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How Much More?

Hello Warriors,

We’ve got several federal level bills, as always, which seem to want to take all we’ve got and even more! As taxpayers, our burdens are quite large. Add to that HOW our tax dollars are used, and we get a boat load of agenda! It doesn’t seem to matter if that agenda is to our liking or not. Once D.C. has got it in its ‘head’, we’ve stuck with the account statement!

What does THIS have to do with education?? PLENTY!

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Why The Taxpayers Need To Know:

During this past work week, while knee deep in researching, I was able to help draw attention to some big DC bills. We’re not only expected to pick up DC’s tab, we’re supposed to sit by and watch those dollars be used against our students! If you have followed my research for a long time, you know this will NOT be tolerated. First, off it invades our children’s freedom. Then, let’s talk about their civil right to privacy.

Between ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act), WIOA (Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act), and every OTHER law which is related to BOTH (for example: HEA, Higher Education Act), our students will be conformed to fit a business pattern (ESSA’s mandates for workforce aligned education) where their every move is tracked (data mined).

While I’ve been speaking out about the bills, I’ve also been sharing with everyone HOW they can help END this cycle of data mining for an educated workforce. That is by joining the grassroots efforts of http://www.childabuseintheclassroom.com

The two pronged goal of @CAintheCR is 1) Repealing ESSA AND 2) Restoring FERPA. Both of these will help end the cycle.
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By our being aware of how ESSA, WIOA, and, HEA are funded, we can also help raise awareness about 1) what our government is setting our students up for, and, 2) knowing how our tax dollars are (or aren’t) being used with OUR representation.

The “Biggies” Right Now:
*NOTE: Both HR 3358 and S 1771 ONLY address the appropriations for the U.S. Dept. of Labor, the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services, and the U.S. Dept. of Education. The fact Congress has lumped the 3 US Depts. together in appropriations is not out of convenience, it’s a strategy to help combine WIOA, ESSA, and HEA, along with all the related agencies, contracts, agreements, and strings.

First on our watch list need to the be the House and Senate versions of the FY 2018. House’s is HR 3358. Senate’s is S 1771. Both are very wordy. Both are loaded with trillions of dollars that the majority of will come from our pockets. Both will have massive amounts of those dollars earmarked for the alignment of education to workforce ‘needs’ and data mining to ensure it all happens.

However, we also need to have these following bills in mind. Why? They, too, will extend the ESSA/WIOA/HEA implementation of workforce geared, skill-based education. All these bills and funds will also be used to help wipe out true academics, school choices; bump up assessments for competency levels, and so much more.

THOSE bills? H Concurred Resolution 71 (sets FY 2018 and earmarks FY 2019-2027 funds) is 126 pages. It shows the funding for each House Committee by fiscal year;
S Concurred Bill 3 (earmarks FY 2018-2026 funds) is simply a record of agreement with the House on appropriations; and,
S Resolution 62 (funds all the Senate Committees for FY 2017 through Feb. 28, 2019)

 

Let me share briefly on H 3358 and S 1771, here. I will be covering the 3 above in my video presentation where I will dive further into ALL the bills listed in this article.
When will that presentation be aired? As soon as I can record it, Warriors!

Most noteworthy on HR 3358 are Pages 71 and 101. However, I was able to track down many OTHER connecting dots among the rest of the bill. For content purposes, I’ll only bring up the 2 pages. IF you’d like to know what other dangers I have uncovered, PLEASE do not hesitate to let me know. Each one somehow and in some way connect to ESSA’s plan for workforce shifts in education and/or the continued assault on FERPA’s data mining.

Page 71 is among the many pages devoted to the U.S. Dept. of HHS. On this page you’ll see the plethora of programs mentioned: “..under SSA (Social Security Act) $1.7 billion to be used for children and family services.” Also, on Page 71, $11 billion to the HHS. Among the programs for the $11 billion? Head Start (Early Head Start gets $650 million, on page 73), ESSA, Community Service Development Block Grants (CSDBGs), and several other programs. The CSDBGs may not sound like a problem, but ESSA uses them for Promise Neighborhoods and 21st Century Community Learning Centers. ESSA also uses/abuses Head Start and Early Head Start.

Page 101 is among the pages devoted to the U.S. Dept of Education. Below is a screen shot of my notes for you. I’ll explain after you view the picture.

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Warriors, what you are looking at is a $15 billion dollar diagram of all the places it is to be divided per ESEA (Elementary and Secondary Education Act). That’s right HR3358 didn’t refer to any education funding per ESSA, no, it identified all the funds as for ESEA. If you’ll notice, it was HHS which got ESSA funds.

As far as the educational alignment and damage in S 1771, it is almost a mirror image of the House’s version. One notable exception is seen below:

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Warriors, remember, ESSA embedded WIOA several times, especially on Page 17 of ESSA where ALL education must be aligned (means ‘learned’ and ‘taught’) to WIOA’s post-secondary readiness NOT academic knowledge.

Also a bit different from the House’s version, but just as damaging is Page 121 of S 1771:

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Warriors, again, MORE data mining alignment on our students! Along with all those local, state, and national levels of data sharing, you can bet there are countless other agencies, P3s (public private partnerships), vendors, and nations receiving the data as well.

Closing:

Warriors, from the way I see the research stacking up, there is NO better time to speak up about the taxpayer misuse than NOW! There is NO better grassroots campaign to END the FERPA’s overreach of data mining. There is NO better time to join the fight to REPEAL ESSA! We CAN halt the social and emotional learning that tie ESSA and FERPA  around the necks of our children like a millstone.
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We CAN interrupt the massive data mining cycle which continues to assault our rights to freedom and privacy. We DO NOT have to take this type of abuse from our leaders.

Join me for my live presentation (either in person or in an archive version). Learn all the other ways the Congressional bills are laying a trap for educational high-jacking in the name of ‘greatness’ and economic gain.

