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Watch Out, Alignment Ahead!

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For this edition of Weekend News, I thought we should take an updated look at the ‘FREE’ College Movement run by the Federal Government, not local control. All anti-CCSS/CTE (Common Core State Standards/Career Tech Education) and federally led education Warriors should be aware of this push to transform America, from the inside out!

The Back Story:

The last time I wrote to you about Heads Up America, it was Sept. 2015. Has much changed with the movement? Since Arne Duncan’s departure from the U.S. Dept. of Education, has Dr. John King picked up the torch or extinguished it? After all, ‘free college’ is a hot political issue right now. We will find out what the absolute latest is in a bit, in the meantime…
Main points from the previously published  article include:
1) The cradle to career agenda portions of the CCSS Machine extend everywhere, in every State.
2) White House, top-down control and promotion.
3) Our community colleges used as the connector for all to a workforce based education.
4) Many U.S. Dept. of Labor grants; Programs for Higher Education from the U.S. Dept. of Education are ‘married’ to complete the cradle to career tracks.
5) Many well known supportive CCSS Machine members and groups are identified, as well as the documents to back it all up. If you need a true connect the dots from K-12 and Higher Education, this is it!
See: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/09/12/weekend-news-heads-up-higher-ed-cte-update/

The Vital Questions for 2016 and Beyond:

Now that you have the history of why I have written about the above at least twice, you may have plenty of questions, just like I do. Where is all this going? Will Dr. King continue the U.S. Dept. of Education’s marriage with the U.S. Dept. of Labor in cradle to career education? We have seen how the candidates (on every level of government) are claiming education solutions, but do they truly get just HOW embedded in America the transformation has progressed and is continuing to point to MORE alignment?

So, let’s start with the Heads Up! Movement and see what new plans have been laid out or, are being proposed.

1) From early Feb. 2016, the screen shot below introducing the Gateway Promise Program in WI and based on the Governor of TN’s plan.

http://headsupamerica.us/press/college-promise-campaign-celebrates-gateway-promise
http://headsupamerica.us/press/college-promise-campaign-celebrates-gateway-promise

2) More incentives for States to encourage P3s (public private partnerships)! Also announced in early Feb. 2016, this will support and align with the language in the ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) where P3s are not only encouraged, the relationships are now law. See the screen shot below:
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To access the entire press release explaining the monetary incentives for the States:
http://headsupamerica.us/press/strengthening-partnerships-between-businesses-and-community-colleges-grow-middle-class

3) Making no bones about the connections between Common Core, College and Career Readiness and a streamlined education, is the Mission Statement for Heads Up. Here is their statement, “We want to spread the message, far and wide. We’ll do that by leveraging the power of a robust, cross-sector engagement strategy throughout the campaign. A National Advisory Board has been convened to work closely with seven key sector-based Leadership Committees, together advocating for free community college, as well as degree and certificate completion for responsible students. The College Promise Campaign will mobilize an influential, diverse, broad–based and growing network to educate the public, elected officials, community and state stakeholders and the media on the benefits of the College Promise, emphasizing high-quality community college education. Leaders from four-year institutions and the business community will have multiple opportunities to participate and extend the impact of the College Promise beyond community colleges to ensure a high-performing pipeline of college and career-ready students flowing from K-12 through higher education.” The National Board appears to be the same today, as it did when I last wrote about the Heads Up. (see point #5 in the Back Story paragraph) To see who is among this National Board:
 http://headsupamerica.us/collegepromise

Related Articles:  ESSA and HEA’s union:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/12/05/weekend-news-essas-untold-ties-to-hea/
College Promise in the upcoming (FY 2017) Federal Education Budget Requests:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/02/13/big-bucks-for-post-secondary-ed/ (*Note: you will find other CCSS Machine members and organization revealed here.)

So, what has Dr. King said or done to carry the torch for all this? Here is an excerpt from his prepared speech from March 2016, “So while it’s true that college remains the greatest driver of socioeconomic mobility in America, it’s also true that if we don’t find ways to keep a college degree within reach for middle- and lower-class families, our institutions of higher education could end up having the opposite effect – they could become a barrier, not a bridge, to greater prosperity.” To see his entire speech,
http://www.ed.gov/news/speeches/ensuring-higher-education-all (*Note, notice his use of the ‘caste system’ in his speech.You will also need to see, how once again, the State of TN is heralded as a model. Take into consideration this is the State which is represented by Sen. Lamar Alexander, who championed the ESSA’s passage, the confirmation of Dr. King,  as well working on the upcoming re-authorization of the  HEA.)

