Virginia School Board Association wants to adopt Common Core

From the Virginia Free Citizen.

Do they not know that states that have it are trying to get out of it?

by Celeste Busby

Believe it or not, the Virginia School Board Association (VSBA) is encouraging the Virginia Board of Education (VBOE) to adopt Common Core.   Have they not paid any attention to the abundance of states that are trying to get out of Common Core? Have they not checked out the complaints from other states like New York where only 33 percent of students passed the end-of-year tests, or like Montgomery County, Maryland where Algebra students and their families had to cancel vacation plans so that that the 80 percent of students that failed algebra could take a mandatory summer school class in algebra in order to pass? Have they not heard that Virginia has already added Common Core content to its Standards of Learning (SOL) and that, especially, in math our students are failing because of the crazy way math is being taught?

Common Core is not the fix for education that is already clearly not working! Parental Rights and EducationIn the VSBA’s report “Legislative Positions of the Virginia School Boards Association,” dated January 2014, on page 22, section 1.5 Aligning State and Federal Accountability Programs, they share their position on two programs related to standards, and encourage the VBOE to rethink its past decision to not sign up for Common Core. The VSBA’s reasoning is:

It will be complicated, burdensome, and expensive for schools and school divisions as well as the state to implement and comply with the requirements of these two accountability programs. The VSBA urges the Board of Education to regularly review and revise the Standards of Accreditation so that the assessment accountability program mandated therein does not conflict with the implementation of the federal accountability program mandated in the No Child Left Behind Act.

The VSBA urges the Board of Education to re-evaluate the decision not to adopt the Common Core State Standards. . . .

The VSBA urges the Board of Education to provide information to local school boards during the course of the Board’s re-evaluation so that school boards can become better informed regarding the Common Core State Standards. The VSBA urges the Board of Education to seek and consider the input of local school boards on the consideration of the Common Core State Standards.

From Louden County: In the March 2014, VSBA Communications Plus—A Communications Service for Education (, on the front page, it states, “Many of the objections to the new [CCSS] standards are based on inadequate communications. Read these suggestions for spreading the word about the Common Core in your community.” The suggestions are about four pages later in a section called “Common Core State Standards, What Do Board Members Need to Know?” and they are:

  1. Find out what Common Core really is.
  2. Make sure you know what your district’s plan of implementation is so you

can talk knowledgeably with your superintendent and other leaders.

  1. Make sure you understand your local approach to Common Core.
  2. Communicate with your community.
  3. Learn about the plan for testing in your area.

Of course, there is a defining statement under each of these.

Also in that section under “Background,” it states “The CCSS were developed through the leadership of the National Governors Association (NGA) and the Council of Chief State School Officers . . .” However, it says nothing about the fact that the NGA, even though it is co-owner of the copyright to the CCSS, is now not taking a position on the CCSS, and one governor has suggested that the CCSS are “radioactive,” while another has called them “toxic.”

I encourage everyone to contact their school board members, telling them to oppose the VSBA’s position to adopt Common Core for Virginia.   Also you can contact the Virginia Board of Education by either calling Melissa Luchau at 804-225-2924, or E-mailing her at She will put the information that you send to her in the board member’s packets. You can also schedule a three-minute talk at the monthly VBOE meeting through Ms. Luchau.

7th District Assembly

On Saturday, July 26th, 26 Conservative, Liberty and Republican Leaders in the 7th District met in the Community Center at The Bass Pro Shop in Ashland. At first islands unto themselves, but then a dialog began and the walls started to come tumbling down. In the end, the beginnings of unity and coalition started to develop. Below you will find a summary of the events that day.   1st 7th District Assembly Meeting more

A Supporters Perspective on Dr. David Brat – Candidate for U.S. Congress

Below you will find one supporters perspective and research of the upcoming 7th District race for U.S. Congress and the 2 candidates running for it. She has done her homework and has links we suggest you take the time to look at. We would like to add a few more that have come in to help in your educated decision. One final thought, there is NO Democrat running for this office, so whoever wins the Primary will be our next Congressman. There is no chance of losing a Congressional seat to a Democrat as some have been led to believe. This Primary is probably one of the most important ones in VA history! Cantor Mislabels Opponent    Posted on […] more

*Meet Shak Hill – Republican Candidate for US Senate, Tuesday, March 4th 7:30pm

Join us Tuesday, March 4th, 7:30pm in the Community Room at Martins CrossRidge (10250 Staples Mill Road, Glen Allen) Meet Shak Hill, candidate for the upcoming State Convention to nominate a Republican candidate for the United States Senate to run against Mark Warner. To become a  Delegate from Henrico at the District and/or State Convention, go to and download the Mass Meeting Call and Pre-file form. Fill it out, make a copy for your records and mail it in before the March 21st deadline (postmarks do not govern). Want to know and understand more about Nominating Conventions? Then join us on Tuesday March 4th for a conversation about the importance of the Convention. Delegate forms will be available that evening […] more

Next meeting Feb 4th: Dave Brat

    *SAVE THE DATE* Tuesday, February 4th at 7:30pm Martin’s  Community Room 10250 Staples Mill Rd., Glen Allen    MEET DAVE BRAT Candidate for Congress 7th District From the Dave Brat for Congress Website: more

Meeting – Tuesday, January 7th, 7:30pm. Martins Crossridge, 10250 Staples Mill Road, Glen Allen. We know where we want to go, but now how do we get there? Be prepared with your ideas and come ready to share.