Lastly, join with me and the other national leaders of “Child Abuse in the Classroom”. Together we can have the damaging reform disrupted. 

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Draft Plan or Daft Plan?

To my fellow anti Fed Ed and CCSS Warriors, it is increasingly clear our States have sold us out. They did it with RttT (Race to the Top), the CCSSI (Common Core State Standards Initiative), the constant re-branding of CCSS (Common Core State Standards), and everything in between which would connect education to workforce based outcomes.

It was SUPPOSED to stop with ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act), but as we’ve researched and shared, that, too was a sell out.

By now, you’ve probably seen and heard about the States which already turned in their ESSA State Plans to the U.S. Dept. of Education, only to have them bounce back faster than a bad check. Have you been able to get a look at any of the State Plans which will be due in September 2017?

The last time I looked at the NC State ESSA Draft Plan was back in Feb. 2017. It’s where I compared the alignment of not only NC’s ESSA Plan, but how strikingly similar it was to SC’s Draft Plan at the time. If you missed the article highlighted above, I urge you to read it. Not only does it impact ALL 50 States, but there is quite a bit that those ESSA braggarts left out we need to know. (For example, did you know that ALL 50 States must meet parts of the General Education Provisions Act as well as all the mandates laid out in ESSA?)

In the most recent version of the NC ESSA State Draft, the document is 184 pages long. Oh, and more color pictures have been added. See below. The added emphasis is mine.

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If you’d like to access the entire Plan2017draft-state-plan 

 

So, are you wondering about the “Theory” behind NC’s Daft (I mean) Draft Plan? Look below. You’ll find this particular section on Page 8 of the Plan, directly beneath the snazzy color picture you see above.

ncdamnWarriors, do you see this?! Do you believe it?!

The State of NC, just like the other 49, is using YOUR child as a test subject in an unknown and unproven system with YOUR tax dollars! (*Note: back in 2016, I published an article detailing some of the ESSA experimentation which would be continuing CCSS or creating more alignment.)

The CCSS Machine is so busy pumping out the jargon of ‘personalized learning’ (which is a coded educratic phrase), that we are missing the point: teachers should gauge the learning pace, not students. Teachers should be free to use their proven ideas in the classroom, not leav it up to professionals not designed for classroom interactions.

This is like telling your 6 year old that you’ll let them get behind the wheel of your car and HOPE it all works out.

Do you see the ‘transforming from the industrial age’ statement? Yep, NC’s bent over backwards to make sure it’s one of the most digitalized and conformed States in the nation. At every grade level and for every educational choice. I’ve documentend it well, as have other citizens.

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To show you how NC officials feel about ‘personalized learning’, you need to see their words, not mine.

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Click to enlarge the screen shot (or find the evidence on Page 9). Four ‘pillars’ which are to be STATE supported, not parent chosen, for your child’s education. Since these pillars are ‘state led’, do not think the federal government hasn’t mandated HOW the leadership is to take place. If so, why are so many State Plans being rejected? It’s because ESSA’s mandates do NOT allow MORE State-led control!

As far as ‘state supported’? No, try state controlled by way of the federal government, instead.

As far as NC’s Daft (oops, I meant ‘draft’) definition of ’empowered educators’, a very loose idea. Why? It’s to fit ESSA’s mandates to allow those who partner with education to be considered an ‘educator’. Remember, the increase of the business world in education ESSA has mandated? This loose definition of ‘educator’ fits perfectly.

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Other Daft Moves by NC?

1) For ‘early education’ the B3 Interagency Council (partners the NC DPI, NC Dept. of Health/Human Services, and the NC Partnership for Children). Their overreach into the younger students’ lives? Data driven pathways.

2) For ‘early education’ continuing the CCSS aligned “NC Reads” program. It’s supposed to have kids ready to read by the time they get to the classroom. I think NC’s daftness is really showing here. For our Kindergartner students, class is where they SHOULD learn to read, not come already prepared.

3) For all students, a new interagency for the “NC Whole Child”. The premise? A ‘whole child’ in a ‘whole school’ to learn to be part of a ‘whole community’.  Note that you’ll see both the CDC (Centers for Disease Control) and ASCD as creators. Both are part of the CCSS Machine.

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To  access the entire “NC Whole Child” program, visit here.

4) For the Teachers, ‘digital competency standards’ as derived by iNACOL, a huge CCSS Machine member organization. iNACOL is part of the global push for aligned education in America. These ‘standards’ are also a continued effort for NC that have been backed by our NC General Assembly.

5) For all students, ‘global-readiness’. While NC’s been globalizing students before now, under the Draft ESSA State NC Plan, more infrastructure changes will take place to continue this alignment. What does this mean? More internet digital access, Smart Cities, global standards, and so much more. Here’s a recently published article. With all the infrastructure changes, you’ll need to look for Innovation Districts/schools, Lab Schools and similar. You’ll also find infrastructure changes in Head Start, Early Head Start, 21st Century Community Learning Centers, and more.

Of The “Proven” CCSS Aligned Programs NC will keep:

1) You’ll see Home Base (a massive SLDS system put in place by Pearson Publishing, but now run by the NC DPI). See the Financial Evidence .
2) Smart Start/NC PreK  (a 2016 look at how ESSA was to hurt the littlest learners)
3) Career and College Promise (ties to a National CBP, Competency Based Pathway System)
4) NC Virtual Public School (a 2015 exposure)
5) Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) The 2016 article I published revealed not only much about PBIS, but how ESSA and Pearson capitalize on this system to alter attitudes in our children. You’ll also see an SC school district’s example. You’ll also see how those 21st Century Community Learning Centers are woven in.

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Warriors, the CC Curriculum isn’t going away, even with ESSA in place.

Closing:

For more emphasis, this  2016 article where I pointed out the massive NC deceptions in much of what you see above, is offered to you.

What of similar nature is happening in your State? How ‘daft’ are our leaders? How ‘daft’ do they assume WE are?!

