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FTF: More Tracking the Workforce Aligned Society

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As promised, anti CCSS/CTE Warriors, here’s the article detailing more information on how our nation is slowly, but surely becoming a workforce aligned nation.  Over the weekend, if you read my “Weekend News”,  I shared 2 distinct graphics from the federal government’s Education and the Workforce Committee.  See: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/09/27/weekend-news-tracking-the-ccsscteworkforce-aligned-society/

SKILLS Act? It’s a Law Now and It Has a New Name!:

In today’s ‘From the File Tuesday’, we’ll look at several legislative moves meant for the express purpose of aligning our nation. First up, the SKILLS Act (Supporting Knowledge and Investing in Lifelong Skills Act). It’s bill number was HR803. It was put before Congress in the 2013-14 Session. According to the Library of Congress, HR803 has had 6 makeovers. The very first one appeared in Feb. 2013. Now, if you’ll remember, I shared with you over the weekend, that I’d tie the SKILLS Act to the WIOA (Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014). Folks, you may already know this, or you may not. The tie? Quite simply, over the course of the Congressional ins/outs/swapping Chambers, etc. The SKILLS Act was renamed to become the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act!

(*Note: The WIOA became law in July 2015. One of my Nov. 2014 published articles detailed  information on how  legislation set in Washington trickled down to the state level and how the data collection in the name of Workforce was happening. If you’d like to see just HOW Workforce Data is handled in your state, see: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2014/11/06/tech-thursday-workforce-commissions-education-and-common-core/)

When it was SKILLS:

When HR803 was known as “SKILLS”:
1) The bill (introduced by NC legislator Virginia Foxx)  ‘will empower employers, rein in bureaucracy, and provide America’s workers with a more dynamic, flexible, and effective network of job training services.”


2) The bill used a 2011 Government Accountability Office document, which reveals connections to  the 2009 “Recovery Act”. (remember this was the Act which gave us ‘shovel ready’ projects, Affordable Health Care, and a host of other changes?)
The document:  2011GAOreport


3) A program “Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)” was included. Why is this important in 2015? Did WIOA keep this program? Expand it? Keep reading, my warriors!

4) The bill gave our governors even more power when it comes to workforce training programs. (If you’ve not seen any of my published work on just HOW far NC has gone to align education for the good of NC, here’s one where not only will you see the selling out of the citizens of NC to the Common Core, you’ll also get to see how the state used its grant money from the Workforce Quality Data (in the Nov. 2014 article above) : https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/08/27/ccss-follow-up-system-more-than-money-will-follow-your-students/


5) The bill also gave greater power to businesses (the ‘private’ in “public, private partnerships embedded in the CCSS Machine). All the ‘bonuses of HR803’ are included in this archived ‘fact sheet’. See: http://edworkforce.house.gov/uploadedfiles/short_bill_summary_-_skills_act_final.pdf

I give you these items so we can look at where these programs/efforts have been increased through the WIOA or other legislation (will include federal and state levels).

TANF:

The Temporary Assistance for Needy Families certainly sounds like a noble cause, and I’m sure for those in need, the help is appropriate. However, in the vane of aligning education for workforce needs, is it truly noble? To learn more about TANF, see their website: http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/ofa/programs/tanf
TANF is part of the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services (one of the 3 federal agencies using education as an alignment tool to reform America)
One of the features about TANF mentioned in that Government Accountability Report? The ‘one-stop-job-centers’ created by combining at least 2 programs. Here’s an excerpt, “Options that may increase efficiencies include colocating services and consolidating administrative structures, but implementation may pose challenges. While WIA Adult and ES services are generally colocated in onestop
centers, TANF employment services are colocated in one-stops to a lesser extent. Florida, Texas, and Utah have consolidated their welfare and workforce agencies, and state officials said this reduced costs and improved services, but they could not provide a dollar figure for cost savings.”

Did TANF get included in the WIOA (what SKILLS turned into)? You bet it did! Here’s a document called “Aligned by Design”: WIOA and TANF2015-06-Aligned-by-Design-WIOA-and-TANF

TANF funds include Title 4 funding for each state, Anita Hoge, a well known anti CCSS Warrior has shared many times how Title 4 funding is being abused to align our schools. The abuse WILL continue in the current Student Success Act (HR5), the Every Child Achieves Act (S1177), and the upcoming efforts toward re-authorizing the HEA (Higher Education Act).

