EDUCATION FOR A FREE NATION
105 Peavey Rd, Suite 116, Chaska, MN 55318
March 23, 2006
afternoon, SF 906 will be heard in the
expected, the votes were there on March 21st to pass SF 3300 out of the
Senate Early Childhood committee. SF 3300, the Governor's bill, is a
massive, expensive expansion and intrusion of government into the private
lives of our families and preschool children. It is based on the vague,
subjective and politically correct Early Childhood Indicators of
Progress, which are being implemented step by step for teaching to
parents, for preschool curriculum, for assessments, and for so-called
academic interventions. While we knew SF 3300 would pass, EdWatch was
there to testify in opposition, knowing that the road to final passage or
defeat is only beginning. Thank you for your calls
and contacts to legislators.
Senate Early Childhood Committee. It will require screening
of kids in Minnesota "at least once by age three."
It will also bring back the vague and subjective
Kindergarten Readiness Assessment
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, and SF 906, a requirement to screen all Minnesota kids
"at least once by age three" will be heard. We need you to
continue contacting legislators in both the House and the Senate opposing
those bills. Even though the Senate committee is stacked to pass the
entire Nanny State agenda, this hearing sets the stage for the battles
coming up. The
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
Senate Early Childhood Policy and Budget
Chair: Sen. John Hottinger
3 p.m. Room 123 Capitol
Agenda: Thursday, March 23
S.F. 3296-Hottinger: NorthStar Quality Improvement and Rating System
S.F. 906-Bonhoff: Kindergarten assessment initiative.
Expands the Early
Learning Foundation to include
The Minnesota Early Learning Foundation (MELF) is an
unaccountable public-private partnership to implement and control
early childhood policy in Minnesota. It was brought to us last session by
Senator Hottinger, and Representatives Sykora and Meslow, funded at $1
million. Senator Hottinger now wants MELF to receive another $2.5
million to implement and control the quality rating system (QRS) that
failed last year.
the Quality Rating System -- SF 3296 Hottinger
In beginning testimony on March 21st, it became clear that, for many
child care providers, they simply want the money. Period. As one provider
put it, "There have been complaints here of government intrusion.
Under SF 3296, the foundation will bribe childcare programs, including
private and religious programs, with taxpayer-funded grants in exchange
for inculcating children and undermining parental authority with the
Early Childhood Indicators of Progress at progressively higher
rates -- the more they comply, the more money they receive. (See
Ready4K's latest version of the QRS, now called the
NorthStar System.) The bill itself also states that programs
participating in the QRS must implement the stateís Early Learning
Indicators. Because the programs that do not comply will be driven
out of business if they do not implement the government curriculum (the
Indicators), this bill creates a de facto monopoly.
Screens ALL Children
AT LEAST Once by Age 3
SF 906 requires a "mandatory program of early childhood developmental
screening for children at least once by the child's third birthday."
Senator Kelley authored this failed bill (see EdWatch
Part II) in the Senate last year. It has now been handed off to Terry
Bonoff, the new Senator from Plymouth.
SF 906 Bonoff / HF 1759 Meslow
That could mean screening at birth, something
promoted by the federal government Mental Health Action Agenda and
Road Map for Mental Health System Reform in Minnesota, also endorsed
by the Governor. Community outreach plans are also required "to ensure
that all children are screened by age three."
(Emphasis added). This plan would include all children, whether
they are headed for public school or elsewhere. Senator Hottinger's bill
SF 2841 to add mental health screening to the required developmental
assessments passed the Senate committee. SF 906, together with
Hottingerís mental health screening bill, will require that ALL children
in Minnesota be screened for mental health at least once by age three.
SF 906 also would implement the Departmentís kindergarten readiness
assessment as discussed in the Governorís bill in
discussed last year, SF 906 would also require No Child Left Behind
(NCLB) style adequate yearly progress (AYP) based on these worthless
SF 906 states:
This is the way all children will be screened.
- "The district must develop and implement community outreach
plans to diverse populations to ensure that all children are screened
by age three. Districts are encouraged to include parents, community
partners, public or private health care organizations, and individual
health care providers in the development of the outreach plans."
SF 906 states that the Kindergarten Readiness Initiative is based on the
two Department of Education school readiness studies begun during the
Ventura administration. Since the assessment criteria directly quoted the
controversial Early Childhood Indicators, we know that the entire
Kindergarten Screening Initiative is based on the Indicators, too.
(See EdWatch 2005
update, Part II for more about the Indicators.)
For more information, link to these
Response to Ready4K's
innesota Nanny State Tidal Wave Held Back
False Data on Reday4K Baby Ed Agenda
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