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Formerly…

Anti Fed Ed Warriors, in the last few days of July, I wrote and published a researched article centered on the former HR 2353, now Public Law 115-224, the “Strengthening CTE (Career Tech Education) for the 21st Century Act”. Warriors, the Bill became law when President Trump signed it on July 31, 2018. He was surrounding by lots of CTE ‘champion cheerleaders’.

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Interestingly enough, the PA Representative’s (Rep. Thompson, who was the chief sponsor of HR 2353) Press Release stated that this Bill (now Law) overhauls the former Perkins CTE Act of 2006. Speaking of THAT Act, I showed you back in 2014, how the Perkins Act re-branded ‘vocational technical’ to “Career and Technical”.
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So, once again, the CCSS Machine has been playing agenda word games with the citizens ever since then. Trouble is, most Americans are still remember education is as it used to be and not fully grasping the toxic changes being sneaked in under some familiar phrasing. Still more troubling is that there is almost zero ‘education’ happening in CTE (Career Tech Ed). It’s roughly 98% workforce training.

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Warriors, links to my latest video about the new CTE (Career Tech Education) Law (formerly HR 2353, now Public Law 115-224). In the video, you’ll learn how the 2017 Executive Order 13801 plays into the Public Law 115-224 as well as connects directly to the new Executive Order 13845, signed July 19, 2018. (*Note, in the opening moments of my latest video, I mistaken identified HR 2353 as a resolution, it was a Bill.)

As I stated in the video, I’m providing much more information in this article.

Previous research into just what PL 115-224  (HR 2353) is going to set up for us across America:
1) From earlier this year, States are to take the CTE Pledge. After all, WIOA (Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act), STEM Act (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math), HEA (Higher Education Act), and ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) all have!
2) From 2017. How HR 2353 would ‘level’ all education into the same thing. As we know, that was ESSA’s  goal all along.


3) To give you an idea of how eerily close the National Workforce Council created by EO 13845 is to the one laid out in the LADDER Act (as well as how ANY national council will data rape the citizens), read this article of mine.

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Warriors, you’ll also definitely want to look at the May 2018 Executive Order 13801’s Final Task Force Report. In it you’ll see that the 3Rs have been sacrificed for the global economy rhetoric. How will this economic portion play out in schools? Career Technical tracks and ‘post-secondary readiness’, as laid out by ESSA.

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Task Force Report Notes Previously Not Shared:
1) The entire Report is 51 pages long. Within these pages, the over all policy agenda is 4-fold: Educate, Expand, Control, and Attract (you’ll find this in the U.S. Dept. of Commerce’s Secretary Ross’s introductory letter.)

2) The Task Force created by EO 13801 (Expanding Apprenticeships) was broken into 4 sub-groups. 1) Education and Credentials; 2) Attracting Businesses to Education; 3) Expanding Access, Equity, and Career Awareness; and, 4) Administrating Regulatory Strategies.

3) From the U.S. Dept. of Labor’s Secretary Acosta’s opening letter, his goal was filling ‘insufficient’ skill gap apprenticeships*. The 26 steps the Task Force created will unfold over the next 5 years. *As ‘reported’ by public service, education, trade associations, labor unions, and companies.

4) From the U.S. Dept. of Education’s Secretary DeVos’s opening letter, her input was centered on President Trump’s expansion of apprenticeships. She claims it’s a NATIONAL priority as well as a NATIONAL education one. Her comments target ‘active learners’. She goes on to say the actions will speed up unity between education and jobs. How will this happen? Using more ‘flexible’ industry created learning models. This will, in turn, breed qualified workforce for the 21st Century. This type of qualified workforce will be key for the 21st economy, security, and, prosperity. This learning model will engage learners and be cost-effective for employers. Workforce based learning will a great way to learn, work, and earn. (*Note, underlined below will be the evidence we need showing the continued federal overreach ‘commitment’.)

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5) From the U.S. Dept. of Commerce’s Secretary Ross’s letter. These 26 steps will update an 80 year old American system. He goes on to stress that the historic gains the President has made will be a carrot to fill high-skilled jobs. Sec. Ross mentions Rep. Foxx’s misinformation about the unfilled 6 million jobs in America. (*Note: be sure to scroll down to the comments section of the embedded article directly above.)

6) From the Report’s Executive Summary, the tone suggests that the entire woe of America is higher education, as in, colleges and universities! “When implemented correctly, apprenticeships will provide a career path!” (See Page 10)

7) From the 1st sub-group: Expand industry recognized apprenticeship programs, especially the ‘learn-to-earn’ ones; include CBE (competency based education) assessments; P3s (public private partnerships) clarify national portable credentials (national ID card for working); federal government identifies available resources to carry these activities out (industry sector led financing).

8) From the 2nd sub-group: use and streamline various funding streams in simple ways for attracting businesses to education (State incentives); study skill gap shortages (data rape/manipulation); U.S. Dept. of Labor centralizes all data between all participants.

9) From the 3rd sub-group: Federal government funds an all out advertising blitz (propaganda) to raise awareness for workforce based apprenticeships/aligned education; incentives by federal government to businesses for more ‘learn-to-earn’ programs; U.S. Dept. of Labor leads funding campaigns to create more community based efforts for aligned apprenticeships; improve the existing data base for the Registered Apprenticeship System.

