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Cudos: BREVARD GROUP HAS SUCCESS IN REMOVING LESSER TEXTBOOKS

_Post written by C. Hamilton Boone at March 19, 2017 7:57 pm_________________ Parents ROCK Brevard, (Right Of Choice for Kids) is a volunteer group consisting of parents, grandparents, relatives and citizens. ROCK’s focus is having parent centered decisions once again key in all educational issues, especially teaching materials and policies.   Many parents and citizens are exasperated by many aspects of their school district…

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Truth in Textbooks Project

We are working toward a building a string relationship with “Truth in Textbooks” to utilize their process  and training to make us more productive in Review Instructional Materials in Florida school districts. TNT focuses primarily on Socials Studies. The have agreed in principle to train 40-50 reviewers, starting with their on-line course and real life workshop. Their next class begins…

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(2015) Religious Indoctrination in Florida School Districts: Citizens for National Security Report of 25 Florida Textbooks

Religious Indoctrination in Florida School Districts: Citizens for National Security Report of 25 Florida Textbooks Citizens for National Security, a nonprofit,501©(3) Public Charity, has created and extensive 101 page assessment of 25 Florida  K-12 textbooks that specifically outline “egregious errors, glaring omissions, questionable inclusions or political, ethical, cultural and other biases that clearly seek to foster an Islamic agenda” Their…

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Objectives and Alternatives for Objectionable Textbooks

Our objective is twofold: FIRST: To get CCPS to work with textbook publishers to fix errors/omissions. Several years ago Truth in Texas Textbooks (TNT) carefully reviewed 13 social studies books, most of them by Pearson/Prentice, McGraw  Hill and Houghton/Mifflin. They found 1500 errors, key omissions of fact, and bias. According to TNT, Pearson and McGraw Hill fixed 60% of the…

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New Florida Law Lets Residents Challenge School Textbooks

New Florida Law Lets Residents Challenge School Textbooks by Greg Allen, NPR A new Florida state law allows parents, and any residents, challenge the use of textbooks and instructional materials they find objectionable via an independent hearing. Keith Flaugh is a retired IBM executive living in Naples, Fla., and a man with a mission. He describes it as “getting the…

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If you want to stop the indoctrination of our children, Sign up here!

Invitation to make a difference- We proved it when Gov. Scott signed our HB989. But this is only the beginning! This is your invitation to get certified in k-12 Textbook adoption assessment hosted by Truth in Textbooks ( previously Truth in Texas Textbooks). Sign up for this certification on-line training starting August 1, 2017. To be accepted, YOU must complete…

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Reuters: Florida lawmakers pass bill making it easier to challenge textbooks

Reuters: Florida lawmakers pass bill making it easier to challenge textbooks By Bernie Woodall Reuters The Florida Senate on Friday narrowly passed a measure that would allow more people to object to textbooks and classroom materials used in public schools, a move opponents warn could result in censorship of controversial topics. The bill lets any resident seek a hearing to have…

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(2015) Check these books for use FL Schools: Truth in Texas Textbooks

Below is a list/assessment of text books used in Texas. As you will note many are from Pearson, PLC and its subsidiaries ( Pearson now owns 80 + % of all Instructional Materials delivery in the US ( textbooks and on-line lesson plans). Pearson, PLC is a British company whose 3rd and 4th largest shareholders are Islamic based companies or…

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(2015) “Out of Many”, an AP US History textbook Review by Lee County

Here’s a textbook review Chris Quackenbush just completed on Out of Many, an AP US History textbook in use in Lee County. Since most of the school districts buy off the same lists and most of these materials are now produced by Pearson, PLC the odds are very high this book is in your schools. In Addition, Here is a…

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2017 ~ Collier Textbook Review ~ grade: UNK ~ History & Social Studies ~ “Understanding Economics 18th” ~ 2018 ~ isbn 780076681402

Team/Last Name of Reviewer: Kelly/Doyle
Publisher/Exact Title of Publication/Year Published: McGraw-Hill/Understanding Economics 18th/2018

(2016) “Street Law: A Course in Practical Law” Text Book Review by Brantley Oakey

“Street Law: A Course in Practical Law” Text Book Review by Brantley Oakey , Collier County Lawyer and Parent of public school children I’ve been asked to review “Street Law,” which is a text that the School Board in Collier County is hoping to adopt. It’s supposed to be a basic text that introduces high school students to legal principles…

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Florida gets one bid to review its testing validity

Florida gets one bid to review its testing validity   The panel asked to choose a firm to review the validity of Florida’s new testing systemdoesn’t appear to have much work to do when it meets Friday. Only one group has submitted a bid to do the work. A partnership of Utah-based Alpine Testing Solutions and Washington, D.C.-based edCount LLC proposed to do the evaluation for $594,310….

