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Number 420!

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Lending a helping hand to all our anti CCSS Warriors out there is something I like to do.

We have begun another work week, anti CCSS Warriors. Today’s article marks my 420th on in the blogging world! What can we do from this day forward to help preserve our freedom in America? What more is there for us to do to fight for education and its restoration to a true quality based endeavor? In one word: Plenty!

My Recent Past:

If you follow me on Facebook (under my real name, Lynne M. Taylor), you know I have been blocked from sharing news for most of the past 2 weeks. When asked by fellow anti CCSS Warriors ‘Why?’, my answer has been, “Telling the truth.” We all know that Facebook is a ‘card carrying member’ of the CCSS Machine, so it is not really a surprise when any of us get blocked by the Zuckerberg-run organization. I am hardly the first, nor the last, anti CCSS Warrior to experience this treatment. However, we have found for one of the best ways to get information out there is to rely on the network. To that end, I will keep sharing the truth, in spite of the blockage. Why? If I give up, this member of the CCSS Machine will of beaten me in silencing me. I will NOT afford any member of the CCSS Machine that pleasure!

In Case You Didn’t Get the ‘Weekend News’:

Here it is, https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/04/17/watch-out-alignment-ahead/
In it, you will find how Dr. King (US Dept. of Education) is carrying on the pro ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act), CCSS (Common Core State Standards), CTE (Career Tech Education), and all the other parts of the education reform. You will also be supplied with information EVERY candidate (no matter how big or small the race they are in is) should be held accountable to. You will get a ‘connecting the dots’ look at total education alignment, from ‘cradle to grave’, and how the ESSA ties to WIOA (Workforce Investment and Opportunity Act) and the HEA (Higher Education Act).

What Is Ahead For Us:

No matter how silenced the CCSS Machine wants us, we must push forward with sharing as much truth as we can. History shows us, the truth always survives, and will always be there to guide us as we carry on our mission. We know, from our previous sharing, that it IS working. How? If it weren’t why would the CCSS Machine be in a panic when we speak out?! The CCSS Machine has discounted us, but they CANNOT stop us! We have been noticed by the CCSS Machine. Therefore, we KEEP up the pressure. Many in Congress are hot under the collar to share with us how GREAT the ESSA is. Many in the media are spinning propaganda out to do the same at rapid speed.

Sadly, much of America is buying it all, hook, line, and sinker. For this reason alone, we should be spurred on to SPEAK more, to keep researching, and getting the REAL truth out there. As I have stated in the past, I will continue to do this to the best of ability for as long as I have breath, or we champion the restoration of freedom/education; whichever comes first.

We Warriors have sacrificed much to get this far in the War Against the Core, but we will have to dig deeper into our reserves. We will have to keep inviting new Warriors to this War. We simply MUST. Consider the true definition of ‘warrior’, as seen below:

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Thank YOU for being a Warrior for our nation, our future generations, and our educational systems!

Closing:

In light of all that is going on, please know I am considering a few actions I hope to not only have your support in, but your participation, as well.

1) I will continue researching, writing, and publishing here on the blog.

2) I am considering a code book type of project (if you will) of anti CCSS Warrior words we can use to alert each other to news to use/share. As in any war, there are spies. Spies use a coded language to communicate. I think it is high time we do so. If the CCSS Machine can doublespeak, we can do one better; use words, pictures, or symbols that make sense to no one but our Anti CCSS Warrior Team. (I will definitely need your help with this. Why? We must work together on something like this, otherwise, it is a selfish, unusable move.) We MUST be a united effort in all we do!

3) I am seriously considering a new, and thus, closed Facebook page. We would need to work together to invite Warriors from all over to join. What is holding me back a bit, is the fact it would be one MORE Facebook page for us to use. I know many of us are overwhelmed as it is NOW. Any thoughts or suggestions you have are welcome.

