Fighting Common Core and Agenda 21 in New Jersey

New Jersey finally has some legislators on its side to fight Common Core and Agenda 21.

N.J. Sen. Anthony Buocco and his son, Assemblyman Anthony Buocco (Jr.) are taking up the fight against the Abbott Decision, which allows the government to take funds from wealthier communities and send it to urban cities.  Father and son are sponsoring bills in the N.J. Senate and Assembly to fight this bill.  The N.J. Parental Rights and Property Tax Reduction Act will allocate the same amount of money per pupil no matter what school district they live in.

Abbott districts are school districts in New Jersey that are provided remedies to ensure that their students receive public education in accordance with New Jersey’s state constitution. They were created in 1985 as a result of the first ruling of Abbott v. Burke, a case filed by the Education Law Center. The ruling asserted that public primary and secondary education in poor communities throughout the state was unconstitutionally substandard.   There are 31 “Abbott districts” in the state, which are now referred to as “SDA Districts” based on the requirement for the state to cover all costs for school building and renovation projects in these districts under the supervision of the New Jersey Schools Development Authority.

Prior to 2011, the State of NJ did not release the total amount spent per pupil on schooling. Since the Abbott original ruling in 1985, New Jersey increased spending to such a degree that Abbott district students received 22 percent more per pupil (at $20,859) vs. non-Abbott districts (at $17,051) in 2011.

The Senate bill number is:  S-2674

The Assembly bill number is:  A-3875

When speaking with your representative, remember to include the bill’s name in your reference.

Many thanks to Senator and Assemblyman Buocco for their assistance in this matter.

In June of 2010, the State Board of Education adopted the common core state standards (CCSS) to replace the core curriculum content standards in language arts literacy and mathematics. This bill establishes the Common Core State Standards Evaluation Task Force to evaluate the implementation of the CCSS.

The task force would include 19 members as follows: the Commissioner of Education or a designee; eight members, appointed by the Governor, five upon the recommendations of the American Federation of Teachers New Jersey, the New Jersey Association of School Administrators, the New Jersey Education Association, the New Jersey Principals and Supervisors Association, and the New Jersey School Boards Association, one member who is a representative of a nonpublic school, and two public members who are the parents or guardians of a student enrolled in a New Jersey public school; two members of the Senate, appointed by President of the Senate; two members of the General Assembly, appointed by the Speaker of the General Assembly; two individuals, one each appointed by the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the General Assembly, who have expertise in language arts literacy instruction and curriculum; two individuals, one each appointed by the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the General Assembly, who have expertise in mathematics instruction and curriculum; and two public members, one each appointed by the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the General Assembly, who are the parents or guardians of students enrolled in a New Jersey public school.

The task force’s evaluation of the common core state standards would include: 1) a description of actions taken by the State to date to implement the new standards and a timeline for additional actions to be taken; 2) a comparison of the common core state standards to the academic standards that they replaced; 3) an estimate of the of full cost for school districts to implement the common core state standards, including those already incurred and those to be incurred in the future; and 4) an analysis of student performance on the State assessments before and after the adoption of the common core state standards. The task force is also directed to study and evaluate the issue of student and family personal data mining and a student’s right to privacy.

The task force is to issue its final report no later six months after it organizes. Prior to issuing its final report, the task force is to conduct at least four public hearings to gather information. The bill stipulates the Department of Education will not administer assessments developed by the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) until after the final report of the task force has been submitted. The department currently intends to administer the PARCC assessments beginning in the 2014-2015 school year.

N.J. Senate Bill S-2973 establishes a Common Core State Standards Evaluation Task Force; delays use of assessments developed by Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers until the task force can assess its purpose, methods, and goals.  Right now, the bill has been referred to the N.J. Senate Education Committee.

At this point, it is uncertain if there is a bill before the Assembly.  The purpose of the task force is to free New Jersey from any obligations to the Common Core standards.  Common Core has received $160 million in funding from the Bill and Melissa Gates Foundation and $300 million from the Federal government.

Implementation of Common Core would degrade the education of our students, decreasing their abilities to the lowest common standards.  So far, Common Core has only taken on the subjects of English and Mathematics, but they have an agenda for transforming History and Science as well, promoting anti-Americanism and climate change to vulnerable young minds.

Common Core’s agenda is the Three E’s or The Three Pillars of Sustainability:

  1. Environment (climate change; carbon taxes; elimination of private property ownership)
  2. Social Equity (meaning everyone gets the same as everyone else regardless of whether they’ve earned it or not)
  3. Social Justice (redistribution of wealth and populations)

Call your legislators as soon as possible and encourage them to oppose Common Core and Agenda 21/Smart Growth.  Don’t be afraid of them using derisive laughter against you.  Those are grade school tactics and you’re adults.  There are copies of Agenda 21 and the U.N.’s 1993 environmental conference in Rio de Janeiro.  Proof is abundant.  In fact, it’s all around you.  Purse snatchings and other crimes have already occurred along the commercial strip on Route 23 in Riverdale and Butler.

Don’t wait until you find yourself in a hold-up on Ringwood Avenue or a carjacking at the corner of Berdan Avenue and the Hamburg Turnpike.  Contact your legislators now.

Published in: on September 19, 2013 at 12:09 pm  Leave a Comment  

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