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|THE NEWSPAPER OF EDUCATION RIGHTS||SEPTEMBER 1995|
State of Alabama |
House of Representatives
URGING THE ALABAMA CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATION TO REPEAL GOALS 2000 AS A PART OF EDUCATE AMERICA ACT
WHEREAS, Goals 2000: Educate America Act and related implementing legislation, ESEA Reauthorization Act, P.L. 103-382, which was passed by the Congress in 1994, require the federalization called restructuring of America's educational system; and
WHEREAS, the act, for the first time in American history, provides a framework to establish national education goals, with the power in federal, state, and local rules; and
WHEREAS, this federalization, which Goals 2000 describes 101 times as voluntary, is in effect involuntary because it requires that, for a state to receive any federal funds, including Chapter 1 funds, a state must submit to national content standards, national student performance standards, federally approved state assessments testing to cover all students regardless of where they are educated, federally approved control of information through technology plans in all programs, federally approved school readiness programs which will necessitate home inspections, mandatory community service, school to work programs directing all businesses to require certificates of mastery for all workers, and government oversight of the family; and
WHEREAS, this federalization also mandates equalized spending per pupil for a state, local, educational agency, or school; and
WHEREAS, the Alabama Legislature last year rejected outcome-based education; and
WHEREAS, the federal government does not have the legal constitutional authority to implement a national curriculum or otherwise to usurp state rights; and
WHEREAS, American education has been effective when it has taught the basics under local control; and
WHEREAS, supervision and education of children must remain the right of parents, and the Goals 2000-required parent contracts negate this parental authority; now therefore
BE IT RESOLVED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF ALABAMA, BOTH HOUSES THEREOF CONCURRING, That the Legislature calls upon the Alabama Congressional Delegation to repeal Goals 2000 in order to reverse the power it gives to the federal government.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That a copy of this resolution be sent to each Alabama Congressional member.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and have caused the GREAT SEAL of the State of Alabama to be affixed by the Secretary of State at the Capitol in the City of Montgomery on this the 27th day of July, 1995.
Jim Bennett Fob James, Jr. Secretary of State Governor