Urgent Education Issues 2013

Why Fight the Common Core Initiative? 

1) Michigan, local school & parents lose control 

2) The standards are unproven

     The assessments are not yet written

3) These standards are not Best Practice, and cause

     teachers to use bad practice

4) More cost to states (taxpayers)

     Hundreds of millions $$

5) Michigan will lose ground on school choice

6) Federally directed education is unconstitutional



What can YOU do to Stop Common Core? 

1.  Call or write Governor Rick Snyder & Legislators

repeal and rescind Common Core Standards & Assessment

2. Advocate with friends, family & teachers

3. Sign the petition at Team Ben Common Core

         Learn more: Americans For Prosperity

         The Heritage Foundation – Education Issues

         American Principles Project

         Stop Common Core in Michigan


What should we do instead?

  • Improve standards thru evidence of best practice
  • Continue to expand school choice
  • Use the MEAP
  • Develop assessments that “advise instruction”
  • Build the teaching “profession”

Melanie Kurdys



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States take $4.3 B “Race to the Top” & agree to implement common standards in the US

without understanding the true costs – academically, financially and otherwise.  Common Core (CC) was sold with big money drops by the federal government and the Gates Foundation and great sounding verbiage.  Meanwhile the Gate’s kids attend Lakeside; an elite private school that consider’s their students, according to their web-site, “generally more advanced than average” and won’t be subject to CC or the standardized testing which the public schools will undergo.

This is an extremely important issue.  Common Core is the Federal Program of Education.  Please learn all you can and educate others.  They started with English and Math, and now the science and social studies standards have been created.  There are big holes in each of the 4 areas of learning and many people simply won’t agree with what is bring taught. 


Reasons to Object Common Core?

  1. Michigan, local school, and parents lose control.

  2. The standards are unproven and the assessments are not yet written.

  3. The standards are not best practice and cause teachers to use bad practice.

  4. More costs to states and their taxpayers – BILLIONS$$$$.

  5. Michigan will lose ground on school choice – losing more freedoms.

  6. Federally directed education is unconstitutional – 10th Amendment**.

    And it won’t help kids learn!


What can YOU do to Stop Common Core?

  1. Call or write Governor Rick Snyder & legislators asap – urge them to repeal and rescind Common Core Standards & national assessments.

  2. Advocate with family, friends, and teachers.  Protest at School Board meetings.

  3. Homeschool or at least fill out and submit the testing Opt-out form for your students to hit the schools in their purse so they pay attention.

  4. Sign related petitions.  Here is one:

  5. Learn MORE and educate as many others as you can.


What Should we do Instead?

  1. Improve standards through evidence of best practice.

  2. Continue to expand school choice - monopolies never work – that is why they are illegal!

  3. Build teaching “profession” & stop jerking them around with revolving standards.

  4. Build solid families that support their children and tie incentives to their actions.


**Common Core is a Violation of the U.S. Constitution and Three Federal Statutes

(1) General Education Provisions Act (GEPA), which forbids the federal government from meddling in the state’s education programs.

(2) Department of Education Organization Act (DEOA), which prohibits the federal government to develop curriculum and program of instruction, textbooks and other instructional materials.

(3) Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA), which prohibits the federal government to mandate, direct, or control a State, local educational agency

From a Teacher
"Today I administered a practice... Math test to my students with disabilities. I haven't been teaching that long, I was a substitute for several years and didn't really get entrusted with test prep. Now I know why. I have never felt smaller than I did today when I read the first question on the test to my kids and saw their faces fall and their shoulders slump. These tests are NOT written to assess our children's knowledge they are written to trick them. Many questions are confusing and ambiguous. For a children with a disability who struggles EVERY day just to learn they are disheartening and discouraging. [The DOE] should be ashamed. As that teacher said months ago on that video they are guilty of abuse. And, today, so was I. All parents should refuse them."

MI Common Core Experts – Melanie Kurdys   (presentation slides file available) – Debbie DeBacker – Karen Braun

This will definitely affect homeschoolers too.

