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When “Choice” Really Means “Confinement”

Anti Fed Ed Warriors, this is my second article on the federal overreach into education by the 116th Congress.

So, far we’ve seen the HR 62’s grab for our little learners with shifting Head Start and Early Head Start funds to block grants your Governor’s will be in charge of. The hidden in plain sight agenda there? “School choice”, especially via vouchers for low-income families.
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Since ESSA codified Common Core and ALL that goes with it, let’s remember what ‘school choice’ REALLY looks like in 2019:

 

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For today’s article, it’s HR 69, the ‘‘Ending Common Core  and Expanding School Choice Act’’.
This bill is 6 pages long and is sponsored by Rep. Bill Riggs from AZ. There’s one co-sponsor from CO (Rep. Doug Lamborn).
HR 69 is in the hands of the House’s Education and Labor Committee.

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Warriors
, before you break out the champagne and burn your anti Common Core t-shirts, let’s dig into this Bill as well as some breaking announcements from around the education news circuits which connect to ‘ending Common Core’.

 NO State has gotten rid of Common Core, it’s re-brands, assessments, resources, curriculum, professional development, etc. The ‘name’Common Core might be missing, but it is still there. You know it’s been proven repeatedly on my blog and others!
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SO, does HR 69 get rid of Common Core or does it champion school choice?! Look at these tweets from Rep. Biggs. Do you see what’s missing?

From Jan. 24, 2019:

On the 25th of January, rather than promote the HR 69’s intent to “End Common Core”, Biggs once again touts ‘school choice’. Warriors, don’t you think if your Bill had the first three words as “Ending Common Core” that you’d shout it from the mountain tops?!


In this Tweet, near the time HR 69 was introduced in the 116th (1/3/19), note the promise Biggs felt was honored:

 

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First up: The Fine Print:


Warriors,  HR 69 has “End Common Core” in its title, but does it REALLY end CCSS?!
Let’s find out!

As I stated, this bill is only 6 pages long, the first 3 and 1/2 pages are devoted to expanding school choice via ‘money following the child’ schemes.

HR 69 also is targeting the money toward low-income families. This is dangerous in the false hope it gives. Money following the child is a worn out CCSS Machine tactic to attract those outside the current education system and draws them in, only to be trapped in the alignment. Homeschoolers are also among those targeted by ‘school choice’.

On Page 4, nearly at the bottom is ONE paragraph devoted to actually mentioning ‘Common Core’ and its supposed end.
But look how Rep. Biggs worded it. This, is not only a deception, it’s a waste of taxpayer money to even print this Bill!

Warriors, if you cannot read the excerpt from the bottom of Page 4, here it is, along with the balance of the paragraph on Page 5:
‘‘SEC. 1113. RULES OF CONSTRUCTION.  ‘‘(a) IN GENERAL.—No officer or employee of the  Federal Government shall, through grants, contracts, or other cooperative agreements, mandate, direct, or control  a State, local educational agency, or school’s specific instructional content, academic standards and assessments, curricula, or program of instruction (including any requirement, direction, or mandate to adopt the Common
 Core State Standards developed under the Common Core State Standards Initiative, any other academic standards  common to a significant number of States, or any assessment, instructional content, or curriculum aligned to such  standards), nor shall anything in this Act be construed to authorize such officer or employee to do so. “

As I stated in the screen shot, there’s no need to stress that States are not to be forced into ADOPTING Common Core, that has already happened via RttT (Race to the Top) AND ESSA!

ESSA also removes ‘school choice’ as we knew it. How? The mandate for all education to be aligned to the same workforce based standards (teaching, resources, assessments, and, curricula) as laid out by WIOA (Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act).

HSLDA Joins Jeb’s Yellow Scarves:

Warriors, back in 2018, I published an article which featured a scathing expose on Jeb Bush’s involvement with National School Choice Week and the iconic yellow scarves used to signify support.

Congress has embraced this annual CCSS Machine laced week. Rep. Biggs, among them. However, he is far from the only Congress member who supports and (falsely) believes ‘choice’ (meaning the type of education learned/taught) still exists.