10) From the 4th sub-group: Begin with pilot project for expanding CTE apprenticeships via a selected industry from the existing Registered Apprenticeship System. In that selected pilot: focus on mastery based learning and competency; cannot include the construction industry per the Davis-Bacon Act; base apprenticeship paychecks on a scale system to reflect competency; reform the existing Registered Apprenticeship System.

11) From the Introduction to the Report: Task Force actions began July 2017. Other meetings were held August 2017, November 2017, February 2018, March, April, and May 2018; the 4 sub-groups ‘cross pollinated’ their 26 steps to expanding CTE apprenticeships.

12) Also from the Introduction: Higher education (college) is letting Americans down; apprenticeships have a proven track record for affordability and relevancy in America; the U.S. Dept. of Labor has 4 pillars for all programs (apprenticeships included): provide your needs, manages your direction, earn money while you learn, and, rewards you with credentials. Total typical process time these programs take: 1-6 years.

13) Introduction continues with:
a) old apprenticeships were focused on construction and manufacturing. New ones will focus on healthcare, IT, transportation,energy, and logistics.
b) old pattern (in place since the 1930s) is the base for now; the U.S. Dept of Labor and States partner to ‘upskill and reskill’ citizens. Updates will remove all barriers for disabled, elderly to be included; create stable families (especially for low-income ones); improve economics and social community situations (cites a WA State example on Page 15); apprenticeships praised by bipartisan elected leaders, current and previous White House Administrations, and State Governors.
c) Page 16 will show you the huge ‘put down’ aimed at America’s colleges and universities.
d) Page 16 also shows the blatant lie that “Apprenticeships can offer a key component to the solution to the skills gap.” (Based off a Harvard University Business School Study. The irony is that Harvard partnered with Pearson to help create the myth of the ‘skills gap’ and helped create the Career Pathways as a solution. Career Pathways are a embedded part of CTE!)
e) Warriors, to me, this is the BIGGEST clue to just how globally minded D.C. has become while sacrificing our nation on the altar of our freedoms. The Task Force actually has the audaciousness to bring in how much American apprenticeships should copy the German and Swiss apprenticeships! (*Note: the European Union’s targeted youth ages are 16-24 years of age. That’s 8 years.)
See middle paragraphs on Page 17 for Germany and Switzerland). Be sure to look at the associated footnotes and see the CCSS Machine member groups/resources cited.

14) From the Section “Implementation Challenges”:
a) there are several complex and inter-related ones. Setting a tone of ‘us vs them’, here are what are considered to be challenges for the government:
i) student interest and engagement in ‘worker supply’
ii) parents lack ‘career awareness’
iii) youth do not grasp ‘viable’ tracks for prosperous futures
iv) businesses need better ‘career profiles’
v) communication needs include apprenticeship ‘design signals’ for skills needed
vi) more early career counseling especially for ‘middle skills’ to elevate the dignity of workforce apprenticeships
vii) increase ‘stackable credentials’, increase transportation for participants; increase P3s especially for flexibility in alignment.

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15) Warriors, of the 26 action steps (which I gave in my latest video), will begin on Page 21 of the Report. Six steps will involve education/credentialing; Four will expand access, equity and career awareness. Three steps will go toward attracting businesses. The largest group belongs to the administration and regulations for apprenticeships and their implementation (which will be no doubt carried by Executive Order 13845’s created National Workforce Council) at 13 steps.

16) The Conclusion of the Report begins on Page 39. The most important information from this section is that businesses, labor unions, non-profits, trade and industry groups, education, and public officials are pleased to answer President Trump’s call to increase this type of programming in America. As Warriors, notice the ‘lifelong learning’ educratic phrase and how education/workforce aligned apprenticeships will break down American silos.

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Related Resources:

1) From 2017, an open letter to anyone who teaches CTE. From my heart, hard questions about why anyone would NOT fight what their job is being turned into.

2) From early July 2018, all the reasons WHY we should exercise our American citizenship responsibilities to HALT our government in its tracks.

3) From 2016, the Heads Up and Made in America White House created initiatives helped ramp up the marriage between U.S. Dept. of Education and U.S. Dept. of Labor.
(*Note: look at the recent White House events centered around “Made In America”. Consider these events were right around the time the new CTE Law was signed.)

4) From 2017, I invite you to go back and watch the 4 embedded videos to contrast the continued workforce shift unfolding right before our eyes. See how relevant this information STILL is!

5) From 2015, this pair of articles show you the “Upskilling” going on in America at that time and how it fit into the CCSS Machine’s agenda.

6) From a few days ago, the Women on the Wall conference call where Alice Linahan, Mary Black, and I tie CTE to the CBE (Competency Based Education) which is used by the SEL (Social Emotional Learning) to shift our kids values, attitudes, and beliefs.

Driving this all? The United Nations and its SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals) use of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and, Math) for the global/national economics.

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Closing:

Warriors, this doesn’t have to be our nation’s epitaph! This doesn’t have to be the future our children face, either. We must, I repeat, MUST, protect our families. How? Listen to the closing moments of the Women on the Wall call.

If you’re like me, you recognize the federal government’s propaganda is about to step up to never before seen proportions. CTE, apprenticeships, and all that goes with them are NOT America’s savior. They are NOT your family’s savior in any way, shape, form, or fashion.

