Proposal by Dr. Tommy Bice of the Alabama State School Board in July 2013 To Control, Regulate and Tax Christian Schools and Home SchoolsIn early June the Alabama State Department of Education (ALSDE) notified church and private schools of their intentions to propose to the Alabama State Board of Education certain amendments to the Alabama Administrative Code (AAC) to tighten its control and regulation over private and church schools. While this proposal is on hold, but has the potential to be activated. The Alabama State Department of Education has yet to resend this policy and the President of the Alabama State School Board has continued to actively promote the controlling agenda of the Federal Common Core.
The below were requirements in a 49 page proposal by Dr. Tommy Bice to control and regulate Christian Schools and Home Schools:
1. A $500 fee or tax required from all Christian Schools or Home School groups to accompany an application.
2. Application must contain legal church documents to prove the legal status of the church school ministry
3. A catalog of courses taught
Consequences for Failure to comply would mean the following:
1. No diploma would be recognized from Christian School or Home Schools by the State of Alabama
2. Students from Christian Schools or Home School would not be able to transfer credits to a public school
3. Graduates would NOT be able to attend Alabama two or four year colleges
We petition the Alabama Legislature to pass a law to prohibit the Alabama State Superintendent and Alabama State School Board from regulating, controlling, or interfering with the establishment, curriculum or staff of Christian schools and home schools. It is further requested that Alabama State School Board be prohibited from taxing or charging fees to Christian schools and home schools. Full resolution is listed below. Alabama should be also be free from the federal control of education and the implementing education control program known as Common Core.
We the Citizens of Alabama Petition the Legislature to pass this legislation, SB38 Brewbaker Bill, to free Christian Schools and Home Schools from control, regulation, and taxation by the Alabama Dept of Education and School Board:
We, the undersigned citizens of Alabama, do hereby reaffirm the fundamental right of parents to raise our children without undue interference from federal and state governments and to oversee our children's education, and assert that the State does not have unlimited power to dictate one set of standards or regulate a certain way to educate our children. We therefore submit a list of grievances against the State Superintendent of Education, who's signaled his intention to force Christian and home schools under the control of the Alabama Department of Education and under the same courses of study as public schools, aka Common Core, which takes away an inherent right of parents to decide what our children should learn and how to teach it. We seek redress to these grievances by asking the State Board of Education and the Alabama Legislature to forfeit the Superintendent's actions and restore parental control and state sovereignty over education in Alabama.
To Sign the Petition (Full Petition is below) fill in form and click - Name, County, and Email are mandatory entries. - Sign Petition
Freedom to Educate your child without state control SB 38 Brewbaker Bill - View the Text of the proposed bill, SB 38, Brewbaker Bill http://openbama.org/bill/9156/text
State officials outlined the proposals during a July meeting with representatives of several nonpublic schools. Attendees were told that the state wanted to create a "partnership," and the changes and fees were part of the process. What the state misses is that parents like me who opt out of public schools have already decided against any sort of partnership with the state's public education system. Moreover, many of us choose church schools based on our faith.
On another front, homeschooling parents were alarmed to learn they could be impacted as well. This caught the attention of the Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA), an organization that I belong to that protects the rights of homeschooling parents.
"If this document were adopted and implemented, the State Department of Education would begin to regulate church schools for the first time in state history," wrote Dewitt T. Black, senior counsel at HSLDA, in an email alert to members. This affects homeschooling families because Alabama requires them to affiliate with a church school.
Black wrote that the HSLDA would fight the changes which he believes are an "overreach of government authority."
See 49 Pages of proposed regulations: -
"Rules and Regulations For Private Schools and Church Schools in Alabama", is dated July 9, 2013, and can be viewed at:
Alabama non public school proposed regulations
Read the details of the 49 page plan to Control and Regulate Christian Schools and Home Schools.
Info from Alabama Federation of Women -
- More Info
Alabama Common Core Education Standards
Alabama Common Core Info http://www.auee.org/
Almost every Alabama conservative organization and tea party group opposes Common Core, See list by Wetumpkia Tea Party:
List of Alabama Groups opposing Federal Common Core Education in Alabama
Alabama Common Core Education Information
Education officials said the new rules actually were aimed at minimizing and
clarifying ALSDE's role in public schools. In an Aug. 6 letter to private
schools, State Superintendent Tommy Bice said the proposed regulations were
intended to sweep away outdated regulations, including requirements that the
state superintendent approve tuition changes at private schools.
"We were attempting to forge a partnership with Alabama's private and church
schools and remove any vestiges of the outdated regulatory guidance and
remove several statutory areas of overreach, while at the same time provide
students and parents with protection and assurance of some comparability
between educational choices currently available to Alabama students," Bice
wrote in the letter.
The 2014 legislative session begins Jan. 14. http://www.montgomeryadvertiser.com/article/20131129/NEWS02/311290014/Bill-w ould-remove-State-Department-Education-from-licensure-regulation-private-sch ools
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