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Friday, August 17, 2018

Reminder: Special Guest for Tuesday August 21, 2018 COTU Meeting...

Lynne Taylor, known as the “Common Core Diva”,  will be Conservatives of the Upstate's guest speaker on Tuesday, August 21, 2018 at the Easley Captain Kemberly Hampton Memorial Library located at 304 Biltmore Rd, Easley, SC 29640 from 7PM till 8:30PM in the large conference room on the right as you enter the building. 

Monday, August 13, 2018

When are we going to stop the sellout of our children?

The School District Of Pickens County is heavily invested in Chromebooks and Android devices. What admin and the school board have failed to realize is that the lowest cost isn’t always the best price. Know that the sole purpose of the ChromeOS, Chromebooks, and the Android operating system is to gather data AND SELL IT to not just the highest bidder - but ANY bidder. Your children are being tracked in every way imaginable and spied on - be mindful.

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Special Guest For August 2018 COTU Meeting

Lynne M. Taylor a nation-wide frequent education reform expert guest on radio and multimedia shows will be speaking!
She is known as the “Common Core Diva” and will be Conservatives of the Upstate's guest speaker on Tuesday, August 21, 2018 at the Easley Captain Kemberly Hampton Memorial Library located at 304 Biltmore Rd, Easley, SC 29640 from 7pm till 8:30pm in the large conference room on the right as you enter the building. 
Her topic will be, “"Education's Future: Theirs or Yours?"
This topic is non-partisan and the fact remains the misuse and overreaches in public education are every American's issue. We have this education disaster thanks to both the Republicans and the Democrat parties. Lynne will be gearing her information to this end. 
The future direction and reform of American public education is up for grabs. Is there a best solution to our concerns? Find out by attending this FREE event open to the public. You won't regret it.

Children are our future.

Please text your RSVP to 704-860-0648 so we will know how many to expect and prepare for.

For more information on the event go

Short Bio of Lynne Taylor: 

From 2002 to current: She has been featured speaker at small meetings and large conferences in several States.
Since 2009 to current, Lynne has served as a frequent guest on nationwide radio and multimedia shows based out of a dozen States. Listener reach has been nation-wide as well as internationally.
Lynne has been awarded the 2011 Distinguished Educator from the National Society of High School Scholars, as well as the 2016 L&B Network's Torchbearer Award for educational advocacy.

Lynne has appeared several times before the NC General Assembly in efforts to preserve freedom in education.
Lynne has written researched articles for "Prevent Common Core" ( and the Patriot Institute (
As well as a full-time education researcher, writer, and, blogger.(

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

If you think “fake news” isn’t real ...

This is an actual headline from Reuters - the news source where most news sources get their stories and use as an “official news source” (the other being “The Associated Press”).

The problem with this headline is that liberals will just read it and regurgitate it. The truth is ... everyone Trump endorsed in recent races won ... some won big.

Friday, August 3, 2018

Parents Discover Google Drive/Chromebooks Are Storing Personal Data

A Missouri couple asserts that the Springfield Public School System is accessing their personal accounts and storing their private information on the system's Google Drive without their permission - including voice assistant commands from all household members.

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Local School Boards Need To Step Up

The voters in SC have entrusted their school board elected members with our country's most precious assets...children and their futures.

If more board members did their homework and learned the many well-documented facts concerning all the problems associated with the US Dept of Education mandates, they would be speaking out to the State Board of Education and taking a stand against further implementation of these faulty standards and mandates imposed on children. They should be lobbying for cutting the federal monies associated with these overreaching mandates. This is what true leaders do. 

Every Student Succeeds Act mandates, and the loosening of the protections for students in FERPA, by our USDE need to end in order for true local control to take place and a restoration of parents' rights to direct their child's education.

School board members are in a unique position to speak out against these issues. They should be the ones attempting to stop Federal overreach into the states' rights to oversee education. They should be the parents' advocates to ensure quality educational standards are in place and not child abusive ones. They should be fighting data mining and strengthening of FERPAThey should be mailing the state boards of education and state legislators with their objections. I have heard many state board and legislators say:

"We have not heard any complaints about ESSA or FERPA or US Dept of Ed mandates from local district school boards, we just hear from grassroots activists.”

There are too many nationally renowned organizations for me to name who are opposed to the direction public school education has taken and agree the US Dept of Education needs to be dismantled and shut down. 

Present legislation H.R 899 actually seeks to accomplish ending the US Dept of Ed. 
School board members should be pushing for H.R. 899 passage.
How many of your local school board members have spoken out about this issue? 
If they haven't then YOU need to fire them the next election cycle.
Local School Board Members have the power to make a huge difference and take a stand for our local schools!
REAL leaders would. 
REAL leaders who have concern for local control of education would. 
REAL leaders who love children and have their best interest at heart would.
REAL leaders who believe parents have the right to direct their child's education would.
Please contact your elected School Board members and ask them to step up to the plate and speak out.
Encourage them to join our efforts at

Written by 
Johnnelle Raines
Pickens SC

Sunday, July 15, 2018

But, but ... we didn’t sign the Paris Agreement...

Fact: Last year the United States had the largest decline in CO2 emissions *in the entire world* for the 9th time this century. 

Note: In 2010, most “air quality sensors” in Pickens County were moved - some more than a few miles - because it was noted by Upstate Forever - that “readings were abnormally low with the [then] current placement”.