Since ESSA’s passage, ‘choice’ is only applicable to location. So, those very so-called champions of education who keep telling the nation education isn’t defined by zip code, are in essence, MAKING education defined by zip codes. The very agenda they say they ‘hate’ is one they are backing 100%. Will we continue to support these double-speaking educrats?!

Remember, earlier I stated homeschoolers were being drawn in the school choice debacle?

HSLDA, Homeschool Legal Defense Association has come out of the shadows and into the spotlight. In this HSLDA press release you see how the organization is using ‘school choice’ to equate to educational freedoms. Sure, back before ESSA, we had educational freedoms. A few still exist, but, Warriors, the longer we see the ESSA mandates continue to increase (like those in-visits and the birth to 5 yrs overreaches), the freedoms will totally disappear.

Warriors, if you look more closely to what other CCSS Machine items HSLDA supports, you may be surprised. What may those be? Career Technical Education, education savings accounts, apprenticeships, and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math).  Frankly, I’m glad to see HSLDA remove all the behind the scenes support for the CCSS Machine and come out blazing. It means all the illusions of the past few years have been shattered.

 

CCSS/CTE impacts ALL educational choices, don’t be fooled!

Here Comes Betsy!

On January 23rd, during “School Choice Week” Sec. of Education, DeVos was reported as saying it’s imperative Congress support school vouchers and thereby school choice. The Daily Signal’s article tells the entire story.

In January, and on the U.S. Dept. of Education’s blog, a ‘myth vs fact’ guide to ‘school choice’ has been provided. However, it paints those opposed to school choice as somehow the problem. How like the federal government to point the finger at citizens rather than admit the reality of THEIR lies.

Related Resources:
1) To see the Paradise Valley Community College/Chamber of Commerce connections which connect to the AZ charter school featured in the first Biggs Tweet picture, go here. To see the AZ Chamber of Commerce News about this, go here.
2) Paradise Community College is a part of the Maricopa Community College District in Phoenix, AZ. Maricopa Community College District is tied to the League for Innovation in Community Colleges (LICC). LICC has received grant awards from the Gates Foundation. LICC also has Pearson Publishing and WalMart (among others) as partners. LICC also is a nationwide organization.
3) To read Rep. Biggs’ “Freedom Friday” post about HR 69, that’s located here.
4) To see Rep. Lamborn’s pro-ESSA stance, as well as his belief in school vouchers and ESAs (education savings accounts), read this.
5) Rep. Biggs’ Campaign contributions show that the Koch Industries (as in Koch Brothers, part of the CCSS Machine) was among the funding groups.
6) To see my collection of HOW many ways the CCSS Machine has already infiltrated homeschooling, go here.
7) Since the CCSS Machine’s ultimate goal is total control of our children (and ourselves), we see parental rights eroding a bit slower than school choice is disappearing. We know the ESSA mandates for family involvement and student success mean those in-home tracking visits (see the very first part of this article).
However, Illinois has just shared that a bill which FURTHER takes parental rights away is in the works. The Bill also will factor directly into home visits and family involvement. It’s called the Parental Bullying Bill.  The way in which this Bill will also add to the CCSS Machine’s control of children is through ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences) and mental/behavior health interventions. Most certainly all this will be included in ‘school choice’ options. (*Note: I am not condoning parental bullying in its true form, however, the broad strokes being used against parents needs to be of concern.)

Closing:

Warriors, my next article in the latest Congressional overreaches will look at the increase in educratic powers the NSF, National Science Foundation, is set for.

 

Current Nat’l Science Foundation work for CCSS includes professional development (for the teachers, leaders), infrastructure (computers, software), research (as in mind, education, etc.) and assessments (tests that measure)

 

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Monday Musings: IDEA: When Good Goes CCS/CTE Bad

Source: ideamoneywatch.com
Source: ideamoneywatch.com

Fighting CCS and CTE for those with special needs is especially heart rendering. I’ve had the honor of speaking with several parents of these wonderful students. In my educational experience, I’ve worked with these families and seen how an education that fits them, NOT streamlines them is a delight. However, when I speak with parents today, they are not delighted, their students are miserable, and all involved feel absolute anger and frustration toward the misuse of education and IDEA funding.