Lastly, Warriors, what are we WILLING to do about it? Shall we continue to offer up our students as test subjects while the powers in place try to run education?

 

Controlling the Authority

A very important follow up to Monday’s article about local school boards.

 “We’ll also address how city school boards, private schools, home education, and, charters authorities will be treated in the ‘ESSA Era’.” 

Before that closing statement, I also shared with you how I noticed a pattern of counties in NC which chose to be held to AdvancEd’s standard of accrediting. I’ve got some information about AdvancEd below. Here is what I’ve previously written about them.

AdvancEd is chosen by several States to be the ones which hold school boards accountable. Here are just a few noteworthy items about the mindset behind the company holding your board members (schools and States, too) accountable.

1) Be collective! “The AdvancED Accreditation Policies and Procedures outlined in this document represent the unified policies and procedures for accreditation from AdvancED and its Accreditation Divisions: North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement (NCA CASI), Northwest Accreditation Commission (NWAC) and Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS CASI), herein collectively referred to as AdvancED.”

What does this mean for the school board? Any and all schools wishing to be a part of the AdvancEd ‘team’, must abide by all the policies and procedures laid out by AdvancEd.
AdvancEd serves school districts, b) systems of schools, c) corporations, and, d) Education Service Agencies, (ESAs).

{*Note, ESAs may or may not be included in our LEAs and SEAs (Local Education Agencies; State Education Agencies). According to the national group for ESAs, there are over 500 service oriented groups in 45 States. With ESSA’s increased push for P3s (public, private partnerships), CCSS and/or CCR aligned Professional Development, and other global agenda items, we’re sure to see these service groups become more of a presence in our local school boards.}

2) Be global! According to a NC General Assembly document,  AdvancED represents tens of thousands of schools and districts across the United States and 69 countries worldwide“.

Considering the per school/ed service agency (ex: Sylvan Learning Centers)/school board, this will be quite a profit maker for AdvancEd.

I found an AdvancEd Application from 2016, where the Group was seeking  Pennsylvania’s authority to operate in businesses like Sylvan. Kumon Math Centers were included, along with others.

******As always, ask “What is in my State?”*******

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Since I frequently give you NC information to use to see where to look in your State:

1) A NC County’s (2012-13) AdvancEd Report (Note the CCSS Machine agenda/ties)  click here

2) According to the NC State Board of Education’s Accreditation information, schools must be accredited, BUT they do NOT have to choose AdvancEd. See the document below for what the SBE (State Board of Ed) considers a ‘savings’ for schools to be accredited. 

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The Chain of Command For Accreditation:

As another example for where to look, the NC State Legislative Accreditation Document shows how the command chain works.

How will ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) change this? (*Note: while ESSA may change accreditation, the HEA, (Higher Education Act’s) upcoming re-authorization will most definitely change the process.)

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Before we move on, what do we, as Warriors do, when we discover our county school board adheres to BOTH AdvancEd and our State Board’s accreditation? Does that mean our taxpayer dollars are twice used without our voice?! If only one is adhered to, which one wins out over the other? Is it the State or AdvancED?!

So, How Do Charter School Boards Fit In?:

These are not actually ‘school boards’ in a traditional sense. The authorizing body is called a “NC Charter Advisory Board”. Written out in NC General State Statute 115C Article 14A.
The Article begins with, “authorize a system of charter schools to provide opportunities for teachers, parents, pupils, and community members to establish and maintain schools that operate independently of existing schools.” Sounds great, doesn’t it?! “Independent of existing schools…”

IF this is true, why do we see the same pro CSSS Member groups involved?! I hope you see the irony below:

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If you wish to see Chapter 138A, access it here.

What do charter school Advisory Members have for requirements as laid out in 115C Article 14a? I’m so glad you want to know. (*Note: this Chapter is 23 pages long.)

1) Collectively strong, experience wise with “public and non profit goverance,  management and finance, assessment, curriculum and instruction, public charter schools, and public education law. All appointed members of the Advisory Board shall have demonstrated an understanding of and a commitment to charter schools as a strategy for strengthening public education.”
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, re-read that last line, please.

2) These APPOINTED members serve in 4 year terms.

3) These members basically become the State Board of Education’s cheeerleaders for charter schools.

4) A new office within the NC Dept. of Public Instruction was created per this 14a chapter.
It’s known as the  Office of Charter Schools. Here’s the ‘kicker’, the Office is ‘subject to the supervision, direction, and control of the State Board of Education’. As part of the subjection, more appointees will be put in places of power.

Warriors, do you see a pattern here? More appointees means LESS VOICE by taxpaying citizens!


In NC, Charters And AdvancEd Meet:

Warriors, if you recall yesterday’s article, I laid out for you quite a few questions about school boards and the pro CCSS Machine member ties.

AdvancEd has been mentioned in more than one NC County. For example, I told you the county I live in has written in their school board policy to maintain their accreditation ties to AdvancEd and/or the State Board

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Iredell Charter is also a ‘tutition free’ public charter school. There is a ton of information you should read if you are interested in learning how a ‘tutition free’ public school is governed. However, look below for a better definition of HOW charter schools are funded.

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One more thing about Iredell Charter. It’s a Charter School USA managed educational institution. I tied AdvancEd to Charter Schools USA back in 2014. The focus of that article was the behavior management being bred in these ‘alternative’ schools.

What About Private Education and Homeschooling?

Here in NC, private schools and homeschools are under the authority of the NC DNPE (North Carolina Department of Non Public Education). As a ‘retired’ home educator in NC, I know this Department well. I’ve seen it shift from helping separate public education from private (NC considers homeschooling a legal form of private education).

However, since 2013, this Department has been ‘relaxed’. How? A law set forth to protect homeschooling (see Part 3 of the law) was changed ever so slightly under the guise of giving MORE choices to those families who chose to educate their own children.

