Capitol Hill Report — 7/21/17

July 21, 2017 HHS Cancels Obama’s Failed Sex Ed This month, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has decided to pull $213.6 million in teen pregnancy prevention programs and research from more than 80 institutions. This money was in the … Continue reading






Student Privacy Letter!

PLEASE SIGN THIS LETTER TODAY TO SUPPORT STUDENT DATA & PSYCHOLOGICAL PRIVACY! Dear Friend of Education Liberty and Student Privacy, After your great work in the last session of Congress to stand against the privacy and freedom of conscience-violating Strengthening … Continue reading






Ohio requests feedback on updated academic standards

July 7, 2017 Robert Lattimer, our Eagle Forum Science Chairman reports, that Ohio requests feedback on updated academic standards. The Ohio Department of Education is updating the state’s science, social studies, and financial literacy standards.  The Department is currently taking input on … Continue reading






May 2017 Eagle Forum Report

Schools of Mischief Using Schools To Retrain Kids’ Emotions — What Could Possibly Go Wrong? Academic Freedom in K-12 Science Education Defund the Department that Does Not Educate Download or view Report here … Continue reading






Nebraska Legislature

March 10, 2017 Kathy Wilmot contributed the following on behalf of Eagle Forum of Nebraska: a press release written to educate Nebraskans about various bills including LR6, our Con-Con bill (they refer to as Convention of States) was just prioritized this … Continue reading






State Longitudinal Data System

February 24, 2017 ALABAMA – Eagle Forum of Alabama was instrumental in winning a key vote on February 21 in the Alabama Senate to curtail legislation to establish a massive state longitudinal data system.  The battle will be ongoing. Eagle Forum … Continue reading






Streamlining the Texas science standards

February 17, 2017 TEXAS – Bob Lattimer, Eagle Forum’s Science Issues Chairman, submitted an excellent article he wrote titled, “Streamlining” the Texas science standards. The Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) in science dates back to 2010.  While the TEKS … Continue reading






Devos Confirmed – Vigilance is Critical

February 10, 2017 The Senate confirmed President Trump’s nominee for education secretary, Betsy DeVos. Dr. Karen Effrem, Eagle Forum’s Education Issues Chair, said in response, “We will need to work towards getting her to approve all state plans even if … Continue reading






Time to End Common Core

January 17, 2017   Donald Trump campaigned against Common Core; the Department of Education should end Common Core. Hold Betsy DeVos accountable to Trump’s pledge!   Karen R. Effrem, MD, president, Education Liberty Watch writes:   Some states, like New … Continue reading






Setback for the Transgender Agenda

Setback for the Transgender Agenda by Phyllis Schlafly August 31, 2016 With the start of a new school year this month, public schools across the nation were all set to enforce new rights for “transgender” students. That’s the trendy new … Continue reading






July 2016 Education Reporter

Transgenderism Marches Onward Kentucky’s CC Adventure Senior Prom 2.0 Education Briefs Obama’s Odd Graduation Speech Book of the Month: Raising Kids Who Read: What Parents and Teachers Can Do, Daniel T. Willingham, Ph.D., Jossey-Bass Publishing, 2015, $26.95 Charter Schools 25 … Continue reading






Charter Schools 25 Years Later

Back to July 2016 Ed Reporter Charter Schools 25 Years Later — and What to Expect in the Future by Nancy Bailey Originally published at NancyBailey.com on June 5, 2016. Reprinted with permission. “The charter movement has since expanded to … Continue reading






Book of the Month

Back to July 2016 Ed Reporter Book of the Month Raising Kids Who Read: What Parents and Teachers Can Do, Daniel T. Willingham, Ph.D., Jossey-Bass Publishing, 2015, $26.95 Dr. Willingham is a University of Virginia professor, specializing in cognitive psychology … Continue reading






Obama’s Odd Graduation Speech

Back to July 2016 Ed Reporter Obama’s Odd Graduation Speech Graduation speeches are a time when young people will listen to their elders. It’s an opportunity for older people to impart some hard-earned wisdom on young ears. On May 7, … Continue reading






Education Briefs

Back to July 2016 Ed Reporter Education Briefs According to the March NEA Today, “the number of students who say they will major in education has reached its lowest point in 45 years,” with only 4.2% of students intending to … Continue reading






Senior Prom 2.0

Back to July 2016 Ed Reporter Senior Prom 2.0 When students at one Florida high school were making plans for their own annual prom, they decided to also throw a party for residents of a local nursing home. Students at … Continue reading






Kentucky’s CC Adventure

Back to July 2016 Ed Reporter Kentucky’s CC Adventure The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the largest private foundation in the world and the chief private funder of Common Core standards, released a letter in May of 2016 in which … Continue reading






Transgenderism Marches Onward

Back to July 2016 Ed Reporter Transgenderism Marches Onward There’s long been the transgender “T” at the end of LGBT, but focus remained on the lesbian “L” and the gay “G.” Until recently. Now that the Supreme Court ruled in … Continue reading






Common Core: What Lies Ahead?

