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EdWatch.org is full of informative articles, links to radio interviews, links to newspaper articles, and links to other resource materials. Each update is also filed under its topic. EdWatch operates at the state, the national, and the federal levels. Top EdWatch issues are separated into categories called "National" (affecting all states) and "Minnesota" (reflecting Minnesota's specific concerns).
  

Government Shrinks in the Nursery December 28, 2006
Academic elites, bureaucrats, and front groups for the pharmaceutical industry are promoting a cradle-to-grave mental health screening, labeling and intervention system for all infants, and toddlers.
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EdWatch in Action 2006 December 27, 2006
As 2006 comes to a close and we move into 2007, we ask our friends to remember to support EdWatch in your giving. EdWatch does the most with the resources at our disposal. Help EdWatch continue its work. Here is a condensed picture of some of our work.
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EdWatch featured at Jan 4th American Experiment Luncheon December 21, 2006
Make reservations today with the Center of the American Experiment for their January 4th panel discussion featuring EdWatch and other groups about the upcoming Minnesota legislative session.
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Career Pathways December 16, 2006
The "Redesign of Schools" means the old School-to-Work plan. 8th graders and up are on a career path, and their classes relate only to what their planned jobs will require. Marc Tucker's 1990's plan is moving forward.
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Mental Health Laws Pose Growing Threat December 15, 2006
Many states have passed laws making mental health screenings a regular part of the public school system.
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Children Left Behind by NCLB December 15, 2006
A report on how opposition to No Child Left Behind crosses political boundaries.
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Child Medication Safety Act (HR 1790) December 6, 2006
This common sense legislation protects families from being coerced by schools into administering certain psychotropic medications to their children in order for them to continue attending school. HR 1790 has the support of a broad spectrum of groups.
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Why re-authorize No Child Left Behind? December 4, 2006
The federal No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) is up for re-authorization in 2007. As recognized former U.S. Secretary of Education Rod Paige, the NCLB law is a joint action and a common strategy between the United States and the UN, the vehicle by which the United States is complying with two UN sponsored international education agreements.
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New Minnesota Math Standards: Public Comment November 20, 2006
The Minnesota Department of Education is now soliciting public comments through December 5, 2006 on the Minnesota K-12 Academic Standards in MathematicsDraft Revision.
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Elections, News and More November 20, 2006
No Child Left Behind (NCLB) comes up for reauthorization under new Democratic leadership in 2007; a group fights TeenScreen in Wisconsin; Multi-culturalism has come to Thanksgiving; and the math wars continue to intensify.
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New House Minority Leader Voter Guide. November 15, 2006
Republicans in the US House of Representatives will be electing three new minority leaders on Friday November 17th. Here are the positions and candidates involved.
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Lame Duck Congress to fund infant mental health testing November 10, 2006
Upcoming votes in the "lame duck" Congress will include funding universal psychological testing of babies, preschoolers and K-12 students, including dangerous drugging to treat them.
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Erasing borders November 2, 2006
While citizens are battling for or against legislation over illegal immigration, teachers colleges are giving teachers the curriculum and teaching activities to teach our children to oppose the very boundaries of our nation and the laws that establish them.
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Letter to the Wall Street Journal  October 27, 2006
Dr. Karen Effrem responds to the Wall Street Journal's article promoting infant mental health.
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Home Visiting & Mental Health Interventions  October 23, 2006
Dr. Karen Effrem addresses the U.S. House Committee on Education and the Workforce Subcommittee on Education Reform in response to its Hearing on "Perspectives on Early Childhood Home Visitation Programs" (HR 3628).
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Join EdWatch support for North Side families
Dr. Karen Effrem will join a list of speakers at an October 21st public rally on the corner of Penn and Plymouth Avenues in north Minneapolis at noon to speak out against the University of Minnesota once again forcing its mental health research on Minnesota's minority children.
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Minnesota: Know Your Rights
Order your supply of these attractive, four-color glossy business-card-sized Minnesota statutory reference cards that list your right to refuse mental health screening for your child. Give them away to your friends, family, groups, and co-workers. Keep one handy in your purse or in your wallet.
