In Response to Bill Bennett

Obviously we’ve been busy (most of us teach and/or coach in some capacity), with training and getting back into a school swing.  It’s good to be back.

While we plan to report on the new HB 597 Repeal & Replace bill, as well as our whacky governor’s denial of it,  one OpEd motivated one of our contributors to switch modes sooner rather than later.  She wrote it in response to Bill Bennett’s “Conservative Case for Common Core” piece that appeared in the Wall Street Journal.

Via email:

Just sent this to Bill Bennett’s folks.  Doubt they’ll read let alone care, but you always miss 100% of the shots you never take.  :-)  Please share if you are so inclined:

Good Morning,

After reading Bill’s WSJ piece about Common Core, I thought it might be a good idea to respectfully request that he purchase and read former Hillsdale Professor Terrence Moore’s book: “Story Killers: The Common Sense Case Against Common Core.”

Bring Your Legislator to Class PicUntil it arrives, please consider Moore’s presentation at our “Bring Your Legislator to Class Day” in Columbus, OH on April 9th that was attended by nearly 600 Ohioans on a Wednesday night and featured six national subject-matter experts.

Bill’s WSJ piece did an egregious disservice to parents & teachers who have read the actual documentation that conditioned & drew federal parameters through and around Common Core, which btw was only one on a list of 23 criteria to which states had to agree/adhere just to remain eligible for Race to the Top rewards or NCLB waivers (breaking 3 federal statutes).  All that before the standards were even completed/copyrighted by the NGA & CCSSO.

So states had to adopt the standards & assessments to find out what was in them… sound familiar?

Support for RttT/Common Core (you cannot separate the two), is a far cry from the Bill Bennett who was ostensibly ok with President Reagan’s desire to eradicate the US Dept. of Education (and rightfully so).  Bill, of all people, should know that the outcome/evidence-based model of education is designed to produce one thing: cogs in a wheel, which denies the nature & humanity of individuals who are fearfully and wonderfully made.  It rejects truth, beauty & goodness, the virtues Bill ostensibly desires for posterity.

Please speak with someone who is not a shill, and in your water cooler discussions, please offer this suggestion: Ignorant or complicit in silence or deed, no GOP candidate who hasn’t [truly] repealed this illegal, costly & content-wanting federal albatross in his/her state, has a snowball’s chance in Hades of reaching 270 electoral votes.


Amen.  Goes to pattern: Ignorant or complicit in silence or deed, Republicans who allow this progressive boondoggle to continue, will either not recognize, or worse, agree with the next progressive boondoggle being sold for posterity’s liberty, ergo need to be rejected outright.

Bill Bennett is a bright guy, just inadequately informed on this issue.  That is what’s most disappointing about his position. ~ed.

Recap, Pix & Video of HB 237 Discharge Petition Rally

The Ohio Out HouseBecause the efforts to address the boondoggle that is Race to the Top & Common Core have been largely ignored by our misinformed and complicit progressive legislature, hundreds of Ohioans attended a meeting at the statehouse yesterday, to support the release of a discharge petition on Rep. Andy Thompson’s Sub HB 237 (Common Core repeal).

The discharge petition would bring the [tabled] bill out of committee and up for a vote, and yes, the illogical, illiterate excuses from complicit, progressive Republicans are already overflowing, but we’ll address that later.

Please call your state representative and ask them to sign the discharge petition.

If he/she refuses, then frankly, they are part of the problem and need replaced for at the very least, they either agree with the national takeover of education or refuse to read the documentation that would inform them of such.

We should not have to beg our elected officials, whose salary & lifetime benefits we are forced to pay, to honor their oaths.  Complicit or ignorant…both are unacceptable.

Here are a couple of videos explaining the process.  The first by Sub HB 237 author, State Rep. Andy Thompson, and the second by Rep. John Adams, who is perhaps the most aptly named Representative in the Ohio legislature:


Much obliged to Ted Stevenot, and Ann Becker who did a fantastic job cataloging this event.  Please click here to read more in depth coverage of the event!

If Ohio R’s continue on this path, 2014 & 2016 may yield entirely different outcomes than anyone in the nation anticipates.

ObamaCare & Common Core if they win, ObamaCare & Common Core if they lose.  The only difference would be the letter of the alphabet behind the name of the progressive in power.

