by Sharon Rondeau

(Jan. 18, 2016) — A conference call on Monday evening was held to finalize the arrangements for the “It’s About the Child” conference to be held in Houston, TX at the end of this month with the purpose of promoting alternatives to the Common Core educational standards opposed by those who will be attending.

Common Core was rolled out in 2011 in a majority of the states following the “Race to the Top” contest which the federal government established to award taxpayer dollars to states making the first accommodations for the new curriculum.

A new media initiative, Breaking News Journal, founded by Ruth Bryant White, is sponsoring the conference, which will feature educators, psychologists and constitutional scholars as speakers January 29-31.  White and her affiliates, including City on a Hill TV, are opposed to the data-mining of children’s personal information which they say is an intrinsic element of Common Core.  Also of concern is the early sexualization of children, lesson plans which have been described as frustrating and confusing, the elimination of parental input in their children’s education, safety concerns, and the absence of individualized instruction.

Twitter promotions of the event have been held on Sunday evenings at 9:00 p.m. ET over the last three weeks, with the last one to take place on Sunday, January 24 at 8:00 p.m. ET.

Thursday is the deadline for those unable to attend in person wishing to register for live-streaming of the conference at the promotional price of $10.00 plus a small surcharge.  Those who will be going to Houston must also register by Thursday at a cost of $100.

“We call it a conference, but it really is a national conversation of how to protect our children,” White said during Monday’s conference call.

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