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State Director Penny Morrell Submits Written Testimony to the Education and Cultural Affairs Committee in Support of “An Act To Provide a Method for a Student To Be Excused from Standardized Testing”

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Statement by

Penelope A. Morrell, State Director

Concerned Women for America of Maine

To Members of the Education and Cultural Affairs Committee

Regarding L.D. #95, An Act To Provide a Method for a Student To Be Excused

from Standardized Testing”

February 7, 2017

Chairs Senator Langley and Representative Kornfield, and distinguished members of the Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, thank you for the opportunity to submit written testimony on this legislation.  I’m Penny Morrell, State Director of Concerned Women for America (CWA) of Maine.

I regret that I was unable to submit my testimony at the hearing, and appreciate your attention to these comments.

We support this legislation to allow parents to decide what testing their child will take.  The Supreme Court has already affirmed parents’ rights regarding testing, but local schools are able to pressure students and parents to participate.  Also, this legislation will require educators to notify parents about the testing and the parents’ rights to opt out.  Parents deserve to know their rights especially when it pertains to what’s best for their children.  Currently, parental notification is not allowed.

Especially upright in this bill is the fact that the Department of Education may not penalize a school for excusing a student from an assessment, and the school may not penalize a student for being excused from an assessment.

We urge this committee to vote “Ought To Pass” on L.D. 95.

Maine State Sen. Lisa Keim and Her Family are in Great Need of Your Prayers

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It is with a heavy heart I have to share the news that State Sen. Lisa Keim’s (R-District 18) son, Loren, passed away on Saturday.  His injuries were from an automobile accident last weekend.

Now, more than ever, Lisa and her family need us to lift them up for strength and comfort as they mourn the loss of their son. I thank God for this family’s faith and know they do not suffer as those without hope.

Pray and consider what God would have you do in regards to comforting her and her family. Click here to view her bio and contact information. Consider emailing a note and/or sending a card.

“Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also. And where I go you know, and the way you know.” (John 14:1-4)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CONCERNED WOMEN FOR AMERICA

OF MAINE

 

864 Manchester Rd., Belgrade, ME  04917

Phone: (207)465-6015Email: director@maine.cwfa.org

More Federal Control Over Maine Education Proposed — Let’s Speak up Against it!

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Stop the government from interfering with your child’s freedom to inquire and disseminate ideas in science and engineering education!

Yesterday,  I testified on behalf of Concerned Women for America of Maine at a hearing before the Education and Cultural Affairs Committee on L.D. #49, grossly misnamed “An Act to Improve Science and Engineering Education for Maine Students.” There was no “improvement” in this proposal.

This is a federal government overreach. This bill requires the Department of Education to include the so-called Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) for students in kindergarten to grade 12 in the state’s system of learning results and assessment.  NGSS is part of Common Core, which puts more control in the hands of the federal government and out of the hands of our capable state.

NGSS programs young minds toward a particular philosophical viewpoint, rather than experimental observation, with the aim of promoting social activism.  Theory is taught as fact.

Maine students should have the freedom to explore and do research in science.  No boundaries should be placed on where the research takes the student, especially if it is politically, religiously or instructionally oriented.

Committee members need to hear from you!

Status: The Education and Cultural Affairs Committee is expected to schedule a work session concerning L.D. #49 sometime within this legislative session and then vote on it soon after.

Click here to read the bill, track its status and more.

Take Action:

  • Please encourage each member of the Education and Cultural Affairs Committee to vote “ought not to pass” on L.D. #49. Be sure to let them know you are a member of Concerned Women for America of Maine. This increases my influence as a Director when I make contact with their offices. Click here for each committee member’s contact information. If one of these members represents your district, make an extra effort to contact them and be sure to let them know that you live within their district.  Click here to find out who represents you.
  • Please pass this information on to friends and family.

Pray: Please pray that this bill does not pass. “Lo, children are an heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb is his reward.”  (Psalm 127:3)

More information:

 A mind is a terrible thing to waste, and our children deserve the best education possible.  We must keep education local and in the hands of those who know our children best and desire to have them succeed freely, not be brainwashed.

Penny Morrell
State Director
CWA of Maine
director@maine.cwfa.org
(207) 465-6015
me.cwfa.org

Consider contributing to CWA of Maine today. Please give as generously as you can. We are 100 percent volunteers and therefore put 100 percent of the donations given toward the work at hand.  Donate online right now or send a check to: 864 Manchester Road, Belgrade, ME 04917.  Write the check out to “Concerned Women for America” and be sure to put “CWA of Maine” on the memo line.

Thank you in advance for considering this opportunity to give in a way that will affect the future for the better.

