Florida Sovereignty Bill Opposes Common Core


The Florida Stop Common Core Coalition announced today the filing of HB 743 , “An Act Relating to Education”. The Bill was filed by Representative Debbie Mayfield (R-Indian River). According to the press release by the FSCCC, the new bill has two main components:

1. It prohibits the state of Florida from ceding sovereignty over education matters. The bill states:

Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the [Florida] Department of Education or a district school board may not enter into any agreement, memorandum of understanding, or contract with a federal agency or private entity that cedes or limits the state’s or school district’s control over the development, adoption, or revision of the state’s academic content standards or corresponding assessments, including, but not limited to, agreements, memoranda, or contracts for funding public schools.

2. The bill also prohibits any existing standardized testing, as well as school grades and teacher evaluations based on those tests until the standards are changed.

If this act succeeds in being passed into law, it will take effect July 1, 2015, and will fully rescind any previous actions by the state in violation of its provisions.

Dr. Karen Effrem, executive director of the Florida Stop Common Core Coalition, notes: “This is very important and excellent legislation. It both returns state sovereignty and local control to Florida and it works at dealing with the academically inferior, developmentally inappropriate, and psychologically manipulative Common Core/Florida standards.  And it has the added benefit of being in synch with recent remarks of Governor Jeb Bush, so the leadership should like it.”

Dr. Effrem’s was taking a jab at Jeb, not offering him a political sop.

At an educational summit two weeks ago in Tallahassee, the former Florida Governor said. “I’m for higher standards … and I’m for creating real restrictions of the federal government’s role in this so you can alleviate people’s fears that you’re going to have some kind of control by the federal government of content or curriculum or even standards.”

Classic double-talk.

Dr. Effrem, in a November 27 piece, brings attention to that very aspect of Mr. Bush. when she responded to remarks the former governor made in a National Education Summit in November 2014.   As a for instance, the former Governor said that he was for educational “choice”and for local and parental control of our schools. And more specifically that he supported charter schools, private schools, virtual schools, and home schools.

Okay, but he then simultaneously states, matter of fact like, that he is firmly in favor of the federal government providing the educational benchmarks, the money, the programs (more of them, not less of them). Oh, but via block grants. Ahhhh. No strings attached …. Really? I see…..

This, the former Governor presents, as if it is a new idea, a safe idea, a sort of new way of doing things. Hey, I’ve got an idea, he could call it a Third Way, well, because it only helps the good guys, the local guys, the private school guys, the homeschool guys, to do what they do better than the bureaucrats in DC, it’s just about tools and cash – which we lack.

Or is it could be that they – I mean the liberal elite of both major political parites, they – can  finish the job they started long ago, first addicting, then controlling, and finally and utterly corrupting and subverting those remaining legitimate and superior non-public school alternatives that have thrived so long and so well on their own, with the same sweet, but somehow new, innocent, “no strings attached” promises which first addicted, controlled, and finally subverted and utterly corrupted the public school system.

Gee, how ‘Progressive.’ How brilliant! Another Progressive! Brilliant! “New Kind of Republican” kind of an idea!

But it isn’t new at all. Fabian Socialist John Maynard Keynes thought of it first. Read his 1926, “The End of Laissez-Faire“and you’ll see what I mean. Though I am sure some one thought of it before him. Bad ideas have always been freely available if you know where to look.

As to Dr. Effrem, she isn’t into doubletalking. She is, however, into straight-talking, and ever at the very battlefront upholding limited government under the U.S. Constitution, fighting to restore parental and local control of education, right along with state sovereignty as guaranteed under the 9th and 10th Amendments to the Constitution.

The Moral Liberal applauds her continued courageous efforts in the cause of liberty. She sets an example which every state, and every responsible parent, would do well to follow.

Thank you Dr. Effrem.

Steve Farrell is the Founder and Editor-In-Chief of The Moral Liberal, one of the original and most popular pundits at NewsMax.com (1999-2007), and the author of the inspirational novel, Dark Rose (Kindle edition now available).