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Materials Review Template

This template will help organize your review/feedback related to reviews of text books and other materials.

2017 ~ Brevard Textbook Review ~ grade: k-3 ~ History & Social Studies ~ “Studies Weekly” ~ Pub. Year: N/A ~ isbn: MULTIPLE

These are assessments by Penny and Hamilton Boone of six K-3 Social Studies textbooks considered for adoption in Brevard county during spring of 2017.

2017 ~ Lee Textbook Review ~ grade: k-5 ~ History & Social Studies ~ “HMH Social Studies: Civics in Practice Integrated: Civics, Econ, & Geography Florida: Student Edition 2018” ~ 2018 ~ isbn 9780544826151

While I have not reviewed any other 7th Grades Civics books on the market I can honestly say I have serious reservations and cannot recommend this book to be used in our school district. The chapters I have had time to review contain omission of facts, half-truths, factual errors, bias and slants and call into question compliance with the Florida Statutes 1003.42.

(2016) Brevard County textbook review as of 1.22.2016

Brevard County textbook review as of 1.22.2016 using the list provided from multiple counties 12.27.2015   goo.gl/Tmhj0i

2017 ~ Lee Textbook Review ~ grade: 9-12 ~ History & Social Studies ~ “HMH Social Studies American History: Reconstruction to the Present Student Edition” ~ 2018 ~ isbn 9780544669062

Title: HMH Social Studies American History: Reconstruction to the Present Student Edition
Author: NOT IDENTIFIED
ISBN: 9780544669062

Pearson Publishing, a US monopoly provider of Textbooks and Online lesson plans

Pearson PLC, a British company has bought up all of these publishing imprints in the US and is now a monopoly. Pearson strives to serve a national market and therefore caters to the largest buyers like CA and NY  and most importantly has “zero interest in serving Florida students and FL Statutes. Even more importantly they still market  under these…

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(2016) Lake County review of Objectionable Instructional Materials

Lake County report  

(2016) Collier Textbook review by Greg Harper: World History Ancient Civilizations

Author: Holt DcDougal Publisher: Houghton Miffin Harcourt Title: World History Ancient Civilizations Year: 2013   Page Text-Quote Problem Issue 29 Dr. Donald Johanson discovered the fossil remains of Lucy a human ancestor. Factual Error or Half Truth Dr. Charles Oxnard completed one of the most sophisticated computer analyzes of australopithecine, “Lucy” fossils ever undertaken, and concluded that the australopithecines have…

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Instructional Materials Review Index

Click on county name in the table below to go directly to Instructional Material (IM) Reviews for that particular county.  Only counties with IM reviews currently available will be listed.  As more IM reviews are added, more counties will be added as well. To the best of our ability, given information available, we have attempted to use the following conventions...

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2017 ~ Lee Textbook Review ~ grade: k-5 ~ History & Social Studies ~ “Florida McGraw-Hill Networks Social Studies” ~ Pub. Year: N/A ~ isbn N/A

This series is designed as a consumable. This means that students will be able to write in them, cut out vocabulary foldables and take home the text for homework. For this reason choosing these texts is expensive and involves reordering books every academic year. If administrators do not want to have the books used as consumables it would be better to find another text suitable to that plan.

Textbook Review Videos (Only) from June 1, 2017 CCPS Special Hearing

These video clips show objections to 6 of the textbooks that have been approved for use by the Collier County School Board.

2017 ~ Brevard Textbook Review ~ grade: 6 ~ History & Social Studies ~ “National Geographic: Ancient Civilizations” ~ Pub. Year: N/A ~ isbn: 9781305966871

An assessment by Penny  and Hamilton Boone of grade 6 Social Studies textbook considered for adoption in Brevard county during spring of 2017.