 Facebook Pages

Northville MI Parents for Educational Excellence

Stop Common Core in Michigan

Truth in American Education

Michigan Right-to-Learn

Parents and Educators Against Common Core Standards

National Opt Out & Refuse the Test Campaign

Common Core Critics - National Opt Out & Refuse the Test Campaign




BEST book on the subject:

The Story Killers by Terrance Moore    -    Here is a related video:

"Story-Killers: How the Common Core Destroys Minds and Souls"  By Dr. Terrence O. Moore, Assistant Professor of History, Hillsdale College

Resources on the web    This is very good and very up-to-date.  Minding the Campus - excellent analysis of the academic impact of Common Core on higher education written by Peter Wood.  Wood is president of the National Association of Scholars.  

Homeschool Legal Defense Aid site has a bunch of CC information, by state.  Gov. Snyder said, "We are “raising the bar” because we are not staying competitive in the global marketplace."  Here is the reality of CC in relation to being competitive in the world:   Great for those concerned about CC in MI.  Specific link on this site to Hillsdale College Professor Dr. Coupland talking about the unconstitutionality and pro-liberal bias (s/b no bias in our schools) of CC as well as that it is “education without representation”: Expert admits SBAC will dictate curriculum  Jason Zimba (one of the architects of the CCSS) admitting that the Common Core, not good enough for UC Berkeley.  Great video summary of both sides of the CC issue.  This is a 5 Part Series by American Principles Project.  Dr. Luksik – teacher of 35+ years explaining why CC cannot work.  Worked for US Department of Education as well.  Details anti-Christian and other bad aspects of CC and IB programs.  This is a great link on the same site in regards to “high stakes testing”   Washington Post article by Carol Burris who was named the 2010 New York State Outstanding Educator by the School Administrators Association of New York State.  Do an internet search on her name and you will see she has written a ton about CC.       John Birch Society - on bottom of page is Stop CC  Help for parents on opting out of the assessments.  New Mexico Opt-out site.   Proposed ‘CC Czar,’ governing body undercut promises to maintain locally controlled schools.  Same site has map of states showing who using CC, who paused it, and who not using it.  Also, site includes erroneous lesson on US Constitution:

Common Core aligned AP English features ‘The Americans Are Dummies’ – Northville Public schools in MI is using this book, Persepolis, for 10th graders because CC requires them to use a graphic novel.  The book is a comic strip that is anti-American, pro-Communism, pro-Marx, uses about 10 profane words, plus refers to women as sluts and whores that should be “pushed up against a wall and fucked, and then thrown in the garbage.”

Dr. Megan Koschnick- Common Core is Developmentally Inappropriate – shows CC standards.

Cato Institute has a video of a debate from both sides of the CC argument – if you have time and want to hear from both sides – check it out.  I am including the general education/ child policy section of their site because there are other good articles on CC there         

YouTube has videos from meetings in NY - who is way ahead on implementation and people are in a frenzy because they are seeing the bad fallout.  You can check these out as well.  Common Core Town Hall Poughkeepsie NY.


**You Tube also has the senior from TN that spoke out against the CC in a very concise and impressive manner – it has gone viral.

TN Student Speaks Out About Common Core, Teacher Evaluations, and Educational Data.


Fight Common Core was created by American Principles Project to provide information about the dangers of centralizing education through the Common Core State Standards and the work that is being done at the state and federal levels to repeal it.

There is so much misinformation on all sides of the debate on Common Core national education standards and tests.  In this first of two videos by Pioneer Institute, we seek to set the record straight on three key issues: Was CC State Led?  Is CC Legal?  What Will CC Cost?

CC State Standards for K-12 schools were adopted with little public debate by every state but 4 in 2010, part of the price of getting federal $ under the Obama’s “Race to the Top” program. Now educators, parents, & policymakers are taking a closer look at what they agreed to, & many don’t like what they see.   In this Heartland Institute Policy Brief, Heartland Research Fellow Joy Pullmann reveals some major weaknesses of CC. The program represents a major centralization of control over curriculum, contrary to the American tradition of decentralized control & funding. Instead of being “world class,” the standards represent a significant step back from what experts say are the standards America really needs.  *No wonder many states are now holding hearings on whether to back out of CC. Click here for CC booklet. 

