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What She Said…

Anti Fed Ed Warriors, would you wait 4 or 5 years to enact your household budget or a family emergency plan? No! You’d make sure once you set a budget you’d immediately begin going by it.

Not so with our federal government’s involvement with education. Nope, ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) was passed in Dec. 2015, we’re not far from its 5th anniversary. As federal laws go, especially for education, ESSA’s set to be re-authorized and funding extended in 2020.  

One huge bone of contention about ESSA was the phrase ‘supplement not supplant’. (This was also in ESEA, Elementary and Secondary Education Act. ESSA is the re-authorized version of ESEA.)

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Supplement Vs Supplant:

Why do I bring this up, Warriors?

Because Sec. DeVos has recently completed a new non-regulatory ‘Supplement, not Supplant’ guidebook for SEAs and LEAs (State Education Agencies, usually your State Dept. of Education) and Local Education Agencies).

The bottom line: While the document is supposedly a guideline, the language in ESSA is more of a mandate. Where will we most likely see ‘supplements’ in education? Title One funding, my Warrior friends. Title One, as we know, via ESSA, was made over to cover EVERY student, not those in the most need, as Title One was originally to cover. Title One funds, via ESSA, are to be used to label and categorize mental and behavioral health of EVERY student in the community, not simply the public school system.

Warriors, this new guidebook is the result of the federal government wanting to appear ‘flexible’ to each State. We’ve seen the ‘flexibility’ of the federally run education. There isn’t any. Especially when you consider that Page 17 of ESSA clearly states how ALL education is to be:

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Supposedly, the public was allowed time to give their feedback about how federally led education was to help supplement local education, not supplant it. Yet, when you look at the guidelines (which coach SEAs and LEAs on HOW to use federal funds in ADDITION to Title One), you don’t see the public’s desire to END federal control of education, you see the CCSS Machine’s grasp tighten the funding streams, just a wee bit more.

Two questions: How does this type of ‘guidance’ even begin to appear like local control in education? How does this further illustrate our example of sticking to a family budget instead of waiting 5 years to enact it?

Two answers: Guidance, via our federal government, is a dressed up mandate to conform. In education, conformity equals the ‘privilege’ of receiving federal funds.

 
As far as our example, with 5 years between making plans and enacting them, doesn’t do anything to achieve your goals. It’s a moot point. You’d have been better off to not make a budget if you won’t work to make it happen.

If any State TRULY wanted to be free of the federal intrusion in education at ALL age levels for ALL choices, the answer is a plain as day: DON’T take the money! It violates our Tenth Amendment!!the-capitol-view-return-to-sender-snqyhq-clipart

When you read the Supplement Not Supplant Guidelines, look at the language..’May a State do x,y, and z’? If the States weren’t addicted to the federal funds, no State leader would EVER need to ask the government, “Mother, May I?!”

Higher Education’s Accrediting Updates:

As if we’ve not been insulted enough by the DeVos leadership, we also have the President’s EO (Executive Order from 2017) about reforming accrediting bodies when it comes to higher education. DeVos, at her ‘boss’s’ beck and call, has also updated (aka: reformed) higher education. Warriors, again, it’s taken 2 years for this ‘reform’ to hit the States. The U.S. Dept. of Education’s Press Release was even more insulting. DeVos has been ‘rethinking’ higher education reform.
Really, this woman with ZERO educational background?

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To access the 28 Page document full of DeVos’s ‘thoughts’, go here. Below is a screen shot of the front page with added emphasis.

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While I do recognize we need to rein in predatory accrediting and higher education schools, it should be a locally led charge, not a federally run dictated system.

This Accrediting document even has the same “States must report to the federal government”, as we’ve seen in ESSA. Let’s also take into account that EOs bypass Congress, therefore, bypassing “We the People”. With education, NO federal official, President Trump included, should have power to interfere.
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With the HEA (Higher Education Act) currently under re-writing for re-authorization, we know more mandates and compliance will be forced upon the States.

Below, is a graphic image I made back when DeVos had just been confirmed as Secretary of Education. As you’ll see, Dr. King was still around. I left his name so Warriors could see the status quo in the CCSS Machine would live on.

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Closing:

Warriors, we MUST Repeal ESSA, HEA, and even, WIOA as soon as possible. If we don’t more DeVos (or whomever’s appointed to take federal education to the next level) reforms will be visited upon us. (*Note: ESSA: Every Student Succeeds Act; HEA: Higher Education Act); WIOA (Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act))
Do you think our budgets can withstand this type of tyranny? I don’t!

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*Two personal notes:
a) While I will continue to do my best to keep you up to date on the overreaches of the CCSS Machine, I also am having to divide my time between education and a recent nasty turn of events concerning my neighborhood. Homes on my block are being targeted to be impacted by a road widening project involving a P3 (public private partnership) contract. We are facing a long and uphill battle to save our homes. As America marches more toward the UN’s (United Nations) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), we’ll ALL see this happen more and more.

b) Breaking News Journal has honored me with taking all my Common Core Diva visual content and placing in on their Roku channel. BNJ is a Christian based national network and survives on view funding (much like PBS without the agenda). If you’d like to donate to BJN, go here. BJN is also on Facebook. BJN has also partnered with Bears and Lord Network. B & L has a phone app where you can find out the latest anti Fed Ed News, too! B & L has graciously added my content (from Twitter) there. To access the app, go here.

