The fast-paced 2013 Georgia legislative session came to a close on March 28. The 40-day session opened on January 14, and State Director Tanya Ditty represented your interests as a volunteer lobbyist with a physical presence at the State Capitol 35 of the 40 days.
Concerned Women for America’s targeted issues are: Sanctity of Life, Religious Liberty, Family, Anti-Pornography, Education, and National Sovereignty. Legislation this session encompassed several of these core issues. On-the-ground lobbying efforts combined with grassroots prayer and action gets results! Without calls and e-mails from CWA members and friends, successes would have been more difficult to achieve.
A somewhat revised version of S.B. 167 was heard today in the Senate Education and Youth Committee. After becoming apparent that the bill would not have the votes to pass out of committee, bill sponsor Sen. Ligon requested that no vote be taken on the bill. This procedure allows the bill to remain alive for the 2014 Legislative Session.
To some this might appear to be a defeat in stopping the Common Core. I do not see it this way. When we started on this journey to untangle Georgia from the snares of nationalized standards, testing and student data-tracking, very few Georgians even knew about the Common Core standards. CWA of Georgia has been able to educate legislators and citizens to the dangers of the federal power grab of our education system.
To each of you who have made phone calls, sent e-mails, travelled to the Capitol to support S.B. 167, I want to say a very special thank you. There is no way we can have an impact on our culture without grassroots activism. Thank you for getting involved and helping us expose those in our state who recklessly shackled Georgia children to nationalized standards.
Over the next several weeks, we will be fine tuning our plans for educating Georgians on the Common Core. Our goal is to cross this state and speak with community leaders, parents, teachers, and citizens about the dangers of the Common Core. We must also continue to educate our state legislators on the importance of withdrawing Georgia from the Common Core.
CWA of Georgia would like to thank several state legislators who battled hard for S.B. 167. Would you please take a moment and contact the offices of the following senators and thank them for their support of this bill?
- Sen. William Ligon (R-Brunswick) – bill sponsor 404-656-0045
- Sen. Barry Loudermilk (R-Cassville) – bill co-sponsor 404-656-0034
- Sen. Lindsey Tippins (R-Marietta) – Senate Education and Youth Committee Chairman 404-657-0406
Also thank Lt. Governor Casey Cagle for his support of S.B. 167. 404-656-5030
The fight to withdraw Georgia from the Common Core standards has just begun. I hope we can count on you as we continue to move forward with this issue. A donation today to help offset the costs of our education campaign would be greatly appreciated. Click here if you would like to donate to the work of CWA of Georgia on this issue.