The Elephant in the Room

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Charlotte Thomson IserbytNo Way, ESEA!
What the Con­ser­v­a­tives Won’t Tell You About the ESEAAND THEIR SNOW JOB ON AMERICANS! (As if we need more snow!)  

The Reau­tho­riza­tion of the ESEA

Neocon­ser­v­a­tive oppo­si­tion to Rep. John Kline’s H.R. 5 (Stu­dent Suc­cess Act) and Sen­a­tor Lamar Alexander’s com­pan­ion bill, is pop­ping up all over, inter­est­ing­ly enough the very day H.R. 5 was orig­i­nal­ly sched­uled for a vote, Tues­day, Feb­ru­ary  24! (It is now re-sched­uled for Fri­day, Feb­ru­ary 27.) See the arti­cle pub­lished Tues­day in the New Amer­i­can, a pub­li­ca­tion of the John Birch Soci­ety.


Here is a key ques­tion, tak­ing notice of the late date of this article’s pub­li­ca­tion:

  • Why weren’t these con­ser­v­a­tive groups tak­ing a strong posi­tion against this bill before? Why are they only now com­ing to the table late, too close to the day of the vote?

Those of us who have exposed these dan­ger­ous pieces of leg­is­la­tion and who have been work­ing day and night to kill these bad bills should be pleased indeed that this blog has appar­ent­ly caused such a ruckus across the coun­try. We have been pub­lish­ing con­stant alerts expos­ing the hor­ri­ble lan­guage in the Reau­tho­riza­tion of the ESEA bills. Per­haps bur­geon­ing true grass­roots cit­i­zen aware­ness in Amer­i­ca has FORCED these trai­tors to come out of their holes and pre­tend to expose HR 5 and take some sort of a posi­tion against it. Ask your­self again:

  • Why did most of these con­ser­v­a­tive groups wait to get their alerts out until the day of the vote, yes­ter­day, Feb­ru­ary 24?

Those groups final­ly com­ing out of their well-fund­ed neo­con­ser­v­a­tive holes, who not once took a stand against Rep. Kline’s HR 5 and Sen­a­tor Alexander’s com­pan­ion bills (which are Con­sti­tu­tion-bust­ing leg­is­la­tion), are not friends of Amer­i­ca, and are not to be trust­ed ever again. Ask the fol­low­ing impor­tant ques­tions:

  • When have you seen these groups send out the com­pre­hen­sive, doc­u­ment­ed facts about these bills? 
  • When have you ever heard them tell the com­plete truth, the full sto­ry about the unde­ni­ably bad lan­guage in these bills? 
  • Why do we always see them send out selec­tive “spin,” nit­pick­ing cer­tain lan­guage in the bill while ignor­ing the WHOLE BILL, the ele­phant in the room, the humon­gous fed­er­al pow­er grab?

It is just like the sto­ry of the blind men and the ele­phant. Each dif­fer­ent con­ser­v­a­tive group finds a lit­tle spot they don’t like on the bill and then claims that their lan­guage will “fix” the prob­lem. They noti­fy their syco­phants that their lit­tle tweak on the bill will patch it up and make it a good bill that every­one can sup­port… so please send them mon­ey right away so that they can fight this lit­tle smidgeon of a spot of bad­ness on the bill. All the while they fail to tell their fol­low­ers about the WHOLE BAD BILL still stand­ing in the room, with its com­pre­hen­sive irrepara­ble prob­lems!

If there is one impor­tant result to come out of their decep­tion, it will be that Amer­i­cans, nev­er again will put their trust in these pho­ny groups, whose goal is sim­ply to line their pock­ets with Amer­i­cans’ hard-earned con­tri­bu­tions to advance their agen­da which, if you study it, con­forms pre­cise­ly to the Democ­rats leftist/globalist agen­da! (Pho­ny “choice,” char­ter schools, work­force train­ing, etc.) Read my blog post about Reed Hast­ings of Net­flix remarks “Char­ters Kill True Choice.“Have these groups even lis­tened to his speech and grasped its hor­ri­fy­ing ram­i­fi­ca­tions? How can they con­tin­ue to sup­port this agen­da?

When this blog found out about the bills we start­ed call­ing for Amer­i­cans to con­tact their Con­gress­men and Sen­a­tors to vote NO. Sad­ly, oppo­si­tion from these pho­ny con­ser­v­a­tive groups was miss­ing ear­ly on when it could have made an enor­mous dif­fer­ence to stop this bill. Their par­tic­i­pa­tion very like­ly could have killed it due to the hun­dreds of mil­lions of tax-exempt dol­lars in their war chests. Which rais­es anoth­er dis­turb­ing ques­tion:

  • Just where do these orga­ni­za­tions get their fund­ing? Who pours cash into their war chests? 

