Take Heart and Keep Fighting

top-20-quotes-from-abraham-lincoln-21-638Utah Senator Mike Lee offered an amendment to S. 1177 which would have allowed parents to opt their children out of the “high stakes” testing. Sen. Lee’s amendment was voted down 64-32.

One of the Senators who voted against the amendment was our own Mitch
McConnell. Apparently Senator McConnell thinks the federal government
knows better than parents and that parents have no rights. Senator
McConnell also voted for passage of S.1177.

I read a quote from President Abraham Lincoln today that I think we can apply to our current situation fighting for sound education policy.  He said, “Let us have faith that right makes might, and in that faith, let us, to the end, dare to do our duty as we understand it.”

Some of us feel discouraged about the House approving H.R. 5, the Student Success Act last week, and the U.S. Senate yesterday passing S.1177, the Every Child Achieves Act.


We need to “have faith that right makes might.” Our message is going
out.  It is resonating.  Even if the votes didn’t go our way, we are
still making a difference in the national conversation. We are forcing
our leadership, candidates, etc. to discuss federalism as applied to
education.


Our opposition to Common Core was cited numerous times, that is something we didn’t see even two years ago.


Notice also that three of the four presidential candidates in the U.S.
Senate (U.S. Senators Ted Cruz, Rand Paul and Marco Rubio) voted “no” on
S.1177.  U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) didn’t vote at all.  We are
making a difference, politicians are feeling the pressure we are
bringing to bear as grassroots

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