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Stop the Common Core – Reclaiming Local Control In Education

What Is The Common Core State Standards Initiative (CCSSI)? CCSSI is the effort that created and is attempting to impose on states a set of national K-12 standards (Common Core). Common Core was developed primarily by a nonprofit called Achieve, Inc., in Washington, D.C., under the auspices of the National Governors Association (NGA) and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO). The Standards cover mathematics and English language arts (although they also claim to cover “literacy” in other subjects such as science, history/social studies, and technical subjects). Currently, two consortia of states have accepted hundreds of millions in federal money to create national tests to align with the Standards. The Common Core State Standards are a set of K-12 school standards being implemented in most states in English language arts and math. Proponents of the Common Core claim that the initiative was state-led; that the states adopted the standards voluntarily; and that the standards are “rigorous” and will prepare our children for college and careers. This video shows why these claims do not ring true – and why parents, teachers, and legislators must demand that their states reconsider their hasty decisions to adopt the Common Core and again reassert
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Stop the Common Core – Reclaiming Local Control In Education

Stop the Common Core – Reclaiming Local Control In Education

What Is The Common Core State Standards Initiative (CCSSI)? CCSSI is the effort that created and is attempting to impose on states a set of national K-12 standards (Common Core). Common Core was developed primarily by a nonprofit called Achieve, Inc., in Washington, D.C., under the auspices of the National Governors Association (NGA) and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO). The Standards cover mathematics and English language arts (although they also claim to
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Tell Lawmakers What You Think — With One Click

Tell Lawmakers What You Think — With One Click

They heard your complaints. Now, writing Congress is now easier than ever. During the relaunch of Congress.org, they removed the requirement that you register and log in every time you want to write your lawmakers. Now, all you need to do is click on the words “Join the Conversation, Write Your Lawmakers” in the upper-right corner of their site. You can click on the links below to be taken to a form to write all
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Johanns Continues Fight against Administration’s Misguided Water Rule

Johanns Continues Fight against Administration’s Misguided Water Rule WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Mike Johanns (R- Neb), a member of the Senate Ag Committee, this week continued his fight against the Administration’s misguided efforts to redefine federal waters under the Clean Water Act. In two separate letters, Johanns pressed for more information on… Read the Full Story: Source

Transparency in Government a Must

Transparency in Government a Must Since first taking office more than 30 years ago, I’ve held a firm belief that government should be conducted in an open and transparent manner. Government officials are rightly held to a higher standard of scrutiny and accountability, and that includes being truthful and forthcoming to the… Read the Full Story: Source

Johanns Supports Calls for Travel Restrictions to Help Protect Americans from Ebola

Johanns Supports Calls for Travel Restrictions to Help Protect Americans from Ebola WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Mike Johanns (R- Neb) today announced his support for travel restrictions to help prevent the spread of Ebola. “The Ebola virus continues to prove just how dangerous and deadly it can be, warranting additional measures to protect Nebraskans and all Amer… Read the Full Story: Source

Operation Choke Point

Operation Choke Point Since the President’s first inauguration nearly six years ago, this Administration has a history of overstepping its legal authority and failing to operate in an open and transparent manner. So it should come as no surprise that a recent operation by the Department of Justice (DOJ) and othe… Read the Full Story: Source

Johanns Encourages Comments on Misguided Water Rule

Johanns Encourages Comments on Misguided Water Rule WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Mike Johanns (R- Neb) today made the following statement on the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) announcement that it will extend the comment period on its proposed rule to redefine U.S. waters under the Clean Water Act. The deadline to comment has… Read the Full Story: Source

Nebraska’s Ag College Harvests Successes

Nebraska’s Ag College Harvests Successes The fall semester is in full swing, and across the state students are taking advantage of new innovations and expansions at NU campuses.  One of the smallest campuses in Nebraska is growing faster than any other: the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture (NCTA). Tucked among the rolling … Read the Full Story: Source

Johanns, Alexander, Walberg Lead Push For Administration To Suspend Rule That Could Dramatically Increase Home Care Costs To Seniors, Disabled

Johanns, Alexander, Walberg Lead Push For Administration To Suspend Rule That Could Dramatically Increase Home Care Costs To Seniors, Disabled WASHINGTON – U.S. Sens. Mike Johanns (R- Neb) and Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Congressman Tim Walberg (R-Mich.) today led an effort urging the Department of Labor (DOL) to suspend a rule that could dramatically increase costs of non-medical, in-home personal care services, many of … Read the Full Story: Source

Questions Loom on Latest Administration Land Grab

Questions Loom on Latest Administration Land Grab Nebraskans pride themselves in taking good care of our land, its natural resources and the wildlife that depend on a vibrant ecosystem to thrive and grow. We depend on the land for more than just economic reasons, like agriculture, but also as a source of recreation. That’s why we’re … Read the Full Story: Source

Johanns, Fischer Press for Answers on Federal Land Acquisitions and Habitat Construction

