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Bon Voyage! Hello, Grinders

Well, Warriors Against the Core, we’ve made it halfway through the week. While Congress hasn’t made too much noise about fed ed, the U.S. Dept. of Ed has.

Also busy at work? Those CCSS Machine members/groups bent on aligning our nation as quickly as they can.

However,  before we get to the latest moves, let’s be sure to say a not so cheerful ‘Bon Voyage’ to Rep. John Kline as the head chairman for the U.S. House of Representative’s Education and Workforce Committee.

During Kline’s rein, he helped ramp up fed ed, not decrease it. His position of power for education and workforce has plunged our nation further into deep and dark places which will take years, if not the rest of our lives, to correct….and, Kline’s walking away. Why are our students not given the same choice?!

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His partnering with Sen. Lamar Alexander, as chairman of the Senate’s HELP Committee, has been one we Warriors do not need to soon forget. Between these ‘twins’, American education has seen a complete shift from academic to aligned; from freedom of choice to forcibly constricted. The only thing these 2 have filled our ‘looking glasses’ with is smoke.

While we know Kline’s leaving all this behind, who is stepping into his shoes? Rep. Joe Wilson from SC. Time will tell what we can expect from him. It is my personal hope that Mr. Wilson will be a true champ to our students, not another chump. Serving as co-chair will be Rep. Virginia Foxx from NC. She’s already shown her love for CTE (Career Tech Education) many times over. Will our voices be enough to melt her heart? Time will tell.

To all those about to be elected  as Congress members, the featured picture is an oath I hope you will take on behalf of the anti CCSS Warriors and those opposed to fed led ed.

So all that said, Bon Voyage, Rep. Kline, we Warriors Against the Core, will not pine.

Let the ESSA Grinders Begin:

Grinding down our kids Participant #1)
9/27/16, Data Quality Campaign had the unmitigated gall to release this:
“Among ESSA’s numerous provisions highlighting the value of data in education is a new provision to expand the role of research in education.” They carry on with how this is to help the States.

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If you wish to see the 5 page document: http://2pido73em67o3eytaq1cp8au.wpengine.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/DQC-Why-research-matters-09142016.pdf

Be sure you note the OTHER involved CCSS Machine member groups.

You will also want to see the 4 data policies DQC will ram down our throats, too.
http://dataqualitycampaign.org/why-education-data/make-data-work-students/

Grinding down our kids Participant #2)

While folks are still scrambling mad about Dr. King’s ‘overreach’ in post-secondary education and his off-base remarks about home education, he’s been busier than a king in his court. Meeting with special education teachers, leaders of education related groups (aka CCSS Machine member groups), groups who influence teachers in Title II funding, and all the while telling American students how great education is, and hey, while you’re at it, come fill out a new and improved FASFA app. He even crowned a ‘family engagement ambassador’.

Congress has proven they have short-term memory problems. Why? It’s their confirmation which saddled our nation with Dr. King’s ‘service’.

Participant #2 grinds on….

Late Tuesday, 9/27, America was given a newly crowned “Family Engagement Ambassador”. But, wait, more will be crowned in the future. Here’s an excerpt from the 27’s Press Release, ” U.S. Department of Education’s first Family Ambassador, Frances Frost, to increase parent and family engagement in education policy. The Family Ambassador position is made possible by a grant from the Kellogg Foundation and an agreement with The Campagna Center of Alexandria, Virginia, to support family engagement in education.”

Remember when it was decreed by first Duncan, and then King, that the U.S. of Ed was to be your partner as a parent? This is the way in which it’s being softly sold. Below, it a picture:

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You’ll want to download this. Look at the CCSS Machine member groups who contributed to this! frameworks-resources

Grinder #3)
The ‘Chiefs for Change’ meeting was all about Title II funds. I covered the toxic CCSS Machine ties to CforC back in the previous election cycle when lots of State Superintendents were running in elections. These ‘Chiefs’ are all up in federally led education! To see their website: http://chiefsforchange.org/

To see how CCSS Machine influence is being used in relation to Title II funding (ie: public tax dollars): https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/08/03/saluting-all-you-hortons/

To see the Dr. King/Chiefs for Change meeting:

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To access the Chiefs Title II/ESSA document: cfc-title-ii-policy-brief

What’s interesting is that King met with Chiefs in the afternoon, and led a teacher discussion in the evening…hmmm, can we say ‘agenda’?!

Back to Grinder #2, again)
So what in ‘blue blazes’ did King say to the special education  folks at their convention?
The CCSS Machine member group, EdWeek, tells a subjective side,
http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/speced/2016/09/education_secretary_praises_pr.html

From the EdWeek article, you can see that two national groups devoted to special education had a first ever joint conference. The NASDSE (National Association of State Directors for Special Education) and the CASE (Council of Administrators) just wrapped up. See what ESSA items they discussed:

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My research about NASDSE :
1) https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/10/19/monday-musings-idea-when-good-goes-ccscte-bad/
2) https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/07/02/tech-thursday-cte-ccss-and-special-needs-in-post-secondary-education/
3) What ESSA has in store for special needs:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/01/26/school-board-special-part-three/

Grinder #2, yet still)
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even showed up (9/26) to encourage the Gen-I students! Gen-I is short for “Generation Indigenous”
See the Press Release: http://indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com/2016/09/26/white-house-outlines-massive-outreach-indian-country-tribal-nations-conference-165903
You’ll need to note that Sec. Sally Jewell was there, HUD (as in U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development) and others were not only in attendance, but helping to lead the ‘unity’ (aka: alignment). I recently wrote about the degradation of education at the hands of the CCSS Machine:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/08/22/is-this-truly-the-best/

Closing:

Warriors, I know you see lots of opportunity to choose where you’d like to take a shot at the CCSS Machine. After all, It’s mission is what I call an ‘equal opportunity offender’.
Let’s be purposed, focused, and armed with facts when we do strike.

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Home for Me!

Warriors Against the Core, recently I’ve seen the news about Dr. King’s remarks on home education. I’m not surprised. By now, he’s had plenty of time to read how much ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) will harm it. I know I have!wormy

As Far as Dr. King’s Thoughts on Home Education….

