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Disastrous Course

Anti Fed Ed Warriors, I’m changing things up a bit today. Rather than give you tons of resources exposing more CCSS Machine (Common Core State Standards) involvement than we EVER thought could be possible; I want to leave some hard hitting questions before you. When I first began thinking about all I’ve seen and connected for you this past week, I wanted to name this article “To Hell in a Handbasket”, it certainly fits.
However, I know some folks may not understand that this old-as-time phrase means ‘on your way to a disastrous course’.

Warriors, WE ARE on such a course!

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I urge you to talk about these questions among your family members, close and extended. I urge you to talk at your neighborhood get-together events, at school meetings or parents nights.

Most importantly, I urge you to petition your pastor, reverend, preacher, deacon, or any other church leader you know. Try to do this ASAP.
We’ve got work to do!

*Remember, just because ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) exists DOES NOT mean we are free of Common Core and all that goes with it!

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A Bit of Context:

Why would I ask you to contact clergy members where education is concerned? After all hasn’t our government protected us from the ‘separation of church and state’?

Yes and no. We know the ‘separation of church and state’ was embedded in our Constitutional amendments. We also know that the context Jefferson meant was different. However, I’m not debating Jefferson’s meaning.

I using how the federal government has applied the separation when it comes to education and religious activity.  Because the federal government has split hairs over the topic, we’re definitely seeing an overreach into faith based education.
 Look below:

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However, due to the ‘hair splitting’ the overreach into ALL education also risks our freedoms, even in religion.

Churches are told to stay out of the ‘State’s business’, but the “State” isn’t as respectful when the tables are turned.

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Questions To Ponder/Discuss:
1) Why are our churches and/or religious based publishing groups supporting the CCSS Machine?

2) Why is the government allowed into churches or faith based organizations, especially in the name of education?

3) Are there groups which oppose one type of religion and have used laws to insert their choice of religious activity ‘instead of’ OR ‘in addition to’?

4) Since the 14th Amendment has been so connected to the 1st Amendment, why are more clergy members NOT helping guide their congregations AWAY from federally led education?

One Point:
1) If we all do not speak up, and loudly, we will lose our nation at the hands of outside forces THROUGH education. We cannot rely on a select few when so many of us are opposed.

Evidence to support Qs 1-4:
Q1) How can we expect future generations to
discern where P3s (Public Private Partnerships) aka “Blending Finances” are when they are helping the CCSS Machine with co-operation like this?

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Q2) Consider the government funds given to churches and/or their education programs for immigrants. This is a huge overreach into private education embedding extremely secular curriculum.

Q3) The After School Satan Clubs were successfully implemented when Satanists protested their First Amendment rights were being denied. The tie between the Clubs and the UN (United Nations) is spooky, indeed.

Q4) Back in 2015, Christianity Today published a pro-CCSS embracing church instilling the illegally based standards into VBS (Vacation Bible Schools). In 2016 I showed you a VA based church’s VBS where STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and, Math) was a part of the overreach between church and state. *Note: STEM is a tool of the UN’s SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals) in American education as well as our entire lives.

Closing:

Warriors, this doesn’t even come close to fully addressing the problem of state overreach into private education. Remember, David Coleman’s presence in education has been embraced by the Catholics.
Churches around the nation are opening their doors for STEM after school programs. All the while NO ONE bats an eye at the egregiousness of illegally based education darkening the halls of institution where honesty is a commandment.

Even if you are not a Christian, the blurring of lines between government and families is dangerous. If you are a homeschooling family (exercising religious freedom or secular), curriculum and assessments slam full of Common Core has been thrust upon your family. Yet, very few of our leaders seem to care.

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“Don’t be surprised!” Be vigilant, Warriors!

Education Relationships

To My  Anti Fed Ed Warriors, I hope the exposure of federal legislative bills has been helpful. I know it’s been eye opening.

While it’s taken several articles to cover them, I’d like to think I’m almost through. However, I’m not.

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S 2084 “Community Partnerships in Education Act”:

Warriors, this bill (Sponsored by Sen. Whitehouse, RI) was introduced back in November 2017. It’s currently in the Senate HELP Committee. Before I get to the details of S 2084, let’s examine the Senator’s stance on education:

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Warriors, the way ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) was written and passed into federal law, education took a ‘back seat’ to economic gain (for global competitiveness) AND workforce alignment. A ‘classic’ CCSS Machine move.

If you look at the many bills this Senator has either sponsored or co-sponsored, you’ll see similar CCSS Machine agenda items popping up. For example, his Museum and Library Act of 2017; his legislation connecting the federal government to Pell Grants. Then, there’s an amendment to the HEA (Higher Education Act), as well as a ‘biomedical innovation funding’ bill. Biomedical innovation” is being factored into education more rapidly than ever. (*Note: if you are not sure how Museum and Library Grants can be tied to the CCSS Machine, go here.)

