“Call Today to Defund Common Core
ParentalRights.org is still researching the details of the Common Core State Standards Initiative (CCSSI), but there is no question that we oppose it. By shifting the power to set school standards and curricula away from the states, CCSSI would rob parents of the right to hold accountable those planning the education of their children in public schools. Today, you can take action to halt this dangerous program.
Senator Chuck Grassley (Iowa) understands the problems with Common Core and is circulating a letter to stop federal funding of the program for the coming year. He is currently inviting other senators to sign on to the letter as well. (Read the full letter here.)
Please call your two U.S. Senators and urge them to sign Senator Grassley’s letter to end federal funding of the Common Core. You can reach your senators through the Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121, or you can find their phone numbers and email addresses on this page.
Your message can be as simple as, “Please sign onto Senator Grassley’s letter urging Congress to defund the Common Core State Standards Initiative. The federal government should not be using tax-payer dollars to pressure states into adopting education goals and curriculum, which should be decided by local parents, teachers, and schools.”
Though advertised as state-led and voluntary, Common Core was introduced with tremendous pressure from the U.S. Department of Education: States must adopt the standards to have any chance at federal education grants through the “Race to the Top” program. Senator Grassley’s letter suggests that he recognizes these tactics as a means for the federal government to control standards and tests without directly setting those standards themselves. (Federal tax dollars are also granted to the companies that have created the standards and are preparing the tests.)
If the language proposed by Grassley’s letter is included in the next educational funding bill, it will clearly prohibit the Department of Education from making any of its funding to states dependent on a state’s adherence to Common Core. It will also make it clearly illegal for the Department to send funds to the companies pushing the Common Core standards, tests, and curricula.
Republicans and Democrats should all support this letter. The Common Core push was an underhanded move by the Department of Education to take over education in America. Members of both parties need to oppose this kind of power grab and go on record calling for its defunding.
Thank you for taking the time to make your opinion heard on this important issue.”