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Teamwork Agenda: Marketing Lies

Anti Fed Ed Warriors, I know that we have heard SO many educratic lies about schools in America, we could scream.

Wednesday night (9/6/17) I was the honored guest on Women on the Wall’s weekly anti CCSS Machine call. To say it was an easy topic, would be a lie. It wasn’t, in fact, I stumbled through quite a bit. Not because I wasn’t prepared, I was so upset about what is happening!

What was the topic? The upcoming broadcast of the EIF/Project XQ’s “Super School Live”. It’s set for 9/8/17 and is to be aired on ABC, CBS, Fox, and NBC. I urge you to listen to the archived version (above). You’ll need to have a pen and paper (or whatever you use to take notes) handy.

If you don’t have time to listen to the archive, let me state as concisely as I can that the ‘teamwork agenda’ surrounding the broadcast is marketing lies to justify making over American education, especially at the high school level. (*Note: the announcement for the Call had the archived links to my researched published articles you may wish to access for the evidence showing the lies and deception.)

In a ‘jiffy’, you can access the 2006 “Redesigning High School” Report : Reinventing_American_High_School
(*This Report is by the Association for Career and Technical Education, or ACTE)
Later in this article we will revisit what the latest from ACTE is.

This effort is NOT new. It’s NOT USA born or created, either. It’s sick and it’s twisted. The ‘teamwork agenda’ in spreading the marketing lies about education is set to one goal: weak-minded citizens trained for boosting the economy. To find out how you can connect it all together, please listen to the archived call.

Warriors, here’s the entire You Tube video which was discussed at length during the Women on the Wall Call. I only discussed roughly the first 20 minutes of the almost 1 hour and 20 minutes.

More Teamwork Agenda Marketing Lies:

Warriors, what you see below is from my Common Core Diva Facebook page.  I posted this as a sort of follow up to last night’s announcement about the Women on the Wall call and the marketing lies in education.

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Here are my comments which lead up to the screen shot:
“Mike Rowe’s first words are, ” In Germany..”
Mr. Rowe has also been used as a puppet for Congress in their push to embed MORE CBE and CTE (Career Tech Ed, which is adult Common Core).
As far as the school mentioned? My husband’s place of employment.
More marketing lies to justify the workforce based shift in education as well as treating humans as commodities, not blessings.”

(*Hear him in the video. ***Warning! The ATTN: video does contain a blasphemous use of the Lord’s name.***)

If you do not know “The ATTN:” social media site, it’s a site where anything from the headlines is used to catch your eye. According to their website, ‘compelling issue-driven content’. In other words: a marketing strategy used to inflate issues.

Warriors, how do I know the false marketing about an educated workforce is ripe in America? Look at the blow-back from my post on the CC Diva Facebook page:

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Followed by another person who has obviously woken up to the marketing lies:

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This was followed by my rebuttal points:

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Warriors, then check out the next person who decided to agree with the disagreeable person who spoke first. You’ll also see my reply to them:

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Warriors, here’s a sampling of the other videos Mike Rowe has appeared in to push the teamwork agenda and marketing lies:

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My research connecting the Congressional ‘love’ for such a celebrity and his ‘star power’ to push an agenda which supports the CCSS Machine was published back in early March 2017. (Please make sure you read the comment by Patriot Mongoose. The links provided by the Patriot are necessary to further help expose the marketing lies about ‘skills gap shortages’)

Related:
1) Congress’s devotion to CTE (Career Tech Education) from 2016’s session. If you want to see some of the same devotion in the early part of the 2017 session, find that here.
2) My open memo to CTE Teachers and Leaders everywhere is one we need to re-visit now that school has begun.
3) The current VP (Vice President) is a CTE believer and backer. This is huge in the current landscape of education.
4) A skills gap myth-busting article of mine, also from 2016.

Archived Rowe CTE Marketing Teamwork Agenda Lies:

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Warriors, you can access The 74 article here. If you do not have the time to read the article, here’s what is the most important. Mr. Rowe has testified 2 other times before.
1) Rowe is a long-time CTE advocate.
2) Two of his tweets about CTE are seen on the right hand side of the article. One even plays up “Make America Great Again”.
3) Rowe testified in 2011 and 2014. The purpose? A marketing makeover for CTE.
4) The 74 is a pro CCSS Machine member organization, so their spin on Rowe’s activity for CTE. Of course, here, on my blog, you’ll find there is no spin, only the researched facts behind the marketing lies.

NC’s Spin for Teamwork Agenda:

Warriors, earlier in this article, I said we’d revisit the ACTE. Why? One of the latest headlines is about the wonderful news of NC’s CTE unifying with this national organization.

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If that doesn’t mean much, consider the screen shot (near the beginning of this article) from NASCAR Technical Institute promoting Mike Rowe. NASCAR Tech is in NC! (It’s a branch school of the AZ based corporation.)

In NC, CTE offices are housed in the NC DPI (North Carolina Dept. of Public Instruction) for K-12th grades. In post-secondary education, the NC Board of Governors oversees it. Factor in the NC Dept. of Labor, as well.

Warriors, remember, because of the unifying forces behind the U.S. Dept. of Education and the U.S. Dept. of Labor, we have data tracking expressly FOR aligning careers to academics!

Let’s also consider that CTE is embedded in job seeking assessments used by those one-stop career centers or job application sites as part of your State government. You’ll find CTE in those skill based apprenticeships, too.

Warriors, I want to show you one more way the marketing hype has been used against us.

Here in my town, we’re seeing a 2014 bond (was placed on the ballot for citizens to vote on) come to fruition in the form of a ‘renovated’ city high school.

The money poured into the ad campaign for the renovation was plenty. The write-ups in the local news sources were also quite numerous. The bumper stickers and T-shirts all encouraged folks to vote ‘yes’ for the Bond, because if you didn’t, you somehow were being non-supportive and a terrible person.
As part of the Bond package, new spaces for CTE were planned on. Guess what? They’ve been built. There’s even a Career Bridge Council to help utilize the teamwork agenda built on education lies.

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Closing:

Warriors, we MUST continue to expose these team driven marketing lies about education! To do any less is simply unacceptable!

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Trickery Gets Education Nowhere

Anti Fed Ed Warriors, for years AND in spite of whatever political party is in charge, we’ve gotten pretty much NOWHERE near ending the grasp of those educratic, sold out leaders to the CCSS Machine in relation to our citizens.

What we HAVE gotten in exchange is a bunch of U.S. Constitution dishonoring laws, policies, and farces.

Amendment 13 was written to end slavery, yet, as the Progressive/Technocratic modern education reform has been playing out, more and more students, teachers, and education leaders of all ages are being enslaved to mind numbing workforce training!

Amendment 14 was written to throw out any Congress member or other federal leader for insurrection against the Constitution.

The entire education reform IS an insurrection against America!

Let’s not forget that what happens at the Federal level makes it way down to the State level as long as the States ignore the 10th Amendment!!

A Fighting Back Tool:

Warriors, if you already listened to the FPE Media “Alternative Education in the Crosshairs” Segment 1’s discussion of the lies being spun about the shift in education FROM academics TO workforce training, then you’ll know I cited HR5587 and S3271.
These pieces of legislation were expressly FOR increasing the amount of workforce based/competency geared education for ALL educational choices.

Today, I’m tackling two of them in an update.

Trickery, Process, or, Both?

As per the legislative process, at the end of each Congressional session, no pending business is left on the table. So, when the new Congress convened in January 2017, it was a fresh start. That BOTH Chambers rebrand older versions of bills or update them, is nothing new.

What has Congress done to HR5587 and S3271? It is important to note that their newer versions weren’t released  until AFTER our Series was published.

The Bills:

HR5587 (Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century) and its ‘sister’ S3271 (Workforce Advance Act).

In 2016 I laid each of these (and a few more) out for your information bank of anti Fed Ed Warrior ‘weapons’.

So, what changes/updates have HR5587 and S3271 seen?

Check out this excerpt from the ACTE’s “CTE Policy Watch” in the screen shot below in regards to HR5587.

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Wow, 5587’s name remained!
Only the bill number (and a few other small changes) will be revised. So, what are those ‘small’ changes? I’d like to point out the yet-to-numbered version is 97 pages long.