First off, the news was publicized during his recent “Opportunity for All” Tour. I shared with you before he even left D.C. how this would be all encompassing as far as educational choices. See: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/09/08/kings-bandwagon-its-a-comin/

I’m not surprised at his arrogance. Why not? Because between the federal laws either all about education or those RELATED to education to the major groups in favor of King’s rule, home education has been a target the ENTIRE time. So when a major group supposedly protecting home schoolers across America feigns neutrality. That’s  a sell out, too.

Among King’s best backers is the NEA (National Education Association). NEA HATES homeschoolers! They have for years. NEA also was/is a huge supporter for the ESSA. It’s not hard to figure out that King’s ‘sudden’ concern about ‘Are the kids at home alright?’ Is hardly a move he’s making alone. It is, however, a huge warning.

To see the 2015 article where NEA blasted home education:
http://www.wnd.com/2015/06/authors-nea-attack-on-homeschoolers-outrageous/

 

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CCSS/CTE impacts ALL educational choices, don’t be fooled!

ESSA has EVERY student in its sights, it’s been proven repeatedly. Especially from my blog. The SOLE reason I even began to fight this War Against the Core was due to the (then) evidence that national standards with global attitudes wasn’t a rumor for home educators and their students. This was back in 2009. Since then, what I’ve found has filled more space in my house than my family really likes.

In fact one of my very first articles used the phrase “Reality Check” on purpose. It revealed what, at time, was considered ‘fear mongering’ evidence. See: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2014/09/04/common-core-after-high-school-reality-check/

From those very first articles until now, I have dedicated much time and research into ALL educational choices. However, home education represents our LAST true free education option. Evidence bears out that via WIOA (Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act), HEA (Higher Education Act), and ESSA, those options will be neutered. If your home education protection group says differently, they’ve not dug deep enough.
*Note: Where you find one of these 3 major federal education/workforce laws, you will find the others.

iNACOL/Home Ed and ESSA: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/03/21/inacol-comes-to-home-education/

ESSA in your home, literally:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/09/06/your-home-or-bust/

For the States considering home education as a ‘private school’/ESSA
:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/03/01/warriors-guide-to-essa-and-private-education/

What US Ed’s done for America/home education:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/09/17/wded/

ESSA/HEA/WIOA and assessments/home education:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/07/19/speeding-through-education-pts-12/

NEA/home ed/WIOA:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/03/31/quick-kill-the-education-romance/

The IES (Institute for Education Sciences), par of the U.S. Dept. of Ed and Your Home: 
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/02/05/weekend-news-the-ies-and-the-essa/

 

 


Kids Love Being Home!

Coming soon is the U.S. PIE (Parents Involved in Education) National “Keep Your Child Home from School Day”! To be held on October 17, 2016, to mark the anniversary of the Carter administration’s signing (illegally) into law, the current U.S. Dept. of Education.

You can access some information about the awareness day by visiting: http://www.uspie.org/protest-fed-ed-.html

So, to my fellow Warrior Dads who will pledge to participate in 10/17/16’s event:

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To my fellow Warrior Moms who will be participating:

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Closing:

“ED” turns 40 years old on October 17, 2016. Here are 40 words to describe our feelings as Educational Super Heroes and Warriors about ED. May it be a terrible ‘birthday’.

Hate, abhor, loathe, reject, spurn, revolt, decline, detest, despise, condemn;
Improper, dissatisfaction, inadmissible, unwelcome, atrocious, unworthy;
Dreadful, illegal, abusive, illegitimate, nefarious, foul, horrible, rotten;
Crooked, devious, villainous, unconstitutional, egregious, sub-par, agenda-driven;
Wrong, unauthorized, garbage, inferior, deficient, contemptible,  wretched, unsuitable, 
                                                 AND     unjustified!    

 

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5 Days

Anti CCSS/Fed Ed Warriors,

In the COMING 5 days, you can probably ‘bet the farm’ that the U.S. Congress will continue their part in the CCSS Machine’s grinding down of our nation. What about your State’s legislative body? If they are like where I live, they have already ‘left the building’. However, they too, were ‘busy beavers’ before they left.

Congress is rushing. A couple of big reasons:

A) 2016’s fiscal year ends. That means, October 1, 2016 begins the fiscal year 2017. That means all those items which were in the series of articles I wrote about the 2017 Fed Ed Budget nightmares will become a reality. Fiscal 2017 also brings us ever closer to the full impacts of the Every Student Succeeds Act, ESSA.
If you want the series:
a) https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/02/11/fed-ed-2017-are-you-ready/
b) https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/02/12/fed-ed-budget-for-teachersleaders/
c) https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/02/13/big-bucks-for-post-secondary-ed/

B) The 2016 Elections are the OTHER big push to wrap up the overreach activities…for now.

My anti CCSS Warrior voice howls!

Congress, You are NOT doing the job you are elected to do TODAY. You are NOT truly listening to your voters. You are NOT creating legislation or voting on it as IF it’s the LAST piece of business you ever do in D.C.! You are an ELECTED person with the PRIVILEGE of service, NOT the GUARANTEE of job placement! You have forgotten overreach in education is ILLEGAL! So why should anyone send you back to do it all again?!

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During the past 5 days, not every one of my articles has been accessible.  So, in the confidence you can use these fact based research articles to REMIND Congress of ITS true place, I offer:

1) Congress Loves CTE (Career Tech Education)
Use this to remind Congress, sold out members to the lobbyists for the CCSS Machine is UNACCEPTABLE!
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/08/09/congress-loves-cte/

**After the elections, H5587 (Strengthening Career Tech Education for the 21st Century) should shift over to the Senate, as it passed the House, 405-5. As of this writing, there is no hearing scheduled by the Senate HELP Committee to move on the sister bill (which by the way was postponed in the past 5 days), S3271, Workforce Advance Act. BOTH HR5587 and S3271 are in the “Congress Loves CTE”. I checked the calendars for both the Senate and House and saw no mention of either of these education bills.

2) Related to the HR5587 and S3271, is  S3190, Strengthening Our Rural Health Care Workforce in the 21st Century.  Use this article that you will not ACCEPT one more piece of legislation which cements a healthcare law no one took the time to read.
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/08/16/ctes-health-country/

Also related, and not appearing on the calendars for the upcoming 5 days in D.C. is the extremely egregious bill of all, S3174, or the Ladder Act. Any bill related to workforce which uses the opening word of “Leveling”, you know is going to mean MORE federal control.  Use this article to send the message to Congress that ONE more Executive Branch (independent) Council is not only UNACCEPTABLE, we WILL not fund it! https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/08/18/americas-obsession/

In the past 5 days, the U.S. Congress also saw the advancement of the H5963 (Supporting Youth Opportunity and Preventing Delinquency Act of 2016). The House passed it by 382-29. I covered this bill in “The Chain Gang Cometh”. This was the one article which caused the most uproar. Here’s the link:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/09/13/the-chain-gang-cometh/
Use this article to tell Congress, NO! Absolutely no support or opportunity is worth what is being considered as appropriate for our children!

