Join American Principles Project, Eagle Forum, HSLDA, Pioneer Institute, Michelle Malkin and others urging Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin, Chair of the National Governors Association, to end the Common Core State Standards Initiative. Through this initiative the NGA has enabled corporations and other private interests to drive education policy which has compromised the power of parents. So we are asking parents, educators and concerned citizens to add their names with ours in order to stop the Common Core State Standards.
May 5, 2014Governor Mary Fallin Oklahoma State Capitol 2300 N. Lincoln Blvd., Room 212 Oklahoma City, OK 73105
Dear Governor Fallin:
We write to you in your capacity as governor of Oklahoma and as the chair of the National Governors Association and its affiliate the NGA Center for Best Practices (together, “NGA”). In particular, we write to you about NGA’s activities with regard to the national Common Core Standards system.
As set forth in the Joint Statement Regarding the National Governors Association’s Common Core Standards Initiative and the Constitutional Structure, NGA’s activities, including its ownership, development and propagation of the Common Core,have caused profound harm to our constitutional structure. NGA has enabled corporations and other private interests to drive education policy and, concomitantly, compromised the power of parents. It has enlisted the power of the federal government to bring about these changes and, in so doing, has weakened the power of states to defend the authority and rights of parents and other citizens.
More specifically, NGA has assisted the federal government in employing a strategy against the states that has divided and conquered the state checks and balances that are intended to guard against federal overreach. It has presided over the development of math standards that lock children into a defective education, one that does not prepare children for studies in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) or for admission to competitive public and private universities. It has presided over the development of English standards that fail to prepare children for authentic college work in the humanities and that weaken the formation of strong citizen-leaders and individuals of substance who are fully capable of exercising their liberties.
The pushback against the Common Core rests on parents’ love for their children and their defense of the Constitution that protects their rights to form their children and direct their education. It is a movement based on truth, and on highly informed citizens –citizens who follow in the footsteps of the Founders. It is a movement that continues to grow and which will be victorious.
We respectfully ask that, as chair of the NGA, you end the Common Core project. We respectfully submit that your decisions on this matter will define your legacy.
Tim Wildmon, President, American Family Association
Sandy Rios, Director of Governmental Relations, American Family Association
Emmett McGroarty, Director of Education, American Principles Project
Jane Robbins, Senior Fellow, American Principles Project
Karen Schroeder, President, Advocates for Academic Freedom
Donna Hearne, Talk Show Host, Bott Radio Network
Penny Nance, President and Chief Executive Officer, Concerned Women for America
Tamara Scott, State Director, Concerned Women for America of Iowa
Phyllis Schlafly, Founder and President, Eagle Forum
Glyn Wright, Executive Director, Eagle Forum
Kyle Olson, Founder, EAGnews.org
Paul Caprio, Director, Family PAC Federal
Joy Pullman, Research Fellow, Heartland Institute
William A. Estrada, Director of Federal Relations, Home School Legal Defense Association
J. Michael Smith, President, Home School Legal Defense Association
Michael Farris, President,ParentalRights.org
The Honorable David M. McIntosh, Former Congressman from Indiana
Michelle Malkin, Syndicated Columnist, Author and Blogger
Jenni White, President, Restore Oklahoma Public Education
Jamie Minter, Founder, Oklahoma Parents and Educators for Public Education
Bunny Chambers, State President, Oklahoma Eagle Forum
Jim Stergois, Executive Director, Pioneer Institute
Jamie Gass, Director of the Center for School Reform, Pioneer Institute
Stacy Mott, Founder and President, Smart Girl Politics Action
Steve Deace, Nationally Syndicated Radio Host
Shane Vander Hart, Editor, CaffeinatedThoughts.com & TruthinAmericanEducation.com
Jan Mickelson, Host of Mickelson in the Morning, WHO Radio 1040 AM Des Moines, IA
Whitney Neal, Director of Grassroots, FreedomWorks
Bryan McCormack, Executive Director, Cornerstone Action
Ann Marie Banfield, Education Liaison, Cornerstone Action
We have delivered over 9,000 signatures to Gov. Fallin, and we are thankful for the overwhelming support and energy behind this petition. We still would like to give the opportunity for people to add their name if they were not able to do so before.
NGA Fallin Letter
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