The first change I saw was a word play game. (a very worn out CCSS Machine tactic)

For example, on Page 4, “by striking ‘‘academic and career and  technical skills’’ and inserting ‘‘academic knowledge and technical and employability skills’’;  B) by inserting ‘‘and programs of study’’  after ‘‘technical education programs’’; (2) in paragraph (3), by striking “including  tech prep education’’; and  (3) in paragraph (4), by inserting ‘‘and programs of study’’ after ‘‘technical education programs’’.

By removing ‘including’, education’s shift to that of a worker skilled based one is undeniable. 

How so? The only amount of  academics remaining will directly be related to your career tracked CTE courses.

Other noticeable changes to HR5587:
A shift from 5 occupational tracks to 3 tracks
That aligned ‘challenging academic state standards’ must be present at the post-secondary level of education in your State
‘In demand industry skills’ will be given top priority in education
Crenditialing will replace Associate degrees and other such certificates in some instances
The increasingly popular education ‘fix all tool’: pay for success formulas for States.

The rest of HR5587 remains (for example: the early college programs; dual enrollment; middle school career explorations, etc.) Most especially: CTE Concentrators and Participants (meaning teachers, students, schools, and partnerships between education and business).
The Senate HELP Committee  5/3/17 introduced S1004 “Perkins Fund for Equity and Excellence”. From all appearances, S1004 replaced S3271. According to Congress.gov’s website, S3271 is still in the HELP’s possession..dormant. Does that mean the content of S3271 went away, too? Not in a ‘New York minute’.

You’ll still find the CCSS Machine’s rhetoric concerning the value of competency based education. You’ll still spot the ‘need’ to ‘redesign high schools’ as well as ‘support CTE innovation’ without a need to remediate students.

How?! “equitable access to rigorous, engaging, and relevant real world education through partnerships with business and industry and higher education that prepare students to graduate from high school and enroll into postsecondary education… with the ability to use knowledge to solve complex problems, think critically, communicate effectively, collaborate with others, and develop academic mindsets.”

S1004 will also encompass those outside the public, traditional classrooms.

In the screen shot below, note the highlighted sentences and phrases. ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) embedded ‘region specific education’. WIOA (Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act) contains the STANDARDS (as cited in ESSA) by which States are to align all learning/teaching. Lastly, let’s remember that one of the CCSS’s rebrands for nationally aligned Standards was/is “College/Career Readiness”!!

S1004

Warriors, as was pointed out in our Series, these federal laws and bills are written to link each other like gears and cogs. This is fitting considering the CCSS Machine is grinding our nation down.

Other S1004 important notes:
Skill based assessments will not go away
Funding for States will be up for increase/decrease depending on the conformity level of participation by each State
Workforce Development Boards at the State level will continue to increase
Increased presence of corporate America in the classrooms and resources (for all age groups/education ‘choices’)
Wrap-around services, including SEL (social emotional learning) 
The Secretary of Education (DeVos) will get an increase in power as well

Power Is A Dangerous Thing:

Finding yet another piece of proposed legislation giving the U.S. Secretary of Education (regardless who that person is)more power is proof our Congress has no clue, or doesn’t care, that NO federal intrustion into education should be happening!! It definitely feels like a trick.

So, here’s what I found on DeVos and CTE.
1) U.S. News and World Reports’ Opinion page stated (Dec. 2016) that DeVos should have CTE high on her priority list. The author even titled the piece ‘A New Race to the Top’. (a side note here: I wonder if the author realized the U.S. Dept. of Labor already has this in place for CTE via the WQDI (Workforce Quality Data Initiative). In the article, P-Tech (already in place in NY) is mentioned, as is the Western MI Avation Academy.

2) Advance CTE’s website includes Western MI Avation Academy AND DeVos’s testimony before the Senate HELP Committee here.

In her HELP testimony she stated students SHOULD have CTE. Her exact words: “students really need to have a full menu of options,” including “technical schools, community colleges [and] apprenticeships.” (by the way, this fits with her ‘school choice’ belief)

3) DeVos is also pushing STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) as part of the way America can have more connections to CTE. This makes sense when you factor in how much STEM is embedded in WIOA, ESSA, HEA, and the STEM Act.

4) DeVos was joined by a Trump family member pushing STEM back in March 2017.


More Tricks:

Warriors, my good friend Deb Gerry Herbage writes a blog named “Exposed!”. She recently had a post where you’ll find out other tricks and lies we’ve been sold/told by the CCSS Machine member group, AIR, Inc. You’ll see how she found the States involvement in these lies, too. I urge you to read it.

You’ll also want to consider this screen shot from an AIR, Inc. 2015 publication. Then apply this evidence to the updates in both HR5587’s update and S1004:

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Closing:

Warriors, have no fear! Regardless of the countless tricks the CCSS Machine dishes out, I am confident we will be swift in exposing the word games, number changes, and anything else coming down the pike. I will keep digging to see what other changes Congress isn’t openly sharing.

 

Second Verse, Same as the First?!

Years ago, I had a favorite song I would sing almost constantly. Being a child, I sang it constantly. The tune was catchy, the words were so repetitive, that it got stuck in my head. The chorus line was, “Second verse, same as the first!”

My point, anti CCSS Warriors?! We are seeing MANY ‘second verses’ when it comes to the ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) run-education.

With traditional school calendars in motion or about to be set in motion, you will see all kinds of ‘second verses’.

Where?  Lessons, resources, assessments (to name a few). Our opposition, however, will do their best to try to fool everyone that education is not a repeat of CCSS or NCLB, but newer, improved, and better somehow.

Pardon me if I throw a few sour notes in about now.

New Leader, Same Alignment:

Where I live, classes are to begin 8/29/16. On 8/9/16, WISC Radio shared that the school system I help pay taxes for, has been ‘gifted’ with a new leader. As soon as I saw his official title, I knew the school system was no better off than when the former leader was here. This is what made me think of “second verse, same as the first.”


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What is our former leader, Edwards, up to?
He has moved from the public side of the CCSS Machine to the private side. My fellow anti CCSS Warrior, LadyLiberty1885, tells you, in her 7/6/16 article that Edwards is still in the data ‘business’. See: https://ladyliberty1885.com/2016/07/06/mooresville-superintendent-leaves-district-for-discovery-education/

Why is my school system so ‘honored’ to continue to receive sold out leaders? One reason, I believe is that NC has many State leaders, businesses, and connections willing to be the CCSS/CTE/STEM ‘back-up singers chorus’.

If they aren’t trying to sing second verses about ‘quality’ education, they are warbling on about the need for the economic stability and how aligned jobs are the key to success.

Add to the chorus, the legislators who have sold their souls to the Chamber of Commerce or are still convinced that education only needs more money to fix it, it is no wonder our State is repeating its mistakes.

Another reason I believe this school system is so ‘honored’ is because the sitting U.S. President made a beeline trip here when the digital push in education was beginning. I didn’t go to the big shindig, but I did hear he thought Mooresville was a model town that the nation should follow.

As far as the town paper, they even joined in the ‘second verse’ when the paper published their article about his new leadership role. The reason Mauney was chosen was to carry on what Edwards started! See:  http://www.mooresvilletribune.com/news/mooresville-picks-new-school-superintendent/article_5ddf2d1a-5e76-11e6-aa24-9bafce9a1f2a.html

Did the public taxpayers get to vote Mauney into office? No, our School Board elected to appoint him.

**An interesting note is that yesterday and today (8/24 and 8/25) are “Laptop Deployment” days. It’s also time to have all those laptop users register with “InfoSnap”. Oh yes, the data mining’s ‘second verse, is the same as the first’! InfoSnap is PowerSchool, formerly of Pearson Publishing, now with Vista Equity Partners.

Does Mooresville reward its CTE school teachers? Yes! These teachers fall under the ‘hard to staff’ section of the pay scale
See: Mooresville City Pay Plan

If you’d like to see how much Mauney’s ‘second verse’ will cost the citizens of NC (including Mooresville residents), look at what evidence LadyLiberty1885 also shared:

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Remember, not one citizen outside of the school board voted for this, yet we get to foot the bill. Not a ‘greatest hit’, for sure.


