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ISO (In Search Of)

Anti Fed Ed Warriors, As we’ve known for a while now, the HEA (Higher Education Act) is up for a re-authorization. Frankly, it’s been up for a total re-authorization since 2008, the last time it was recycled. Since 2008, the HEA has been renewed. Meaning the funding to keep HEA has been updated.

With the updates in funds between then and now, little changes have been made here and there to keep up with the embedded unity between HEA, ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act), WIOA (Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act), STEM Act of 2015 (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math), and all that connects this ‘unholy quad’ of federal overreach.

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Warriors, we’ve also heard several times since the CCSS Machine first started grinding away, that HEA is the last link in the chain to mandate (from the feds, down) workforce based education from cradle to grave. We also know Sen. Lamar Alexander swore as soon as ESSA passed into law (late 2015) that HEA was next on his radar.

The 115th Congressional Session did come very close to passing a new version of the HEA, both versions were stuck in their respective Committees and expired when the 116th Congressional Session was sworn in.

Both the PROSPER Bill (HR 4508 called Promoting Real Opportunity, Success, and Prosperity through Education Reform) and S 615, HIEA (Higher Innovation Education Act) have been laid to rest..so far.

It’s been said that before Sen. Alexander retired HEA would be be passed. He retires in 2020.
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How do I know HR 4508 and S 615 have been retired?
According to the unidentified male clerk in
Rep. Virginia Foxx’s office, HR 4508 will not be coming back in that same form. When I asked if Rep. Foxx had plans of re-introducing it (since it was ‘her’ bill in the first place), I got told there was no news on that. If there was, I’d get a letter, as in a ‘snail mail’ letter.

In the Senate, no mention whatsoever of S 615 can be seen from the current Session. So, we’ll have to wait, right? Not so fast, Warriors! (*Note: If you have an leads on re-introductions of these massive bills, please, share them! Thank you)

While I haven’t found current legislation to re-authorize the ENTIRE HEA, I have found several bills which AMEND it.

There are several, and we’re just in the first part of the 116th’s Session.
                   (*Note: of the list below, you can sign up for alerts to any Bill you choose. Go to                       www.congress.gov, type in the Bill Letter(s) and numbers and choose ‘alerts’.)

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HR 792 (Opportunities for Success) will amend the HEA’s Section 441. That section focuses on federal work study programs as well as complete ‘other purposes’. (*Note: as we’ve learned together, ‘other purposes’ is a phrase DC uses to cover their backsides when hiding things they don’t want us to discover.) Staring at $1.5 billion for FY 2020 (and increasing thereafter), HR 792 expands both the opportunity for ‘work based learning’ as well as the definition of what ‘work based learning’ is. Bottom line: blurs the lines between education and labor for streamlined workforce education.

HR 1153 amends HEA for ELLs (English Language Learners)
**As of this article no Bill text is available. 
The summary states it directs Sec. DeVos to award grants to higher education institutions to teach English.

HR 1161 amends HEA for clearer, more concise federal student loan information.
**As of this article no Bill text is available. The summary does state the nebulous ‘other purposes’ is in this Bill.

HR 625 (PROPEL Act, Professional Pell Education Learning Act) amends HEA (Section 401) to expand who can qualify for Pell Grants for certain trade schools. The ‘certain’ trade schools will be those which either teach skill based trades, flight schools, apprenticeships, and on-the-job training which can be completed in less than 15 weeks, 16 semester hours, 24 quarter hours or 600 clock hours. These schools don’t have to be accredited by a nationally recognized association. Bottom line: do we really want barely qualified pilots or other trades? Why are we fast tracking our students of all ages?

S 416 amends the HEA so that those with special circumstances can qualify federal student aid.
**As of this article no Bill text is available.

HR 640 (Student Simplification Aid Act) amends not only the HEA, but IRS Code as well. This will open up the data collection/sharing even moreso than at current rate, between the IRS and the U.S. Dept. of Education. This type of increase can best be described as ‘student data rape’.
Bottom line: any contractor, sub-contractor, federal agency, cooperative partner has access to not only  student data but family data.

