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Our Mission and Objectives

 

WE SUPPORT Educational Tax Credit Legislation

ETC Legislation maximizes your child's school choice by having funding following the student.

WE SUPPORT state- and local-government led curriculum initiatives.

National Common Core State Standards threaten Virginia's control of its own education system.

WE SUPPORT technological advances that improve education delivery and outcomes

USDOE's Race to the Top Grant requirements potentially federalize unlawful collection of your child's private data.

WE SUPPORT laws which strengthen an individual's right to data privacy.

Proposed FERPA changes minimize the parents' role in controlling their child's education.

Preserving educational freedom for everyone …
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Common Core State Standards, the Longitudinal Data System, and changes to FERPA are analogous to the barrel, receiver, and magazine of a gun. Each component currently is being designed and built separately through federal grants, monetary incentives, contract terms and conditions, and regulations.  As separate components, they pose no threat to anyone. However, if they are assembled and loaded with bullets (individual personal data), the government has a weapon which can be used for either good purposes (police enforcement) or bad purposes (armed robbery).

By diminishing the potential interrelationship of these three components, the Virginia education community can state truthfully that currently no integrated system exists. However, when a nationalized curriculum is imposed through changes to federal and state laws, integrated with underlying, interoperable state longitudinal data systems,  and connected to the States’ underlying data,  the integrated system becomes a tool that can be used for good or evil, depending upon the hands into which it is placed. Such a scenario is not farfetched, as we have seen with federal  imposition of the health care law and other laws which have been historically left to the states.

This fact needs to be recognized now, and an appropriate legal or state constitutional framework put in place that precludes the ability of the Federal government to assemble this weapon.

To this end, VEC’s near term objectives are:

  • Stop the unlawful usurpation by the Federal government of the state’s role in the definition of public school curriculum;
  • Prevent the centralized collection and use of individual student and parent data by the Federal government that could be used for purposes other than educational;
  • Protect both individual and family educational rights and privacy; and
  • Promote free market-based educational reform that makes our schools and students better critical thinkers and more globally competitive.

 

Latest Posts

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Common Core’s Data Mining Trojan Horse

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California Committed to Move Forward with Common Core Tests As Planned

Last week, Education Week reported that nearly all of the key education officials in 40 states responding to a survey said they saw little likelihood that the Common Core standards in their states would be “reversed, ... read more

An Early Look at Smarter Balanced Assessments

Sample tests aligned to the California Common Core State Standards can be viewed for grades 3-8 and 11 at http://www.smarterbalanced.org/pilot-test/.  Available nearly two years before the assessment system is implemented in ... read more

ANOTHER STATE DROPS OUT OF PARCC

Is the summer of 2013 for Common Core what the summer of 2010 was for the Affordable Care Act? As befits a state-level effort, the mostly conservative activists leading the charge against Common Core have focused more on ... read more
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