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The School Board Special, Part One

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This Weekend News begins a special series for all those ‘anti CCSS Machine Warriors’ out there running for their school boards this election year. No matter if it is a local school board race or a state-wide race, this compendium is for you!!

If you should have an issue you would like more information on and you do NOT see it below, please do not HESITATE to let me know how I may help your campaign. Why would I do this? I want to support each of you as best as I can with information you can use to stand for a school system FREE from the CCSS Machine and ALL its overreaches into birth to pre-K, pre-K to K, K-12, community colleges, public and private colleges and universities, for profit post-secondary schools (proprietary), and any OTHER place Common Core (or as it’s new buzz phrase is known as “College and Career Readiness”) is found!

As the first in this series of articles, I would like to  devote them to these brave men and women who are seeking office for the RIGHT reasons! 1) To be a child’s hero; 2) to stand for the Constitutionally protected state sovereignty where education is concerned; and 3) to wipe out the CCSS Machine’s grasp on their local community and/or State!

 

Birth to Pre-K, Pre-K to K:

As we have seen and heard, NO age group, nor educational choice will be free from the illegally based (and now, rubber stamped via the ESSA, Every Student Succeeds Act) educational reform begun by the CCSSI (Common Core State Standards Initiative). My fellow anti CCSS Warrior from CA (Lydia Gutierrez) has a great Facebook post from 2014 which details Sen. Lamar Alexander’s plan to grab our students from birth and track them to career.
Why would I mention Sen. Alexander? He is one of the main sponsors of the ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act). His plan from way back when, just got a HUGE advancement via the ESSA! To see Lydia’s post: https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=10152814417575498&id=226850210497 (*Note it has the embedded You Tube video from the 1980s where Alexander speaks his ‘Orwellian plan’ for our students.)

To see the birth to Pre-K plans via the ESSA from the Final Conference Report (that mammoth 1,061 page booger):
Section 2223 which begins on Page 373 and details “Subgrants to eligible entities in support of birth through kindergarten entry literacy.”.
Leading up to Section 2223, the following pages are also of great importance:
1) Page 365 where you can see how LEAs (Local Educational Agents) will encompass birth through 12th grade literacy, early childhood education programs including home based literacy programs, and more.
2) Page 370 where you will find percentages of funding the states are to have for any program or activity to ready birth through Kindergarten for school.
3) The bottom of Page 370 and into 371 where you will see birth to 5 years programs for low income families targeted.
4) Page 372 states the following for those teaching our youngest students: “Coordinating with institutions of  higher education in the State to provide recommendations to strengthen and enhance pre-service courses for students preparing to teach children from birth through grade 12 in explicit, systematic, and intensive instruction in  evidence-based literacy methods.”
5) Page 374 will show you how ‘data analysis’ will be used in regards to birth through kindergarten entry.
6) Page 375 details the assessments of the birth to kindergarten for the sake of successful entry into school.
7) That damnable educratic, pro Common Core term ‘pipeline’ (in reference to our students) is used on Page 600. “PIPELINE SERVICES.—The term ‘pipeline services’ means a continuum of coordinated supports, services, and opportunities for children from birth through entry into and success in postsecondary education, and career attainment. Such services shall include, at a minimum, strategies to address through services or programs (including integrated student supports) the following:  ‘‘(A) High-quality early childhood education programs.” (*Note: There is more, but you need to read it for yourselves.)
8) Page 615 will focus on the children (from birth) in the lowest income cities with a continuum of ‘high quality’ services. While this may not be a terrible thing, consider that further down the page, the data collection and reporting of said data goes to the U.S. Dept. of Education’s Secretary!
9) The homeless children’s lack of records will also be included in all this new education reform. See Pages 881, 889,  and 900.
10) Page 959, The States are to keep parents up to date on all the ‘mixed delivery systems’ of programs for birth to kindergarten entry level.
110 Lastly, on Page 967, you will need to know that the States will be assessing the families for successful improvement among  family members.

If you do not have access to the Final Report: ESSA FINAL CONFRPT_112915

In the much shorter U.S. Law version of the ESSA (391) pages, you will find Section 2223 is still the same. Page numbers, however, will be different. To find where the students from ‘birth’ and up are mentioned, see: 136, 138 (twice), 139 (5 times), 140, 223, 238, 326, 329, 333, 354, and 357. Each of the topics found in the Final Report have made their way into the Law version. To access the Law version: Finalessa.391pages

As Far As My Research, I Would Like to Offer You:

Zero to Three Common Core which has received the American Academy of Pediatrics backing as well as a major insurance company (MetLife)! See: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/07/04/sic-em-saturday-pint-sized-common-core/
What you, as a candidate, need to know about this article: Look to your area’s Early Head Start Program; that each of the 50 States has a ‘Baby Fact Sheet’; that some States (especially those deemed as successes with their Race to the Top funding) have a ‘Preschool Development Grant’ from the U.S. Dept. of Education; that the National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER), is backed, supported, and funded by some of the biggest names in the CCSS Machine!