Back to June 2016 Ed Reporter Common Core: What Lies Ahead? ‘Higher standards was code for lower standards’ by Peter Wood This is a condensed version of a speech Dr. Wood gave at the Heartland Institute on April 6, 2016, … Continue reading






Book of the Month

Back to June 2016 Ed Reporter Book of the Month Failing Our Brightest Kids: The Global Challenge of Educating High-Ability Students, Chester E. Finn, Jr. and Brandon L. Wright, Harvard Education Press, 2015, $32 Most schools ignore high-ability students. What … Continue reading






Woodstock Better Than the Kentucky Derby?

Back to June 2016 Ed Reporter Woodstock Better Than the Kentucky Derby? In 2015, twenty student protestors hurled accusations of racism at students attending a Dartmouth College sorority party celebrating the Kentucky Derby. After a kerfuffle of hurt feelings and … Continue reading






Education Briefs

Back to June 2016 Ed Reporter Education Briefs A Journal of the American Medical Association Pediatrics article reported results of a study of language development, which affects reading and academic success. The controlled experiment observed parents at play with infants … Continue reading






Teachers Unions Win

Back to June 2016 Ed Reporter Teachers Unions Win This spring, two court cases that might have reined in some of the power of teachers unions failed to do so. When Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia died unexpectedly, the Friedrichs … Continue reading






SETRA Should Remain Stalled

Back to June 2016 Ed Reporter SETRA Should Remain Stalled School administrators suspended a five-year-old Colorado girl from kindergarten for a day when she brought a clear plastic bubble gun to school. The Brighton, Colorado zero-tolerance policy prohibits “carrying, using, … Continue reading






Gates Won’t Let Common Core Die

Back to June 2016 Ed Reporter Gates Won’t Let Common Core Die The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the largest private foundation in the world and the chief private funder of Common Core standards, released a letter on May 23, … Continue reading






June 2016 Education Reporter

Gates Won’t Let Common Core Die SETRA Should Remain Stalled Teachers Unions Win Education Briefs Woodstock Better Than the Kentucky Derby? Book of the Month: Failing Our Brightest Kids: The Global Challenge of Educating High-Ability Students, Chester E. Finn, Jr. … Continue reading






Be Your Children’s Primary Educator

Back to May 2016 Ed Reporter Be Your Children’s Primary Educator First published in Deeply Rooted Magazine on February 2, 2016. Reprinted with permission. by Sharon McKeeman I have a card from my children’s charter school that says I’m their … Continue reading






Book of the Month

Back to May 2016 Ed Reporter Book of the Month An Empty Curriculum: The Need to Revise Teacher Licensing Regulations and Tests, Sandra Stotsky, Rowman & Littlefield, $24 Common sense and research show that students achieve better results when their … Continue reading






FBI Tools Made Politically Correct

Back to May 2016 Ed Reporter FBI Tools Made Politically Correct The Federal Bureau of Investigation is doing what it can to stop students from joining ISIS. The agency has launched an interactive education website called “Don’t Be a Puppet: … Continue reading






Education Briefs

Back to May 2016 Ed Reporter Education Briefs Early estimates indicate that over 50% of Long Island, New York students in grades 3-8 opted out of mandated Common Core tests this spring. Surveys conducted by Newsday and by Long Island … Continue reading






Focusing on the Quiet Ones

Back to May 2016 Ed Reporter Focusing on the Quiet Ones Research indicates that as many as half of all Americans are introverts. Despite this, current U.S. education policy heavily favors extroverts. Desks in classrooms are often arranged in pod … Continue reading






Judicial Supremacy and the Bathroom Wars

Back to May 2016 Ed Reporter Judicial Supremacy and the Bathroom Wars Accommodating transgender students, those who believe or wish themselves to be a sex different than their biological sex, is a big issue in schools across the nation. Districts … Continue reading






They Think They’re ‘Smarter’