2017 ~ Brevard Textbook Review ~ grade: 5 ~ History & Social Studies ~ TCI “Social Studies Alive: America’s Past” ~ Pub. Year: N/A ~ isbn: N/A

An assessment by Penny  and Hamilton Boone of grade 5 Social Studies textbook considered for adoption in Brevard county during spring of 2017.

2017 ~ Collier Textbook Review (Part 2 of 2) ~ grade: UNK ~ History & Social Studies ~ “Street Law: A Course in Practical Law – 9th edition” ~ 2016 ~ isbn 9780021429257

Team/Last Name of Reviewer: B Oakey Part 2
Publisher/Exact Title of Publication: McGraw Hill Publisher, Streetlaw: A course in practical Law, Part 2

2017 ~ Collier Textbook Review (Part 1 of 2) ~ grade: UNK ~ History & Social Studies ~ “Street Law: A Course in Practical Law – 9th edition” ~ 2016 ~ isbn 9780021429257

Name of Reviewer: Steven J. Bracci, Part 1
Publisher/Exact Title of Publication: Street Law: A Course in Practical Law (McGraw-Hill, Publisher)

2017 ~ Collier Textbook Review ~ 9-12 ~ History & Social Studies ~ United States History (Florida Edition) ~ 2018 ~ isbn 9780328914937

Team/Last Name of Reviewer: Mogil Publisher/Exact Title of Publication/Year Published: Pearson/United States History, Florida Edition (?Honors?)/2018

2017 ~ Collier Materials Review ~ K-5 ~ History & Social Studies ~ “Florida Social Studies (varied subtitles)” ~ 2013 ~ isbn: various

This series is designed as a consumable. This means that students will be able to write in them, cut out vocabulary foldables and take home the text for homework. For this reason, choosing these texts is expensive and involves reordering books every academic year. If administrators do not want to have the books used as consumables it would be better to find another text suitable to that plan.

2017 ~ Collier Textbook Review ~ grade: UNK ~ History & Social Studies ~ “United States Government (Our Democracy)” ~ 2018 ~ isbn 9780076681136

Team/Last Name of Reviewer: Flaugh/Konuk Publisher/Exact Title of Publication/Year Published: McGraw-Hill/United States Government Our Democracy (2018)

2017 ~ Collier Textbook Review ~ 9-12 ~ History & Social Studies ~ By the People (A History of the United States) ~ 2015 ~ isbn 9780131366183

According to Florida Statute 1003.42, “American history shall be viewed as factual, not as constructed….and shall be defined as the creation of a new nation based largely on the universal principles stated in the Declaration of Independence

Florida and the Second Amendment

Despite their insistence, this is not a safety issue for many on the left. They know precisely what they are doing, and intend nothing less than disarming their political opponents…

Judge Shenko Denies Motion for Temporary Injunction in Collier Textbook Case; Children Endure the Consequences

As many of you are aware, Florida Citizens’ Alliance and three Collier County parents filed suit against the Collier school board on May 31, 2017. On June 6, we [plaintiffs] filed a Motion for Temporary Injunction to halt the Collier School Board from approving on June 13th the six-million-dollar purchase of textbooks reviewed and approved out of the sunshine. The hearing on the injunction was held June 12, 2017 and on June 13, 2017 Collier Circuit Court Judge James R. Shenko denied the request. Help us continue this fight!

June 22 Update on Our David and Goliath Fight to Protect Our Children from Indoctrination

The frustrating news is that on June 13, Collier Circuit Court Judge Shenko denied our emergency injunction. The good news is he actually improved our odds by refusing to let our side present its evidence and then basing his ruling on the faulty school board’s summary brief. We will press forward! We have a clear strategy, which will be unveiled as the case plays out. Stay tuned!

SWFL Residents Please Read And Share. News Media Bias Is Unacceptable!

On June 12, NDN published Beth Povlow’s commentary “Collier textbook opposition, a curious agenda”. Her commentary contained many errors, distortions, half-truths and omissions – just like the textbooks she defends. Unfortunately, NDN decided not to publish our rebuttal to Ms. Povlow’s distorted and factually-inaccurate commentary. Was this collusion? You decide.

