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U.S. Republican House Approves Massive Citizen Data System

U.S. Republican House Approves Massive Citizen Data System

| November 21, 2017 | Reply

Wednesday, November 15, 2017, the US Republican-led House of Representatives approved HB 4174 to create an integrated citizen data system on a voice vote after brief testimony all in support, despite hundreds of citizen calls to reject the bill.  Since it was not a roll-call vote, no specific record of yea’s or nay’s is available.  […]

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Secret Consent Agenda Hides National Data Base Creation

Secret Consent Agenda Hides National Data Base Creation

| November 14, 2017 | Reply

As I reported yesterday, HR 4174/S 2046, the Foundations for Evidence-Based Policymaking Act (FEPA), introduced by House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senator Patty Murray, is a federal bill that will increase the non-consensual surveillance of free-born American citizens, and the probability of a comprehensive national database on every American. A bill like FEPA would be […]

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Is the United States Becoming like Communist China?

Is the United States Becoming like Communist China?

| November 13, 2017 | Reply

Urgent action is needed to stop Congress from passing what can only be described as an unprecedented assault on privacy and parental rights. This assault comes in the form of three bills floating around Congress, one of which – H.R. 4174 could be voted on as early as this Wednesday. • H.R. 4174 will allow […]

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Our Kids are NOT Human Capital

Our Kids are NOT Human Capital

| November 1, 2017 | Reply

Testimony regarding HB 5139-42 and 5145 To the House Workforce Development Committee October 31, 2017 Over the last ten years or so, there has been an over emphasis on college as the only alternative for our children after they graduate from high school. Clearly, there are many other viable choices. Now you are proposing a […]

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ACTION ALERT – Please call your US Congressman to Protect Student Data

ACTION ALERT – Please call your US Congressman to Protect Student Data

| October 30, 2017 | Reply

CALL TO ACTION: Please contact your US Congressman​ by Tuesday, October 31. ​Ask them to ​say NO to College Transparency Act and  yes to ​tighten FERPA to: – stop collecting student data without explicit parental​ or adult student​ opt-in permission; – enable complete opt out of student record level information, deleting previously collected data; – […]

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Will ESA legislation be tied to Common Core Repeal?

Will ESA legislation be tied to Common Core Repeal?

| September 19, 2017 | Reply

Our last few posts have centered around the political games and lack of transparency regarding Senate bills 544-549 to create MI Education Savings Plans (M-ESP) being promoted by Senator and gubernatorial candidate Patrick Colbeck (R-Canton).   M-ESP creates a new entitlement and expensive bureaucracy where money follows the child.   The money can be used for MDE […]

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Senate Ed – Transparent now, but still a bad idea

Senate Ed – Transparent now, but still a bad idea

| September 18, 2017 | 1 Reply

Last week, we warned you the Senate Ed committee was announcing and hearing some bad bills. Fortunately, perhaps due to our disclosure, no vote was held. but these terrible bills are again on the Senate Ed Committee agenda for tomorrow. Anyone who believes in less regulation should be appalled. These ESA bills are bad for […]

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Legislative Shenanigans on “School Choice”

Legislative Shenanigans on “School Choice”

| September 11, 2017 | Reply

The Senate Education Committee is meeting tomorrow to discuss a set of bills that has not been made public, apparently has the support of the four Republican members and could be voted out of committee, without even one hearing with an informed public. Why are they conducting a hearing on a set of bills not […]

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A Lesson in Legislative Process…Superficial or Real Transparency?

A Lesson in Legislative Process…Superficial or Real Transparency?

| August 16, 2017 | 1 Reply

The team at Stop Common Core in Michigan has been critical of the legislative process related to repealing and replacing common core.  As a result, we’ve taken quite a bit of heat from lawmakers and others who are in turn critical of our “tactics.” They assert that we are trying to “micromanage” the process or […]

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Whose Agenda is Lansing Enacting?

Whose Agenda is Lansing Enacting?

| June 26, 2017 | Reply

I thought the grassroots sent a clear message in last year’s election.  I thought we elected the most conservative legislature ever.  I thought they voted in conservative leadership.  I thought we told them to get rid of Common Core, eliminate ObamaCare, reduce the size of government making it less intrusive.  Isn’t this what we told […]

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