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So, Where’s the Choice?

Warriors Against Fed Led Education, the image you see above was featured in one of my 2015 articles detailing the scam behind school choice. Since then, I’ve (along with others) have repeatedly sounded the call against ‘school choice’.

Why?

It wasn’t that we didn’t believe in the parents right to choose the education for their children. It was because we knew the CCSS Machine was erasing ALL choices in education but one: workforce geared, skill based Common Core (aka: College/Career Ready; Future Ready; Choice ReadyNext Gen Standards and Assessments; STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and, Math) as well as many other names for deceptive purposes).

Warriors, ESSA(Every Student Succeeds Act) stated in no uncertain terms that ALL education MUST be aligned to the SAME Standards! No exceptions.
The CCSS Machine’s deception is trying to still convince America that ‘choices’ are available in education.

The truthful reality is, no, true choice died when President Obama signed ESSA into law.
(*Note: in late 2016 and late 2017, I published two articles continuing to spotlight the deception with ‘school choices. You’ll find 2016’s, here; 2017’s, here.)

Enter: Penguins!

nochoiceWarriors, what you see above is a screen shot of the cute penguins used by the National School Choice Week organization.

Since 2011, this group has been doing a ‘bang up’ job of deceiving folks. Wait, why would I say ‘since 2011’? ESSA wasn’t a law then. You’re correct, ESSA wasn’t a law yet, but Common Core had taken over education in every choice available by 2011.

My fellow Warrior, Alice Linahan, published a scathing report (2017) on who is really behind the National School Choice Week organization.

What’s New For 2018?

Warriors, the penguins will be dancing (that’s what they do in the GIF on social media) into our areas the 21st-27th of January. Believe it or not, there’s even a dance for people to celebrate school choice. Of course, you can purchase the song and video.

Yes, nothing says let’s deceive folks quite like a catchy tune and some pumped up (fake) enthusiasm.

choicedance
Warriors, these folks may be dancing now, but what will they be doing when they see ESSA fully implemented and NO choice in education is still around? Remember, the way the law is laid out, everything is to be fully in place for ESSA by now. However, all States were to have their State Plans submitted to the U.S. Secretary of Education no later than Sept. 2017. If you’ll remember, there were 2 submission dates. Seventeen States chose the earlier 2017 date, while the majority waited until September. The point is, it’s mid-January 2018. Each State which chose the latter date AND received an ‘interim feedback’ letter from Sec. DeVos, is under a 120 day time crunch. The federal level department has to react to each State plan within that time frame.

For example, where I live (North Carolina) received its ‘interim feedback’ letter on Dec. 13, 2017. For all the things which US Ed required, the State had a mere 2 weeks (with Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa right in the middle of it all) to re-submit its Plan. The letter was sent by Jason Botel, not Betsy DeVos. It appears that all the Fall 2017 States also received a Dec. 2017 letter with Botel’s name attached. Since there are 34 States, I only checked a few States which surround NC and saw the pattern.

The State Plans are being held up due to the fact the feds do not think the States are compliant enough. Remember how it was deceptive spoken that ESSA would give the educational control BACK to the States?

What’s interesting is that supposedly Botel was released by the US Ed before Dec. 2017, so why is his name used as the signature?

Warriors, with this much backlog and confusion, ESSA’s fullest version and implementation will be taking place in the 2018-19 academic year. All this means is a longer and stronger grip on ‘locally controlled’ education by the federal government..not LESS and certainly not full of choices.

Closing:

Warriors, back in January 2017, I wrote about the lessons we should be learning from the (then) current state of federally controlled education. In the midst of that article was the reality of the school choice belonging to the parents and their heartfelt desires. Go back and read how that lesson has been trampled upon since ESSA, since the presidential election, since DeVos, and since organizations like National School Choice Week have been in ‘charge’.

With this January (2018) “Choice Week” about to launch, there is plenty we can do to protest, to expose the fallacies, and to protect our children from this massive deception.

fallacy

Also, when January 2018’s ‘Choice Week’ rolls around, watch for the CCSS Machine to roll out the red carpet of deception. Note who’s helping roll that carpet out, too.

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A Nation Scorned

In the waning days of November 2016, there are many  mixed emotions among us as the Anti CCSS/Fed Ed Warriors.

No doubt you’ve seen days worth of articles both in support of President-elect Trump’s choice for the U.S. Secretary of Education AND opposition of his choice. Most of the Anti CCSS/Fed Ed Warriors have been extremely diligent in bringing forth much needed evidence as to WHY Mrs. DeVos is a TERRIBLE education champion, yet this evidence is ignored by Mr. Trump and his Transition Team.

In the days since the announcement, once again, the suggestion that Bill Evers is the BEST choice for the Secretary of Education has been raised. Others, like myself have suggested Dr. Peg Luksik as superior in choice. Not only has Dr. Peg been an educator in almost every grade level created, she’s written tons of reports, spoken numerous times, been featured as an expert witness as to WHY national standards, school choice, and over assessing ARE BAD for AMERICA. She’s even created a paper for HOW to end the ‘fed-led-ed’!! That can be accessed here: statement-on-education-policy

Warriors, the bottom line: We CAN storm our Congress to deny DeVos as Ed Boss! We raised holy hell when it was Dr. King up for confirmation! Yes, he was still confirmed, but we narrowed the margin of ‘yes’ to ‘no’ votes quite a bit. WE CAN DO IT AGAIN! I’ve seen posts on social media during Thanksgiving urging us to call our Senators. There was a petition started to. (As of this writing, there are only 10 signatures and a goal of 100 signatures.) See: https://www.change.org/p/donald-trump-rescind-nomination-of-betsy-devos-to-education-secretary

Put aside the worn out “Make America Great Again” when it comes to education. Education in America can be NO less than ‘SUPERB’. ‘Great’ is a mere shadow of ‘superb’.

