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The Feds Are Taking Control of Your Children!
September 28, 2016
As the end of the fiscal year approaches and government’s spending authority expires Oct. 1, lawmakers have opted to pass a temporary funding extension. Known as a continuing resolution, that measure will extend spending authority into December and requires Congress to revisit the issue shortly before Christmas.
The Labor/Health and Human Services/Education bill by the U.S. House Appropriations Committee makes several important cuts. The House is decreasing the overall education budget (see page 3) by more than $1.5 billion compared with 2016 expenditures while the Senate cut only $220 million. The House cut nearly $2.6 billion less than the Obama administration request compared with the $1.6 billion Senate cut. Support the House budget.
Of major importance is the cut to the Institute for Education Sciences (IES), the agency for federal education data-gathering, psychological-profiling and social emotional learning (SEL or indoctrination). The House cut more than the Senate in IES funding. Here is the impact of IES on our children.
Both appropriations committees ignored more than two dozen studies and numerous articles warning that federal and state early-childhood programs have bad outcomes, including academic harm, emotional harm, fade out of beneficial effects, and little or no benefit. On top of ESSA’s outrageous and unnecessary $250 million Preschool Development Grants, $432 million more is being added by the House for early childhood funding while the Senate added $310 million. Both House and Senate bills are bad.
School Improvement Programs (formerly “School Improvement Grants”)
The House committee funded these dangerous programs with $366 million more than enacted last year while the Senate cut $256 million. Support the Senate bill.
More Bad News
Head Start -- the exorbitantly expensive, federally funded, failed pre-K program -- recently released its new Program Performance Standards. Under the federal Head Start Act of 2007 these Performance Standards -- and thus all curriculum and assessments -- must be aligned with the Head Start Early Learning Outcomes Framework: Ages Birth to Five.” This framework, the baseline for evaluation of all Head Start programs nationwide, is federalized Baby Common Core-style standards (“Correlation of the Head Start Framework to the Common Core State Standards in Kindergarten”). Already underway is the alignment of both the Framework and state pre-K standards to the Common Core national standards for Kindergarten through grade 3. In a nutshell, with the new Program Performance Standards, Head Start programs will implement Baby Common Core to achieve a good rating.
We are almost $20 trillion in debt, yet the House wants to add another $432 million to failed federal pre-K programs. We must STOP all federal government funding – wasting our taxpayer dollars -- of all early childhood programs and all programs that mold and monitor the thoughts and emotions (SEL) of our children.
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