Back to May 2016 Ed Reporter They Think They’re ‘Smarter’ Republican Senator Lamar Alexander recently expressed surprise that the federal Department of Education isn’t planning to implement the Every Student Succeeds Act in the way he expected. The legislation was … Continue reading






May 2016 Education Reporter

They Think They’re ‘Smarter’ Judicial Supremacy and the Bathroom Wars Focusing on the Quiet Ones Education Briefs FBI Tools Made Politically Correct Book of the Month: An Empty Curriculum: The Need to Revise Teacher Licensing Regulations and Tests, Sandra Stotsky, … Continue reading






April 2016 Phyllis Schlafly Report

April 2016 Chinese Crowding Our College Campuses High school seniors are eagerly watching their mail this month, hoping for the “fat envelope” indicating acceptance by the college of their choice. Unfortunately, more American students are receiving the “thin envelope” because college … Continue reading






What’s Wrong with Today’s Universities?

Back to April 2016 Ed Reporter What’s Wrong with Today’s Universities? Can It Be Remedied? Originally published in the July of 2015 Mindszenty Report (Mindszenty.org). Reprinted with permission of the Cardinal Mindszenty Foundation. Today’s colleges and universities have become centers … Continue reading






Book of the Month

Back to April 2016 Ed Reporter Book of the Month Life Under Compulsion: Ten Ways to Destroy the Humanity of Your Child, Anthony Esolen, ISI Books, $27.95 In The Republic, Plato wrote, “The object of education is to teach us … Continue reading






April 2016 Education Reporter

States Should Share Best Practices Oops! They Did It Again Escalating Student Misbehavior Education Briefs Engaging Shakespeare Book of the Month: Life Under Compulsion: Ten Ways to Destroy the Humanity of Your Child, Anthony Esolen, ISI Books, $27.95 What’s Wrong … Continue reading






Zero-Tolerance Costs Taxpayers $83k

Back to April 2016 Ed Reporter Zero-Tolerance Costs Taxpayers $83k Katie Sherman filed a complaint in January of 2015, stating that a Vermont school failed to provide some of the accommodations they agreed to on her disabled son’s Individual Education … Continue reading






Engaging Shakespeare

Back to April 2016 Ed Reporter Engaging Shakespeare The late nineteenth-century educator Charlotte Mason wrote, “Thought breeds thought; children familiar with great thoughts take as naturally to thinking for themselves as the well-nourished body takes to growing; and we must … Continue reading






Education Briefs

Back to April 2016 Ed Reporter Education Briefs Every morning since the 9/11 terrorists attacks in 2001, students at Glenview Elementary School in Haddon Heights, New Jersey, said the words “God bless America” right after they recited the Pledge of … Continue reading






Escalating Student Misbehavior

Back to April 2016 Ed Reporter Escalating Student Misbehavior Schools are increasingly becoming unsafe places for teachers, students, and even police officers who are assigned to remain onsite to try to keep the peace. Three recent incidents were serious enough … Continue reading






Oops! They Did It Again

Back to April 2016 Ed Reporter Oops! They Did It Again For the third time, personally identifiable information about Washington, D.C. students has been made public. In February, information about 12,000 students who receive services due to a disability was … Continue reading






States Should Share Best Practices

Back to April 2016 Ed Reporter States Should Share Best Practices How much American K-12 students are learning is an issue that remains under a constant cloud of debate. Some warn of dismal results and failing systems. Others say the … Continue reading






Chinese Crowding Our College Campuses

Chinese Crowding Our College Campuses by Phyllis Schlafly April 6, 2016 High school seniors are eagerly watching their mail this month, hoping for the “fat envelope” indicating acceptance by the college of their choice. Unfortunately, more American students are receiving … Continue reading






Book of the Month

Back to March 2016 Ed Reporter Book of the Month Teaching from Rest: A Homeschooler’s Guide to Unshakeable Peace, Sarah Mackenzie, Classical Academic Press, 2015, $12.95 This gem of a book is full of inspiration, as well as practical advice. … Continue reading






Educational Cronyism

Back to March 2016 Ed Reporter Educational Cronyism Those who worry that government officials use their jobs as a jumping off point to bigger things are paying close attention to certain events surrounding the U.S. Department of Education. Obama associates … Continue reading






Education Briefs

Back to March 2016 Ed Reporter Education Briefs Only 54% of Los Angeles Unified School District seniors are “on track to graduate” from high school this June. Massive efforts are underway to place students in special “credit recovery” programs, a … Continue reading






Are Schools Ruining Childhood?

