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Federal Commission on Deficit backs down on call for elimination of "Safe Schools Czar" Kevin Jennings' office.
But the battle continues!
POSTED: Dec. 10, 2010
The struggle by parents across the country to protect children from the homosexual agenda in schools has taken another turn.
In its final report issued last week, the bipartisan National Commission on Responsibility and Reform no longer includes a call for the elimination of the office of "safe schools" czar Kevin Jennings in the US Dept of Education and all its federal programs -- as it had done in its draft report posted last month.
The Commission is a bipartisan group of US Senators, Congressmen, and others created last February by a presidential executive order in accordance with the provisions of the Federal Advisory Committee Act to address the federal budget deficits. They issued a draft report on Nov. 10 and presented their final report on Dec. 1. (Wall Street Journal: "Majority of panel backs deficit plan.")
As MassResistance reported last month, the Commission's draft report recommended completely eliminating Jennings' office. The draft report says that eliminating Jennings' office, including its associated programs and grants, will save the taxpayers $1.8 billion by 2015. Currently, Jennings' office has been allocated $410 million in the federal 2011 budget. It added that there is little evidence that the money is producing positive results.
However, in the Commission's final version of the report, "The Moment of Truth: Report of the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform," the language regarding Jennings has been completely taken out! The report does recommend broad changes to the federal budget, including cutting back defense spending, raising the Social Security retirement age, and eliminating popular tax breaks.
Jennings a lightning rod for parents across the country
Kevin Jennings, Obama's so-called "Safe Schools Czar," is a major homosexual activist who has devoted his career to pushing homosexuality in the nation's schools. He is the founder of the Gay Lesbian Straight Education Network (GLSEN), which promotes gay straight alliance clubs (GSAs) in schools across the country. As MassResistance has documented at length, Jennings has been tied to the infamous "Fistgate" scandal and many other horror stories involving homosexuality and our schools.
Eliminate the Office of Safe & Drug Free Schools.
The report's language above references Section 500-1 of the CBO's Budget Options Volume 2 report, titled "Eliminate Grants to the States for Safe and Drug-Free Schools and Communities." You can alse see entire Budget Options Volume 2 HERE.
We suspect that there was pressure from homosexual activist groups and probably the Obama administration. Since the homosexual press was strangely silent on this, we believe that pressure was applied quietly but firmly behind the scenes. Not including Jennings' office would also presumably also have made it easier for the Democratic majority on the Commission to approve it without incurring the wrath of the homosexual movement. Fourteen of the 18 Commission members were needed to approve the final report on Dec. 1 for it to be formally submitted to Congress.
However, even with this taken out only 11 members approved it, 3 short of the 14 needed. Therefore, it will be submitted to Congress on an informal basis, according to news reports. Congress may act on some of it, some legislative leaders have suggested, but it won't be formally brought up.
This will still add to our momentum to remove Jennings
This is still a positive development overall. The fact that this was included in the draft report of this bi-partisan deficit reduction commission will still be powerful ammunition. The new session of Congress begins next month as many new, bold pro-family members take office. Since Republicans will be in the House majority in the new session, they will control the Education subcommittee, so we'll have a greater chance of accomplishing this. We need to make sure that every one of them knows exactly what Jennings has been and is continuing to do to the nation's children.
And more than that, with your help, we will gather momentum across the country to stop all federal tax funding of this horrible, destructive agenda targeting vulnerable children across America.
Eliminating this office and removing Kevin Jennings from power is extremely important. Make your voices heard! If you have not signed our national petition to remove Kevin Jennings, please do so HERE.