Local Law Enforcement Should Stop Cooperating With Unconstitutional Federal Actions

There should be no local police, no county sheriff’s deputies and no state law enforcement officers involved. If states would simply quit cooperating, many of these constitutional violations would not happen. The feds don’t have the resources. They depend on state and local help.


California Defies Federal Education Mandates, Still Takes Steps Towards Common Core

California AB 484, a popular bill among state officials, educators, and schools alike, marks a major step forward in the state’s transition to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). But it does thumb its nose at federal testing standards along the way, asserting California prerogative to chart its own educational path, even while adopting centralized standards.

Unfortunately, this bill has nothing to do with whether or not California will accept Common Core: the state has accepted it, and it is here to stay.  Rather, this bill merely irons out a few logistical wrinkles, including how best to transition from the old federal assessment instrument (the “STAR” test) to the new, Common-Core related one (“MAPP”).

The plan laid out in AB 484 allows for the 2013-2014 school year to be one of transition relative to the federal assessment requirements.  During this time, a field sample of students (rather than all students) would be tested using the new on-line Common Core-related federal assessment instrument called MAPP.

This new limited testing program flies in the face of mandates from the 2005 No Child Left Behind Act. To do this, California would need a federal waiver, but it’s not asking for one. The California legislature determined the federal test makes no sense in transitioning to new standards and determined to ignore it.