Warriors, HEA is the LAST link (law) to receive a ‘makeover’.
Leading the charge to re-write the HEA? Sen. Lamar Alexander. (Over in the House, it’s Rep. Virginia Foxx.) Both are 100% sold out to the CCSS Machine.

Reading Between The Lines:

From S 2084’s pages, Warriors, these federal strings in education:
Page 3 reveals that the Carl Perkins Act will be amended. If you’re not sure how the  assessments tied to all those 21st Century Skills will be impacted by this amendment, look below. It’s the existing language from 2006:

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What’s really interesting, however, Warriors, is that at the top of the page from the US Code Office, it plainly states that the “Text contains those laws in effect on March 1, 2018”.
I urge you to read this resource! You’ll see how more federal (supposedly with the States cooperation) data mining has been embedded and will INCREASE with a bill like S 2084.

Sen. Whitehouse’s S 2084 will insert more P3s in our classrooms. (P3s are public private partnerships). ESSA’s language mandated an increase in P3s in education. WHY? Because our education MUST be aligned to workforce needs. Somehow, the P3s know more about education than the teachers.

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HR 4272 (Community Partnerships in Education Act)

Warriors, this Bill is also sponsored by a RI legislator (Rep. Cicilline). However, this one has several  OTHER co-sponsors. By no coincidence, HR 4272 was introduced at the same time as S 2084. These 2 bills are 19 pages, have the same language, AND are being led from Rhode Island legislators.

From the press releases on Rep. Cicilline’s website, look at the ‘bragging’ that’s being done:

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Warriors, this is awful! Not only do these RI elected leaders, promote this aligned agenda, they are working together to pull it off!
Cicilline’s bill increases non profits in education. Especially for CTE (Career Tech Education, the ‘adult’ workforce training portion of the CCSS Machine) AND STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and, Math). It also seeks to add 21st Century Skills Attainment as a performance accountability portion of every State’s education plan.

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Warriors, we know ESSA gave more educational power to the federal government and not the States. This is further evidence that the ESSA mandates (more P3s, more CTE, more STEM, more wrap around community alignment via after school programs, etc.) are being carried out via NEW LEGISLATION! Possible NEW laws for MORE federal level (and less, local) control.


Reading Between These Lines:

Within HR 4272, you’ll find the Bill has two purposes. The first is to insert non-profits and  intermediaries into local schools. These groups will be responsible for not only planning what it taught, but carrying it out. The second is to amend the HEA.

You’ll also find that Perkins funding (used in higher education but calculated on the number of 5 to 17 years old students in each State) is going to be used to help pay for the ‘community partners’. By doing this, the door for more CTE and STEM will be mandatory.

To accomplish this type of move, the Carl Perkins CTE Act of 2006 must be amended. This will also factor in the insertion of the ’21st Century Skills’ as an accountability measure. What makes up those skills? Not educators!

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“21st century skills (such as critical thinking, problem-solving, communication, and collaboration)” (From Page 3 of HR 4272)

Data mining, assessments (you have to have those to measure how attainable 21st Century Skills are), and, professional development for CTE and STEM will come with HR 4272.

The TRIO programs currently under HEA’s governance will also be thrown into the mix. This is how HR 4272 will amend the Higher Education Act. You’ll also find the GEAR UP programs involved. The U.S. Secretary of Education will ‘encourage’ community partners to seek grants to help carry out the aligned workforce education.

Lastly, for HR 4272, the U.S. Secretary of Education will get to determine what existing education programs will be maintained AND create room for EXPANDING others.

Does this sound like LESS federal control, Warriors?!

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Closing:

Warriors, be sure to continue to follow the DC fools with me, next week. We’ll be looking at education for the world, cosmetology; more digital access for more student success; gender equality and mental health amendments for education; amendments for higher education to increase data mining; and, how the SBA (Small Business Administration) will be ‘updated’ to continue it’s portion of the CCSS Machine’s activity in education.

Uninvited Guests

Warriors Against the CCSS Machine, we’ve known for a while that the ‘uninvited guests’ in our educational system have done us no favors. We know that Congress’s participation in the CCSS Machine is just plain awful. It shouldn’t be happening, but it is.

We also know the amount of federal legislation in existence (which is so ‘anti-Constitution’) could bury any one of us. This is way it’s great to have so many of us working together.

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Fighting so ALL may be independent of the CCSS Machine!

Warriors, we’ve got more ‘uninvited guests’ (aka: Congressional bills) waiting for us to learn about and fight against.

