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11. Gilbert Watch Supports Warren Petersen for Arizona Senate

It has never been more important than now to elect solid conservatives with a voting record that backs up their rhetoric.  So it is with Warren Petersen, who is running for Arizona Senate in LD12.  As a state representative, he stood up for families and the unborn, for local support and control of education, and for the independent business person.  His votes are testimony to his fight against overbearing regulations that hurt businesses and our economy.  He has repeatedly protected our Second Amendment rights.  Rep. Petersen is very knowledgeable about complex issues, and he knows how to protect the hard-working taxpayer from the big spenders at the Capitol.

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Tags: American Values, Arizona Legislature, Pro Life, Families, Education, Common Core, AzMERIT, Free Market, Religious Freedom, Second Amendment
12. Dr. Kelli Ward; "Spoiler" Alex Meluskey; and John McCain's Relentless Attacks on Kelli Ward

Recently, a supporter of Alex Meluskey stepped into an email that was sent from Gila County Republican Committee Chairman Gary Morris to the GCRC Precinct Committeemen announcing an upcoming PC meeting.  This Alex Meluskey Supporter isn't one of our PC's.  He took issue with an item that Chairman Morris had included in his email, which was a comment from Yavapai GOP Activist Jim Dutton which appeared in the 7/2/2016 MCRC News Briefs.  

Mr. Dutton wrote: "Time to Take One for the Team - I wish to thank all of the Senatorial candidates for their willingness to run against John McCain. All of you have stressed the importance of retiring McCain for the good of Arizona and its citizens. It’s time now for each of you to evaluate the best course of action in order to accomplish the goal of removing McCain. You must put your egos aside and allow your patriotism and professed desire to serve your State and Country to be your guide. Everyone knows that multiple candidates in the primary race will only help John McCain. Therefore, we the people beseech Alex Meluskey, Scott McBean and Clair Van Steenwyck to take the high road and withdraw from this race today. The writing is on the wall guys and it’s time to face reality. Play the men for your people and unite behind the only candidate who has proven to be a challenger to John McCain – Kelli Ward. How do you want to be remembered? As a spoiler who helped get McCain elected or as a true patriot whose self-sacrifice and patriotism were clearly demonstrated for all of Arizona to see? Please, for all of Arizona! Take one for the Team."

The Supporter fired back at all the PC's as follows:

"WHY doesn't WARD DROP OUT and let somebody with a CONSERVATIVE VOTING RECORD run??WE THE PEOPLE HAVENT EVER AND WILL NOT VOTE FOR LIBERALS RUNNING ASD CONSERVATIVES.Check her voting record then Vote for Alex Meluskey for #AZSEN2016 #DUMPWARDINAZ." 

Several of our PC's nicely, but firmly, responded to the Supporter, with comments favorable to Mr. Dutton's MCRC post. 

Since I'm a GCRC PC, I'm publishing my response to the Meluskey Supporter, which follows:   

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Tags: Congress, Elections, Pro Life, Common Core, AzMERIT
13. Let's Put a Real Schmuck in Office!

Here's a great way to help Frank Schmuck beat RINO Jeff Dial in the Aug. 30 Primary.  Please join your neighbors in LD18 (includes Ahwatukee, and parts of Chandler, Mesa, and Tempe) in a Volunteer Support event this Saturday, June 25, from 7:00 am - 10:00 am.  See details following this note from Jim O'Connor.  

For those of you who remember the Republican House & Senate sell outs who voted with the dems in support of Governor Brewer’s Medicaid Expansion (AKA Obamacate in AZ) in the summer of 2013, the name Jeff Dial may ring a bell. He was then serving in the House and the following year got elected to our State Senate. He continues to be a rogue republican, and not a good one.

This August we have the best opportunity ever to rid our state senate of this faker. Please join me this Saturday morning and meet and hear from Frank Schmuck who is challenging Dial for that Senate seat.  Frank enjoys the endorsement of the Arizona Republican Assembly (AZRA) as well as my own personal endorsement. Even though you may live in a different district than Dial's LD 18, his votes affect all of us statewide.

So if you are only up for making calls on Frank's behalf, mailing out literature, or helping with a small donation, do come join me this Saturday.

Jim O'Connor
8001 E Del Joya Drive
Scottsdale, AZ 85258
602-538-9387 cell
jwo@ronnoco3.com

(GW NOTE:  Jeff Dial was also one of the "Republicans" who refused to acknowledge parental authority, when he voted NO to the Parental Opt Out Bill (SB1455).  He also voted to keep Common Core (HB2190).   

Invitation to Volunteer Support for Frank Schmuck

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Tags: Arizona Legislature, Elections, Medicaid Expansion, AzMERIT, Common Core
14. California Teacher: "Get out of my way, I have some laws to change, and no one's stopping me."

This post appeared in Stop Common Core in California Facebook on May 6, 2016.  It was shared by California teacher, Dawn Nikisher Kelly, with her permission:  

(GW NOTE:  It may be of interest to know that, unlike Arizona, California law allows a parent or guardian to excuse a child from all or parts of the statewide assessment.  Not many parents do, however.  See 60615 of EDUCATION CODE SECTION 60604-60618.)  