IF and only IF the Trump Team wants to end federal overreach in education, then they MUST listen to us, as Warriors, NOT the educrats with fists full of agenda and money. As of yet, I’ve seen no one successful in having the upcoming administration contact any of us who have DAILY contacted them.

Contacting U.S. Senate is accessible: http://www.senate.gov/senators/contact/
*Note: any Senator who voted for ESSA needs even more pressure. Mrs. DeVos is good buddies with Sen. Lamar Alexander, too.

Bottom line: We, as Warriors are like David vs. Goliath on steroids. That said we MUST be consistent, in large number, and visible. To win this battle in the War Vs the Core, we have to be seen AND heard!


Scorned? Use These Facts!

1) Common Core IS  located in more than traditional K-12 public schools!
2) Common Core has been rebranded so many times, the educrats not only know the buzzwords, they use them against the nation!
3) Common Core IS Career Tech Education! Common Core IS competency based, project based, collaborative efforts which groom students for workforce NOT academics!
4) Common Core IS written into the ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act), the WIOA (Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act), and is present in the HEA (Higher Education Act). Of these 3, only the HEA remains to be completely re-authorized. It is the LAST nail to be hammered into the ‘seamless transition for birth to career education’ to create ‘a bridge for lifelong learning’!


More Scorn:
1) My dear friend, Kevin Ohlandt, at “Exceptional Delaware” wrote this about the DeVos appointment:
https://exceptionaldelaware.wordpress.com/2016/11/23/america-is-getting-bamboozled-with-betsy-devos-she-is-all-in-on-the-true-agenda-cradle-to-grave-workforces-of-tomorrow/
2) This one by a hard hitting reporter exposing DeVos family ties to less than great American patriotism:
http://www.debbieschlussel.com/83731/betsy-devos-affirmative-action-pimp-islamo-panderer-guess-who-her-brother-is/
3) This one reveals Diane Ravitch’s support of the DeVos appointment (red flags all over this one): http://www.schoolsmatter.info/2016/11/ravitchs-pick-betsy-devos-is-also.html
4) This one from Mother Jones media:
http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2016/11/trump-chooses-dark-money-betsy-devos-education-secretary
5) One of the earliest articles I saw which debunked the main stream media spin of how great DeVos’s appointment was, appeared in the Conservative Reviewhttps://www.conservativereview.com/commentary/2016/11/betsy-devos-as-education-secretary-what-you-need-to-know-about-trumps-pick
6) My dear friend, Alice Linahan at Voices Empower, shared this detailed set of facts:
Search for her Trump/DeVos Truth article at http://www.voicesempower.com/
7) My good friend, Nancy E. Bailey, also shared with the nation why the choice of DeVos is highly suspect: http://nancyebailey.com/2016/11/26/privatization-and-school-buses-thoughts-please-betsy-devos/
8) Breibart News’ article features a good friend of mine, Karen Braun. Karen lives in Michigan and has been fighting CCSS since before it was dubbed “CCSS”. Pay attention to her part of the article:
http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2016/11/23/bush-praises-trump-choice-betsy-devos-education-secretary/ (*Note: we also need to note the other parts of the article where vouchers/education savings accounts are going to be spun as ‘great’ when they are truly not.)
9) Here’s what Forbes has: http://www.forbes.com/sites/chasewithorn/2016/11/23/trump-picks-betsy-devos-daughter-in-law-of-billionaire-amway-cofounder-for-education-secretary/#4830ee4f5313 (*Note: the Jeb Bush ties surface again.)

Anti CCSS/Fed Ed Warriors, if you see nothing else from this small list of informative facts, NOTICE, far left or far right; on the fringes or in the middle, the same conclusion: DeVos as Ed Boss is a disaster for our nation!

The DeVos 990 Forms:

While you may find my article, so far, scornful or just plain annoying, you cannot argue with what the 990 Tax Forms for DeVos show. My dear friend/researcher Karen Bracken has provided the following evidence.

In short: 2012’s IRS Form 990 show:

$10,000.00 to Bridges of Understanding Foundation (exposes her ties to the Muslim teachings in schools.)

$50,000.00 to FEE (Jeb Bush’s Foundation for Excellence, which supports school choice, education savings accounts AND Common Core!)

$10,000.00 to the Heritage Foundation (which is a huge education savings accounts/school choice proponent and an entity we’ve been warned about as being part of the education problem, not solution.)

From 2013’s IRS 990:

$20,000.00 to  Bridges of Understanding Foundation, $100,000.00 to FEE, and $5,000.00 to Heritage.

To see the 2012 form: 2012-irs-990

To see the 2013 form: 2012-irs-990

As far as can be proven, the 2014 Tax Documents were extended to November 2016.

DeVos as  Digitally Connected?

We all know, as Anti CCSS/Fed Ed Warriors, that the digital transformation in American education is a huge plank in the bridge for workforce aligned, global citizens. As a ‘change agent’ for transformative education, DeVos will have a key position IF she gets the job. However, Trump has stated he wants transformation AND innovation in education.

Warriors, Obama has laid a large digital technology net in his education initiatives! The CCSS Machine has spent billions in creating digital overload. ESSA continues both Obama’s digital overreach as well as the CCSS Machine’s!

Trump’s also been contacted early on by the Center for Education Reform to continue the innovations/digital technology via ‘incentives’. Warriors, ESSA, WIOA, and HEA (in its current form) all embed and continue the data for a workforce based education.