**Since ‘Chain Gang’:
a) I have heard from several concerned parents who are already seeing some of the same moves mentioned in the article happening now in their children’s schools.
b)  I’ve also heard from my dear fellow anti CCSS Warrior, Dr. Karen Effrem, who did plunge deeper into the Bill than I could. She was addressing my deep concerns over the language of the Bill.
She found that the those chemical agents are only mentioned one time in the entire Bill, in the definitions portion of the Bill. Use of and/or limits for use are not in the Bill, just the definitions.
“Incapacitate” is part of the Bill’s definition language for ‘chemical agents’. It doesn’t appear anywhere else.
 Dr. Effrem also shared this with me, “However, the bill also adds another new definition called “dangerous practice,” which is “an act, procedure, or program that creates an unreasonable risk of physical injury, pain, or psychological harm to a juvenile subjected to the act, procedure, or program.” 
After this, Dr. Effrem also said it looks as is the Bill is to minimize use of dangerous practices via several mandates. She directed me to page 44. However, at the end of page 44, you’ll see this, “including by developing effective behavior management techniques;” (so, in essence, not so many restraints, but more behavior management). On page 52, you’ll see the training efforts and reforms have produced reduction/elimination of dangerous practices.

 Both Dr. Effrem and I agree, even with what we both found, this Bill has some definite areas we WARRIORS must watch, ask about, and be ready to protect. Why? Refer to the parental reactions this article stirred. Dr. Effrem suggested we contact the main sponsor, Rep. Curbelo. We both realize time is short, but with definitions for chemical agents in a Bill for our children and the gray areas for who uses, when used, and IF they are to be continued is a HUGE problem. Oh, and Curbelo’s in the midst of a re-election campaign.

In the period between Congress’s departure and whomever returns, Warriors, we should keep the amount of parental concern in our forefronts. Then, add the following concerns around H5963:

a) the U.S. Dept. of Ed’s definition for ‘at-risk’ youth encompass several more student groups than those who are low-income or at-risk/troubled.
b) younger and younger students are being identified as ‘at-risk’ or ‘troubled’ (an example: the number of kindergartners who are being suspended for simply being child-like in their actions).
c) to be identified as ‘at-risk’ or ‘troubled’ there are mental health assessments, behavior management or interventions which are increasingly being placed on the already overburdened teachers.

If you’d like to know the side effects of use for the chemical agents in the Bill:
Pepper Spray: https://www.ncjrs.gov/pdffiles1/nij/grants/181655.pdf
C2 Tear Gashttps://toxnet.nlm.nih.gov/cgi-bin/sis/search/a?dbs+hsdb:@term+@DOCNO+4346
Washington Post’s article on Tear Gashttps://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2014/08/14/tear-gas-is-a-chemical-weapon-banned-in-war-but-ferguson-police-shoot-it-at-protesters/

#KnowBeforeYouVote

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Warriors, one of the best weapons we have this election season is PRESSURE. The sold out leaders (from our school boards to the White House) have been identified. If these CCSS Machine members haven’t been identified by now, it is only right they should be now. Why? Our vote is our voice! If our stance against federal overreach in education is solid, so should our voice! To say we stand against CCSS and ALL that goes with it, then elect or re-elect those who will continue its chokehold on our nation, will be a signal that we’re not as effective as we can be in the War Against the Core.

So, I invite you to use the #KnowBeforeYouVote to share what you know about any candidate who’s running. For example, here’s a screen shot plainly showing names, the CCSS Machine member organization and some researched truth. If you like and support ANY candidate who’s not being forthright about education, confront them. If the candidate is using one too many canned educratic words, confront them! How you use your pressure as weapon is up to you. I, for one, will use as much evidence which is truthful, as I can.

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So, what will happen in the next 120 hours? Plenty. What will we, the Warriors do between now and the election? Roar!

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Bridges and Ladders

My Fellow Anti Fed Ed Warriors,

In the above picture you see a classic example of a brilliant mind. Leonardo da Vinci’s “Revolving Bridge”.  He created this, and other bridges for military purposes. The bridges were light weight (easy to carry, travels well), they were sturdy (conveyed strength), and they lasted long periods of time.

I use this as an example, not to give you a history lesson, but to use it as an analogy for the webinar devoted to higher education.

During the CCSS Machine sponsored webinar, education bridges, ladders, and pathways were discussed. Much like Leonardo da Vinci’s “Revolving Bridge”, higher education is set to become transportable (easy to carry, travels well/stackable, chunkable certifications), sturdy with more ‘rigor’ (conveying strength), and lock in lifelong learning (lasts a long time).

The Webinar:

Hosted by Atlantic Live! (an arm of the publication, The Atlantic Magazine) Atlantic Magazine also has another arm, a project called “Next America”. If memory serves me correctly, the last time I wrote about “Next America”, Sen. Lamar Alexander was a featured speaker. If I’m thinking correctly it was the time period leading up to HR5 (Student Success Act) and S1177 (Every Child Achieves Act) were in the making. Of course, as history shows, HR5 and S1177 ‘married’ and gave us ESSA, Every Student Succeeds Act.

Why do I bring this up? IF history is about to repeat itself, then Atlantic’s Next America having Rep. John Kline and other sold out CCSS Machine members gather to ‘discuss’ where higher education should go, we need to pay attention! Especially when your conversation guides are hand picked to feed the agenda of streamlining education to create a birth to grave education ladder or bridge.
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The image you see above is NOT from one of the CCSS Machine member organizations present at the webinar. But, it does give you a great idea how the webinar’s conversation was geared.

Lumina Foundation, the Gates Foundation, Next America, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and key members from SIGs (special interest groups) in higher education either had representative speak or they helped fund the production. Adding Rep. John Kline as the only federal Congress member was not a fluke. It was a strategic move. Kline admitted during the webinar that he had just come from breakfast with Sen. Lamar Alexander. You see, the two are partners in education demise.

