Resolution to Remove the SBAC Testing Requirement to Qualify for Title 1 Federal Money

WHEREAS, The 10th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution states, “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people”;

WHEREAS, Education is one such power allowed to the states or the people- even the power to establish its own educational standards and testing;

WHEREAS, Federal money is given to the states for Title 1 programs, which is for the use of programs for poor and disadvantaged students;

WHEREAS, The federal government will withhold some or all of its federal dollars if the states that have adopted the national Common Core standards do not have at least 95% of their students completing the annual assessment test (SBAC), which measures learning against the nationwide Common Core standards;

WHEREAS, State superintendents like Idaho State Superintendent Ybarra explained, that “Title 1 funding is essential for our most vulnerable students across the state and it is my job as superintendent to protect funding for those students”;

WHEREAS, Idaho and other states feel trapped or coerced into following Common Core Standards and administering the expensive, time consuming, stressful SBAC test in order to qualify for the much needed funds for their Title 1 program;

RESOLVED, that the National Federation of Republican Women at its Spring Board meeting March 2019, acknowledge approval of President Trump’s executive order of April 27, 2017 wherein he states the need “to decrease the role of the federal government in education while giving states and local school districts more power over decision-making…{and that} Previous administrations have wrongly forced states and schools to comply with federal whims and dictates for what our kids are taught..”; and

RESOLVED, that the National Federation of Republican Women call on lawmakers to act swiftly on legislation to not withhold federal money for Title1 programs from states that opt out of the annual SBAC test.

This resolution was first passed by the Madison County Republican Women’s Club in August 22, 2018 and presented to the IFRW at its state fall board meeting, September 14-15, 2018 in McCall, Idaho with overwhelming support and will now be presented to the National Federation of Republican Women for their approval. Once approved it will be presented to the members of the United States Congress for their consideration.