There’s only one Savior in our lives, and it ISN’T aligned workforce based education!

Our Savior IS Jesus Christ.
God save us all as we go on from here. Pick up your swords, my Warriors.

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Agenda Junkies

Warriors Against the Core! Warriors Opposed to Federally Led Education!!

Are you tired of all the agenda, reform, and propaganda which comes with  CCSS, or, as it is more politically correct, ‘College and Career Readiness’?!

It all reminds me of a bunch of  junkies. Especially when you factor in the amount of money spent to ‘snow’ our nation into believing Common Core and its Machine are the best thing for America since ‘dirt was invented’.

No, Warriors, quite the opposite is true: Common Core and ALL that goes with it have driven our nation straight to ‘pot’!

I call those involved ‘agenda driven junkies’. Question is who among our leaders from D.C. to downtown are strung out on the lies? The agenda junkies don’t only help string education along, they are taking their toxicity into your neighborhoods.

The U.S. Dept. of Education (with some pretty ‘addictive’ help) has published a Plan to turn our communities into ‘USERS’.

The simplest way to state it: Public private partnerships (P3s) were purposefully expanded in ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act). If you factor in the other federal laws where the P3s are also embedded (WIOA, Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act and the HEA, Higher Education Act), you’ll start to see the ‘need for a fix’: businesses need workers to build the economy. What ‘cheaper’ way in which to train workers than by selling a ‘crack’ education like is was the best drug in town?!

                             Our students are the businesses’ ‘fix’.

U.S. Dept. Of Education’s Community User Plan:

I literally stumbled across this Aug. 2016 document just a few days ago. Of course, the agenda junkies at US Ed, came up with a ‘cool’ sounding name for the Plan, but the main point: how the P3s and/or CBAs will use our communities for workforce based education.


So, what’s the name of the Plan?

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The Highs And Lows Of The Plan:
1) The relationships between education and local businesses (P3s) is still pretty new. So, in order to make the most of this, the Plan lays out how to use this ‘urban and development tool’ as the source for filling the need of educated workforce. (Oh, by the way, did you know ESSA involves the U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development?!)

2)  CBAs (Community Benefit Agreements), according to the Plan are slightly different than P3s in the overreach in education. Both carry a steep price: our schools.

3) By combining CTE and CBAs, your town can be assured of a steady ‘supply’ of educated workers strung out on agenda, not academics; on feeding your local economy not feeding their minds. Here’s how the Plan worded it, “This paper will help state and local policymakers understand the potential use of CBAs to support the delivery of high-quality CTE services in schools and colleges serving their surrounding communities. CBAs can serve as a potent tool for delivering comprehensive CTE programs that benefit a broad population of resident youths and adults. This desired outcome can be accomplished only if those charged with negotiating CBAs understand the benefits of well-designed CTE programs—and the importance of engaging CTE educators from the secondary and postsecondary levels in planning discussions.”

4) The ‘common agenda’ of the Plan? A unified, stronger community.

5) The Plan cites 2 Case Studies where CBAs and early CTE efforts were combined.Of these it appears these date back to 2004 and extend to the current year.
One involves Home Depot, Inc. (*Note: Home Depot, Inc. was tied to the new Chair of the U.S. House of Representatives’ Ed/Workforce Committee, Rep. Virginia Foxx in my “Fox in a Hen House” article, published yesterday.)

6) A source cited in the Plan refers to a 2013 construction career book, The Construction Careers Handbook, published by the Partnership for Working Families (2013), and how those who want to push CTE can create labor/education conversations. The goal? To make CTE even more rigorous!

7) See the screen shot below for  the 6 goals a CBA full of agenda is being pushed on our nation:

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To access the entire Planncicte_cbas_marcello

To see a 2014 U.S. Dept. of Ed/NCiCTE 108 page Report on Financing CTE across America:
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Those Pushing The Plan:

To see the 2015 NCiCTE article where I updated you on this federally funded group and how they can be tied to the Aspen Institute, Gates Foundation, and others:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/05/21/tech-thursday-career-tech-education-federal-style-update/


NCiCTE is funded by the U.S. Dept. of Ed.  Find it: http://ctecenter.ed.gov/
(*Notes:
a) Read their Mission Statement.
b) Be sure to refer to the NCiCTE’s Research Papers. This one is titled “Applying Human Capital Performance Bonds to Career and Technical Education” (See: http://s3.amazonaws.com/NCICTE/pdf/ncicte_financing.pdf ) The second one is all about defining and assessing College/Career Readiness: https://s3.amazonaws.com/NCICTE/training/training_2/module_2/resources/NCICTE%20Training%202%20Module%202.pdf ) )

The RTI International, Inc. is the newer name for the Research Triangle Institute based right in Research Triangle (Raleigh-Durham, NC). On their website, the Career and Technical Education can be found on the “Education and Workforce Development” page.
The group shares that they are busy behind the scene of ‘education’ and ‘global’ workforce. They collect massive amounts of data. Here’s an excerpt, “Clients in the education space rely on us to track elements such as early childhood health, school readiness, academic performance, noncognitive skills development, high school graduation and the transition to college, financial aid and college completion, and workforce education.”