Then here is my article pertaining to the massive amounts of research being conducted on our youngest students in the name of education. See: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/11/10/ftf-prek-research-ccss-cbe/
What you, as a candidate, need to look for from this article: Your state’s funding and use of TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families) and how CCSS has got its grasp on this money; how competency based education (is largely workforce based learning in nature) is being designed for our little people in the classrooms and related programs; how our youngsters are bringing shaped into BRICKS (I kid you not), and more!

How will the birth to pre-K and kindergartners figure into the WIOA (Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014) which is also expressly tied via the language of the ESSA (as law)?! See my article: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/01/05/essa-ties-to-wioa-2014-and-new-citizens/
What you, as a candidate, need to know from this article: Those ‘sub grants’ for ELA (English Language Arts) are to be used so that EVERY student, including these younger ones, will be in line for the cradle to career education;  how the language shift FROM “Common Core State Standards” TO ‘Challenging State Academic Standards’ is not only more of the same education reform, but will have massive amounts of money attached!

Encompassed into the Promise Neighborhoods and the 21st Century Community Learning Centers and/or Community Schools will be not only the youngest learners, but the ENTIRE family! See: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/08/17/supportive-acts-to-back-initiative/
What you, as a candidate, need to know: That while the Promise Neighborhoods is NOT a new piece of legislation, HOW it is included in the ESSA is new! Those 21st Century Community Learning Centers (which can also sometimes be referred to by a number of catchy names) are part of a White House Initiative, as well as a P3 (public-private partnership) effort to have entire communities aligned to the Common Core State Standards Initiative.  To see that information and to learn more: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2014/10/24/fom-friday-knowledgeworks-or-knowledge-quirks/ (*Note: This article lays out for you the cradle to career aligned community network already in place across America.)

CLOSING:

No matter where you are in America, the ESSA, the CCSS Machine, the Initiative and agenda behind Common Core, is going to continue to wreck our nation! This is just a look at a FEW of the researched pieces of evidence I have concerning birth through Kindergarten. Take the time to read each article, investigate for yourselves the reports, links, and programs featured. Ask LOTS of questions, be ferocious in your campaigns! Our children, our schools, and our nation are MUCH too precious to not protect. Part 2 of this series will address K-12 education.

Sic’ ‘Em Saturday: Pint Sized Common Core

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Anti CCSS Warriors, just in time for the 4th of July, the latest ‘Zero to 3 State Baby Facts’ for each of the 50 states are out. So be ready to ‘rumble’!

The National Center for Infants, Toddlers, and Families:

http://www.zerotothree.org/

Their mission statement per the above website address is, “ZERO TO THREE is a national, nonprofit organization that provides parents, professionals and policymakers the knowledge and know-how to nurture early development.”

In Anti CC Warrior terms, the above means social and emotional learning, development, and the like are included. It means lots of policy makers and educational decisions are also being made. The Zero to Three Center is also connected to ‘Early Head Start’ (which is a community based, federally funded program). Between the two entities, all 50 states are serviced via over 740 programs. Home visitations are among these services.

From the Zero/Three’s FAQ page:
What is the relationship between the EHS National Resource Center and ZERO TO THREE?        
The Early Head Start National Resource Center (EHS NRC) was created in 1995 by the Head Start Bureau and the Administration for Children and Families. Since its inception, the EHS NRC center has been operated by ZERO TO THREE in Washington, DC. The EHS NRC is a storehouse of early childhood expertise that promotes the building of new knowledge and the sharing of information. See the EHS NRC ‘About Us’ section or email ehsnrcinfo@zerotothree.org.

How many programs does Early Head Start include?           
Early Head Start, a federally funded community-based program for low-income pregnant women and families with infants and toddlers up to age 3, has 745 programs in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. The program served nearly 62,000 children in 2004. For more information, please see the Office of Head Start Statistical Fact Sheets.

Does ZERO TO THREE offer Early Head Start programs?           
We do not offer any direct service programs. To find an Early Head Start program in your state, visit the “Head Start Locator” page.”

 

The National Center’s  funding appears to be a mixed bag of public/private funders.  The website, Charity Navigator states that the Zero to Three National Center receives over 70% of its funding from the U.S. Federal Government. (see: http://www.charitynavigator.org/index.cfm?bay=search.summary&orgid=6562#.VZcYl_lViko) *NOTE: scroll down to the “Charts” graphics.

Another example of the private donations, is the one from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. See the screen shot below (the website address is included).

According to the Center's 2013 Annual Report (the latest available), our federal and state governments help fund it.
According to the Center’s 2013 Annual Report (the latest available), our federal and state governments help fund it.

To understand the levels of the varied federal funds the Center receives, access their website page, http://www.zerotothree.org/public-policy/federal-policy/tracking-federal-child-care.html
This is important because you’ll see that part of the IDEA funds are used for Zero to Three; Promise Neighborhoods, and other trails that can lead you right back to the Dept. of Education and Common Core.

