Common Core Erases Religious Freedom

The Common Core curriculum movement is an attempt to centralize and standardize what children will learn across the country. Common Core standards define what every child should learn from grade to grade, and include teacher evaluations designed to ensure school compliance. Contrary to what many think about Common Core, this movement not only affects public school students, but it also has a drastic impact on private school and homeschool students as well.  Read more…


Governors Must Stand

“When you have governors, and we all compete against each other – we are the laboratories of innovation – and for the President of the United States to look Democrat and Republican governors in the eye and say, ‘I do not trust you to make decisions in your state about issues of education, about transportation infrastructure,’ — and that is really troubling.”  Texas Governor Rick Perry



Area Resolutions Denied at PA GOP Winter Meeting

PA GOP met this past Friday and Saturday at the Hershey Lodge to conduct its Winter Meeting.  SUNACRW would like to thank several state committeemen from central Pennsylvania for their attempts to have the party formally recognize conservative Republican principles via the resolution process.  The issues presented in their resolutions address important priorities of SUN Area Council of Republican Women.

Northumberland County State GOP Committeeman Donald J. Ely submitted an anti-amnesty resolution.  It called upon the Republican Party to affirm its commitment to the rule of law, to protect the American worker from cheap immigrant labor, to beware of repeating past immigration mistakes, and to work for the defeat of S.744 (known as the McCain-Schumer or “Gang of 8” bill).  Unfortunately, Mr. Ely’s proposal was rejected by the Resolutions Committee on Friday afternoon.

Lycoming County State GOP Committeeman Dave Huffman’s resolution would have asked the Legislature to put procedures into place to provide a public accounting of certain WAMs (Walking Around Money) in the recently signed Transportation Bill (HB1060).  Mr. Huffman wanted PA GOP to support adding transparency by requiring an annual review of how transportation dollars were spent and if the provisions of the bill had been implemented to benefit all areas of  the Commonwealth.  He called for an immediate online accounting of WAMs that go exclusively to designated legislators.  Mr. Huffman’s attempt to bring this resolution to the entire Committee was rebuffed.

Centre County State GOP Committeeman Paul Kozlovsky offered a resolution opposing Common Core State Standards, including all variations now being implemented in Pennsylvania schools under other names: Pennsylvania Common Core Standards and Pennsylvania Core Standards.  Mr. Kozlovsky’s resolution called upon the PA GOP to push the State Legislature and Governor Corbett for passage of Republican led bills: HB 1551, HB1552, HB1553 and HB1555.  Further, it called for the discontinuation of funding for programs that are aligned with Common Core and would have required PA GOP to make this action known to the Governor, Legislature, Department of Education and the State Board of Education.  Mr. Kozlovsky’s resolution was disapproved by the Resolutions Committee.

SUNACRW extends sincere thanks for the efforts of these men to uphold core Republican principles.

Common Core Action Needed

The opposition to Common Core is alive and well.  And yes, it is well-informed.  That’s what makes it so frustrating when in conversation with our elected officials it’s obvious that they are the ones with incomplete information or sometimes simple unwillingness to learn the truth.

The battle continues on many fronts.  This week the New York Educators Association passed a resolution in opposition to Common Core.  Why does that matter so much?  Well, New York is further into the process than many states and they have found it nearly impossible for teachers to teach and students to learn.  Further the NY assessments actually show a decrease in educational achievement!  Why would we spend time and money to bring these same results to Pennsylvania?

Yet here in the Commonwealth, the Department of Education is attempting to pull a fast one.  It has mixed up the objectives a bit, rephrased a few items and renamed the program in an attempt to institute something that we oppose.  Now many elected officials are confused because they’ve been told this is a new program, not Common Core.

Action is needed to stop the movement being made by DOE and school districts.  Dr. Peg Luksik, who has been educating Pennsylvanians for over 30 years on the attempts to turn education into a one-size fits all process, is once again a guiding light in the battle to defeat Common Core.  Please see her recent post that lists the things that we must say and do.

This is  the ideal time to make an impact as candidates are looking for your vote.  Before you give it, make sure they are worthy of it.  The future of country and our children is at stake.




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