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Fuzzy Math Update  September 29, 2006
In a dramatic reversal, the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) now believes students should know their multiplication tables and be able to do long division. It took them only 17 years to get it right, but parents knew right away.
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Indiana Citizens Revolt  September 22, 2006
Indiana is in an uproar over the children's mental health plan that passed their legislature last year. As it turns out, few lawmakers actually knew what it was.
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Media Release: EdWatch conference September 15, 2006
EdWatch issues media release on October 14th conference.
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Gov Candidates Early Childhood  September 10, 2006
Compare the primary candidates for Governor on Early Childhood issues.
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Know Your Rights on Preschool Screening  September 9, 2006
All children in Minnesota are not required to be screened before entering kindergarten. Preschool screening is voluntary, in spite of what all the preschool promotional ads tell you.
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Open Letter to President Bush & Action for Congress  September 9, 2006
Dr. Effrem writes an open letter signed by 12 other national groups urging him to push for cuts in mental health screening.
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Using Minorities for MH Research August 14, 2006
"What we experienced in Minnesota last month happened to blacks in Mississippi and Alabama. Parents and residents were denied their God-given right to participate in matters that affect them, their children and families."
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Say no to MSS July 28, 2006
EdWatch urges parents of public and private school students to say "no" to the 2007 Minnesota Student Survey (MSS). Districts are required by federal law to inform parents in writing at the beginning of the school year that they may opt their children out of particpating.
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Major Victory in Sunshine State July 24, 2006
The Florida legislature took a firm step toward restoring some factual accuracy into the current perversion of teaching our nation's history. Judging from the reaction of the education elites, you would think these founding principles were downright subversive.
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Stop Universal Mental Health Screening for Teens July 20, 2006
Join the national on-line petition against TeenScreen, the controversial, subjective and invasive probing of teens, promoted as suicide-prevention. An Indiana mom has filed a lawsuit because parental permission for her teen's screening was bypassed.
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IB feeling heat July 3, 2006
New resources are showing up that oppose IB, and a number of indications are that IB is feeling the heat of growing opposition as people become better acquainted with the un-American curriculum.
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EdWatch Conference June 23, 2006
Mark your calendar now for the October 13th and 14th, 2006 Fall EdWatch Conference. EdWatch featured at Freedom 21 7th Annual Conference.
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Federal funding for universal mental health screening June 19, 2006
Congressional hearings are considering funding to states to establish state universal mental health screening progrmas, ignoring President Bush's recommendations for cuts.Two of the President's recommended cuts for mental health in education were Foundations for Learning Grants (infants and early childhood mental health) and Mental Health Integration in the Schools.
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Babies & Mental Illness June 16, 2006
News story covers the so-called crisis of babies with undiagnosed mental illness. "To the federal government, many newborns, toddlers and preschoolers are undiagnosed mental cases with dire need of 'treatment' (read: drugs)." Also, DVD available: "The Dangers of Universal Mental Health Screening."
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Pawlenty stop homosexual advocacy June 6, 2006
Although Gov. Pawlenty is publicly supporting a constitutional amendment defining marriage as between one man and one woman, homosexual advocacy groups are being funded by grants from the state Department of Health under his authority and his administration is actively promoting the indoctrination of students into a homosexual worldview and value system.
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2006 Legislative Wrap-up June 6, 2006
The 2006 session came to an end on Sunday, May 21st. For EdWatch, there were some successes and some disappointments.
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Early Childhood/IB updates and more... May 4, 2006
Read the progress report on Minnesota's Nanny State bill, developments on International Baccalaureate, and some recent publicity on Universal Mental Health Screening.
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Minnesota secretly screens April 26, 2006
EdWatch has discovered that, in spite of the unexpected defeat of mental health screening last year, the Minnesota Department of Education has forged ahead with mental health screening for preschoolers anyway.In the absence of the failed law that would have authorized preschool screening for socioemotional [mental health] development, the Department references an obsolete administrative rule as its legal authority. That rule is obsolete, because the statute authorizing it was repealed in 1989.