In Kansas, TANF funds, the GED, and students highlight the stealthy Career Tech, College Readiness portions of CCSS. See the story: http://ksn.com/2014/12/11/state-focuses-on-g-e-d-and-tech-students/

In Utah, TANF funds are tying STEM (also connected to the CCSS Machine as one of the foremost nationally aligning efforts in education, workforce, and our nation) to the state’s Dept. of Workforce. See that story: http://ksn.com/2014/12/11/state-focuses-on-g-e-d-and-tech-students/

Here in NC, a TANF report will reveal how the state’s “Common Follow Up System” is involved in CTE for Workforce trained citizens. Access: NC TANF report

More Workforce/CTE resourced information:

The Career Tech Education (part of the Common Core) which made it from the SKILLS Act into the WIOA? Access this other “Aligned by Design”2015-06-Aligned-by-Design-WIOA-and-CTE

To find out how the Career Pathways (part of the Career Tech Education) made it into the WIOA, see: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2014/11/02/rmt-sunday-vp-common-core-and-jobs/

If you’d like to see the state of Arkansas’s TANF for Career Pathways funding/presentation:
http://www.powershow.com/view/ad4ea-ZDgwO/ARKANSAS_CAREER_PATHWAYS_INITIATIVE_powerpoint_ppt_presentation

If you’d like to see how Job Development Grants (given by the feds to the states) is also Common Core aligned and will continue to carry out the mission of helping align our nation to ‘workforce readiness’, see:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/03/25/wybi-job-development-grants-and-ccss

Workforce/Education Historical Evidence you can use:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2014/10/23/tech-thursday-blast-from-our-workforce-past/

https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/09/06/weekend-news-labor-day-weekend-special/

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Weekend News: Tracking the CCSS/CTE/Workforce Aligned Society

Image courtesy of RAF Automation.

Image courtesy of RAF Automation.

It’s time for the Weekend News, my fellow anti CCSS Warriors. As you know, I’ve given you several fact based articles of how the CCSS Machine has expanded its domain into the post-secondary world. What’s interesting, is the post-secondary world includes all citizens, not just students. We’ve all read and seen others share similar information with the aligned communities. This weekend’s article is devoted to showing you how the U.S. Government is helping align our entire nation to all things Common Core through the re-authorization of the 1965 version of the HEA (Higher Education Act). Please note, that just this past week, I’ve provided you with evidence of how the HR5 and the S1177 are tied to the WIOA (Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act). It’s no secret that the CTE (Career Tech Education) is most definitely tied to the WIOA as well. So, it makes sense (if you want a totally aligned community) to embed as much as you can in the post-secondary educational choices, too.

Committee on Education and the Workforce:

According to one of the most recent Committee calendars, (9/16/15), the following bills are either in the wings waiting to advance or have already been turned into law. Each of the ones below will fit ‘beautifully’ into the CCSS Machine’s vision for totally aligned communities. Naturally, for those already law, the impact is being felt.

HR596, set to repeal parts of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, it also repeals portions of the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act (2010). Look closely at the Health Care Ed Act, and you’ll find Medicaid funding, student loans, and how they intersect not only our schools, but our communities. As has been pointed out repeatedly with documented research, the embedded abuse of Medicaid in our schools is in both the HR5 and the S1177, it’s bound to be in the Higher Ed bills, too.
To see the text of HR596 (where you can access the Health Care Education Act, too):
https://www.congress.gov/bill/114th-congress/house-bill/596/text
As far as the Health Care “Career Clusters”, “Career Pathways”, or the”American Apprenticeships”, there are plenty of documents to attest to it in your state.
Here’s the “CareerTech.org” ‘Health Care Career Clusters/Pathways to College and Career Readiness’CCFrame-HealthScience
To learn more about the $175 million in state grants for the American Apprenticeships, see:
http://www.dol.gov/apprenticeship/grants.htm
(*Note: you can find out more information about the AA (American Apprenticeships), see:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/09/12/weekend-news-heads-up-higher-ed-cte-update/)
If you’d like to see a very well laid out graphic of how convoluted the healthcare (which includes education and workforce):

Look in the bottom right hand corner when you expand this.
Look in the bottom right hand corner when you expand this.

One more thing about HR596, it’s been sitting on the Senate’s calendar since Feb. 2015.
HR2028: Connects Workforce to the Army Corps of Engineers (The U.S.Army is 100% pro CCSS/CTE; see my articles: a) https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/08/23/weekend-news-hea-higher-ed-act-and-the-common-core/
b) https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/04/16/tech-thursday-common-core-military-special/
(*Note: HR2029 is also a military related bill, however, this one will be more about the money used by the Dept. of Defense for bases, Vet Affairs. Both HR 2028 and 2029 are also on the Senate’s calendar.)
HR2604 has to do with Need Based Educational Funding amendment to the “Improving American Schools Act” (1994; IASA). It’s in the Improving Act, you’ll find how all this encompasses not only U.S. Citizens, but all the ‘aliens’ who’ve been admitted for permanent residence. To see the HR2604, and be linked to the IASA, see: https://www.congress.gov/bill/114th-congress/house-bill/2604/text?q=%7B%22search%22%3A%5B%22%5C%22hr2604%5C%22%22%5D%7D&resultIndex=1
(*Note: this bill is not on the Senate’s calendar, but the Union’s calendar. This is a separate calendar the House of Reps holds, as per the U.S. Constitution’s Article 1.)