4) One anti CCSS Warrior is working on a website for me, so that I can be much freer to share research/articles, etc. How you can help (when this website is complete and running) is a) share privately with other Warriors it exists; b) schedule joint webinars, in person speaking, etc.; c) access any of the evidence you need for your specific fight in your State.

Again, thank you for what you do; for fighting for your kids, my kids, and all citizens; for getting up everyday, not sure of what needs to be done in this War, but doing it anyway and to the best of your abilities. Thank you for being a part of the Anti CCSS Warrior Team across America!

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‘No man is an island, no man stands alone.’ Men and women of the Anti CCSS Warrior Team, I congratulate you on your passion, your spirit, and your dedication.

Candidates: Would You? Could You?

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Yesterday, Anti CCSS Warriors, I shared with you the news about the U.S. PIE (United States Parents Involved in Education) and their new campaign to dump the U.S. Dept. of Education due to its grasp on America through College and Career Readiness, Common Core State Standards, Career Tech Education, and all that goes with them.

Today, I am challenging any candidate out there running for election this year (2016).
What is the challenge?
I am requesting them to make a video of their signing the U.S. PIE Candidate Pledge.
I would also like to point out that this is my challenge to you, as the Common Core Diva, not the entire U.S. PIE’s challenge.

Why would I do that? I know that as an American citizen, I share the following views:
1) We, the people of the United States are absolutely beyond fed up with the federal level of overreach.
2) We, the people deserve and demand our representative officials to step up.

By you, the candidates, publicly and visually displaying your Pledge signing, we the people, will know for certain you are just as fed up as we are.
We also can know up front you are willing to not only listen to our voices, but will put your elections up as collateral to do so!

Risky? Absolutely. Worth it? Tremendously so!
Think about it…what have we parents been risking?! What have we parents been sacrificing?! (I will let you answer these rhetorical questions on your own.)

If you, as candidates, ARE willing to make a short video, great. Please send it to U.S. PIE website (see: http://www.uspie.org/), if you like, post it on your campaign’s social media and let me know how to steer voters to your sites. While the Pledge is geared for our federal level Congress members and our Presidential candidates, I am asking ALL candidates to participate. Our state level Congress members represent us. Our Governors need to show us they are not tied to the purse strings of the federal government. Our state and local Superintendents need to also sign this Pledge, in my opinion.
Our local level candidates also serve us. Therefore, these candidates will be the ones WE need the most in this War Against the Core!

The power of the people is our votes. We mean business this election year. Do not let us down. We are seeking accountability in our legislators. Federal overreach in ANY area of our lives, including education, is simply unacceptable.

As to my fellow anti CCSS Warriors, if you personally know a candidate whom will sign this Pledge, stand with them all the way (especially in the video, if allowed)! They will need our respect, our support, and our votes. Why? We know how massive the CCSS Machine is. We have seen how many political campaigns (big and small) they have funneled money into in an effort to squeeze out those who can help us STOP Common Core, College and Career Readiness, Career Tech Education, the assessments, the data mining, the ruining of our students.

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To see the entire Pledge:
http://nebula.wsimg.com/bc134bd430e4b2704d34d5c8d83f52e5?AccessKeyId=13C8A0E7EBB1F1E5E658&disposition=0&alloworigin=1

Candidates, I thank you for listening to this challenge. I thank you for your pledges to join our campaign! If you question why I am being so bold, look below.
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School Board Special, Part 4

In my final installment for the anti CCSS School Board Special, I want to thank each and every one who has shared this news with a candidate. Regardless if we know a candidate who is seeking an office on our local school boards, state level education departments, or any other position connected to education, This series is IMPERATIVE! As Anti CCSS Warriors, we MUST also know this information. As you have been able to see, the ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) is a law filled with overreach into every educational choice, every family’s home, every citizen’s community, and every patriot’s rights.

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We are living statues of liberty and freedom. Our torch? The U.S. Constitution

So, What More Can I Share with the Candidates and Citizens?

