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Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Conservatives Of The Upstate Monthly Meeting



Conservatives of the Upstate’s August monthly meeting will host special guest speaker Michael LaPierre who is challenging present S.C. Senator Lindsey Graham for his seat in the 2020 Republican Primary. LaPierre’s website can be viewed at this link: https://lapierreforsenate.com/Join us to find out why he is running and how his vision is different from our present Republican Senator Graham’s. 


The meeting will be held on Tuesday, August 13th 2019 beginning at 7pm at the Gatehouse Restaurant located at 

Address116 Ann StPickens, SC 29671United States

The public is invited to attend . Please order off their 

delicious menu to support our local restaurants and use of their meeting room. 

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Making Marijuana Legal Could Make Owning A Gun Illegal As The Law Stands For Now

Legal Marijuana? Say Goodbye to Your Gun Rights

by Dean Rieck

Many states have legalized marijuana, either for medical or recreational use. There is an ongoing debate about how this will affect health and crime, but one question most people are not asking is, "How does this affect your gun rights?"

The answer seems to be, if you use marijuana, you lose your gun rights regardless of state law.

Here's the problem: while a state can make marijuana legal, federal law continues to list marijuana as a Schedule I controlled substance. That means marijuana users can't have guns legally.

Friday, June 7, 2019

COTU Meeting ...

Conservatives of the Upstate Meeting for Tuesday June 11 Meeting at Pizza Inn has been cancelled due to unfortunate circumstances and we will resume meetings in August... time and place to be announced soon.

Friday, May 31, 2019

Rescuing Our Children – And Our Nation”

Alex Newman's Tour “ Rescuing Our Children – And Our Nation.”

Alex Newman is well known in the grassroots' fight for quality education reform. His knowledge and expertise in sounding the alarms needed to parents and citizens are well respected. He holds a B.S. Degree in journalism from the University of Florida. He has also emphasized in his studies economics and international relations. He holds an A.A. Degree in foreign languages from Miami-Dade College.

Newman is a published author and writes extensively for “The New American” magazine. He also teaches Advanced Economics at Freedom Project Academy. His “Rescuing Our Children” tour presentation schedule in the South included Suwanee GA, Marietta GA, Spartanburg SC, Greenville SC, Greer SC,Columbia SC, Summerville SC, and Myrtle Beach SC. I had the opportunity to attend the Tuesday, May 21st 2019 tour presentation by Alex Newman at the Commerce Club in Greenville, SC and I was excited to finally meet and hear the man who I have been a fan of since 2010. And I was not disappointed. To say his presentation was an eye-opener is an understatement. He absolutely provided all the proof necessary to the audience to show how our nation's children absolutely need rescuing from the government run public schools of today.

From showing the disastrous results of how our children have been slowly but surely indoctrinated to the point that nearly half of millineals support a Socialist form of government to exposing the United Nations' hand in this global indoctrination agenda to forcing the LGBTQ agenda on impressionable children...you name it, and our government schools are not just teaching the 3 R's any longer.

Right now, the government schools are systematically indoctrinating and dumbing down children, turning them against their parents, against families, against their churches, against our country, against our Constitution and our freedoms, and our Republic will not survive too far into the future if we allow this to continue.” Newman said.

It became painfully clear during his presentation there is a a war on for not only YOUR child's mind, but also their body and soul. Are parents going to allow the government to take over the rearing of children from birth to 20? Are we going to allow our God given parental rights to direct our own child's education to be usurped? With each new slide Newman presented on the screen he backed up his sources with words spoken by the people who have hijacked public education for their own globalist agenda of indoctrination not education. Newman made it clear now is the time to take urgent action to rescue children from this nefarious agenda. If after watching Alex Newman's presentation one was not alarmed, then they were either numb or dumb. The truth was laid out for all to see and the solution given. Question is will “ We the People” act on this informative presentation or just continue to give lip service and fret. 

The solution Alex Newman says lies in the hands of parents and concerned citizens. His belief is the time is past for trying to correct the course of government education and parents must seek a mass exodus from the government run schools. He does not believe that public schools can be reformed. Ultimately we need separation of school and state. He suggests parents seek out private schools that have been thoroughly vetted which do not adhere to the present Common Core, humanist, globalist agenda, or for parents to choose homeschooling your child. He suggested where there is a will there is a way and you could actually start your own community school based on a classical education. Many local churches are doing just that by offering up their Monday thru FridaySunday School classrooms to be used for such purposes. Freedom Project Academywill actually help you get one started in your local community!