Our David And Goliath Fight To Protect Florida’s Children From Indoctrination Continues Via Appeal

Status of the Collier County Lawsuit: July 12, 2017 (current action): Florida Citizens Alliance and 3 Collier Parents filed an appeal in Florida 2nd Court of Appeal.

By Sandra Stotsky:How State Departments of Education Have Deliberately Deceived Parents about Common Core: Does the End Justify the Means?

Dec 24, 2015 by Sandra Stotsky EducationViews Contributor Sandra Stotsky – In December 2015, the West Virginia board of education adopted supposedly new standards for the state in a vote publicized as a rejection of Common Core’s standards.www.wvgazettemail.com/news/20151217/state-school-board-oks-changes-to-common-core-standardsEarlier, parent and attorney David Delk had commented: “It is disappointing that the West Virginia Department of Education cannot be honest with parents…

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“How to” Suggestions for creating and managing a Curriculum Education Watchdog Committee in your county

Start with a small group of like-minded parents, grandparents and interested taxpayers. The effort is best if it is non-partisan, but suggest you try to include several parents with mix of middle and high school students, one homeschool parent, a business person, and at least one clergy/ church elder. Agree on your scope ( I.E. Intent should be to focus…

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Anti-American Agenda Pushed in Florida Schools –right here in Collier County

Anti-American Agenda Pushed in Florida Schools by Alex Newman Top officials with the Collier County School District in Florida are being accused by local parents, activists, and lawyers of using shady tactics to push an extreme anti-American agenda and even racism and bigotry into local schools. From lawlessly packing textbook-selection committees with extreme activists, to selecting biased textbooks that celebrate…

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Live Interview Fox 35 Orlando: Florida’s new textbook law

Bob Frier of FOX 35 interviews Keith Flaugh about Florida’s new Textbook law that encourages parents and all residents of each county to review the instructional materials used in our public schools. Many of these materials are riddled with political and religious indoctrination, revisionist history, distortion of our founding values and pornography that will shock you. The new law is CS 989.

Assessment of SB 864: Instructional Materials for K-12 Public Education

This Act was signed into law July 2014 relating to instructional materials for k-12. This law has some good features and one trap door, repeated several times. We urge you to use the good features and don’t throw the baby out with bath water. The single bad feature which occurs multiple times in this act is the requirement that School…

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Resources > Common Core > How To > Additional Tools

Here are some tools that you may find useful assessing your current school board members. You will also have the opportunity to meet Deirdre

Op Ed: Vital K-12 Education legislation Sidelined by Rep O’Toole and Sen. Legg

Legislative session is about to wrap up, yet vital education legislation has been sidelined by Education Committee Chairs Senator Legg and Representative O’Toole. Here is a quick recap: In July Gov Scott signed into law (FS. 1006.283) the K-12 Curriculum Bill sponsored by Senator Hays(SB 864).  Its purpose was to assign each school board the constitutional responsibility to select and…

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A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words

  Better Collier County Public Schools COMMITTED TO THE PURSUIT OF WORLD CLASS EDUCATION FOR OUR CHILDREN A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words     U.S. Flag Code states: “During a rendition of the national anthem when the flag is displayed ALL PRESENT except those in uniform should stand at attention facing the flag with the right hand over…

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September 28, 2017 Status of Collier Lawsuit

Current Status: The Collier School Board had 30 days from the date of our filing (8/12) to file their appeal details. Their due date corresponded to the arrival of Hurricane Irma. The courts were closed as a result of the hurricane, and we have not heard anything from them at this point.

9/24/2015 Volusia School Board Requests More Local Control Over Education

9/24/2015  Volusia School Board Requests More Local Control Over Education On Tuesday the Volusia County School Board members unanimously approved a proposed state legislation request titled the “District School Board Educational Innovation and Home Rule Powers Act.” The purpose of the legislation is to extend the same flexibility granted to all charter schools to district school boards. Florida school districts…

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Our lawyers have filed our Collier Lawsuit appeal and will finalize supporting documentation by Aug. 10th. WE NEED YOUR HELP!

We are at the critical next step with this appeal to the FL 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals and need to raise an additional $5-6k immediately! We have exhausted the $17.1k donations to-date. 