Kentucky GOP Chair Weighs-In on Senate Race

Nobody panic!  A sitting GOP County Chairman just attempted (we hope successfully), to hold an elected official accountable for straying from the fundamental principles of the platform.  There is a word for that, oh darn-it, what’s it called…oh yeah, leadership.

Matt Bevin on Common Core.

“Be with a leader when he is right, stay with him when he is still right, but leave him when he is wrong.” ~Abraham Lincoln

Election Announcement from GOP Chairman Brett Gaspard


Dear Friend & Neighbor:

By way of introduction, my name is Brett Gaspard, Republican Party Chairman in Boone County, and I would like to share an important election announcement.

As you know, the conservative momentum in our community is strong. All our county elected officials are republican, and therefore most races are determined during the May primary, not in November. Debates do not pit liberal against conservative, but rather, center on which candidate most faithfully will uphold the values and principles of our party platform.

Overall, Boone County rivals our neighboring Kenton County for the third greatest number of republican voters in the Commonwealth – just behind the Louisville and Lexington metropolitan areas – and we absolutely boast the most significant ratio of GOP registrants in that group. Consequently, the rest of Kentucky looks to us for solid conservative leadership.

That said, although there are many chairmen who choose to remain neutral in primaries, I believe it is incumbent upon party officials to hold candidates accountable to our values and principles. This means measuring actual candidate voting records and public statements against our party platform, not engaging in character assassinations, petty personal attacks, or name calling.

Unfortunately, when the issues are ignored and races collapse into mere financial contests to determine which candidate can spend the most money attacking their opponent, everybody loses.

In Kentucky, there is one elected official whose voting record and backroom antics over a period of thirty years fails to match his rhetoric. Worse, I believe his negative campaign tactics have been nothing short of shameful, and most certainly embarrassing to the conservative movement. Some even liken them to the disgraceful “Aqua Buddha” ads used against Senator Rand Paul.

First and foremost, let’s review this person’s actual voting record: Continue reading

Ohio GOP Lies for Pro-CommonCore Candidates

False - Inscription on Red Rubber Stamp.One of the well-known truths about the Ohio Republican Party is that it refuses to take a stand on anything unless of course that “anything” is cramming their RINO incumbents or crony scams (JobsOhio; Issue 1) down our throats.

Many here will remember the mail campaign that Kevin DeWine and Jon Husted devised back in 2010, which featured the tea party logo on every mailer, so that voters couldn’t tell the difference between liberty-minded candidates and the incumbent hacks against whom they ran.

Well, meet the new boss; worse than the old boss…

Jason Hart at Media Trackers illustrates just one of many similar mailings going out all over the state (original links embedded):

Ohio House 24th District incumbent Stephanie Kunze (R-Hilliard), elected in 2012 after receiving over $650,000 of support from the Ohio Republican Party (ORP), has been promoted in three Party mailers in the past week.

Kunze, hand-picked in 2011 for the new 24th District seat by the Franklin County Republican Party, is being challenged in the May 6 primary by Clintonville architect Pat Manley.

Manley’s campaign is motivated largely by his opposition to Common Core. Activists contacted by Media Trackers indicated that Kunze, who sits on the House Education Committee, is “highly unlikely” to take a stand against Common Core.

Kunze has not cosponsored House Bill 237, the Common Core repeal bill Rep. Andy Thompson (R-Marietta) introduced last July.

During the 2012 cycle, ORP contributed media buys, postage, and other in-kind support to Kunze worth more than eight times the funding her campaign raised. Reports due to the secretary of state later this month will likely show that the Party is spending big to keep its favored candidate in office.

…The April 10 ORP mailer, with an ominous “Keep WASHINGTON’S Rules OUT OF OUR SCHOOLS” graphic on the front, was devoted entirely to the topic of education but never mentioned Common Core.

…After receiving the first mailer — this reporter lives in the 24th District — Media Trackers contacted Rep. Kunze for an explanation of her positions on Common Core, the Obamacare Medicaid expansion, and increasing state spending.

She never replied.

Kunze’s Ohio House website, campaign website, and campaign Facebook page are all silent on the issues of Common Core, Medicaid expansion, and the ever-growing state budget.

All signs indicate the Ohio Republican Party is spending money to convince Republican voters that Stephanie Kunze, whose value to the Party is that she has no discernible principles, is the ideal candidate for supporters of limited government.