Dr. King also conducted a national tour about colleges and alignment ‘sold as’ opportunity. See: http://www.ed.gov/news/media-advisories/us-acting-education-secretary-john-king-announces-opportunity-across-america-tour

Dr. King’s prepared speech on CTE (Career Tech Education, or as I have uncovered, the adult arm of the CCSS, which begins in middle schools and extends to high schools, dual enrollment classes, early college promise programs, and higher education.) Here is an excerpt, “I can’t think of a better venue to talk about the rapidly evolving field of CTE – Career and Technical Education. We’ve come a long way from what we used to refer to as vocational education. Today, every job that leads to a secure future requires critical thinking, problem solving and creativity, as well as some postsecondary education or training. The best CTE programs help students prepare for this future once they graduate from high school. Today’s CTE is about the future you can’t prepare for with just a textbook. It’s about learning how to build your own business, from an idea to a prototype and beyond. It’s about creating new tools to solve everyday problems. It’s about applying practical skills to tackle major challenges, like global warming or public health crises. One thing is clear—it’s not your grandfather’s “shop class.” ” To read the rest of his speech,
http://www.ed.gov/news/speeches/prepared-remarks-acting-us-secretary-education-john-b-king-jr

Related resources, “Made in America” and ‘Computer Science for All’, are two more White House Initiatives that will embed and align our nation to MORE federal control in education and joins the union between CCSS and the Depts. of Education/Labor.
My articles about both:
a) Made in America: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/10/29/tech-thursday-stemccss-push-making-it-american/
b) Computer Science for Allhttps://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/02/11/fed-ed-2017-are-you-ready/

Closing:
As our nation continues to face the upcoming elections in November 2016, we should take the above information and use it to question our candidates about what is being laid out in our States to support this. Are the candidates on board with this national overreach? Do they know about it? Will they purpose to NOT join in? Remember, the groundwork to get to this point has taken many years, much money, and is purposing us to become globally educated, employed, and aligned; not American educated, employed, or free!

 

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Big Bucks for Post Secondary Ed

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In this final in-depth look at the massive amount of taxpayer money being requested to continue the CCSS Machine’s overreach into education (at all levels), we will see what portions of the almost $70 billion will go to post-secondary education. A part of Common Core, Career Tech Education, College and Career Readiness, I have researched well over the past 5+ years.

Like the previous 2 articles, I will connect the programs to how they are not only embedded in legislation (such as ESSA {Every Student Succeeds Act}, but others like the ACPA {America’s College Promise Act 2015} and the HEA {Higher Education Act}.

A link to the Fed Ed Budget for students, families, and communities:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/02/11/fed-ed-2017-are-you-ready/

A link to the Fed Ed Budget for teachers and school leaders:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/02/12/fed-ed-budget-for-teachersleaders/

First Up: The Big Bucks for Post-Secondary Education:

1) Via the America’s College Promise (ACP) “Through an investment of $61 billion over the next decade, students would be able to earn the first half of a bachelor’s degree or an associate degree and earn the skills needed to succeed in the workforce – at no cost.”
The justification for this amount of money continues with, ACP also would provide grants to schools that support new low-income students, including those transferring from a community college. Students would be able to receive up to two years of college at these institutions at zero or significantly reduced tuition.”
While the U.S. Dept. of Ed Blog states what you see above, the U.S. Dept. of Ed’s Fact Sheet tells you a bit more. ACP, which would create a new partnership with States to make two years of community college free for responsible students..”

