Anti CCSS Warriors, if you listened to the ‘debate’ in the Senate yesterday, 7/13/15, you, like myself, got a belly full of lies. If you didn’t listen in, I hope to shed at least a little light on what some the fodder was. Why? There will be even more today. Sen. Alexander pulled a surprise move just before the close of the day by asking for ‘closure’. It was so surprising, even Sen. Harry Reid fussed about it.
What does the move mean? Sen. Alexander was basically saying there had been enough debate and that it is now time to move on. So, today’s hearing should be not only interesting, but dangerous.
However, let me summarize from the beginning of the meeting:
1) I watched the entire session on: http://www.senate.gov/floor/ CSpan2 will also carry it, but you must have a cable provider.
2) Three p.m. open the Senators day with “Morning Business”
3) There were some amendments offered up, ones for post secondary data mining, anti gender discrimination (ie: LGBT), student data privacy, and career readiness.
I’m not going too much into detail for any of these because I’m sure we’ll hear more about them in today’s session. I also know, several news sources have already shared information. My goal is, as always, to give you what the mainstream media won’t.
What’s dangerous about those amendments? As usual, on the surface, it would appear not much. However, the 2 amendments concerning post secondary education (data mining and career readiness) are full of not only CCSS, CTE alignment, but they help tighten up the noose the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014, laid out for education. Let me stress, this will not only impact those in post-secondary classes, courses, or grade levels, the career readiness is embedded in grade levels well BEFORE the post-secondary attendance! Workforce also impacts every adult who’s headed back to work. Again, using education as the blow that stuns.
As far as the student privacy committee who’ll be studying data harvesting, know this is again monkeying with FERPA, the original law set up to protect such data. When FERPA was changed, is when we began to see the private data go viral and become one of the hottest ‘items’ available on the open business market. Anita Hoge has shared several documents about the where the data comes from, where it’s headed, and everything in between. Let me stress, it is not as worthy an amendment as it was sold.
One such document: http://www2.ed.gov/about/bdscomm/list/eec/equity-excellence-commission-report.pdf Then, there’s this one:
As far as the discrimination amendment, the basic intent is worthy of an out and out bill of its own, not an amendment to a bad bill. What will be a major concern with this amendment is how the Title 9 funding, and law’s language are treated. As we’ve seen before with CCSS, by altering how laws like Title 9 are structured, produces nothing truly good.
Will any of these amendments survive to actually become a viable part of ECAA? Will they be further misused to advance the CCSS Machine’s agenda?
As of the close of ‘business’ last night, the Senate voted unanimously to attach Sen. Hatch’s student data privacy study committee (the groups Sen. Hatch praised as helping give him insight towards creating this amendment were all well known, pro CCSS groups).
During my weekly guest spot on 7/15/15 on the Negdog Radio Show, our topic is a more in-depth discussion of the Senate’s moves for ECAA. Tune in from 9:30 am to 11:30 am, each Wednesday, where the ‘war against the core’ hits the radio. Link: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/negdog-radio
Lastly, I will openly confess I was so angry by the end of the Session, that I came up with a new name for ECAA (Every Child Achieves Act), for me, it’s the EPDEA (Every Politician Deceives for Education Act)