The USPIE Stop Fed Ed Campaign

STOP FED ED is a campaign led by parents, taxpayers and educators committed to returning control of education to parents and local communities. Ending federal control of education and closing the U.S. Department of Education are the first steps. 

   

The fight against Common Core has exposed the failures of those trying to force a federally-based one size fits all curriculum on states and local school districts. There are several laws that forbid the federal government from dictating curriculum, and yet we are seeing a rapid decline in classroom choice and education freedom.  

Leadership Team

Sheri Few, South Carolina

Sheri Few is the Founder and has served as President of South Carolina Parents Involved in Education since June 2000. She founded US Parents Involved in Education in 2014 and serves as President. Sheri led the fight against Common Core in South Carolina (SC) that ended with her candidacy for SC Superintendent of Education where she narrowly lost. She was endorsed by Phyllis Schlafly, Concerned Women for America, Family Research Council, and Congresswoman Michele Bachmann. Sheri is known for her expertise on Common Core and education policy, and has been a featured speaker for national and local conferences and radio talk shows.

Sandy Torosian, California

 Sandra Torosian was born and raised in California where she has been an instructional aid for 25 years. Her fight for children began in 2013 after watching "Building the Machine", and in 2014 she founded Parents Against Common Core. As an active member of Fresno County and City Republican Women Federated, she has spoken out against Common Core issues, including AP U.S. History, at Tea Party Action Nights locally and statewide and has published articles in both her local and hometown newspapers. She plans running for Trustee in the Clovis Unified School District in November, 2016.  

Theresa Hubbard, Alabama

 Theresa Hubbard is a Commander in the United States Coast Guard Reserve with 26 years of service. She holds an Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College, and a BS in Accounting from the University of South Alabama. When not serving on active duty she is involved in education issues in Alabama. She is a State Board member of the Alabama Eagle Forum, a committee member for Alabamians United for Excellence in Education (AUEE), and is currently a candidate for Mobile County School Board District Five. Theresa has spoken out against Common Core locally and statewide, and has been featured in the online news outlets Lagniappe, Yellowhammer, and Breitbart News.   

Melanie Kurdys, Michigan

Michigan PIE President Melanie Kurdys is an accomplished business person, educator, researcher, activist and mother of three adult children and two grandchildren. Her mathematics degree from University of Michigan has enabled her to work for great companies like IBM, AT&T and Authur Young. She “retired” from Owens Corning Fiberglas as Director of Information Systems to follow her husband around the country. During that time, she was an active school volunteer and in-school math tutor in Louisiana, California, Georgia and Michigan. She was elected to her local school board and ran for Michigan State Board of Education in the 2012 election. As co-founder of Stop Common Core in Michigan, Melanie continues to be a volunteer education advocate for parents, teachers and importantly, kids.    

Jan Lenox & Debbie Yoa, New Jersey

In 2007, Jan Lenox retired to Cape May County in southern New Jersey after completing 20 years of federal government service as a manager in the US Office of Inspector General. Jan is the founder and serves as organizer for Tea Party Patriots of Southern New Jersey, and she co-founded Concerned Citizens of Southern New Jersey whose efforts led to the a New Jersey Senate bill that would end Common Core. Debbie Yoa is a lifelong resident of New Jersey, a retired teacher of mathematics, and a member of the Southern New Jersey Tea Party Patriots. Since 2012, Debbie has helped lead the fight against the Common Core Standards in New Jersey through her active involvement in Concerned Citizens of Southern New Jersey. Jan and Debbie are the “Dynamic Duo” of the Stop Fed Ed Leadership Team.  

Michelle Earle, New York

Advisory Board

Michelle Malkin

Conservative political commentator and New York Times best-selling author are only two of Michelle Malkin’s titles. She contributes to Fox News, MSNBC, C-SPAN and is welcomed on various national radio programs. Malkin started her career at the Los Angeles Daily News in 1992 and moved to the Seattle Times in 1996. Newspapers, magazines, and websites have all featured Malkin’s weekly column. Her viewpoints, seen in her Hot Air and Twitchy websites, unremittingly create national sensation. As much as Malkin’s an advocate for truth she is too a highly awarded and successful journalist. She has been awarded the Reed Irvine Accuracy in Media Award and the Breitbart Award for her excellence in journalism.  

Sandra Stotsky, Professor Emerita

Sandra Stotsky is Professor Emerita of the Department of Education Reform, University of Arkansas. She contributed to Drilling Through the Core: Why Common Core is Bad for America, ​published in 2015 by Pioneer Institute in Boston, and is known nationwide for in-depth analysis of Common Core’s problematic English language arts standards. Serving as Senior Associate Commissioner at the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and English language arts standards expert on Common Core’s Validation Committee highlight her career. In 2009, Professor Stotsky was one of five members to refuse signing off on the Common Core Standards. Regularly, before state boards of education and state legislators, Professor Stotsky is asked and willingly addresses legislation pertaining to licensure tests, licensure standards, Common Core standards, and more.  

Dr. Duke Pesta

Dr. Duke Pesta, Professor of English at the University of Wisconsin, is one of the nation’s lead experts on Common Core. He has delivered over 400 talks on Common Core  in 40 states and has been interviewed on radio and TV over 1500 times. Dr. Pesta is Academic Director at FreedomProject Education, an online school dedicated to providing students a classical education delivered through state-of-the-art technology. He has taught at major research institutions in Texas where he was instrumental in developing and executing an elective Bible course for public high school students. He is also in demand on the speaking circuit as one of America’s foremost authorities on the dangers of Common Core.

