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Fwd: FW: Ask the state senate to pass SB 1266 as amended

From: Robin
Sent on: Monday, March 17, 2014 6:05 PM
I realize that many of the Mercury One Memphis Members live in MS but if you have friends in TN that would like like to have this information, please forward. TN Members will be glad to do the same if the need comes up.  Thanks, Robin

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From: Lynn Moss <[address removed]>
Date: Mon, Mar 17, 2014 at 9:08 AM
Subject: FW: Ask the state senate to pass SB 1266 as amended
To: Lynn Moss <[address removed]>

Action Alert below...

Lynn Moss

Subject: Ask the state senate to pass SB 1266 as amended
From: [address removed]
Date: Mon, 17 Mar[masked]:18:43 -0500

This week, the TN State Senate will be hearing SB 1266 by Niceley ( HB 1129 by Hill T). This is an education bill that requires emphasis on American foundational instruments and instruction in American historical achievement.  

The Bill Summary reads:

"Under present law, the course of instruction in all public schools is urged to include, at some appropriate grade level in high school, courses and content designed to educate children in the United States government. This bill requires, instead of urges, that such education be include in the course of instruction. This bill requires that each student be taught the foundational instruments, mechanisms and values of American government. No teacher or administrator in an LEA may be prohibited from using or reading from the United States constitution during the course of educational instruction, or from posting the United States constitution in a public school building, classroom or event."

SB1266 passed the Senate and was sent to the House. Last week, it passed the House Floor by a vote of 82-11, after including amendments 5 and 7, which delay further implementation of Common Core State Standards and the PARCC tests that align to those standards.

Many citizens plan to be in Nashville this week supporting this bill as amended.

These citizens are asking our state legislators to emphasize our American foundational documents in our schools and to take time to closely examine the value of CCSS and the impact of PARCC testing, which several other states have also chosen to put on hold.

Please ask your Senator to concur with all of the amendments that the House adopted last week and pass this needed education bill.

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