S 468 amends Title II of the HEA (Professional Development) for ‘quality enhancement’.
**As of this article no Bill text is available.

S234/HR 811 (identical sister bills) (Transparency in Student Lending Act) amends the HEA for financial disclosure rates.
Bottom line: with student debt so high will rates continue to increase at the fed’s control?

S 379 amends the IRS Code for 529 Accounts to include new higher education credentialing.
**As of this article there is no Bill text for this.

HR 786 amends the Mineral Leasing Act to use federal funds in K-12 and public higher education.
Bottom line: federal funds sent to States to ‘supplement’ education is unconstitutional.

HR 653 (Expanding Access to the Workforce through Dual Enrollment Act of 2019) This Bill will establish or expand programs for CTE (Career Tech Education) where bridges between secondary and post-secondary schools. Also known as dual enrollment or concurrent enrollment as well as ‘other purposes’.
Bottom line: Each eligible school/institution will receive up to $1 million dollars for aligning academics to workforce based education.

S 532/HR 1229 (identical sister bills)amends the HEA for teacher loan forgiveness in connection with the Armed Forces and ‘other purposes’.
**As of this article no Bill text is available.

HR 662 (REACH Act), Report and Educate About Campus Hazing amends the HEA and provides for ‘other purposes’. This Bill defines what ‘hazing’ is; will involve partnerships between campuses and police enforcement; requires on-campus education.
**Bottom line: What group will be providing the education? What, if any, slant will be included? How much funding will be earmarked?

HR 65 (Enhancing Educational Opportunities for Home School Students Act) amends the IRS Code to expand what expenses 529 Accounts will cover.
**Bottom line: not only will K-12 expenses be included, but dual enrollment and some higher education items. (*Note: a related bill, HR 1084, Section 301, expands 529 accounts.)

S220 (529 Expansion and Modernization Act) this Bill will amend the 1986 IRS Code (as does HR 1084) covering 529 accounts for the costs of apprenticeships, early education, and related items.
**Bottom line: this is one of the first pieces of federal legislation I’ve seen where the cradle to grave system connects to money. Apprenticeships fall under CTE, Career Tech Education and tie to U.S. Labor. Early ed ties to U.S. Education. Another sign of a merger?

HR 778 (Educational Freedom Accounts) this Bill is for the District of Columbia to expand ‘school choice’. Eligible students must be enrolled in public school (including charters, excluding homeschooling).
**Bottom line: this Bill extends the ‘freedom’ of choice all the way to higher education, includes tutoring, and other types of services. Why is a NC Representative sponsoring this?

HR 334 (New Collar Jobs Act) will increase education for cyberspace jobs and ‘other purposes’. Amends the IRS Code of 1986 to increase employer contributions. Amends HEA for student loan repayments. Will definitely tie to STEM funds, jobs, and education.
**Bottom line: creates a CyberCorps scholarship for service program & increases federal cybersecurity contracts. This reeks of glorified ‘indentured servitude’, does it not?

HR 1094 (World Language  Advancement and Readiness Act) will find the U.S. Dept. of Defense, the National Intelligence Agency, and, the U.S. Dept. of Education in partnership. Defense will offer competitive grants to States to increase world languages in K-12th grades. So that in higher education, world readiness isn’t such a hassle. 
**Bottom line: portions of the federal footprint in education will shift to Defense funding. The global readiness is geared for the economy, not education. This Bill should die quickly, but has many co-sponsors (main sponsor is from NC).

HR 399 (PATH Act, Pre-Apprenticeships To Hardhats Act) puts U.S. Labor in charge of developing paths for low-income and rural populations for CTE education, P3s (public private partnerships), and extend from K-12 to veterans.
**Bottom line: portions of the federal footprint in education will shift to Labor funding via competitive grants to States. Will allow for curriculum to shift to employer based needs, not academic prowess.