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South St. Paul Cut Programs to Fund IB April 19, 2006
When it comes to teaching global citizenship that undermines American citizenship, as IB does, time and money appear to be no obstacle. Financial woes in South St. Paul School District are announced at the same time the district it is funding IB, a program six times more expensive than Advanced Placement classes.
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Hate Crimes Legislation and Schools April 13, 2006
Renee Doyle tells why the proposed Minnesota "hate crimes" bill, co-sponsored by a Republican candidate for Minnesota Attorney General, is a gay rights bill that violates the equal protection of all citizens.
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 IB is un-american April 7, 2006
International Baccalaureate is "un-American," as described in this article.  It is run by a non-governmental organization called the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland. It was organized in 1968 by European diplomats who wanted their children to have a common undergraduate program. In 1996, however, IBO formed a partnership with UNESCO in order to create what both UNESCO and IBO call an international education system.
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International Baccalaureate Testimony April 4, 2006
The Governor's Education Policy proposals (SF 2994/ HF 3580) include over $7 million dollars to expand International Baccalaureate (IB) to more Minnesota schools and to expand it within existing IB schools. IB will compete with the reputable Advanced Placement courses for these funds. AP can be implemented for a fraction of the cost of IB.
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Report from the Capitol  April 4, 2006
The grassroots network is weighing in against the 2006 onslaught of the Nanny State and its interwoven mental health outcomes and assessments for our children. This is the current state of bill as of the beginning of April.
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Preschool Kids Suffer March 27, 2006
A long-term study of preschoolers by the University of California, Berkeley finds that, compared with children at home with a parent, kids in preschool for more than six hours a day suffer, in terms of cooperation, sharing and engagement in classroom tasks.
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Profile of Learning for Preschoolers March 27, 2006
The nanny state moved to the House Friday afternoon, March 24th, when the House Education Policy Committee took up the House version of the Governors Bill SF 3300 / HF 3623. Final passage may come as early as Tuesday, March 28th.
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House Testimony against the Governor's Early Childhood bill, HF 3623
 March 24, 2006

EdWatch testified in the House Education Policy Committee against the Governor's Early Childhood legislation, HF 3623 on Friday, March 24th.
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Nanny State Assault Continues March 23, 2006
Thursday, March 23rd, testimony to implement a Quality Rating System (SF 3296), that will impose a government curriculum on private childcare providers and drive those who do not comply out of business, will be completed. The Nanny State that was valiantly fought off last year is back in full force. We cannot stand idly by and let this system engulf our children and our parental authority.
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testimony by April Selenskikh March 21, 2006
A mother gives powerful personal testimony in a Senate Committee against parts of the Governor's Nanny State bill: Parenting Education and Kindergarten Readiness Assessment.
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MN Nanny State Assault Returns March 20, 2006
Like Freddy Krueger who refuses to die in a bad horror movie, the Nanny State that was valiantly fought off last year is back in full force. This year, the over $10 million state takeover of parenting, early childhood education,  mental health screening, and corporate welfare scheme is coming from big-government legislators from both parties and from Governor Pawlenty, as well.
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State Attempts to Gut Parental Rights March 16, 2006
A Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) proposal came under fire that would reinstate school districts' ability to override parental refusal of a special education evaluation or re-evaluation. The proposed language will allow this forced evaluation, right or wrong, to follow a student for life. Coercing parents into special ed evaluations and re-evaluations amounts to coercive mental health screening.
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Dr. Harley Statement March 15, 2006
This and other testimony in the Minnesota legislature are relevant and useful statements in the every others state. Similar and sometimes identical plans are being implemented through legislatures all across our country, funded in part with federal tax dollars.
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Ethically Challenged Mental Health Screening Bill March 13, 2006
Rather than support his own bill to add mental health screening into preschool developmental screening,Sen. Hottinger decided he would deceive the public into thinking that mental health screening has been there all along and bypass the whole public debate.
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Mental Health Screening for Preschoolers March 9, 2006
SF 2841 would add mental health screening to the early childhood developmental assessments.