What’s IDEA funding? It is a federal statute set up in 1975. It’s original name was “Education for All Handicapped Children”. Congress, at some point, began to refer to it as “IDEA”. The name then or now isn’t so important as WHAT the funding does.
From what I’ve found the Act has 2 purposes: a) due process detailing parental rights, and b) permanent grants available to states for ‘free, appropriate public education to all children with disabilities in the least restrictive environment’.
(*Source: http://atlas.newamerica.org/individuals-disabilities-education-act-overview)

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Where Good Went Bad:

Let’s see if we can pinpoint what other groups are supportive of the shift where IDEA went from its original purpose (stated above) of ‘appropriate education in the least restrictive way’ and when it aligned with Common Core

From 2009, a pdf file from the NASDSE (National Association of State Directors of Special Education). Why this pdf? See the screen shot below:

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To access the entire pdf: idea_partnership
Why this matters in 2015: 1) if you’re a new anti CCSS Warrior, this may be information which is new to you; 2) knowing the dates of the pro CCSS Machine’s activities can help those who’ve been fighting CCS and all its other entities by tracking when and where it showed up in their states, who might be involved and knew what the states were in for, but went along with it, etc.

So what’s the NASDSE up to now, in 2015? Currently they are conducting 8 projects. One of which might be of particular interest in our War Against the Core. It is called the “National Center on Educational Outcomes Subcontract”. (NCEO for short). This particular subcontract is through the University of MN. Working with the NASDES, the Univ. of MN, is the CCSSO (Council of Chief State School Officers)! The goal of their teamwork? Assessments! More assessments for our special needs students. To read more about this project, see: http://www.nasdse.org/Projects/TheNationalCenteronEducationalOutcomesNCEO/tabid/421/Default.aspx
(*NOTE: this page will have an embedded link to the NCEO’s website. Go to that website. You’ll find “College and  Career Readiness Standards”, formative assessments, Universal Design of Assessments, and, you can access any of their publications {which date back to 1996}. You can access the 2015 publication where you can find out how CCSSO is driving IEPs to be written, as well as how assessment for ALL learners was discussed: 2015ForumReport Be sure if you live in CO, AL, or KS, you see how your states are used as success models.)

Somewhat related is the 2006 Report I found featured on the website for the National Assoc. of Secondary School Principals  (which just this past weekend I showed you how aligned to CCSS/CTE they are).  This particular report is addressing the need for IDEA to become ‘fully funded’. Take note of the other groups in the IDEA Partnership involved in the full support of this. It can help you trace IDEA funds timeline, especially where the 2004 re-authorization of the ESEA (Elementary and Secondary Education Act) was concerned. See: principalsreport
Another project of the NASDSE is the “Idea Partnership”. Fully funded and equipped to work across  ‘federal agencies, federal investments, national organizations, State agencies and stakeholder groups’. To see the full description of this project, see: http://www.nasdse.org/Projects/IDEAPartnership/tabid/413/Default.aspx


To see the 2015 list of all the IDEA partners: http://www.ideapartnership.org/the-partners.html
One of the IDEA Partnership ‘Working Together’ activities? The “Cradle to College and Career Pipeline”! When did this happen? 2011, according to the website. You need to have the rest of the information on this directly from the website. Visit: http://www.ideapartnership.org/working-together/collaboration-on-issues.html?id=1572:overview-on-cradle-to-college-career-collection-work&catid=400:cradle-to-college-a-career-ccc-collection
Below is a screen shot from the IDEA Partners stating what they believe to be their purpose in the Pipeline.