So, how does DeVos possibly fit into this puzzle even more so?
For a brief illustration, look below:

digitalwoesdevos
How I arrived at these questions:
a) Bloomberg’s website with some of the connections:
http://www.bloomberg.com/research/stocks/private/snapshot.asp?privcapId=28324800
b) Relationship Science reveals more:
http://relationshipscience.com/solstice-holdings-inc-o85504
c) eCouple’s news about Fulton Innovation buying Splashdown:
http://ecoupled.com/content/fulton-innovation-acquires-assets-splashpower-ltd
d) Where I found Fulton Innovation’s Wireless Power Consortium relationship:
http://www.fultoninnovation.com/latest-news/fulton-opens-portfolio-for-licensing/
e) Where you can find the Wireless Power Consortium and its CCSS Machine members (examples are Toyota (huge CTE supporter) and Verizon (huge CCSS supporter):
https://www.wirelesspowerconsortium.com/
f) The “Un-Educated on Wireless Power” presentation by Fulton Innovation. (*Note: among the timeline, you’ll see Leggett and Platt as partners (among others). L & P are based in MO and are big Career Tech Education supporters nationwide.) 
Get the presentation: wireless_power_overview

See the Leggett & Platt  connection to the CCSS Machine’s CTE:

lp

Closing:

Warriors, regardless of anything or anyone, our goal/focus MUST remain on our students of all ages and making sure the system which has marginalized us, doesn’t get the opportunity to scorn them.

Up and Coming

 

Anti CCSS Warriors, here are the upcoming items I will be focusing on either this weekend, or next week in the War Against the Core. Participate when and where you can. If you cannot participate, use the information as tools for what is coming up in your State.

Sunday, an Interview:

Normally, my media appearances on scheduled for Wednesdays. However, when I am asked to speak out, regardless of the day, if I can, I do.

This Sunday, May 15th, I will be the guest on the Lori on Liberty Show, based in CT. While setting things up with Lori, she shared with me that she is in this War because she is experiencing, first hand, the damage of CCSS through her high school children. You can access the show, set for 2 pm, Eastern Daylight Time. See the screen shot below:

lori

 
Tuesday, an Opportunity to Speak Out:

This live event will find me joining several other NC based anti CCSS Warriors when we gather at a NC Dept. of Public Instruction “Stakeholders meeting”. We will meet at the East Forsyth High School (2500 W. Mountain St., Kernersville, NC). According to the NC DPI website, this meeting (held from 4 pm to 6 pm) is one of a handful held across the State to seek stakeholders input on how to make the ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) truly a state controlled education reform.

Now, Warriors, we know for a fact that this goal is merely a posturing move by the Dept. to give the illusion of grandeur. Why would I say this? Consider the mountains of evidence I have shared with you in the recent past about the ESSA’s TRUE intent; think about the other mountains of facts other anti CCSS Warriors have shared about the agenda embedded in the ESSA.

So why would we go to such an event?
1) It will be video recorded and and can be shared.

2) It can be used as an example of what you can expect from your State if and when they decide to host stakeholder meetings.

3) We are to have 3 minutes each to ask questions or make comments. Going on public record in opposition is ALWAYS worth it. Public dissent helps our War efforts tremendously! Oh, I almost forgot, if you wish to speak up, you must register to do so before the meeting begins (so, my group is planning on being early, so we can be among the first to speak). The Dept. has also said we are invited to come prepared with written copies of our questions or statements. Almost as an afterthought, the Dept. has stated that we can also use their on-line ‘ask a question’ page.

4) According to the NC DPI Communications leader, there will be NO NC DPI responses given. This meeting is to only HEAR what the citizens have to say. I was told by the Communications Dept. that these Spring 2016 meetings are only the FIRST round of public interaction. So, I guess if I have a question and not a comment, it will not be answered right away.

Also, the NC DPI Communications lady said there is to be more ESSA interaction in Fall 2016, as well as when the Final Draft of NC’s ESSA Plan is up for Review (which should be just before it is submitted to the U.S. Dept. of Education.)

This leaves me with a few questions, a) Will the Final Draft stay the same by the time it leaves NC and heads to Washington, D.C.? b) Since NC is using so much pre-canned ESSA material (see below), how truly ‘local’ will this Draft be? c) What recourse is there for parents after the Draft has been sent away to be judged and it comes back unacceptable, will we be included in the tweaking process at all?

To see the NC DPI page for these meetings:
http://www.dpi.state.nc.us/newsroom/news/2015-16/20160308-01

Related: To see the NC DPI ESSA Timeline for Implementation:
http://www.dpi.state.nc.us/program-monitoring/succeeds/

To see what the NC decisions are said to be:
http://www.dpi.state.nc.us/docs/program-monitoring/succeeds/state-decisions.pdf
(*Note: at the bottom of the page, it is revealed that the supposed NC specific decisions are largely copied verbatim from the Penn Hill Group through the CCSSO (Council of Chief State School Officers! This explains why the header of the document says ‘Key State Decisions’ and not “NC Key ESSA Decisions”!)

Warriors, see if your State has this same document!!

Related: To find out about the Penn Hill Group (a D.C. based bipartisan group):
http://pennhillgroup.com/ (*Note: from their website, this excerpt: “Members of our team have been involved in the most recent authorization or reauthorization of nearly all major bills in these areas, including the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, the Higher Education Act, the Perkins Career and Technical Education Act, the Workforce Investment Act, and the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.”)

So much for objective bipartisanship, huh?

Back to the NC Decisions Document. Here is the downloadable version of the 7 pages for NC’s ‘state decisions’: state-decisions
While the document does say States are to submit plans to the Secretary, they left out that this is the U.S. Dept. of Education’s Secretary! They omitted the fact the ESSA states said Secretary must approve those plans, too!

A slightly different contrast to NC and the ESSA will find what you see below. A Draft Timeline NC has created. Look at what groups are involved (and which ones are NOT):

nctime

To see the rest of the Draft Timelinehttp://www.dpi.state.nc.us/docs/program-monitoring/succeeds/timeline.pdf (*Note:  look at the bottom to see that NC will even subject its timeline to that of the U.S. Dept. of Ed. Again, if it were truly local, wouldn’t it need to only include those dates for meeting the U.S. Dept. of Ed instead of using every one of the Ed’s? Another note: This Draft does include the approval by the U. S. Dept. of Education.)