Letter-to-Editor, Naples Daily News ” School System failing”

School system failing Letter-writer Bill Korson is right that Florida Citizens’ Alliance (FLCA) wants to keep politics out of Collier schools. But what does that mean? Today, social studies textbooks and novels used in Collier County and Florida are riddled with political and religious indoctrination, revised history, age-inappropriate and sexually-explicit material, and math methodologies that are dumbing our children down….

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(2017) Oct. 2017 Objectionable Materials Curriculum Report

October 2017 Objectionable Materials Curriculum Report This FLCA Florida curriculum analysis identifies specific objectionable materials found in Florida schools by Citizen Watchdog committees.  The assessment was completed by teams in Collier, Lee, Charlotte, Volusia, Brevard, Marion, Lake and Okaloosa counties. English Language Arts Pornography (violations of 847.012) FL DOE Sunshine Reader List criteria (effectively bans classical literature) Social Studies Reconstructed…

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PRESS RELEASE: Florida Citizens Alliance joins lawsuit to stop the political indoctrination of Collier students.

www.FloridaCitizensAlliance.com For Immediate Release, May 31, 2017: Florida Citizens Alliance joins lawsuit to stop the political indoctrination of Collier students. Florida Citizens Alliance has decided, “Enough is enough!”  We are now an active participant along with Collier parents in a lawsuit for an emergency injunction to stop this “flawed” textbook adoption process. This lawsuit was filed today, May 31st ,…

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National media weighs in: “Bill Would Let Floridians Challenge Inappropriate School Material”

Written by  Alex Newman, The New American  Despite legal prohibitions on providing obscene material to minors, public schools in Florida have been using apparently illegal materials including stories for “literature” involving prostitution, lesbianism, gang rape, marital infidelity, masturbation, masochism, abortion, and more. In Florida school districts where materials were examined by parents and activists, there were more than 60 books with hard or soft…

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Steve Vernon

Steve is a retired contracts negotiator for IBM.  Additionally, he has 25 years work experience as a commercial banker and 25 years in negotiations.  He holds an MBA from DePaul majoring in finance and a BS in Business Administration from the University of Illinois (Chicago). A U.S. Marine Corps veteran, Steve is an “original” constitutionalist, and strongly believes in limited government…

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Governor Scott Signs CS/HB 989 K-12 Instructional Materials Bill! Let’s Start Undoing the Anti-Second Amendment Indoctrination of Our Kids!

Second  Amendment Supporters: Our kids are being indoctrinated in our public schools, and being taught that our 2nd Amendment right to self-defense is outdated. They are being taught to support gun control and depend on government to protect them. Well here’s some good news: we have received word that Governor Scott signed our CS/HB 989 Instructional Materials bill into law on Monday, June 26th! Even if you don’t have children in school, CS/HB 989 gives you the legal right to engage your school boards to clean up the textbooks and get rid of the anti-2nd  amendment indoctrination.

SWFL Citizens Alliance delivers 605 signed petitions to Collier School Board

The Naples Daily News edited my letter to the editor so here is the original submission intact. PS. Action Alert: Letters to the editor and petitions like this are a great way to grow awareness and support for local control in your school district!   It is time to stop this nonsense and started abiding by the Florida Constitution, Article…

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Have you ever wondered what lobbyists do behind closed doors: NOW WE KNOW?

Have you ever wondered what lobbyists do behind closed doors: now we know!   Letter: Ask legislators to limit Florida lobbyists Dennis McDonald Flagler County FL Dear Historic City News editor: This year our new Speaker of the Florida House Richard Corcoran brought in on his own initiative, the ability for Floridians to gain eye witness to the inner sanctum…

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Orlando Sentinel acknowledges progress with SB 1210 and HB 989 Instructional Materials bills

Florida residents who view state-approved school textbooks as “too liberal” and some books in school libraries as inappropriate have persuaded state lawmakers to push legislation that would make it easier for them to object to classroom materials they don’t like. “Today, parents are purposely blocked from being involved in their children’s education,” said Hamilton Boone, a Brevard County father who…

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Common Core Train Wreck

With FLCA URL (click to access full-size image): “Common Core is much more than just standards”.  It is a train wreck made up of these 4 parts: – The “engine” is the next iteration of Race to the Top and No Child Left behind on steroids. The standards treat every child as just a cog in the machine. These standards…

