When we hear those words, images of a children doing something for the first the time, flash through our minds.
We don’t let our children give up, we encourage them to keep on trying.
Your child may never be the next “Hank Aaron”, “Michael Jordan”, or “Tim Tebow” but you encourage them to keep practicing, and do their best in the game.
Fighting for your parental rights is not any different.
The legislature heard you, Chairman of the House Education Committee, Rep. Patton heard you, and just because he seemed to ignore you, doesn’t mean you failed.
Chairman Patton kept HB221 Education-Parental Rights “on the bench” this week and it never had the opportunity to be voted on…
In essence HB221 made the team, but never got to play.
We have to “try, try again.”
We insist our children keep on trying and never give up. As parents, we need to set that example -especially when it is comes to our rights- we can never give up.
We must continue to fight for what is right.
With the amount of e-mails and phone calls Chairman Patton received this week, there is no way he missed the fact that “we are mad as hell, and we are not going to take it anymore.”
HB221 put Chairman Patton between a rock and a hard place.
On one hand parents sick of their educational parental rights being trampled.
Parents sick of the schools telling them what they can and can’t do concerning THEIR children.
On the other hand, schools, districts, Department of Education, Governor Mead, his appointed Attorney General Peter Michael, and the State Board of Education (also appointed by Governor Mead).
- All of those people and entities worried about the potential money lost, if parents could opt their children out of testing.
- Worried about how much money would be lost if parental consent meant an absence was excused -because money is tied to attendance-.
- Worried about how much money would be lost if parents opted their children out of certain data collection.
Over the past two years we have shown you time and again how money hungry our state is when it comes to education.
We have shown you that our state will do whatever it takes to get more federal money.
So of course there was resistance to HB221…
And that just proves why it is so important that we don’t give up.
It is time we no longer tolerate money being put before the best interest of children, as individuals, not a collective.
It is time we no longer tolerate money being put before our children’s education.
And it is time we no longer tolerate money being put before parental rights.
“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” –Edmund Burke
Our children are far too valuable for us to stand idle and simply accept things as they are.
It is the “squeaky wheel that gets the grease”, so friend, it is time we really make some noise.
With just over a month left in our legislative session, Wyoming Freedom in Education e-mails will be slowing down quite a bit, but we will continue to keep you up to date on the education bills we have been watching.
Keep on fighting, there is too much at stake if you don’t.
When you get thrown from your horse, you have to get back on and show them who the boss really is.
Fighting for your rights is no different.
Our legislators often forget who sits in the saddle and who truly holds the reigns, and that is you, the voter.
And, it is time to do some “tight circles”.
Keep on fighting the good fight, and keep on reminding your legislators that you are paying attention, and that you are watching them.
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