Part One: HR 899’s background:
HR 899.(Termination of the U.S. Dept. of Education).
Warriors, according to the government records, this simple one sentence bill, which seems to hold SO much promise has a mile of agenda behind it.
This summary (above) is from a government point of view, not a Warrior’s!
What is a Warrior’s viewpoint? Ultimately, it is to end ALL federal overreaches in education.
However, if we seek to accomplish this in the WRONG way, we’ll be doing more harm than good.
Warriors, remember, EVERY federal Cabinet level Agency has a Plan which includes THEIR overreach in education.
The overreach? Workforce based education via CTE (Career Tech Education and STEM; Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math).
Our students/children do not need more complacency, they need protection. Warriors, we’ve been lied to enough!!
So “Whaddya Want?” One federal department shut down OR 100% removal of federally led education?! We cannot have both, at the same time, Warriors.
The Proof Against Fed Ed Bills:
Warrior and long-time education researcher/activist, Anita Hoge (March 2017) gave a brutally honest account of EXACTLY what HR 899 would do, if enacted. Anita’s article also gave you a reality check on some bills which are related.
(*Note: I took a researched look at some of the same related bills, due to their BS factor about ‘choice’ and published that in Feb. 2017).
In early March 2017, this article of mine showed how ‘stuck’ on education as the tool to boost the economy, Congress was and continues to be. This plays right into the massive data mining conducted on your students.
In May 2017, I showed you some federal legislative bills which want to use education as the excuse for MORE workforce alignment and training. These all play right into ESSA’s mandates.
In Sept. 2017, I gave you some more fed ed related bills where the U.S. Dept. of Ed’s authority is included. It also ties to ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act).
These Bills, including HR 899 are no REAL solutions, they help federal education overreaches stay in place.
Part Two: HR 1510
“Whaddya Want”, HR 1510?
THIS Bill’s name: ‘‘States’ Education Reclamation Act of 2017’’. That SOUNDS like music to a Warrior’s ears, right? Not so fast, let’s look at what’s contained in the 16 pages.
The ‘good’ stuff:
a) Admits that a federal Dept. of Education doesn’t reflect the U.S. Constitution’s intent.
b) Admits education is best carried out in the hands of parents, teachers, and their communities.
c) Admits our students are suffering. That the U.S. Dept. of Ed has weakened parent’s decision making, as well as undermine communities. Test scores are way down, too.
d) “The Department of Education has fostered over-regulation, standardization, bureaucratization, and litigation in United States education.” Then precedes to tell us some of the worst ways in which this has been done.
The ‘not-so-good’ stuff:
Woven in the ‘good’ stuff and just before the section where abolishing the U.S. Dept. of Education begins, is a double speak phrase which we shouldn’t overlook.
“The current system of top-down education uniformity is detrimental to local businesses and communities, the economic needs of the States, and the Nation’s ability to compete globally for jobs.”
Warriors, what happened to the student’s suffering? The parents being excluded?
The stuff which spells ‘trouble’:
a) Near the beginning of the Bill it is a bit unclear exactly WHAT part of the U.S. Dept. of Ed is being abolished. There is a tremendous amount of transferring FROM Ed to other Cabinet agencies.
b) Grants to the States for education at any level would come from the U.S. Treasury. This would invoke an ‘intergovermental financing’ requirements. (This includes the Pell Grants Programs and all Federal Student Loans). Cornell University explains how a intergovernmental financing situation would work. This increases fed-to-state strings.
c) The familiar ‘supply, not supplant’ federal government phrase. Warriors, how many times, especially in education, have we seen that work out in favor of ‘local control’? Also, the use of ‘non federal’ funds in every level of education???
d) States would have to enter into contracts for audits for compliance. Failure to comply means a 100% repayment to the Treasury Dept., no exceptions.
e) The U.S. Attorney General’s authority will be used to oversee the States in the use of their money.
f) The U.S. Dept. of Labor, by a transfer of power, would receive EVERY job training program currently housed in the U.S. Dept. of Education, under the CTE (Carl Perkins funded) programs. This would include STEM/STEAM, apprenticeships, CTE High Schools, and much more.