*What is noteworthy here is when you click on the embedded link to find out more about ACP, you are taken to a Fact Sheet for the America’s College Promise Act of 2015. (see Related Resources)

If you think community colleges are CCSS Machine-free (meaning not full of CCSS, CTE, and/or CCR {Common Core State Standards, Career Tech Education, and/or College Career Readiness} consider these:
a) The SREB (Southern Regional Education Board), a big CCSS Machine member has gone out of its way to use community colleges for a preK to PhD alignment. See my article (full of facts and embedded links to the documents):
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/04/25/sic-em-saturday-using-community-colleges-for-more-core/
b) The Adult CCSS Standards written by some of the same members of the other CCS StandardsCCRStandardsAdultEd

As far as the CCSS Machine’s presence in 4 year colleges and universities, both public and private, here are few other resources to help you connect all this. These are in no way the only institutions involved in the CCSS Machine.

a) Career Pathways (part of the CTE ‘arm of CCSS‘) got its start from a partnership between Harvard University and Pearson Publishing as a response to their ‘Pathways to Prosperity Study’. See this article for this and how national career credentials factor in:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/09/03/tech-thursday-just-say-no-to-nocc/
b) Some Christian Colleges are using or teaching CCSS:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2014/12/05/fom-friday-christian-colleges-exempt-from-common-core-not/
c) The purposed  plan for aligning K-12 and post-secondary education can best be learned about from this document from
Lumina (a big CCSS Machine member):
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d) A visual aid to help you see some of the bridging going on is below. It is from Illinois. The entire article:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/01/07/wybi-wednesday-icaps-common-core-and-more/

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According to the report, there are many different names for the same agenda via Career Tech Education, Career Pathways, Common Core, and more.

(If you need to enlarge the picture, please click on it)

2) Thirty million for Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and MSI (Minority Serving Institutions) is also included in the Budget Request. The targeted population? Low-income students. Where are the CCSS Machine ties for them? For one, the Urban League. See my article (dates back to Sec. Duncan): https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/04/03/fom-duncan-extols-upcoming-esea-renewal/
Then there are the  National Council of La Raza/United Negro College Fund ties: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/08/31/monday-musings-more-parent-ccss-alignment/

3) ‘First in the World Initiative’ will get $100 million including $30 million for schools in the included in #2. FY 2017 will be the 3rd round of funding for FITW (First in the World). It debuted in 2014. Why all the money? Evidence based research for student success in post-secondary education. Especially for ‘student outcomes’. In anti CCSS language that is a huge clue for OBE (Outcome Based Education).
The U.S. Dept. of Ed has a very generic explanation of just what FITW is. See: http://www2.ed.gov/programs/fitw/index.html

If you want a bit more information about FITW, head to the Office where FITW is embedded in, the Fund for the Improvement of Post Secondary Education. There you will see how our Veterans are involved, that there is a huge database of information, and other need-to-know items. See: http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ope/fipse/index.html

How will this tie back to the CCSS Machine? From the U.S. Dept. of Education side: CTE-Career Tech Education, TRIO Programs,  and more! From the U.S. Labor sideAmerican Apprenticeship Initiative, WIOA (Workforce Innovation and Opportunity) programs, and more!
See the Ed’s ties: http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ovae/pi/grntprgm.html
See the Labor’s ties: http://www.dol.gov/featured/apprenticeship/grants (as of 2015,$175 million in grants has been awarded across America). Just one of the WIOA related programs tied to the CCSS Machine: JDGs (Job Development Grants) . How do I know? Research! For the TRIO/Workforce ties: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/03/19/tech-thursday-ccss-workforce-pushing-labor-reform/
For the JDG ties: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/03/25/wybi-job-development-grants-and-ccss/

Next Up: It’s All in the Name of Savings:

Written into the Budget Request are a few of the taxpayer/student savings to be had. However, are these truly savings or simply more ties to bind us all to the CCSS Machine?
Pell Grants, according to the Ed’s Blog will be raised above inflation AFTER 2017. To see the parameters of what Pells offer NOW, see: https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/types/grants-scholarships/pell
What does the Ed’s Fact Sheet tell us the Blog didn’t? There are to be incentives for accelerated completion of the Pell Grant applications for students and a one time bonus of $300.00 through an ‘On Track Pell Grant Program’. There are a few other items as well. Be sure to access the full Fact Sheet from the Related Resources below.
To learn more about both of these I have pointed you to, see:
http://www.ed.gov/news/press-releases/fact-sheet-helping-more-americans-complete-college-new-proposals-success
*What is noteworthy is look at where the authority is coming from.