When looking at your State for ESSA timelines, implementation plans, etc. Be sure to know what groups are involved (and which are left out), note if there are any specific ESSA committees or sub-committees being put into motion. Are they elected or appointed? If so, whom is deciding who serves? Are the ESSA committees/sub-committees accountable? If so, to whom?

 

Wednesday, Women on the Wall:

Make sure you mark the calendar for this call. I will be joining Alice Linahan (our hostess) and long time education researcher/Warrior, Diana Anderson. We are taking a fine-tooth-comb approach to the recent White Board Advisor’s Education Insiders May 2016 Report. The Report features their look at the ESSA, higher education, and the upcoming Presidential election. We will be focusing in on the top choices by both the Democrats and Republicans for the next U.S. Dept. of Education’s Secretary. It is important to note that the current U.S. Dept. of Ed Secretary, Dr. John King, may OR may not be asked to stay on as the leader under the next President. If he is allowed to stay, we already know what to expect, but IF he is relieved of his duties, who will be taking his place? This Report has several ‘qualified’ candidates we will be discussing. Many of them are tied to the CCSS Machine..some moreso than others. But, still, any tie, is one too many.

edpicks

The Women’s Call will begin at 8:30 pm, Central Daylight Time. Access it:
302-202-1110, code 702165 or use the SoundCloud app on your mobile device. You can find the Channel under Alice’s name.

To access the White Board ReportWhiteboard_Insider_May 2016_0

Recent Interviews

 

In the past couple of weeks, many Anti CCSS/Fed Ed interviews have found me busy preparing for. So much so, I haven’t been able to write or research as much as before. However, anytime we are asked to help inform others, no matter what format, it is a GREAT day to be fighting for our nation and education.

Here are the most recent ones you have asked for, all in one location, for easy access. Please listen and share these, so others can be informed.

Recent Women on the Wall Calls:
From the Sound Cloud Channel, the updates on how the HEA (Higher Education Act) is to be aligned to the College/Career Readiness, Career Tech Education, as well as the ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) and the WIOA (Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act)
https://soundcloud.com/alice-linahan/women-on-the-wall-lynne-taylor-higher-education-prometrics (*Note: be sure to click on the show more option in the comment section for a collection of researched and evidence based articles which will give you TONS more information to share.)

While I was a secondary guest on this second WOW call, the information from the featured guest is a MUST have audio file! Diana Anderson shares how the current education reform (CCSS and all the connecting factors) is tied to Communism and so much more!
https://soundcloud.com/alice-linahan/women-on-the-wall-with-diana-anderson-lifelong-learning-and-the-common-core

Recent B and L Network Videos:

From 4/8/16, Updates on Student Data Privacy/Mining and how both the U.S. Depts. of Education and Labor are involved: https://www.itsaboutthechild.com/sample-videos.html# (click the first video).
You can also access the B & L Network full interview on the Roku or LiveStream Channels. For the direct link to LiveStream account, see: https://livestream.com/accounts/16731436
To find out how to subscribe or download the free B & L Network app, where you can access ALL the anti CCSS/Fed Ed news, see: https://www.itsaboutthechild.com/# (Note: Look for the QR image.) Diana Crews, is the contact person for B & L Network.

Recent Negdog Radio Call:

From late March 2016, the call connecting the ESSA to the HEA (Every Student Succeeds Act/ Higher Education Act). Title One Funding is discussed and how under ESSA, more high schools will be included in the FundingNegdog Radio Calls should resume shortly as the studio is currently being upgraded for better broadcasting.
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/negdog-radio/2016/03/23/negdog-radio-war-vs-the-core-weds-episode-339 (*Note: Conversation begins about the 4:20 minute mark.)

Recent Truth for Our Time Call:

Just this past Friday, I was honored to be involved in a great anti CCSS/Fed Ed conversation with Tamara Scott and Alice Linahan. We reveal all kinds of anti CCSS Warrior information!

Closing:

Warriors, I will be super busy this week as well with speaking out. Two or three on multi media and one speaking engagement here in NC, too. In the mean time, there is much more research to be done! Stay with me, I am here for you!!

Veteran Warrior Speaks Up

See for yourselves: http://abcsofdumbdown.blogspot.com/2016/04/patriots-or-manchurian-candidates.html
See for yourselves:
http://abcsofdumbdown.blogspot.com/2016/04/patriots-or-manchurian-candidates.html

As Warriors against Common Core, or any federal/P3 (public private partnership) overreach in education, we have seen many like-minded folks share need-to-know information.
However, when a veteran Warrior speaks up, we MUST listen to the need-to-know information. Like any great military strategist, Senior officers can make or break your current efforts.

With the 2016 elections being SO important to our States and our Nation. We SIMPLY MUST give credence to fact based evidence which points us to just HOW embedded the CCSS Machine is (and has been) for most, if not, all of our lives!

We also must face the truth that not everyone against CCSS is being transparent or honest about their ties to the federally led, P3 usurping of education.

A Veteran Warrior Speaks, Will You Listen?

As you can see from the screen shot above, the veteran is none other than legendary Charlotte Iserbyt. Unlike some other ex-employees of the U.S. Dept. of Education, Mrs. Iserbyt has consistently, bravely, and factually  shared the corruption, the deceiption, and the plots concerning educational reform. Like most truthful Warriors, she has had more than her share of being considered a fear monger. Since I am such a dedicated researcher, I know Mrs. Iserbyt’s findings are dead on target. So, while others choose to not listen, I, for one, am listening wholeheartedly.

The Veteran’s Information:

In the blog entry screen shot I featured as the source above, you can access Mrs. Iserbyt’s website. However, if you don’t have time to do so now, here is a brief rundown.

