To Stop Common Core

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Press Release from George Harmening, Bud Nason and Jim Roenick:
October 20, 2014

The Assistant Attorney General’s letter to Susan Krebs is simply a non-binding opinion, not legislation, and here’s part of why we disagree with that opinion:

We’re not the only county looking to opt out of Common Core. In Howard County, there’s bi-partisan support to terminate Common Core. We, George Harmening, Bud Nason and Jim Roenick, will work with other counties and Larry Hogan, to eliminate Common Core state-wide, but until that happens, we can and will begin to stop it here.

We expect this AG’s office to continue to issue opinions that conflict with our constitutional rights as parents. FYI, the U.S. Supreme Court has already addressed the issue of parents’ rights in education. In landmark cases, viz., Meyers v. Nebraska and Pierce v. Society of the Sisters, the Court declared that the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment protects the right of parents to direct their children’s education. Further, there are three laws on the books that prohibit the federal government (i.e. the U.S Department of Education) from getting involved with education. The General Education Provisions Act of 1970, the Department of Education Organization of 1979, and the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, as amended by the No Child Left Behind Act in 2001 (NCLB) “ban federal departments and agencies from directing, supervising, or controlling elementary and secondary school curriculum, programs of instruction, and instructional materials.”

This same AG’s office said Carroll County ‘must’ and ‘shall’ implement a mandatory rain tax but backed down when our commissioners refused. The same scenario applies to the gun bill SB281. We plan to do the same with Common Core and reach the same result.

We find it disheartening some would go to such lengths to convince parents, students and teachers to give up and give in on something so important. The three of us remain undeterred in our mission to make Carroll County a Common Core free sanctuary. We knew this was not going to be easy from the beginning, but we are resolved that our children and grandchildren more than justify the battles we will face to defeat Common Core!

Common Core hurts children -- why would some fight so hard to hurt our children?

Our first order of business, once sworn in, is to bring the removal of Common Core to a vote and begin the process of ripping it out, root by root.