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Greater New Orleans Tea Party Message Board LOUISIANA STATE LEGISLATION, LEGISLATORS, REGULATION 2015 › ALERT: STOP LA HB 116 - PARENTS CAN'T SEE TEXTBOOKS, OTHER MATERIALS !!!

ALERT: STOP LA HB 116 - PARENTS CAN'T SEE TEXTBOOKS, OTHER MATERIALS !!!

Terri
user 9090133
Kenner, LA
Post #: 3,763
THE BILL BY REP HOFFMAN, R, W. MONROE
TEXTBOOKS/MATERIALS:
Provides relative to textbooks and other instructional materials for elementary and secondary schools
http://media.nola.com...­
or
Text and digest of bill:
http://www.legis.la.g...­

THIS is NOT a good bill the way it is.
As currently written, HB 116 MUST BE DEFEATED!!!!

Unfortunately, most of our legislators have already pre-filed the 5 "non fiscal" bills they are allowed for this session...so our best hope might be to get one Education bill amended to protect our rights and get rid of Common core.

As currently written, HB 116 MUST BE DEFEATED!!!!

BIG Problems with the bill:
It REMOVES the requirement that textbooks and other school materials be available to parents.... and instead requires the LA Dept of Education (DOE) , "if possible", to review these and publish a report about how they comply with "standards". THIS IS NOT USEFUL INFO AND RESTRICTS ACCESSIBILITY TO BOOKS, ETC BY PARENTS!!!! IT REDUCES TRANSPARENCY AND ALLOWS SCHOOLS TO TEACH MATERIAL AND CONTENT THAT PARENTS CANNOT SEE !!!

From the Bill Digest:
Review and inspection of textbooks by public
Present law requires that textbooks and materials be made available for public inspection at DOE
during regular office hours. Provides for textbook review procedures, including citizen
participation, the composition of textbook committees, and the placement of proposed textbooks
in various public library branches throughout the state.
Proposed law repeals present law (NO !! angry )

AND:
Review of textbooks by state Dept. of Education
Proposed law requires the state Dept. of Education (DOE), subject to the availability
of funds, to offer a review service of textbooks and other instructional materials for alignment to state content standards. Requires that reviews be made publicly available through the DOE website (NO angry ..AS WRITTEN, this review would replace , not augment, the current law. AND, it would not occur if funding wasn't available..... leaving parents with zero opportunity to know about what their child is being taught)

Another "problem" , "adopt and use textbooks and other materials of instruction which that accurately
reflect the contributions and achievements of people of differing races".
Please STOP dividing us !!! Teach accurate history AND current events without regard to race !!!
The US Census bureau recognizes a minimum or 5 "different races"...... http://www.census.gov...­ .

Positive aspect of the bill:
**Would allow Parish School Boards (IF this is what is meant by "local governing authority") to select their own textbooks and online materials. Currently, it is done by the STATE BESE BOARD.

**AND.... would require schools to "promote an understanding of the history and values of the people of the United States and Louisiana , including the free enterprise system, private property, constitutional liberties, democratic (???) values, and traditional standards of moral values."



ACTION NEEDED
:
ASAP Contact your state Rep and Senator to alert them to the dangers of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) that ARE being adopted already in Louisiana.
Ask them to do whatever they can to REJECT CCSS for our Louisiana Schools.

Mention HB 116 and tell them to vote NO on this bill....... OR to amend it to restore transparency to parents (as mentioned above) AND return control of schools to the parents and teachers at the local level.

I will copy and paste the letter I sent to my legislators below.....feel free to use it to prepare your message to YOUR legislators.