Johanns, Fischer Press for Answers on Federal Land Acquisitions and Habitat Construction WASHINGTON — U.S. Sens. Mike Johanns (R-Neb.) and Deb Fischer (R-Neb.), member of the Environment and Public Works Committee, today wrote to the Army Corps of Engineers  and Fish and Wildlife Service pressing for answers about private land acquisitions and habitat construction a… Read the Full Story: Source

Nebraska is Fertile Ground for Ag

Nebraska is Fertile Ground for Ag Nebraska’s rich agricultural heritage dates far back to our state’s early days, when pioneers first tamed and tilled land that was once considered the Great American Desert. Over the years, agriculture’s importance to our state, and our state’s ag contributions to the nati… Read the Full Story: Source

Statue Honoring Johanns’ Role as Agriculture Secretary Unveiled at UNL

Statue Honoring Johanns’ Role as Agriculture Secretary Unveiled at UNL WASHINGTON—U.S. Sen. Mike Johanns (R-Neb.) today participated in an unveiling ceremony of statues of former U.S. Secretaries of Agriculture from Nebraska. Johanns served as Secretary of Agriculture for President George W. Bush from 2005 – 2007.  Commissio… Read the Full Story: Source

Johanns Votes to Fund Government, Defeat ISIL

Johanns Votes to Fund Government, Defeat ISIL WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Mike Johanns (R- Neb) today supported a continuing resolution (CR) to fund the government – at roughly current levels – and support forces in Syria and Iraq working to defeat the Islamic State of the Levant, better known as ISIL. The House of Repres… Read the Full Story: Source

Johanns Weekly Podcast – September 18, 2014

Johanns Weekly Podcast – September 18, 2014 Read the Full Story: Source

EPA Wants Authority to Garnish Wages Without Court Order

EPA Wants Authority to Garnish Wages Without Court Order An avalanche of new regulations by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has swept across the country, landing hard on American families, small businesses and ag producers. Recent examples include a proposal which could dramatically expand EPA authority over certain waterways.  Another e… Read the Full Story: Source

Johanns, Thune Introduce Bill to Stop EPA from Bypassing Courts to Garnish Americans’ Wages

Johanns, Thune Introduce Bill to Stop EPA from Bypassing Courts to Garnish Americans’ Wages WASHINGTON – U.S. Sens. Mike Johanns (R- Neb) and John Thune (R-S.D.) today introduced legislation to prohibit the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from garnishing Americans’ wages without a court order. Johanns Read the Full Story: Source

Johanns Weekly Podcast – September 11, 2014

Johanns Weekly Podcast – September 11, 2014 Read the Full Story: Source

Johanns Statement on Sept. 11th

Johanns Statement on Sept. 11th WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Mike Johanns (R-Neb.) today issued the following statement recognizing the anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, as well as the Sept. 11, 2012 terrorist attack against the American Embassy in Benghazi: “On the anniversary of these t… Read the Full Story: Source

Johanns: Swift Action to Improve VA Must Continue

Johanns: Swift Action to Improve VA Must Continue WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Mike Johanns (R- Neb), a member of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee, today pressed newly confirmed Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary Robert McDonald to continue taking swift actions necessary to improve care for our nation’s vetera… Read the Full Story: Source

Another Round of Obamacare Blunders

Another Round of Obamacare Blunders In the five years that Obamacare has been debated, analyzed, passed, signed and implemented, the warning bells of higher costs and fewer choices brought on by the ill-advised have become a burdensome reality for many Nebraskans. Brace yourselves as we learn that it’s about to worsen. For Ne… Read the Full Story: Source

Johanns: CBO Score of Housing Finance Reform Validates Banking Committee’s Work, Builds Momentum for Full Senate Vote

Johanns: CBO Score of Housing Finance Reform Validates Banking Committee’s Work, Builds Momentum for Full Senate Vote WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Mike Johanns (R- Neb.) today said the Congressional Budget Office’s (CBO) report on S. 1217, the Housing Finance Reform and Taxpayer Protection Act, is further proof that the full Senate must act on the bipartisan legislation. CBO estimates the bill &ndas… Read the Full Story: Source

Stopping the Spread of Ebola

Stopping the Spread of Ebola The Ebola epidemic is an ongoing tragedy with serious worldwide consequences.  With the virus now in the United States, Americans naturally are concerned about what steps are being taken to prevent the further spread of this disease and to prepare for more cases.  Unfortunately, our government’s response has not always inspired confidence this threat is being handled appropriately. The rate at which the Ebola virus has spread throughout West Africa
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Choosing E85 Fuel Supports Nebraska Farmers

Choosing E85 Fuel Supports Nebraska Farmers In Nebraska, our economy is deeply strengthened by agriculture. Fall harvest is in full swing across Nebraska, and with harvest comes one of the most stressful, busy and dangerous times for our farmers. I’d like to encourage and remind all of our producers to be careful and keep safety in mind as they work to bring in this year’s harvest. Read the Full Story: Source

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