Here’s the link to the webinar’s introduction page: http://www.theatlantic.com/live/events/the-changing-face-of-higher-education/2016/
(*Note: Archive version should be available soon. You can check out the Twitter account for more information, too. Use #NextAmerica)

The Biggest Warnings for Us:

1) The changes are coming, no doubt at all. The CCSS Machine has already begun turning the screws for higher education/post-secondary education. As I’ve shared with you many times, this is how EVERY citizen from ALL educational backgrounds will be funneled through the CCSS Machine. One of the choice terms for citizens during the webinar? “Human Capital”. The very first comment spoken by the Lumina Foundation’s education ‘expert’: “Post-secondary education MUST change.”

2) The CBE (competency based education), Career Pathways, MOOCs, digital learning, soft skills development, and more are the front runners for all the changes. New patterns, systems, and alignment are either in the works, or yet to be created. BUT, they will be added.
3) Purposed placement of school counselors in our K-12 systems are already identifying students who are ‘achievers’, tracks them, pulling them into a pathway to a baccalaureate degree in college (sometimes early college) via community colleges(which by the way, are Common Core, Career Tech aligned). Then, these graduates are funneled through to a 4 year institution. Look for “Pathways Colleges”. The example program given was “Pathway to Baccalaureate”. See: https://www.nvcc.edu/pathway/ (*Note: look for the ‘extraordinary pipeline to college’. Running this program? Former NC Community College President, Scott Randall. He was key in helping align all 58 NC Community Colleges to the CCSS Machine.)

The rest of the students? They get tracked too. Their path will be directly to community college, get a skill, get a job. Return to community college, get another skill, return to job. Repeat this cycle until you have all the credentials you need to enter your career field. The ‘new’ higher education?! Imagine it for 100% of the population. I’m not kidding. Some form of higher education (aka: post-secondary institution) is what can help America.

4) Rep. Kline’s comments contained these ‘gems’.
a) The key higher education moves in the U.S. House’s “Better Way” plan. It was revealed that the Paul Ryan pushed Plan is based largely on Kline’s earlier work in politics. Education is SO important that it’s embedded in the ‘economy’ plan under item #4.
See: http://abetterway.speaker.gov/?page=economy (*Note: KIine was quick to repeatedly use ‘bipartisan’ and ‘bicameral’ when it came to education. However, for all the bi-partisanship in the House, he didn’t mention the House Democrats view for higher education. If you want to see what CCSS friendly programs they  would like to keep or expand: http://democrats-edworkforce.house.gov/issues/education/higher-education. Examples of CCSS aligned programs: TRIO and GEAR UP.) Kline was asked how the Senators view higher education. He said that was ‘unfair’.)
b) The U.S. Congress only has a few days left before closing before the 2016 Election, so much has to be done quickly. Means rushed legislation moves. Bad news for everyone.
c) “More Access, More Success” via lower costs in higher education. His solutions?! CBE and digital education. America MUST promote innovation! This will keep the government out of the way. Oh really?! I guess the ConnectEd, the Computer Science for All, Digital Promise, etc. are all ways to keep government of education. Especially when each of these i is embedded ALREADY in ESSA and WIOA (Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act) or their related legislation. By the way, Kline said there have been 5 related bills already passed by the entire Congress to continue support for America’s College Promise (Obama’s plan for ‘free’ community college. “Free” is costing taxpayers at least $60 billion.) Way to keep government out of education, huh?!
d) Kline favors more digital, that’s obvious, but he also stated that families and students need things simple..as in a digital dashboard. The biggest impediment right now in higher education? Seat time because it’s taking away from CBE time and hinders credit hours. More P3s (used the Clemson/car manufacturing joint program as an example.) are the best way for America to go.

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5) Add to your list of global programs, like “Education for All” and “Universal PreK for All”. The new one brought up in the webinar? “Universal Free Public Higher Education”.
I found the EduCause’s older version of “universal higher education for all” (circa 2000).
See: https://net.educause.edu/ir/library/pdf/ffpfp044.pdf

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Link to this article that would make the United Nations SO proud:
https://www.insidehighered.com/blogs/university-venus/universal-free-higher-education-good-global-citizenship

Speaking of The Global Citizen:

There was plenty more in the webinar which can be used to alert us to the ‘global citizen’ mindset that the CCSS Machine is shoving at us.
a) pay as you go/learn to earn models
b) systems where higher education tracks your work hours while tracking your education hours so that you can have 2 transcripts to show you are a skilled citizen
c) eliminating extra curricular activities to divert space for the common community’s good (example: Paul Quinn College shut down their football team (said it was a drain on finances) and converted the football stadium into an organic community accessible farm.) The President of Paul Quinn College has been glorified by the Atlantic Magazine. He’s also been groomed for educational ‘success’ in part by the Aspen Institute. (Article about the Presidenthttp://www.theatlantic.com/education/archive/2016/09/bringing-a-college-back-from-the-brink/500375/)

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I am not singling out this college, but rather, using it as an example. The reason we have extra curricular activities like football, arts, music, etc. is to expand our minds, exercise our bodies. Seeing these vital parts of Americana vanish is sad. Seeing them aligned to the CCSS Machine, outright tragic.

Seeing so many leaders in America moving us away from independence and freedom is not only un-American, it’s criminal!

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No Truer Words

Anti CCSS/ESSA Warriors, a few hours ago, the U.S. House of Representatives’ Education/Workforce Committee hearing wrapped up. In the ‘feature’ picture you see above, it’s an explanation of the Article 1, Section 1 of the U.S. Constitution.

As expected, the Hearing WAS a ‘dog and pony show’, of sorts. There were ‘expert witnesses’ alright, there were supposedly ‘angered’ Representatives, too. What was missing was the usual hand picked ‘successful’ citizens backing up this latest episode of “We Love the ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) Show”. The entire Hearing is below.

“Nothing But the Truth”:

As a Warrior Against Fed Ed and as a citizen of the United States, we know this phrase is one that is most serious. If you’ve already listened to the Hearing, you will note that each of the 4 witnesses had to recite this pledge. I’ll side track myself for a moment to say that each of our Representatives ALSO made a pledge of similar sorts when they took office.
Those words are :

congressjobtruthMaybe, we Warriors should demand they take this oath every day they serve, rather than just after their election. I think it would leave NO question in their minds as to what their ‘sense’ of  leadership should be. I feel we really should demand something drastic from our Congress members. They clearly are NOT upholding their jobs. 