The purpose, as one NC General Assembly member stated, was to ‘purposely blur the lines between public education and homeschooling.’

Guess what? It happened. Once of the BEST ways in which the lines were blurred was through the NC Virtual Public School. Thanks to ESSA, the blurring of lines will INCREASE.

ncvpsNotice that NC’s Virtual Public School is also carrying out the State Board of Education’s bidding: ‘producing modern learners’ for the “21st Century”.

Warriors, let’s not forget that some States have home education out in the open and not protected under private education clauses. Think about this, homeschool students use the same nationally normed assessments. If they haven’t been mandated to use the nationally normed assessments so far, they will be very soon.

So, how will ESSA play out for charters, private schools, and home education?

Here are just a few ways:
Titles funding (example, Title One is the largest federal funding stream and is used in all school districts; Title Four is for block grants; think 21st Century Community Learning Centers)
Data mining
High stakes assessments
College and career readiness
STEM
American Apprenticeships

Related Resources:

Articles Spelling how educational choices will be impacted via ESSA.
a) https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2017/02/12/who-doesnt-love-coupons/
(vouchers, ed savings accounts, school choice, and the fallacies of them all)

b) https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2017/02/26/the-other-dear-colleague-letter/
(nails CTE as the conduit by which every educational choice is passed through)
c) https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/10/25/setting-us-up/
(details how our tax dollars are used against us in the name of educational progress)
d) https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/02/23/essa-in-a-nutshell/
(for those pressed for time and/or in traditional schools)

e) https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/03/01/warriors-guide-to-essa-and-private-education/
(for those in private, faith based, or, home education)

To see how NC’s mucking up the ‘local control’ via ESSA so far:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/11/03/practicing-education/

Is there a solution?
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2017/01/21/the-wannabees/

Good Colors/Bad Colors

We’ve all had discussions about education. Some of these ‘talks’ are pretty easy; some others aren’t. With most of us back home and resuming our post-Thanksgiving lives, it is easy to think about what was said around the table.

My family is no exception. Most of the family’s offspring are up in age. A few, however, have little ones. By little I mean ’10 years and younger’. My most ‘in-depth’ education conversation wasn’t with one of the grown-ups. It was with a 7 year old.

Here’s what this child is experiencing daily in a summary form:
 “I got a new teacher when I went to my new school. I like this one much better because he gives me good colors. My old school teacher gave me bad colors. I don’t like the bad colors. She was mean.”

My heart still hurts when I recall his face and body language.

Warriors, I do not know about you, but this was something, no one, not even a Warrior Parent had shared. Since parents are being left out of education so much, these Warriors may not know about the ‘good color/bad color’ strategy in the classroom. Maybe they do and are fighting so hard against it, it’s assumed everyone knows.

It doesn’t matter. What DOES matter is looking at how this strategy is reshaping (literally) our children’s mindset.

Behind the Color Wheel, An Old Agenda Awaits:

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Warriors, I found this example on Pintrest, along with hundreds of other color behavior management charts. Since I do not know exactly what school my young kinsman attends, I cannot access his school directly.
I did find his school district’s website. No mention about color controlled behavior management was available. (You can also find via an internet search how colors are replacing report cards. We know that in some States report cards and diplomas are being phased out totally.)

So, where’s the ‘agenda’? PBIS (Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports) While the screen shot you see above may or may not co-ordinate with the particular school district I’m referring to or not, the PBIS, thanks to ESSA, (Every Student Succeeds Act) is only going to get more invasive. An added ‘bonus’? The amount of money to be made by private companies which partner with schools. ESSA gives that opportunity many times in the Law.

Earlier this year (2016), I shared with you the Pearson Behavior Management System (Review 360) and how it uses P3s (Public Private Partnerships) for conditioning not only our students, but our school leaders, too. See Part 2 of my article:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/03/07/pearsons-gi-more-alignment-in-the-workplace/

Also from earlier this year, I shared with you how ESSA and the 21st Century Community Learning Centers were set (or, are being set in place) for whole family behavior managing. The agenda? If the entire family is on the same track, the student will have better success in life (aka: student achievement/student outcome). See: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/04/10/ccss-machine-potpourri/

Related to what is happening NOW in behavior management, is this screen shot from a 2014 article I published which revealed to you the Behavior Standards used in schools which aligned to Common Core.

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You can see how the PBIS will fit into schools. It doesn’t matter what name the States use for educational standards, the behavior portions will remain in place and yet, will INCREASE in overreach!

If you wish to access the Behavior Standards and Mindsets:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2014/11/08/sic-em-saturday-common-core-minding-our-manners/

Above, you noticed I stated 21st Century Community Learning Centers. Here’s a screen shot of how the PBIS will fit:

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If you’d like the entire article (with links):  
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/01/04/meet-your-new-neighbor-essa-seriously/

PBIS In Real Time:

From the school district information I found that the Positive Behavior uses not only colors (think a traffic light), BUT coins as rewards to use for ‘shopping’.

In this ‘new way’ of behaving, kids are taught that ‘fail’ doesn’t mean the opposite of ‘success’, as it is traditionally taught; no, it represents  an ‘opportunity to try again’, ‘failing is another word for growing’, or ‘first attempt in learning’! Warriors, do you sense the importance of this shift?! (Do an Internet search for the images of these phrases, you’ll be surprised at the shift in traditional critical thinking.)

So, what is the school district I found using for PBIS?
It’s at every grade level; it uses Starbucks Rewards cards; weekly school ‘shopping’ trips;
colors as ‘good’ or ‘not good’ (‘bad’ is not an option); and, levels of keeping behaviors in line with every other student (for example: blue level or gold level, the higher the color, the more the responsibility).

It’s important to note that the school district is Greenville, SC. According to their website, they are SC’s largest school district and the 51st largest in the entire nation. They also are accredited by AdvancEd (a huge CCSS Machine member group which manipulates behavior.)

