Demand your representatives in D.C., and in your own statehouses, hear your reasoned requests. Remind them that they work for us, not against us. And they haven’t and aren’t acting responsibly on any number of issues.
The BIGGEST THREAT to the U.S is the destruction of its Public Education System.
That is why this website came about. WE NEED ACTION from every citizen who proclaims, “education is important.” ITEM stands for Independent Temporary Education Movement.
I — Independent because that is what each one of is. Independent because that is the principle upon which America is founded. Act like it. Think independently. Stop following political leadership. Take the lead.
T — Temporary because none of us should be in this education reform movement fight to make a name or make a buck off of parents, families, communities, and teachers in the name of “doing what is best for children.” We can solve the problems and end what seems like an endless fight for quality education for K-12 children.
E — Education because it is as both President Lincoln and President Kennedy believed “the most important subject which we as a people may be engaged in”; “education is the keystone in the arch of freedom and progress.”
M —Movement is the only way we, as a people, provide the check and balance against corrupt political powers. Individually we make a difference in our smaller domains. Collectively we can STOP the destruction of the institution of public education, REVIEW the facts, and REORGANIZE to restore sanity and reason to education reform.
For far too long it has been the monetarily influential —through expertly done lobbying — who have gotten legislative results. It’s our turn. Become an effective citizen lobbyist.
Take actions now to help take back control of the lawmaking process. We the People are the only legitimate source of authority in our republic. Our elected officials have forgotten whose consent is proper and necessary for this democratic republic to survive and prosper.
Being a citizen lobbyist is as easy as picking up the phone.
Ready to take a stand against the Every Student Succeeds Act?
Here are some reasoned requests to 1) stop the U.S. Department of Education from spending more money on the same No Child Left Behind “reforms,” 2) NOT DO HARM do in the process of change, and 3) begin legislating a better way to support improvements.
REQUEST: A Continuing Resolution to fund the Elementary and Secondary Education Act to hold existing schools financially harmless but NO NEW FEDERAL EDUCATION FUNDING for the new programs in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).
REQUEST: An immediate injunction to stop implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) to honor the NAACP call for a moratorium on charter school expansion and the call to stop the data collection on the nation’s children that is occurring under a variety of federally supported programs.
REQUEST: To start the repeal process for the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) with a request to Congress for a full independent review of the law’s proper aims, goals, and limits.
The League of Women Voters has advice on Making Your Voice Heard.
“All states share a basic definition of lobbying as an attempt to influence government action.” National Conference of State Legislatures
“Lobbying is talking about what matters to you.” Tips for Citizen Lobbying.
Try some bird-dogging…….Please take the time to read this.
Attend Town Hall Meetings held by Congressional Candidates
Do what you can, when you can, as often as you can.
Contact Your Representatives Today!