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Some Objective Truths to Balance Those Subjective Ones:

During the Hearing I took lots of notes. Below are just a few. Subjective truth is italicized. Objective is in bold type.

During the Opening Statements,
1) Proposed ESSA Regulations, especially for Title One funding are ‘unlawful and must be investigated’.  The original press release stated this Hearing was to center around supplementing and supplanting funding in the ESSA, with a focus on two areas: a) Title 3 funding (used in post-secondary education) and regulatory fiat (whatever it takes to make the Regulations happen.) This hearing did NOT discuss Title 3 funds NOR did it clearly state what needed to be done to make the ESSA Regulations so.


What the Hearing did do was point fingers at each other in Congress; lay blame on the U.S. Dept. of Education, label those opposed to ESSA and/or the Proposed Regulations as ‘disingenuous’. While the supplement/supplant discussion DID go on to some extent,  is was absolutely awful HOW the exchange went.

2) ESSA was a truly bipartisan effort that the U.S. President signed. Clearly sending a message to the people of  united authority. Now, the U.S. Dept. of Education is interfering with that authority. IF (and I say this with all the gumption I possess) the U.S. Congress had read their copy of the U.S. Constitution, as well as the U.S. President, they would recognize their authority is limited, not absolute! IF (and again, with gumption) the U.S. Congress had taken the time to read ESSA, they would know the U.S. Dept. of Education’s Secretary was  given increased power.

In fact, in the early pages of the ESSA, the language reads that Dr. King, as Secretary of Education, is the one in charge of an orderly transition nationwide in the implementation of ESSA. However, that I know of, no CONGRESS member read the ESSA before they voted on it! There was not physically enough time. It was another ‘wham-bam, thank you ma’am’ piece of illegally based legislation.

3) ESSA must be carried out as it was written. This Hearing is to protect families and students. The supporting evidence shown around this time was from Section 1118(b) (2), not from the ESSA bill or law, but from its FORMER version when it was a Senate specific Bill without the House’s compromise!  IT (ESSA) was written as its being carried out!

The States control, flexibility, the choices..all well written fallacies. Those who wrote the ‘bipartisan’ Law should know this. As far as protecting? If the families and students were underneath the seats of the Committee today, they were successful. Otherwise the only protection afforded was to each Committee member’s backside.

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How many people do you think will see the point Congress is trying to be make? That the U.S. Dept. of Ed is in violation, especially its leader. When using evidence which is NOT truly from ESSA, but a former version of itself?!
More than likely the CCSS Machine will only show that the Sec. of Education is over-stepping. It will not show Congress as not being responsible in any way.


Congress is being very sloppy here. Yes, they should rein in Dr. King. But then, they should not have allowed his confirmation. They should know the Constitution and their oath of office demands they not allow any federal overreach in education.

4) CTE (Career Technical Education), Vocational Tech, Advanced Placement, Magnet Schools, Education Savings Accounts, and College/Career Readiness(CCR( all need not only MORE money to give education equity, but we must ramp up these options while creating ones to compliment them.
 Congress has proven, by their own words, that not only do they NOT know WHY ESSA’s imploding before their eyes, but, that they are SO clueless about education they are professing they do NOT know their own districts. Yet the ‘obvious solution’ is MORE taxpayer money for CCSS Machine education.

CTE is vocational tech remade with the CCSS/CCR Standards and Assessments! Magnet Schools and AP Courses, have all been made over to confine to the CCSS Standards and Assessments. The Education Savings Accounts are only MORE ways to burden taxpayers with levies and bonds in the pseudo name of school choice geared to the CCSS Machine.

Closing:

Warriors, this is by NO means all I could share from the Hearing today, but I want to leave you with this. When you see/hear Congress members asking ‘supposed’ experts what Congress’s  job is, it should be a huge warning sign to us all.

Look for more information about the most recent Congressional moves coming in the next few days. We must be alert! We must make concerted moves to dispel these ‘subjective truths’ being sold as facts. Why? Given the tones of the most recent Ed/Workforce Press Releases, the goal of Congress appears to be criticize and level the U.S. Dept. of Ed’s power and use that power as their own.

As the Hearing went on, the competency based, career readiness rhetoric increased. At the end of the day, when you put the issues of Title One, equity, and all else in the Hearing aside.
It is my belief that the supposed anger directed to the U.S. Dept. of Education is a ruse. Shifting the blame, posing as  education’s savior (especially when you claim you are clueless), and suggesting money is the only solution shows Ed/Workforce wasn’t truly about ‘whatever it takes’, but ‘whomever to blame besides us’  today.


Either way it’s spun federal supplanting or supplementing of education funds is illegal.

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Alexander’s Rag(e)?!

Thanks to a dedicated anti CCSS Warrior, I was pointed to the Morning News by Politico.
Link: http://www.politico.com/tipsheets/morning-education/2016/09/career-education-bill-breaks-down-in-senate-216421

While this is a temporary victory, we need to remember the source: Sen. Alexander.

*Cheerleader for ESSA
*Caught on public record stating alignment for HEA (Higher Ed Act) was next after ESSA became law, and supported by many CTE (Career Tech Ed special interest groups).
*He also knows full well that Perkins Funds (used for CTE) are federal level and given to the States.
*Alexander surely knows all this and much more. He helped write these laws! He’s also a huge key player in birth to grave alignment (that infamous late 80s speech is proof).

From Alexander’s ragging on/raging on this morning:

*We now know the Senate HELP was set to hear ‘discussion’ on S3271, The Workforce Advance Act. The ‘sister’ bill to HR5587, Strengthening Career Tech Education in the 21st Century.

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How Both tie to ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act):

* ESSA ties those funds to not only post-secondary readiness, but student enrollment numbers for those ages 5 to 17 years old.
* ESSA also ties the Perkins funds to education as defined by WIOA (Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act).
* ESSA also embedded every single shred of the ESEA of 1965, which means NCLB went with it to, ESSA DID NOT fix NCLB!
* ESSA also gives the US Sec. of Ed tremendous increases in his authority. One of which is he is the one to oversee a smooth transition from old ESEA to new ESSA nationwide. Since Perkins funds/CTE are in ESSA, that means King’s got the authority over them in other bills.

