MONTGOMERY, Ala. – A bill to fight back against the Common Core curriculum has been introduced in the Alabama State Senate, adding to the large number of states pushing back against this attempted federal educational takeover.
Senate Bill 380 (SB380) “would terminate the adoption and implementation of the curriculum standards commonly known as the common core curriculum standards or the College and Career Standards. ”
State Sen. Scott Beason (R-17) introduced the bill and has already garnered 14 co-sponsors.
Alabama is following in the footsteps of other states such as Indiana and Florida by pushing back against this outrageous federal power grab. Largely unbeknownst to the American public, Common Core gives the feds the power to collect all kinds of data from children including Social Security numbers, blood type, records of school attendance, supposed learning disabilities, religious affiliation, disciplinary records and parents’ income information. The curriculum also eschews classic literature in favor of drab, government technical manuals. Common Core implementation is already causing test scores to plummet in places that have yet to take action against it.
SB380 promotes decentralized government and takes control from unaccountable federal bureaucrats and puts it back into the hands of the people. Common Core’s proponents deceptively claim that the curriculum is not the handiwork of federal bureaucrats because it was conceived by the National Governors Association (NGA) and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO). However, they were only put in charge of Common Core because it is illegal and unconstitutional for the Dept. of Education to issue a copyright. In fact, the NGA has received tens of millions in taxpayer cash from the federal government over the course of many years. This is and of itself represents a unconstitutional federal overreach.
Powerful, monied interests are banking on this government/corporate takeover of education, and they have all of their heaviest hitters from Barack Obama to Bill Gates to Jeb Bush out there cheerleading for this educational heist. That means it is incumbent upon us to support efforts like SB380 and to make sure that they are successful. Whether you are living in Alabama or not, there is much you can do to get involved and stop Common Core in your community.