Mauney and the NC DPI:

What’s a ‘second verse’ Mauney is already singing around the county I live in? “New Math” set to aligned standards which are EXPECTED, not already vetted. The article I learned this from can be read: http://www.statesville.com/news/high-schools-to-implement-new-math-standards/article_6b12311e-6270-11e6-908c-233bf77b9168.html

Here is the ‘old’ CCSS Math One (for high school):

NCMath1Source: http://www.dpi.state.nc.us/docs/curriculum/mathematics/scos/math1.pdf
(*Note: see all the other NC DPI, CCSS aligned Math Standards before they ‘disappear’!:
http://www.dpi.state.nc.us/curriculum/mathematics/scos/ )

 

Here is the ‘new’ CCSS-but-not-CCSS Math One (for high school):

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Source: http://maccss.ncdpi.wikispaces.net/REVISED+High+School+Math+Standards+6-2016
(*Note, you can also see Math 2 and Math 3, here.)

According to other NC DPI resources, the Career Tech Education Standards haven’t been ‘updated’ since 2012. The Strategic NC CTE Plan document is from 2009! What’s my point? Every CTE leader in NC, including Mauney has been singing the CCSS Machine’s ‘first verse’ from about the time we got our Race to the Top funds!!

Here is the 2009 Strategy Plan: strategic-plan (1)
For the NC 2012 information: nc cte planning

(*Note: according the the NC DPI, on another page of their website the CTE programs are currently being updated. See: http://www.dpi.state.nc.us/cte/program-areas/ ) Which leads to…

The NC DPI (2014), had industries and businesses review CTE courses for accuracy. Hardly a ‘new verse’ for the State, or the CCSS Machine’s use of P3s (public private partnerships). See: http://www.dpi.state.nc.us/docs/cte/program-areas/career/programs/blueprint/careermanagement.pdf
(*Note: top of the list for learner priorities in these courses?! Social emotional behavior!)


If you would like to see how my school district fares state-wide in CTE:

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You can find Iredell-Statesville Schools on Page 30, Mooresville, Page 57. To access the entire document:
Developing_High_Quality_CTE_Programs_Through_Business_Engagement 

 

Related “Songs” in Your Area:

National CTE:
If you would like to know which people in the CCSS Machine oversee the National CTE Standards? You’ll need to see this!
http://www.nbpts.org/sites/default/files/documents/news-releases/CTE%20Cmte%20Bios.pdf

(*Note: be sure to note the States represented and that the ages/grades of the students these educators impact is from early education to adulthood.)

Association for CTE:
I have shared much about this group with you in the past. Known as ACTE (Association for Career Tech Education), the instructors who are members can receive awards on the State, Regional, and National levels. Below is the screen shot for the Regions used. Notice where your State is.

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Source: http://www.acteonline.org/member_awards/#.V730kfkrLIU

 

Closing:

Warriors, our nation deserves more than the second verse being the same as the first when it comes to education.  Use my school district’s activity to see in your area what similar songs are being carried on.

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America’s Obsession

In the past week or so, you have been able to learn about the Congressional obsession to ensure our nation has all the adult versions of Common Core, (called CTE, or Career Tech Education) we can stand. CTE goes by several other names and can be found in STEM, as well.

Last Wednesday, Women on the Wall featured what I had uncovered about S 3271 (Advance Workforce Act) and the HR 5587 (Strengthening Career Tech Education for the 21st Century). Both are to reauthorize the Carl Perkins Act of 2006.

Then, 2 days ago, I shared with you how S 3190 (Strengthening Our Rural Health Workforce Act of 2016) is going to not only align health care to CTE (thus Common Core and STEM), it’s going to join other health care laws to it! See:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/08/16/ctes-health-country/

There have been several national articles featuring the news about S 3271 and  HR 5587 since all this. We need to have just as much national attention on S 3190, as well..maybe even more attention. Why? Our health care system will directly impact millions. Think about the ramifications of it being aligned to the CCSS Machine!

Warriors, Congress is on recess right now (they will be back in D.C. and in session on 9/6/16). We MUST mount the horses of truth NOW and charge!

But, Wait, I Found More!

To prove my statement about the obsession D.C. has with CTE, consider the OTHER evidence below:

Just before Congress took their recess, several members decided to pledge their devotion (and thus will guide their districts) to CTE and all related.
House of Reps:
7/13/16, Rep. Foxx (NC) had these ‘fine’ words to say, “[There] is an unnecessary stigma attached to career and technical education. It’s too often referred to as the “other” track, with the incorrect implication that it’s the path individuals take if they won’t be able to handle the rigors of college. In reality, students who pursue CTE complete a diverse curriculum where they learn important skills for succeeding in the workplace such as problem-solving, research, time management and critical thinking
We need to shift our perspective away from the idea that every student must attend an expansive and expensive four-year program to succeed in the workforce. Educational success is about more than just a degree. It’s about quantifiable skills that employers need in their employees.”

(*Note: This is not the first time I have shared Foxx’s love of an aligned workforce with you, so it should be no surprise to hear her, once again, wax lovingly about it.)

You can see and hear the rest of Rep. Foxx’s testimony:

8/11/16, Gov. Pence (IN), also the current Republican Vice Presidential candidate,
shared his love and obsession for CTE back in Feb. 2015. The House’s Ed and Workforce Committee is using that testimony to promote CTE legislation as a ‘bipartisan’ effort and subsequent successes. Here is a small portion of Gov. Pence’s testimony, “[We] cannot forget that a critical goal of our educational system is to enable students to succeed in a 21st century economy and to ensure that students are prepared for college and careers. For some students, this means a four-year college degree. While completing college is a goal which we need more students to attain, going directly into a career may prove the better option for many others.
This is not about a Plan A and a Plan B. This is about two Plan A’s. For those students who are not bound for the traditional four-year college, we must still ensure that they can thrive in their future careers, and one way to do this is to again make career and technical education a priority.”

(emphasis is theirs, not mine)

Below is a screen shot of the  U.S. House of Reps. Press Release where they featured Gov. Pence’s testimony: 
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To access the entire Press Release,
http://edworkforce.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=400965


The U.S. Senate:

Remember, Warriors, this is a D.C. obsession not immune to one Chamber of Congress. So what are our Senators spreading about CTE?

Just before recess went into effect there was another Workforce, CTE related piece of legislation. This one is S 3174 (called the LADDER Act). What will ‘Ladder’ do? Establish an independent Inter-agency Council for Workforce in our Executive Branch of government!

Here is a screen shot of S 3174:

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To see the rest of S 3174https://www.congress.gov/bill/114th-congress/senate-bill/3174?q=%7B%22search%22%3A%22committeesshr00%22%7D&resultIndex=7

How much will this new Council embedded in our Executive Branch cost taxpayers? According to the White House a ton! See below:

Workforcecouncil

Here is the website address to access the above information:
https://budget2017.whitehouse.gov/#!/year/2017/operating/0/bureau_name/Interagency+Coordinating+Council+on+Workforce+Attachment/0/agency_name

(*Note: From what I was able to glean from the fine print of both of the above resources AND the readily-available resources on the Internet about how ‘Workforce Attachment’ is defined, it seems to mirror the EU’s (European Union) “Youth Guarantee” system. I have written about the YG before.) See: http://preventcommoncore.com/?p=1201

Here’s the bottom line for YG, “You’ll see how students have a limited time after either graduation or their last job to get on one of 3 tracks. They can choose, apprenticeships, training workshops or more education.”  The ‘American’ difference? It is targeting more citizens than our youth.

 
Spreading the Love:

The ACTE (Association for Career and Technical Education) is one sold out CCSS Machine member organization I have shared much information with you in the past. ACTE embraced WIOA, HEA, and ESSA. ACTE loves STEM, too. The group also has a policy watch action section.  Be sure to read their thoughts on the 2016 General Elections, especially for Congress. Here is an excerpt you MUST share! “While the next president will set the policy agenda, Congress still makes the laws and controls the budget. In recent years, the House and Senate passed major education and workforce development legislation, including the Every Student Succeeds Act and Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act. With the upcoming re-authorization of several important pieces of legislation including the Perkins Act and Higher Education Act, as well as the continued threat of budget austerity in federal CTE funding, the battle for control of the 115th Congress will significantly impact the future of CTE policy.”