What Politico reported:

The article states, “Democrats are opposed to the new restrictions on the education secretary’s authority, and point out that such measures were not included in the House bill — which cleared that chamber on a 405-5 vote. “Senator Murray has been working with Democrats and Republicans toward a bipartisan bill to reauthorize Perkins CTE, and she is hopeful that this can continue and get done as quickly as possible,” said Murray spokesman Eli Zupnick.”

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As far as HR 5587’s (The Strengthening Career Technical Education in the 21st Century which passed 405-5) position on Dr. King’s authority: See Page 18 of the 88 page Bill:

 SEC. 8. TRANSITION PROVISIONS.  Section 4 (20 U.S.C. 2303) is amended—  (1) by striking ‘‘the Secretary determines to be appropriate’and inserting ‘‘are necessary’’;  (2) by striking ‘‘Carl D. Perkins Career and  Technical Education Act of 2006’’ each place it appears and inserting ‘‘Strengthening Career and  Technical Education for the 21st Century Act’’;
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As far as King’s power in the S3271, Workforce Advance Act 
(An excerpt from my “Congress Loves CTE” article/comparing  S3271 and HR5587)

 the bill would allow the Department of Education to use national CTE activities to help identify successful methods and best practices for providing dual or concurrent enrollment programs and early college high school career and technical education opportunities.” See:
 https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/08/09/congress-loves-cte/

While in the text of S3271 you do not see Dr. King’s shift from determining ‘appropriate’ CTE  to ‘necessary’ CTE; you do see he has total rein over dual enrollment, concurrent enrollment, Perkins Funds, all the Title funds involved in CTE, early college high schools, apprenticeship programs, as well as the backing of the National Assoc. for CTE, see their crosswalk document for aligning ESSA and WIOA.

https://commoncorediva.files.wordpress.com/2016/08/senate-principles-crosswalk_final.pdf

You’ll also want to see this little gem from the Congress.gov website about S3271, “Official Titles as Introduced: A bill to amend the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006 regarding dual or concurrent enrollment programs and early college high schools.”

Source: https://www.congress.gov/bill/114th-congress/senate-bill/3271/titles


Closing:

Warriors, while it is a sigh of relief for WHATEVER reason Alexander pulled his stunt this morning, it goes without saying that we MUST brace ourselves.

We’ve been able to see right through the smoke and mirror, pro CCSS Machine chatter from D.C., especially from Senators Alexander and Murray. Remember, they BOTH led the nation to ESSA as law. BUT, they were hardly alone.

We know the HELP Committee isn’t done. There are 2 OTHER CTE Bills remaining in their  hands: S3190 (CTE for Rural Health Care; ties Obama Care to CTE), and S3174 (LADDER Act; creates a national workforce council in the Executive Branch of the government).
Oh, and by the way, Dr. John King, as US Sec. of Ed (0r his appointee) is to be among the council members).

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Knowing Fiscal 2016 is winding down, it is truly important we keep tuned to Congress. Especially on the LADDER Act. Why? As I previously researched, published, and have spoken out about, the LADDER funds are ALREADY set aside for Fiscal Years 2017 to 2026. It wouldn’t surprise me at all that Alexander purposefully is taking S3271 off the immediate action table (especially since the House threw the nation under the CCSS Machine 405-5) and put S3174 in its place.

The House’s Ed/Workforce Committee hearing for 10 am on ESSA Title 3 Regulatory Fiat, appears to still be on schedule for 9/21.  Link: http://edworkforce.house.gov/calendar/eventsingle.aspx?EventID=401015

Why this hearing’s a CCSS Machine dream come true? Funding and educratic doublespeak. See:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/09/19/special-edition/

Special Edition!

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Warriors Against the Core!!

First, I will apologize for the non-successful LiveStream Presentation I conducted about an hour ago. When I did the sound/visual check, all appeared to be working just fine. Not to be stopped, here, in written form is what I shared:

1) Two U.S. Congressional Hearings are set for 9/21/16. The first is the US Senate HELP Committee’s at 9:30 am, EDT; the House’s Ed/Workforce Committee Hearing is set for 10 am, EDT.

2) Both need all the anti CCSS Warrior coverage possible! We need dedicated ‘ears’ in attendance. Why? As we’ve seen with the hearings around ESSA, they tend to be ‘dog and pony’ shows. The results are subjective and NOT objective. Therefore, the agenda grinds on instead of true Constitutionally conducted legislation.

3) I would love to be able to have Warriors attend either the Senate’s discussion or the House’s.

4) By listening and sharing what we hear, we can not only have evidence, but TRUTH! Truth is ‘ammunition’ to defeat the CCSS Machine.

5) If you wish to head up the Warriors for either hearing, please text me: 704-517-3481, or post a comment below this article. If you want to be one of the sets of listening ears, text or post; if you know you can assemble a large or small group to be listening in, text or comment. You can also reach me on the Common Core Diva Facebook page, my @commoncorediva Twitter, or use the U.S. Parent Call to Action Facebook page.
Unfortunately, we have hours, not days to assemble Warriors. We must act quickly. If we want the TRUTH to be as effective as possible, we MUST beat Congress at their media game! Once we have our teams, we can Skype, Twitter, or whatever we need to do to use a united Warrior front to ‘charge’ D.C.

6) If you listen to the Senate HELP’s meeting:
a) Pay close attention to Sen. Alexander’s words. He’s the ringleader for ESSA, champions CTE (Career Tech Education), and is set to head up the re-authorization of the HEA (Higher Education Act). ESSA embeds CTE via the WIOA (Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act) and the HEA. 
b) The announcement for the Hearing didn’t specify WHICH Senate CTE Bill, but there are currently 3 horrible ones:
i) S3271, the ‘sister’ to HR5587 (passed in the House last week, 405-5). S3271 will ramp up the data tracking and mining. It will increased P3s in education (public private partnerships). It will tie to Title 1 funding and the School Lunch Act. It will increase the amount of State accountability measures mandated to receive funding. Those are just a few of the CCSS Machine daggers.
ii) S3190, the CTE Health Workforce related act. It will use funds from Social Security and Medicare. It will tie to the Obamacare. It will increase career tracking and amend the National Health Care Workforce Commission. It will INCREASE federal funding; use ROI (return on investment) to measure students. Those are just a few of the CCSS Machine daggers.
iii) S3174, LADDER Act. This is the MOST dangerous of all. It has the fiscal funds already set aside for 2017-2026. It will create a new Executive Branch Workforce Council. Their main job is to create a National Workforce Plan culled from all the ‘successes’ of the States. It will target those who cannot keep jobs, change jobs often, are discouraged, cannot find a suitable job, and ’employment barred’. The U.S. Dept. of Labor decides who qualifies as ‘discouraged’. There’s much more to this Bill.


