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Here Comes Common Core… What’s the big deal?

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Dear Friend,


In 1776, Thomas Paine wrote, “Society in every state is a blessing, but Government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil.” Our Founding Fathers recognized government as a necessary evil and, therefore, carefully crafted the American government with a separation of powers so no one branch of government became too powerful. Additionally, our Constitution provides the federal government with certain powers and the states with certain powers. Thomas Paine’s words ring truer now than in 1776, because the federal government’s “Common Core” curriculum interferes with States’ rights and violates federal laws prohibiting such control. 


Control of educational curriculum is a state right; not a federal right. Under Common Core and its financial incentives, the federal government is attempting to do
what it legally cannot. The federal government, by financial incentives (our tax dollars), is attempting to take away power reserved for the states. A large part of the American government’s success lies in its inherent restraints on government power known as “checks and balances.” This means the federal government must not overstep its authority by ignoring the laws adopted by Congress.  We, as citizens, should be gravely concerned when any branch of our government ignores laws restraining it and, in this case, treads on the rights of States.

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Prepare for Danger in Our Schools

School is still a month away, but you’ve already begun to think of your children starting up the new school year. We know you have many preparations… You should know Advocates for Faith & Freedom is preparing as well, and we hope we can provide you with invaluable information and guidance.


What are we preparing for?

Protecting your child as they head back to school.
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Students Stand in Prayer at School Tomorrow

 Tomorrow, September 25th at 7:00am, students around the nation will gather in prayer around their school’s flagpole. This has been a tradition since 1990, See You At The Poleand since then, millions of kids have gathered for See You At The Pole (SYATP) and lifted up their schools, teachers, friends, families, communities, and nation in prayer on the 4th Wednesday of September. Read More

CA’s Transgender Restroom Bill Passes: Now What?

Yesterday, Governor Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill 1266 into law, which allows students to use restrooms and facilities according to the gender that they most identify with, regardless of what sex they are genetically.

          So, if a boy says he identifies as a girl, he is now permitted by law to share restrooms and locker rooms with the girls. Read More

DOJ Tries to Make the Transgender Issue into a Civil Rights Issue

You may have heard us talk recently about California’s “transgender restroom” bill that, if passed, would allow K-12 students to choose the gender they most Elementary_school_girl_Asianidentify with and be allowed to use the restroom and other facilities that meet that choice.

          Now, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) is trying to turn the transgender issue into a civil rights issue. They are fighting on behalf of a ninth grader from California who was born a girl but says she has identified as a boy since a young age. The DOJ thinks that the school must allow this girl to use the boys’ room at school, as well as on overnight trips that may occur. Read More

Locker Room Surprise – Mother Takes Action

What would you do if your high school aged daughter had to share a locker room with a male student?

 

This is exactly what’s happening with our new client, Mary (please note: real names have been concealed to protect their identity and privacy at this time).  Mary is a single mother, and her daughter Vanessa is a sophomore in high school who recently transferred to a charter school in Los Angeles.  Vanessa had quite a surprise when she went to her PE class and found that a boy who identifies as a girl (and dresses in a feminine manner) is not only allowed to be in the girls’ PE class, but also use the same locker room as the girls!

          Vanessa and this boy, Alex, both have lockers in the same row in the locker room – away from all of the other girls.  Shortly after she joined the class, Vanessa began to be harassed by Alex.  First of all, she had to change clothes in front of this boy, as changing into PE clothes was a requirement for the class.  Meanwhile, Alex rarely, if ever, changed his clothes.  He would watch Vanessa change at times and make comments on her appearance, even touching her hair.

This situation understandably made Vanessa feel uncomfortable and quite vulnerable.  Despite whatever personal identity Alex feels, he is still a boy, and Vanessa did not want to change in front of him day after day.  After awhile, Vanessa started sharing a locker with a friend, away from the isolated area that she had shared with Alex.

Vanessa soon became a target and was “bullied” by Alex and his friend.  At break times, Alex would often hang out in the girls’ restroom, making other girls uncomfortable, too.  One time, another female student said that Alex and a female friend of his stood over one of the bathroom stalls and looked into the next stall – where she was using the facilities!  When Vanessa would enter the restroom, Alex would frequently make her the subject of his verbal harassment, and even some physical intimidation.