See the rest: http://ctepolicywatch.acteonline.org/2016/08/election-2016-decides-control-of-congress.html

Here’s what else I found on the CTE Policy Watch portion of ACTE. Many of us who research the CCSS Machine have long connected the data mining dangers between education and jobs. Here’s proof:

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To see the infographic in full form:
http://www.ihep.org/sites/default/files/uploads/postsecdata/docs/resources/infographic_pdf_final.pdf

To see what the ACTE thinks data gaps need to be filled:
http://ctepolicywatch.acteonline.org/

To see how proud ACTE is with ESSA and the opportunities it gives for CTE to thrive:
ACTEessa
To get the one page document: ESSA_Fact_Sheet_Academics and CTE in the Classroom

To get the one page ACTE document for how CTE fits CCR (College and Career Readiness) and is included in ESSA under Title One fundingESSA_Fact_Sheet_Career Readiness Accountability   (*Note: this will also be among the strings of State Accountability to the U.S. Dept. of Education and the U.S. Dept. of Labor)

If you would like to see who the ACTE has skewed the truths about CTE and ESSA (in addition to their subjective views of WIOA and HEA):
http://ctepolicywatch.acteonline.org/2016/05/acte-publishes-new-fact-sheets-on-cte-in-essa.html (*Note: pay attention to the Teacher ‘Fact Sheet’. Why? Educators, according to ESSA MUST be aligned to post-secondary readiness in their teaching. My “Congress Loves CTE” and “CTE’s Health Country” help further expose what is in store for leaders.)

See:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/08/09/congress-loves-cte/

https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/08/16/ctes-health-country/

The Poisonous Love Bites:

Warriors,  each of our States has been bitten by the CCSS Machine’s CTE Love. We see celebrities touting the need for training workforce, we see our legislators fawning over trained workers for their State’s economy worse than nature during mating season, we have watched as our President has led initiatives to use school counselors to ‘win’ over more students for aligned career tracks, and so much more. How is the ‘love’ spread? Money with strings. Agenda with promises. Sold out citizens in key places hell-bent on reshaping our nation to no longer be the “land of the free/home of the brave”, but to be the ‘land of the controllers/home of the enslaved’.

Warrior’s Actions:

1) All of these Bills (in the 3 articles) have been introduced and are in Committees until Congress reconvenes Sept. 6, 2016.
2) All of these Bills are purposed moves by the CCSS Machine. The private parts of the Machine are influencing the public parts of the Machine to make all the alignment efforts complete.
3) We can work together to influence the Congress members to halt all these Bills!
4) We MUST act quickly and with accuracy.
5) Women on the Wall is currently working on resources for  our anti CCSS Warrior influence for maximum impact. If you have any desire to help stop the CCSS Machine’s rolling through D.C., please contact me. If you are familiar with Women’s leader, Alice Linahan, please contact her as well. We will be dissecting these latest CTE moves next week during the broadcast.

I leave you with this motivation:

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Congress Loves CTE

congresscteAnti CCSS/ESSA Warriors, it’s one thing that Congress is in its recess right now, but have you seen what they did just before leaving D.C.?  Look above. Both of these, HR5587 AND S3271 made their debut in July 2016.

If you have followed my research and writing for long, you know that one of my specialties is ‘Common Core’ after high school, regardless of where the PreK through High School is completed.

If you haven’t followed me long, then you haven’t seen how, in the fall of 2014, I exposed the Adult Common Core State Standards, or how, I exposed how the Career and Technical Education was changed to Career Tech Education. You haven’t seen where I tied Career Clusters, Career Pathways, The American Apprenticeship Initiative, STEM, and STEM to STEAM, back to Common Core. To keep the focus on what is current, I will not be sharing the links to each of these juggernauts. However, if you need the information, please, let me know.

 

The Purposed Legislative Scramble ( more background before we tackle the ‘latest’ news):

In one of my articles published not long after the ink was dry on ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act), I told you the WIOA (Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act) was embedded in ESSA about 65 times. WIOA is also linked to HEA (Higher Education Act) via the Carl Perkins funding.

WIOA also ties back to the American Apprenticeships and STEM (along with the STEM to STEAM). ESSA has STEM embedded too. Most citizens have been shocked when I share with them that STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math; the ‘a’ was added later and embedded the Arts in STEM to create STEAM) is NOT separate from CCSS (Common Core State Standards) but is in fact a product of the interaction between the PCAST (President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology) and the President USING CCSS as a detractor from what was really happening! Just as CCSS is no friend to education reform, the way STEM has been rolled out, is not a friend either. Why? The goal of STEM is not education, but a ‘workforce nation’. Does this sound familiar?!

Think of it this way:

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Warriors, there has been NO mistake about the workforce shift. There has been no law related (in any way, shape, form, or fashion) to education without it. These have been  carefully plotted moves in the making for YEARS. As other researchers have also shown you, the movement is global, not exclusive to America.

So, it shouldn’t really be a surprise to find our Congress creating MORE legislation along the streamlined workforce path already in place.

What’s a Warrior to do?! Speak up to your Congress members. Especially if they are sponsoring either HR5587 or S3271. Spread the knowledge, many citizens in America are convinced that CCSS (and now ESSA) is ONLY K-12 and in traditional type schools. THIS IS A LIE, regardless who tells you!

ESSA has birth to first grade readiness, special needs alignment, dual and concurrent enrollment, AP or IB classes/courses, and every conceivable education choice ensnared. Either through the digital assessments (to take place inside and outside the home), funding (not just education funds, but health/human services, labor, commerce, etc.), FASFA forms, and/or wrap around services for entire communities.  ESSA is written to conform, not to free States.

 

HR 5587, Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act:

Link to the Press Release: http://edworkforce.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=400923

Here’s what we need to know as Warriors Against Fed Led Ed:
1) Being championed as a ‘bipartisan’ piece of great legislation, 5587, passed the Ed and Workforce (U.S. House of Representatives) by a vote of 37-0.
2) 5587 was introduced by Rep. Thompson of PA and Rep. Clark from MA.
3) Press release is dated July 2016, Congress is in recess until early September.
4) The purpose of 5587? “reauthorizes and reforms the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act to help more Americans enter the workforce with the skills they need to compete for high-skilled, in-demand jobs.”
5) Be sure to read the other Representatives who are featured in the Press Release. Take note of Rep. Kline’s. He was a huge backer of ESSA before it was called ESSA. Speaking of such, remember when you step into the voting booths in November that the House of Representative’s education bill (HR5) went on to become key in ESSA’s language. Also remember the voting record of HR5..it had not a single “No” vote.
6) You will also see several bullet points about the great flexibility States will have to streamline work and education (there is even a shameless plug for how it will help taxpayers). As we have proven with ESSA, State and local flexibility is not true.
7) 5587 is 88 pages long. It takes effect 7/1/17. Subtle shifts in language (just as in ESSA) pack a powerful punch. How so? See for yourselves, “(A) by striking ‘‘academic and career and  technical skills’’ and inserting ‘‘academic knowledge and technical and employability skills’’; (B) by inserting ‘‘and programs of study’’  after ‘‘technical education programs’’;  (2) in paragraph (3), by striking ‘‘, including  tech prep education’’;  (3) in paragraph (4), by inserting ‘‘and programs of study’’ after ‘‘technical education programs’’; and  5  (4) in paragraph (6), by inserting ‘‘or programs’’ after ‘‘education schools’’ ”
8) You’ll also see other big shifts in the language, like ‘in demand’ occupations, regionally based education, competency based education, etc.
Get the download Act 5587:
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(*Note: I will be doing a more in-depth article about 5587 in the near future, as I will with
S3271)

S3271, Workforce Advance Act:

The Press Release from Sen. Bennet (CO)‘s website: https://www.bennet.senate.gov/?p=release&id=3742
Again, bipartisanship is being heralded.
Again, ‘more choice’ in learning (a very false positive statement). See how Sen. Bennet’s website stated it, give more high school students the opportunity to take career and technical education college courses that can help prepare them for success in the 21st century. The Workforce Advance Act will help strengthen and expand dual and concurrent enrollment and early college high school options as part of Perkins-supported career technical education (CTE) programs. Strong CTE programs can provide vital access to the knowledge and skills needed for job and career success.”