His final words of wisdom are, “It is not too late to save liberty, America and the Western Christian civilization from utter destruction. But if it is going to be done, the time to act is now. With God's help, you have the power to do what needs to be done. Now use it, or lose it. Godspeed.”

Everyone who is interested in learning more about the TRUTH of what is going on in our government run public schools needs to seek a copy of his recent special report entitled “Rescuing Our Children: Special Report on Education”...and buy several extra copies to send to family, friends, neighbors, your church pastor, and your local school board members. You can purchase the special report here at this link:

https://www.jbs.org/store/shoptna/tna-back-issues/tna-2019-back-issues/the-new-american-february-4-2019-2

Monday, May 27, 2019

Happy Memorial Day ...

Conservatives Of The Upstate honors all who have served and died - whether in combat or as a veteran. We thank you for your service!



Monday, May 20, 2019

Are SC Teachers Teaching Standards They Don't Approve Of?


Are SC Teachers Teaching Standards They Don't Approve Of? 

An article published in the Orlando Sentinel of Florida written by Leslie Postal dated April 19, 2019 entitled, “Keep Common Core School Standards, Many Teachers Tell State In Survey,” was very eye opening. Their Governor, Ron DeSantis ran on ending Common Core in Florida public schools, and in January signed an executive order to begin the process. He further ordered a their education department to design what their new standards should look like and conduct a survey asking for public to comment which can be viewed at:www.fldoe.org/standardsreview/index.stml in 2010 Florida adopted Common Core Standards but turned around and adopted in line with Common Core standards in 2014 and re-branded them Florida Standards...much like SC who re branded their in line with Common Core Standards named South Carolina College/Career Ready Standards. 


The reporter of this article then went on to say that a “review of more than 3,300 comments submitted by early this month (April) showed many educators see value in the standards.” However, according to the article, Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran issued this statement, “ We have long decried the endless issues associated with Common Core, and we are taking action to eliminate every last shred of it from Florida's academic standards.” Will Florida's new standards really be new...or will they still be in line with Common Core...that remains to be proven.


This article heightened my curiosity as to what SC teachers think about our present in line with Common Core standards especially when taking into consideration that SC teachers recently took a day off to protest in Columbia over various issues but did not include teachers complaining about our SC standards they are mandated to teach. Do SC teachers think the the SC College/Career standards are quality standards? Do they think the fact the standardized required tests SC children take which are based on Common Core are quality, reliable tests? Teacher performance is based on how well their students perform on these aligned to Common Core tests, so one would think they would have opinions on whether these standards truly are the best standards for SC children.


SC Superintendent Molly Spearman also campaigned on ending Common Core Standards when she ran in 2014 and the SC Legislators even passed legislation to end Common Core in our schools. However, the study by the Education Oversight Committee completed after the new standards named SC College/Career Ready Standards were developed they remained over 90% in line with Common Core according to the Education Oversight Committee.


In order to find out what teachers think about their standards they are teaching I took to social media on Facebook and posted in several Facebook groups of which SC teachers belong to post a survey which posed the question: “If you are a teacher in SC...are you satisfied with the present SC College/Career Ready Standards you are mandated to teach?” The poll started on May 10, 2019 and ended on May 17th and the results were:


Out of 557 responses: only 57 teachers are satisfied with the standards in place, while 500 teachers are not satisfied with those standards. So 89.8% of teachers don't even respect the standards they are forced to teach. That speaks volumes doesn't it?


According to the results of this survey, it is clear the majority of SC teachers surveyed are not satisfied with the present standards they are forced to teach.


Are legislators aware of this? Do they care? Is SC Superintendent Molly Spearman aware of teachers' dissatisfaction of the standards they are teaching which are over 90% in line with failed Common Core? Does she care? How about the SC State School Board appointed members? Do they know and do they care? How about your local school board members? Are they aware? Do they care? Is your child's school Principal aware of this? Do they care? Don't you think they should be made aware. Please share this article with your SC legislator, Molly Spearman, and your local School Board Members. Ask them if they care. Ask them what they plan on doing about teachers being dissatisfied with the standards they are mandated to teach.


When building a house you want a strong, quality foundation or else your house will not be strong.