You will also see in the Fed Ed Budget Request,  FASFA didn’t get left out of the savings. FASFA, short for ‘Free Application for Federal Student Aid’. In the Ed Blog, we are only told that FASFA will be less complicated and will need to be completed earlier than previously required. What does the Fact Sheet share? No dollar amounts, but lots of parameters. Look on Page 7 of the document.

What you won’t get about the ‘savings’ to taxpayers/students is the strings attached. These strings are not just for our families and students, but entire post-secondary institutions! What do I mean? I am including an article I previously published which will tell you much more about how the college rating system, the HEA, FASFA, and education reform based on the CCSS Machine intersect. Better yet, there is a video where you can hear it for yourselves! See:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/03/26/tech-thursday-more-on-the-hea-higher-ed-act/

How ALL this Ties Back to the ESSA/HEA:

For specific page numbers and the ties between ESSA and WIOA :
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/01/05/essa-ties-to-wioa-2014-and-new-citizens/

For specific page numbers and the ties between ESSA and HEA:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/12/05/weekend-news-essas-untold-ties-to-hea/



Related Resources:

1) The Budget Fact Sheet from the U.S. Dept. of Education:
2017budget-factsheet

2) The U.S. Dept. of Ed’s Blog article in its entirety:
https://blog.ed.gov/2016/02/the-fy-2017-budget-request-for-education-aims-to-increase-college-access-affordability-and-completion-4/

3) My article tying the HEA to CCSS:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/08/23/weekend-news-hea-higher-ed-act-and-the-common-core/

4) My article exposing Sen. Alexander and the ‘Next America’:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/06/10/wybi-sen-alexander-the-hea-and-next-america/ (You can also read about the FITW here, too.)

5) How the ACTE (Association for Career Tech Education) had CTE (Career Tech Education) listed as a federal law and concern with the states as recipients on its priority list. Why does it still matter? See the amount of 2017 money sought for the similar support via the CPA of 2015:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/07/12/anti-cc-warrior-action-update/

6) An up close look at the America’s College Promise Act (CPA 2015):
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/07/10/may-day-may-day-ccsscte-urgent-news/
6a) To see the White House’s Fact Sheet on CPA 2015https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2015/01/09/fact-sheet-white-house-unveils-america-s-college-promise-proposal-tuitio
6b) To see the ACCT (Association of Community Colleges Trustees) Fact Sheet for CPA 2015:
http://www.acct.org/files/Advocacy/Factsheets%20and%20Summaries/Fact%20Sheet%20ACP%20Act%20of%202015.pdf

7) To learn how the HEA was extended so Perkins Funding and CTE could continue:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/02/02/ftf-an-extension-for-higher-ed-act/

8) The full article where I featured the CCSS Adult Standards in an update:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/11/12/tech-thursday-update-on-ccsscte-for-adults/

9) More on  FAFSAs, CTE, Lumina, and host of post-secondary educational institutions:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/01/12/ftf-a-dependent-truth/

 


Closing:

I couldn’t resist sharing with you, my fellow anti CCSS Warriors, a direct quote from the U.S. Dept. of Ed’s Fact Sheet explaining where all the billions of taxpayer money is going.
“Yet while it is important to take stock of our progress, this Budget is not about looking back at the road we have traveled. It is about looking forward and making sure our economy works for everybody, not just those at the top. It is about choosing investments that not only make us stronger today, but also reflect the kind of country we aspire to be – the kind of country we want to pass on to our children and grandchildren.”

I know, you, like myself, are determined to preserve a country truly worthy of passing on. From where I sit, it WILL NOT include ANYTHING connected to the CCSS Machine!

Tech Thursday: Recapping Higher Ed CTE/CCSS

How interesting the 'who's who' in CCSS, CTE, Career Pathways is becoming.
How interesting the ‘who’s who’ in CCSS, CTE, Career Pathways is becoming.

For today’s “Tech Thursday” article, I’ll be recapping some of my past anti CCSS/Career Tech Ed (CTE)/CCR (College Career Readiness) articles. Why? New followers who don’t have much information about Adult CCSS have been requesting help. Helping new warriors? I’m on it!

