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We must close the Federal Dept of Ed, as it's and Unconstitutional Dept. and then the States will be able to move forward and improve the Education and Futures of our Children. Van spoke out against Amendment to HB 2184 in the AZ Senate Ed Committee, along with others. In spite of their testimony, AZ GOP Senators voted for GOP Leadership and Dr. Ward's Amended Bill, directed by Sen. President Biggs and Gov. Ducey-- you can’t do the will of the people taking orders from the GOP Leadership in AZ or DC!
This hearing was long before Van decided not to support Sen. Ward for her US Senate Campaign, and this is one of many State Ed issues that helped him decide not to support anyone doing the Bidding of GOP and Lobbyists.

AZs' Department of Education must submit Legislation to a coalition of US and AZ Legislators to Restore Control of Education from the Federal Government to AZ over-time, sending the job back to AZ's communities Schools!

There is no constitutional authority for the federal government to be in the business of education.  We also know the new program being introduced into AZ Schools by the Federal Government called *Common Core* being introduced into AZ Schools by the AZS' Department of Ed is going to lead to more Federal Intrusion, such as gathering of Data-- including pupils' personality identifiable information and more. While once again using the Taxpayers Monies to bribe States to accept and promote it!

We as citizens have the ability to decide what’s best for our children in Our State, County, City or Township, this includes all public schools--district and charter--which should be regulated within the individual states.

We must get K-12 district consolidation/unification on the 2018 ballot as it’s a budget saver, reducing the number of boards increases the chances of getting highly qualified individuals in place. We must have Local School Districts corroborate with the Local Educators, Parents, Citizens and Voters to set Standards and Systems in coordination with AZ State Legislators--who have the ultimate responsibility for Public School systems.
The AZ State Constitution--will lead us to the best decisions for our children if the Legislators follow the AZ Constitution, rather than directions from the Gov. & Lobbyists. We must once again be the responsible persons in the Education of Our Children, not the Federal Government. We must adhere to the US Constitution and reclaim our 9th and 10th Amendment Rights if we plan to be a Free People!

Education Improve the Future- I come from the private business community, I’ve spoken with federal, local and statewide elected officials concerning this issue. They all agree we need to fix the system. But we haven't seen any real action from those in office! I realize some say we need to implement a program that would actually allow the monies sent to a state to follow the child no matter what type of school; Public (Private or Charter), Home School, etc.

However, even though I agree with the monies following the pupil since they are paid by the parent, the goal must be to eliminate the federal system completely, having the Citizens in each State make that decision through their local state government not from DC. This will restore our system of education to our children to truly prepare them for a brighter future! It will also help our teachers receive better pay and incentive to focus on education.

Lastly, it helps shrink the size of State Government by no longer filling out the forms required just to manage the Federal Mandates, with over 100 separate programs that come with strings at a cost of from 10% to 25% to administer. So, even though there's an influx of monies from the Federal Government to the States, the Cost of implementing the mandates adds to a states debts and grows Government by allowing the Federal Government control over states. Please remember this, School Choice is not just a theory:
‘Any private schools that do participate thereby become public schools, as such schools are defined under the new system even though you may believe you've escaped Federal Control you're Children are now in the Governments Web .’”!

College Education and the Cost-  We must revamp the system when it comes to student loans, for example anyone applying for a loan must first be shown the availability of securing a position that will allow paying the debt upon receiving a degree, and if the odds of gainful employment in a specific field are slim-to-none, no loan will be granted.

We'll give college credits to those entering already having relevant life and/or work experience, ending the waste of time by teachers and students already trained and acquired. We must implement other improvements as well, such as more Online Education, Tech and Trades training on our 7 to 12 Grade School Campuses are needed, we already have the students on Campuses no need to transport them elsewhere increasing the already inflated costs.

Here’s another dilemma in recent developments: The massive racial data base Obama is establishing, meaning the reauthorized ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) arising from the reconciliation of HR 5 and S 1177 (now ESSA), and the details of Obama's ``comprehensive'' database, data collection included in the ESSA -- (Every Student Succeeds Act), I don’t believe anyone could write effective legislation at State level to stop this.

Presently the only way to prevent private data collection (in the area of education) is to refuse all federal education-related grants and monies --- including school lunch, Title I, vocational grants, etc. If a State accepts any federal dollars under ESSA, it will override all state legislation enacted to prevent the collection of private data---which both HR 5 and S 1177 require.

AZ GOP Senator McCain and GOP Congressmen voted in favor of these bills. If this analysis is an accurate reflection of the ESSA, as the reauthorized ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act), old state legislation to stop data gathering will be ineffective. Click and Read Article:... 

We've been betrayed at the Federal and State Levels by those elected to Protect US and Our Children! So it's now up to US to do it for them! Read Link

One more issue that will hopefully be settled--depending on who wins the Presidency--is Illegal Immigration and the costs to AZ and to Education (not only in Dollars but also in over crowded class rooms), time spent with non-English- speaking  pupils, is time not with your child and a drain to the economy in general.

Look at how many Dollars Float out and how many people float into the system, then, ask the question: Does AZ have the Rights retained by We the People in the several States, to run our Educational system without Federal Interference as laid-out in the US Constitution?  

We won't support AZ Legislators who passed legislation putting Prop 123 on the Ballot to Raid the AZ Land Trust fund, and these monies stolen from Future Pupils of the Arizona Schools, and didn’t end up in the Teachers’ pay once again! Just more false promises of AZ Politicians in AZ's Own Political Swamp!) Take a Look: http://www.immigrationcounters.com/index.html

In Closing, Election Cycles are Critical for Our Nation and State as to whether we sink deeper into a Socialistic Nation or Restore Ourselves to a True "Republic" form of Government. The choices are clear:  never vote for anyone who  votes against or compromises the US Constitution and Our Freedoms! I believe that’s actually what most of you are hoping for and the Elite Power Brokers are afraid of: Time to Drain All Political Swamps

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 God Bless You All; Clair Van Steenwyk 

Originally posted by Clair 9/11/2011 Updated 7/18/2015