If you’d like to support my work (past, present, future), you can go directly to my new PayPal account.

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Quick! Kill the Education Romance!

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It is Thursday, anti CCSS Warriors! A look at the latest in the alignment efforts by the CCSS Machine toward our post-secondary students. Career Pathways, Career Tech Education, STEM, College and Career Readiness, the Adult CCS Standards, Workforce Readiness, WIOA, and more!

A Bit of Background:

If you have followed my research long, you know the main reason I got in this War Against the Core was seeking answers. What did I question? After learning the push for national education standards (which encompassed a global agenda) was coming for our elementary and secondary students, I knew, from what I read, the push would also reach BEYOND those students and on into post-secondary education.

Since 2009, my quest for those answers have uncovered SO many things. Most I have shared with you repeatedly. However, in an effort to reach my new followers and to offer up for, you, long time followers, I am including my two latest resources.

The first is a video which can give you a basic starting point for information while giving you some very timely (therefore relevant) topics you won’t hear elsewhere.

The Video:

At the request of the B & L Network, I was asked to make a hour long post-secondary documentary. B & L Network has made a concerted effort to join anti CCSS Warriors from across the nation to share ANY education news we are NOT getting anywhere else. Their purpose? To protect, to inform, to unite our voices,and to stand up for the students.
To access the video:
http://livestream.com/accounts/16731436/events/5087198

Notes: first, the documentary is homemade. Secondly, any images you see MAY appear backwards. As I learn more about how to make this documentaries, hopefully this will be a one-time problem. So why would I put out a less than professional video? No matter HOW home made, the information is the star. The facts, the documents are the gold mine we all need to fight this federally/P3(Public Partnerships) led overreach. The CCSS Machine is after EVERY citizen, not just traditional K-12 children.

The Audio:

If you have not followed my research very long, you may not know that I am frequently requested to participate in interviews across the nation. Almost weekly, I am a guest or participant with the Women on Wall. This dedicated group of citizens hosts weekly, free conference calls. Last night, I was the featured guest. Our discussion was all about the HEA (Higher Education Act) and some of the latest actions being made to re-authorize it to complete the streamlined education reform.
To access the archived interview: https://soundcloud.com/alice-linahan/women-on-the-wall-lynne-taylor-higher-education-prometrics

Notes: Be sure to expand the comments section, where you will find 16 different related articles from my previously published research. While you may not have time to read them all, please look at their subject matter statements. Many of these 16 will have embedded links, pdf documents you can download, and more. IF you do NOT do anything else, watch the CSPAN link also provided. Higher Education is facing a total makeover from what is taught to how these graduates are assessed!!

So, Where is the ‘Romance’?

Warriors, I would hope that after listening, watching, and gleaning important facts, you would have absolutely no love loss for what the CCSS Machine is doing in post-secondary education.

Consider this comment made recently by a pro CCSS/modern education reform expert:
“Parents still have a romantic idea about college.” This expert went on to say that for years parents have promoted the idea of going off to college with their kids and are largely responsible for selling the dream. But guess what? Education market strategists have honed in on this and purposefully created a ‘feel-good-looks-good-gotta-have-these-amenities-I-cannot-get-at-home’ environments.

Warriors, we MUST kill any romantic notions. Please do NOT misunderstand me, I am NOT in total agreement with this pro CCSS expert, but he DOES raise a point we should act on IMMEDIATELY! We need to fight just as hard for our post-secondary students and educators as we are those who are younger.

Remember, this aligned education reform is meant for ANY age student and means to create life-long learners who are in constant need of being educated in the pro CCSS/CTE/STEM/CCR/CSAS/WIOA ways.
(CCSS: Common Core State Standards; CTE: Career Tech Education; STEM: Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math; CCR: College and Career Readiness; CSAS: Challenging State Academic Standards; WIOA: Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act)

Also remember, the re-authorization of the HEA is the LAST link in the chain of education which has NOT been 100% CCSS Machine ‘blessed’.

Solutions?

1) Learn all you can NOW!
2) Share this with any parent, regardless of where their students attend K-12 schools
3) If you are in an anti CCSS Group, take these resources, divide them up, learn what you can, then meet again to discuss HOW in your area you can fight these efforts!
4) Start looking at what groups are shaping education policy. Do they have lobbyists influencing legislators?
5) Know your legislators and their involvement in Higher Education, both state-wide and federally. INFORM them!
6) Use social media as a tool to help inform EVERYONE!
7) Download the latest anti CCSS app for your tablet or smart phones:
 http://h.theapp.mobi/index.php?app=bearslordnet
(If you want to know who created this FREE app, visit: https://www.itsaboutthechild.com/#.

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8) Be aware that the NEA (National Educators Association) is kicking off an ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) friendly campaign in your schools (K-12) on April 3, 2016. IF we DO NOT beat them to the punch with the truth in our schools, we will miss a golden opportunity to put enough reality (fact based) to counter the falsehoods those schools will hear.