To see the RTI, Int’l, Inc.’s full Ed/Workforce page:
 https://www.rti.org/practice-area/education-and-workforce-development

(*Note: When you visit this full page, be sure to click on the Career and Adult Education and Workforce Development section. It’s where I found (once again) definitive proof CCSS and CTE are united. See the image below.)

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To access the CCSS/CTE Employability Framework:
 http://cte.ed.gov/employabilityskills/index.php/background/what#

(*Also noteworthy: When RTI, Int’l, Inc. was still RTI, the Gates Foundation awarded this group many grants from 2009 (and earlier) to 2016. Most of the grants are in the health care field, but as we’ve seen, Warriors, Gates Foundation Grants are used for all kinds of reform directly OR indirectly impacting education. To see the 2 pages of Grants: 
http://www.gatesfoundation.org/How-We-Work/Quick-Links/Grants-Database#q/k=Research%20Triangle%20Institute )

Closing:

Warriors, whom among our leaders are the ‘agenda junkies’? Ask your Congress members have they read these NCiCTE documents? Especially in light of the upcoming CTE Bills in the House’s Ed/Workforce Committee and the Senate’s HELP Committee!
There are many, however, knowing our government is creating communities aligned to CTE, what about a national CTE Workforce Plan? It’s already in the works. The LADDER Act.

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FTF: Measure Twice, Cut Once

This old adage is great for  woodworking, but NOT for education.
This old adage is great for woodworking, but NOT for education.

Repeatedly, you have read my researched articles verifying CCSS, CTE, STEM, and all the other names of the programs, resources, or standards “Common Core” goes with. For today’s “From the Files”, I’ll show you how MORE private companies are measuring education, not once, but twice. Their aspirations? In my researched opinion, to have cookie cutter students/citizens!

 
“USA Funds” and their Measuring:

Before we look at what USA Funds does for education meddling, here’s a visual of one set of ‘tools’ they offer to measure our students.

Return on investments belong in finance. Humans should be treated with dignity.
Return on investments belong in finance. Humans should be treated with dignity.

Here’s a dead giveaway for the CCSS Machine’s involvement in education, a P3( Public Private Partnership).

Is MT the only state partnering with USA Funds?!
Is MT the only state partnering with USA Funds?!

Okay, now I have your attention, just WHO is behind, or WHAT is, USA Funds? According to their website, “In 1960 USA Funds® was founded by a group of business leaders who were concerned about the rising cost of a college education. The company was incorporated with the purpose of providing aid and support to college students from all walks of life and particularly among those who otherwise might be unable to attend college. In 1961 USA Funds guaranteed its first student loan.”  Now, fast forward to 2015 and you’ll see:
“Today USA Funds has adopted “Completion With a Purpose” as the guiding principle for its philanthropic and investment activities, supporting initiatives that are focused on transforming the higher education experience for America’s students so they are prepared for jobs in the 21st century economy.”

That “Completion With a Purpose” program? Hang on to your anti CCSS warrior hats:
4 pro CCR (college and career ready), CTE (career tech education), and/or CCSS (Common Core State Standards)  goals! a) “streamlining key education transitions”; b) “facilitating smoother pathways from campus to workplace”; c) “promoting innovative college and career preparations”; and d)“frameworks for data-driven decision making”. Now, if you are a seasoned anti CC Warrior, you picked up on the alignment buzzwords. However, if you are new to fighting CCSS, you may need a hint as to where in plain sight, the CCSS buzzwords are. They are, “streamlining”, “pathways”, “college and career prep”, and “data driven”.  If you would like to see the 4 goals and their entire descriptions, visit: http://www.usafunds.org/Pages/About.aspx There you can read the target student populations USA Funds are seeking. As with anything, any group, or any person connected to the CCSS Machine, USA Funds’ “Completion With a Purpose” is written in detail and is the theme of their 2014 Annual Report. I’ll share the document with you, but I’d like to preempt it with telling you the Report is slam full of CCR (college/career readiness), closing the ‘skills gap’, and much more. You can see how they are working hand in hand with the US Chamber of Commerce (a well known and easily identifiable member of the CCSS Machine). You can also see how they are tied with the “Jobs for America” program, also CCSS/CTE aligned to the hilt (I previously wrote about JfA and will include the link to the article at the end of this one). Lastly, you can learn how USA Funds is  supportive of outcome based/workforce driven education. Read: 2014AnnualReport

Okay, so far, we’ve learned USA Funds is CCSS supportive and as such, uses ‘tools’ like the first screen shot to ‘measure’ our students. The “Completion” Project can be considered another ‘measure’. How so? We know from the first hand accounts AND from documented research that ANYONE in the CCSS Machine’s path will be measured, assessed, and tracked via data mining. Is there more ‘measuring’ conducted by USA Funds to help churn out more ‘CCSS cookie cutter grads”? You bet there is!