1) To the Presidential Candidates, a warning: Know the background of your education policy makers. She goes on to tell you how former Presidents didn’t check as closely as they should of and how many organizations (including Heritage Foundation) which have been steering us straight to an aligned, workforce based nation. It was no surprise to learn the Carnegie Foundation was included.

A warning of my own: Carnegie is running workforce based education in the ground! See:
 https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/04/14/ftf-chea-cte-ccss-and-america/
Carnegie is also running rough shod over assessments.
See: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2014/11/15/sic-em-saturday-when-your-faith-based-school-uses-ccss-assessments/
Carnegie and using frustration as a teaching tool. (along with other key CCSS Machine organizations): https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2014/08/31/frustration-the-new-teaching-tool/

2) For those seeking the President’s Job, Mrs. Iserbyt gives them need-to-know information in the purposed path the U.S. Dept. of Education has been laying out since President Reagan’s service. Remember, he said the U.S. Dept. of Ed had to be shut down. However, it never happened! The facts and documents will tell you why/how.

3) In Mrs. Iserbyt’s own words, her reasons why the U.S. Dept. of Ed won’t be shut down, regardless who is elected: ” “By the way, it’s too late to abolish the Department now.  It has done what  it was created to do, which was what the Carnegie Corporation (deeply involved in restructuring of education from 1934-2016) called for in 1934, words to the effect:  “to use the schools to change America’s capitalist economic system to a planned economy, and in some cases, to take our land”.”

3a) As far as how she implicates The Heritage Foundation? Again, her words, “The present global workforce training agenda cannot be implemented without the  Reagan Administration and Heritage Foundation’s long sought after tax-funded school choice/charter school agenda which calls for  the takeover of our traditional public schools by tax-supported school-to-work charter schools run by unelected councils and teachers/corporate types trained in Marxist Pavlovian/TQM pedagogy.”

A warning of my own: Heritage and some other big name, supposedly anti CCSS groups are increasingly pushing the need for ESAs (Education Savings Accounts).
Here is Heritage’s information:
 http://www.heritage.org/research/reports/2011/10/education-savings-accounts-a-way-forward-on-school-choice

Related to this, is an almost 9 minute audio clip about how think tanks (while Heritage isn’t named, it is a think tank/policy organization) as well as the  candidates have bought into a false argument where school choice is actually possible in America. School choice is an ESA selling point! Access the clip:
https://soundcloud.com/alice-linahan/find-out-why-school-choice-is-dangerous
(*Note: When you have time, I urge you to listen to the entire call. Heritage is revealed as a pusher of ESAs. https://soundcloud.com/alice-linahan/women-on-the-wall-conference-call-homeschoolers-speak-out-no-more-government-programs)

To access the Response  from Reagan, Mrs. Iserbyt has been waiting on for so long to be acknowledged: Response-from-Reagan

Here is a screen shot:
iserbytletter
Closing:

Anti CCSS Warriors, and those opposed to the federal/P3 overreach in education, we MUST not only listen to veterans like Mrs. Iserbyt, we need to heed what other truthful Warriors have to say about ANY part of the efforts to streamline education for workforce purposes NOT true academics. If we are to fight this reform together, we MUST acknowledge where the evidence points us; expose those who are bearing a distorted message and ACT upon it! To do any less, is to be a part of the alignment of our education; not part of its solution.

CCSS Machine’s Education Fast Track

Congress appears to be hell bent to ruin education.
Congress appears to be hell bent to ruin education.

Anti CCSS Warriors, our time is upon us! In spite of all that we’ve uncovered that is WRONG with the illegally based education reform; where Common Core is the conductor; we are seeing our federal level officials board the fast tracking train to educational ruin! The train’s name? “Every Student Succeeds Act”, or in other words, it is the re-authorization of the ESEA (Elementary and Secondary Education Act).

The CCSS Machine, as I call it, has loaded this train with all kinds of luggage (fallacies, media spins that purport the ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) will restore the states authority, lessen the role of federal overreach, and other such fodder).
In spite of how full of coal this train is, we have seen proof provided by anti CCSS Warriors which has proven the derailment we are headed for is not only massive, but will alter American life as we know it. Do the passengers aboard this train (the federal level officials) seem to notice? Do they appear to care? From the news we have been hearing since just before Thanksgiving, those on board seem to be suffering from tunnel vision, loss of hearing the citizens (or the truth) How do I know this? Look at the short summary of ‘successes’ the U.S. Committee on Education and the Workforce churned out on 11/23/15: http://edworkforce.house.gov/uploadedfiles/joint_esea_conference_framework_short_summary.pdf
The media ‘spin doctor’ job can be seen here: http://edworkforce.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=399849

Truth in American Education had this feature you may want to consider that shows the latest from 11/23/15 as well. http://truthinamericaneducation.com/elementary-and-secondary-education-act/late-stage-draft-of-esea-reauthorization-bill/
The ‘fuel’  for this bill is the language, fellow Warriors. As we have learned by now the CCSS Machine thrives on double speak. They use one term which sounds like it is a great move for education, but when the real truth is uncovered, it is anything but ‘great’! For example, in the language featured on the TAE website, the title “21st Century Schools” can be seen.
Warriors Against Common Core, how many times have you read the documented proof of what those 21st Century Schools are doing to our students?! I have shared with you MANY articles with evidence of how these are CCSS wolves in sheep’s clothing! Yet, the fast tracking train has them on board!!

So, It is Our Time!:

Women on the Wall has challenged us to record a short video message to Congress!
PJNET has set up Twitter rallies for 11/29 and 11/30! Why? The vote is set to be as early as 12/2/15!! Many of the anti CCSS Warriors behind these battle cries have urged for a NO vote to the ESSA. Why? As we have seen with other mammoth sized, rushed bills from D.C., time needs to be taken, vetting needs to happen to the language, and many other legal moves. Why rush the train of education reform? There is everything to lose, America!!

