Missouri: Attendance requested at hearing against Common Core

For all those in Missouri; your attendance is being requested at a hearing against Common Core standards.  Please see the email below:

Greetings,

Exec. director of Families for Home Education , FHE,  Brad Haines, and FHE lobbyist, Kerry Messer, are asking families to show up at the Senate hearing for SB 514 (see below).    A full room of opponents of Common Core (eg. supporters of the bills against CC) would be great, as there will be many “professional ed” folks who support CC.
Our FHE lobbyist hopes to testify with intent to, according to Brad, “… help legislators understand two things: why this is bad for and/or concerns home educators, and why it is bad, PERIOD.”

Hearing is scheduled for 2;30 PM in the Senate Lounge.
For updates and to check for changes, you can go to the Senate hearing schedule at the Missouri Capitol website:http://www.senate.mo.gov/hearingsschedule/hrings.htm#4
Thanks for considering this addition to your busy schedules.  Count it a valuable hour of instruction toward government and civics.  Our individual voices can make a difference — if we remain unified in our goal to protect individual liberties — and protect our ability to choose home education, also to choose curriculum that isn’t government mandated (not to mention bad).
–submitted by Mavis Dey, FHE Region 4

Committee: Education, Senator David Pearce, Chairman
Date:  Wednesday, March 26
Time:  2:30 p.m.
Room:  Senate Lounge
SB 514 – Lamping
Prohibits the State Board of Education, the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, and school districts from implementing the Common Core State Standards
SB 798 – Emery
Modifies provisions relating to elementary and secondary education standards and assessments
Please note the time change for the hearing.

Senate Rejects Ratification of UN Disabilities Treaty!!!!

Please note the email below….  While at this time the treaty has not been passed, I would like to take the time to encourage you to enroll in HSLDA services, not only be aware and alert of changing laws and treaties but if you find yourself in a situation where you need legal help for your schooling needs or rights, they will assist you.  I pay a small monthly fee for their services should I ever need them or you can receive a homeschool discount on your annual membership price for being a part of a group in your area.

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Senate Rejects Ratification of UN Disabilities Treaty

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends,

Due to your calls, emails, and office visits, the Senate minority
stood strong and ratification of the UN Convention on the Rights of
Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) was rejected by the U.S. Senate a
short time ago.

The CRPD, which would take away American sovereignty and threaten
parental rights, needed two-thirds of the Senate in order to pass.
Although it gained a majority of votes, it failed on a vote of 61-38.
This is a great victory for parental rights, homeschool freedom, and
children with special needs. The U.S. Senate rejected a treaty which
would have allowed UN bureaucrats to decide what is in the “best
interests” of children with disabilities, instead leaving those
decisions with parents and caregivers, which is what existing U.S. law
already requires. Visit http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=16434 to
find out why HSLDA opposed this treaty.

We encourage you to visit http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=16435 to
find out how your senators voted, and please send them an email of
thanks (this information will be posted in a few hours, but we wanted
to let you know this good news right now).

Yet despite this victory, the battle is not over.  This treaty and
other dangerous UN treaties can come up at any time. We must stay
informed and be ready at any moment to take action again.   Without a
Parental Rights Amendment to the U.S. Constitution which would
supersede these treaties, we are susceptible to these constant attacks
against our rights as Americans and the right the raise our children
how we see fit. You can find out more about the Parental Rights
Amendment at http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=16436 .

Thank you again to all of you who took action against this treaty and
special thanks to those of you in the Congressional Action Program
(CAP) who came out to Washington, D.C. to lobby senators against the
CRPD.

Sincerely,

J. Michael Smith
HSLDA President

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More calls needed on the treaty and an update from yesterday’s vote

Senator Blunt 202-224-5721
Senator McCaskill 202-224-6154

“Please call them today. I know it seems daunting to call, but all you have to say is that you would like the Senator to vote NO against the UN disability treaty. They will then take down you zip code. It is a number game. The more people that call in the better. Please stand up for the disabled and American parental rights. The language in this treaty is frightening.”


Preliminary vote on the UN CRPD gives both hope and targets for more calls

Today the Senate took a preliminary vote on the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. The vote was on a “Motion to Proceed” which means that the Senate gave permission to begin debate to the treaty. As is often the case, this was a preliminary vote which tells us a great deal about the vote for final passage.