 

USA Grantees:

Below are just the MAJOR grant awards USA Funds has given.
(As stated above) Jobs for America (CCR Ready)
 College Success Coaching 21st Century for 21st Century Scholars (increasing graduation rates)
Missouri Campus Collaborative (workforce ready education on a student outcome base)
US Chamber of Commerce’s Talent Supply Pipeline (to close the ‘skills gap’. I’ll provide the link to the article I wrote about the ‘talent supply’ at the close of this article)
Complete College America (deliberate career planning based on assessments/data track)
National Governors Association ‘America Works Policy’ Academies (other funding entities joining forces to support the NGA’s education/workforce linkage)
Purdue Polytechnic Indianapolis (career/college ready pathways especially geared for STEM {Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math})
Tulane University Cowen Institute Learn and Earn Career Pathways (equips those not in college or working to go on and earn a national credential for the workforce)
AACU (Association of American Colleges and Universities) Committing to Equity and Inclusion (increased student outcomes/achievement)
Prior Learning Assessments for MT Vets (assesses, then career pathways aligned to assessment)
AASCU (American Association for State Colleges and Universities) Re-Imagining First Year College (increases retention and achievement rates of freshmen students)
U.S. Conference of Mayors/USA Funds Pathways With a Purpose Initiative (competition based grants for CCR education advancement)
Education Commission of the States: States Financial Aid Redesign Project (aid recipients motivated via persistence toward completion of education. Also creates task forces to influence policies concerning performance based outcomes)
MT Tribal College Apprenticeship Initiative (gearing Native Americans for jobs to fit workforce needs; involves MT’s state Dept. of Labor)  (I’ve written about the aligned to CCSS/CTE/CCR apprenticeships before. That article will be included below with the other articles related to this one)
University Innovation Alliance (enhancing student outcomes/success) (see article below)
Central Indiana Corporate Partnership Workforce Development Initiative (aligns education and IN specific workforce needs to “address the skills gap”)
Midwestern Higher Education Compact Multi-State Collaborative on Military  Credit (involves military with Career Pathways) (Look for a related article below)
Community Health Network Nursing Academies (transforming nursing education)
Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities Adaptive Learning Initiative (personalized learning based on best practices)

Those are just the education based grants USA Funds gives out.  To read the entire descriptions of each of these above, see:
http://www.usafunds.org/PhilanthropyNationalEngagement/Pages/CurrentGrantees.aspx

They also have a section of community based grants. Warriors Against the Core, there’s more alignment to the CCSS Machine in those grants as well! See the community based groups receiving pro CCSS/CCR/CTE backer based funds from USA Funds:
http://www.usafunds.org/PhilanthropyNationalEngagement/Pages/Partnerships.aspx

What does all this prove? Massive amounts of money funneled through one group to impact entire states, regions, and communities…and ALL for Common Core alignment through P3s!

USA Funds also has career alignment for the ‘disconnected youth’. As far as the ‘college value’ where our students of all ages are concerned? Among the grant recipients included are the US Chamber of Commerce Foundation, American Institutes of Research(AIR), Gallup, U S National Skills Coalition (see below for their article), and others! See:
http://www.educationvalue.org/grantees/ 

As far as the value of our students college education, the screen shot below will show you how USA Funds feels each state’s ROI (Return on Investment) should look.

To see the rest of the wheel: http://www.educationvalue.org/college-value/
To see the rest of the wheel:
http://www.educationvalue.org/college-value/

When you visit the above page, notice how this ties to the U.S. Dept. of Ed’s College Scorecards and data mining/sharing.

Related articles:

1) To learn how apprenticeships are being aligned by the CCSS Machine:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/02/12/tech-thursday-aligned-apprentices/
2) The U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s “Talent Supply Pipeline”:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/05/22/fom-chambers-pot-of-lies-for-ccss/
2a) https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2014/11/19/wybi-wednesday-flying-minds-common-core/
3) U.S National Skills Coalition:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/06/07/rmt-halting-a-ccsscte-aligned-workforce/
4) Military and CCSS:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/04/16/tech-thursday-common-core-military-special/
5) University Innovation Alliance and others seen above or ones you learn about by investigating the USA Funds grant awardees:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/04/22/wybi-ccss-supporter-profiling-higher-ed-degrees/

I don't know about you, but I do NOT wish to see cookie cutter graduates!
I don’t know about you, but I do NOT wish to see cookie cutter graduates!

 

 

 

 

Sic’ ‘Em Saturday: CCSS Naysayers

Seventeen did not a victory make, however, they got the message 'we've had all we'll take!'
Seventeen did not a victory make, however, they got the
message ‘we’ve had all we’ll take!’

Anti CCSS Warriors, you’ve read the stories, culled the Congressional Reports. You know this ‘War Against Common Core’ is NOT over yet.  However, today, we’ll take a look at the 17 who stood strong in the Senate against not only their peers, but the CCSS Machine. I’d like to preface my article, I am NOT endorsing any political candidate publicly. My focus isn’t on the campaigns of any of the 17 Senators. Are these 17 tied to Common Core in any way? Let’s find out.
The Nay Sayers:

Here, again, are those 17 names. Senators Graham and Nelson didn't vote.
Here, again, are those 17 names. Senators Graham and Nelson didn’t vote.