S1124, WIOA Technical Amendments Act (became law back in May 2015 and was sponsored by none other than Sen. Lamar Alexander. This law allows each state’s governor to increase workforce based/aligned programs (which include education) This law involves much more local alignment, too. Biggest targets? Adult workers who need more education or to be retrained. This law also stipulates that a huge portion of each state’s budget be devoted to the re-education of their workforce. See: https://www.congress.gov/bill/114th-congress/senate-bill/1124?q=%7B%22search%22%3A%5B%22%5C%22s1124%5C%22%22%5D%7D&resultIndex=1
(*Note: This bill passed in the House without one objection to it! What does that tell an anti CCSS/CTE Warrior like you? It means that once again, all the House of Representative members didn’t stop the CCSS Machine here, just like they didn’t with the HR5’s passage!)
Also of note and related, the HR5 is in the Senate’s Chambers, as it has been since 07/2015.
Lastly, to see the entire HELP (the Senate’s Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee) hearing on the WIOA Technical Amendments as they pertain to the S1177 (Every Child Achieves Act), see: http://www.help.senate.gov/hearings/s-every-child-achieves-act-of-2015-s-wioa-technical-amendments-act-and-nominations

I’m sure there are others on the Committee on Education and the Workforce’s calendar which can be tied to the overall alignment of our communities, but I want to focus on the other efforts we need to know about.

The U.S. Government’s ‘Workforce Web of Development’:

The graphic below is one of the biggest ‘tell all’ visuals I’ve seen yet. In this one, it ties 9 U.S. federal level agencies to the Workforce (and therefore the WIOA, HR5, S1177, and the upcoming HEA legislative moves, as well as many other bills and established laws.) This graphic is based off a comment the current U.S. President made during a State of the Union address.

While the 9 federal levels are easy to spot, look at the variety of other agencies which are not easy to identify as connected.
While the 9 federal levels are easy to spot, look at the variety of other agencies which are not easy to identify as connected.

Where did I find this ‘gem’? The U.S. House’s Committee on Education and Workforce!
Here’s another one that is absolute undeniable proof about the purposed alignment of our communities; the overreach of the CCSS into ever citizen’s life. You must open this one and share it with anyone who still doubts the all encompassing efforts of all those involved with Common Core, Career Tech Education, and every single connected entity! This is not just federal, this is local, this is in your backyard, anti CCSS/CTE warriors!
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Wait, this says, “Skills Act”, what’s that? Is it new? (no, became a law in 2013). What does “Skills” stand for? “The Supporting Knowledge and Investing in Lifelong Skills”.

I’ll be following up with more on the Skills Act in Tuesday’s article, so be sure to read it. I’ll be able to connect it to the HR5, the S1177, the WIOA, and more.

Tech Thursday: Adult CCSS Reading

Today's article uncovers the almost $10 million dollar grant for adult literacy.
Today’s article uncovers the almost $10 million dollar grant for adult literacy.

Would you believe an almost $10 million dollar grant given to the National Research and Development Centers was given back in 2012 and ends in 2017? Would you believe it’s tied to Common Core ELA? Would you believe it’s geared for ADULTS both in the USA and Canada? Read on, my Warriors!

The Grant:

You can find the grant information by following this link: http://ies.ed.gov/funding/grantsearch/details.asp?ID=1343
The government organization awarding this money? The IES (Institute for Educational Sciences)
How much money was awarded? Exactly $9,999,985.00!
The institution receiving all that dough? Georgia State University.
The purpose? Research and Development for Adult Literacy. Here’s an excerpt about the purpose, “The Center for the Study of Adult Literacy (CSAL) seeks to improve our understanding of ways to advance the reading skills of struggling adult learners reading at the 3rd to 8th grade levels. The Center will both conduct exploratory work on underlying cognitive and motivational processes that contribute to or impede reading development and develop and evaluate a multi-component reading intervention for this population. In addition, CSAL will examine the adequacy of measurement instruments and assessments for this population. CSAL is a collaborative effort across four research sites: Atlanta, Georgia; Memphis, Tennessee; and Toronto and St. Catharines, Canada. Struggling adult readers in both the United States and Canada will participate.”