But that’s not all S3271 will do. Check out what teachers have to look forward to, “The bill would allow schools to use a portion of the funding they receive through the Perkins Career and Technical Education Act for tuition and fees for CTE college courses. It would also allow school districts to use funding to support teachers pursuing the credentials needed to teach these courses in their high schools, helping to remove a barrier to providing access to college credit. Finally, 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.”

Warriors, ‘region specific education’ is already written into ESSA. Teachers being trained to teach post-secondary readiness (for college and career) is already written into ESSA! ‘National activities’ and CTE activities’ are also already written into ESSA!

Other tentacles of WIOA, HEA, STEM, and ESSA in S3271:
1) apprenticeships
2) public-private partnerships, especially in businesses
3) data mining and sharing of data between U.S. Dept. of Ed, U.S. Dept. of Labor, U.S. Commerce Dept., and all of these at the State levels, too.
4) more use of students as ‘lab rats’ for ‘evidence based research’.
5) how those in rural areas will be encompassed
6) special needs tracks for CTE will also increase

See the S3271https://www.congress.gov/bill/114th-congress/senate-bill/3271/text
Presently, the U.S. Senate’s HELP (Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions) Committee has S3271. This is also the same group headed by Sen. Lamar Alexander. HELP is also charged with checking up on how ESSA is progressing.

Where did the backbone for S3271 come from? According to the Senate’s supporting documents for S3271, the State Directors for CTE  and the Assoc. for CTE created a document of principles for S3271. See: Senate Principles Crosswalk_FINAL

What you see below is the evidence to verify what my research has already shown,
1) that WIOA is, in fact embedded in ESSA.
2) that school counselors (per a White House led Initiative) are to influence students
(related will be the counselors at the one-stop-job/career-centers where non traditional students and those seeking a job will be influenced)
3) that ANY school receiving Perkins funding will be impacted (this includes the proprietary (for profit) schools and virtual schools.

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Closing:

Reach out and contact a Congress member soon. If you Tweet, use any of the info above to create appropriate messages of dissent. If you have access to them in other social media, use whatever you need to make your points. Here is a list of the Congressional Twitter accounts: https://twitter.com/verified/lists/us-congress/members?lang=en

Can we stop Congress from passing these? I believe we can. Both have only been introduced. Both haven’t cleared their respective Chambers, much less crossed over. Neither has been signed into law yet. Let’s get busy, Warriors!

What you see below is from Dec. 2015, when Perkins Funding received an extension to continue funding across the nation for all those in CTE courses. It was signed just days after ESSA was passed into law.

The rope is tightening, Warriors, but we can break that rope with massive amounts of teamwork!

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FTF: Revisit to Redesigned CCSS High School

Anti CCSS Warriors, back in May 2015, I shared with you the article about the “Redesigning American High Schools”. However, just yesterday, I had a warrior from the NE USA, send me the picture you’ll see below. It’s part of the “XQ, American Super School Project”.

Be  sure to click on this picture to enlarge it.
Be sure to click on this picture to enlarge it.

To access my May 2015 article, see: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/05/09/sic-em-saturday-aligned-summer/
To access the document about the redesign, you can search the internet for “Reinventing the American High School for the 21st Century” from the Association of Career and Technical Education, published 2006 or click here. Reinventing_American_High_School  Part one of this older document shows you the (then) current efforts to redesigning American High Schools. Go back and read what those efforts were when you can. However, for the rest of this report, we’ll look at the XQ Project and even more related to it.

Apple’s Part:

The XQ Project” has ties to Apple, Inc. (as in the computers branded “Apple”) Who’s behind “XQ”? Steve Jobs widow. See: http://mobile.nytimes.com/2015/09/14/us/laurene-powell-jobs-commits-dollar50-million-to-create-new-high-schools.html?referrer&_r=0
If you’re not sure who Steve Jobs was, he was one of the co-founders of Apple Computers. Now known as “Apple, Inc.”.  How is Apple connected to CCSS? CTE? For starters, see the ‘education’ section of the Apple, Inc.’s website: http://www.apple.com/education/connectED/

Here’s another Apple/CCSS, CTE tie, the assessments connected to CCSS/CTE, see: http://www.cft.org/news-publications/newsletters/california-teacher/september-october-2013/a-year-of-transition-preparing-for-the-common-core-standards.html

What’s “ConnectEd”? The ConnectEd is a direct link to the White House and more CCSS/CTE. How? Digitally, my fellow warriors. See the pdf document:
https://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/docs/connected_fact_sheet.pdf
The ‘smoking gun’ for ConnectEd, digital, and CCSS? Race-to-the-Top! See: http://www2.ed.gov/programs/racetothetop-district/index.html

The XQ Project:

Website: http://xqsuperschool.org/challenge
The mission/challenge is longer than the excerpt I’m including, but it’s important you see this much.
“The Super School Project is an open call to reimagine and design the next American high school. In towns and cities far and wide, teams will unite and take on this important work of our time: rethinking and building schools that deeply prepare our students for the rigorous challenges of college, jobs, and life.”

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So What Does “XQ” stand for? According to the website, it’s a combination of one’s IQ (your cognitive abilities)  and your EQ (how well you learn with others) to create something ‘extra special’. To learn more about how this is to all work together for rigor for all, see: http://xqsuperschool.org/about (*NOTE: you’ll also see the ‘collective’ partnerships)
If you’d like to see the student led ‘voices’ connected to the XQ, visit: http://xqsuperschool.org/voices
As far as much more information, you’ll find it’s not very transparent, at least on the website.

However, jump over to Twitter, look up the #Rethinkhighschool and you’ll see celebrities, athletes, and others weighing in with ideas like ”What if parents got tax deductions based on their kids grades?”(Ashton Kutchner) and “We talk a lot about innovation and problem solving, but we aren’t training our kids to do it.” (Joe Montana)
However, the tweets worth noticing aren’t from the rich and famous, they are from groups which support aligned assessments, more in-depth skills based learning, and on and on. Watch for “New Tech Network” and “American Dream Schools”. The former supports the deep learning, the latter is on a mission to transform thousands of high schools in the next 10 years. (*Note: “American Dream Schools” has 2 Twitter accounts, one tagged “Deeper Learning” as well as their ADS name).

American Dream Schools:

Their website: http://www.righttosucceed.org/
Serving advisors include a Gates Foundation Senior member as well as a member of the IL Charter Schools! (See: http://www.righttosucceed.org/#!advisors/c165s)
Their take on the educational crisis? Preventing drop outs in high school. Here’s an excerpt from one of the co-founders, “I worry that education reform is so focused on what we are fighting against (bad schools, bad teachers, bad unions, bad districts, bad funding, bad parenting, bad kids, and bad communities) that there is no vision about what we should be fighting for – great schools for every neighborhood!”

Want to see what a real ADS looks like? (be prepared..it’s about preparing for the workplace)

Notice, this began in Napa Valley, CA (very close by is Silicon Valley, where many businesses are. As are many venture capitalists. How do these play into this redesigned education movement? See my previously published article: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2014/09/16/from-the-files-tuesday-down-in-the-valley/

Deeper Learning:

Their website: http://deeperlearning4all.org/
Their base of research appears to be AIR (American Institutes of Research), however they also use PISA assessments and other well connected CCSS/CTE/CCR groups or tools. In fact, I’m sharing with you the 30 CCSS results I got when I searched the website for “Common Core” (see:
http://deeperlearning4all.org/?s=Common+Core&source=global)

If you’d like to see just how deeply the Deeper Learning folks are into all things Common Core (including college and career readiness (CCR), career technical education (CTE), be sure to look at the ‘resources’ page. Just be sure you have something to throw at the wall when you read it all..it’s like a ‘who’s who’ of agenda laden CCSS supporters. (see: http://deeperlearning4all.org/resources)

The group behind “Deeper Learning” is the “Alliance for Excellent Education”. I wrote about AEE back in July 2015. See: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/07/13/todays-the-day-will-ecaa-survive/
Why do I bring up the Alliance? Simple,refer to their statement on student data dashboards. http://all4ed.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/DataDashboards.pdf

Here’s what the cover illustration looked like:

Note how your student is to be measured. Note what's missing!
Note how your student is to be measured. Note what’s missing!