While each of the following said ‘no’ July 16th, will they remain nay sayers? We’ll need to continue to hold them accountable. Especially when you discover more about their education stances.
Blunt: MO, voted ‘no’ to S1177, As a member of the Appropriations Committee, Sen. Blunt gets to help decide where our taxpayer’s money is spent. One such benefactor? The U.S. Dept. of Education. See: http://www.blunt.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/committee-assignments I didn’t find a press release following his ‘no’ to ECAA on his website. However, I did find that his stance on job growth may be of concern, therefore watching how he continues to vote where education is concerned. See: http://www.blunt.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/grow-jobs-and-opportunity Note the phrase ‘shovel ready’ and Missouri’s community colleges. As we’ve discovered, community colleges are entrapped in the CCSS/CTE pipeline for education.
Booker: NJ, voted ‘no’ to S1177, HIs statement following his vote, revealed his dissatisfaction with Title One funding. See: http://www.booker.senate.gov/?p=press_release&id=281 That said, Sen. Booker’s involvement in a trained workforce is worthy of not only our concern, but our voice. Sen. Booker has teamed up with Sen. Scott (see below) in LEAP, Leveraging and Energizing America’s Apprenticeship Program Act. Why would a CCSS Warrior need to be concerned? I’ve published a detailed article previously detailing how the Apprenticeship program in America is CCSS, CTE aligned.
Booker’s statement on jobs and the economy:  http://www.booker.senate.gov/?p=press_release&id=281 His committee service includes commerce and science. See:
http://www.booker.senate.gov/?p=about_senator My article about apprentices:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/02/12/tech-thursday-aligned-apprentices/

Crapo: ID, voted ‘no’ to S1177, If you don’t know his stance on education, you should. While he’s a big supporter of public education, he desires more local control. That said, he also shares that the federal role in education is helpful. Anti CC Warriors, I’m curious, do Congress members receive a ‘Know your Constitution’ exam before being sworn in? If not, maybe they should. As per our 10th Amendment, there is to be NO federal role in education. See Sen. Crapo’s educational stance:
http://www.crapo.senate.gov/issues/education/education.cfm While I didn’t see his service on any committees which directly impact education, I did notice a few caucuses he belongs to which are tied to CCSS. (for example: TRIO, 4-H, and others) See:  http://www.crapo.senate.gov/about_mike/committees.cfm
Cruz: TX,  voted ‘no’ to S1177, Sen. Cruz’s vote was consistent with his education stance as an opposer of CCSS. His statement following that vote said ECAA missed the mark. See:
http://www.cruz.senate.gov/?p=press_release&id=2385 His education page: http://www.cruz.senate.gov/?p=issue&id=36 According to his bio page, he is a defender of the U.S. Constitution. As you’ll see with some of the other Senators, Cruz serves of the Joint Economic Committee and others. Commerce is among them. Knowing how big business has its hands all over education, I’m sure we’ll need to watch to see how this is handled.
Daines: MT, voted ‘no’ to S1177, His amendment, SAFE Kids, is said to protect student data privacy, however, in looking at the website detailing this amendment, several CCSS Machine members are supportive. This should be a huge concern to us, as opposed to Common Core! See: http://www.daines.senate.gov/news/press-releases/daines-blumenthal-introduce-bill-to-protect-students-data A noted other key concern for us should be his participation in cloud data storage. See: http://www.daines.senate.gov/meet-steve/biography
Flake: AZ, voted ‘no’ to S1177, While some of his amendments were included in ECAA (Every Child Achieves Act), he couldn’t support some of the other components of the bill. See: http://www.flake.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/press-releases?ID=dfad8ae1-0422-49b6-9ae1-68181f4053b9 However, his amendments were for charter school authority and early learning alignment are very concerning to anti CC Warriors. Why? As I’ve shared with you before, many overseeing charter schools are part of the CCSS Machine. Early learning alignment? No! Absolutely not! His education page will reveal he voted against NCLB and believes in local control. See: http://www.flake.senate.gov/public/?p=healthcare-and-education
Lee: UT, voted ‘no’ to S1177, His press release statement following that vote stated it was because the bill expands the U.S. Dept. of Education, increases early education overhaul,and more. See:  http://www.lee.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/press-releases?ID=9c7f3ff8-1e62-4fcb-98ef-4c0b7f30406f According to his website, Sen. Lee is a defender of the U.S. Constitution. He also is a member of the U.S. Joint Economic Committee. (JEC’s website address is provided below in another Senator’s description) Lee is currently working on higher education legislation. He has even asked for America’s help. Anti CCSS Warriors, if you’re concerned about Sen. Lamar Alexander’s push for aligning as much as he can of education from birth to post grad, perhaps you’d like to help Sen. Lee’s writing of legislation. See: http://www.lee.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/higher-education-reform-and-college-opportunity#form_a6481d29-13fc-4476-a3f8-525869be3f88  As any good anti CC Warrior, we need to be ever watchful of what transpires from here on out.
Moran: KS, voted ‘no’ to S1177, A fan of CTE (career and technical education) is a big cause of concern for those of us opposed to the CCSS Machine. We now very well by now, that CTE is in every state of the United States, no matter if your state ‘adopted’ CCSS or not.
The Senator’s website will tell you he voted against NCLB in 2001, and why. See:
http://www.moran.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/education His service on two committees which involve education (commerce and science) are worth holding him accountable in the coming days. See: http://www.moran.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/committee-assignments
Murphy: CT, voted ‘no’ to S1177, His stance on education includes the 21st century skills needed for the global economy statement we’ve heard so much from the CCSS Machine. There are other statements in his education view point which are concerning to us as anti CCSS Warriors. For example, the states and accountability facing us in a re-authorized ESEA. (Press release: http://www.murphy.senate.gov/newsroom/press-releases/murphy-booker-warren-coons-esea-accountability-amendment-receives-broad-support)
Murphy is a member of hte HELP Committee (Health, Education, Labor, and Pension). See: http://www.murphy.senate.gov/issues/education
Paul: KY, voted ‘no’ to S1177, Which directly supports his stance on education view point. His website has a well explained statement to detail his stance. See: http://www.paul.senate.gov/about-rand/issues/promoting-opportunity-through-education
His statement following the passage of S1177: http://www.paul.senate.gov/news/press/dr-rand-paul-votes-against-flawed-education-reform-bill-
Paul is a member of the HELP (Health, Education, Labor, and Pension) Committee. HELP was key in S1177’s existence.
Risch: ID, voted ‘no’ to S1177, His statement on education is brief, but to the anti CC Warrior, says a lot. For example, his stance on the role of the federal government in education is one of concern. How so? He believes the federal government should have a role in education. Warriors, does no one remember that federal government, per the U.S. Constitution, shouldn’t have ANY role in education?! See Risch’s statement: http://www.risch.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?p=Education
Rubio: FL, voted ‘no’ to S1177, There’s not a message on his website concerning his vote that I could find. His blog has no entry for 7/16/15, either. However, I did find he serves on several committees that are directly related to education (technology, for example). His bio page on his website can serve as alert to his stance on higher education (as in making it affordable). Then, there’s the concern for the ‘global economy’. Why are these areas to hold him accountable? Sen. Alexander’s statement concerning the Higher Education Act was next on his list is a great reason. Add to that the push from the CCSS Machine where digital this and that are on a hyper speed effort to impact technology. See Rubio’s website: http://www.rubio.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/biography
Sasse: NE, voted ‘no’ to S1177, I cannot find any sort of press release after the vote. His website does not share any education view points that I can find. However, he does serve on the U.S. Joint Economic Committee. Since the CCSS Machine has a huge goal for the economic status of the U.S. A., I’d say we most definitely need to find out more about Sen Sasse’s view of education. See his website:
http://www.sasse.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/about
See the Joint Econ Website:  http://www.jec.senate.gov/public/
Scott: SC, voted ‘no’ to S1177, because he didn’t feel the bill was good enough. See his statement explaining his vote: http://www.scott.senate.gov/press-release/sen-tim-scott-statement-every-child-achieves-act However, Sen. Scott’s been key to the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014 and other ‘opportunities’ for aligned education and labor. WIOA embedded CCSS aligned Career Pathways at least 21 times. (See Sen. Scott’s agenda for a trained workforce, http://www.scott.senate.gov/opportunityagenda
Shelby: AL, voted ‘no’ to S1177, according to his website, he serves on at least 2 committees where funding occurs. Combine that with his stance that states are choosing CCSS, is a cause, in my opinion, to continue to watch him. See: http://www.shelby.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/legislativeissues?p=Education
Vitter: LA, voted ‘no’ to S1177, due to his stance against CCSS, assessments, privacy violatons (see his education stance on his website page: http://www.vitter.senate.gov/issues/education However, he supports school choice and charter schools (which CCSS is using both of these  to distort education) and is supportive of 21st Century job preparation for students.
Warren: MA, voted ‘no’ to S1177,  due to dissatisfaction over the funding for schools.See Her statement on her website,  http://www.warren.senate.gov/?p=committees(scroll down, look to the right) She’s also friendly towards post secondary alignment efforts. She’s a member of the HELP Committee (Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions). HELP has been extremely involved in re-writing ESEA.

