Idahoans for Local Education

Idahoans for Local Education

Our mission is to preserve Idaho’s local educational sovereignty by keeping the decision making close to home, where parents can make a difference.

http://idahoansforlocaleducation.com Founded by Stephanie Zimmerman in 2013. We want to make sure that Idaho‘s education system has the highest standards so our children are given the ability to be anyone they want to be.

CRT Expert, Dr Duke Pesta, Coming to Idaho | Idahoans For Local Education 10/19/2021

CRT Expert, Dr Duke Pesta, Coming to Idaho | Idahoans For Local Education

https://idahoansforlocaleducation.com/2021/10/crt-expert-dr-duke-pesta-coming-to-idaho/

Come see Dr. Pesta!

CRT Expert, Dr Duke Pesta, Coming to Idaho | Idahoans For Local Education Pursuing the Love of Learning Dr. Duke Pesta, Star, Idaho – October 21st Thursday LifeSpring Church, 174 N Star Road, Star, Idaho from, 6:00-8:00 PM, Dr. Duke Pesta, Anna Miller, Idaho Freedom Foundation Education Policy Director & Rep. Dorothy Moon Caldwell, Idaho – October 22nd Friday Caldwell...

[04/21/21]   A CALL TO ACTION:

I would like as many concerned citizens as possible to email the Boise Library Board ([email protected]) asking for two things in regards to the Boise Library Ultimate Book Nerd (UBN) Challenge.

1. Note the ability to substitute or skip categories participants do not agree with in all materials explaining the UBN Challenge.
2. Change the 2 categories noting LGBTQIA+ in the UBN list for children to be age-appropriate (now and in future years). For example, change "a book with an LGBTQIA+ main character" to "a story about a family that is different from yours" or "a story about a character who feels misunderstood".

Your email must be received BY Monday, May 3, to be included in the Board agenda for May, and you must request that your comment be included in the agenda for the upcoming board meeting. Please include why you are concerned with the current UBN list for children (under 12) and close with your name and address to show you live in Boise and are a member of our community.

We pay for the Library. We should make our voices heard.

BACKGROUND:

Boise Library has an Ultimate Book Nerd (UBN) challenge in which they list 50 categories for books to read during the year. If you complete the task, you can be eligible for prizes. There is a separate list for children (12 and under) and teens/adults. Please see the attached pdf highlighting the differing categories. The lines where the categories differ are often to give a more age-appropriate category (i.e. instead of reading a romance, a child is asked to read a book about friendship, or instead of reading a micro-history, a child is asked to read a book about dinosaurs). Two of the categories NOT changed are reading a book from an LGBTQIA+ author and reading a book with an LGBTQIA+ main character. I believe the LGBTQIA+ term is not age-appropriate for children. When I wrote an email to the library about the matter, the librarian said I could substitute or skip these categories, but the Library wants to offer diverse material.

This is from the email I received: "As a Library we strive to provide materials from as many viewpoints as possible in the hopes that all of our community has the opportunity to see themselves as well as explore in our collections. We know not everyone wants to explore every viewpoint, and we respect that choice. This is why I encourage you to customize your children’s participation in the UBN Challenge. As we respect your choice not to engage with LGBTQIA materials, we also respect the many community members who have asked for more materials with diverse representation written for both adults and young readers."

I am not advocating for the removal of books from the library, but would like to advocate that only age-appropriate categories/books be included in challenges for children from the library. I know that if I were to present the list to my 1st grader, she would wonder why we are changing these 2 categories and ask what LGBTQIA+ means and open a lot of conversation that is not currently age-appropriate. My young daughters (ages 7, 4, 2, 0) should not be asked to care about the sexuality of the authors of their favorite books or be asked to read books about sexuality.

"I Am Jazz" is currently on their website as recommended reading for this category. This is the summary for this picture book:
"From the time she was two years old, Jazz knew that she had a girl's brain in a boy's body. She loved pink and dressing up as a mermaid and didn't feel like herself in boys' clothing. This confused her family, until they took her to a doctor who said that Jazz was transgender and that she was born that way."

Asking the library to change these two categories would not be different from what they have already done, given they have deemed it necessary to change a "religious book" for adults to a "book about mythology" for children, or a "book with a BIPOC main character" for adults to a "book with a main character who doesn't look like you" for children.

If concerned citizens will make a stand now, perhaps we can keep sexuality from being pushed on our young children, at least in this one small way. The Board does not entertain public comment at their meetings, but will look at written comments and questions before their meeting to potentially discuss.

