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Senate Offers Profile Clone

March 3, 2003

Today the Chair of the Senate Education Committee introduced a Senate version of the Profile of Learning repeal, S.F. 639. The Committee Chair is Senator Kelley, 651-297-8065, sen.steve.kelley@senate.mn

It was co-authored by:
Senator Skoe 651-296-4196 sen.rod.skoe@senate.mn
Senator Pappas 651-296-1802 sen.sandy.pappas@senate.mn
Senator Stumpf 651-296-8660 sen.leroy.stumpf@senate.mn
Senator Ranum 651-297-8061 sen.jane.ranum@senate.mn

The Senate has been holding hearings since last week on standards, bringing in all the Profile advocates who want to keep them essentially in place. The Senate Education Committee is controlled by the DFL Party, and all authors are DFL Senators.

Tomorrow is a Senate Education hearing on keeping the same old fuzzy math standards parents have been battling with the Profile:

Senate Education Committee
Chair: Sen. Steve Kelley
3:30 p.m. Room 15 Capitol
Agenda: Math standards

For weeks, the public has been urging the Senate to pass the House repeal bill, H.F. 2, but the Senate Majority Leader, Sen. John Hottinger, defends his caucuses tactics of obstruction, 651-29606153, sen.john.hottinger@senate.mn. The votes are in the Senate to pass a genuine repeal, but, instead the Senate majority have offered up a Profile clone with a new name.

At a hearing last week, various witnesses were paraded up to inform Senators that, now that the teachers are trained in the Profile, they love it. The Profile is "worth keeping," stated one witness. Content based standard is "too prescriptive," Senators were informed.

"How do we tweak it?" asked Senator Kelley. "What would be the results if we eliminate the performance packages?" It would send the wrong signal, replied one of the Profile advocates.

Senator Michele Bachmann issued this press release today:

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For Immediate Release Contact: Jamie Rymer
March 3, 2003 651.296.4351

Kelley/Opatz promote Profile of Learning "Clone"
This is Like Hyping up the Profile on Steroids

"Minnesota students deserve better than an ideological clone of the Profile of Learning," Senator Michele Bachmann, Stillwater, said today. "Parents and teachers soundly rejected the Profile," Bachmann said, "incredibly, Senator Kelley wants to hold on to it."

The original Profile of Learning was based on the national standards, many of which are the basis of the "political bent" found in classroom curricula today. Sen. Kelley and Rep. Opatz have fully yielded local control of our classroom curricula to the Federal government by embracing in a wholesale fashion the politically charged national standards. "I'm amazed that legislators would agree to yield our local and state authority over our local classrooms to the federal government," Senator Bachmann said.

"For example, the national history standards were found to be so politically focused, they were almost unanimously rejected on a vote of 99 to 1 by the United States Senate. "If even Sen. Ted Kennedy agrees on the dumbed down, leftist bias of the national history standards, then I think Minnesota should reject them as well," said Bachmann.

The bill adopts the politically charged, "disaster math" standards, promulgated by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, (NCTM) which were found to be discredited by over 200 Nobel prize winning laureates, and were subsequently rejected and overthrown by the state of California.

The NCTM standards are the cause of the local twin cities "math wars" reported in our local media. Parents are up in arms over the NCTM math standards, and have demanded that local school districts like Roseville and Eden Prairie offer a traditional math curricula alternative.

California also rejected the national reading standards, which advocates whole language, after student tests scores in reading fell to historically low levels.

The national civics standards promote the concept of global governance as an alternative to American sovereignty. The standards neglect to mention the second amendment, and instead focus on promoting "energetic" or big government.

The term "civic virtue" is redefined under the national civics standards as an effective denial of the Bill of Rights to individuals in favor of the good of the community.

"Let's not mess with these outside standards that handcuff our parents and teachers and dish up a double heaping dose of more of the same," concluded Bachmann. "It's time for real and positive change in Minnesota schools."

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