To see Alice Linahan’s minute video (Women on the Wall):


To participate in the PJNET Twitter rallies:
11/29’s link: http://patriotjournalist.com/StopESEAAction.php?v=1&src=Schedule
11/30’s link: http://patriotjournalist.com/StopESEAAction.php?v=1&src=Schedule

To call Congress: 202-224-3121

Lastly, to see my personal minute video protest:

Tech Thursday: Technically Speaking for CCSS

Last night, I had the honor of speaking out against Common Core and the ‘CCSS Machine’ as I call it. In today’s “Tech Thursday”, I will share the details so you discover for yourselves, just how broadly the all-encompassing education reform (illegally based) has progressed.

 

Technically Speaking, A Bit if Background:

When I was invited to join last night’s phone call, I asked my hostess what the topic was to be so I could prepare. The topic, she said, would be to tie in how the most recent shooting in OR,  not only Common Core, but the overall mental damage our educational system has wrought upon our schools. My part of the conversation was to see where Common Core, communities, mental health, and gun control intersected.

My first connection between all of the above came with my “Project Aware” article (published in Dec. 2014) In that article, you can find how much gun control plays into Project Aware. It ties the SAMSHA (Substance Abuse and Mental Heath Services Administration) to the President’s gun control policies presented to America just after the Sandy Hook School shootings. The Report details how much data mining throughout your communities will be carried out by Local Education Agencies(LEAs)and SEAs (State Educational Agencies), it will reveal how teachers are to become mental health minions; how any other adult involved in education will also become aligned. Access to this article: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2014/12/14/rmt-sunday-beware-of-project-aware/
To see just how aligned your school counselors (one of those ‘other; educational personnel included in the alignment, see my article:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2014/10/10/fridays-post-breaking-news-you-need-to-know/ (*NOTE: this article reveals another Presidential initiative being carried out in the name of educational alignment to the CCSS Machine.)

To access the Presidential Report from 2013, be sure to click on the embedded link ion the “Project Aware” article.

Bottom line technical detail: With this much effort (trust me, this is just a glimpse) put into aligning our educational leaders to the overall CCSS agenda, it’s no wonder education is in trouble. CCSS is breeding compliance.

 

Technically speaking, The Mental Health:

Okay, so we have the foundation, which is ‘compliance’. We all know that to be compliant, our thinking, our beliefs have to undergo big transformations. Our mental health plays into the CCSS Machine’s agenda beautifully. Think of all the research my fellow anti CCSS warriors have produced, especially Anita Hoge. This article should be of great help to you:
http://www.newswithviews.com/Hoge/anita117.htm
(*NOTE: In this article she shares how the upcoming re-authorizations of the ESEA (Elementary and Secondary Education Act) will advance the mental health power grab of our students.

That’s not the only source available to you as anti CCSS warriors. However. let’s move on to more technically speaking aspects of the mental health moves being made.

While getting my resources together for last night’s call, I was on Twitter about the time Bill Gates’ big educational speech was on. I was still sharing anti CCSS information with everyone, when I noticed some of the tweets and retweets surrounding this ‘big’ speech. Ones like below:
Mrs. Gates was sharing with all how social issues/social, emotional learning are just as vital to education & its reformation. The Ed & Workforce Democrats were stating early childhood is their focus at the moment because, as early as 9 months old, achievement gaps can be found! Head Start joined in the Gates speech with the words of we don’t enroll just the child, we enroll the family; citywide data collection and data sharing and using Detroit as a shining example. So, this got my attention. What else has Head Start done in the name of educational reform? Below is just one of the things I discovered:

Early Childhood Development Training and Technical Assistant Centers
Early Childhood Development Training and Technical Assistant Centers

What you see above is a program already in place for birth to 13 years of age! If you aren’t familiar with Head Start, it’s part of the U. S. Dept of Health and Human Services (one of the 3 main federal level departments involved in aligning education. Working with HHS are the U. S. Depts of Education and Labor) What this image shows us is another top down (federal to state to local) overreach. It shows us where our tax dollars are being used. It shows us how communities are being aligned right under our noses. If you look deep enough into these new centers, you can find pro CCSS funding groups like WestED; you can find international digital and data collectors like ICF International (where one of the main education consultants is a pro CCSS contributor*) You can also find the CCSS/CTE aligned Zero to Three program involved. How do I know the Zero to Three is pro CCSS/CTE? In my research. Here’s the original article I wrote:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/07/04/sic-em-saturday-pint-sized-common-core/  From this article, you can learn how Head Start, Bill Gates, Jeb Bush, and others are backing education reform to impact our youngest students. The American Association of Pediatrics is even helping out! You’ll also learn how the Partnership for 21st Century Skills (P21) is involved for the purpose of total community alignment.

To learn more about the Head Start Centers,
http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/ecd/interagency-projects/ece-technical-assistance
To learn about ICF Intertnational‘s education consultant, http://www.icfi.com/about/our-people/icf/b/branch-jeannine
To see how connected to CCSS WestED is, http://www.wested.org/about-us/clients/
To see the community alignment where P21 is contributing to all this,
 http://www.expandinglearning.org/expandingminds/article/upgrading-afterschool-common-sense-shifts-expanded-learning-digital-age

Bottom line technical detail: When you look at the language of the Student Success Act (HR5), the Every Child Achieves Act (S1177), and the upcoming bills which will impact higher education, mental health is most definitely being used against us with the goal of re-ordering how we feel, think, and, what we believe. 