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Naples Daily News-Brent Batten: Activists look to change “buy” the book procedures

Naples Daily News-Brent Batten: Activists look to change “buy” the book procedures   What started in Collier County as a disagreement over the way public school textbooks are selected has grown into an issue to be taken up by the Florida Legislature. Bills in the state House and Senate would change the way school districts select classroom material, increasing parental…

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(2016) Project Veritas undercover videos of national textbook publishers

                                      Have you see the Project Veritas undercover videos of national textbook publishers. This is the same group that did the Planned Parenthood videos.   This video makes it very clear why school boards need to require indemnification/warranty from the publishers for all purchased textbooks and materials. Today, IT is about the money, not the children and instructional materials publishers, should…

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(2016) Do our Children and their future matter? We think so!

Project Veritas undercover videos of national textbook publishers. This is the same group that did the Planned Parenthood videos.   This video makes it very clear why school boards need to require indemnification/warranty from the publishers for all purchased textbooks and materials. Today, IT is about the money, not the children and instructional materials publishers, should be required to produce  quality, factual…

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State Controlled Child Abuse? We think so!

IT’S OFFICIAL:  Senator Legg and Rep. O’Toole have killed the Sen. Hays/Rep. Pilon "Instructional Materials for K-12 Public Education" bill for this legislative cycle. The Villains are : John Legg Marlene O'Toole Of course we are frustrated and even angry that, despite overwhelming legislative support with 24 sponsors and co-sponsors, these two “elected officials” abuse their power to further abuse...

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Brevard & Indian River County FSCCC Common Core Voter Guides

The Florida Stop Common Core Coalition (FSCCC) has prepared these voter guides and ratings after an extensive review of legislative records (for incumbents), statements on websites and in campaign forums and or literature, endorsements, and pro or anti-Common Core activity. Work against the system inside or out of the legislature and public pledges to fight if elected received high grades….

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Sarasota County FSCCC Common Core Voter Guides

The Florida Stop Common Core Coalition (FSCCC) has prepared these voter guides and ratings after an extensive review of legislative records (for incumbents), statements on websites and in campaign forums and or literature, endorsements, and pro or anti-Common Core activity. Work against the system inside or out of the legislature and public pledges to fight if elected received high grades….

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VOTE INFORMED! Lee County School Board

If you were unable to watch the debate forum live on CTN-10, you can watch the recorded video below.  The forum is more of a discussion than the debate it was intended to be, as only one camdidate from each of the districts actually showed up. To compare candidates’ positions to your own positions and to each others’, review the Voting…

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VOTE INFORMED! US House Congressional district 19

If you were unable to attend the forum, you can watch the recorded video by clicking the link below.  To compare candidates’ positions to your own positions and to each others’, review the Voting Guide (also linked below). Many of the candidates also completed a constitutional questionnaire which provides valuable insights into their understanding and support of the U.S Constitution….

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Charlotte County FSCCC Common Core Voter Guides

The Florida Stop Common Core Coalition (FSCCC) has prepared these voter guides and ratings after an extensive review of legislative records (for incumbents), statements on websites and in campaign forums and or literature, endorsements, and pro or anti-Common Core activity. Work against the system inside or out of the legislature and public pledges to fight if elected received high grades….

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VOTE INFORMED! Florida Senate District 28

If you were unable to attend the forum, you can watch the recorded video by clicking the link below.  This forum includes candidates from FL House districts 80, 105 & 106 as well as FL Senate district 28, but the voter guide below is for Senate district 28 only. To compare candidates’ positions to your own positions and to each others’,…

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VOTE INFORMED! Florida Senate District 12

If you were unable to attend the forum, you can watch the recorded video below. To compare candidates’ positions to your own positions and to each others’, review the Voting Guide (also linked below). Many of the candidates also completed a constitutional questionnaire which provides valuable insights into their understanding and support of the U.S Constitution.  These may be found…

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Statute 1003-42 Assessment: Founding Principles and Values

1003.42 Assessment This statute has some really excellent and useful requirements for k-12 instruction in Florida Schools. Pay particular attention to Sections 2a-f requiring that our schools teach our founding principles and values: (a) The history and content of the Declaration of Independence, including national sovereignty, natural law, self-evident truth, equality of all persons, limited government, popular sovereignty, and inalienable rights…

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VOTE INFORMED! Florida House Districts 80, 105 & 106

If you were unable to attend the forum, you can watch the recorded video by clicking the link below.  To compare candidates’ positions to your own positions and to each others’, review the Voting Guide (also linked below). Many of the candidates also completed a constitutional questionnaire which provides valuable insights into their understanding and support of the U.S Constitution….