To see Greenville’s PBIS description (to be used anywhere learning can happen):
https://www.greenville.k12.sc.us/monaview/Upload/uploads/PBIS.pdf

To see how PBIS is used for elementary students:

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Warriors, do you see how music is used in the cafeteria?! Do you see how much silence is expected?! Do you see how often lines are to be used or order is to be kept?!
To see the entire chart: https://www.greenville.k12.sc.us/parise/students/0809/pbis.asp

PBIS for older special needs students (self contained)? Greenville’s School District offers a specific teacher’s letter. In it PBIS is described as a “Behavior Management System”. The introduction states a Unique Learning System (a Standards based on-line curriculum) is also used. To see the traffic light/shopping trip plan for behavior: https://www.greenville.k12.sc.us/rms/syllabi/KellettSelfContained.pdf
To see the Unique Learning Systems SC Standards Base (College and Career Readiness Standards; code for Common Core State Standards): https://www.n2y.com/unique-learning-system/

What’s interesting is that Greenville’s School District AdvancED accreditation‘more information’ link is broken. However, I did find the information at the Greenville Economic Development Board’s website. (see: http://www.greenvilleeconomicdevelopment.com/greenville-county-schools.php )
(*Note: AdvancEd is big into the the 2030 UN Agenda for an educated workforce. See:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/08/31/this-is-our-choice/)

Why would school information be located at an economic website? The workforce agenda!!
“College and Career Readiness” doesn’t just involve education, it arches over into jobs.
Jobs drive the local economy. ESSA and WIOA (Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act) use Career Tech Education and Career Pathways (sometimes Career Clusters). The Higher Education Act (HEA) also plays into this!

The Ultimate Goal for the students in Greenville School District (as well as a national goal we see playing out in ‘real time’)? The screen shot shows only a portion of the information. The entire 2 page brochure reveals the ‘building’ begins in Pre-school!

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To access the brochure: https://www.greenville.k12.sc.us/Parents/docs/gradplus_brochure1611.pdf
As far as the “education evangelist”? He’s preaching innovation in education for the economy’s benefit! See for yourselves:

Closing:

Warriors, we all are at risk of losing our students to the CCSS Machine’s workforce agenda. It doesn’t matter how young or old our students are. By using colors to encourage or discourage young minds, we condition them unjustly. By using music as cues to be ourselves and chat with others or not, we are restricting personalities. By showing instant gratification for ‘good’ behavior, we are seeing the entitlement programs increase in society.

What’s my little kinsman’s future?! Sadly, like all the rest of ours. A ‘color coded credential for work’ where we are all ‘bronze, silver, gold, or platinum’ workers…not free people with hopes and dreams.
(see: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/09/03/tech-thursday-just-say-no-to-nocc/)

So, the ‘education evangelist’ is truthful about one thing ‘who do I want to work for?’;
the rest of his message? An empty vat of lies.

Practicing Education

Anti Fed Ed Warriors, are you aware that there are (or may be coming soon) “Practitioners” for education, thanks to the ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act)?!

That’s right, here in NC, we have an entire Committee of Practitioners for Education!
Below is a screen shot from the NC DPI (Dept. of Public Instruction):

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What will the Committee do? Here’s the entire description of their duties:

“The duties of such committee shall include a review, before publication, of any proposed or final State rule or regulation pursuant to this title. In an emergency situation where such rule or regulation must be issued within a very limited time to assist local educational agencies with the operation of the program under this title, the State educational agency may issue a regulation without prior consultation, but shall immediately thereafter convene the State committee of practitioners to review the emergency regulation before issuance in final form.”
That stated, check this out, Each State educational agency that receives funds under this title shall create a State committee of practitioners to advise the State in carrying out its responsibilities under this title.”

So, who or what State Agency is to decide what is an emergency? Who or what businesses, non-profits, for-profits, civic groups, or other LEA approved ‘educational programs/services’ will be deemed qualified to assist in education? What exactly IS an educational emergency? Warriors, as I’ve pointed out in the past, the ESSA opens the flood gates for almost anyone to have educational influence over your children, regardless of SCHOOL CHOICE.

Think of it this way:  Thanks to ESSA, almost anything and everything qualifies as educational as long as it’s approved by the SEAs and/or the LEAs. Thus, access to your children in the name of ‘student success’ or ‘student achievement’ has been granted. Especially career exploring activities. Why? Workforce based education mandates in ESSA mirror the mandates of WIOA, Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act.

CTE is one of those WIOA/ESSA mandates. This will be a flood gate moment for business leaders will have access to your students. Who will have the time or money to vet all these people? We’ve already seen the toxic control of power hungry business leaders meddling in education. ESSA gave them an even bigger leash by which to chain our students to workforce based education.

Now, let me point out, that what you see above appears to be the complete explanation for anyone interested in learning what this new Committee is to do. However, as is common practice by the NC DPI (and I bet your State’s too), there’s SO much more to what this Committee is to do. For example, on page 1 of the 3 page explanation for the ESSA ‘inspired’ Committee, you’ll find there are actually MORE duties for this group to carry out.

hiddenpracticeAs far as those members of the Committee? Above all you see is that parents, teachers, representatives, etc. are to be included. Yet, what was ‘hidden’ are these numbers:
a) All members are to be residents of NC AND have a ‘demonstrated commitment to public education’.
b) Twenty-three members in all, the majority of these are LEAs (Local Education Agencies).
c) Eight ESSA program administrators
d) Two teachers (either from traditional public schools, career tech educators, or charter schools)
e) Two school principals (or other school leaders)
f) Two parents
g) Two school board members
h) Two private education representatives
i) Two paraprofessionals or instructional support staff
j) One  representative of an authorized public chartering agencies
k) Two charter school leaders

When the Practitioner Committee meets, staff from the NC DPI are to attend.