 

Technically Speaking, CCSS and Gun Control:

You have a foundation of compliance, a layer of mental health re-ordering for all involved, so where do the guns factor in? Think about all we’ve heard and seen in the homework examples where our Constitution is re-written. Consider the other social issues which have crept into our classrooms with rapid speed. Gun control is definitely in the mix. Here is the evidence of CCSS aligned lessons concerning guns.

ccssgun

To see this resource for yourselves, http://ww2.kqed.org/lowdown/wp-content/uploads/sites/26/2013/05/guncontrol_guide_final2.pdf
One noteworthy thing, the first ‘guided question’ doesn’t refer to the U. S. Constitution, instead, ‘rules and guidelines created over 200 years ago’.

Are there other resources for CCSS and the Second Amendment? Sure there are. Just conduct a general internet search for ‘Common Core gun control’ or “CCSS gun control”.
Think about how distorted CCSS is making every subject it touches. Consider that while the CCSS in our lives is illegally based (breaches the 10th Amendment, breaks at least educational laws), we’re seeing policies watered down, legislation created to support the CCSS Machine..not end it!

Bottom line technical detail: CCSS, by reshaping what is taught, what is to be believed, is killing our schools. It’s rendering them as workforce training centers, not academic learning centers. I urge you to look further into the mental health parts of the CCSS Machine’s agenda. Research Anita’s work, find Robin Eubanks‘ writing; listen to Charlotte Iserbyt, use the Women on the Wall calls, like last week’s:  https://soundcloud.com/alice-linahan/women-on-the-wall-conference-call-canisee-what-you-are-teaching-my-child-curriculum-audit (*Note: as soon as last night’s call is posted, I will be sure to add it in the comments section of this article)

Freedom Friday: CCSS Warrior Reminders

Fighting so ALL may be independent of the CCSS Machine!
Fighting so ALL may be independent of the CCSS Machine!

This Independence Day weekend, I’m taking no time off to celebrate freedom. Not while our nation is under attack by the CCSS Machine. This upcoming week, will be historic. If our voices are heard in D.C. and the horrid ‘Every Child Achieves Act’ is halted, we, the CCSS Warriors can know we were key to that victory. However, we MUST not relax too much. The Higher Education Act and it’s re-authorization (which is just as horrid as ECAA) is set to be voted on soon.

I’ve reported how those behind the HEA are heavily relying on the fact that while all eyes are on the ECAA, the HEA can quietly be pushed through. Warriors, we CANNOT allow this!

ECAA will impact every K-12th grade student in its domain. BUT the HEA will impact every post-secondary citizen out there. Regardless of what educational choice you were are product of in your K-12th education, when you reach post-secondary education, CCSS/CTE will be thrust upon you. You’ll have no choice! This means every recent graduate of high schools across the nation, every returning-back-to-the-campus adult taking refresher courses or earning a new degree! The uniting factor for ECAA and the HEA isn’t for YOUR benefit, it’s for the CCSS Machine’s benefit. IE: the national economy and global positioning of America.

So, you see, we’re NOT free..not at all. Please read the reminders below that are fact based, NOT opinion based.

1) Anything connected or about to be connect to CCSS, CTE is based on illegal education activity.

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2) Both the HEA and the ECAA contain MORE aligned assessments, teacher/professor retraining to include the CCSS/CTE career tracks, and massive data mining where the Dept. of Labor and the Dept. of Education are ‘married’ in a nation-wide effort. The first graphic below is a career track which begins in high school and is offered to every educational choice out there (traditional brick and mortar or virtually) and continues on into post-secondary education. The second graphic you see is straight from the Workforce Quality Data Initiative where the stunning fact of student data mining’s marriage can be found.

If I complete everything in my competency model, I can have a career! Yippee!!
  If I complete everything in my competency model, I can have a career! Yippee!!
Click to enlarge to see which round your state receive 'align and mine' money. IF you do not see a color on your state, you've not been awarded money yet.
Click to enlarge to see which round your state receive ‘align and mine’ money. IF you do not see a color on your state, you’ve not been awarded money yet.

3) If you’d like to hear my latest interviews on any of the above reminders, I’m including the links. We know the CCSS/CTE is toxic to our nation, we know there are many, many others out there who don’t realize it. Use any of this information to help raise awareness.

Thank you for sharing it. Every anti CCSS warrior and his/her efforts is appreciated..and sorely needed.

*Please note that I mistakenly referred to ECAA’s House of Representative’s version in conjunction with Sen. Alexander’s name. I thank my fellow anti CCSS warrior, Karen Bracken for pointing the difference out.

Daily Dialogue with Doris (California based radio show):
“We Just Want Our Education”, http://wsradio.com/062215-we-just-want-the-education-our-parents-had-please/

NegDog Radio with Paul Negilo (Florida based radio show):
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/negdog-radio/2015/06/24/negdog-radio-war-on-the-core-wednesdays-episode-175 (begin at 8:30 minute mark, if you want to get straight to the CCSS information)

Women on the Wall with Alice Linahan (Texas based phone call):
https://soundcloud.com/alice-linahan/women-on-the-wall-conference-call-with-alice-linahan-on-ecaa-every-child-achieves-act

Tamara Scott’s “Truth for Our Time” (Iowa based phone call, to hear the HEA/HR5 topic, begin at the 19:32 time mark):

 

Information You Can Access:
*Both HR5 and S1177 are alive and about to voted upon as early as NEXT week!

Bills for the Every Child Achieves Act:
HR5 the House of Representative’s versrion: http://www.congress.gov/bill/113th-congress/house-bill/5/text
S1177 the Senate’s version: http://www.congress.gov/bill/114th-congress/senate-bill/1177/text

The Higher Education Affordability Act:
Sen. Harkin’s 2014 version is the only one I can locate from the HELP (Health, Education, Labor and Pensions) Senate Committee. I do know that Sen. Alexander is working on an updated version which appears to be based on  CCSS Machine influenced information/documents.
2014’s version: http://www.help.senate.gov/imo/media/doc/HEAA%20-%20Bill%20Text.pdf
Senator Alexander’s article where the CCSS Machine’s influence is exposed: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/06/11/tech-thursday-more-alexander-hea-and-the-next-america/

 

CALL, email, text, or tweet your Representative and Senators and STOP this overhaul of America via education alignment!

