The Underground Parent hopes to provide parents and others with information that will be useful in navigating the implementation of current education reform measures and what they might do that will help students receive a locally determined knowledge based academic education.
This website is one formed from combining two websites. In 2008, a site called The Underground Parent was started on another platform. Around 2012 or 2013, a group was getting ready to start a website about the Common Core in Washington State. In searching around, they found a site called Stop Common Core in Washington State that had been started by a couple of moms who were concerned about the Common Core State Standards. Rather than creating a new site and group, the two joined forces. The site was redesigned and more content was added. Eventually the two moms drifted away from working on the site but not before Stop Common Core in Washington State had grown into a statewide, non-partisan network of concerned parents, citizens, voters, taxpayers, and organizations in the state of Washington.
Over time, the limited focus the name provided, Stop Common Core in Washington State, was not broad enough to include other important education issues that have emerged. As a result, Stop Common Core in Washington State and the old The Underground Parent have merged to become the new The Underground Parent. All of the posts and content from both sites are now on this site.
This does not mean that the Common Core is no longer an issue. It is an issue and will continue to be addressed with efforts made to stop it in Washington State.
The image below is from the Stop Common Core in Washington State website.
The Underground Parent aims to address education issues related to: parental rights, local control of schools, and classical liberal arts education.
The Underground Parent defines parents’ rights as the right and responsibility to make determinations regarding their child’s upbringing and education, including decisions about: academic training, transfer of religious and moral values, and the child’s physical health and mental well being.
The Underground Parent believes regaining local control will require parents, taxpayers, voters, and local officials to stand strong in demanding this constitutionally protected right. The Underground Parent rejects the undue influence of corporations, foundations, public/private partnerships, private financial investors, and special interest groups in our public education system.