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Understanding Common Core State Standards

Understanding Common Core State Standards

There is just one week remaining in the 2013 regular legislative session, and every minute is critical in either stopping bad legislation or passing good. I am pleased that this week the Missouri Senate perfected and passed Senate Bill 210, which is scheduled for a hearing in the Missouri House on Monday. Senate Bill 210 would require the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) to conduct at least one informational public hearing in each of Missouri’s congressional districts before it is mandated statewide.   If you are not a government employee or a regular reader of my Capitol Reports, you may not have heard of “Common Core” — the government’s latest initiative to establish a set of national educational standards for students in kindergarten through 12th grade in English language arts and mathematics. Many parents and guardians don’t understand what these standards are and the negative consequences that could occur with this program. Most of the states that have signed onto this giant initiative did so before the standards were even written. Some of those who helped develop the standards refused to sign off on them. You probably didn’t know that either. If education is one of the most important keys to success in a person’s life, shouldn’t parents understand what is happening in their kids’ schools and the effect Common Core could have on Missouri?   The eight public hearings required by Senate Bill 210 are to help Missourians better understand the Common Core State Standards. According to the bill, at least two weeks prior to the first of the public hearings, DESE would need to estimate the projected cost of the implementation of the Common Core State Standards. DESE is also instructed to have Missouri Commissioner of Education Dr. Chris L. Nicastro in attendance at each meeting to ensure your questions are answered, not just recorded. I expect the bill to pass and the governor to sign it, so watch for an announcement for a meeting in your area.   One of the biggest concerns regarding Common Core is the cost it imposes on the states. According to one report titled the “The Common Core: A Poor Choice for States,” estimates of the Common Core’s phase-in costs have varied from $3 billion to $16 billion nationwide. For Georgia, specifically, testing officials stated that although current tests cost taxpayers $5 per student per year, the new testing model will cost $22 per student per year — a 440 percent increase. Approximately 80 percent of the nation’s public isn’t educated about the Common Core State Standards, and we must question whether it is in the best interest of our state to spend this type of money. Do you agree that it is unwis0e to spend such...

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Emery receives ‘A’ rating and endorsement from National Rifle Association

Emery receives ‘A’ rating and endorsement from National Rifle Association

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Friday, October 5, 2012 Lamar, Mo. — Former Missouri Rep. Ed Emery has received an “A” rating and endorsement from the National Rifle Association Political Victory Fund (NRA-PVF). Emery is the Republican candidate for state Senate in Missouri’s 31st District comprising Barton, Bates, Clay, Henry and Vernon counties. The announcement was made by Trevor W. Santos, Missouri state liaison, NRA-ILA state and local affairs. “On behalf of NRA members in the Missouri Senate District 31, I am pleased to announce your NRA-PVF “A” rating and endorsement for the 2012 Missouri general election,” Santos said. “This endorsement is a reflection of your strong record of support on Second Amendment issues while serving in the Missouri State House, and your response to the NRA-PVF candidate questionnaire. “Our members will interpret your “A” rating and endorsement as being a solid pro-gun/pro-hunting candidate who is an advocate for the right to keep and bear arms.” “The NRA endorsement and ‘A’ rating is always welcome,” Emery said. “Their endorsement, along with that of the Western Missouri Shooters Alliance, should give constitution-minded Missourians assurance that I believe in the fundamental importance of the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. George Washington, the father of our country, knew that when the citizens are armed, tyrants are disheartened. In his words: ‘A free people ought not only to be armed but disciplined.’ ” The National Rifle Association is America’s foremost defender of Second Amendment rights and is the premier firearms education organization in the world, representing nearly 4 million members. The Institute for Legislative Action (ILA) is the lobbying arm of the NRA. Established in 1975, ILA is committed to preserving the right of all law-abiding individuals to purchase, possess and use firearms for legitimate purposes as guaranteed by the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Emery is a native of Vernon County, Mo., where he worked with his father and grandfather in their feed and grain business. He graduated from Nevada High School and the University of Missouri-Rolla with a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering. He worked in the oil and gas industry for 23 years, returning to Missouri in 1994. He also has worked as a petroleum engineering consultant. He currently serves as Executive Director of Missouri Fair Tax. Emery and his wife, Rebecca, a kindergarten teacher, reside in Lamar. They have four children, Elizabeth, Samuel, Daniel and Paul, and one grandchild....