The vote was 61 to 36. Three Senators did not vote.

Every Democratic senator voted for the treaty—Blumenthal (D-CT) was absent and not voting.

The Republicans supplied several “Yes” votes for the Obama Administration on giving the UN some authority over America’s policies for disabled adults and children. The GOP senators supporting Obama’s UN push were: Ayotte (R-NH), Barrasso (R-WY), Brown (R-MA), Collins (R-ME), Hatch (R-UT), Lugar (R-IA), McCain (R-AZ), and Snowe (R-ME). Hatch was the biggest surprise in this group. Barrasso was a huge disappointment because of his supposedly conservative stance on issues, but his defection has been known for some time.

A good surprise was the Moran (R-KS) voted against the CRPD on this preliminary matter. Roberts (R-KS) and Kirk (R-IL) were absent.

I urge you all to send an EMAIL of thanks to the Republicans who voted against the CRPD. If your Senator is a Republican he voted against the CRPD unless mentioned specifically here.

I urge you all to call all of the other Senators yet again for their preliminary votes and urge them to change their mind and support the principle that Americans should make the law for America. While it is unlikely that Democrats will change their minds—they need to know that there is a price to pay for attacking American parents and giving away American self-government. Answering a couple more days of phone calls is a small price to pay for their decision to vote for the UN position.
Senator Reid has not yet filed the motion needed to take this bill to the next vote which will be for cloture. Thus, there will be two more votes before the treaty can be ratified. We do not know the timetable yet. Some delay til Thursday or Friday is likely.

We absolutely have to keep the pressure on.

But it is very important that you all send emails of thanks to the 36. The opposition will be urging their people to pour on the calls to these 36 hoping to move just two.

If we can keep at least 34, the treaty will be defeated.

Shore up the good guys with emails. Call the others to account with phone calls. Try calling their local offices for a change of pace.

Thanks so much. You are making a difference. The Senate leadership promised that this treaty would be ratified by July 26. Your calls are the reason we are still in the fight.

They need to change two votes to win. We need to keep up our defense of freedom because no one else will.

 

Senate to Vote on UN Disabilities Treaty on Wednesday: Calls Needed Immediately

Attention Readers, 

The government is really pushing to get this treaty passed which will remove your rights as parents to your children leaving the government to decide what is best.  Our local homeschool group has shared that there had been very few calls in to the senators office to oppose this.  

 

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends,

Yesterday afternoon, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (NV) announced that the Senate will vote to ratify the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) treaty on Wednesday. We need you to call your two senators immediately, and urge them to oppose the CRPD.

If the U.S. Senate were to ratify the CRPD,this would give the United Nations the power to influence and change domestic law and threaten parental rights and homeschool freedom.

Thirty-six senators have signed a letterstating that they “respectfully request that no treaties be brought to the Senate floor for advice and consent during the lame-duck session of the 112th Congress.” These senators have promised in the letter that they “will oppose efforts to consider a treaty during this time.”

Senator Reid has purposefully ignored this letter by promising to file cloture by Wednesday (if 60 senators vote to invoke cloture, a filibuster will be ended) and will make every attempt to proceed to the CRPD for ratification this week. Ratification of the CRPD will take a two-thirds vote of the Senate, or 67 senators to vote in favor of the CRPD if all 100 are present.

We need you to call both of your U.S. senators right now and ask them to oppose the CRPD. You can use our Congressional Directory to find your senators’ contact information.

Please give them some or all of this message:

“I urge you to oppose the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. This treaty surrenders U.S. sovereignty to unelected UN bureaucrats and will threaten parental care of children with disabilities. Our nation already has laws to protect disabled Americans. This treaty is unnecessary and will hurt families. If the Senate ratifies this treaty, it would be the first time ever that the U.S. has ratified a treaty that obligates us to recognize economic, social, and cultural entitlements as rights under domestic law.”

Then, please forward this email to your friends and family and urge them to call, as well. Please also post this information on social media to help get the word out to every parent and freedom-loving person in America.

For more information on the dangers of this treaty please visit our CRPD page.

Thank you for standing with us for freedom.

Sincerely,

J. Michael Smith, Esq.
President, HSLDA