TEA Party Rep. Debra Lamm (R-Livingston) is working in the legislature to repeal Montana’s math and english standards. The standards are in place in at least 45 states. (I don’t know about Mississippi.)
The new standards have been implemented and embraced by educators in Lamm’s own district. But rather than representing her district’s public school classrooms, Lamm continues to work against their interests on behalf of her former employer – a lobbying group that represents the religious far-right.
Lamm used to work for the Family Foundation and in fact was the group’s top lobbyist and crusader against modern education standards until this year. She has stated that improved math and reading standards are connected to the workings of “the United Nations, UNESCO, the ‘New World Order,’ Marxism, Globalism, Islam, etc.” and the culmination “of an envisioned future of ’dominant elites’ who have been working behind the scenes for over 100 years to ensure its adoption.” She has also worked closely on education policy with the wealthy Greg Gianforte of Bozeman, who builds museums that attempt to prove that dinosaurs lived 4,000 years ago.
Lamm’s anti-education bills include:
HB 376 – Prohibits enforcement of Montana’s math and english standards, also known as “common core” standards. HEARING WED FEB 18
HB 377 – An unconstitutional bill throws out Montana’s current academic standards for math and English. The bill dictates that Montana’s Board of Public Education set up a whole new standards review council to create a whole new set of standards. HEARING WED FEB 18
Both bills are bad for Montana and should not be passed.