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Emery receives key endorsements in Missouri State Senate Race

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                            Tuesday, October 2, 2012 Lamar, Mo. — Former Missouri Rep. Ed Emery has received a key endorsement from the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) in his race for state Senate in Missouri’s 31st District comprising Barton, Bates, Clay, Henry and Vernon counties. The NFIB is the leading association representing small and independent businesses. Its mission is to promote and protect the right of its members to own, operate and grow their businesses. The announcement was made by Brad Jones, NFIB-Missouri’s state director. “Mr. Emery has received the support of NFIB-Missouri based on his voting record in the House of Representatives and his understanding of the needs of small business owners,” Jones said. “Ed Emery believes in protecting their rights, as well as fighting to keep unnecessary regulations from adding to the burden of running a successful business.” The endorsement comes from Missouri SAFE (Save America’s Free Enterprise) Trust, NFIB’s political action committee. The National Federation of Independent Business bases its political support on candidates’ positions and records on small business issues. “Ed Emery knows how important small businesses are to the economy of Missouri and will work to provide the tools small business owners need to operate their businesses,” Jones said. “NFIB’s endorsement brings with it the powerful support of thousands of small business owners from across the state. We are proud to endorse his candidacy.” Emery also has received the exclusive endorsement in this race by Missouri Right to Life. According to Dave Plemmons, chairman of Missouri Right to Life Political Action Committee, “This endorsement represents our selection of you as the only candidate in your race who will be an effective voice for the protection of innocent human life.” Missouri Right to Life is the leading pro-life advocacy organization statewide, representing thousands of pro-life Missourians. “We are dedicated to promoting the right to life of all persons, especially those who are unborn, disabled or elderly,” Plemmons said. “The election of pro-life candidates is of the utmost importance. We take great care in choosing candidates to support in elections.” When selecting candidates to endorse, Missouri Right to Life considers survey responses and pro-life involvement in the community, as well as past pro-life leadership, sponsorship and voting records, both in committee and on the floor. Emery served four terms in the Missouri House (2003-2010) representing the former 126th District where he consistently promoted pro-life legislation. Emery is a native of Vernon County, Mo., where he worked with his father and grandfather in their feed and grain business. He graduated from Nevada High School and the University of Missouri-Rolla with a Bachelor of Science degree...

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Ed Emery Extends Thank You to Supporters!

Ed Emery Extends Thank You to Supporters!

There is no adequate way to express my gratitude for the support I enjoyed last night in winning our state senate primary. When the margin is as close as it was, it is clear that every supporter played a critical role in the victory. Your perseverance and loyalty through the flood of negative media has renewed my spirit and prepared me to work even harder for a win in November. Should God grace us with a general election victory (and I believe He will), the real fight will begin toward restoring personal liberty and economic freedom wherever they have been surrendered in exchange for the empty promises of government. The answer to prosperity is not more government but less. It is accomplished by restoring constitutional limits to restrain the power of elected officials and thwart the ambitions of elitist...

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Emery claims Republican primary victory in district 31 Senate race

Emery claims Republican primary victory in district 31 Senate race

Lamar, Mo. — Former Missouri Rep. Ed Emery wrapped up his state Senate primary race in Missouri’s 31st District with a victory over his opponents Rep. Scott Largent and Dave Morris. The newly formed 31st District comprises Barton, Bates, Cass, Henry and Vernon counties. “From the start of the campaign, we made a conscious choice to run a clean, positive race in spite of any potential negative attacks we might face from my opponents,” Emery said. “And the attacks came. Yet we stayed focused on the issues important to the voters and to our messages of individual liberty, economic freedom and following the constitution in all instances, and that resonated with the voters. I am grateful for all of the volunteers who worked so tirelessly to help spread our message, and for those voters who expressed their confidence in me with their votes.” Emery received 46 percent of the votes cast in the Republican primary. He will face Democrat Charles Burton in the November general election. “I have said all along that a statesmen’s responsibility is to limit government and to secure individual rights,” Emery said. “The first line of defense against unconstitutional acts of the Federal Government is your state legislature, and that is why I am running for state Senate. We plan to run the same type of positive campaign in the general election that we ran in the primary, and if elected, I will work tirelessly to protect the liberties of the citizens of Senate District 31 and of Missouri.” Emery was endorsed exclusively in this race by Missouri Right to Life, Missouri Eagle Forum, Missouri Club for Growth, Missouri Republican Assembly, Concerned Women for America, Veterans in Defense of Liberty and the Missouri Conservative Coalition. He also received endorsements from a number of prominent individuals including Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, Missouri state Senators Rob Schaaf, Jim Lembke, Jane Cunningham and Chuck Purgason; former state Senator Matt Bartle; Representatives Barney Fisher and Bill White; former state Representatives Rex Rector, Susan Phillips, Bryan Stevenson and Larry Wilson; and Cass County Treasurer Steve Cheslik Emery is a native of Vernon County, Mo., where he worked with his father and grandfather in their feed and grain business. He graduated from the University of Missouri-Rolla with a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering and worked in the oil and gas industry until returning to Missouri in 1994. He currently serves as Executive Director of Missouri Fair Tax, a volunteer position. Emery and his wife, Rebecca, reside in Lamar. They have four children, Elizabeth, Samuel, Daniel and Paul, and one...

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Ed Emery keeps campaign ads positive

Ed Emery keeps campaign ads positive

Faced with a bombardment of untrue attack ads, Ed Emery is choosing to keep his campaign positive and focused on the issues voters care about. Click the link below to listen to Ed’s newest radio spot: Emery Leadership Radio Ad Missed Helen Emery’s robocall or just want to hear it again? Helen Emery’s ObamaCare...

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Paid for by Citizens for Ed Emery - Rex Rector, Treasurer