A Beginning:

Not long before we were saddled with Common Core Standards (I leave the ‘States’ out from time to time when writing. The States had nothing to do with CCS), a plan hatched by the PCAST team (President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology). The plan? Creating more science and tech jobs. The means? Common Core Standards. The report was released so close to the rollout, language in the document stated carrying out the jobs agenda via the CCS. The date? 2010 The title of the report? The official title of the report is “Report to the President, Prepare & Inspire K-12 Education in STEM for America’s Future” The original article has the pdf for you to download, a bullet point list of all kinds of educational overhaul you’ll want to refer to. See: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2014/09/02/from-the-files-pcast-stem-and-common-core/

If you’d like an example of STEM woven into a state’s Workforce Training (ie CTE, CCR), check out my article about the STEM edcation waivers (thanks to Race to the Top). https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2014/12/02/wybi-wednesday-rttt-stem-ed-waivers-and-more/

A Pause:

Wait a minute above it says K-12? I thought this was about College/Career Readiness, etc. If you new to the fight against CCSS, you’ll be glad to know that CCSS not only was the vehicle of choice for STEM, but it’s being used as the vehicle for CCR Standards, too. And to think, CCSS is a brain child of P3s, not educators. CCSS is in complete violation of the 10th Amendment to the U.S. Constiutution AND 3 federal education laws! (my very first post has the education laws and how CCSS violates them. See: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2014/08/30/welcome-introduction/ )

Adult CC Standards:

Post Secondary Common Core was always a part of big idea in aligning American education. To assume it ends at 12th grade is a mistake. Back in 2013, the U.S. Dept of Vocational Education published a report. The gist was because there hadn’t been cohesive Adult Standards before then, aligning them was a good thing. What’s of interest is some of the very same CCS writers were on board for writing the Adult version! Meaning anyone from community college to a 4 year higher learning institution would be in the sights of more alignment via CCS. You’ll really want to see how much better these aligned standards are than the previous ones. See: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2014/09/04/common-core-after-high-school-reality-check/

An example of how Adult Common Core can impact your state’s post secondary education? NC’s is a great one! See: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/01/20/ftf-tuesday-career-readiness-and-data/

HR5’s Claim on Post Secondary CCS and Your Students:

Because post secondary education has students of all ages and all educational backgrounds, it is a fallacy to assume that coming from somewhere CCS wasn’t taught into a CCSS aligned school, your students won’t be impacted. They absolutely will! It is happening on a daily basis as we speak. So, the ‘acclaimed’ HR5 (Student Success Act) made sure (buried in the bill, of course) that CTE (Career Tech Ed) would be embedded. If you’ve not read the text of the bill (it’s a doozy, over 600 pages). You’ll want to see pages 113 and 280. You’ll also want to see each reference to the Perkins Funding and/or IDEA funding. See my article from earlier this year will all the information and links related to this impending nail in education’s coffin.
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/03/05/tech-thursday-workforce-gunning-for-hr5/

Related information: Since we have all kinds of educational choices in America, have you ever wondered HOW those students outside a more traditional approach are defined? Yes, the U.S. Dept. of Education has even defined what ‘alternative’ education means. However, with the snares and mandates of HR5, how would your non traditional students fare? See: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2014/12/03/tech-thursday-career-techcommon-core-and-alternative-education/

To see the over 200 businesses and organizations wanting to see HR5 succeed, visit: http://opportunitynation.org/latest-news/dear-congress-a-letter-from-200-businesses-and-organizations1/

Lastly:

I have been asked by Women on the Wall to speak twice on a national phone in conference call about Common Core in post secondary education. I’ve provided both links for you here so you can access not only the information I shared, but the information from other experts as well. The first interview was in late 2014. The most recent one was a few weeks ago.
2014’s: https://soundcloud.com/alice-linahan/woman-on-the-wall-conference-call-with-lynne-taylor-and-mary-bowen

2015’s: https://soundcloud.com/alice-linahan/wow-conference-call-with-common-core-diva-lynne-taylor-on-workforce-development

Want to know how aligned post secondary education can be? Imagine your student on any one of the 3 tracks you see.
Want to know how aligned post secondary education can be? Imagine your student on any one of the 3 tracks you see.