I AM the TEA Party

**SAVE THE DATE** Tuesday, December 3rd, 7:30pm Martins Crossridge

Where do we go from here

Join us with your ideas, questions, and comments. We will recap the election, talk about future actions and where we go from here.

One of our strategies is to work with the Center for Self-Governance. You can find out more about them at . We will have Level 1 classes right here in Richmond on January 3rd and 4th. For those who completed Level 1 at the recent TPAC weekend, we will also offer Level 2.

Looking forward to seeing you and hearing your ideas. In the meantime, have a blessed Thanksgiving!

Tea Party Action Conference – November 15-17, 2013


Tea Party Action Conference 2013

November 15-17, 2013

DoubleTree by Hilton Richmond Midlothian,

1021 Koger Center Boulevard, Richmond VA 23235

“Changing the Rules of the Game”




Any elected officials you want to replace ?

TN Center for Self Governance – LEVEL I

Become empowered to influence Legislators, policy and elections.

Among their many successes, graduates of the TNCSG series of classes recalled the Colorado gun-grabbers

AND THEN got their candidates elected to fill the seats.

BREAKING NEWS: They have started recall of a 3rd Progressive! (Establishment objects J)

1st  half, Friday 1-5:30pm, 2nd half Saturday 2-6pm.    ( Level II will be given Jan 4th)

(TNCSG ticket required)



Turn the tables – Beat them with their own strategy!

Rules for Radicals

The Leadership Institute’s most “In-Demand” program – Friday evening

(For serious hard-core organizers and tacticians)

Friday, 6-7pm – Part I:  “Tactical Warfare” / The Context of Saul Alinsky.

Friday, 8-9pm – Part II:  “The 13 Rules” /  Grassroots  strategizing  vis a vis the Alinskyites.

Effectively engage and communicate using  their own Rules.


A Solution as big as the Problem!

“The Liberty Amendments” – Convention of States

Dr. Michael Farris – The FAQs / The Plan – Saturday morning

The Federal Government is broken. Washington D.C. will never voluntarily relinquish its power. Left unchecked, the government will continue to bankrupt this nation and destroy the liberty of the people. It is time for citizens and the States to act and thanks to the Founding Fathers we have the solution – ARTICLE V





  • Crisis Management – Chris Doss, Leadership Institute
  • Fight Stormwater regulations and the EPA – Rich Rothschild, County commissioner, MD
  • Convention of States – Implementing   ‘The Plan’- Dr. Farris, Convention of
  • Start Twittering Today - Have BIG influence (Bring smart phone- Leave Twittering) Melody Scalley,
  • Intro to running for office – Thought about becoming a Candidate? Matt  Robbins, American Majority
  • Turn ideas into action  – Successful Project PlanningKris Allen, Engineer, Business Consultant,
  • Building Our Conservative Majority –  Russ Moulton
  • Grow Your Group / Best Practices – Erin Ryan (back by popular demand)
  • Minority Outreach  – Leah Durant, Terry Beatley
  • Taking your message outside the Tea Party  – Matt Robbins, American Majority
  • How to prosper in the financial crisis – back by popular demand, 2013 update – Charles Kraut
  • Make Heritage Action your partner – Melody Scalley



Informal meetups

(Saturday 6-7pm)

  • 7th District Residents – chat room
  • VIRGINIA FREE CITIZEN – Help shape public opinion.
  • CoLA Issue Teams – (TNSCG class highly recommended for CoLA activists)


(Sunday Morning)

GOD  –  Rev. Muhlenberg  (AKA, Travis Witt)  Back by popular demand

GUNS  –  Philip Van Cleave, VCDL,  1st appearance

GOLD  – (Personal  Finance)  Charles Kraut – Back by popular demand

GRUB  – East Coast Food Storage, Bob Parker  – Virginia’s own preparedness store.

GAB  – Ham radio (communications) – TBD

Also on Sunday morning -TOP WORKSHOPS REPEATED


STOP the Meals (Prepared Food)Tax


  •  A meals tax targets working people and families juggling kids and jobs.
  •  A permanent 4% meals tax is aimed at you. It taxes restaurants, convenience stores, fast food, fountain drinks, deli sandwiches and catering – even boxed lunches and your popcorn at the movies.
  •  Meals tax revenue goes into the county GENERAL FUND.  These funds are NOT dedicated to our schools (no Lock Box).  Each year the county school budget is up for vote by the County Board of Supervisors.
  •  100% of Henrico residents will pay this tax.
  •  Add the 4% meals tax to the 5.3% sales tax and you will pay an extra $9.30 for every $100 spent.
  •   A meals tax requires more tax collectors, auditors, enforcers and paperwork.  
  •  Unlike the real estate tax, a meals tax is non-deductible on your income taxes.

To see more informative videos about the Henrico Meals Tax(VOTE NO!) go to

Meet EW Jackson, Republican Candidate for Lt. Governor

EW Jackson

Click on this link to hear a great Patriot!

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