A letter from PIME supporter Jo DeMarco, received Dec. 8, 2021
I’m thrilled to report that I received a call from State Representative Steve Carra. House Bill 5097 passed the Michigan House on Nov. 2 and was transmitted to the Senate where it is expected to pass as well. [Editor’s note: This bill addresses critical race theory and prohibits its inherent racism from poisoning Michigan’s schools. See the bill and a copy of this message at Michigan House takes BIG first step in protecting our school systems.]
HUGE THANKS to all, and particularly to Representatives Ann Bollin and Steve Carra. Additional kudos to the bill’s other sponsors, Reps Andrew Beeler, Andrew Fink, Sue Allor, John Damoose, Pat Outman, Bradley Slagh, Michele Hoitenga, Jeff Yaroch, and Matt Maddock.
I cannot wait till this bill passes in the Michigan Senate. I check every single day. I was just thinking how very fortunate I feel to have had the honor and pleasure to interact with so many new people over this past year, which certainly includes PIME.
We are all “just folks” who realize we were severely cheated, and collectively we are working hard to turn things around. We are a TEAM. We are all fighting for the same goals. We all bring something to the table, and together we all win. At the risk of sounding sappy, I wake up every day thanking God for this path He put me on.
Prior to the 2020 election I was already an Election Inspector. I THOUGHT I knew quite a bit. Like so many others I went to bed that night, reveling in the joy of having my beloved President for another four years. We all woke up to a nightmare, and I was in a fog for a bit. But, as my dear old dad used to say, “When things don’t go your way, never whine about it. DO something about it.” So, I embarked on a training path to learn more of everything “election process.”
As I spent this last year training and learning and getting more certifications, I was fortunate to come to know several grassroots groups, and I saw the passion, the commitment, and determination to get our nation back to where it was not too long ago.
We’ll get there all right. I have faith. Thank YOU, for all you do!
BOLDED TEXT BELOW INDICATES AMENDED ITEMS TO EXISTING STATUTE
HOUSE BILL NO. 5097
“The revised school code,” by amending section 1278 (MCL 380.1278), as amended by 2016 PA 170.
THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF MICHIGAN ENACT:
Sec. 1278. (1) In addition to the requirements for accreditation under section 1280 specified in that section, if the board of a school district wants all of the schools of the school district to be accredited under section 1280, the board shall provide to all pupils attending public school in the district a core academic curriculum in compliance with subsection (3) in each of the curricular areas specified in the state board recommended model core academic curriculum content standards developed under subsection (2). The state board model core academic curriculum content standards
shall must encompass academic and cognitive instruction only, and must not, in any way, include the promotion of any form of race or gender stereotyping or anything that could be understood as implicit race or gender stereotyping. For purposes of this section, the state board model core academic curriculum content standards shall must not include attitudes, beliefs, or value systems that are not essential in the legal, economic, and social structure of our society and to the personal and social responsibility of citizens of our society.
(2) Recommended model core academic curriculum content standards
shall must be developed and periodically updated by the state board, shall must be in the form of knowledge and skill content standards that are recommended as state standards for adoption by public schools in local curriculum formulation and adoption, and shall must be distributed to each school district in the state. The recommended model core academic curriculum content standards shall must set forth desired learning objectives in math, science, reading, history, geography, economics, American government, and writing for all children at each stage of schooling and be based upon the “Michigan K-12 Program Standards of Quality” to ensure that high academic standards, academic skills, and academic subject matters are built into the instructional goals of all school districts for all children. The state board shall ensure that the recommended model core academic curriculum content standards for history for grades 8 to 12 include learning objectives concerning genocide, including, but not limited to, the Holocaust and the Armenian Genocide. The state board also shall ensure that the state assessment program and the Michigan merit examination are based on the state recommended model core curriculum content standards, are testing only for proficiency in basic and advanced academic skills and academic subject matter, and are not used to measure pupils’ values or attitudes.
(3) The board of each school district, considering academic curricular objectives defined and recommended
pursuant to under subsection (2), shall do both of the following:
(a) Establish a core academic curriculum for its pupils at the elementary, middle, and secondary school levels. The core academic curriculum
shall must define academic objectives to be achieved by all pupils and shall must be based upon the school district’s educational mission, long-range pupil goals, and pupil performance objectives. The core academic curriculum may vary from the model core academic curriculum content standards recommended by the state board pursuant to under subsection (2). However, the core academic curriculum must not, in any way, include the promotion of any form of race or gender stereotyping or anything that could be understood as implicit race or gender stereotyping.
(b) After consulting with teachers and school building administrators, determine the aligned instructional program for delivering the core academic curriculum and identify the courses and programs in which the core academic curriculum will be taught.
(4) The board may supplement the core academic curriculum by providing instruction through additional classes and programs.
(5) For all pupils, the subjects or courses, and the delivery of those including special assistance, that constitute the curriculum the pupils engage in
shall must assure the pupils have a realistic opportunity to learn all subjects and courses required by the district’s core academic curriculum. A subject or course required by the core academic curriculum pursuant to under subsection (3) shall must be provided to all pupils in the school district by a school district, a consortium of school districts, or a consortium of 1 or more school districts and 1 or more intermediate school districts.
(6) To the extent practicable, the state board may adopt or develop academic objective-oriented high standards for knowledge and life skills, and a recommended core academic curriculum, for special education pupils for whom it may not be realistic or desirable to expect achievement of initial mastery of the state board recommended model core academic content standards objectives or of a high school diploma.
(7) The state board shall make available to all nonpublic schools in this state, as a resource for their consideration, the model core academic curriculum content standards developed for public schools
pursuant to under subsection (2) for the purpose of assisting the governing body of a nonpublic school in developing its core academic curriculum.
(8) Excluding special education pupils, pupils having a learning disability, and pupils with extenuating circumstances as determined by school officials, a pupil who does not score satisfactorily on the
fourth or seventh grade 4 or 7 state assessment program reading test shall must be provided special assistance reasonably expected to enable the pupil to bring his or her reading skills to grade level within 12 months.
(9) Any course that would have been considered a nonessential elective course under Snyder v Charlotte School Dist, 421 Mich 517 (1984), on April 13, 1990
shall must continue to be offered to resident pupils of nonpublic schools on a shared time basis.
(10) As used in this section:
(a) “Armenian Genocide”, “genocide”, and “Holocaust” mean those terms as defined in section 1168.
(b) “Race or gender stereotyping” means a set of statements, beliefs, or ideas that conform wholly or in part with the following general or particular statements:
(i) That all individuals comprising a racial or ethnic group or gender hold a collective quality or belief.
(ii) That individuals act in certain ways or hold certain opinions because of their race or gender.
(iii) That individuals are born racist or sexist by accident of their race or gender.
(iv) That individuals bear collective guilt for historical wrongs committed by their race or gender.
(v) That cultural norms or practices of a racial or ethnic group or gender are flawed and must be eliminated or changed to conform with those of another racial or ethnic group or gender.
(vi) That racism is inherent in individuals from a particular race or ethnic group or that sexism is inherent in individuals from a particular gender.
(vii) That a racial or ethnic group or gender is in need of deconstruction, elimination, or criticism.
(viii) That the actions of individuals serve as an indictment against the race or gender of those individuals.