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Wakeup 09-10-17

Lynn Taylor, known as “Common Core Diva,” was a special guest via Skype. Lynn lives in Mooresville (near Charlotte), North Carolina. She spent 23 years homeschooling her 3 children. Lynn is admired and respected by Kim Fink, and her CCTA Public Education Committee.

Rick asked Lynn if what’s going on in education here and what’s going on in the UN have any relationship. She said they are related, and the key to understanding it are the notions of “collectivism” and “sustainability,” and goals built around the idea of being “green.” The idea is that “technology saves trees,” and “we can’t be one big happy world if we’re not all connected digitally.” NC has been among the first to hook up to global efforts for education and data sharing. Lynn also says FERPA (the “Family Educational Rights and Privacy Right Act of 1974”) has been gutted by an Executive Order by President Obama. She pointed out that data can be collected (without permission) in students’ homes by their school provided devices.

This change was accomplished by a publication of the US. Department of Education which states in part: “High quality data and robust data systems will help us measure our progress towards President Obama’s goal for us to be first in the world in college completion by the year 2020 and better meet the needs of parents, teachers, and students. … the U.S. Department of Education (Department) has begun several initiatives to provide technical assistance to States, districts, and schools to protect the privacy rights of students, promote the responsible use of data to inform education policy and practices and empower parents, teachers and students to use this information to advocate for their rights and improve their educational outcomes.”

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Back to Basics Craven County already on the campaign trail

Thirty-year-old Craig Sheppard said he had a tough time keeping up with his 78-year-old partner on the campaign trail Saturday in Trent Woods.

Sheppard, who serves as a materials engineer at Marine Corps Air Station at Cherry Point, spent the day with the Back to Basics Craven County candidates speaking to voters who are ready to see Craven County Schools change direction.

Saturday’s focus was District 3 and the group lived up to its grassroots’ background by knocking on more than 200 doors to find out first-hand what voters expect from their elected officials.

The candidates of the effort to transform Craven County Schools include Eddie McKeel for District 1, Rick Hopkins in District 3, Kim Fink for District 5 and Sarah Benischek for District 7.

This group of Constitutional Conservatives want to know what changes residents want to see in the school district. They have several tenants they’ll work for such as replacing Common Core standards, limiting high stake tests, having open discussion among board members and making documents readily available to the public via the school district’s Website, such as the recently released audit of Craven County Schools which was in the news recently.

My personal preference when it comes to this group’s beliefs – besides replacing tests with actual learning and boxes with real math – is their strict insistence upon compliance of Sunshine Laws.

So, why should voters care about this group? I could list all their accomplishments. Fink has been to Raleigh so many times State Superintendent June Atkinson knows her by name. She’s no stranger to the School Board meetings either. All the candidates are well versed in policies and current education issues. But that’s not necessarily all you need to know about the candidates.

This dynamic group of four simply cares. They care about the education of children in Craven County. They have real issues with the fact that not a month has passed in the past year in which the current board hasn’t huddled in closed session – doing the public’s business without the public’s input.

Hopkins simply wants the focus to be on the teachers and students not bureaucracy. I can guarantee that if elected, he would be appalled if the board decided to spend more than $100,000 on events hosted by itself, as reported in their controversial audit.

McKeel wants to keep educators by enforcing genuine open dialogue so that teachers feel comfortable reporting on their experiences. He’s ready, willing and able to work with educators, parents and classroom assistants toward a value-added curriculum.

Benischek remains focused on the fiscal responsibility of the board. What she wants is simple – transparency. She will follow the money to make sure no area of the county is forgotten. She also recognizes the revolving door that seems to exist with educators in Craven County, which can be seen each month if you can obtain a copy of the passed personnel report. She’ll advocate for the county to be more competitive with surrounding counties when it comes to teachers and teacher assistants.

This group is asking for one thing – your vote. And not only will they work for it but they will listen to your concerns. You may not agree with all their ideas but there’s one thing most people can agree on: the current direction of the Craven County Board of Education is not headed toward success. Just pick up a copy of last week’s New Bern Sun Journal and you’ll read about a mother fighting for her child’s rights and a judge reprimanding the administration for a job they didn’t do.

Then, there’s the closed sessions and the lawsuit pending against Craven County Schools by a former student who nearly drowned on a school-sponsored field trip. Guess what voters? These attorneys – these civil claims – cost the taxpayer.

So, what’s the difference in the current board and the candidates? Openness. Fairness. Ethical standards.

Any candidate who spends their Saturday going door-to-door just to listen to others has my vote of confidence. Obviously Sheppard thought it worthy of his time to chase after a 78-year-old volunteer to campaign for this group. To me, that speaks volumes.


Want to meet the candidates? A meet-and-greet will be held at 7 p.m. Monday at Golden Corral in New Bern or visit their Facebook page at www.Facebook.com/BackToBasicsCravenCounty or their Website at http://www.CravenB2B.com.

Wakeup Call 01-08-2016

Back to Basics candidates for Craven School Board discuss their platform and objectives.

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Wakeup Call 08-07-2015

Public Education continued – APUSH

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Wakeup Call 07-31 2015

Public Education

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Wakeup Call 06-19-15

Jerry Egolf and the North Carolina Education Plan

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Wakeup Call 04-17-15

Kim Fink and Katherine Wyatt on legislative actions and happenings in Public Education in NC!

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Wakeup Call 02-27-2015

Replacing Common Core.

“The North Carolina Plan”

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CCTA NEWS RELEASE–February 12. 2014

Like our founders, the Coastal Carolina Taxpayers Association (CCTA) believes that only a moral, virtuous, well-informed citizenry is capable of self-government. In order to foster the kind of citizens a self-governing society needs, CCTA is forming the following classes…


Summary – For 5,000 years people lived in much the same labor intensive way. Then the American experiment brought forth a society in which there was freedom and the opportunity to live independently. In the next 200 years, invention and creativity flourished. This course teaches the principles of freedom and the ideas our founding documents are based on. The class is based on the book with the same title written by W. Cleon Skousen.

The class is free and is suitable for adults and mature young people. The class meets each Saturday at 10 a.m.


Summary – Only laws made pursuant to the constitution are the supreme law of the land. Federal laws that fall outside the purview of the U.S. Constitution are null and void and of no effect. States can and should interpose themselves between their citizens and unconstitutional laws. The class is based on the book of the same name by Thomas Woods, Jr., PhD.

The class is also free and is suitable for adults. The class meetseach Saturday at 11:30 a.m.


Summary – This study visits the work, writing, and beliefs of 21 radicals who, although dead, are still influencing us and the rest of the world. You will probably have heard of some (Saul Alinsky, Karl Marx). You may not know others (Alice Baily, Benjamin Bloom). This class is based on the book of the same name by Brannon Howse.

The class is free and is suitable for adults. The class meets each Tuesday at 2 p.m.


All classes meet at

Highland Park Christian Church

Carolina Avenue, Trent Woods

If you have questions, please call 252-444-7272

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Raynor James, PR Chair, Coastal Carolina Taxpayers Association (CCTA)

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