Back to March 2016 Ed Reporter Are Schools Ruining Childhood? More than two years ago, child and adolescent psychotherapist Katie Hurley wrote an article claiming that Common Core is ruining childhood. She said her 6-year-old daughter had four or five … Continue reading






Doomed D.C. Scholarship Program

Back to March 2016 Ed Reporter Doomed D.C. Scholarship Program When the record-busting omnibus spending bill was passed by Congress and signed by President Obama in December, one small ray of hope that some Washington, D.C. students would be well … Continue reading






March 2016 Education Reporter

Watch Children Online and Be the “Best Voice” Doomed D.C. Scholarship Program Are Schools Ruining Childhood? Education Briefs Educational Cronyism Book of the Month: Teaching from Rest: A Homeschooler’s Guide to Unshakeable Peace, Sarah Mackenzie, Classical Academic Press, 2015, $12.95 … Continue reading






Speakers Seek to Save Education

Back to February 2016 Ed Reporter Speakers Seek to Save Education The “It’s About The Child” Conference was held in Houston, Texas, at the end of January. Eighteen speakers from across the nation exposed dangerous federal education policies that are … Continue reading






Book of the Month

Back to February 2016 Ed Reporter Book of the Month Social Justice Isn’t What You Think It Is, Michael Novak and Paul Adams, Encounter Books, 2015, $27.99 Leftists in education and society have appropriated the term “social justice,” stolen it … Continue reading






Teaching Students About America

Back to February 2016 Ed Reporter Teaching Students About America Princeton University’s James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions teaches undergraduates, graduate students, and postdoctoral candidates about America. It is named after the Prince­­ton student who became the principal … Continue reading






Handwriting Matters

Back to February 2016 Ed Reporter Handwriting Matters Although Common Core fails to include cursive handwriting and replaces it with keyboarding, many states are returning to a requirement that children learn to write. Arkansas, California, Georgia, Kansas, North Carolina, and … Continue reading






Education Briefs

Back to February 2016 Ed Reporter Education Briefs The American Council of Trustees and Alumni released a survey that shows how little Americans know about civics. They found that nearly 10% of college graduates think the woman on the TV … Continue reading






Just Keep Reading

Back to February 2016 Ed Reporter Just Keep Reading A University of Texas professor who studies reading says the consequences of online reading negatively influence comprehension, particularly of more difficult texts. Professor Andrew Dillon says, “We’re spending so much time … Continue reading






Are Teachers Unions a State Agency?

Back to February 2016 Ed Reporter Are Teachers Unions a State Agency? On January 11, 2016, lawyers for ten California teachers who don’t want to pay fees to a union that uses their money to support candidates and positions with … Continue reading






February 2016 Education Reporter

Republican Dominated Congress Betrays Students Are Teachers Unions a State Agency? Just Keep Reading Education Briefs Handwriting Matters Teaching Students About America Book of the Month: Social Justice Isn’t What You Think It Is, Michael Novak and Paul Adams, Encounter … Continue reading






Illinois District Transgender Settlement

Back to January 2016 Ed Reporter Illinois District Transgender Settlement A settlement agreement between Illinois Township High School District 211 and the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights about the district’s transgender student was so distorted by government … Continue reading






January 2016 Phyllis Schlafly Report

January 2016 Time to Leave ‘No Child’ Behind After seven years of rule by decree by President Obama’s Chicago crony Arne Duncan, why are Republicans reauthorizing the federal government’s authority over the nation’s public schools? And why did the new Speaker, … Continue reading






Learning “Toys” Hacked

Back to January 2016 Ed Reporter Learning “Toys” Hacked When children today “play” with items that are actually sophisticated computers, unsuspecting parents could be putting their family’s security in danger. VTech is a Hong Kong company that offers a variety … Continue reading






Education Briefs

Back to January 2016 Ed Reporter Education Briefs In October, a parent lunch monitor and the principal at Glendo High School in Platte County, Wyoming told Christian students that they couldn’t form a prayer circle and pray before eating a … Continue reading






Google Still Spying On Students

Back to January 2016 Ed Reporter Google Still Spying On Students Google Chromebooks make up over half of all computers purchased for use in the nation’s schools. About 50 million American students, teachers, and administrators use Google Apps for Education, … Continue reading






Doing Reform Wrong in Newark

Back to January 2016 Ed Reporter Doing Reform Wrong in Newark In 2010, three people came together to change Newark, New Jersey public schools. They didn’t work with parents or local educators to come up with a plan. In fact, … Continue reading