For starters, below is a timeline of the most important dates the ESSA will be using. Note, there are other dates NOT listed below. Why? I found this timeline on a Gates Foundation funded/pro CCSS website’s featured page. Source: http://ascd.org/public-policy/Capitol-Connection-Jan-12-2016.aspx 

“January 2016*: The (US D of ED) department will identify and invite individuals for a negotiated rulemaking panel to address Title I standards and assessments and the supplement-not-supplant requirements. The panel will comprise federal agency representatives and education stakeholders who will work to reach consensus on what may ultimately become regulations.
February 2016*: The negotiated rulemaking panel will hold its first meeting in Washington, D.C.
March 2016*: The department will draft all proposed regulations and will submit language for regulatory review.
April–May 2016*: The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) will conduct administrative reviews; these are required by law to ensure alignment of proposed regulatory language with the administration’s policy priorities.
May 2016*: Regulatory language will be submitted to Congress for review, as required by ESSA. The department will make adjustments based on congressional comments.
May–June 2016*: The department will publish the final Notice of Proposed Rulemaking in the Federal Register, allowing 60 days for public comment. Capitol Connection will notify readers when this notice is published.
July–August 2016*: The department will begin reviewing and responding to all comments from the public. Final language must undergo additional reviews by OMB and OIRA.
April–June, 2016*: The department will begin peer review of state assessment systems, as required by ESSA. This step ensures that state assessment systems meet nationally recognized professional and technical standards. Under the reviews, each state will receive feedback from external experts on its current assessments.
July 1, 2016: Formula changes under ESSA take effect (e.g., Title I funding for disadvantaged students and Title II funding for educator supports).
August 1, 2016: NCLB waivers end. States will not be required to deliver follow-up actions previously required under waivers, unless such actions relate to areas covered by ESSA.
October 1, 2016: Changes to competitive grant program funding in ESSA take effect. A program that is no longer authorized in ESSA will get only one more year of funding (subject to appropriations), even if time remains in grants awarded prior to reauthorization.
October 2016*: Final regulations will be published and go into effect.
School Year 2017–2018: All other ESSA provisions will take effect.”

What you as a candidate or a citizen can do: Note the periods of public involvement! Note that Congress will have to respond in their comments to the U.S. Dept. of Ed. This means our voices can be heard–either from our own mouths or those of our Representatives and/or Senators! In other words, we can push back with vigor, with passion, and repeatedly!! Persistence pays off, Anti CCSS Warriors!

You can also refer back to the previous 3 articles to see where these dates (above) will impact your area of most concern. Be it the birth to 5 year olds, the Special Needs, English Language Learners, Native Americans, the 6 year olds to high school graduation, the post-secondary students, local economies, military bases, or those citizens just seeking a job.

Feedback You Need to See:

As part of the final installment, I want to share the feedback this series has gotten. Why? As a candidate, you should hear what the people who vote for you have to say. You need to hear what their hearts are burdened by, as well.
1) From the Facebook Page ‘Common Core Critics’, “Thanks for sharing. Praying this will open up eyes/hearts/minds to the immoral standards and global….propaganda being pushed upon our children/grandchildren.”
2) From the Facebook Page “Stop Common Core in Georgia”, ‘So a new law: ESSA will take place of Common Core and this ESSA is kind of like the ‘no child left behind’ bit from a few years ago…. a new name, same old stuff.’
3) From my personal wall, in response to Part One, “Lengthy but worth it. Thank you for what you do.” In response to Part Two, another comment, “Why should you be fighting against education as it is and the new ESSA that has enshrined the Common Core into education at the start of the school year 2016?”
4) From the Facebook page “Kansas Against Common Core”, their response to Part One, ‘For those of you who think your kids are too young and you don’t have to worry…guess what…you do!’
5) From a voter, “I will be looking for the anti common core candidates.”

6) Here is the first screen shot of the conversation two of my friends struck up. I am sharing their words so you can begin to see and read the frustration.
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Here is the rest of the conversation:
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Candidates, do you see the pattern? Rubber stamping, being coached! Please, be strong and STAND UP to the CCSS Machine!