Each of these 23 seats is APPOINTED. Terms of service are in YEARS and will be staggered so new appointees can be added as needed. The SBE (State Board of Education) approves the appointed members. Members are to serve without any pay, BUT compensation may occur. Lastly, and as almost an after thought, all meetings are open to the public.

To access the 3 page document: http://www.dpi.state.nc.us/docs/program-monitoring/committee/esea-cop.pdf


Just What Is The NC Fed Program Monitoring?

The NC Federal Program Monitoring and Support main page states that “approximately $514,000,000 in federal funds provided to districts and schools each year. The primary role of the Division is to provide grants administration, program monitoring, data collection and reporting, and to facilitate the necessary technical assistance to ensure not only compliance, but quality programs for students. Compliance is the first step toward program quality; monitoring is the springboard to providing technical assistance.”

Right now, the biggest chunk of grant money is going for 21st Century Community Learning Centers (CCLCs). Also, mandated in ESSA. If you’ve not seen what hoops the government has for us to jump through, you’ll need to know that to receive the funding (which, is after all, our taxpayer dollars and cents) each organization wishing to become a 21st CCLC, you’ll need to get a Dun and Bradstreet number (credit rating related), you’ll need to use a specific web-based system (in NC’s case, it’s the “Comprehensive Continuous Improvement Plan (CCIP)”. Then, you’ll be directed to use a CCSS Machine member organization’s after school cost calculation system. After this, you’ll need to adhere to the NC Dept. of Commerce’s Tier System (economic related). See it all and use it to help you find it in your State: 21cclcapplication-guidance

Closing:

Warriors, I hope you can see, that what the federal government and the CCSS Machine sold as ‘locally, state led, state created education’, is in fact, a farce.
Oh, and if you think NC came up with this idea for a Practitioners Committee, be sure to find the pages near 297 of the Final Conference Report. ESSA mandates, anyone?

Your Home…or Bust!

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Warriors Against the Core, I do hope your Labor Day Weekend was tremendous.

A New Lead in My Local Newsletter:

I must admit, Warriors, the CCSS education reform hasn’t died now that ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) is law. BUT what has changed are the ‘in our faces’ moves the CCSS Machine is making when it comes to not just education in the classrooms, but everywhere else, too! As we know the main goal isn’t just transforming education, but rather, our entire nation. Too much research (from this blog and countless other Warriors) has been produced for this to be a fallacy.

So, what could possibly be the ‘new lead’? What newsletter? How is this to impact me when we don’t live in the same location? What does this have to do with the CCSS Machine or ESSA? My dear Warriors, I’m so glad to share the answers below.

First, the short answers. Longer facts will follow.

1) The ‘new lead’ is the local cable company has a new program just in time for ‘back to school’.
2) The newsletter is one which is included monthly in the city utility bill.
3) This is happening everywhere.
4) It connects (literally) your town’s infrastructure to the CCSS Machine and ESSA (via funds). It also takes in WIOA funds.

Fact #1:  “My” local cable company is a P3 (public private) partnership/entity. I don’t support it at all. Never have. At that point, my decision wasn’t based on education research. It’s just a bad idea to use public funds for something the town has no right to use as was chosen. Our voices, as taxpayers, weren’t important.
The company’s name? “MI-Connection” (short for ‘Mooresville Iredell-Connection’. (Mooresville is the town, Iredell is the county) To say the enterprise has been welcomed, successful, and problem-free would be an outright lie.
The MI-Connection’s ‘new’ program? It’s called “Reach”. Actually, the ‘Reach Program’ is a 4 year old P3 between the cable company and the local school district. “Reach” stands for ‘Reach Every Available Community Household’ Program.

There are catches each household has to be subjected to. However, before we dig into REACH, look at the picture above. Look at the turquoise color on the right hand side of the emblem. “ALL PROVIDERS WELCOME”. I first shared that emblem not long after ESSA was passed as a way to illustrate the damming strings about to be used against our schools, communities, and homes. It’s happening everywhere, but we must be savvy in seeing it.

The REACH catches (qualifiers) each family must have to be involved in the Program:
a) at least 1 children (4th grade or higher) enrolled in the MGSD (Mooresville Graded School District)
b) enrolled children must also be enrolled in the National School Free/Reduced Lunch Program.

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Warriors, we know ESSA promised local control. But have you picked up on the National participation when it comes to lunch?! This is yet another clue that ESSA lies!

Fact #2: MI-Connection serves 3 communities, not just one. If you want to see the REACH webpagehttp://www.mi-connection.com/index.php/community/intreach
If you want to learn how the 3 communities are served,
http://www.mi-connection.com/index.php/about-us
If you would like to see the 2013 Press Release about the P3 between MI-Connection and the School District, http://www.mi-connection.com/index.php/newsroom/213-mi-connection-partners-with-mooresville-graded-school-district
If you’d like to see the embarrassment MI-Connection is to NC, this article from the Coalition for a New Economy, is a good one. http://www.coalitionfortheneweconomy.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/10.31.12-GON-MI-Connection-Final.pdf

In the Approved 2014-15 City of Mooresville Budget, look how much the telecommunications company costs. Taxpayer funds are used in supporting this.

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Fact #3: Isn’t it enough our taxpayer money is used for the educational alignment to the CCSS Machine? Must it also be our TVs and computers?!