Coming tomorrow for “Sic’ ‘Em Saturday”, the 0 to 3 push for CCSS/CTE alignment.

WYBI: Recap of Today’s Anti CCSS Guest Apperance

As a guest on the Neddog radio show, the host, listeners, and, I were able to blow the doors off the CCSS Machine!
As a guest on the Neddog radio show, the host, listeners, and, I were able to blow the doors off the CCSS Machine!

Any day I’m blessed to be alive is great. However, add to that that I get the honored opportunity to speak out against Common Core AND that makes the day truly legendary!

In case you haven’t been able to access the live stream from my last two radio guest spots, I’m providing a brief synopsis of both. I’ll start with today’s and then Monday’s.

NegDog Radio’s Broadcast:

Access to Paul’s Radio Station, http://www.blogtalkradio.com/negdog-radio/2015/06/24/negdog-radio-war-on-the-core-wednesdays-episode-175. My first appearance on this show was last week, where I was able to share with the listeners from all around the globe how Common Core has made its way into our sports teams, programs, and related extra curricular activities. In turn a couple of the listeners had their suspicions confirmed as to why sports coaches must be teachers as well.

The host, Paul, was so ‘blown away’ he asked me to return to his show this week and appear on today’s show. He set aside 2 hours so we could discuss and field questions about HR5 (“Every Child Achieves” Act) and the HEA (Higher Education Act). Both of these federal level bills are up for re-authorization. Both bills will cement MORE Common Core Standards and Career and Technical Education, data mining, social justice, social and emotionally inappropriate materials into not just the K-12 population, but the entire post-secondary population as well!

Here are some of the links to the previously published articles (which contain much information, links, and/or documents mentioned during the broadcast:
1) This article was one I wrote in preparation for the last Twitter rally before HR5 was voted on. It contains the list of organizations backing the “Every Child Achieves” Act. https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/04/06/monday-musings-hr5-rally-tonight/

2) Sen. Alexander’s papers detailing his successes with “Career Ladders”, “Master Teacher Corps” and much more of his education agenda, can be found by following this link,
http://tennessee.gov/tsla/history/govpapers/findingaids/gp53.pdf

3) The groups which make up the Council for Higher Education and are actively backing the re-authorization efforts can be found in this previously published article of mine,
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/04/14/ftf-chea-cte-ccss-and-america/

4) To track the progress of HR 5, follow: https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/114/hr5

5) To access the 2008 Higher Education Act as it stands NOW (I can share at a later date the page numbers and other sections you need to really focus on): https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/110/hr4137/text 

6) How the Workforce agenda is embedded in HR5, from my archives:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/03/05/tech-thursday-workforce-gunning-for-hr5/

7) To access the article I’ve published with will include the 144 page blueprint Sen. Alexander is using as the base to re-write the HEA, see:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/06/11/tech-thursday-more-alexander-hea-and-the-next-america/

One resource I meant to share, but didn’t have time is what one group backing HEA (and supported by Gates Foundation) is hoping to see out of the re-authorization. The reason I wanted to share it is found at the 1:12 mark on the short video message. Notice the Gates Foundation’s involvement. See: 
http://www.nasfaa.org/Main/orig/2013/rtf/The_Policy_Brief__The_114th_Congress_and_Reauthorization.aspx

Lastly, assuming you’ve been able to access both the audio files Paul provided on his website from the Women on the Wall archives, you’ll want to access the SCAN publications website that Anita Hoge mentioned during her informative chat about HR5. SCAN is the acronym for “Secretary’s Commission on Achieving Necessary Skills”. Which Secretary? The U.S. Dept. of Labor’s, that’s whom. Why would you want the access to the publications? As Mrs. Hoge mentioned the framework for what a 21st Century worker is to look like, have completed via their education, is laid out here. This is where it is more than evidenced that education isn’t about true academics, it’s now about what will get you ready for work. See: http://wdr.doleta.gov/SCANS/ (use the left hand menu bar and choose “Research”. Choose ‘publications’ and notice the titles you see. One you might find very telling is the ‘Young Parents Guide’. I know I did.

To get the archived copy of the interview from today which will include the links to the Women on the Wall archives:
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/negdog-radio/2015/06/24/negdog-radio-war-on-the-core-wednesdays-episode-175 (*NOTE: As the CC Diva, I am not responsible for the slide show you which accompanies Paul’s radio show) You’ll also be able to access last week’s anti CC broadcast as well.

Monday with Doris:

Accessing Doris’s show is easy to find on Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/dailydialoguewithdoris?fref=ts

Monday’s appearance was a first for me with Doris. We’d become friends via Facebook some time before our time together on Monday. Joining Doris and I on her broadcast was a couple from Freedom Project Education. This is the group which Dr. Duke Pesta and Mary Black are associated with. FPE is dedicated to being 100% Common Core free in their on-line school!!

We openly discussed the different perspectives there are about CCSS, what it is, the agenda behind it, how to fight the CCSS Machine, and more. The time together flew by so quickly, but we were able to get much information into the listener’s hands.

Doris has invited me to appear on her show in the future so we can continue the discussion about Common Core. I’ll be providing her radio show archive from Monday’s broadcast as soon as I can.

Closing:

With the invitation by both Doris and Paul to reappear on each of their shows, added to the requests I receive from Tamara Scott and Alice Linahan who also use Wednesdays for broadcasting, I will be publishing daily articles Sunday through Tuesday and Thursday through Saturday each week. Wednesdays will NOW be set aside for media appearances.

Thank you, my readers and now, my listeners for this opportunity to expand the outreach that’s been blessed to be in my life in helping lead the fight against the CCSS Machine. I am truly honored.