S 275/HR 898 (Skills Investment Act) (identical sister bills) will amend the IRS Code of 1986 for ‘lifelong learning accounts’. Will codify the change via switching from “Coverdell Education Savings Accounts” to “Coverdell Lifelong Learning” Accounts. Will instantly convert existing ESAs to lifelong learning ones.
**Bottom line: the ‘follow the money’ follows the child for two reasons, a) data rape and b) career tracking. This system is based on the pay-as-you-go and is unconstitutional!

HR 827 (AI Jobs Act) lumps in ‘background summary’ in the long title of this Bill. “AI” is short for ‘Artificial Intelligence’. U.S. Labor will head up the collaborative effort to streamline data rape for workforce needs and then strain it all through education. Will encompass STEM education, workforce, and economy. This Bill will use community colleges as the ‘tool of choice’ for much of the alignment (thus amending the HEA).
**Bottom line: this will train us for those 21st century jobs as well as track us to no end. Seeing how the federal government defines AI is truly spooky and shouldn’t be glossed over.

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Closing:

Okay, Warriors, there you have it, the list of HEA amendments which prove out a few things:
a) Many federal agencies have overreached (and will get to continue that process) into education to bastardize it.
b) Look how few actually have anything to do will ‘real’ education and everything to do with trained minions.
c) The global UN led STEM is woven into our education, funding, jobs, economy, and finally ourselves. Just like it was forecast back in 2010.
d) Do you see the ‘choice’ bastardization via those ESAs (education savings accounts)? If ever anyone needed proof these accounts are 100% bogus, these Bills should do the trick.
e) Our legislators are not hiding the global economy or workforce agenda at all. With the blatant use of ‘lifelong learning’, it gives total credence and support to the OECD’s (Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development) rhetoric.

Warriors, the OECD is in cooperation with the UN and the US is in membership of BOTH.

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Will ‘They’ Live On?

It’s hard to believe we’re coming up on the 3rd anniversary of ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act), isn’t it.

Has much changed, my Anti Fed Ed Warriors, as far as the educratic overreaches? The honest truth: No.

We were promised those federal overreaches would be gone and in their place, real local voices and true local control. Again, the honest truth: hasn’t happened. Neither Congress OR the U.S. Dept. of Education has removed ‘fed ed strings’ (aka ‘fed ed money’)
I don’t know about you, Warriors, but I’ve met used car salesmen with more honesty than the ESSA sales pitch we got in 2015 or in every sales pitch since.

Will the 116th Congress be any different? No. That session, set to begin 1/3/19 and expire 1/3/21 appears to be JUST as educratically filled with BS than previous ones.

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(By the way, DeVos’s 2018 tour was titled “Rethink School”. It was a carry over of 2017’s tour. At least those Secretaries before her had some originality. All lies, but still..)

Warriors, when the 116th Congress is sworn in, the Education and Workforce Committee will shift from Rep. Virginia Foxx’s CCSS/CTE Machine alignment to (more than likely) Rep. Bobby Scott’s CCSS/CTE Machine alignment.

Over in the Senate, the HELP (Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions) Committee will shift from Sen. Lamar Alexander’s CCSS/CTE Machine alignment to that of Sen. Patty Murray’s alignment (more than likely).

However, bear in mind that BOTH Alexander and Foxx will not be ranking members of the minority party. So, in essence, the Republicans and Democrats have merely swapped places in power, NOT dedicated themselves to righting the wrongs committed against our nation, especially in education.

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As we know, the Democrats and Republicans will be split in the 116th, as far as power. However, as we’ve seen the political party doesn’t matter when it comes to educratic overreach. One is JUST as responsible as the other and NEITHER has repealed or recalled ANY of the other’s damage in education!!

Oh, and all the OTHER Congressional Committees? Will they overreach into education? Sure! They already have, so why stop now? Look above at the red font: “Educrats have NO business overseeing education and labor!”