g) All IDEA programs, would by transfer, go to the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services (which under ESSA, HHS received a HUGE increase of overreach into education).
h) All U.S. Tribal education activities would, by transfer, go to the U.S. Dept. of the Interior.
i) All IES (Institute for Education Sciences) programs and activities would transfer to the U.S. Dept. of HHS. (Warriors, in other words, the massive data mining portions of ‘research’ on your students would go to HHS.)
j) The Government Accounting Office (within 90 days of HR 1510’s passage) would have to present a feasibility study report to BOTH the U.S. House of Representative’s Ed/Workforce Committee and the U.S. Senate’s HELP Committee. The Report would reveal the States’s ability to handle funding education from a local level (by reducing the federal tax burden) and how able are the U.S. agencies receiving all the transferred programs from U.S. Dept. of Education to maintain them.
1) The Bill started out with two co-sponsors, only one remains.
2) Rep. Rouzer’s committee and sub-committee assignments ? Funny thing is, not ONE of them is on an education committee or sub-committee. In fact, on his website’s “Issues” tab, education is absent. The closest thing to education are ‘economy and jobs’.
2a) One of my biggest questions is why is a Representative who is NOT involved directly in education, sponsoring such a Bill as ‘big’ as HR 1510? *Note: Rep. Rouzer’s office would not address this question in an email I sent.
2b) The Center for Responsive Politics (Open Secret website), shows Rep. Rouzer’s top campaign contributors include Lowe’s Home Improvement Company.
3) Lowe’s Home Improvement Company. Directly from their website comes this excerpt, “We believe education is the cornerstone to building bright futures and stronger communities. Our long-established commitment to improving educational opportunities is best exemplified by our signature education grant program, Lowe’s Toolbox for Education®. Since its inception in 2006, Lowe’s Toolbox for Education has contributed nearly $25 million to more than 5,400 schools in the United States.”
The website goes on to reveal that they belong to Skills USA (which is a huge CCSS Machine member group). In fact Lowe’s recently stated, “five-year, $1.5 million annual commitment” to Skills USA for one distinct reason, “support of trades education”.
4) My research on Skills USA created a two-part set of articles. In Part One, you’ll be able to learn how Skills USA has a say in curriculum used in education. In Part Two, you’ll see how the group supports ‘trades education’ or CTE (Career Tech Education) as the CCSS Machine calls it, as a sort of “Camelot” for America.
5) HR 1510’s process of closing the Dept. involves a Presidential issued plan given to Congress. I reached out several times to the Bill’s sponsor for clarification on this point, but have not received any word from the Representative or his Communications Director.
6) Of all the ‘trouble’ spots listed above, Warriors, did you notice ‘maintain’ Ed’s programs?
“Whaddya Want?” Let’s Review:
HR 1510 doesn’t Repeal ESSA OR Restore FERPA. It doesn’t rescind the EO (Executive Order) by Pres. Obama which gutted FERPA. As long as FERPA remains ‘as is’, massive data mining on your students will be maintained!
****As long as ESSA is ‘maintained’, the Social Emotional mind-warping education will be ‘maintained’; the career assessments and pigeon-holing of your student’s courses will remain ‘as is’; the wrap around, community wide family overreaches will be ‘maintained’; the low-performing schools being transformed into charter schools will continue to march on; the fallacies behind the ‘school choice’ via education savings accounts will also be ‘maintained’, and on and on.***
Warriors, as long as we seek to abolish the U.S. Dept. of Ed without FIRST repealing or restoring the laws connected to the Department, we are going to help play into the hands of the CCSS Machine!
Seasoned Education Warriors have been quoted at some point and time over the past 20+ years which echo this truth!
Yes, end U.S. Dept. of Ed, but do if CAREFULLY. Neither HR 899 or HR 1510 do this. Both THESE Bills transfer the problems.
Warriors, I know we’re impatient. We want a solution NOW. But, consider the students. Do you think they’re rather have the problems in their classroom solved and done away with or do you think they’d like to see the problems passed down a pipeline of deceit?