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Testimony Against Preschool Socioemotional Screening March 9, 2006
Testimony Against SF 2841 - Preschool Socioemotional Screening, Minnesota Senate Early Childhood Finance Division, March 9, 2006 by Karen R. Effrem, MD, EdWatch Board of Directors, Alliance for Human Research Protection Board of Directors, ICSPP Board of Directors.
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IB voted out February 22, 2006
International Baccalaureate in the Upper St. Clair, PA school district was voted out, 5 to 4 last Monday by the local school board. The IB described the vote as the most significant challenge to come to IB, because it involves the K-12 curriculum. IB has been successfully challenged in cities which include Fairfax, VA and San Diego, CA. Opponents of IB cited concerns about its violation of local control, its endorsement of the radical Earth Charter, its promotion of the UN Universal Declaration of Independence, and its needless duplication of Advanced Placement classes.
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President's Math/Science proposals February 9, 2006
If President Bush really hopes to improve math education in our country, he absolutely must take control of DOE and scrap the failed experiment known as integrated math. While he is at it, he needs to eliminate the other national standards as well. They are based on the same false worldview that underlies fuzzy math.
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2006 Sample Precinct Caucus Resolutions February 8, 2006
The March 7th local Minnesota Precinct Caucuses are important to attend. Print off these sample resolutions and introduce them as part of the developing platform of your political party.
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Background to Sample Precinct Caucus Resolutions February 8, 2006
This background information provides you with more talking points for discussion of the sample resolutions you can introduce at your March 7th local Minnesota Precinct Caucus.
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March 2nd EdWatch Event February 8, 2006
Mental health screening legislation will affect all Minnesota children in public, private, and home schools. Learn what you can do.
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End federally funded textbooks January 25, 2006
Why did the federal government give $25,511,064 to a non-government organization last year to prepare the textbooks for teaching civics to schoolchildren? Since 1997, the Center for Civic Education has received at least $110,418,717 from the government and has succeeded in essentially taking over the supply of materials for teaching civics in American schools.
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Funds Promote Child Screening & Drugging January 25, 2006
Federal agencies are implementing and funding the development of state universal mental health screening and massive drugging programs. Our children are being labeled in infancy and treated with dangerous, even life-threatening drugs.
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Disappointing Response to Urgent Letter of Protest January 24, 2006
This is the thoroughly disappointing response that Charles Curie, Director of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), sent to EdWatch and a coalition of groups in response to their Urgent Letter of Protest at the federal push for universal mental health screening of students, children, infants, and other citizens.
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Urgent Letter of Protest January 24, 2006
This letter from a coalition of groups, including EdWatch, expresses alarm at the policies the federal government is pursuing for universal mental health screening of children, infants, and citizens at large, contrary to assurances that EdWatch and others received at a November meeting with the Director of agency involved. The following letter was sent to Charles Curie, the Director of Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) that oversees federal mental health policy and funding issues.
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Just Whose Children January 16, 2006
A home school mom and activist tells how early childhood development expansion is simply the next step in the transformation of our education and economic system.  Once fully implemented, this transformation will leave our nation unrecognizable as a constitutional republic and free market society.
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St. Louis Conference: Virtue & Freedom's Foundation January 12, 2006
Don't Miss the 17th Annual Education Policy Conference sponsored by The Constitution Coalition, St. Louis, Missouri, the "Virtue & Freedom's Foundations", Thursday, January 26th (7:00 p.m. dinner)  to Saturday 28th (5:00 p.m.), 2006. Speakers include EdWatch, Jack Cashill, Dr. Ted Baehr, Rebcca Hagelin, John Stormer, Congressman Akin, Joe Enge (EdWatch Nevada), John Stormer, Linda Shrock Taylor, and a special reception with Michael Reagan.
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Teacher Colleges screen for political beliefs January 10, 2006
Columnist George Will reports that teacher colleges are refusing to certify teachers unless they have the "correct" political ideas on social justice. Teacher colleges have taken to screening students for proper political dogma, or dispositions. The policy was unmasked last October.
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