Prof. R. James Milgram, Stanford U.

R. James Milgram is Professor of Mathematics Emeritus, Stanford University, where he has taught since 1970. He was the only member of the Common Core Validation Committee with a doctorate in mathematics and one of the five who refused to ratify the standards. Milgram sits in on the National Board for Education Sciences (a presidential board that oversees the Institute for Education Research at the U.S. Department of Education), the NASA Advisory Council, and the Achieve Mathematics Advisory Panel. He also contributed to Drilling Through the Core: Why Common Core is Bad for America. Dr. Milgram’s demonstration of understanding America’s education dilemma has brought him to speak in countries spanning the globe.

Joy Pullmann

Joy Pullmann is a research fellow on education policy for The Heartland Institute and managing editor of The Federalist, a web magazine on politics, policy, and culture. She is a former managing editor of School Reform News, and she is the 2013-14 recipient of a Robert Novak journalism fellowship for in-depth reporting on Common Core national education standards. Pullmann has been published extensively in leading print media throughout the country. She has taught middle and high school students history, literature, and debate, and she travels nationwide to speak at prominent venues including CPAC, the National Right to Life Convention, and statewide education conferences. She has been a guest on numerous talk shows, including Fox & Friends, the John Stossel show, and the Wall Street Journal's Opinion Journal.

Dr. Terrence Moore

Author of The Story Killers: A Common Sense Case Against the Common Core, Dr. Moore is a teacher with a vision for school reform. He studied history at the universities of Chicago and Edinburgh. Briefly, Moore taught at Ashland University in Ohio following his term of service in the United States Marine Corps. From 2001 to 2008 he was the principal of Ridgeview Classical Schools in Fort Collins, Colorado. This start-up charter school became one of the leading schools in the nation. Twice under Moore the school ranked high in Colorado and later earned 15th best high school in nation by U. S. News and World Report, 2008. From 2008 till now Dr. Moore has taught history at Hillsdale College and won the Emily Daugherty Award for Teaching Excellence.

Lily Tang Williams

Lily Tang Williams was born in China before the Cultural Revolution, raised by illiterate working-class parents, Lily grew up facing poor living conditions, food rationing, Communist indoctrination, and political and social chaos under Mao’s regime. In this tumultuous environment, she quickly developed street smarts and compassion as well as the values of perseverance and hard work. Lily received her university law degree at Fudan University in Shanghai and was a faculty member of the law school for three years. She came over to the U.S. in 1988 to earn a Master's degree at the University of Texas. She is the former state chair of the Libertarian Party of Colorado and currently State Director for Our America Initiative. Lily announced her candidacy for U.S. Senate in Colorado as a Libertarian on January 12, 2016. Lily is a grassroots activist and professional speaker. She has been outspoken against Communism, Socialism, and Common Core.   

Dr. Gary Thompson

Dr. Gary Thompson is a Doctor of Clinical Psychology (Psy.D.) who completed his undergraduate education at both the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, and Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. In addition to his personal experiences involving his four children in public schools, he has completed thousands of hours in training/therapy/assessment/legal advocacy work with children in both the private and public school settings in multiple western states. He is also the author of an award winning doctoral dissertation which tackled why many African American children under-perform in school, and is an expert in psychological and educational testing, as well as privacy acts surrounding the use of these tests in both private and educational settings.    

Alex Newman

Alex Newman is an international journalist, educator, and consultant. In addition to serving as president of the small media and information-consulting firm Liberty Sentinel Media, Inc., he writes for a wide array of publications in the United States and abroad. He has written for numerous newspapers and magazines such as the Gainesville Sun, Liberty magazine, Crisis magazine, The Diplomat magazine, and many more. Alex Newman currently serves as a foreign correspondent for The New American magazine and in 2014 published Crimes of the Educators: How Utopians are Using Government Schools to Destroy America’s Children with co-author Sam Blumenfeld.

Christel Swasey

Christel Swasey, living in Pleasant Grove, Utah, is the mother of a blended family of five children, ranging from five years of age to twenty-three. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in English, a Master’s degree in Communications from Brigham Young University, and a teaching credential from California State University. She has taught at the university level, public and private high school, elementary and home school co-ops. Currently she teaches at both FreedomProject Academy, a private online school, and at George Mueller Academy, a home school center. She is an active proponent of Constitutional education and writes a blog titled What is Common Core?  

Dr. Peg Luksik

Dr. Peg Luksik is Founder and Chairman of Founded on Truth. Her valuable experience in areas of education and family issues are proven by her work for homeschoolers in Pennsylvania. Dr. Lusik was key in passing legislation that restored parent’s rights in Pennsylvania. She sat on the Founding Boards of the Pennsylvania Family Institute and the Pennsylvania Leadership conference. Dr. Luksik hosted her own television talk show called The Learning Curve as well as co-authored Outcome Based Education: The State’s Assault on our Children’s Values. As Chairman of the National Parent’s Commission, Dr. Luksik fights for parental rights in education proactively and successfully.  

Ze'ev Wurman

Ze’ev Wurman is a senior fellow with American Principles Project, and he is a former senior policy adviser at the U.S. Department of Education. Between 2012 and 2014 he was a visiting scholar at the Hoover Institution in Stanford, California. In 2010 he served as a commissioner on the California Academic Content Standards Commission that evaluated the Common Core’s suitability for California adoption. He has authored multiple studies evaluating the Common Core mathematics standards and has been widely published in professional and general media.

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