State Director Penny Morrell Testifies Before the Education and Cultural Affairs Committee on the “An Act to Improve Science and Engineering Education for Maine Students”

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Statement by Penelope A. Morrell, State Director
Concerned Women for America of Maine
To Members of the Education and Cultural Affairs Committee
Regarding L.D. #49, “An Act to Improve Science and Engineering Education for Maine Students”
January 25, 2017

Hello, and thank you, Chairs Senator Langley and Representative Kornfield, and distinguished members of the Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, for the opportunity to appear before you today.  I’m Penny Morrell, State Director of Concerned Women for America (CWA) of Maine.

We believe this is a government overreach into the lives of our kids in Maine.  Maine students should have the freedom to explore and do research in science.  After all, isn’t that the goal of science?  No boundaries should be placed on where the research takes the student, especially if it is politically, religiously or instructionally oriented.

Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) programs young minds toward a particular philosophical viewpoint, rather than experimental observation, with the aim of promoting social activism.  Theory is taught as fact:

  • Earth System – Man is bad for the planet
  • Man causes global warming – The Science surrounding this theory is highly debatable and any causation should be presented as such, i.e., theory
  • Focus on only sustainable energy; wind/solar power to the exclusion of other forms of energy is not balanced science
  • Political biases guide these principles; this is not science.

Science taught only with philosophically biased information reflects only the author’s viewpoint and desire to dominate the topic and has no value in science education or as proof in empirical science!

Maine Learning Results in Science should only be replaced with proven, tested, high-achieving results, not privately owned and unalterable results.

CWA of Maine urges this committee to vote “ought not to pass” on L.D. #49.  Thank you.

Update on the Delay of the Maine Marijuana Law – Committee Members Need to Hear From You

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I plan to address the Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee today, January 17, 2017, at 1:00 p.m. Regarding L.D. #88, “An Act to Delay the Implementation of Certain Portions of the Marijuana Legalization Act.”

The Committee members need to hear from you throughout the next few days.

Take Action: Please contact every member of the Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee and ask them to support L.D. #88.

Senator Garrett Mason (R-Androscoggin), Chair, phone: 207-577-1521, e-mail: Garrett.Mason@legislature.maine.gov
Senator Michael Carpenter (D-Aroostook), – – Chaire-mail: Michael.Carpenter@Legislature.Maine.gov
Senator Ronald Collins (R-York),- – Chair e-mail: Ronald.Collins@legislature.maine.gov
Representative Louis Luchini (D-Ellsworth),  Chair e-mail: Louis.Luchini@legislature.maine.gov
Representative Owen Casás (I-Rockport),- – Chair e-mail: Owen.Casas@Legislature.Maine.gov
Representative Kathleen Dillingham(R-Oxford), – – Chaire-mail: Kathleen.Dillingham@legislature.maine.gov
Representative Bradlee Farrin (R-Norridgewock), e-mail: Bradlee.Farrin@legislature.maine.gov
Representative Sheldon Hanington (R-Lincoln),- – Chair e-mail: Sheldon.Hanington@legislature.maine.gov
Representative Craig Hickman (D-Winthrop), – – Chaire-mail: Craig.Hickman@legislature.maine.gov
Representative Thomas Longstaff (D-Waterville),- – Chair e-mail: Thomas.Longstaff@legislature.maine.gov
Representative Kimberly Monaghan (D-Cape Elizabeth),- – Chair e-mail: Kimberly.Monaghan@legislature.maine.gov
Representative John Schneck (D-Bangor), – – Chaire-mail: John.Schneck@legislature.maine.gov
Representative Dustin White (R-Washburn), e-mail: Dustin.White@legislature.maine.gov

Talking points:

  • This referendum was passed by a razor-thin margin of just a few thousand votes last November.
  • This bill would delay retail sales until February 2018.
  • Although this bill does not close two problematic loopholes by ensuring marijuana is not legal for youth and prohibiting edibles, which have led to a skyrocketing increase in hospital and ER admissions in states like Colorado, we believe it to be a step in the right direction to delay the implementation of the citizen-initiated and passed law.

Please pray:

Pray for each Committee member by name.  Pray they will exercise wisdom by voting for L.D. #88.

Penny Morrell
State Director
CWA of Maine
director@maine.cwfa.org
me.cwfa.org

State Director Penny Morrell Testifies Before the Joint Committee on Veterans and Legal Affairs on the “Act to Delay the Implementation of Certain Portions of the Marijuana Legalization Act”

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Statement by
Penelope A. Morrell, State Director
Concerned Women for America of Maine

To Members of the Joint Committee on Veterans and Legal Affairs

Regarding L.D. #88, “An Act to Delay the Implementation of Certain Portions of the Marijuana Legalization Act”

January 17, 2017

Hello, and thank you, Chairmen Mason and Luchini, and distinguished members of the Joint Committee on Veterans and Legal Affairs, for the opportunity to appear before you today.  I’m Penny Morrell, State Director for Concerned Women for America (CWA) of Maine.