This article hit 3/27/14 detailing how the AP US History course is re-writing history in big ways.

If you homeschool, & the ACT & SAT are revised for CC, then your children will still need to know how to answer issues “the CC way” if they want the higher scores.

Search Common Core on this site for a lot of articles.  Excellent series on CC.


A blog site to discuss better education for all.


What is CC?  Education without Representation.

Heritage Foundation;  blog The Foundry & writer Lindsey Burke.

Here is an amazing video of a mom in Louisiana showing her Mama Bear courage. She blasted away at the LA Senate committee about the Data Collection issue before them.  CC Geometry example by a teacher.


They’re everywhere. Turn on Fox News, local news, Animal Planet, HGTV, The Family Channel or talk radio. Pro-Common Core commercials have been airing ad nauseam in a desperate attempt to persuade American families to support the beleaguered federal education standards/testing/technology racket. Who’s funding these public relations pushes? D.C. lobbyists, entrenched politicians and Big Business interests.


25 year veteran teacher in Massachusetts – resignation letter due to CC:


Pioneer Institute clarifying the myths, facts, and claims in the CC War with source documents.   CC Psycho-Social questionnaire asking 1st grader if they have sexual ID issues.

This is one of the best articles about CC because Price captures in one article almost every disturbing aspect of this federal takeover of education by the Obama administration colluding with Bill Gates.


LOGIC In 'Common Core' EDUCATION !!



There are literally no comparisons to current rates. That is, [the Department of Health and Human Services] has chosen to dodge the question of whose rates are going up, and how much. Instead they try to distract with a comparison to a hypothetical number that has nothing to do with the actual experience of real people.

—Douglas Holtz-Eakin President, American Action Forum[1]

Enrollment in Obamacare’s health insurance exchanges has proven to be a somewhat difficult process amidst technical glitches and delays. Aside from the issues associated with actually purchasing health care, once an individual gets a quote for health insurance on an exchange, is the premium higher or lower than before?

Our research finds that for many states, the insurance on health exchanges will cost more than existing insurance. This study illustrates that the general experience for individuals shopping on the exchange is that of increasing premiums from what was available to them prior to implementation of the exchanges. Many families and individuals will face this reality as they apply for coverage, and the implications of experiencing sticker shock are important to consider if enough people choose not to sign up for coverage for various reasons.


The Heritage Health Insurance Microsimulation Model (HHIMM), in concordance with insurer data compiled by Mark Farrah and Associates, is used to create a snapshot of what it looks like to shop for insurance prior to exchange implementation. This data is used to build weighted average premiums within the rating areas, similar to the process described in the most recent release from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).[2]

First, we use expected age distribution in the individual market from the HHIMM. Next, we use census data for the county populations in order to scale up to the state level, creating something that is roughly comparable to the weighted averages presented by HHS.[3] This comparison is different from others in that, rather than comparing specific plans, it is designed to capture the difference in premium levels between the exchange and what could be acquired in the market.

This paper is meant to provide a necessary segue to HHS’s data summary, creating an apples-to-apples comparison of exchange data to what the costs are for individuals. Effectively, we have used the same methods that were employed to provide summary data on the exchange markets to prior insurance data in order to get the closest comparison.

Some state-based exchanges have data releases that are more limited than the 36 federal exchanges. For state exchanges, some premiums must be estimated. As is the case with all studies built to address the changes in exchange premiums, it is important to note that when more data becomes available, results could vary slightly.

This study considers the data as released by HHS. States with little data released are omitted from this study.[4]


Individuals in most states will end up spending more on the exchanges. It is true that in some states, the experience could be the opposite. This is because those states had already over-regulated insurance markets that led to sharply higher premiums through adverse selection, as is the case of New York. Many states, however, double or nearly triple premiums for young adults. Arizona, Arkansas, Georgia, Kansas, and Vermont see some of the largest increases in premiums.[5]

How Will You Fare in the Obamacare Exchanges?