Now, it’s important to point out that staff members of CSAL include experts in childhood and adult education, psychometrics, educational technology, and statistics. Helping all this reading intervention along? AIR (American Institutes for Research)! How did I discover that pro CCSS/CTE backing group? On the grant project’s website. (see: http://csal.gsu.edu/content/homepage)

Before we proceed, I want to highlight the incentous relationship between the IES, the CSAL, the NCER, and the U.S. Dept. of Education. First, you have the head: the U.S. Dept. of Education, follow that with the IES as the neck. Then, two arms, one for the NCER and the other for the CSAL. So, what you have is lots of money staying within the U.S. Dept. of Ed, but in different arms of it. Confused yet?! Don’t fret, the bottom line is that money is being used for adult literacy educational reform. But..it is Common Core ELA? Let’s press on…
(*Note: If you’d like to see ALL the related ‘body parts’ of the IES, see: http://ies.ed.gov/ncer/randd/ Be sure to look at all the current research grant programs going on)
The Fact Sheet:

If you want the ‘facts’, here’s a link for you. This one takes you to the flyer GSU and the rest of the grant project have put together. See: http://csal.gsu.edu/sites/csal.gsu.edu/files/CSAL_Factsheet_2015.pdf
Here are just two of the ‘facts’ I’ll share, you can read the rest of them on your own.
1) A curriculum is being written for learners to use.
2) A computer program will teach them to read.

The Common Core/CTE?:

Okay, so far, we’ve gotten the U.S. Dept. of Education and some of its sub-departments, so we know that’s ONE aspect of CCSS/CTE (Common Core State Standards/Career Technical Education); we’ve seen that AIR’s connected, so that’s a SECOND aspect of alignment. But..is there more?!  Oh yes, my anti CCSS Warriors, there most certainly is! Where did I find those featured below? On the website of the almost $10 million grant project!

“Equipped for the Future” from the University of Tennessee (see: http://eff.clee.utk.edu/)
To see the executive summary of how aligned EFF is to the CCSS: EFFUT

“Council for the Advancement of Adult Literacy” (CAAL), based in New York, NY. (see: http://www.caalusa.org/about.html)
To see how CCSS/CTE bound this group is, be sure to read the portion of the website’s homepage where Carnegie Foundation and the Ford Foundation are given credit for helping create the Council. More CCSS/CTE pro supportive groups also give lots of money to the Council (see: http://www.caalusa.org/funders.html). There you’ll see some of the most familiar CCSS funders like Lumina, Verizon, the Joyce Foundation, and many more.
Among the CAAL publications, is this ‘gem’. It’s all about the data mining for Career Pathways! (CP is another part of the Career Tech Education)Please note that the published date is 2010, before the GED was aligned, before the Longitudinal Data Collection systems were united. Also of note, the CLASP(Center for Law and Social Policy) is mentioned in the footnotes concerning data mining. I’ve written about CLASP before to expose their CCSS/CTE ties. See this article: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/03/19/tech-thursday-ccss-workforce-pushing-labor-reform/
To see the CAAL publication: LongitudinalCoreTrackingElements-Indicators52710

“Commission on Adult Basic Education” (COABE), based in Syracuse, NY.
(see: http://www.coabe.org/)

To see their CCSS/CTE allegiance, just look at the screen shot below:

When I took this screen shot, the words were changing from
When I took this screen shot, the words were changing from “Test Ready, Future Prepared” to “Now Available the College and Career Readiness Standards”.

This Commission has around 13, 000 members devoted  “To promote adult education and literacy programs, including Adult Basic Education, Adult Secondary Education, English for Speakers of Other Languages, Family Literacy, Skills Development, Workforce Development, and other state, federal, and private programs which assist undereducated and/or disadvantaged adults to function effectively.” If you’d like to read the rest of the Commission’s mission, see: http://www.coabe.org/mission/
If you look around the website a bit more, you’ll see the USA is divided into regions.
You’ll also find their new publication about “New Pathways” which details how the COABE is embracing the WIOA’s(Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014) education/workforce alignment. (in other words, MORE Common Core Career Tech and Pathways). See: COABE_stratg_broch_v4

“Center for Applied Linguistics” based in Washington, D.C.
See: http://www.cal.org/
This group (non profit) has an entire Common Core State Standards section. See: http://www.cal.org/content/search?SearchText=common+core+state+standards
Founded in 1959 with a Ford Foundation grant, CAL is very supportive of the CCSS/CTE.
Be sure to access their 2014 Annual Report where you can find out that this group impacts K-12 educators, those working with immigrants and refugees, and how they are helping with the ‘next generation of assessments’. See: http://www.cal.org/who-we-are/annual-reports

Are there others groups like the ones above? Yes, there are. I’ll be looking up close at them in a later, not yet written article.

Closing:

While all the information above is certainly very revealing about how in-depth the CCSS/CTE Machine is going beyond K-12, I want to re-direct your attention to one of my very first anti CCSS blog articles where the CCSS Adult Standards were shared.
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2014/09/04/common-core-after-high-school-reality-check/

How does it all interconnect? Simply put: the Common Core curriculum