Because this referendum was passed by a razor thin margin of just a few thousand votes last November, CWA of Maine supports this bill that would delay retail sales until a later date.   We want to ensure we protect every Maine citizen and make sound public health decisions.

Although this bill does not close two problematic loopholes by ensuring marijuana is not legal for youth and prohibiting edibles, which have led to a skyrocketing increase in hospital and ER admissions in states like Colorado, we believe this may be corrected in other legislation before you this session or in an amendment to this bill.

We also believe a select committee made up of members from every committee in the Maine Legislature except Marine Fisheries, would be helpful moving forward to implement the marijuana law, and ask that it would ensue.  This law effects every branch of government barring one, so in order to ensure outcomes from all the proposals currently in the legislature are good for everyone, a select committee should and must be established.

We are thankful for the leadership of President Thibodeau and Speaker Gideon in drafting this legislation and to Rep. Luchini for sponsoring it.

CWA of Maine urges this committee to amend as suggested and then support L.D. 88.

 

 

Stand With Sen. Collins (R-Maine) as She Courageously Stands With Sen. Jeff Sessions for U.S. Attorney General

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Yesterday, during the Senate Judiciary Committee’s hearing on Senator Jeff Sessions’ (R-Alabama) nomination for U.S. Attorney General, Senator Susan Collins (R-Maine) had nothing but kind words for her colleague, stating:

“Jeff Sessions and I were first sworn into the United States Senate on the very same day. In the 20 years since, we have worked closely on some issues and on opposite sides on others. In fact, it would be fair to say that we have had our share of vigorous debates and policy disagreements.

“Through these experiences, I have come to know Senator Sessions professionally as a trusted colleague and personally as a good friend. I can vouch confidently for the fact that Jeff Sessions is a person of integrity, a principled leader, and a dedicated public servant …

“In 1980, long before he ran for the Senate or even dreamed of being Attorney General, Jeff Sessions sponsored the first African-American member of the Mobile Lions Club.  As U.S. Attorney, he provided leadership in the successful convictions of two Ku Klux Klan members who had murdered an African-American teenager.  As the Ranking Member of the Senate Judiciary Committee in 2009, he appointed the first African-American to serve as Chief Counsel to the Republican members.  These are not the actions of an individual who is motivated by racial animus.”

Sen. Collins’ endorsement of Sen. Sessions for U.S. Attorney General carries significant weight. She didn’t have to voice her opinion, but she did.  By doing so, she has fallen under vicious attacks from ethically-challenged people here at home.  (See Susan Collins’ Support for Jeff Sessions Sparks Protests in Maine, Washington)

Though we don’t always agree with Sen. Collins, it is exciting for Concerned Women for America of Maine to stand with Sen. Collins in her support of President-Elect Trump’s choice for U.S. Attorney General, Sen. Jeff Sessions.

Stand with us! It is imperative that we support Sen. Collins at this time. 

Please contact Senator Collins’ offices and thank her for her strong support:

Portland Office: (207) 780-3575
Augusta Office: (207) 622-8414
Bangor Office: (207) 945-0417
Washington D.C.: (202) 224-2523

Contact the Governor and Senate President TODAY and Urge a Delay in Implementing Recreational Marijuana

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Gov. Paul LePage and Senate President Michael Thibodeau (R-District 11) want to delay the implementation of recreational marijuana as passed by referendum vote on November 8.  This is necessary in order to provide more time to hash out this legislation and do everything we can to minimize risks and harms to youth and communities.

Take Action: Please call and/or e-mail both Gov. LePage and Senate President Michael Thibodeau without delay to let them know that as a member of Concerned Women for America of Maine, you support their effort to put a one-year moratorium on the implementation of recreational marijuana.  The proponents of the law are making their voices heard loud and clear, so we must do the same; hopefully, we’ll be even  louder.

  1. E-mail Senate President Thibodeau and/or call his office at (207) 287-1500.
  2. E-mail LePage and/or call his office at (207) 287-3531.
  3. Forward this e-mail to friends and family and ask them to pray and take action on this important issue.

Pray: Ask the Lord to give Gov. LePage and Sen. Thibodeau the wisdom and strength to do what they know to be right.

Thank you for being such an important part of CWA of Maine!

CWA of Maine Participates in “No to 1” Coalition Press Conference

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After a hard-fought battle against legalizing marijuana in Maine, Concerned Women for America of Maine, along with the coalition partners in the fight, held a press conference in the Hall of Flags in the State House in Augusta.  We had just called off the remainder of the recount of ballots and wanted the people of Maine to know we would work with the Maine Legislature to make rules and implement the new law in a way that minimizes the damage in the most effective way possible.  Perhaps the only committee in the Legislature not affected by this law is the Marine Resources Committee.  Therefore, we are urging that a select committee of all affected branches of the Maine government be established to work together for the best outcomes in implementing the law.

Click here to view the comments made by the CWA of Maine State Director, Penny Morrell.