I was able to locate the 2008 Zero to Three Annual Report’s list of donors. Among them are the Foundation for Excellence in Education (Jeb Bush’s pro CCSS organization), several U.S. Federal levels offices tied to the CCSS Machine in some way, The Casey Foundation, MetLife Insurance*, The Duke Foundation, and many others. See the screen shot below. For the entire report, use the website address provided beneath the screen shot.
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http://main.zerotothree.org/site/DocServer/Annual_Report_-_FY08_-_Final.pdf?docID=8361

Contrast the 2008 information above with the most recent ‘Partners Fact Sheet” and it will reveal what the Center looks for in its partners and much more. We, as warriors against early childhood CCSS need to know these details, especially in light of the fact that both the House’s and Senate’s versions of the ESEA are up for votes in the coming days. One example from the most recent fact sheet is that  Congress gave the Early Head Start around $500 million dollars in 2014. Access to the Fact Sheet: ehs-child-care-partnerships-fact-sheet-ztt-04-04-2014

*I’ve exposed MetLife’s CCSS ties on Prevent Common Core’s website. See the article: http://preventcommoncore.com/?p=1154

Curriculum for the Little Ones Ages 3 and Under:

A sad reality in today’s CCSS aligned world. I’m including a report where you can find out much more about HOW the curriculum for zero to three years old children is supposed to work. What’s important for the Anti CCSS Warriors to note is that while you won’t see the CCSS name used, you’ll see it’s familiar footprint in the language coupled with the reality of the PreK curriculum MUST align to the Kindergarten Standards in your state. See: multidisciplinary-consultant-module-3
Here’s a brief excerpt for you, “Curriculum for babies?” The answer is “Yes.” The development that occurs from birth to 3 years lays the foundation for all later learning (National Research Council and Institute of Medicine, 2000). To ensure an effective foundation for later development and success, infant/toddler experiences should be designed to meet the individual needs of each child.”

An online School Readiness tool is made available to you on the Zero to Three’s website courtesy of MetLife.
See: http://www.zerotothree.org/early-care-education/school-readiness-interactive-birth-to-3/

My mother's heart goes out to all the young mothers who will not know that the earliest years are not designed for these 4 skill areas.
My mother’s heart goes out to all the young mothers who will not know that the earliest years are not designed for these 4 skill areas.

My warrior’s heart is spurned at the experts who endorsed this report. To see the entire report: gettingreadyforschoolbeginsatbirth

Just the Facts, Mom and Dad:

Before I share the 2015 State Baby Facts with you, I’d like you to see the picture below. The words you’ll see in red are mine (based on my extensive research into CCSS and CTE). If ever one picture was worth 1,000 words, this would be it.

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To get the 2015 information, state-of-america-s-babies-4-15-final

What you, as a CCSS warrior needs to know, is that early childhood care is going to be used (or is already being used) for school readiness. This intent is in the 2015 report.

Back in 2014, the U.S. Dept. of Ed announced the Preschool Development Grant ‘winners’ and updated information for those Race to the Top States which had already been able to acheive ‘robust’ Preschools.
See: http://www.ed.gov/news/press-releases/18-states-awarded-new-preschool-development-grants-increase-access-high-quality-preschool-programs

So what was Duncan’s tweet about? (the very first screen shot you saw). Pushing the need for ‘high quality’ Preschools. When I searched the related links from the tweet, I found this one from MA (Massachusetts) urging parents to sign up to support the PreK Initiative. The Initiative’s issue? Narrowing the achievement gap (they go into a much more lengthy explanation). See: http://prek4ma.org/atstake

Related Information:

 The NIEER (National Institute for Early Education Reserach)http://nieer.org/
While this National center is all about their public policies and research, get a look at what organizations are funding this Institute, found in their “vision” section:
“Past and current supporters of research performed by NIEER include: The Pew Charitable Trusts, Carnegie Corporation of New York, The Fund for New Jersey, Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, The David and Lucile Packard Foundation, The Prudential Foundation, The Schumann Fund for New Jersey, Smith Richardson Foundation, Tulsa Community Foundation, and the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Educational Research and Improvement (OERI).  NIEER also leads the Center on Enhancing Early Learning Outcomes (CEELO), one of 22 comprehensive centers funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Elementary and Secondary Education to strengthen the capacity of State Education Agencies to lead sustained improvements in early learning opportunities and outcomes.”

What you, the anti CCSS warrior needs to know about the NIEER? The 50 states want to be able to adhere to this body’s parameters. For example, see NC’s statement of ‘bragging rights’:
 “North Carolina is one of four states with a Pre-K program that meets all 10 National Institute of Early Education ResearchBenchmarks (NIEER).  Benchmarks include comprehensive Early Learning Standards; staff met education/licensure requirements, professional development; 1:9 staff/child ratio; developmental screens and referral; evidence-based curriculum and formative assessments; monitoring and nutritional requirements.”

If you’d like to see just WHAT those “stellar” NC PreK Standards are, NC_Foundations
The Common Core State Standards tie to the “NC Foundations” can be found on page 17 of the document.

Closing:

Warriors against CCSS, you know that usually on Saturday I’ve got action steps laid out for you. However, I think you can see what actions you need to take with this issue. Knock ’em down. I know I will do my gut level best!