HR 2859, “Advancing Competency Based Education Act of 2017”:

This bill was introduced back in June 2017 by no less than 8 sponsors and co-sponsors in the US House of Representatives. Representatives Polis , Messer, Davis(CA), Takano,
Espaillat, Scott(VA),  Sablan, and, Davis(IL).

It’s been in the House’s Education and Workforce Committee since then. Why is that a concern for 2018? Because it can be rolled out of Committee at any time, during this 115th Session, or, tweaked a bit and re-introduced in future Sessions. Also, consider the chairwoman of this Committee: Rep. Virginia Foxx. Her view on education is that it’s ALL CTE (Career Tech Education). A kingpin of CTE is CBE (Competency Based Education).

Warriors, look at the title of HR 2859.

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Warriors, it’s not only Foxx we should be wary of, it’s also HR 2859’s main sponsor, Rep. Polis. He’s from Colorado. He’s also a senior member of the House Education and Workforce Committee. He’s also a huge ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) supporter, as well as serving on the subcommittee which works with the U.S. Dept. of Education to fully implement ESSA!

Polis’s Bill (HR 2859) will amend the HEA (Higher Education Act) as well as continue to experiment with our post-secondary students via CBE projects.

HR 2859 also opens ‘Pandora’s box’ of nebulous third party education partners.
U.S. Dept. of Ed will award any voluntary post-secondary school grants, waivers, and flexibility (aka: strings) for using your students as guinea pigs to see if  CBE really works. Of course, to see if it really works, you have to have CBE in everything before higher education. ESSA has that covered in spades. Especially where it states that all education must be post-secondary readiness aligned!

Polis’s 2014 Uninvited Move:

Back in 2014, Rep. Polis was part of the ‘team’ which sponsored the CBE bill (HR 3136), “Advancing Competency-Based Education Demonstration Project Act”. That Bill sailed through the entire House of Representatives by a vote of 414 to 0. Where did HR 3136 end up? In the Senate’s HELP Committee, under Sen. Lamar Alexander’s nose.

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With Uninvited Guests Comes Baggage:

Warriors, this more current Bill (HR 2859) is 39 pages long and slam full of CCSS Machine moves for higher education.

“Data” is embedded in 12 passages. Page 9 (uses data to ensure benchmarks of CBE are adhered to); Page 16 (data mined from students goes to the U.S. Dept. of Ed’s ‘research’ arm the IES (Institute of Education Sciences); Page 17 (how the IES will use the data) {Warriors, IES uses data in multiple ways, written into this Bill or not}; Pages 22 and 23 will show more student data uses; Page 25 shows there’s been a little thought as far as privacy, but note the caveat embedded; and, on Page 26 you’ll find it prohibits the ‘sale’ of student data (but no mention about freely sharing). The cost? A measly $5 million dollars, Warriors.

“Assessments” are embedded a mere 9 times. Page 6 lays out that all assessments will be workforce aligned; Page 10 shows how participating schools must use assessments to even be considered as eligible to participate in the voluntary project; Page 17 shows that there won’t be much time between the time a student enrolls in post-secondary education and their first assessment, as well as how the assessments are tied to ‘credentials’ earned; Page 23 shows assessments are part of the student’s successful outcome; and, Page 27 shows:

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Oh, before I forget, the built in sales pitch to all this CBE project and experimentation? It’ll lower costs for everyone (aka, taxpayers) by reducing how long a student is in school. Yep, you heard correctly. Hurry the students through post-secondary courses so they graduate faster so they can get a job sooner. It’s basically the ‘cart before the horse’ mentality.
(*Note: a New Zealand teacher has put a global spin on ‘cart before the horse’ in education. You really need to see how the shift there is illustrated. It’s what’s happening here in the US with bills like HR 2859)

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The problem with this logic is absurd. Do I really want to see my post-secondary student rush through medical school courses if they are going to be a doctor? No! Do I really want to trust a graduate of the rushed education with my life? Absolutely not! Do I really want to feel secure if my car needs repair, but the serviceman or woman cannot do it because it wasn’t included in their rushed course work?

Warriors, I’m not over simplifying this. We are seeing proof of this type of ill educated people NOW. Yet Congress wants MORE?! Using our students in post-secondary education as more guinea pigs is also very unwelcome. I guess the government doesn’t mind abusing adults. It’s done a bang up job on the minors.

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Closing:

Warriors, in the coming days, I’ll be laying out more Congressional fodder (I mean legislation). When I searched ‘education data’ on the Congressional website I use, there were almost 800 hits. Of the almost 30 I’ve made notes on, the agenda is crystal clear. The uninvited guest in education is the government’s control.

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.

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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.

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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.