 

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Tags: AzMERIT, Common Core, High Stakes Testing, Schools
15. SILENT NO MORE: Why this Former Teacher Opted Out of the AzMerit

Those of us in the anti-Common Core/AzMerit/High Stakes testing movement have long explained why teachers don't speak out against the insane nationalization of our K-12 Education System.  Mostly, it's because they don't want to risk losing their jobs.  Even former teachers don't speak out, for fear they will never work again in the public school system.  Ms. Debra Jo Borden, a former Arizona teacher, bravely went public in late April 2016 .  She is silent no more about the gagging of teachers, AzMerit, the data mining and psychoanalysis of our children, and much more.   Please read what she has to say: 

1) I disagree with the contracts teachers are required to sign that force them to remain silent.

2) I can be brave and I will speak up.

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Tags: AzMERIT, Common Core, High Stakes Testing, Schools
16. Cowardly AZ Legislators Fret over "maybe" Losing Federal Money: Courageous NY Children Refuse Tests!

The Arizona Legislature has adjourned Sine Die.  The Fifty-Second Legislature, Second Regular Session ended May 7,  2016.  Unfortunately, the majority of legislators (including all Democrats) refused to respect parents' rights in voting Nay to SB1455 (parental opt out) . Yet, in liberal left New York, young school children happily joined together to stiffen adult spines against statewide (nationalized) assessments.  

 
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Tags: AzMERIT, Common Core, High Stakes Testing, Schools
17. Vacancy on the Arizona State Board of Education’s Standards Development Committee

If you would like to play an effective role in replacing Common Core in Arizona, now’s your chance!  There’s a vacancy on the State Board of Education’s Standards Development Committee for a member who is a parent of a public high school student.  The Arizona Standards Development Committee includes representation from the Board, business community, deans of colleges, parents, classroom teachers, a school administrator, and a school district governing board member. The Superintendent of Public Instruction Diane Douglas is also a member of the Committee. Members of the Committee are an equal mix of those who have and have not participated in the standards development process in the past.

More information about the Arizona Standards Development Committee can be found HERE.   

Applicants are encouraged to complete the application and return the requested documents to inbox@azsbe.az.gov by May 31, 2016.   Click HERE to print out the application.  

According to State Board Member Jared Taylor, “It would be great to get some good parents of high school students to apply.”

Are you interested in reviewing some excellent K-12 standards that already exist?  See 
An English Language Arts Curriculum Framework for American Public Schools: A Model  and Mathematics Content Standards for California Public Schools Kindergarten through Grade Twelve: A Model

Two addenda could be added to the California standards referenced above that elaborate on the standards themselves and deal with pedagogical and organizational issues:  1) Mathematics Framework for California Public Schools, 2000 Revised Edition; and 2) Mathematics Framework for California Public Schools, 2006 Edition."

Please contact Gilbert Watch and let us know if you apply!

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Tags: AzMERIT, Common Core, High Stakes Testing, Schools, State Board of Education
18. The Schools' War on Arizona's Children: Part 3 Emotional Child Abuse

As stated in Part 1 and Part 2, even though Arizona legislators are ultimately to blame for causing the ugliness, humiliation, undue stress, and mental anguish experienced by parents and their children who dare to reject AzMERIT, it is the teachers, principals, and administrators who are inflicting the pain.  As you will see from these parent comments, some local school "leaders" seem to take delight in emotionally punishing children for their parents' actions. Local school authorities are willing to suspend their own consciences and actually harm children under their care, all in the name of standardized testing.  The comments you will read below aren't unusual.  They are representative of what's happening all over Arizona.  These parents will never again trust the "public school system." 

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Tags: AzMERIT, Common Core, High Stakes Testing, Schools
19. Sen. Allen calls for schools to respect parents over assessment concerns

(Phoenix, State Capitol)---Senator Sylvia Allen today urged local school leaders and administrators to work with parents, be respectful and not retaliate against a student for choices that parent may make.

It is that time of year again when Arizona schools are administering the statewide assessment to our students, also known as AzMERIT.  Unfortunately, another legislative session is coming to an end where a parent’s right to make educational decisions for their children are not being recognized in our state laws. Senator Allen sponsored SB 1455, which would have allowed parents to opt their children out of the AzMERIT assessment. This year Congress reauthorized the federal education law that gave states the flexibility to develop their own opt-out policies, but Senator Allen was unable to get it through the legislative process this session.

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Tags: AzMERIT, Common Core, High Stakes Testing, Schools
20. Beautiful Letter from an Arizona Teacher to Her Students

Among the horror stories of teachers and local school administrators who intimidate, lie to, and bully their students are stories like this one.  Rusdon Ray shared the following letter that his young son received from his teacher.  According to Mr. Ray, "This letter was written by his good teacher who clearly recognizes and is doing her best to combat the psychological damage to her students by too much high stakes testing in schools with tests such as the AZ Merit. You can feel the love and concern this teacher has for her 3rd grade students and her desire to help them even though teachers' hands have been tied. Take a moment and read it." 

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Tags: AzMERIT, Common Core, High Stakes Testing, Schools

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