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What the Senate Should Ask Trump's Pick for Education Chief
By Carole Hornsby Haynes, Ph.D. |  January 16, 2017   Education Views    

President-Elect Donald Trump's nominee for education secretary is scheduled to begin confirmation hearings on January 17.  While Democrats greatly fear what she might do to reduce their tyrannical control over public education, conservatives also are deeply concerned about where she stands on various issues.

But will the many Republican senators who have benefited from the tens of thousands dollars of DeVos money ask the critical questions of the person who will run a federal bureaucracy with 5,000 public employees and around $70 billion in annual public funding?

Here are a few of the many questions that various conservative organizations have offered up for Senators to ask Mrs. DeVos.

1. Do you support a federal voucher program?
The Indiana voucher law supported and funded by you and your organization, the American Federation for Children (AFC), requires voucher recipient schools – including private schools – to administer the public school Common Core-aligned tests which determine content that is taught. As a school choice supporter, do you support a federal voucher program requiring Common Core-aligned public school standards, curriculum, and tests for private and home schools as well for charter schools?

2. Will you greatly reduce the control of the U.S. Department of Education?
Mr. Trump campaigned upon reducing the federal footprint in education. Will you begin that process to greatly scale back or abolish the USDE and return Constitutional control over education to the states?  How do you plan to do that?

3. Will you restore and update FERPA?
Will you commit to carrying out Trump's campaign promise to reverse the Obama administration’s gutting of FERPA and updating that statute with increased student privacy protection from digital data mining?

4. Explain your position on “higher national standards.”
It is reported that, in your November 19th meeting with President-Elect Trump, you discussed “higher national standards.”  Given his campaign pledge to end Common Core and the unconstitutionality of the federal government inserting itself into education, how do you justify your stance?

5. Do you support Common Core in any way?
You have stated on your website that you do not, so please explain your education advocacy, either individually or through your organizations including the Great Lakes Education Project, where you
•    lobbied for implementation of Common Core in Michigan,
•    financially supported pro-Common Core candidates in Michigan,
•    financially supported pro-Common Core school board candidates in Alabama, and
•    actively worked to defeat a bill that would have ended Common Core in Michigan.

6. Will you commit to ending corporate data mining efforts?
The Philanthropy Roundtable, which you chaired, published a report that promotes corporate data mining of student information?  Will you continue to promote corporate data mining efforts or will you commit to ending it?

7. Do you support federal strings tied to federal Title I portability?
You and AFC have been strong supporters of federal Title I portability.  As Secretary of Education, would you require private schools under a Title I portability program to use Common Core tests and be subject to other federal regulations? Please explain whether this action is Constitutional and whether it carries out Mr. Trump's promise to reduce the federal footprint in education.

8. Do you support continuing the ban on the creation of a national student database that follows a person throughout his life?
The federal Commission on Evidence-based Policymaking is considering lifting the ban on the creation of a national student database linking student data from preschool through the workforce.  Will you commit to maintaining student privacy against federal intrusion by recommending that the ban be permanently left in place?

Liberals fear Betsy DeVos because she and her husband, Richard M. DeVos, Jr., have used educational philanthropy to promote their conservative Christian worldview to children.  During the 2001 annual conference of some of the nation’s wealthiest Christian philanthropists, “The Gathering,” Mr. DeVos indicated that churches need to get more involved in education, using school voucher programs and other means.  In an interview, the DeVoses said that school choice would lead to “greater kingdom gain.”  Churches, schools and families should become more tightly built around a “consistent worldview.”

Betsy DeVos attended Holland Christian school as a child and sent her own children to private Christian schools.  

There are many positive reasons why Betsy DeVos is a great choice for the Trump administration.  Let’s hope she realizes that Common Core and federal vouchers are anathema to her deeper Christian goals and begins the process to stop Common Core and abolish federal control over education.
 

Staunch Common Core Supporter Is Top Contender for U.S. Education #1 Deputy
By Carole Hornsby Haynes, Ph.D.  |  January 16, 2017  Education Views

Getting rid of Common Core and supporting school choice were both campaign promises of President-Elect Donald Trump.  So it's a mystery why Allan B. Hubbard, director of the National Economic Council under President George W. Bush and executive director of the President’s Council on Competitiveness and deputy chief of staff to Vice President Dan Quayle, is reported by Education Next to be a top contender to serve as Betsy DeVos’ #1 deputy should she be confirmed.

Common Core Math in Texas: Texas Math Scores Drop Worst in U.S., Says Expert
By Carole Hornsby Haynes   Part 5 of the Series: “The results in Grade 8 are virtually catastrophic.”
January 11, 2016      Texas Insider

During the 2012 Texas State Board of Education (SBOE) math curriculum standards review, Dr. James Milgram, a member of Common Core’s Validation Committee and the only content expert in mathematics for the standards, reviewed both the first and second Texas drafts.  He publicly declared that the second draft showed every indication of being among the best, if not the best, state math standards in the country.