To be clear, Race to the Top – in which Common Core was flown – IS FEDERAL INTRUSION into Ohio classrooms.  Those who support it – and Kunze does – default their position to the “in favor of federal control” side of the ledger.

And for the record, Kunze’s website is “silent” on Common Core and Medicaid expansion because the politburo party knows that they are both huge primary issues.  Senate President Keith Faber told the caucus a couple weeks ago NOT to mention Common Core because “it’s a bad issue for us.”

No $h!t Dick Tracey, the list grows exponentially.

We’ll highlight more fraudulent mailers as they pertain specifically to CommonCore, so please spread the word when we do.  Everyone is busy, and the Republican Party knows it, so do your due diligence and contact us if you have any questions about a particular candidate.

Suffice it to say, if you receive a mailer from the Ohio Republican Party, and aren’t sure who the candidate is, we advise you to vote the other way.

Given their antics, we should hold primaries on April Fools’ Day…

Thank You!

Wow…a humble and hearty thanks to all of the speakers and parents who traveled to Columbus last night to learn more about the dysfunctional, progressive nightmare that is Race to the Top & Common Core, and what they can do to stop the .  Their dedication is always inspiring.

Ted Stevenot has a synopsis, and more pictures of the event here.

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Guest Column: Common Core or Common Sense?

ReporterCommon Core or Common Sense
By Randy Klein:

Because the education and futures of our young people are so important, I was pleased to attend and participate in a forum on the “Common Core” curriculum standards sponsored by the Milford School District on March 19 at Mulberry Elementary School. The scene contrasted Board members, the Superintendent, and teacher-leaders strongly endorsing Common Core with parents and community members opposing or highly-skeptical.

What is Common Core? It is a set of copyrighted, privately-owned educational standards that were adopted sight-unseen by 46 states in order either to receive federal “Race to the Top” (RttT) funds or to be able to waive RttT provisions. Common Core was written and promoted through funds provided by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, and others. Its stated purpose is to assure student college and career readiness.

Because Common Core has been described as “education without representation,” (the adoption process by-passed state legislatures), currently over 100 bills before state legislatures are attempting to slow, stop, or reverse the final adoption of Common Core. The Ohio effort is being led by local mothers Heidi Huber and Thea Shoemake, founders of Ohioans Against Common Core, who are criss-crossing Ohio presenting what they believe are dangers to our children by a centralized, national curriculum over which parents and local school boards will have little influence.

Common sense would lead one to believe that a school district staffed by hundreds of highly-paid Masters degree-level teachers and administrators would be able to design and implement a curriculum for student success that encourages community input without top-down edicts from Washington, DC special-interests. However, Common Core allows little deviation from its curriculum (only up to 15%) by local school officials.

Clearly federal government involvement in Common Core (and in all education) is unconstitutional, violating the federalism concept of the Constitution commanded by the Ninth and Tenth Amendments in the Bill of Rights. Furthermore, the federal statute known as General Educational Provisions Act (20 U.S. Code Section 1232a–Prohibition against Federal control of education) makes federal involvement illegal.

Parents also oppose the exhaustive data-mining, records-keeping, constant testing and assessments being imposed by Common Core on children, especially since it employs materials that are seen as developmentally-inappropriate or insensitive. Such data, coveted by government, business, and industry, can follow the child through life. Centralized textbooks may also be subject to politically-correct points-of-view.

Simply put, the purpose of Common Core is not a liberal education which sees personal development and knowledge as its own reward leading to a fully-developed, individual and unique human being. Rather, it is a school-to-work scheme (relying on centralized planning akin to Stalin’s “Five Year Plans” and Mao’s “Great Leap Forward”) seeking to produce worker bees, consumers, taxpayers, and soldiers for a collectivized global economy.

A classical, liberal education holds that man is essentially a spiritual being subject to physical needs and wants, and the purpose of education is to mature a student’s ability to think and reason to meet those needs while controlling his appetites, i.e. to be civilized.

Common Core sees man only as a material being with no real will of his own, and that he must be molded and shaped, not primarily for his own good, but according to a utopian concept of the good of society imposed by elites who “know better.” I fear that Common Core is Marxist to the core and will fail as do all such schemes. I ask the Milford Schools and the State of Ohio to reject it.

Mr. Klein is an Ohio citizen, who has been active in local, state & national politics for many years.  We very much appreciate the opportunity to share his article with our readers.

