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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 Statement on President’s Overreaching Immigration Proposal

Johanns Statement on President’s Overreaching Immigration Proposal WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Mike Johanns (R- Neb) issued the following statement on the President’s decision to circumvent Congress to act on immigration. “What the President is doing is wrong. His decision to act unilaterally undermines our legal system and ignores th… Read the Full Story: Source

Sen. Johanns Delivers Tribute to Gov. Heineman on Senate Floor

Sen. Johanns Delivers Tribute to Gov. Heineman on Senate Floor … Read the Full Story: Source

Johanns Honors Gov. Heineman on Senate Floor

Johanns Honors Gov. Heineman on Senate Floor WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Mike Johanns (R- Neb) today took to the Senate floor to pay tribute to Governor Dave Heineman’s service to our state and nation. Heineman took over as governor when then-Governor Johanns stepped down to become U.S. Secretary of Agriculture. Heineman&rsquo… Read the Full Story: Source

Smith Responds to President’s Amnesty Plan

Smith Responds to President’s Amnesty Plan Congressman Adrian Smith (R-NE) today released the following statement regarding President Obama’s planned executive orders to provide amnesty to millions of undocumented immigrants without the consent of Congress: “We have already seen how the President’s youth amnesty encouraged tens of thousands of unaccompanied minors to pour across the border.  Providing amnesty to millions of additional undocumented immigrants will only encourage others to break our laws and make it more
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Obamacare Premiums Rise in Every Third District County

Obamacare Premiums Rise in Every Third District County New data released by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) confirms insurance premiums for the lowest-priced plans on Nebraska’s federally operated Obamacare exchange will increase in every county in Nebraska’s Third Congressional District.    “This new data confirms what Nebraskans have told me all along.  Obamacare is making health insurance more, not less, expensive and out of reach for hardworking families,” said Congressman Smith.  “The
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Cooperative Water Agreement Signed with Colorado, Kansas & Nebraska

Cooperative Water Agreement Signed with Colorado, Kansas & Nebraska (Manhattan, Kan.) Reflecting a new spirit of cooperation, Colorado, Kansas and Nebraska today have reached an historic agreement during a special meeting of the Republican River Compact Administration. Representatives of the States have signed a resolution, approving operational adjustments in 2014 and 2015 under the Republican River Compact that will benefit water users throughout the Basin and set the Administration on a course to find long-term
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Rep. Smith to Hold Mobile Office in Arthur

Rep. Smith to Hold Mobile Office in Arthur Congressman Adrian Smith (R-NE) will meet constituents of the Third District during a “mobile office” on Friday, November 21, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. MST in Arthur. A “mobile office” allows constituents to meet directly with Congressman Smith about federal issues and take advantage of the constituent services available through his office, such as assisting individuals with challenges they face while working with a federal agency, ordering
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Rep. Smith to Hold Mobile Office in Tryon

Rep. Smith to Hold Mobile Office in Tryon Congressman Adrian Smith (R-NE) will meet constituents of the Third District during a “mobile office” on Friday, November 21, from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. CST in Tryon. A “mobile office” allows constituents to meet directly with Congressman Smith about federal issues and take advantage of the constituent services available through his office, such as assisting individuals with challenges they face while working with a federal agency, ordering
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Gov. Heineman & Randolph Elementary Celebrate National Academic Achievement

Gov. Heineman & Randolph Elementary Celebrate National Academic Achievement (Randolph, Neb.) Governor Dave Heineman was in Randolph yesterday to celebrate a major educational achievement. Students, teachers and community members gathered with state officials to celebrate Randolph Elementary School being selected as a 2014 National Blue Ribbon School by the United States Department of Education. Read the Full Story: Source

Gov. Heineman & Mayor Stothert Highlight “Build Nebraska” Progress

Gov. Heineman & Mayor Stothert Highlight “Build Nebraska” Progress (Omaha, NE) Today, Governor Dave Heineman and Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert highlighted the positive outcomes of the “Build Nebraska Act” for the citizens of Omaha, and the state. The Governor and Mayor were joined by Nebraska Department of Roads Director Randy Peters and Omaha City Engineer Todd Pfitzer to provide an update on progress of the Build Nebraska Act projects in Omaha. Read the Full Story:
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A Decade of Exceptionalism Under Governor Dave Heineman

A Decade of Exceptionalism Under Governor Dave Heineman The elections are now behind us and we have paved the way for new leadership throughout the state. I’m eager to watch Nebraska continue to thrive and grow under the direction of newly elected officials. Their work has begun as they prepare for the transition in January. Governor Dave Heinem… Read the Full Story: Source

Johanns Statement on Veterans Day

Johanns Statement on Veterans Day WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Mike Johanns (R- Neb), a member of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee, today made the following statement regarding Veterans Day tomorrow, November 11: “This Veterans Day, as we pause to honor the men and women who have served in uniform… Read the Full Story: Source

Celebrating Adoption

Celebrating Adoption As National Adoption Month, November is dedicated to raising awareness of adoption-related issues and highlighting the need for loving families to open their homes and hearts to children. The awareness initiative kicked off with a Presidential Proclamation last week, and this year’s theme i… Read the Full Story: Source

Veterans Day a Time to Say Thanks

Veterans Day a Time to Say Thanks It’s hard to imagine what Francis Scott Key thought the future held for our young nation 200 years ago when he wrote what would become our national anthem. The British had just burned Washington, D.C., and here he was watching the bombardment of Fort McHenry from a ship in the Baltimore Har… Read the Full Story: Source

Youth Ag Programs a Springboard for All Life's Successes

Youth Ag Programs a Springboard for All Life's Successes This week, more than 1,500 students, mentors and agriculture enthusiasts from Nebraska will join tens of thousands of others for the National FFA convention in Kentucky. Formerly known as Future Farmers of America, the FFA Organization is rooted in traditional ag values. Through agricultural educ… Read the Full Story: Source

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

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