7) IF you choose to listen the House’s Ed/Workforce Hearing:
a) This is a Hearing for ‘regulatory fiat’ (meaning whatever it takes to get these regulations in motion) on ESSA.
b) The main target is Title 3 funding (used for post-secondary education institutions) on the LEAs/SEAs level.
c) The announcement for this hearing stated that ‘Supplanting federal funds’ is among the regulatory fiat.
d) We’ve been told repeatedly that ESSA was to END the supplanting of federal funding in education. ESSA was to change it to ‘supplementing’. Warriors, Warning: educratic doublespeak in use!
e) NO matter which it is, ‘supplanting’ (aka: incentives) or ‘supplementing’, it’s illegal!
f) Here are the ESSA Final Conference Report references to federal supplanting/supplementing:
i) page 157, (Section 1008) begins. See page 160’s “School Wide Activities”.
ii) page 193 (Section 1012) begins. On page 194 look at the LEAs/SEAs language. Two words, “shall” (as in telling them what to do), and ‘compliance’.
iii) page 291, (Section 1601) begins. Page 292’s ‘standards and assessments’ to be supplanted/supplemented.
iv) page 351, (Section 2212) begins. This is the Teacher Incentive Funds Grant. See on page 359 how States must report information to the U.S. Sec. of Ed, who in turn, reports this to the U.S. Congress.
v) page 407, (Section 2301) begins. This is for ELLs. Skip to page 430, to see what is to be federally funded one way or the other.
vi) page 488, (Section 4110). This is the Activities to Support Technology. Look at the wording. (*Note: this is a tiny section considering how much technology is embedded in ESSA.) Warrior Warning: a tip of the iceberg for the CCSS Machine!
vii) page 498, (Section 4203) begins. Skim the pages up to 500 and look at what the States must do in their ‘applications’ for funds to ‘assure’ the feds!
viii) page 506, under the “Expanded Learning”, funds aren’t supplemented/supplanted here, but SCHOOL hours are! The funding is on page 508.
ix) page 561, per pupil funds for charters
x) page 626, (Section 4642) begins. “Assist the Arts”. Page 627 shows you the supplant/supplement.
xi) page 704, Tribal students
xii) page 809, Education Fiscal Support Teams
xiii) page 940, Title I, part A funds, especially for low-income and civil rights
xiv) page 964, Early education (those entering Kindergarten), especially low-income and disadvantaged

If you need more background:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/09/18/selective-hearing/

Please, help me/help you, by getting the word out. Finding dedicated Warriors who can gather this information so we can all share. Thank you! I look forward to charging D.C. on after these Hearings!

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Selective Hearing

Warriors Against the Core; Federal Overreach in Education, and all those in between:

Here are just some of the educational ‘selective’ federal level hearings upcoming:

U.S. Senate’s HELP Committee, 9/21/16, 9:30 am (EDT). Top agenda item? CTE (Career Tech Education). Their most recent CTE bill is S3271, “Workforce Advance Act”. When you visit the link (below) notice, there’s a blank space where the Bill number usually is. They could have a brand new CTE Bill, but the one I know is a ‘hot button’ right now is, S3271. Why? It’s the companion Bill to the HR5587, which the House just passed last week (405-5 vote).
Link for hearing: http://www.help.senate.gov/hearings/s_-career-and-technical-education-act-of-2016-s-2873-echo-act-s-2932-protecting-patient-access-to-emergency-medications-act-of-2016-and-nominations

If you missed my article detailing BOTH these ‘toxic twins’, the Congress has selective chosen to play deaf over, https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/08/09/congress-loves-cte/

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U.S. House of Representative’s Ed and Workforce Committee, 9/21/16, 10:00 am (EDT). Top agenda item? “Supplanting  ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) via a regulatory fiat.” In layman’s terms, ‘make it so’ regulations for ESSA where LEAs and Title 3 funding.”

What in the world is Title 3 funding? What does the ‘supplanting’ have to do with ESSA’s regulations?!

Title 3 funding: http://www2.ed.gov/programs/iduestitle3a/index.html (*Note: basically money from the federal government, given to States to improve educational institutions. Includes leadership development, etc.)
Also notice, this is a direct tie to post-secondary education. HEA (Higher Education Act) is SUPPOSED to be the law which handles all post-secondary education, yet ESSA is jammed with ties to post-secondary education and the HEA!
Legal definitions for ‘fiat’: http://legal-dictionary.thefreedictionary.com/fiat

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That ESSA “Safe Road to Hell” is the ‘supplanting’! Remember, Warriors, we’ve heard selective phrases from many of the Congressional members sold out to the CCSS Machine tell us, that because of the Law, states can choose what to do. A choice set of selective comments has centered on the ‘supplements’ by the Feds to ‘assist’ the States in ESSA. The ‘supplanting’ (aka ‘incentives’ we saw in RttT) are supposedly at an end and will be NO MORE!
Link to the U.S. Dept. of Ed’s Supplant Document (where you’ll see that the Ed is stating States are asking what and how to use Title 3): 
http://www2.ed.gov/programs/sfgp/supplefinalattach2.pdf
(*Note: look at the number of funding uses tied to assessments!)


Link to listen in on the Supplant Hearing:
http://edworkforce.house.gov/calendar/eventsingle.aspx?EventID=401015

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Over on the U.S. Parent Call to Action Facebook page, both of these Hearings have been set up as ‘events’ to attend. You can use this to invite other Warriors, if you like.
Very brief descriptions and the links are there. We can use the Parent Call as an updating information platform. We will need Warriors to choose which of the two hearings to attend, since both are basically the SAME time.
Link: https://www.facebook.com/CommonCoreDiva.CallToAction1/events

You can also use Twitter to report what you hear. For example, when I want to get news out that’s in need of attention, these are my top ‘go-to’ handles.
@StopFedEd/#StopFedEd/@WOWTX/@TruthInAmEd/#StopESSA/
You can also send Tweets using these to protest the CTE Bills: #StopHR5587/#StopS3271

If you’d rather follow the HELP/EdWorkforce Hearings on Twitter and respond with protests there:
@SenateHELP and @EdWorkforce

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We need to ‘divide and conquer’, so please stay in communication with all of us, so we are purposed, not scattered in our efforts this week.