In education the standards are the foundation of the curriculum and the foundation of the standardized tests given to judge the child's proficiency. Since teachers are professionals at what they teach, shouldn't their thoughts be considered as to whether or not the standards they teach are quality standards? After all, aren't teachers judged by whether or not the child learned what they were supposed to learn? If the standards are faulty, won't the teaching be faulty...won't the testing results be faulty? The foundation of education is quality standards. 89.9% of SC teachers surveyed aren't satisfied with the standards they are forced to teach. Does anyone care?


Why should we be paying teachers more to teach faulty standards they don't even value? Shouldn't our State Superintendent Molly Spearman, our appointed SC State School Board, and our Education Oversight Committee be thinking about WHY the present SC College/Career Ready Standards are not respected by our teachers?


The faulty standards are the elephant in the room that no one seems to be addressing. Even the SC for Ed teachers who marched on Columbia didn't mention the standards in their grievances. Why is that?


One theory I have as a retired teacher is that teachers know there are consequences in complaining to the educrats in power about the standards they have chosen. After all, it took PARENTS standing up against Common Core to then Gov. Nikki Haley and legislators to pass legislation to kill Common Core, only to find the State Department of Education simply re-branded those standards College/Career Ready. If teachers question the authority or wisdom of administrators and educrats on standards they won't get chosen as Teacher of the Year. If teachers “buck the system”, they won't be chosen to move up into administrative positions, and they also know principals can find other ways to punish teachers who fail to go along to get along. I saw it when I taught. Teachers who fail to go along with the system's mandates get all the bad behavior kids the next year, or they get changed to a grade level they don't want to teach. There are many ways teacher's get bullied into submission. Just ask a teacher in private, they'll tell you how the system works.


SC children deserve better standards in place. Standards that have been proven effective. Isn't it time SC takes a look at PROVENstandards that ensure student achievement? Paying teachers more, giving them a lunch break, or lowering class load won't solve what ails public education in SC.


In the state of Massachusetts BEFORECommon Core standards were implemented, their students were the first to finish #1 in all four categories of the NAEP ( National Assessment of Educational Progress), and not only that, they repeated that feat every year through 2013. But once Common Core Standards were put in place, Massachusetts backslid and no longer leads the ratings. A study by the Pioneer Institute shows the data results proving Massachusetts failed to maintain their #1 status after Common Core Standards were required. That study can be viewed here:


https://pioneerinstitute.org/featured/study-updated-massachusetts-k-12-standards-worse-english-still-mediocre-math/


Maybe SC needs to look at Massachusetts' Standards they had in place before the Common Core Era. 


Maybe if SC looked at adopting quality standards which drive the curriculum and testing we would see quality reform and teachers would be happier with their jobs and students would be better educated. 


Submitted by Johnnelle Raines

Saturday, May 11, 2019

The following letter will be mailed on Monday May 13, 2019 along with the 83 signatures of concerned voters of Pickens County.

May 11, 2019

To: Board of Voter Registration and Elections
Pickens County Administration Facility
222 McDaniel Ave, B-9
Pickens, SC 29671

From: Conservatives of the Upstate
 


Dear Elections Board,

Attached you will find a petition that our group Conservatives of the Upstate sought signatures for online as well as live signatures at the Azalea Festival to Restore Confidence in our elections. We are calling on the Board to replace all those responsible for the 2018 District 7 School Board Election failure based on the fact there was a failure to provide, “legal, fair, and efficient elections so all citizens are assured their vote will be counted.” That is your own mission statement. More people did not return to the voting poll on the do over election than did and thus their original votes were not considered and thus resulted in an unfair election for those who may have not voted due to not being informed there was a do over, or their distrust in the system to accurately hold an efficient election the second time.

We the enclosed signed petitioners demand accountability for any all appointed and hired positions responsible for this failure of your mission in maintaining efficient elections so all citizens are assured their original vote was indeed taken into consideration.

We ask for confirmation you received this communication and a response as to how these people have been held accountable for the errors in the failure of a proper efficient election in November of 2018.

Sincerely,
Conservatives of the Upstate
Leadership Team Members,

Friday, May 10, 2019

Central/Clemson Rep Gary Clary Will Not Seek Re-election

SC State Rep.Gary Clary said Thursday in a statement that he won’t seek re-election in 2020. 


The Pickens County Republican has been under fire from conservative groups for left leaning legislation and votes. In particular, Clary teamed with liberal political action group Concerned Citizens to grant the School District Of Pickens County a 7th school board trustee.


Clary was also part of the controversial ballot name removal debacle called Operation Lost Vote in 2012.