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VOTE INFORMED! Marco Island City Council

If you were unable to attend the forum, you can watch the recorded video by clicking the link below.  To compare candidates’ positions to your own positions and to each others’, review the Voting Guide (also linked below). Some of the candidates also completed a constitutional questionnaire which provides valuable insights into their understanding and support of the U.S Constitution.  These…

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What is the role of education, Twenty-First-Century Learning and where does Social Engineering play a role?

What is the role of education? Today there are two main schools of thought. One uses the “factory- conveyor belt” model promoted by John Dewey who is known as the Father of American Education and the other is traditional, equal opportunity, self-directed learning aka: Classical, Classical Liberal Arts, child-directed or Leadership Education. The one size fits all, educational Common Core creation has been decades in the making and is a direct response to the efforts of those social engineers who only adopted the structural model of what John Dewey taught and disregarded the rest.

Manatee County FSCCC Common Core Voter Guides

The Florida Stop Common Core Coalition (FSCCC) has prepared these voter guides and ratings after an extensive review of legislative records (for incumbents), statements on websites and in campaign forums and or literature, endorsements, and pro or anti-Common Core activity. Work against the system inside or out of the legislature and public pledges to fight if elected received high grades….

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Resources > Common Core > Experts > Websites And Leaders In Stop Common Core Movement

Here are some terrific links to websites and leaders in the “Stop Common Core” movement, including both national and local Florida experts.

Okaloosa County FSCCC Common Core Voter Guides

The Florida Stop Common Core Coalition (FSCCC) has prepared these voter guides and ratings after an extensive review of legislative records (for incumbents), statements on websites and in campaign forums and or literature, endorsements, and pro or anti-Common Core activity. Work against the system inside or out of the legislature and public pledges to fight if elected received high grades….

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Sponsor Card Ad Details

Essentially, we’re creating “business card” type ads for each of our sponsors (example at right).  Every sponsor, regardless of sponsor level, gets an ad placed on our “Sponsors” page. PREMIUM sponsors also get that image displayed in our Premium Sponsor “slider” area on the website home page, and certain of the “initiative” pages, depending on the terms of the sponsorship….

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(2015) Modern World History, 9th grade Teacher Edition Year: 2013 by KOF

Review Template   Author: __Holt McDougal______________________            Publisher:  Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing______________________ Publication Title: Modern World History, 9th grade Teacher Edition Year:  _2013____ Reviewer: __Keith Flaugh_– Collier County___________________ Problem: Bias (B), Omission of Fact (OF), Half-Truth (HT), Factual Error (FE)     Page #/Line # Quote/themes Problem Fact & Source 1. First 105 pages Describes the correlation of FL Next Generation…

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(2015) Florida Social Studies 4th grade,Year: 2013 by Chris Quackenbush

Review Template Author:    Banks, Colleary, Greenow, Parker Publisher:  McGraw Hill Publication Title: ___Florida Social Studies  4th grade         Year:  2013_____ Reviewer: Chris Quackenbush Problem: Bias (B), Omission of Fact (OF), Half-Truth (HT), Factual Error (FE) Conclusions: Social studies is defined by the National Council for Social Studies as “the integrated study of the social sciences and humanities to promote civic…

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Constitutional Questionnaire for School Board Candidates

Questionnaire: Please share your understanding of the US Constitution. Does the Federal or State government have the “right” or the “authority” to take away your individual rights? YES or NO.   Explain. Where do your individual rights come from? Does your Oath of Office pertain only to School Board issues? Explain. Do you support a new Florida law that requires every…

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VOTE INFORMED! US House Congressional district 19

If you were unable to attend the forum, you can watch the recorded video by clicking the link below.  To compare candidates’ positions to your own positions and to each others’, review the Voting Guide (also linked below). Many of the candidates also completed a constitutional questionnaire which provides valuable insights into their understanding and support of the U.S Constitution….