7) Lastly, from the “Stop Common Core in Pennsylvania” Facebook page, this screen shot. I am providing it so you can see what a school board fed up with Common Core was able to do!
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Candidates, do this mean this school district is through with CCSS? We would need to ask them, however, know that while Resolutions declare our positions against CCSS, we have much proof that the LAWS protecting CCSS, will be what is upheld.

The biggest take away as someone running for office? Do your homework, read all you can between now and your first debate, get the facts! Stand firm in your opposition, too!

Closing:

Thank you, candidates for your bravery and determination.

School Board Special, Part Three

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This group claims ‘they don’t take sides’ in education. The states pay to belong to this group. They also span P-20 education.

Today’s “From the Files” Tuesday, brings us to Part Three in my special candidate special series devoted to arming these brave citizens with as much ANTI Common Core/College and Career Readiness/Career Tech Education as possible!

So far, Parts One (focused on the birth to 5 year old alignment to CCSS (Common Core State Standards) via the ESSA, Every Student Succeeds Act) and Two (focused on the K-12th grades in their alignment to CCSS via the ESSA), have been a huge success in arming those facing primaries in the next few months. This series is also a great tool for any citizen concerned about the overreach of the CCSSI (Common Core State Standards Initiative) into our educational system! This article is jam packed and a bit lengthy, but we MUST know what our nation is facing via this ‘great educational bill’.

In this article, the focus will be on my specialized area of research: Common Core/Career Tech Ed in POST-Secondary education. You know, one of the areas CCSS was supposedly never to be found?!

For the sake of consistency, I will use my phrase ‘CCSS Machine’ in the rest of the article to point to the Initiative behind Common Core, the agenda surrounding it, the public private partnership (P3s) side, the resources, the Standards themselves, and anything else connected to the illegally based education reform. ESSA, will stand for itself.

Before we see where the post-secondary alignment is, I offer a couple of points:
1) The ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) is a law which is to impact K-12th grades ONLY.
Yet, in the law, (as I have pointed out in the previous 2 articles), we have found younger than Kindergarten (K), and, today, we will see older (aka: post-secondary students) than 12th grade involved.
2) Where the ESSA has now become law, don’t think the CCSS Machine is going to leave post-secondary education alone. In the picture above, note the use of “P-20”, also note the headline. You should see a definite warning! Higher Education (another name for post-secondary education) is the LAST link in the streamlined chain of education which HAS not been rubber-stamped by Congress to embed the CCSS into it.
The strings of the CCSS Machine are already in place in post-secondary education, they just have not been re-authorized. Think about it, since 1965, almost in tandem, the re-authorizations of the elementary, secondary, and post-secondary education laws have occurred. I am almost certain that in 2016, we will be seeing the HEA (Higher Education Act) come up for re-authorization, too! You can bet the farm, all sorts of alignment will be embedded. (*Note: to save article space for now, if you have any questions about my research and how I can connected the links between PreK to Higher Ed, please contact me ASAP!)

 

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


The ESSA and Students in Higher Education:

In the picture above, this is an example of how our high school graduates (or for that matter, any citizen seeking higher education) are being described… a ‘return on investment’. (*Note: In yesterday’s article you saw 2 equally demeaning visual pictures of how our students are defined by the CCSS Machine.) According to the CCSS Machine, we are all just ‘human capital’, so it is no wonder the shift in how students are taught is happening right before our eyes!

From the ESSA Final Conference Report, I have previously shared with you that the phrase “Higher Education” is embedded 64 times, that “Career” is used 63 times, that “Workforce” is written in 33 times. Sprinkled throughout the ESSA, each of these will repeatedly tie back to not only Common Core, but to Career Pathways and its counter part, Career Tech Education to Apprenticeships; to STEM; and to the most damming of all: the WIOA (Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act). Why is the WIOA damming? In its language, Career Tech Education and Career Pathways are embedded a total of 21 times! STEM is also embedded to help create a STEM Workforce.

