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Background:  I believe in Jesus AND I think the Old Testament is as valid as the New Testament.   All of the Word was given to guide us to our Heavenly Home through the redemptive work of Jesus on the cross.  I believe that Jesus is coming back and there are signs in the heavens and on the planet about the timing of his return.  The good news is He is coming back.  The bad news is it could get very rough here before His return.  So be ready and seek Him while He may be found.  This post will update you on Signs in the Heavenlies, Tremors on the Earth, and Israel and the Restoration of the Temple, and the Blood of Jesus on the Mercy Seat.

free range chickenCalifornia’s state government is so concerned about the survival of an obscure species of smelt that it has effectively rendered some of the most productive farmland in that state a desert wasteland devoid of water.  Having so successfully <ahem> managed that crisis, California state legislators have now turned their attention […]

The April newsletter from NASBE was sent to my by a friend who is a seated school board member.  NASBE is the National Association of State Boards of Education.  Please note the following:

SBE 911: That’s what I am calling a new issue that keeps cropping up in state after state: legislators who also want to be state board of education members. The most recent example came in Oklahoma. I wrote to Governor Mary Fallin expressing NASBE’s concern about the policy implications of HB 3399. This past weekend, the Oklahoman, which is the largest newspaper in the state, offered up this advice:

House Bill 3399, the Legislature’s effort to toss Common Core and replace it with other standards, has drawn the attention of the National Association of State Boards of Education. Although Oklahoma isn’t a part of the group, its executive director sent a letter to Gov. Mary Fallin urging her to give the bill a close look. Kristen Amundson says the state constitution specifies that supervision of public school instruction is the duty of the state Board of Education. The constitution also dictates which state officials are ex-officio members of the board, and “the members of the state Legislature are not included in this list.” Amundson says that by mandating legislative review of decisions made by the board under the Administrative Procedures Act, the Legislature has established itself as “a super board.” The Legislature plays an important role in education – approving the common ed budget is one example – but “this provision moves legislative involvement with education policy well beyond those levels.” Fallin should take Amundson’s concerns to heart.

Does this make it sound as though NASBE is for parents? (NASBE – the organization to which local school board members join and from which they must receive regular training in order to stay seated on a state school board)  I don’t believe so.  In fact, I question how much they are “for” teachers as well.

NASBE doesn’t want the legislature to decide Oklahoma’s standards, but instead want this decision to rest on the state school board.  Maybe they should read Oklahoma statute a little more clearly.  State school board members are appointed and serve at the pleasure of the Governor of the state.  Parents have no control in this process.  Any parent who has been to a state school board meeting to speak on a topic finds it abundantly clear how little our voices matter to this body – we are only allowed 3 minutes to speak and then we’re told to sit down – period.  In fact, the only way parents – or even teachers – would have a voice in the standards developmemt process would be for the legislature to approve the standards. That way, we could contact our representatives – as we have this year for HB3399 – and plead our case.  At least our representatives are accountable to us via election.

The Way I See HB3399 And The Common Core Fight In Oklahoma

That’s it.  Right there in that box.  That’s how I see HB3399 and the Common Core fight in Oklahoma.

I see nothing but red.  

When I started trying to fight Common Core years ago, I remember being gullible enough to believe that because Common Core wasn’t right, it was stoppable.  I remember being looked over, ignored and shut out by parents, legislators, the State Department of Education (SDE) and taxpayers, but I remember believing the truth would somehow win out.  

I don’t believe that anymore.

I do believe Josh Brecheen and Jason Nelson have worked longer and harder on HB3399 this session than any of their other bills – and despite what some might say, both men truly want to stop Common Core.  I have no doubt about that anymore.  Here’s what I DON’T DOUBT.

Brad Henry took State Fiscal Stabilization Funds (SFSF) from the Obama administration and when he did, he began the process of handing over Oklahoma’s public education to the federal government.  He didn’t stop there, though, he continued the process by applying for a Race to the Top (RTT) grant.  For every education ‘reform’ Oklahoma put into LAW, Oklahoma got more ‘points’ on their RTT grant. Consequently: 
  • the Common Core State Standards were instituted into law before they were ever even available to read in final form, 
  • the underpinnings of the P20/W Council (Prek-20 years and Workforce) were cemented in place to collect massive amounts of data on public school children without consent of their parents thanks to the changes in FERPA laws under Arne Duncan and the Obama administration
  • A-F grading system and teacher ‘accountability’ systems were begun


No matter how disastrously some policy has turned out, anyone who criticizes it can expect to hear: “But what would you replace it with?” When you put out a fire, what do you replace it with?

– Thomas Sowell

I agree wholeheartedly with Thomas Sowell, so you may be surprised to learn that the purpose of this article is to outline what should be done when Obamacare completes the incineration of one-sixth of our nation’s economy.  But there is no real contradiction between agreement with Sowell and recognizing the need to replace Obamacare with reasonable reforms.  No one contends that the American health care system prior to 2010 when the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was passed was perfect.  However, health insurance, or the lack thereof, was not the primary problem.  Escalating cost of care was, and the ACA did nothing to solve that problem.  Consequently, regardless of whether the ACA collapses under its own weight; is repealed, in whole or in part; or is simply amended piecemeal, it is appropriate to consider what should replace it.