Latest POLITICO Revelation
POLITICO's Morning Edition posted a question today (3/10/15) regarding lobbying based on "false claims" from a "viral blog post." Here is what was reported:
DID A BLOG POST CRASH NCLB? Reports are surfacing [http://politico.pro/1G7WQNV] that a viral blog post [http://bit.ly/1BWJJBJ] detailing (predominantly false) problems in House Republicans' No Child Left Behind bill took on a life of its own in the week leading up to NCLB getting pulled from the House floor. The post apparently led constituents to complain to their members about the bill. But how much influence did it have on the Hill? Morning Education spoke with seven right-leaning, rank-and-file House offices about what they were hearing that week. Most said they got some calls - in the dozens - opposing the bill but didn't recall the blog post being cited. One office, however, said that it fielded many calls on the post and spent a significant amount of time refuting its claims.
- House Education and the Workforce Committee Republicans, meanwhile, are continuing to make the argument that their bill is thoroughly conservative. A release sent Monday prominently cites a blog post [http://bit.ly/1aY3soy] by Fordham's Chester Finn saying the Student Success Act is "the most conservative federal education move in a quarter century."[http://bit.ly/1aY3] by Fordham's Chester Finn saying the Student Success Act is "the most conservative federal education move in a quarter century."
Inevitably, Chester Finn weighed in with his own braggadocio. Below is a screen shot of his disingenuous remarks:
We wish to make it perfectly clear that IT WASN'T US!
It wasn't THIS blog that sent out misinformation and skewed data!
WE have been publishing for the past 3 months very detailed, extremely well-documented, factual information about the contents of these bills that are currently in Congress -- based on the impeccable research of Anita Hoge, who has been compiling this research for 4 decades now!
Sadly, there are others who are playing a game of mix-and-match, cherry-picking information from assorted conservative groups, creating a hodge-podge stew of incorrect and skewed information, and failing to come up with coherent and credible alerts. We are sorry to see this happen. But we want you to know -- IT WASN'T US!
Furthermore, this is a good time to remind grassroots activists that you cannot TRUST these conservative groups to tell you the truth about what is in these bills. A case in point: the disinformation you see above from Chester Finn.
For all of you grassroots who are doing a MAGNIFICENT JOB -- don't let this bother you! Keep on with your phone calls and contacts with Congress:
NO to HR 5
NO to S 227
NO to S 144
NO to Casey's Pre-K-12
YES to First Amendment
YES to Fourth Amendment
YES to Federalism
YES to our Constitution
YES to a free America
NO to the Bastardization of Title I, IDEA or FERPA
Below is key documentation.
This is a basic compilation of Anita Hoge's and this blog's alerts, and the many radio interviews. This is part of a genuine grassroots effort to Stop Rep. Kline's H.R. 5 and Sen. Alexander's Reauthorization of ESEA and the related bills, providing you, the reader, with solid factual information:
Jan. 15, Beware of ESEA Reauthorization
Jan. 17, HIPAA AND FERPA
Jan. 17: OBAMA TARGETS BABIES!
Jan. 19, ESEA & your property taxes!
Jan. 20, Lamar Alexander's Re-authorization of ESEA
Jan. 22, Update on the Reauthorization of ESEA
Jan. 24, Grassroots Activist Anita Hoge, Bio
Jan. 25, STOP REAUTHORIZATION OF ESEA
Jan. 28, Lobbying Against the ESEA Reauthorization
Jan. 29, ALERT: ESEA
Jan. 30, The FINAL Reauthorization of ESEA
Jan. 30, What Does ObamaCare Have to Do With the ESEA Reauthorization?
Jan. 31, No Way, ESEA!
Jan. 31, Why Anita Hoge Needs to Testify Before Congress
Jan. 31, IMMEDIATE ACTION Required - ESEA
Jan. 31, Americas Moms Speak to Lamar Alexander
Feb. 2, Lamar the Czar
Feb. 2, #NoWayESEA
Feb. 2, An Open Letter to Congress
Feb. 2, The ESEA Power Grab
Feb. 5, ESEA Discussed on Radio
Feb. 5, PA Press Release on ESEA Violations
Feb 7, Anita Hoge Explains the WHOLE AGENDA for ESEA
Feb. 9, "Human Capital" Starts At Birth?!
Feb. 9, Data Tracking Your Children
Feb. 10, Anita Hoge Tells All About Testing Attitudes
Feb. 14, The ABCs of ANITA
Feb. 14, EVEN BEFORE ESEA HAS BEEN REAUTHORIZED—
Feb. 18, Federal ESEA Reauthorization has its eye on Finland
Feb. 20, ALERT: HR 5, the Student Success Act of 2015
Feb. 21, KLINE: The Man Behind HR 5
Feb. 23, HR-5 DENIES PARENTS THEIR RIGHT OVER THEIR OWN CHILDREN
Feb. 24, ESEA contact with your Legislators
Feb. 24, HR 5's ROAD TO SERFDOM
Feb. 24, Grassroots Activism on H.R. 5 - Student Success Act
Feb. 24, The Silence on ESEA is Deafening!
Feb. 27, D-DAY on H.R. 5
March 4, HR 5 Bastardizes Title 1 and IDEA... creating a dangerous hybrid
March 5, No Way, ESEA!
March 6, FreedomWorks SUPPORTS S. 144?
March 6, Sen. Bob Casey's Universal Pre-Kindergarten
March 7, THEY are coming for your children. . . .
March 9, THEY are coming for your babies. . . .