Actions We Should Take:

1) Continue to watch Congress for how voting goes.
2) Continue to interact with Congress where HR5, S1177, child care, preK, post-secondary are concerned. EVERY educational level and choice will be impacted by what happens in D.C. concerning the re-authorization of the ESEA.
3) Look, not only at the Congress members’ stances on education, but look at workforce, public-private partnerships, etc. Remember, economy and a trained workforce are 2 of the main CCSS agenda points. NO Congress member should support a CCSS/CTE aligned America. It’s unconstitutional! It’s unAmerican! It violates the oath each Congress member swore to uphold!
4) Thank these 17 Senators for standing with we, the anti CCSS Warriors! Remind them we are watching.
5) PJNET has a one stop tool to help you thank each Senator. See: http://patriotjournalist.com/CommonCoreAction.php?v=6

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RMT: Halting a CCSS/CTE aligned Workforce?

CCSS/CTE/CCR/Career Pathways/Career Clusters/Aligned Apprentices = Epic Fail for America!
CCSS/CTE/CCR/Career Pathways/Career Clusters/Aligned Apprentices = Epic Fail for America!

To the Warriors against the ‘Core’, we’ve learned over and over that the CCSS Machine has many parts to it. Those parts include Career Clusters, Career Pathways, the American Apprenticeship Initiative, Career and Technical Education, and the  Common  Core Standards (which encompass every subject, including the Arts and PE).

One of the biggest parts of the Machine? That would be the amount of legislation expressly written to protect the embedding of all this illegally based education reform!