However, the final draft was dramatically altered in the final version that Milgram received from the TEA. A Common Core format had been added and pure math content reduced.

Why the Dems Loathe Betsy DeVos
By Carole Hornsby Haynes, Ph.D. | January 10, 2017   Education Views  (Original title: "Betsy DeVos: Public School Enemy #1)
The Senate confirmation hearings for Betsy DeVos, President-Elect Donald Trump's nomination for Secretary of Education, are scheduled to begin January 17.  Already the liberal hypocrites are doing what they do best –  character assassination of anyone not of their radical ilk.  However, conservatives have learned a lot over the past eight years about how these vultures use Saul Alinsky's rules for radicals, especially the twelfth rule (isolate the target).   We must be prepared to give not nary an inch ever again.

Common Core Math in Texas?  And Why Has the SBOE Done Nothing to Resolve the Issue?
By Carole Hornsby Haynes, Ph.D. Part 4 of the Series: “SBOE kicks Common Core Math down the road”
December 6, 2016  Texas Insider

On November 16, 2016 the Texas State Board of Education (SBOE) heard still more testimony about the Common Core process standards that are deeply embedded within the current 2012 SBOE adopted math standards. After several years of public rage over Common Core being found in instructional materials and on STAAR tests despite Texas law, one has to wonder why the SBOE has done nothing to resolve the issue.

Common Core Math in Texas: Did the TEA Overstep Its Authority On Math Curriculum Standards?
By Carole Hornsby Haynes, Ph.D.  -  Part 2 of the Series, “Common Core Math War Rages in Texas”
November 14, 2016   Texas Insider

In Part I of this series, we explored why Dr. James Milgram, one of the national experts for the Texas Math Curriculum Standards review, is so critical of Common Core.  The only math content expert on the Common Core Validation Committee, Milgram refused to approve the Core Math Standards because of their low expectations.  

Common Core Math in Texas:  Why Texas Schools Should Not Use Centralized Government Control
By Carole Hornsby Haynes, Ph.D.   Part 1 of the Series: Common Core Math War Rages in Texas
November 2, 2016 Texas Insider

In 2012 the Texas State Board of Education approved new math curriculum standards.  Since then chaos has erupted because Common Core process standards have managed to creep into math materials and STAAR tests.

Since Common Core is illegal in Texas, how could this happen? 

Why Texas Must Start Education Savings Accounts
By Carole Hornsby Haynes, Ph.D.  |  October 28, 2016  Texas Insider

Texans boast that we’re a national leader on many fronts.  However, school choice is not one of them. Half of the states have already enacted school choice while Texas remains entrenched in a 19th century industrial model of education with bureaucrats fighting to preserve their control over how children are educated when it is the right of parents.

Texas State Board of Ed to Adopt ‘Common Core-Compliant’ Standards

By Carole Hornsby Haynes, Ph.D. | September 9, 2016   Texas Insider

Review groups were formed by the Texas Education Agency (TEA) to review and simplify the current English/Language Arts/Reading curriculum standards.  However, these teams ignored their mandate and went out on a wild rewriting spree.

Taxpayer-funded International Baccalaureate Program Undermines U.S. Founding Principles

By Carole Hornsby Haynes, Ph.D.  | September 1, 2016  National Center for Policy Analysis

American taxpayers are funding a public school curriculum commissioned by the United Nations that is at odds with our nation’s founding principles.  According to the International Baccalaureate Organization Subject Guide (1996), “An international education must go well beyond the provision of information and is involved in the development of attitudes and values which transcend barriers of race, class, religion, gender or politics.”

Texas Schools Rush into the ‘New Common Core’

By Carole Hornsby Haynes, Ph.D.  August 8, 2016   Education Views

Texas declined the federal government’s efforts to force Common Core Standards into its schools.  Yet now Texas is rushing headlong into implementing the ‘New Common Core.’

Donald Trump, Jr. Was Right About American Public Education

By Carole Hornsby Haynes, Ph.D. |  August 3, 2016  Education Views

Donald Trump, Jr., son of the Republican presidential candidate, had the audacity to be political incorrect at the recent Republican convention when he described American public education as being fundamentally flawed, “Our schools used to be an elevator to the middle class. Now they’re stalled on the ground floor. They’re like Soviet-era department stores that are run for the benefit of the clerks and not the customers, for the teachers and the administrators and not the students.”

Why Are the Feds Psychologically Profiling Your Child?

By Dr. Carole Hornsby Haynes  |  July 29, 2016    Education Views

John Stuart Mill, nineteenth century philosopher, characterized government schools in his 1859 treatise On Liberty“A general State education is a mere contrivance for moulding people to be exactly like one another…it establishes a despotism over the mind, leading by a natural tendency to one over the body.”

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