Please submit a written comment to the Board ([email protected]) and request that it be included in the agenda for the upcoming Board meeting. All comments must be received BY Monday, May 3, to be included in the Board agenda for May. Comments will be reviewed and may be included under the “Communications” section of a Board agenda, will become a part of the public record, and will be reviewed by Board members at the meeting, giving the Board the opportunity to review comments in advance and be prepared to discuss requests or questions during the Board meeting.

idahoednews.org 08/06/2020

If we are not careful, we will miss the chance to rid Idaho of Common Core

https://www.idahoednews.org/voices/if-we-are-not-careful-we-will-miss-the-chance-to-rid-idaho-of-common-core/

idahoednews.org Without citizen input, education standards are in jeopardy of remaining the same. Join the fight.

freebeacon.com 07/07/2020

New 1776 Initiative Aims to Counter 'Lethal' Narrative of 1619 Project - Washington Free Beacon

If you don’t know about Woodson.
Here is a great link. 38 years of experience and now more activism to bring forth accurate Founding history, success in the urban areas where indoctrination has occurred inflaming racism. Mostly black scholars counter the horrific NYT 1619 project and Howard Zinn.
In fact featured on Mark Levin last night as well.
https://woodsoncenter.org/
AND positive Activism
https://1776unites.com/
AND
Great blog piece on blacks and whites https://woodsoncenter.org/2020/02/13/whites-worst-blacks-best-1619-project-ny-times-1776-facts/
https://freebeacon.com/issues/new-1776-initiative-aims-to-counter-lethal-narrative-of-1619-project/

freebeacon.com A group of predominantly African American academics, journalists, entrepreneurs, and community activists on Friday launched one of the most significant challenges yet to the New York Times’s controversial 1619 Project, which is named for the year slaves arrived in Virginia and argues that the Unit...

06/27/2020
apnews.com 06/27/2020

Idaho pays $3.5 million to feds in final settlement over defunct Idaho Education Network

It might be important to recall a bit of Tom Luna's past.
1. With Tom Luna running for Idaho Republican Party Chairman It might be important to recall a bit of Mr. Luna's past. Let's not forget that he,
Agreed to adopt Common Core on several occasions BEFORE the standards were even written.

2. With Tom Luna running for Idaho Republican Party Chairman It might be important to recall a bit of Mr. Luna's past. Let's not forget that he,

Ran roughshod over proper legislative process and agreed to adopt standards without legislative approval.

3. With Tom Luna running for Idaho Republican Party Chairman It might be important to recall a bit of Mr. Luna's past. Let's not forget that he,

Lied to education committees during the actual adoption phase.

4. With Tom Luna running for Idaho Republican Party Chairman It might be important to recall a bit of Mr. Luna's past. Let's not forget that he,
Wrote Students Come First to meet federal requirements of Common Core, was less than honest with voters.

5. With Tom Luna running for Idaho Republican Party Chairman It might be important to recall a bit of Mr. Luna's past. Let's not forget that he,
Was president of the Council of Chief State School Officers and traveled the country promoting Common Core before it was proven.

6. With Tom Luna running for Idaho Republican Party Chairman It might be important to recall a bit of Mr. Luna's past. Let's not forget that he,
Was okay adopting standards that were rated at best a B when we had access to much higher rated standards.

7. With Tom Luna running for Idaho Republican Party Chairman It might be important to recall a bit of Mr. Luna's past. Let's not forget that he,
Was okay adopting standards that weren't written by education experts.

8. With Tom Luna running for Idaho Republican Party Chairman It might be important to recall a bit of Mr. Luna's past. Let's not forget that he,
Was a key player in the IEN scandal. https://apnews.com/aa2e94bd67b14201bdc304e088d8c5f5

9. With Tom Luna running for Idaho Republican Party Chairman It might be important to recall a bit of Mr. Luna's past. Let's not forget that he,
And later profited from Common Core.

https://thefederalist.com/2015/01/05/ten-common-core-promoters-laughing-all-the-way-to-the-bank/

Many have forgotten or are new to the state and therefore not aware of the role Mr Luna played in undermining Idaho's education system.

Is this the type of leadership Idaho needs? Probably not.

Thank you

apnews.com BOISE – Idaho has sent $3.5 million to the Federal Communications Commission as part of a settlement over the defunct Idaho Education Network, to settle claims over federal payments to 63 Idaho...

thefederalist.com 06/27/2020

Ten Common Core Promoters Laughing All The Way To The Bank

9. With Tom Luna running for Idaho Republican Party Chairman It might be important to recall a bit of Mr. Luna's past. Let's not forget that he,
And later profited from Common Core.

https://thefederalist.com/2015/01/05/ten-common-core-promoters-laughing-all-the-way-to-the-bank/

thefederalist.com The people who wrote and pushed Common Core on the nation are making bank while the nation’s kids, teachers, and parents writhe in the grip of their curriculum contraption.

apnews.com 06/26/2020

Idaho pays $3.5 million to feds in final settlement over defunct Idaho Education Network

8. With Tom Luna running for Idaho Republican Party Chairman It might be important to recall a bit of Mr. Luna's past. Let's not forget that he,
Was a key player in the IEN scandal. https://apnews.com/aa2e94bd67b14201bdc304e088d8c5f5

apnews.com BOISE – Idaho has sent $3.5 million to the Federal Communications Commission as part of a settlement over the defunct Idaho Education Network, to settle claims over federal payments to 63 Idaho...

thefederalist.com 06/26/2020

Ten Common Core Promoters Laughing All The Way To The Bank

9. With Tom Luna running for Idaho Republican Party Chairman It might be important to recall a bit of Mr. Luna's past. Let's not forget that he,
And later profited from Common Core.

