Fred LeBrun of the Times Union reported, “The governor had recently forced, using budget bills as leverage, passage of a plan that would have required school districts to have teacher evaluation plans in place by Nov. 15 or risk losing a percentage of state aid.”
Both the federal and state governments have threatened to withhold tax dollars from LEA’s whose parents opt their children out of taking standardized tests.
According to the IRS, taxes were originally collected to offset the cost of the war in 1862 and was repealed ten years later. In 1913, “the first Form 1040 appeared after Congress levied a 1 percent tax on net personal incomes above $3,000 with a 6 percent surtax on incomes of more than $500,000. In the 50s, the agency was reorganized to replace a patronage system with career, professional employees. The IRS Restructuring and Reform Act of 1998 prompted the most comprehensive reorganization and modernization of IRS in nearly half a century. The IRS reorganized itself to closely resemble the private sector model of organizing around customers with similar needs.”
Taxes were originally collected from every citizen to support the freedom of every citizen. The reorganization of the IRS in the 50’s made it an entity that became myopic in its vision of American freedom. The restructuring of 1998 made the IRS division of our federal government confirmed its change of intent from supporting the freedoms of every American, to employing discriminatory and segregationist practices to categorize, standardize, and ultimately dehumanize American citizens by reducing us to the position of customer in our own country.
As tax paying citizens, we are not customers, we own the store that is America.
We must, for the sake of our children, take our rightful place as Americans and rebel against our current system of education that forces our children into a life of servitude.
We must provide every child in America a free and public, developmentally appropriate, arts based, experiential education that seeks to discover, develop, and direct their gifts and talents towards becoming knowledgeable, concerned, actively engaged citizens that will lead this country to greatness.
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