Closing:

It seems the ties to connect all of the above are in reality quite simple. Data, agenda, and our schools. The chokehold on our schools? The Common Core State Standards Initiative and all that it encompasses. The payoff for the likes of Apple, Project XQ, Deeper Learning, the Gates Foundation, the Alliance for Excellent Education, and all those others joined at the hip? A manageable trained workforce creating a rich economy for a select few.

Tech Thursday: Career Pathways Meet Competency Based Pathways

Just released a day or so ago,  an article describing how Achieve, Inc (a huge part of the CCSS Machine) and the NASDCTEc (National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium) joined forces to complete their look at how the progress between Career and Technical Education and Competency Based Pathways was coming along.

According to the article, each state has BOTH a CTE arm AND a CBP arm. If you’ve followed my blog long, you know we’ve delved into the CTE side of Common Core quite a bit. Today, we’ll look at the CBP side of Common Core. Below is the screen shot from the NC CBP documents sharing webspace.

The Article: 

From “Getting Smart”, a pro CCSS/CTE site, http://gettingsmart.com/2015/08/ctecbe/

Here’s one short statement directly from the article that we need to have in fighting to save our educational systems and all who are involved in them.
“One system that has often been overlooked in conversations about competency based pathways has been that of career technical education (CTE).”

From NC’s CBP (Competency Based Pathways) Information:

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From what I can tell, this particular NC webspace of information, is from 2013. If you cannot access the screen shot, here’s the website address: https://sites.google.com/site/competencybasedpathways/home/policy-frameworks/state-policy/state-policy-resources

This particular framework gives lots of great anti Common Core warrior information. You can see which pro CCSS groups are involved in reshaping what education is really accomplishing; you’ll see the states not embracing a big push to complete their CBP (Competency Based Pathways) strategies; you’ll see the states in the throes of completing their CBP designs; you’ll learn which states are ‘racing ahead’ in their CBP grasp on our students.

Here’s the basic idea about state policies in education, at least in the CBP Way:
a) ‘good’ policy moves include using students outcome to drive precedents.
b) ‘guarding’ those high quality academic standards
c) ‘create’ a community wide education effort (ie: must include ALL ‘stakeholders’)
d) offer incentives to help force certain outcomes and remove any rules or regulations not encouraging ‘more ways to learn/earn’

Some other great information you can use to fight the CCSS Machine’s grasp on local education:
“seat time waivers”
CBP exploratory task forces
CBP pilot programs
Flexible credit awards (means there’s more than one way to earn that degree)
Expanding educational offerings so the entire K-12 system, the community, is not only involved in CBP, but thriving in it.
Elimination of certain educational parameters that have serve our communities for long periods of time.
Aligning ALL K-12 students with CBP choices.

These items AND others are being used to re-arrange education infrastructure right under our noses!

What do I mean? Here’s the excerpt from NC’s CBP information for an Advanced CBP state:
“A few states are racing ahead, designing policies that boldly advance competency-based learning. They provide excellent building blocks in the nascent field of competency-based systems for designing comprehensive state policy frameworks. Drawing upon the lessons learned from the most advanced states, an initial starting point for aligning the policy infrastructure include: 

  • Eliminate seat-time and redefine awarding credits based on competencies.
  • Require districts to offer competency-based credits so that students have competency-based options.
  • Provide support mechanisms including technical assistance providers to create competencies, train teachers, and establish information management systems.
  • Establish quality-control mechanisms to safeguard equity and to ensure that higher expectations for student learning are not compromised. 
  • Expand learning options in the community, after school, and in online courses.
  • Align higher education with K–12 competency-based efforts. Teacher training, college admissions, and streamlining budgets to support accelerated learning are all critical elements to creating a sustainable competency-based approach.
  • Design balanced assessment systems and accountability systems that provide valuable information for improving student learning and school performance. “To read more, be sure to access the website for NC’s information given above. Below is a screen shot of just one of the other CBP resources available from this webspace.
iNACOL, the International Association for K-12 Online Learning created this map in 2013.
iNACOL, the International Association for K-12 Online Learning created this map in 2013.

iNACOL’s part of the CCSS Machine as well, my Warriors! See: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/06/08/monday-musings-ccss-tech-schedule/ (This recent article, June 2015, shares how iNACOL is helping communities become ‘blended learners’)
Then, see this one: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2014/10/24/fom-friday-knowledgeworks-or-knowledge-quirks/
(This article from 2014, shares how iNACOL has partnered with KnowledgeWorks, the CCSSO (Chief Council of State School Officers), and others to bring about not only competency based education, but entire aligned cities and towns to the CCSS Machine’s agenda.
Achieve, Inc.’s Part of the CCSS Machine?

While many of us anti CCSS Warriors/researchers/writers have shared plenty of proof for Achieve, Inc. and CCSS, almost everything I’ve written about them is from the CTE, higher education, and/or Career Pathways side of education. I’m including only the MOST relevant articles about Achieve’s OTHER aspirations for aligning all the CCSS/CTE, CP, and now CBP it can.
See: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/03/13/fom-achieving-cc-aligned-competencies/
(This is from March 2015 and gives you the report of transforming high school transcripts to become just like the post=secondary ones..full of CBPs! It also lays out the ties to the New England Secondary Education Consortium’s ties to Bill Gates)
Then: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2014/11/13/tech-thursday-collegecareer-readiness-success-and-common-core/
(This article from 2014, is a virtual snake pit of CCSS Machine groups, Achieve, Inc. being only one of them, with not only the plan for CCSS, College and Career Readiness Standards to meet and assimilate into Competency Based Learning, but the states already divided up!)
Finally, to see Achieve, Inc.’s latest report, as mentioned in the “Getting Smart” article,
http://www.achieve.org/CBP
NASDCTEc’s Part in the CCSS Machine:

This group is no stranger to me due to all my research. While I’ve written about them several times, again, I’m only giving you the MOST relevant articles. Use all the documents, links, etc. you can in this to share with those in your realms of influence who don’t see the dots connecting yet! We must!
See: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2014/11/16/rmt-vp-unions-career-tech-and-common-core/
(This is from November 2014 and gives you how the Vice President, Career and Technical Education, Perkins Funding, and NASDCTEc’s in unison to transform education into workforce training.)
Then: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/03/12/tech-thursday-difference-between-careers/
(This one, from March 2015, gives you not only the NASDCTEc’s portion of the CCSS Machine, but the ACTE’s (Association for Career Technical Education) portion, too! You’ll also get to find out how Harvard University is related to all this; how the Gates Foundation helped fund ACTE for the EXPRESS purpose of aligning CCSS and CTE.)
To see the August 3rd, 2015 NASDCTEc/Achieve, Inc. joint report on strengthening the ties between competencies and your students, http://www.achieve.org/CTECBPConnections

Note how Achieve is using iNACOL's definition to guide your state's CBP.
Note how Achieve is using iNACOL’s definition to guide your state’s CBP.

Lastly, you’ll need the “Imperative” report for state leaders from Achieve’s ‘related’ resources for all the competency based pathways and their policies to be set into stone.
http://www.achieve.org/imperative-state-leadership

 

Anti CC Warrior Action Update

Join us tonight from 9 pm to 11 pm to let your outrage against CCSS Machine be felt in D.C.!
Join us tonight from 9 pm to 11 pm to let your outrage against CCSS Machine be felt in D.C.!

Anti CCSS Warriors! Time is our friend today. We’ve still got some hours let to contact Congress before the Senate picks up where it left off on Thursday with the ‘Every Child Achieves Act’. We’ve known it’s a war, but the punches pulled this weekend to try to deter us from the pro CCSS side have been many. However, our powerful messages have also been seen, felt, and heard. With so much at stake, neither side is willing to back down. We must stand firm!