To date one of the most important pieces of this type of legislation is the (already passed as  a law in 2014 on the federal level) WIOA. Also known as the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act. The other key pieces of federal level CCSS Machine protecting legislative moves are the re-authorizations of the ESEA/NCLB (HR5, which has had a name change every time we turn around) and the HEA (Higher Education Act).

So What’s the Riddle, Today?:

As you know, each Sunday, I have a riddle for you. So what’s today’s based on the topic thus far? Can we halt the WIOA’s overreach in any way? Let’s find out.

Scores of articles (several are available right here on my blog; just use the ‘search bar’.) have been written; interviews recorded; documents uncovered (with the express purpose of exposing the vast amount of CCSS/CTE/Career Clusters/Career Pathways, etc.) as proof of the embedded and planned course to reshape America starting with education. In the past, the message had been somewhat marginalized.

However, it appears the message is gaining a wider voice and many citizens are recognizing action MUST be taken to save our nation!..beginning with education. You see, the trail of the CCSS Machine STARTS at the child care years and steamrolls all the way to career-land. No educational choice will be respected, no citizen left unscathed by the time the full impact of the WIOA, HR5, and HEA are felt…IF left as is, in their current forms!  I’ve inserted 3 visuals below to illustrate my points.

An aligned collective community?! Is this really what CCSSO has begun? Common Core is entrenched in this, folks.
The Initiative named above is connected to the CCSSO (Council of Chief State School Officers) by way of KnowledgeWorks.

The visual below shows what parts of WIOA are already in play to ‘align and mine’ student/workforce data. What’s not in the visual is the language stating how this information pipeline will ‘marry’ with SLDS (Student Longitudinal Data System).

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.
Much like RtTT, states have been awarded incentive money for the WIOA data pipeline.

The 3rd visual is an old one, but is very fitting as to the success of the CCSS Machine’s efforts in WIOA. What’s the ‘secret’? P3s! Public private partnerships. They’ve invested millions of dollars on lobbying for WIOA and advertising it as ‘a good thing’.

P3s, education's nightmare in friendly form.
P3s, education’s nightmare in friendly form.

So, the Answer to Our Riddle?:

Continue to HELP spread the message that WIOA is bad news! That HR5 and HEA are terrible moves!

One of the ways in which you can impact WIOA is to contact your federal level Congress members IMMEDIATELY!

Another way is to use any ‘public comment’ window the federal levels open up. These ‘windows’ are announced; this is true. However, if you don’t know these announcements have been made, how can we participate? We’ve seen this type of move made before by the CCSS Machine and anything connected to its viability.

Currently the U.S. Dept. of Ed has one for WIOA (it is only open until the 15th of June 2015). I’m providing the information below so you CAN share it, respond to it, and be ‘on the record’ as an anti CCSS Warrior.

Here’s the information release (notice no date appears as to when this released was posted) about the public comment window becoming available:
http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/osers/rsa/wioa-reauthorization.html#nprm

Here’s a blog entry I found announcing the public comment window’s time period and supposed changes:
http://www.ed.gov/edblogs/osers/2015/04/osers-seeks-public-comment-on-proposed-rules-to-implement-workforce-innovation-and-opportunity-act/

What the U.S. Dept of Ed isn’t sharing about WIOA is just how embedded in CCSS/CTE the law really is. For that side of the truth, you’ll need facts. Below are some related resources I urge you to dig into.

Related Resources:

From the “Prevent Common Core” website, 3 articles:
1) An article about the skewing of our communities via CCSS/CTE, http://preventcommoncore.com/?p=1247

2) A pair of articles detailing WIOA and it’s toxic underbelly, http://preventcommoncore.com/?p=1187 and http://preventcommoncore.com/?p=1201

3) From “Women on the Wall” Sound Cloud channel, these audio archives:
a) Robin Eubanks on WIOA: https://soundcloud.com/alice-linahan/women-on-the-wall-conference-call-with-robin-eubanks-who-is-kagan

b) My interview on HEA and how HR5 and WIOA are a trinity of gloom for our nation:
https://soundcloud.com/alice-linahan/women-on-the-wall-with-lynne-taylor-on-hea-higher-education-act

c) a playlist of 5 more related audio archives featuring Anita Hoge, Dr. Jessica Anderson and others is also needed ‘anti CCSS ammo’). See: https://soundcloud.com/alice-linahan/women-on-the-wall-with-lynne-taylor-on-hea-higher-education-act/sets
Another interview I gave was with Tamara Scott on the connections between HR5, HEA, and WIOA. Listen in: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JDboNzTM_Jc&list=PLEmQgGVFLx6b9vM_JLa35jrHHlI7xB4nZ&index=1

A Final Key Answer We Need for Our Riddle:

If you’ve not found the above resources to be helpful in why we should halt WIOA’s/CCSS Machine moves, here’s one which I hope will be a deciding factor for you. From the National Skills Coalition, a pdf titled ” Aligned by Design: WIOA and Career and Technical Education”. Key phrases to look for in your state’s legislation: ‘unified plan’; ‘combined plan’. Get the ‘plans’: 2015-06-Aligned-by-Design-WIOA-and-CTE

Please, read the PDF as well as the other related resources BEFORE you make any public comments! We have a short time span to make a HUGE impact.

Legislative sessions across America are embracing Workforce.
Legislative sessions across America are embracing Workforce.