https://thefederalist.com/2015/01/05/ten-common-core-promoters-laughing-all-the-way-to-the-bank/

thefederalist.com The people who wrote and pushed Common Core on the nation are making bank while the nation’s kids, teachers, and parents writhe in the grip of their curriculum contraption.

truthinamericaneducation.com 06/26/2020

“State-Led” Common Core Primarily Had Only Five Writers | Truth in American Education

7. With Tom Luna running for Idaho Republican Party Chairman It might be important to recall a bit of Mr. Luna's past. Let's not forget that he,
Was okay adopting standards that weren't written by education experts.

https://truthinamericaneducation.com/common-core-state-standards/state-led-common-core-primarily-had-only-five-writers/?fbclid=IwAR1j83xCV9mw5vlHlQwhNMcafzzRMrgjh06gQDAosYbJZ7bGvgpqAdXhLt4

truthinamericaneducation.com Joy Pullmann at School Reform News wrote an excellent piece that helps to further demonstrate that the Common Core State Standards were not state-led.  While there were many people who served on various committees and work groups all of the feedback was filtered by only five people. After giving a ...

[06/26/20]   6. With Tom Luna running for Idaho Republican Party Chairman It might be important to recall a bit of Mr. Luna's past. Let's not forget that he,
Was okay adopting standards that were rated at best a B when we had access to much higher rated standards.

[06/26/20]   5. With Tom Luna running for Idaho Republican Party Chairman It might be important to recall a bit of Mr. Luna's past. Let's not forget that he,
Was president of the Council of Chief State School Officers and traveled the country promoting Common Core before it was proven.

[06/26/20]   4. With Tom Luna running for Idaho Republican Party Chairman It might be important to recall a bit of Mr. Luna's past. Let's not forget that he,
Wrote Students Come First to meet federal requirements of Common Core, was less than honest with voters.

[06/26/20]   3. With Tom Luna running for Idaho Republican Party Chairman It might be important to recall a bit of Mr. Luna's past. Let's not forget that he,

Lied to education committees during the actual adoption phase.

06/25/2020

Idahoans Against Common Core

[06/25/20]   2. With Tom Luna running for Idaho Republican Party Chairman It might be important to recall a bit of Mr. Luna's past. Let's not forget that he,

Ran roughshod over proper legislative process and agreed to adopt standards without legislative approval.

[06/25/20]   With Tom Luna running for Idaho Republican Party Chairman It might be important to recall a bit of Mr. Luna's past. Let's not forget that he,

Agreed to adopt Common Core on several occasions BEFORE the standards were even written.

idahodispatch.com 06/25/2020

Tom Luna Accused of Sunshine Law Violation | Idaho Dispatch

Mr Luna is running for Idaho Republican Party Leadership. I don't think he's what we need right now.

idahodispatch.com Idaho’s Sunshine laws are meant to keep Idaho’s citizens informed about who is spending money in politics and what they are spending it on. Sometimes individuals or organizations are accused of violating these laws. Violations can be cause for fines and criminal charges depending on the severity...

05/19/2020

Why Idaho Still Has Common Core | Idahoans For Local Education

https://idahoansforlocaleducation.com/2020/05/why-idaho-still-has-common-core/

idahoansforlocaleducation.com Idaho still has Common Common Core. Wanna know why? Hint, it's not the House Education Committee's Fault.

idahoansforlocaleducation.com 05/19/2020

Mila Wood for House District 11a | Idahoans For Local Education

https://idahoansforlocaleducation.com/2020/05/mila-wood-for-house-district-11a/

idahoansforlocaleducation.com I realize the site has been pretty quiet for the last number of years with only occasional posts here and there, but that’s another post for another day. Today we would like to do something that we have avoided in the past. In previous elections we’ve not actually endorsed candidates running for...

pioneerinstitute.org 05/02/2020

Study Finds Historic Drop in National Reading and Math Scores Since Adoption of Common Core Curriculum Standards - Pioneer Institute

Last session the House Education Committee voted to get rid of Common Core. The Senate Committee, including the Chairman and Vice Chairman,(Dean Mortimer and Steven Thayn) both voted to keep Common Core. Looking at the latest results which entity do you think made the wisest decision?

https://pioneerinstitute.org/academic-standards/study-finds-historic-drop-in-national-reading-and-math-scores-since-adoption-of-common-core-curriculum-standards/

pioneerinstitute.org New study shows that, breaking with decades of slow improvement, U.S. reading and math scores on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) and other assessments have seen historic declines since most states implemented national Common Core English and math curriculum standards six years...

myemail.constantcontact.com 04/27/2020

Press Release: Study Finds Historic Drop in National Reading and Math Scores Since Adoption of Common Core Curriculum Standards

myemail.constantcontact.com

thefederalist.com 04/21/2020

Another Reason To Ditch WHO Is Its Shocking S*x Propaganda For Kids

thefederalist.com The World Health Organization is an avid supporter of the so-called children’s sexual rights movement, which sexualizes kids. Trump was right to defund it.

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