None of us can be at all these places at the same time. Not one of us can collect all that’s said or done during these Hearings.

D.C. is great about picking and choosing the educational sound bites, let’s beat them at their own ‘game’.

Warriors, there’s NO time to loose. Wednesday will be here before we know it. We MUST be ready!
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WDED?!

The ‘burning’ question: WDED? Or, “What Did Education Do?”    Too stupid much!

Think of it as this way, my, anti CCSS Warriors. What ‘our’ U.S. Dept. of Education is doing since ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) has become law makes as much sense as a sponge wearing pants.

Before I get to why I’m comparing a federal agency to a fictional character, let me back track a few days to my article about Dr. King’s road trip. Since taking over the U.S. Dept. of Ed’s Secretary role, Dr. King has stunned us almost daily with one agenda program or mandate after another. So when ‘his’ road trip (which, by the way WE are paying for with our tax dollars), hit the press,  I hit it even harder.

From my “King’s Bandwagon, It’s A-comin'”, here are his words, ” “I hope in the end it’s that folks see that they have a stake in the success of other people’s children. The reality is you can’t build walls high enough to keep the fate of your kids separate from the fate of the kid down the block, down the street, down the road, in the next community over – all our kids’ fates are bound up together. And the work that we’re doing on supplement not supplant, the work that we’re doing on socioeconomic diversity in schools and promoting efforts to increase school diversity, all of that is about saying we are one community and we are ultimately stronger together.” ”
  See the entire article, https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/09/08/kings-bandwagon-its-a-comin/

So, ‘ED’s’ On the Road:

While Dr. King was in D.C., he appeared to be on what is a Southern term for well mannered, “minding his Ps and Qs”. But alas, take King out of D.C. and he seems to of ‘let it all hang out’. What in the world do I mean? Check out the latest ESSA related press release that ED is so proud of!

The Fed ED Press Release link:
https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USED/bulletins/164b0b6?reqfrom=share

The excerpt I’m highlighting is in the screen shot below:

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Now, before I share a bit more about the ‘ball and chain’ ESSA will put on all the States by these ‘new guidance measures’, let me give you the side stories ED (and at least this press release have left out).
One: Note that in King’s statement there’s pointed direction to ‘return on investment’. “Great progress”?! Look below, Warriors:

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Almost 40 years ago, President Carter uttered some pretty similar sentiments. The “Goobernator” as he was referred to as I was growing up in GA, obviously missed the days in class where the Constitution was taught.
Otherwise, he’d of known that NO federal investment in education is legal! Investing/return on investment in education is 100% illegal! It was then and it is now!
Two:

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Yes, just like “SpongeBob’s” side kick,“Patrick”,  Dr. King has a sideshow host, Sen. Lamar Alexander!
Oh, Alexander’s quite the poser. Look at how long he’s been spewing rhetoric about ‘investing in education’. Look how long he waxed on every time ESSA was on the Congress’ schedule. Think about how long he gloated about those helping pass ESSA. They were NOT all legislators. There were scads of private groups sold out to the CCSS Machine!
Look how long he droned on at Dr. King’s confirmation. Oh, sure, he bellowed, he beat his fists, he’s since spread poppy-cock about ESSA and how ‘upset’ he is over King’s behavior!

This coming from the man who stated back in the 80s about ‘cradle to grave’ education alignment?! Alexander/Patrick’s latest sideshow? Do what you want with ESSA!
See: http://truthinamericaneducation.com/elementary-and-secondary-education-act/alexander-assume-can-want-under-essa/
*Note: any resemblance is certainly something that’s in the eye of the beholder.


What ESSA Really Says About All That ‘Guidance’:

Increased public private partnerships for not only students, but entire communities. Not only will your student succeed, he or she will succeed because everyone in town had a hand in it. The reality? Non educators will have more opportunities to teach. More ideology you may not wish to have your child exposed to at this time will be ‘in their faces’. These P3s will also be rewarded by the LEAs and SEAs for ‘performing’. Want your child to advance a grade? It won’t be up to the teacher anymore, but the LEAs and P3s.
Below is just one example of the kind of guidance education is getting. It’s not in the name of ‘quality academic education’ BUT Career Tech Ed (adult CCSS) for workforce!

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More research conducted, especially by the U.S. Dept. of Ed’s special teams, in the name of understanding people. The reality? Constant measuring, assessing, and reporting. Our students AND their families will become lab rats. Entire communities will be graded, measured, and assessed as well. Not performing well? Funding for certain programs will be on the chopping block. ESSA will have the assessments reach (quite literally) into your homes.

Those ‘returns on investment’? That’s the CCSS Machine’s new way of referring to our sons and daughters. They’ve been reduced to financial commodities, including ‘human capital’.


What Works, but Really is Dependent:

The splendorous Ed Press Release also boasted of the NEW “What Works”. Oh joy, (sarcasm intended).
First off it’s in the IES (Institutes for Educational Sciences). IES is behind the lab rats programs and assessments, including that in-home assessment for how well your family is hooked up for the internet.
Then, there’s the REL (Regional Education Labs). More lab rats.
ESSA has ‘region specific education’ language for a purpose.
ESSA also has lots and lots of language for career and college readiness; post-secondary readiness. The CCR (college/career readiness) Centers have our nation broken into regions, too. Coincidence? Hardly.
Then, there’s NCEE (National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance). More assessing, and measuring. More alignment to a global agenda. More ‘region specifics’. See my article about how the regional and the global meet under NCEEhttps://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/03/04/wybi-ccsss-ego-issues/

To see the What Works, newly re-designed website: http://ies.ed.gov/ncee/wwc/?utm_content=&utm_medium=email&utm_name=&utm_source=govdelivery&utm_term=

To see IES and ESSA’s plans: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/02/05/weekend-news-the-ies-and-the-essa/

A screen shot of how the CCSS Machine, ESSA, and IES connect to so much more than we’ve seen to date:

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So, Warriors, What SHOULD  ED do? How about become non existent?!