I also recommend you contact
Rep Hoffman hoffmanf@legis.la.gov
Members of the House Education committee http://house.louisian...­




Terri
user 9090133
Kenner, LA
Post #: 3,764
SAMPLE LETTER TO LEGISLATORS ON COMMON CORE STANDARDS AND HB 116 :

Subject: Reject the Common Core State Standards in Louisiana AND HB 116

I am writing in the hope that you will be moved to act to STOP the implementation of the Federally directed COMMON CORE STATE STANDARDS (CCSS) in our Louisiana schools. I have provided some information below that explains why these "standards" are not good for our children or our country. Sen Marco Rubio agrees these are unconstitutional and in violation of several federal laws. Many states are having second thoughts and are moving to reject the CCSS. (ie Georgia, Utah, Alabama, Indiana, Florida and more)

The adoption of these standards was done in 2010 by Gov Jindal and then State Education Supt. Paul Pastorek..... over the objection of many of our Parish School Boards, parents, and teachers and without input from our legislature. The costs are estimated to be in the Billions nationwide..... and at least
$500 million for individual states.


WHITE PAPER ON COMMON CORE STATE STANDARDS
http://files.meetup.c...­

FEDERAL STUDENT TRACKING DATA BASE
http://michellemalkin...­

"SELLING" OUR CHILDREN FOR PROFIT
http://freedomoutpost...­

Would you consider legislation to:

Reject the CCSS program for Louisiana?

Defund the CCSS program?

Prohibit the sharing of private student information with a national/federal database?

Mandate that parents have access to all classroom and online educational material used by teachers in the classroom to instruct our children?

Mandate that our children be taught American History, American Government (republic...NOT a "democracy), the Constitution, private property rights, Free Market principles, the evils of socialism/Marxism/ communism etc?

HB 116 has been pre-filed by Rep Hoffman, R, West Monroe. I ask that you vote 'NO" on this bill OR amend it strengthen transparency, move control of our schools to the LOCAL level, and mandate the teaching of traditional American values. http://www.legis.la.g...­

Here are my concerns regarding HB 116:

Problems with the bill:
It REMOVES the requirement that textbooks and other school materials be available to parents.... and instead requires the LA Dept of Education (DOE) , "if possible", to review these and publish a report about how they comply with "standards".
THIS IS NOT USEFUL INFO AND RESTRICTS ACCESSIBILITY TO BOOKS, ETC BY PARENTS!!!! IT REDUCES TRANSPARENCY AND ALLOWS SCHOOLS TO TEACH MATERIAL AND CONTENT THAT PARENTS CANNOT SEE !!!

AND:
Review of textbooks by state Dept. of Education

Proposed law requires the state Dept. of Education (DOE), subject to the availability
of funds, to offer a review service of textbooks and other instructional materials for alignment to state content standards. Requires that reviews be made publicly available through the DOE website ( ..AS WRITTEN, this review would replace , not augment, the current law. AND, it would not occur if funding wasn't available..... leaving parents with zero opportunity to know about what their child is being taught)

Positive aspect of the bill:
Would allow Parish School Boards (IF this is what is meant by "local governing authority") to select their own textbooks and online materials. Currently, it is done by the STATE BESE BOARD.

AND.... the bill requires schools "promote an understanding of the history and values of the people of the United States and Louisiana , including the free enterprise system, private property, constitutional liberties, democratic (???) values, and traditional standards of moral values."

Please do whatever you can to REJECT CCSS for our Louisiana Schools and to defeat HB 116 and maintain transparency and control for parents of school children in Louisiana.

I would be glad to send you additional information or to meet with you personally to further discuss this issue and my concerns.


Terri
user 9090133
Kenner, LA
Post #: 4,238
The original HB 116 (above, scroll to top)) was completely scrapped and rewritten into an entirely different bill regarding the selection and approval of textbooks and other instructional materials, the use of virtual books, internet materials, etc etc. It created another bureaucratic task force...... mostly under the CONTROL of Sup John White !!!

Here is the final summary of HB 116 which PASSED and was signed into law as Act 378 by Gov Jindal in June 2013. Interesting that the task force which was created (anyone know anything about who is in this group????) is supposed to submit their findings by Feb 1, 2014 to the House and Senate Education committees.
http://www.legis.la.g...­
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