The above screen shot is from a few days ago. Last night’s figures were well over 7,000 tweets strong to D.C. Congratulations, warriors! We have a fresh day today to make that number go even higher AND a Patriot Network Anti CCSS Rally tonight from 9 pm to 11 pm, Eastern Time.

If you’d like to track the anti CC outrage for yourselves, be sure to use the following PJNET page: http://patriotjournalist.com/Tracking.php?Seq=56 (*NOTE: you’ll need to reload the page to get the absolute latest information)

You can also retweet every previously sent message! That also sends even more ire to D.C.! Just use the numbered tabs at the bottom of the “Action” page. Action page, ICYMI:
http://patriotjournalist.com/CommonCoreAction.php?v=6

 

The Pro CC Side’s Barrage:

Why am I bringing their side up? Some of our most effective information tactics can be found in the rhetoric from their propaganda. How? Think about it, most everything the pro CC side has dished up to us for a long time now, has sounded like it’s all from the same person…no matter how many different supporters you find.  The truth, however, has much power! Yes, it needs to be repeated, but since it is the truth, it won’t sound like a worn out recording. So, that said, let’s look at the biggest ‘info’ barrage messages the pro side gave us during the past few days:

1) From the Education and Workforce Committee’s Twitter page, comes this supportive message for more ‘Core’:
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Rep. Mike Bishop shared the above and called it ‘one step closer to fixing NCLB’. Rep. Bishop is from Michigan.

How, we, the anti CCSS Warriors can use this? As a visual, show how inaccurate this is! As a verbal or written message? Think about how if House members are calling HR5 ‘one step closer’, know the Senate’s mindset is the same. Knowing that you can express how Every Child Achieves is, in fact, not one step closer to fixing anything in education!

2) From the Sec. of Education, July 7th’s message to the world:

A 'stain'?! Is is kidding any of us?
A ‘stain’?! Is is kidding any of us?

How, we, the Anti CCSS Warriors can use this one, is simply this. Use all the facts we have to show where the inequalities of a CCSS education are!

3) From the Network for Public Education, as seen Saturday, July 11th:

NPE has come out in support of ECAA.
NPE has come out in support of ECAA.

The article being referred to? This link will take you to it:
 http://dianeravitch.net/2015/07/11/network-for-public-education-offers-qualified-endorsement-of-every-child-achieves-act/


How, we, the Anti CCSS warrior can use this to ‘fire ire to D.C.’ over the ECAA?

Well, for starters, know that there’s more to the story.
Back in May 2015, I published an article that surrounded Sen. Tester’s amendment about assessments and how NPE was backing it. This is important NOW, so take a few minutes are read it. I want to you to connect the dots on your own.

See: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/05/26/ftf-ccss-testing-bill-maybe-maybe-not/ (*NOTE: Sen. Tester’s amendment has since been voted to be part of the ECAA. You will see I refer to HR5, as well. HR5 is brought up, only as a comparison, since at that point in time, it was to be voted upon first.)


Related resources to further illustrate the toxic ties between one of the ECAA’s leaders and one of NPE’s leaders:
a) Anita Hoge’s documentation tying Sen. Alexander and Ms. Ravitch, NPE’s co-founder.
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B6zikOSdV-TAZHZSVmxUWUlmakE/view?pli=1

b) My previously published article about the CTE  Conference where Ravitch was a featured speaker. Also included in this particular article is the U.S. Vice President, organized unions, and MORE! (*NOTE: CTE, Career and Technical Education, aka post-secondary CCSS, which has been shown up in elementary grades, too)
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2014/11/16/rmt-vp-unions-career-tech-and-common-core/

c) The ACTE (Association for Career and Technical Education) has a priority list out for any federal legislation (HR5, Student Success Act;  ECAA, Every Child Achieves Act; HEA, Higher Education Act; and the CPA, College Promise Act). Those priorities? Embed CTE in every one of these so that America would be:
“Ensuring all students have access to high-quality CTE programs in high schools and post-secondary institutions o building a strong system of CTE around the country, which should begin early in a student’s education with career awareness and broad knowledge and then build pathways to more specific career-readiness skills through connections among secondary and postsecondary education and the labor market.
To support the notion of a strong system of CTE around the country and access for all, ensure that the Perkins Act remain primarily a formula grant designed to support all CTE programs that are willing to make a commitment to high levels of quality and continuous program improvement.”
(*NOTE: this priority list was not released this weekend, it’s been out for a while. You can see the entire document: 
http://www.acteonline.org/uploadedFiles/Assets_and_Documents/Global/files/Policy/Perkins_%20Priorities_Final.pdf)

Closing:

I’ve shared all the above, so that we can see just how deceptive the pro CCSS side has been. If we are resisting Common Core and its Machine, we MUST know exactly where those who are supporting it stand. We’ve known they will stoop to all levels of deceiving us. However, we must press on. We have the truth! We must protect our students, teachers, and families!

Our purpose this weekend is clear: influence the Senate with as MUCH truth about the illegally based CC Standards;  the inappropriate education continued in ECAA and all related bills; and how, we, the citizens will NOT STAND FOR THIS!

 

Tech Thursday: When You Think It’s Not CCSS, But It Is!!

Can you believe the U.S. Congress has a CTE (adult CCSS) caucus??!! Wow!
Can you believe the U.S. Congress has a CTE (adult CCSS) caucus??!! Wow!

If you’ve not heard of the U.S. Congress’ Career and Technical Education Caucuses, by the end of this article, you will know quite a bit.

Websites: http://careerandtechnicaleducationcaucus-langevin.house.gov/ (*Note: this is the U.S. House of Representative’s Caucus)
http://www.portman.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/2014/1/portman-kaine-announce-career-technical-education-caucus (*Note this is the press release announcing the Senate’s CTE Caucus from 2014)

Differences between the two (aside from the separate chambers in D.C.)?:

The House’s CTE Caucus has been in action since 2007; The Senate’s geared up in 2014.

ACTE, Not the First Time I’ve Written About Them:

The ACTE (Association for Career and Technical Education) has this tidbit on their CTE Caucus page,
“…call attention to CTE as a proven method for promoting America’s continued economic growth and ensuring that our students have the skills they need to succeed.” To see more from ACTE about the background of U.S. Congressional CTE caucuses: http://www.acteonline.org/caucus/#.VVPesflViko
From the Senate Caucus link above, Senator Portman’s announcement put CTE this way, “The Senate Career and Technical Education Caucus, a counterpart to the House Career and Technical Education Caucus, will support efforts to ensure all students have access to high-quality, rigorous career and technical education to prepare them for college and for their future careers. It will also work to ensure that unemployed and displaced adult and youth workers have better access to training that is accountable, equips them with skills that are relevant in the job market, and ultimately delivers results for the taxpayer.”

ACTE’s Letter to the U.S. President encouraging MORE aligned CTE and that it be rewarded!!
Here’s the text of the letter (the emphases you ‘ll see are mine):

May 23, 2014

The Honorable Barack Obama
President of the United States
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500

Dear Mr. President,

We write today regarding the U.S. Presidential Scholars program, and career and technical education.

The U.S. Presidential Scholars program celebrated its 50th class of scholars this month.  President Johnson created this outstanding program by Executive Order in 1964.  It honors graduating high school seniors for academic excellence, artistic accomplishments, and civic contributions.  High school students apply based on their scores on college entrance assessments (the SAT or ACT).  Further evaluation occurs based on school transcripts, leadership, and contributions to the community.

This program also has a component for students in the arts.  Each year, up to 20 U.S. Presidential Scholars in the Arts are also selected, based on nominations by the National Young Arts Foundation through their YoungArts program.  These Scholars in the Arts are chosen for their accomplishments in the visual, literary and performing arts, as well as for their scholarship, leadership and public service.

The existence of the Presidential Scholars in the Arts program demonstrates a commitment to recognizing excellence in our high school students in multiple ways.  We urge you to create, by Executive Order, a Presidential Career and Technical Scholars program.  

Career and technical education (CTE) programs are a proven method to prepare secondary and postsecondary students with the rigorous academic and technical skills needed to compete in today’s global economy and to further their education.  It is in our national interest to not only provide all students access to rigorous CTE programs of study, but to also encourage high attainment by CTE students.

