearings not discussed the aspect of the “direct student services” that is defined as PUBLIC SCHOOL CHOICE FOR ALL PRIVATE AND RELIGIOUS SCHOOLS? Why have these services not been discussed…services that each private and religious school MUST “provide on an equitable basis” to meet the individual needs of each child who receives a SUPER VOUCHER? Why does the state require that private or religious schools MUST use “approved academic tutoring services as determined by a provider on a State approved list”? Schools will be subjected to discrimination charges if they deny matriculation of a Title I child even if they cannot financially support the OPEN- ENDED direct services mandated in HR 5, as explained below — even if it bankrupts them.

REPRESENTATIVE KLINE, why is “meaningful choice” defined as complying to state standards (Common Core) and interventions identified for each “at-risk” child receiving the following services: Special Education, instructional support services, counseling, mentoring, one-to-one tutoring, and other benefits for the Title I child? Why is there wording that mandates that a private or religious school MUST comply with the Civil Rights Act, (the school cannot deny admittance to a Title I choice child) 504 Rehabilitation Act, Americans with Disabilities Act, (MUST administer services for mental health disabilities), IDEA (MUST administer behavioral screening, response to interventions, positive behavioral interventions and supports, mental health wrap-around, BILLABLE MEDICAID SERVICES, mental health services or specialized student support services), General Education Provisions Act (GEPA).

REPRESENTATIVE KLINE, you know full well that HR 5 will codify the Family Education Rights in Privacy Act (FERPA). This important Act, as it stands now, has been totally gutted due to President Obama’s Executive Order, EO 12866, January, 2012. FERPA now allows personally identifiable information on the student to be released without informed written parental consent. This personally identifiable information on the students includes anecdotal, psychological observations, analysis, and reeducation interventions in the affective domain by teachers, all tracked and trafficked.

REPRESENTATIVE KLINE, why must private and religious schools provide the following specialized Instructional support on an equitable basis with public school students?

Services defined as school counsellors, social workers, school psychologists, or other qualified professional personnel providing assessment, diagnosis, counseling education, therapeutic and other necessary services defined in Sec. 602 IDEA, Individuals with Disabilities Education Act,

when in fact Common Core has been expanded into the mental health personal trait standards defined as social, emotional, and behavioral weaknesses now coded as a disability?

The State Education Agency names an ombudsman, “an official appointed to investigate individuals’ complaints against maladministration, especially that of public authorities,” for the following equitable services in each private and religious school: monitoring and enforcement requirements of private and religious schools, including reeducation in the affective domain. Obviously, under HR 5 the SEA will operate independently with no accountability to the state legislature which has surrendered its authority and responsibility over education and the students.

Referring to the concept of Title I funds that will “follow the child” and the super voucher called “direct student services”: the Title I fund that “follows the child” is going directly to every child, bypassing state government. No one at the public hearings explained that CHOICE, TITLE I FUNDS “FOLLOWING THE ‘at-risk’ CHILD” would be used to destroy the financial base of public schools which have elected school boards and are funded by local tax dollars. HR 5 is purposely designed to destroy the traditional public school system.

Furthermore, REPRESENTATIVE KLINE, there are scores of pages in your ESEA legislation that would expand CHARTER SCHOOLS OPERATING WITHOUT BOARDS ELECTED BY THE TAXPAYERS AS THEIR REPRESENTATIVES. THIS IS A SET UP FOR CHARTER SCHOOL TAKEOVER OF ALL EDUCATION with charter school authorizers to control private and religious schools. Yet, no one explained HOW these Title I funds “following” a CHOICE, TITLE I “at risk” CHILD will impact the intrusion into private and religious schools, which will be forced into all of the mandates that come with Common Core implementation and EVERY CHILD identified and funded through Title I and thereby subverting the mission of the private and religious school.

REPRESENTATIVE KLINE, you have crafted HR 5 behind closed doors and put it on the fast track to correspond to the “spitball” known as the ESEA Reauthorization.


REPRESENTATIVE KLINE, your “super vouchers” cannot buy our children. No government can deny parents their God-given rights over their children. (Pierce vs Sisters, 1925) Are you really requiring parents to waive their rights?

Similar to the waivers HR 5 requires of the states? If so, we demand that you immediately produce the waiver by which parents would sign their children over to the federal government! Explain that one to God…and your own grandchildren.

REPRESENTATIVE KLINE, “The family is the primary society. It does not exist by sufferance of the state.” Dr. Charles E. Rice, correspondence February 5, 1996

REPRESENTATIVE KLINE, if you care about a free America, you must stop HR 5.

Our children are not “mere creatures of the state.”

(Pierce vs. Sisters, 1925)