          How does something like this even happen to our children?  Why are schools disregarding the privacy and protection of young girls?In 2007, Governor Schwarzenegger of California passed Senate Bill (SB) 777, which essentially changed the definition of gender, saying:

          “‘Gender’ means sex, and includes a person’s gender identity and gender-related appearance and behavior whether or not stereotypically associated with the person’s assigned sex at birth.”

It also allowed students to participate in school activities and use school facilities based on the gender they choose.  That means that boys who identify as girls can legally participate in girls-only classes/activities and use the girls’ restrooms/locker rooms.  Recently, the California State Assembly passed a bill, AB 1266, which essentially restates this law, but adds the opportunity for students to participate in sports teams regardless of gender.

As in this case with Vanessa, boys who identify as girls can freely roam around and watch the girls change and harass the girls with comments about their appearance or unwanted touching.Mary, Vanessa’s mother, told us, “Without a doubt, these issues need to be addressed. We have constitutional rights, and such a school with the upmost integrity for education should also reflect on the Administration. As parents, we try to trust our children’s actions and choices, but when it comes to the safety and well-being of our children in school, who can we trust to create that safe environment? Boys should be in boys’ locker rooms as girls should be in their own. Hasn’t it always been that way?”

Article I of the California Constitution states that “[a]ll people are by nature free and independent and have inalienable rights. Among these [is] . . . privacy.”  In the case of York v. Story, the Ninth Circuit stated that it could not “conceive of a more basic subject of privacy than the naked body. The desire to shield one’s unclothed figure from [the] view of strangers, and particularly strangers of the opposite sex, is impelled by elementary self-respect and personal dignity.”  How will girls like Vanessa get the privacy they are promised by law if boys are suddenly allowed to share their locker rooms and bathrooms?

We find it astonishing that the constitutional rights of hundreds of female students are ignored for the sake of the statutory right of one student to claim the identity of the opposite sex.We’re currently working to intervene on Vanessa’s behalf, first by writing a letter to the school, indicating Vanessa’s constitutional right to privacy.  If the school does not respond accordingly, we may be forced to bring this case to court, for the protection of Vanessa and other girls who are in similar situations at other schools.

Also, we will be contacting the California legislature to share Vanessa’s story.  AB 1266 is now pending in the California Senate, and we hope that our representatives will understand that this bill would be harmful to our students and a new bill should be passed to prevent schools from allowing this invasion of privacy.

We ask for your prayers as we pursue this matter and the grander issue of challenging AB 1266.  If you or someone you know is in a similar situation as Vanessa, please contact us!  We want to show the State that invading the privacy of our students is not okay!

God bless you,
Robert Tyler
General Counsel

Parents, consider keeping your kids home from school on Wednesday!

Tomorrow, Wednesday, May 22, many schools in California will celebrate “Harvey Milk Day.”  Harvey Milk was an openly gay politician in San Francisco and a homosexual rights activist.

In 2009, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed SB 572 into law, which proclaimed that every May 22nd would be “Harvey Milk Day” and could be celebrated in K-12 schools.  The bill says this about Harvey Milk:
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“…perhaps more than any other modern figure, Harvey Milk’s life and political career embody the rise of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) civil rights movement in California, across the nation, and throughout the world.”  Read More

“Gender Liberation”: Coming Soon to Your Public School

Last week, the State Assembly Education Committee passed AB 1266, a law that states:

This bill would require that a pupil be permitted to participate in sex-segregated school programs, activities, and facilities, including athletic teams and competitions, consistent with his or her gender identity, irrespective of the gender listed on the pupil’s records.

          Therefore, if a boy identifies as a girl, he would not only be allowed to participate on girls’ athletic teams, but he would also be allowed to use the girls’ locker room!  

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“Genderless” Showers and Restrooms in Public Schools?

Recently, California Assemblyman Ammiano introduced Assembly Bill (AB) 1266 a couple weeks ago, which would enforce some radical changes in California public schools.  The intent of this legislation is to force schools as follows:

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This bill would require that a pupil be permitted to participate in sex-segregated school programs, activities, and facilities, including athletic teams and competitions, consistent with his or her gender identity, irrespective of the gender listed on the pupil’s records.
 
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