In my “ESSA and Digital Overload” article, I shared with you HOW the TVs and computers in our homes were to be ensnared. Here’s an excerpt, “Pages 485-488: The consortia for digital learning and state funding. What the uses of the funding mean and how they tie to digital overload.
Page 630: Preschool and ‘Ready to Learn’ digital content, especially via PBS (Public Broadcast Stations).
Page 943 begins Section 9210 of the ESSA Law. This is the biggest overreach of all!
Why? “Student Home Access to Digital Learning Resources”! To find out how successful students are at HOME, a Study conducted by the Director of the Institute of Educational Sciences (IES) no later than 18 months AFTER all portions of ESSA are in place! Details of the Study will be found on Page 944.” (*Note: entire article, https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/02/04/essa-and-digital-overload/)

I urge you to read it, especially for the PBS information. You can also link to the IES article where the in-home technology assessment is broken down.
The IES article (in case you miss the link at the bottom of the page on the Overload article) https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/02/05/weekend-news-the-ies-and-the-essa/

If you missed my article where I directed you to discover how digitally upgraded, or not, your State is, see: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/02/08/state-digital-education/

If you’ve not seen how I connected the E-Rate legislation to the Common Core Machine (which certainly come in handy for ESSA’s infrastructure plans):
http://preventcommoncore.com/?p=1223

Fact #4: Since I first published the above article, what’s changed with the E-rate? How does it play into ESSA?

From the USAC (Universal Service Administration Company), look at the highlighted paragraph in the retirement letter from the Vice President.

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Millions of students AND patrons of public libraries! ESSA and WIOA (Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act) have that aspect covered in whole-community alignment via grants and funding!  If you’d like to know HOW, please refer to my article “Hitting the Books, Part 2”.  https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/07/03/hitting-the-books-part-2/

The USAC is connected to the FCC (Federal Communications Commission), see below.

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According to the USAC, they’ve been around since 1997, and are a part of the NECA (National Exchange Carrier Assoc., Inc.) USAC is NECA’s not-for-profit arm. What does the NECA do? They oversee your local telecommunications companies!!

To learn more about USAC, http://www.usac.org/about/about/who-we-are/default.aspx
(*Note: be sure to look at the Board of Directors. Especially the representation of the Board. Education and your local cable operators are definitely involved. See: http://www.usac.org/about/about/leadership/bod.aspx )

As far as NECA’s participation, their website explains for you why tariffs (taxes) are collected for telecomunnications is a great thing. Basically it’s for the latest and greatest technology, faster internet service, including the data collection. Did I find any connection between NECA and ESSA? In an unexpected way, yes. See the screen shot:

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I found this on their page for Washington, D.C. activities, which resume today. See:
https://www.neca.org/article.aspx?listid=26972&id=13179

Is there more, though? Yes, NECA is big on increasing digital literacy in America. I found 3 connected DL (digital literacy) programs to NECA.
One is Digital Literacy from our federal government; another is a national program for connecting students with National Free or Reduced Lunches to the computer; the last one will sell you computers, complete with Windows 10 (a mammoth data mining tool).

To see the sales pitch website service program, http://arrowdirect.com/
To see the federal government’s DL website (housed in the National Telecommunications and Information Admin. of the U.S. Dept. of Commerce), http://www.digitalliteracy.gov/
(*Note: the name of the initiative, “Connect to Compete”; as in job seekers. Think, ESSA and WIOA.)

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The last website will lead us right back to where we began, the REACH program. Remember that one of the qualifications is each participating family must have their child in the National Free or Reduced Lunch Program? Remember how  I said this was happening everywhere?! This is the ‘mother lode’! It’s called “Connect2Compete”.

“Connect2Compete” is a flagship operation of “EveryoneOn’s”. What’s “EveryoneOn’s”? Another national non-profit organization dedicated to wiping out America’s ‘digital divide’.

It just so happens ESSA takes full advantage of this. HOW? Well, the Board of Directors former careers plays a part, as does the Advisory Council. Between the Microsoft folks, ConnectEd, and many others, the digital ramping up in our homes, schools, and communities is all but a ‘done deal’. But that still doesn’t answer how ESSA, a national law takes advantage of Connect2Compete. Look below, Warriors:

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EveryoneOn also has a 100% give back program where your community-based projects can receive computers. ESSA’s got that angle, too. How, the Wrap Around Student Achievement Supports/Services, the 21st Century Community Learning Centers, and more! Who helps fund this 100% service? Of the 3 Foundations listed, only one stands out as CCSS related. The Wasserman Foundation. The Wasserman Foundation appears to be rather intimate with the Clinton Foundation, don’t you think?

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To see Wasserman’s information: http://www.insidephilanthropy.com/fundraising-los-angeles-grants/wasserman-foundation-los-angeles-grants.html

To see the 100% project: http://everyoneon.org/about/model/

To learn more about EveryoneOn/Connect2Compete: http://everyoneon.org/about/

To see how literally connected we, as a nation are with EveryoneOn,

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Use the website address to access the complete list of US locations. To see the corporate partners for EveryoneOnhttp://everyoneon.org/partners/ (*Note: be prepared to be sadly amazed.)

Closing:

Warriors, it should be easy to see that we have a tremendous amount of digital jargon to combat. Let’s do this! Remember, the CCSS Machine will not stop until It’s in your home. Use your 4th Amendment rights! Use the 10th Amendment.

Is This Truly the Best?

Recently, my fellow anti CCSS/Fed Led Ed Warriors, I had a very concerned citizen from a state with several U.S. Tribal Schools, contact me. The concern? How ESSA, Every Student Succeeds Act, (and its school reform clauses) is to impact the schools for Native Americans on their reservations (or serving nearby). While I know there are mandates in ESSA for the Native American Tribes, as well as a separate section for the Hawaiian Tribal education, this concern raised the question to a level I cannot ignore.

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Notice the banner from the BIE (Bureau of Indian Education). “Doing What’s Best for Students!”.
Not to be cynical, but are you kidding me? It is NO secret that our U.S. Government has hardly done the best it could for the Native Americans, so HOW in the world are we (or expect those impacted by the BIE)  to ‘buy into’ the fact that ESSA is NOT the best for ANYONE!?

Does BIE also support WIOA (Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act), HEA (Higher Education Act), STEM, American Apprenticeship Initiative, Career Tech Education, Competency Based Education, Universal PreK and/or College and Career Readiness?
Why do I ask this? Every one of this laws or concepts is embedded in ESSA.

