Georgia Seeks Alternative to No Child Left Behind

cross-posted from the Georgia Tenth Amendment Center

Georgia is one of the first states to seek an alternative to “No Child Left Behind”, according to this article from the Georgia Department of Education’s website. Remove the burden of the Federal Government’s inefficient, non-attainable goals outlined in NCLB, and the states can move to create a program that can improve the quality of education for all students:

“Through Georgia’s College and Career Ready Performance Index, we will be able to use multiple indicators to determine a school’s overall impact on our students”, said Superintendent Barge. “This approach will do more to ensure that the K-12 experience provides students with the academic preparation to compete globally, as well as the career development skills aligned with the evolving requirements of our workforce.”

Appendix B from the Request for Waiver to the USDOE Secretary Duncan, outlines the negative result if the current path is not altered, and highlights the equitable results of embarking on the new Georgia CCRPI plan:

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Subverting State Authority

cross-posted from the Georgia Tenth Amendment Center

In the last paragraph of Antifederalist paper  No.17, “Brutus” states the probability that the Federal Government would eventually look to usurp all the powers of the States.The writing of the paragraph seems almost to be a script from the teleprompters of the daily news. It is so obvious that what is taking place in Washington today is a direct result of the Statist’s progressive agendas, slowly but surely infringing  on the liberties of the people and the powers specifically given to the States.

Insuring the  State powers would not be trampled upon and eventually negated was a huge concern,  as it was plausible that the warnings of Antifederalist 17 could very well come to fruition. Imposed by a federal leadership that perceived  individualism or personal liberties as a threat, the usurpation of state powers would enable the federal government to be more involved at the states local levels, virtually controlling its programs and thus be an authority to the people. Once this authority was obtained, whether through blackmailing, threats of loss of federal funds for state projects, or other tactics, the federal government would then be in position to control those  who could stand in the way of their authority and eliminate any hindrance to their plans of total control. Insert dictatorship, hard tyranny, or totalitarianism here…  your choice of nomenclature…

But the builders of our governments foundations and the implementers of it’s construction had the foresight to see the potential of tyrannical regimes coming to power; those hungry for control and mindless of freedom. In it’s perception of utopia, the power of the federal state would be supreme, not the liberty of the individual. Unalienable rights would be non-existent because there is no natural law, only the law which it deems appropriate to enact, to the furtherance of its goals

On December 15, 1791, the Bill of Rights was ratified. The last of these amendments was proposed and ratified with the intent that the state and ultimately the people, would have all power that was not explicitly enumerated in the main text of the Constitution.


The Pot Calling The Kettle Black?

cross-posted from the Georgia Tenth Amendment Center Lesley Swann, State Chapter Coordinator for the Tennessee Tenth Amendment Center, in her article “What Would Zorro Do?” discusses the labeling of those who stand for justice and freedom as criminals by those who have trespassed upon the liberties of others. By demonizing the freedom fighters, the trespassers…