 As a candidate, you need to know that in plain talk, this means that not only will your traditionally educated public schools students be aligned to a workforce based education, but so will your private school students, your homeschooled students, your faith-based educated students, and ANYONE seeking a job! The difference (at least right now) is that those outside of public education will be aligned when they either 1) enter post-secondary education , or 2) seek employment! (*Note: I have published articles on all of the above, which I will be more than happy to provide you upon request.)

Here is even more you need to know as a candidate. I urge you to read the pages below for yourselves as what I have provided is a contextual paraphrase:
1) P. 33 deals with LEAs (Local Education Agencies) and state financial awards. Not only will you as a candidate need to see what percentages of the funding goes for a) the parents, 1b) the student services, and c) the students courses (including AP, IB, CTE), but you will need to read how all of these are to be aligned to the CSAS (Challenging State Academic Standards) by way of the ‘industry recognized credentialing system’ set forth by the WIOA of 2014!
2) P. 48 of the ESSA Final Conference Report states that the CSAS and post-secondary education must be aligned for a more streamlined education.
3) P. 50, special needs students who have benefited from IDEA funding/programs and seek higher education ‘on track with alternative aligned courses/assessments’.
4) P. 85, States are to measure and report students ‘post secondary readiness’.
5) P. 121, Those students in dual enrolled courses (AP, IB, early college, etc.) will be ensnared here. As a candidate, consider this is an area for your privately educated (including faith-based and homeschool students) to be aligned. (Also on P. 991)
5a) P. 123, the data mining of these privately educated students comes into play.
6) P. 137, the LEAs determine how students transition from one grade group to the next (including post-secondary) with the help of P3s and ‘other stakeholders in education’.
7) P. 255, technology and digital post secondary education.
8) P. 265, students taking credit bearing career tech (CTE) courses for a shift to post secondary education.
8a) P. 273, again CTE courses, credit bearing, and students
9) P. 323, how all school leaders, including teachers will be trained to teach students for post secondary education, especially dual enrolled, concurrent enrolled, and early college students. (also on P. 780, 81)
10) P. 344, how teachers are to prepare post secondary/workforce ready students.
11) P. 325, how all the post secondary course from above will be regionally specific only.
12) P.397, how eligibility of funds will be tied to post secondary graduation rates.
13) P. 427, how post secondary readiness and the English Language Learners (ELLs) will be joined.
13a) P. 459, ELLs in more detail; Page 460 will discuss their assessments.
In those Activities which support a student’s learning and success (Sec. 4107):
14) P. 474, Post Secondary career awareness and exploration activities, including FASFA (student financial aid forms) (*Added note: where in some states this is now a requirement to graduate whether you intend to go to college or not!)
15) P. 502, OBE (Outcome Based Education– a supposed improvement in education at all levels, but especially higher education) will be the preferred tool for aligning academics and accompanying evaluations.
16) P. 508, Data mining will need to be aligned to any CSAS implemented by the States.
17) P. 509, as part of the 21st Century Community Learning Centers.
18) P. 601, where entire families are tied into the post secondary success of a student. (Also on P. 609)
19) P. 610 and 611, At-risk youth are encompassed in the alignment here.
20) P. 663, begins the Native American students and their alignment. (*Note: be sure to read this entire section to see how these alignment plans are laid out.)
21) Pages 759-66 deal with the Military bases needing to be realigned. (For any candidate who has the military nearby, page special attention!) Added note: the U.S. Dept. of Defense is in full support of CCSS, CTE.

Closing:

Candidates, do you see the pattern above? Do you see any educational choice exempt from the CCSS Machine alignment?! Is there more in the ESSA which directly relates to post-secondary education? YES!

Since very few Congress members read the entire over 1,000 page bill BEFORE it became law, we are only now beginning to uncover all the hooks baited and ready for our nation.
As a candidate, do your part of due diligence and use this information to stand in the gap!