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|Open Letter to Cong.Pete Sessions
OPEN LETTER TO U.S. CONGRESSMAN PETE SESSIONS
February 2, 2016
The Honorable Pete Sessions
Chairman of the House Rules Committee
United States House of Representatives
2233 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515-4332
Dear Chairman Sessions:
This correspondence is in reference to your letter of February 1, 2016 which states, “The Every Student Succeeds Act includes major reforms that will stop Washington from imposing Common Core or any other academic standards on states.”
Senator Lamar Alexander has stated that ESSA repealed the Common Core mandate while you have stated that Common Core has been defunded by the Omnibus Bill. However, a Common Core mandate has never existed for the federal government but rather for the states. Neither of you is being truthful with the American people.
In fact, Common Core is embedded in ESSA and the federal intrusion in education is greater and more intertwined than ever before.
The presidential campaigns of numerous governors and ex-governors have been doomed because they failed to push back against Common Core and the federal intrusion into education. After the passage of ESSA, former Secretary of Education Arne Duncan publicly gloated about how the GOP conspired with him and the Obama administration to include everything they wanted in the bill.
As the American people begin to understand what has been foisted on them through ESSA, the U.S. Congressional GOP who colluded in passing a “Christmas miracle” will be facing political death just as have presidential hopefuls who refused to heed the American people.
Your letter quotes passages from the bill which are designed to placate the public with promises that federal restrictions and control are being curtailed. Yet the provisions throughout the 1061 page document clearly indicate states are being forced to align to Common Core or a ” Common Core look alike” while being touted as requirements to maintain high state standards. There is no constitutional authority for Congress to require that.
Here are the facts about ESSA.
In spite of the widespread protests by anti-Common Core grassroots organizations, Congress chose not to delay their vote until a new administration is in the White House, who would hopefully begin a drastic reduction in the federal role in education.
Those GOP officials who are unwilling to listen to the American people and pass legislation which continues and increases federal intrusion in education are going to experience the wrath of the American people at the polls.
Carole Hornsby Haynes, Ph.D.
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