The Obama Administration is desperate for younger people to enroll to prevent an adverse selection death spiral. As pointed out by Sam Cappellanti at the American Action Forum, “The enrollment of these low cost young adults…is essential as they are required to subsidize the costs of insuring the elderly and chronically ill.”[6] However, young adults face a penalty for not enrolling that is projected to be far less than the insurance coverage they could receive.

Our findings confirm that younger populations see larger percentage increases in premiums. A state that exhibits this clearly is Vermont, where the increase for 27-year-olds is 144 percent and the increase for 50-year-olds is still 60 percent, but far less. All states exhibit this relationship.

Many individuals will experience sticker shock when shopping on the exchanges. It is clear that many policies and cross-subsidization within Obamacare will lead to upward shifts in premiums. These policies include the health insurance tax, essential health benefit and actuarial value regulations, less allowed age variability in premiums, community rating, and guaranteed issue.[7] However, real uncertainty, amidst a rocky start, surrounds what enrollment will look like in the exchanges.

Fantasy Savings

Obamacare will leave many people paying more for their health insurance. The website is learning to crawl, with additional data trickling in. However, based on information already released by HHS, states, and insurance plans, the claims of savings on premiums for the average participant is a fantasy.

—Drew Gonshorowski is a Policy Analyst in the Center for Data Analysis at The Heritage Foundation.


[1]Quoted in Avik Roy, “Double Down: Obamacare Will Increase Avg Individual Market Insurance Premiums by 99 Percent for Men, 62 Percent for Women,” Forbes, September 25, 2013, (accessed October 11, 2013).

[2]U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, “Health Insurance Marketplace Premiums for 2014,” September 2013, (accessed October 10, 2013).

[3]HHS’s main exchange dataset can be found here: (accessed October 10, 2013).

[4]Massachusetts and Hawaii are omitted. Minnesota, Kentucky, and Maryland have issued small releases.

[5]Virginia’s data likely has data entry errors. Omitting the entries that are likely incorrect suggests that Virginia’s likely premium increases are 115 percent for 27-year-olds, 65 percent for 50-year-olds, and 30 percent for a family of four.

[6]Sam Cappellanti, “Premium Increases for ‘Young Invincibles’ Under the ACA and the Impending Premium Spiral,” American Action Forum, October 2, 2013, (accessed October 10, 2013).


Obamacare Number of the Day: $621,000,000,000


In addition, the report by the CMS actuaries debunked the notion that Obamacare helped cause the recent slowdown in health spending—or that the slowdown is likely to continue:

Annual national health spending growth is projected to remain near 4 percent through 2013, primarily as a result of the recent recession and modest recovery. This projection is consistent with the historical relationship between health spending and economic cycles….

Continued slower health spending growth after the recent economic downturn has raised the question of whether a more fundamental change is occurring in the health sector. However, econometric and actuarial analysis by the CMS Office of the Actuary of the past fifty years of National Health Expenditure Accounts data…suggests that health spending growth is likely to accelerate once economic conditions improve significantly.

Instead, the actuaries conclude, the recession and anemic economic recovery bear the bulk of the “credit” for the current slowdown in health spending growth.

Finally, the actuarial report analyzes the sources of some of the increased health spending due to Obamacare. And, as Exhibit 4 (below) notes, one of the fastest sources of growth in the health sector will be “government administration.” Spending on government administration—which includes salaries for federal, state, and local bureaucrats, as well as computer and other overhead costs for government programs—will more than double, rising from $31.1 billion in 2010 (the year Obamacare passed) to $70.4 billion in 2022.


So even as Obamacare is raising overall health spending, despite the lingering effects of the economic recession, more of that spending will pay the salaries of government bureaucrats and regulators. That’s not the kind of change Americans can believe in



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