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Hey, UNITED STATES, listen up. This involves YOU.

There’s a new Muslim Travel Ban. It’s just as awful, if not moreso, than the previous one. Then there’s all the wire-tapping business — did it really happen and, if so, was it legal. You know, what has everyone up in arms, what’s spreading like wildfire on Facebook and blowing up Twitter. All these are extraordinarily important concerns and deserve action.

They’re also, partly, a smokescreen for other things that are going on in Congress. What follows was written by “roxiemoxie” on another site, and is reposted here with permission.

Hey! You got kids of the school-going age?

WELL, PAY ATTENTION, CAUSE NOW THIS IS HAPPENING!

House Bill 610 makes some large changes. Inform yourselves.

This bill will effectively start the school voucher system to be used by children ages 5-17, and starts the defunding process of public schools. In addition the bill will eliminate the Elementary and Education Act of 1965 (ESEA), which is the nation’s educational law and provides equal opportunity in education.

ESEA is a comprehensive program that covers programs for struggling learners, AP classes, ESL classes, classes for minorities such as Native Americans, Rural Education, Education for the Homeless, School Safety (Gun-Free schools), Monitoring and Compliance and Federal Accountability Programs.

The bill also abolishes the Nutritional Act of 2012 (No Hungry Kids Act) which provides nutritional standards in school breakfast and lunch.

The bill has no wording whatsoever protecting special needs kids, no mention of IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Act) or the right to free and appropriate public education.

Some things ESEA does for Children with Disabilities:

* Ensures access to the general education curriculum.
* Ensures access to accommodations on assessments.
* Ensures concepts of Universal Design for Learning
* Includes provisions that require local education agencies to provide evidence-based interventions in schools with consistently underperforming subgroups.
* Requires states in Title I plans to address how they will improve conditions for learning including reducing incidents of bullying and harassment in schools, overuse of discipline practices and reduce the use of aversive behavioral interventions (such as restraints and seclusion).

Please call your representative and ask him/her to vote NO on House Bill 610 (HR 610).

Amendment One

I don’t usually blog about politics, at least not current politics. (If it happened a century ago or more, however, it’s fair game.) That said, my home state of North Carolina has a constitutional amendment on the May 8 primary ballot. Called Amendment One, it states that “marriage between one man and one woman is the only domestic legal union that shall be valid or recognized in this State.”

This issue is fraught with passionate feelings on both sides, but while I finish redesigning the site I don’t have time to write about it. Instead, let me direct attention to a very well written, well thought out piece from a conservative blogger Brent Woodcox.

Here’s a brief excerpt:

“From the days of our Founding Fathers to the present day, the steady drumbeat of progress in our great country has been that of a march towards freedom. That used to mean something in so-called “conservative” circles. I am a conservative in every sense in which that word can be traced through history. I believe in capitalism, our republican form of government, in an honest day’s work for an honest day’s pay, and for treating others as we wish to be treated … That’s why I oppose this amendment. Not as a liberal but as a conservative. Freedom comes with a great price. If you are to be free, it means you must allow others who have entered into the same social contract with you that same freedom.”

I’ll be voting against it, for my own reasons, but even those planning to vote for Amendment One should give this a read — it may not change your mind, but it will make you think.