We already know ESSA and all its relations are to impact every school choice, so the answer would have to already be a ‘yes’ one. You will see more of the connections as you read on.

School Reform:

Since the concerned question I received was on the school reform issue, just what does the BIE have to say about this topic? In a summary, the BIE is choosing to reform itself as a government agency FIRST, then address the individual schools.

Here is an excerpt, “To effect real change in BIE-funded schools, the BIE organization must change how it delivers services to schools. The current administrative structure is a relic of the past when all BIE schools and dormitories were directly operated by the federal government and oriented towards “command and control” of its own schools. Today, the federal government no longer operates the majority of BIE schools; rather, tribal nations or locally controlled school boards directly manage 68 percent of BIE-funded schools. The BIE’s administrative structure, however, never evolved to meet this new reality.    The proposed reorganization will modernize the BIE and help it take a critical step towards becoming a school improvement organization rather than a direct operator of schools. After extensive consultations, the BIE proposes important organizational changes which are essential to improve outcomes for Native American youth.”
To see the entire topic, http://www.bie.edu/BFRI/index.htm

According to the 2014 “Blueprint for Reform Implementation” (approved by Congress), look at HOW the Reform is to work:

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To access the entire Reform OrderBIEsecOrder

To see how I learned about this Order, see: http://www.bie.edu/BFRI/Schools/index.htm

Before we move on, it should be pointed out the Bureau of Indian Education is part of the U.S. Dept. of the Interior.

Is THAT Dept. aligned to the CCSS Machine?! Yes! Here’s just one way to prove it: Lesson Plans (available to ALL educational choices),
https://search.usa.gov/searchutf8=%E2%9C%93&affiliate=doi.gov&query=Common+Core+State+Standards
The Interior is big on STEM, too. STEM is embedded in WIOA, ESSA, HEA, and all the other places you find CCSS or College/Career Readiness. See: https://www.nps.gov/choh/learn/education/classrooms/upload/CM-1-STEMguide.pdf

Other BIE Ties to the CCSS Machine:

BIE 21st Century Community Learning Centers:
http://www.bie.edu/Programs/supprog/TitleIVB/index.htm
Includes after school programs, character education, and, so much more! Per ESSA, 21st Century Community Learning Centers are mandated. Notice, however, when you visit the above page the dates on the supporting documents are before ESSA’s passage. Also notice that every one of the related Titles on the right, are in ESSA and other laws connected to it. Connected to the 21st CCLCs is Career Pathways. See the below screen shot for what I found:

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If you would like to see the rest of the document above:
http://www.bie.edu/cs/groups/xbie/documents/text/idc009804.pdf

BIE 2009 ARRA Funds:
http://www.bie.edu/Resources/index.htm
Just like the rest of us, this funding opened the door for massive data mining.

E-Rate and BIE:

The E-Rate legislation created a not-so-obvious way for the CCSS Machine to not only overreach into education, but into our entire communities for streamlined alignment connecting work and education. I exposed this on Prevent Common Core awhile back.
If you aren’t sure how this connects to all of us, http://preventcommoncore.com/?p=1223

E-Rate legislation also opened the door for the White House led (ie: top-down control) ConnectED Initiative. BIE is impacted in this way, too.
See: http://www.bie.edu/Resources/ERate/index.htm

BIE and the ESSA:

I found 2 documents detailing what BIE has done already to conform to ESSA.
This first one is for Special Education. See: http://www.bie.edu/cs/groups/xbie/documents/text/idc1-034217.pdf

The second one is from the Federal Register and is definitely worth reading. Begin on the 3rd column of the first page you see and then continue to the next page’s first column. Remember, this Register is not written from an anti CCSS/Fed Led Ed Warrior’s viewpoint. See: http://www.bie.edu/cs/groups/xbie/documents/text/idc2-042401.pdf

As far as BIE and Universal Design for Learning? There is a Power Point Presentation available under the heading 2012 Presentations. See: http://www.bie.edu/Programs/SpecialEd/index.htm

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Related to the BIE and Native American Education:

NIEA, National Indian Educators Association:
Website: http://www.niea.org/
This organization has been around since the 1960s. It is the largest Native American Educator group in the nation. Thus, lots of influence. NIEA was also among the collection of groups signing a supportive letter from the Leadership Conference’s Civil Rights arm to SUPPORT ESSA!

To see the Collective Letter, http://www.civilrights.org/press/2016/ESSA-Oversight-Letter.html?referrer=https://www.google.com/

What else has NIEA done in relation to ESSA and/or the CCSS Machine BESIDES being associated with the Collective Letter? Their upcoming Conference has AFT (American Federation of Teachers) as one of its 3 biggest sponsors.

ESSA is listed as one of NIEA’s Education Priorities. To see their resources on it:
http://www.niea.org/for-advocates/education-priorities/elementary-and-secondary-education-act-esea-and-every-students-succeeds-act-essa/

Also among the Education Priorities is their association with the BIE. Among their Reports for Supporting Educators, the U.S. Dept. of Education’s Dashboard for adhering to the President’s 2020 College Goals: http://dashboard.ed.gov/dashboard.aspx

This screen shot is from NIEA’s “Toolkit” for ESSA implementation:

NIEAIf you are curious, the Guide is NOT NIEA’s, but rather, the CCSSO’s! See:
http://www.ccsso.org/Documents/2016/ESSA/CCSSO%20Stakeholder%20Engagement%20Guide%20FINAL.pdf

Closing:
One of NIEA’s biggest funders? The Gates Foundation. Since around 2009, over $4 million in grants. See: http://www.gatesfoundation.org/How-We-Work/Quick-Links/Grants-Database#q/k=NIEA

I also found a NIEA Grant from Gates for the express purpose of joining BIE in Common Corehttp://www.gatesfoundation.org/How-We-Work/Quick-Links/Grants-Database/Grants/2013/10/OPP1094487

Again, I’ll ask you: is this truly the BEST we can do in America?