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Invitation to attend a Miami Area grassroots “Next Steps Stop Common Core” Workshop: July 8

Invitation to attend a Miami Area grassroots “Next Steps Stop Common Core” workshop     Date/Time:  Wednesday, July 8, 5 PM- 7:30 PM 2 hour workshop plus a 30 min, Complementary Wine tasting social RSVP requested : info@floridacitizensalliance.com Miami (Pinecrest Total Wine Ed Center) , 8851 SW 136th Street ,Miami, FL 33176 ,Phone: 305-971-7615  Threefold Purpose: Review grassroots actions and progress from 2014/2015 cycle…

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Florida Bogus FSA Validity study with supporting documentation

This posting contains supporting documents for the attempt by the Florida Legislature to cover its tracks and legal exposure for subjecting 2.7 million Florida Students to the high stakes FSA/AIR tests given in 2015. The tests where purchased from AIR ( American Institute for Research) for $230+ million Dollars.

(2015) “Florida Collections” High school textbook: this is a sample of req’d reading in AP English found in Collier County.

Video by Deirdre Clemons, educator and mother of 10 www.youtube.com/watch?v=hnLoK9St4XQ Florida Collections– by Houghton, Mifflin, Harcourt Published-2013. Below is just a sample of req’d reading in AP English found in Collier County in this book. This collection is full of many, many stories teaching our children they are victims; stories of marital infidelity, promiscuity, masturbation; last thoughts as bullet enters…

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(2016) Taxpayer and grandparent letter to Lee County School Board- Math Standards in FL

Dear Superintendent and School Board,   As you know, I’ve been working with state and national experts on standards.  Here is an excellent short summary of the reasons we support other, more effective math standards by Deirdre Clemons which I am passing along for your review.  It would be important to plan workshops on adopting higher standards soon: In 1992,…

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VOTE INFORMED! Collier County Commission District 2

If you were unable to attend the forum, you can watch the recorded video by clicking the link below.  To compare candidates’ positions to your own positions and to each others’, review the Voting Guide (also linked below). Many of the candidates also completed a constitutional questionnaire which provides valuable insights into their understanding and support of the U.S Constitution….

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VOTE INFORMED! Collier County Commission District 3

If you were unable to attend the forum, you can watch the recorded video by clicking the link below.  To compare candidates’ positions to your own positions and to each others’, review the Voting Guide (also linked below). Many of the candidates also completed a constitutional questionnaire which provides valuable insights into their understanding and support of the U.S Constitution….

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If Parents Knew What Their Children Were Reading, They Wouldn’t Like It!

If parents knew what their children were reading, they wouldn’t like it! The question, “What should students read in school?” has a simple answer which has stood the test of time… Demand less “twaddle” and insist on one classic book choice at a time! A classic is a popular book, song, work of art or useful tool that is philosophical and evokes universal understanding. As a result of seeing directly into the universal truth that is born through spending time growing up in a world of classics we see our own genius and therefore cultivate what our service in the world will be.

Feb 2, 2016: A Open Letter to Senator Legg and Representative O’Toole from Janet McDonald, Flagler School Board

Feb 2, 2016: A Open Letter to Senator Legg and Representative O’Toole from Janet McDonald, Flagler School Board With a record number of cosponsors for SB 1018 and HB899 and a 5 year chorus from parents, teachers, community members and students requesting local decision making to correct inappropriate materials and pedagogy that is embedded in the common core/Florida Standards curriculum/materials/testing…

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Lake, Marion & Sumter County FSCCC Common Core Voter Guides

The Florida Stop Common Core Coalition (FSCCC) has prepared these voter guides and ratings after an extensive review of legislative records (for incumbents), statements on websites and in campaign forums and or literature, endorsements, and pro or anti-Common Core activity. Work against the system inside or out of the legislature and public pledges to fight if elected received high grades….

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VOTE INFORMED! Collier County Commission District 5

If you were unable to attend the forum, you can watch the recorded video by clicking the link below.  To compare candidates’ positions to your own positions and to each others’, review the Voting Guide (also linked below). Many of the candidates also completed a constitutional questionnaire which provides valuable insights into their understanding and support of the U.S Constitution….

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