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Senator Graham Takes Leadership against Common Core and for Homeschool Freedom

Homeschooling in South Carolina

HSLDA applauds Senator Graham.

HSLDA President Mike Smith has been an advocate for homeschooling for more than 30 years.

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends,

Earlier this week, Senator Lindsey Graham introduced S. Res. 345, a powerful resolution pushing back against the Common Core State Standards Initiative and specifically calling for the federal government to “not incentivize the adoption of common education standards or the creation of a national assessment to align with such standards.”

You may read Senator Graham’s resolution here, and you may read a press release from Senator Graham’s office about the resolution.

The resolution is co-sponsored by senators Tim Scott (South Carolina), Chuck Grassley (Iowa), Mike Lee (Utah), Ted Cruz (Texas), James Inhofe (Oklahoma), Thad Cochran (Mississippi), Roger Wicker (Mississippi), and Mike Enzi (Wyoming). HSLDA applauds these senators for standing against the Common Core.

As president of HSLDA, I believe we should strongly oppose the Common Core, in large measure due to the federal government’s use of tax dollars to coerce states into adopting the Common Core. HSLDA applauds Senator Graham for this powerful resolution pushing back against the notion that Washington, D.C. should use taxpayer dollars to pressure states into adopting specific education policy. Parents, teachers, and local school districts, not education bureaucrats in Washington should be in charge of the critical decisions of what, when, and how children learn. The success of homeschooling shows that greater freedom and less top-down control helps lead to academic success.

You may read more about why HSLDA opposes the Common Core online.

HSLDA is very grateful to Senator Graham for his leadership against the Common Core. In addition to his introduction of the resolution against the Common Core, Senator Graham has been a longtime advocate for homeschool freedom. He has been a strong and consistent opponent of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, and voted against it in December of 2012.

He and Senator Orrin Hatch (Utah) were the two key senators who worked to ensure that homeschool graduates were treated fairly during military enlistment. Senator Graham has also been a cosponsor of the Parental Rights Amendment. And now, he has taken up the battle against the Common Core. We believe that this resolution is a crucial first step toward ultimately ending the federal role in coercing the states to adopt the Common Core.

We encourage you to contact Senator Graham and thank him for his leadership against the Common Core, and for his work to advance homeschool freedom. You may call him at his D.C. office at 202-224-5972, and you may email him here.

For liberty,

Mike Smith
President, HSLDA

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