Over the past two decades, CTE programs around the country have responded to the growing skills gap by increasing the rigor of their programs through secondary-postsecondary links, dual enrollment and alignment with business and industry needs.  Today’s CTE programs are aligned with the needs of the 21st century workforce in career fields such as engineering, information technology, healthcare, and advanced manufacturing. In response to the increased rigor in programs, CTE student performance has risen to the challenge in dramatic fashion.

The Department of Education recently announced that the average U.S. high school graduation rate was 80 percent and Secretary Duncan pledged to push forward to close the gap to 90 percent.  CTE is playing an important role in achieving this goal, with the average graduation rate for CTE concentrators already above 90 percent. Moreover, secondary CTE students are more likely to pursue postsecondary education than their non-CTE counterparts. And CTE students are competing in world class competitions to test their knowledge in ways no standardized test could.  For example, the Skills USA WorldTeam earned a silver medal in the 2013 World Skills competition in Leipzig, Germany.

Your administration has called for an emphasis on college- and career-ready standards in our schools. In your most recent State of the Union address, you highlighted the importance of students obtaining some form of postsecondary training.

As you prepare to deliver the commencement address at Worcester Technical High School on June 11, 2014, we urge you to support rigorous CTE programs around the country and to recognize high-performing CTE students.  It is time we recognize and value the efforts of our students who have chosen CTE pathways.

As cofounders of the Senate Career and Technical Education Caucus, we urge you to issue an Executive Order to establish a Presidential Career and Technical Scholars Award in line with other presidential awards for student achievement in academics and the creative arts.

Sincerely,

U.S. Senator Tim Kaine
U.S. Senator Rob Portman
U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin

I’ll be sure to include the links for you to follow so you can see why I emphasized the portions of letter that I did. But let’s continue the Caucus focus, shall we??

The House’s Caucus:

Right now, H.B 2317 is in the spotlight. What’s the bill about, Career Choice Counseling. Why is this a big deal? If you’ve not seen my article exposing how big the push to align school counselors is to all things CCSS, CCR (college and career ready) and CTE is, then read it first, then read H.B. 2317’s description. (See: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2014/10/10/fridays-post-breaking-news-you-need-to-know/)
Here’s a portion of the description for H.B. 2317, “Amends the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 to direct the Secretary of Education to award competitive establishment grants to states to develop and implement comprehensive school counseling programs that provide students with effective postsecondary education planning and career guidance services.” (to read the rest of the description, http://careerandtechnicaleducationcaucus-langevin.house.gov/legislation) To access the H.B. 2317 full text, https://www.congress.gov/bill/113th-congress/house-bill/2317

The Senate’s Caucus:

Recently, they passed a resolution (March 2015) supporting all things CTE/STEM related and even added language that appears to glorify rigor, college/career readiness and so much more. You’ll need to read it for yourselves to see what I mean. See: https://www.congress.gov/congressional-record/2015/03/03/senate-section/article/S1254-1

Back to the ACTE for a moment:

If you’d like to keep up with what the Caucuses of BOTH the House and Senate are up to, the best place is the ACTE’s Caucus page titled “CTE Policy Watch”.  For example, if you go to their website right now, you’d see how we as citizens of each of our states needs to urge our members to push for MORE CTE via Perkins Funding! To access the CTE Policy page, http://ctepolicywatch.typepad.com/blog/cte-caucus/

Related resources to help you connect the dots:
*How Perkins Funding is being used to push more adult level CCSS (aka CTE):
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2014/11/20/tech-thursday-perkins-gets-the-common-core-squeeze/

*How Skills USA and others are connected to CTE and more CCSS:
Part 2: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/05/07/tech-thursday-upskilling-america-part-2/
Part 1: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/05/06/wybi-upskilling-america-part-1/

*How CTE and CCSS intersect:
1) https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/04/09/tech-thursday-recapping-higher-ed-cteccss/
2) https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2014/09/04/common-core-after-high-school-reality-check/

*About Job Development Grants our States are up for (ties CTE and more competitive funding to each of the 50 U.S. States)
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/03/25/wybi-job-development-grants-and-ccss/

*More on ACTE:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/03/12/tech-thursday-difference-between-careers/

Of the many Career Cluster maps, here's the U.S. Dept. of Ed's
Of the many Career Cluster maps, here’s the U.S. Dept. of Ed’s

Tech Thursday: Difference Between Careers

In our fight against Common Core, we’ve learned that it’s a lie to think CC is only for K-12. We’ve learned it’s before K and after 12th. So, what IS the difference between a Career Cluster and a Career Pathway? They are both Common Core aligned. I often thought they were the same thing, just using difference names to throw the anti CCSS warriors a dud lead. Oh, but I think I’ve found out something new! Curious? I hope so!

One of the many CP logos, this one is from the U.S. Dept. of Ed.
One of the many CP logos, this one is from the U.S. Dept. of  Ed.

Above is one of the official logos for Career Pathways, below is one of the many logos for Career Clusters. Both of these are from the U.S. Dept. of Education. However, each state will have it’s own logo. Look for the similarities between the national levels and state levels in logos when you search your state’s.

Of the many Career Cluster maps, here's the U.S. Dept. of Ed's
Of the many Career Cluster maps, here’s the U.S. Dept. of Ed’s

So, is the U.S. Dept. of Education THE founder of Career Pathways/Clusters? Great question. As far as my research has been able to confirm, not only has the U.S. Government dreamed this up years ago, along the way it has had help from various outside sources as well. More recently, the joint project between Harvard University and Pearson Publishing (Pathways to Prosperity) catapulted the movement into high gear.

But, don’t leave out the Association for Career Technical Education(ACTE) , or the National Association of State Directors for Career Technical Education Consortium(NASDCTEc). These groups have spent millions of dollars aligning curriculum, courses, and creating caucuses to ensure CCSS is carried over into the post-secondary world.

Career Cluster/Pathway History:

According to one website I found the Career Cluster movement began back in 1996. Here’s an excerpt, “The Career Clusters Initiative began in 1996 in the U.S. as the Building Linkages Initiative and was a collaborative effort between the U.S. Department of Education, the Office of Vocational and Adult Education (OVAE), the National School-to-Work Office (NSTWO) and the National Skill Standards Board (NSSB). The purpose of the Initiative was to establish linkages among State educational agencies, secondary and postsecondary educational institutions, employers, industry groups, other stakeholders and Federal agencies. The goal was to create curricular frameworks in broad career clusters, designed to prepare students to transition successfully from high school to postsecondary education and employment in a career area.” To see the rest of the history this WorkSuite website has, see: http://www.theworksuite.com/pathways_stem.html (*NOTE: this appears to be a pro STEM/CCSS site, however, the links and information are worth considering in fighting CCSS/STEM)
To see the Federal Registry announcement from 2000 about Career Clusters, see: http://www2.ed.gov/legislation/FedRegister/announcements/2000-4/120600a.html

Related Resources:

 Simply put: 

So, what exactly is the difference? Here’s a great explanation I found on a website for MN’s Career Pathways.

Career pathways are small groups of occupations within a career cluster. Occupations within a pathway share common skills, knowledge, and interests. (source: https://www.iseek.org/careers/pathways.html)

So When DID CCSS enter the Career Pathways/Clusters Business?

Another excellent question! I have included the 2011 Council of Chief State School Officer’s document which details how the Career Tech Assessment world was to become CCSS aligned. See: CTE Assessment White Paper – Final

Obviously, certain members of the CCSS Machine think aligning careers is cool.
Obviously, certain members of the CCSS Machine think aligning careers is cool.

Closing:

So, while we’ve learned that Career Clusters and Career Pathways are not the same thing, we also have learned how both are CCSS aligned. No career can truly be its best when it is aligned with standards, programs, curricula based on a lie. What a dreadful future we face. No future aligned to STEM (which, if you’ll remember was the main agenda years ago with CCSS as the delivery system, see my PCAST, STEM, and CCSS article from 2014) OR CCSS can help our students succeed or our nation be fantastic. I think careers are great, I think assessments, learning about the subjects are worthy. I just don’t believe we are best served by running all of these through the CCSS Machine.