Their silence is so aston­ish­ing and mind-bog­gling that there can be no oth­er ratio­nal rea­son for their trun­cat­ed oppo­si­tion to the bill, their com­plic­i­ty, com­pro­mis­es, stalling, telling par­tial truths, obfus­cat­ing, igno­rance of the facts, decep­tions, etc. We sus­pect that their cof­fers are loaded up with cash by the char­ter “choice” empire bur­geon­ing across Amer­i­ca. After all, it is this “choice” agen­da that is the com­mon denom­i­na­tor of all of the con­ser­v­a­tive groups that are com­pro­mis­ing away our free­doms.

We are dis­ap­point­ed that this New Amer­i­can arti­cle did not men­tion my blog nor Ani­ta Hoge’s excel­lent alerts the past few months that have been repeat­ed­ly post­ed over and over again warn­ing about these bills. Sad­ly Ani­ta Hoge’s bril­liant research has been ignored for over 25 years by these “con­trolled” con­ser­v­a­tives.

In fact, the John Birch Soci­ety has stu­dious­ly avoid­ed the efforts of the researchers I work with. And they have avoid­ed my warn­ings to them per­son­al­ly about the dan­gers of tax-fund­ed school choice/charters with unelect­ed school boards, and more recent­ly about the dan­gers of HR 5. I have been in touch with lead­ers of the JBS many times over the past two years, plead­ing for JBS sup­port in expos­ing the neo­con­ser­v­a­tives in their anti-Amer­i­can agen­da. They have stu­dious­ly avoid­ed giv­ing me an answer to any of my ques­tions. Why is this? Again, the ques­tion must be raised:

  • Who is fund­ing these orga­ni­za­tions list­ed below in theNew Amer­i­can arti­cle (and the many oth­er clone orga­ni­za­tions like them)? How is the fund­ing con­trol­ling them? Are they get­ting funds from char­ter school cor­po­rate empires and their many prof­i­teer­ing com­pan­ions? Is this what is silenc­ing them? 

Are good Amer­i­cans going to con­tin­ue to sup­port the fol­low­ing John­ny-Come-Late­ly bleed­ing heart con­ser­v­a­tive per­sons and groups, some list­ed in the excerpts below, who have sud­den­ly come to the table too late, the day of the vote? Please read the fol­low­ing excerpts tak­en from the New Amer­i­canarti­cle to under­stand the depths of this MISINFORMATION and PARTIAL INFORMATION about the actu­al fac­tu­al details con­tained in this bill:

The Stu­dent Suc­cess Act, which passed out of House com­mit­tee with­out any Demo­c­rat sup­port on Feb­ru­ary 11, is expect­ed to be vot­ed on soon by the full House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives. If approved, it will cost tax­pay­ers over $23 bil­lion per year.

How­ev­er, ana­lysts say the worst amend­ments to the bill were suc­cess­ful­ly defeat­ed, and that there may be some pos­i­tive ele­ments to the leg­is­la­tion. For exam­ple, accord­ing to an analy­sis of the bill by Dr. Karen Effrem, pres­i­dent of Edu­ca­tion Lib­er­ty Watch, which oppos­es it, the leg­is­la­tion pro­hibits the sec­re­tary of edu­ca­tion from “incen­tiviz­ing” or “coerc­ing” states into adopt­ing stan­dards or tests. “It is impor­tant for pre­vent­ing future dis­as­ters like Com­mon Core,” Effrem said.

Anoth­er pro­vi­sion of the bill would report­ed­ly pre­vent D.C. from vac­u­um­ing up pri­vate data on stu­dents if it is “per­son­al­ly iden­ti­fi­able” — some­thing that was already ille­gal but which the Oba­ma admin­is­tra­tion did any­way by law­less­ly re-writ­ing pri­va­cy pro­tec­tion laws and brib­ing states.…

The out­cry against the bill is grow­ing across the polit­i­cal spec­trum. A coali­tion of promi­nent edu­ca­tion experts includ­ing Lind­sey Burke, Williamson Evers, Theodor Rebar­ber, San­dra Stot­sky, and Ze’ev Wur­man, for exam­ple, released a recent state­ment argu­ing that the bill did not return con­trol over edu­ca­tion pol­i­cy to where it belongs.…

In an analy­sis of the leg­is­la­tion dubbed “No Pro­gram Left Behind,” Lind­sey Burke, an edu­ca­tion pol­i­cy fel­low at the Her­itage Foun­da­tion, blast­ed the fact that vir­tu­al­ly every fed­er­al edu­ca­tion scheme remains alive in the bill.…

Read more about the facts of this bill:
The Silence on ESEA is Deaf­en­ing!
How the Mighty Have Fall­en
ESEA con­tact with your Leg­is­la­tors