Arne Has Left the Building

Arne Has Left the Building by Phyllis Schlafly January 6, 2016 On the last day of 2015 the longest serving member of President Obama’s Cabinet, Arne Duncan, quietly stepped down from his official position as what the Washington Post called … Continue reading






Students Have Religious Liberty

Back to December 2015 Ed Reporter Students Have Religious Liberty Some wonder how much Christian students will be allowed to celebrate Christmas at public schools or to share about their religious beliefs. Since it is important to know what rights … Continue reading






December 2015 Education Reporter

Transgender Issues: Who Are the Bullies? Age 13: One-Night Stands & STDs Preschoolers Need More Time Outside Education Briefs Students Have Religious Liberty Book of the Month: World Class Learners: Educating Creative and Entrepreneurial Students, Yong Zhao, Corwin Publishing, 2012, … Continue reading






Transgender Issues: Who Are the Bullies?

Back to December 2015 Ed Reporter Transgender Issues: Who Are the Bullies? Some believe transgender people’s quest for special rights has gotten out of hand. Among them is feminist Germaine Greer, who has simply had enough. The author of The … Continue reading






The Deconstruction of Gender

Back to December 2015 Ed Reporter The Deconstruction of Gender by Babette Francis A speech delivered on September 13, 2015, at the 44th Eagle Council, the major annual conference of Eagle Forum, held in St Louis, Missouri. Reprinted with permission. … Continue reading






Education Briefs

Back to December 2015 Ed Reporter Education Briefs On November 14, about 150 yelling and confrontational Black Lives Matter protestors went into the main library on the Dartmouth College campus; they proceeded up several floors, hurled obscenities and racial slurs … Continue reading






Age 13: One-Night Stands & STDs

Back to December 2015 Ed Reporter Age 13: One-Night Stands & STDs A New Jersey 8th-grade class homework assignment was allegedly based on Sean Covey’s The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens, but it had little to do with that … Continue reading






Preschoolers Need More Time Outside

Back to December 2015 Ed Reporter Preschoolers Need More Time Outside As more communities approve universal preschool, many schools aren’t doing what’s best for young children. Research shows that children benefit from active, outdoor activity. In many preschools, children sit … Continue reading






Take Action: Obama Signs Education Bill!

Take Action: Obama Signs Education Bill! December 10, 2015 After months of secret negotiations to reconcile the House and Senate versions of the education reauthorization to replace the failed No Child Left Behind, President Obama has signed the Every Student … Continue reading






Eagle Forum Statement on ESEA Reauthorization

Eagle Forum Statement on ESEA Reauthorization FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 10, 2015 Washington, D.C.: After months of secret negotiations to reconcile the House and Senate versions of the education reauthorization to replace the failed No Child Left Behind, President Obama … Continue reading






Time to Leave “No Child” Behind

Time to Leave “No Child” Behind by Phyllis Schlafly December 2, 2015 After seven years of rule by decree by President Obama’s Chicago crony Arne Duncan, why are Republicans about to reauthorize the federal government’s authority over the nation’s public … Continue reading






Book of the Month

Back to November 2015 Ed Reporter Book of the Month Self-Evident Truths: Foundations of American Political Thought, Bill Burtness, Xulon Press, 2012, $15.99 Self-Evident Truths is an excellent civics or history textbook for students (it even has study questions at … Continue reading






Union Case to Watch

Back to November 2015 Ed Reporter Union Case to Watch The Supreme Court will rule on Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association, a case brought by ten California teachers who are forced to pay union dues, which they say results in … Continue reading






Contorted Common Core Polls

Back to November 2015 Ed Reporter Contorted Common Core Polls It’s not surprising that teachers, parents, and citizens are confused about Common Core standards. Campaigns that offer biased claims or slanted information have been sponsored by the National Governors Association … Continue reading






Education Briefs

Back to November 2015 Ed Reporter Education Briefs In a plea agreement that would lessen her jail time to about seven years, Barbara Byrd-Bennett admitted to accepting bribes and kickbacks from her former employer, an education consulting firm, while she … Continue reading






Colorado Drug Culture Harms Students

Back to November 2015 Ed Reporter Colorado Drug Culture Harms Students In September, Denver police cited seven pot shops for selling to those under age 21. The Denver Post called the citations “a blow to recreational marijuana in Colorado.” Colorado’s … Continue reading






Unions Choose Hillary

Back to November 2015 Ed Reporter Unions Choose Hillary In a controversial move, the National Education Association executive board voted to support Hillary Clinton as their candidate, although internal polling shows many NEA members support Bernie Sanders. There was no … Continue reading