Ohio R’s: Your Children Belong to the State?

Bully AdminCentral to the [very few] legitimate functions of government, is the protection of life, liberty and property from both foreign and domestic enemies (due process).

Earlier this week, we chimed in on the story of an Ohio mom whose children and parental rights were targeted and violated after she legally opted them out of testing (original Heartland piece here) .

We have since learned that every player at every level who is paid to protect our rights, has flipped her – and by extension us – the proverbial bird.

Brief Synopsis:
A Mercer County mom opted her children out of both physical (BMI, dental) and academic (Common Core Beta) assessments taking place in their public school.  “I take my children to the dentist,” she said of the former, and well let’s face it, she’s not alone with her thoughts on the latter.

Though she didn’t need permission, this mother still contacted the Ohio Department of Education, who confirmed that while public schools are forced to administer the physical and academic assessments, children would be excused if the parents so desired.

All was well she thought, as she gladly shared the information with many other parents who wanted to know about the opt-out process.

Enter Superintendent Jesse Steiner, who declared that there will be no exercising of parental rights on his fief, and told parents that all children will be forced to take the assessments.  (So which is it ODE?)

Then Mr. Steiner took things further; most will agree by a bit too much… Continue reading

Ohio: Please Call Your Legislators!

icons It has come to our attention that in addition to the “Bring Your Legislator to Class Day” event in Columbus next Wednesday, a “Legislative Lunch” sponsored by independent think tank Buckeye Institute will take place in the afternoon and will feature Professor Terrence Moore.

Glad to see them taking an interest.

Insiders at the statehouse report hat the majority of our legislators will send their aides instead of attending themselves.  Perhaps they are still under some delusion that “plausible deniability” is still in play, so we’ll spell it out for them…

The window of opportunity to declare ignorance regarding Common Core is rapidly closing, especially given the breadth and depth of knowledge available to our elected officials at these two events, both of which are just steps away from their offices.

Toward that end, please call your representatives, and senators.  Ask them to actually represent you, their constituents, who are forced pay their salary and Cadillac benefits for life, by showing up in person to one or both of these events.

Please let us know if your elected official plans to attend, and please join us for the evening event for which you can register here.

Oh, and don’t forget Senate President Keith Faber and Rep. Jim Buchy, both of whom have abandoned this Ohio mother as she and her children continue to be bullied by their local school district.

More on that here.

Ohio Superintendent Targets Children Over CommonCore

The more any of us try to write about this story – which takes place in (Senate President) Keith Faber’s back yard – the angrier we get, so we’ll leave you with a link and a thought:

Superintendent Jesse Steiner Bullies Children Whose Parents Opted-Out of Common Core Testing

The more engaged parents wisely opt-out of these ridiculous mechanisms designed to usurp parental authority, pigeonhole potential and punish teachers, the more Ohio’s misinformed educrats will have these visceral reactions.

Egregious as this story is, know that the water is still tepid, but the rolling boil will arrive inside of two years, with the next “increase in temperature” to come with a law that prohibits families from opting of these tests.

Remember, this was only the “practice round.”

They so desperately want that money…
They so desperately want that power…
They so desperately want that control…

This is the hill to which posterity will point and say “that was the tipping point.” And if we do not engage, then it’s all on us.

“It would be great if our education stuff worked, but we won’t know that for probably a decade.”  ~Bill Gates, September 2013

Ohio Grandma “Brushed Off” by Governor Kasich

Broom BrushWe receive many emails regarding Race to the Top/Common Core, and the effort to reverse the trajectory toward the complete nationalization of education.

In addition to responding personally, we thought we would share the following letter from a northern Ohio grandma that expresses well the frustration and fear felt by parents, grandparents, teachers & students all over the state, many of whom are just seeing this quagmire hit their kitchen tables:

“I am writing to you as a concerned – no – terrified grandmother of a 6 year old who will be going into the first grade in the fall – the same time Common Core will begin implementation in Ohio public schools. I have written to Gov. Kasich several times only to be brushed off with a form letter praising Common Core standards. Ohio needs to be the next state to opt out……..yesterday. I’ve seen horrible examples of the math where children no longer use two steps to solve a problem but have to go through 108 steps (as one school in Oklahoma has students doing) and the awful language arts assignments where children have to choose the more “emotional” verb to complete a sentence i.e. “nagging” as opposed to “asking.” Continue reading