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What is Local Control?



What is Local Control?

By Rich Shuker


It appears the definition depends on your information source. Is it our Founding Fathers, the Declaration of Independence, The Bill of Rights, The Federal Constitution, The Pennsylvania State Constitution or the Liberal anti American education system definition?


Let’s start with the basic definitions first:


Local means: existing in or belonging to the area where you live, or to the area that you are talking about.


Control means:

The ability or power to decide or strongly influence the particular way in which something will happen or someone will behave, or the condition of having such ability or power:


Based on the definitions of local and control, local control means in the area where you live, the people and you control what’s happening.


Let’s look at what our founders stated about control:


George Washington declared,” The power under the Constitution will always be in the People”.

“A free people [claim] their rights as derived from the laws of nature, and not as the gift of their chief magistrate.” –Thomas Jefferson, Rights of British America, 1774

The Declaration of independence states:

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed,


Amendment IV

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

Amendment VIII

Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.

Amendment X

The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states respectively, or to the people.

This leads us to the rights of the people:

Definition of Right: in accordance with what is good, proper, or just:


Definition of Equal: of the same measure, quantity, amount, or number as another


Definition of Special:  distinguished by some unusual quality; especially :  being in some way superior


We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

Article XIV (Amendment 14 – Rights Guaranteed: Privileges and Immunities of Citizenship, Due Process, and Equal Protection)

1: All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.


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WE, the people of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, grateful to Almighty God for the blessings of civil and religious liberty, and humbly invoking His guidance, do ordain and establish this Constitution.


  • 1.     Inherent rights of mankind.

All men are born equally free and independent, and have certain inherent and indefeasible rights, among which are those of enjoying and defending life and liberty, of acquiring, possessing and protecting property and reputation, and of pursuing their own happiness.



  1. Political powers.

All power is inherent in the people, and all free governments are founded on their authority and instituted for their peace, safety and happiness. For the advancement of these ends they have at all times an inalienable and indefeasible right to alter, reform or abolish their government in such manner as they may think proper.


  • 8.     Security from searches and seizures.

The people shall be secure in their persons, houses, papers and possessions from unreasonable searches and seizures, and no warrant to search any place or to seize any person or things shall issue without describing them as nearly as may be, nor without probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation subscribed to by the affiant.


  • 13.   Bail, fines and punishments.

Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel punishments inflicted.


  • 25.    Reservation of powers in people.

To guard against transgressions of the high powers which we have delegated, we declare that everything in this article is excepted out of the general powers of government and shall forever remain inviolate.


  • 26.   No discrimination by Commonwealth and its political subdivisions.

Neither the Commonwealth nor any political subdivision thereof shall deny to any person the enjoyment of any civil right, nor discriminate against any person in the exercise of any civil right.


  • 10.   Revenue bills.

All bills for raising revenue shall originate in the House of Representatives, but the Senate may propose amendments as in other bills.


  • 14.   Public school system.

The General Assembly shall provide for the maintenance and support of a thorough and efficient system of public education to serve the needs of the Commonwealth.



Local Control Definition – The Glossary of Education Reform


In education, local control refers to (1) the governing and management of public schools by elected or appointed representatives serving on governing bodies, such as school boards or school committees, that are located in the communities served by the schools, and (2) the degree to which local leaders, institutions, and governing bodies can make independent or autonomous decisions about the governance and operation of public schools.


Definition of Autonomous: Government.

  1. self-Governing;independent; subject to its own laws 
  2. havingautonomy; not subject to control from outside; independent:



While the United States Constitution does not explicitly mention education, the Tenth Amendment states that “the powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people,”


What’s interesting is in the above definition it states to the people not to the school board’s or a special interest group.


Let’s look at what we the people have control of when it comes to educational decisions locally.


As Taxpayers when were we given the right to vote on:

Increasing school debt?

Increasing salaries in the schools?

Increasing school taxes?

Increasing school employment (from 2000 thru 2010 student enrollment decreased by over 35,000?

Given the right to vote on union contracts?

Allowed oversight on the wasteful spending?

Right to vote to use their reserves instead of increasing debt?

Allowed to vote for new construction or upgrades?

Allowed to vote when school boards failed to fund pensions properly?

Allowed to vote on Interest swaps?

Allowed to schedule personal meetings with school board members?

The answer to all the above is,” no”. This means you have no rights except to pay the Kings Ransom and if you refuse, the King will send the Sheriff to steal your home..

It also appears the House and Senate members we vote into office must also follow the independent and autonomous decisions about the governance and operation of public schools. No Rights!!


In a news release: HARRISBURG, Pa., Dec. 17, 2009 – Auditor General Jack Wagner today sent a letter to every school district in Pennsylvania, urging them to refrain from using interest-rate swaps and to terminate any swaps agreements they may have.

“Pennsylvania schools engaged in interest-rate swaps are gambling with taxpayer money,” Wagner said. “With the Pennsylvania economy still mired in the greatest recession in at least a generation, and families struggling to make ends meet, it is unconscionable that school districts would put millions of taxpayer dollars at risk.”


Did the school boards follow the Auditors General instructions? No way. They make all the independent and autonomous decisions at the expense of the taxpayers, continuing to gamble with taxpayers money!!!!!!


We need to look at another definition that appears to fit into the above.

A dictatorship is a form of government in which a person or a small group rules with almost unlimited power. The ruler of a dictatorship is called a dictator. Absolute monarchs (kings) are another type of ruler with unlimited power. But monarchs usually inherit their position. By contrast, dictators take power by force or by misleading the people.


The moment the idea is admitted into society that property is not as sacred as the laws of God, and that there is not a force of law and public justice to protect it, anarchy and tyranny commence. If ‘Thou shalt not covet’ and ‘Thou shalt not steal’ were not commandments of Heaven, they must be made inviolable precepts in every society, before it can be civilized or made free.

John Adams, A Defense of the American Constitutions, 1787

“An unlimited power to tax involves, necessarily, a power to destroy; because there is a limit beyond which no institution and no property can bear taxation.” –John Marshall, McCullough v. Maryland, 1819

“As long as property exists, it will accumulate in individuals and families. As long as marriage exists, knowledge, property and influence will accumulate in families.” –John Adams, letter to Thomas Jefferson, 1814

The ordaining of laws in favor of one part of the nation, to the prejudice and oppression of another, is certainly the most erroneous and mistaken policy. An equal dispensation of protection, rights, privileges, and advantages, is what every part is entitled to, and ought to enjoy.

Benjamin Franklin, Emblematical Representations, Circa 1774


The great desideratum in Government is, so to modify the sovereignty as that it may be sufficiently neutral between different parts of the Society to control one part from invading the rights of another, and at the same time sufficiently controlled itself, from setting up an interest adverse to that of the entire Society.

James Madison, letter to Thomas Jefferson, October 24, 1787

Our country has been under a liberal communist seizeure since the early 1900’s. This must stop and be reversed. We must reinstate the Republic under it’s original intent and remove the communists or jail them for treason against America..

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