Warriors, regardless if it’s the House or Senate, Republican or Democrat; education and labor have been purposefully embedded together in ESSA, in WIOA (Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act), HEA (Higher Education Act), and countless others.


The CCSS Machine calls the intersection two things:
1) College/Career Ready (education aligned to workforce)
2) Human Capital (people)

 

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So DO the other Congressional Committees intersect education and labor? Certainly, in one way or many, it all interconnects. As we see above, the CCSS Machine sees it and Congress enacts it. Which is WHY we MUST be ready to fight back in 2019.

Why? Only one federal education law has yet to be re-authorized and when it is, it’ll complete the birth to death (aka ‘cradle to grave’) workforce prep the CCSS Machine needs. Know as HEA in the past, the 115th Congress gave it new names (just like ESEA* got a new name with ESSA). *Elementary and Secondary Education Act.

The House’s new name? The PROSPER Act. (HR 4508)
The Senate’s? Higher Innovation Education Act. (S 615)

Now, Warriors, there are several other House Bills and Senate Bills which seek to amend the HEA. But remember, every single one of them will expire Jan. 3rd, 2019 just as the new Congress is sworn in. Does that mean PROSPER and HIEA will disappear? Will all those other HEA amendment Bills disappear, too?

No, they’ll have to ‘die’ as 115th’s work and then be ‘reborn’ as 116th’s work. Think of it as the cockroach you can’t kill. It keeps coming back. It’s an old Congressional trick I’ve seen used many times in research. The agenda just keeps grinding on.

From one Session to another.

However, we AREN’T powerless to let this continue, Warriors!

This isn’t the December greeting you were expecting, but it’s high time we realize that WE the People do NOT have to allow Congress to keep the CCSS Machine supplied with legislation to rubber stamp the ruinous impacts of turning academics into workforce training. It’s WE the People who cannot allow Congress to continue to let illegally based federal departments dictate how we, as a free people will be conformed.

We also need to remember that our current President and his advisors are pushing the ‘workforce development’ like it’s the latest greatest invention and MUST be 100% accepted, no holds barred. As I’ve said before, “There’s only ONE Savior in life and it’s NOT workforce based education!”

How are they pushing it? President Trump just attending the G20 Summit in Argentina, mere months after Betsy DeVos’s G20 Summit trip.

As I reported to you at DeVos’s meeting, she signed a pledge on behalf of us taxpayers to commit US education to be streamlined for workforce prep. Ivanka Trump has been her partner in crime (quite literally when you factor in how the U. S. Dept. of Education is) on shoving workforce aligned education at us, especially for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math).

The trade agreement the President just signed (the NAFTA replacement, USMCA) will also play into streamlined workforce education. I reported on that in November 2018. The irony of the USMCA? Congress will have to vote on it..in after January 2019.

Also damning our educational system is more U.S. Dept. of Education activity to shove workforce aligned education down our throats. Recently, the MOU (memorandum of understanding) with the Swiss. How is the push being played out? Apprenticeships (which impact all ages and all school choices). Back in August 2018, I revealed to you how the President’s signing into law a Bill which increased apprenticeships (along with Executive Orders) was, in fact a death knell for our nation.

As I’ve shared with you before the EU (European Union) is hell-bent on globalized workforce aligned education. Just like the G20…and the United Nations (where all the globalized workforce shift away from academics is spear-headed).

Closing:

Warriors, we MUST see the writing on the wall..it’s in our faces! WE must STOP Congress in 2019! We don’t need any Trump family member pushing the USA further down the globalization river.

We can’t allow ANY ‘powers that be’ to ignore us and help the CCSS Machine push us into the river of indoctrination of workforce alignment. It kills freedom, it kills our citizens. The price is too hefty, too unjust, and too toxic to everything America was created to be.

So, Warriors, what seeds of tyranny will we snuff out in 2019?!