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Be sure to click on the website address directly above the screen shot, scroll down and click on ‘Dialogue Guides for Cradle to College and Career’. Once there you can see an ‘Early Learner’ Guide, which is for pre-K to 3rd grade; for Middle School, it’s the “Breaking Ranks” reports I told you about in this past weekend’s news. Lastly, the transition for middle to high school in included. Other than the national group of those secondary school principals I told you about, you can see how the ECS, ‘Education Commission of the States’ is cited as a source for the dialogue documents.  If you are curious as to the alignment of the ECS to CCSS and CTE? Don’t be. It is 100% evident on their website. See below.

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

As far as not taking sides, I would have to disagree. Why? Here is an excerpt of just one of the education projects they are conducting, ‘ECS is continuing the Blueprint Project, funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Designed for state leaders, the Blueprint features a menu of 10 critical policies that promote college readiness and success.’
Briefly, the 10 policies most critical according to ECS:
1) high school policies (has 4 distinct subsections)
2) higher education policies (has 4 distinct subsections)
3) policies for bridging from high school to higher education (has 2 which include data mining)
To get the “Blueprint”: ECSBlueprint (*Note: 2 states which didn’t take CCSS, TX and VA, are used in this report as shining examples of college and career readiness.)
To learn more about ECS, http://www.ecs.org/html/aboutECS/home_aboutECS.htm
(*Note: I will be digging into this group more in the near future. There’s a lot more information we need waiting there.)

Bottom line for the musings today: We’ve got some great information for using to fight the Core, let’s get busy!

Weekend News: Collective Workforce

This screen shot is from a brochure for an upcoming conference.
This screen shot is from a brochure for an upcoming conference.

Ahh, another weekend. Time for a brief break from the working world for some of us. However, for those of us against Common Core, we’ve learned our work is still before us. We’ve learned that the WIOA of 2014, Common Core, Career Tech Education, Career Pathways, STEM, and American Apprenticeships are ALL not only part of the CCSS Machine, but part of WIOA as well. (WIOA stands for the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014)

As I’ve done in the past, I’ll be using NC as the example from which you can use to see what’s up like it in your state.

The NCWorks Initiative:

Based on a plan by the Governor of NC, Pat McCrory, created by a group of state level authorities. Below is only 1 excerpt from the website. To see the rest of the Initiative’s purpose, visit: http://www.nccommerce.com/ncworks

“Governor Pat McCrory has a dedicated plan for workforce success. Throughout this year the Department of Commerce Division of Workforce Solutions, the North Carolina Commission on Workforce Development, the North Carolina Community College System and hundreds of dedicated employees will partner to make NCWorks. The focus is on one goal: connecting North Carolina jobs with North Carolina people through the efficient use of resources, streamlined customer service for citizens and businesses, alignment of programs and a consistent, cohesive strategy all under one name NCWorks.”

Funding for all this ‘one goal’ business? I’m so glad you asked. Look below:

To see the entire flowchart: http://www.nccommerce.com/Portals/0/Documents/Recovery/PRSPCommerce_flowchart_ARRA_Workforce_Discretionar.pdf
To see the entire flowchart:
http://www.nccommerce.com/Portals/0/Documents/Recovery/PRSPCommerce_flowchart_ARRA_Workforce_Discretionar.pdf

That’s right from the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act! (remember all the ‘shovel ready projects’ that was to bring? Remember all the other nightmares we have now due to the ARRA’s funding?) The flowchart above is from 2010. However, let me point out:
1) this is just the Workforce funding, other funds from the ARRA have been placed in several other related categories. The biggest went to the NC Dept. of Commerce. ‘Oddly’ enough, all the fund reports EXCEPT the Commerce‘s report, are available for you to access. See: http://www.nccommerce.com/research-publications/recovery-programs-funding
So, knowing the Workforce alignment is going on as we speak; knowing we can trace the funding, where should you look in your state for such activities?
1) The Chamber of Commerce(state and local levels)
2) the local workforce development boards, the state workforce development agencies
3) tourism departments and  agriculture commissions
4) economic development boards, offices, or projects (NC has one called “Thrive NC”, chock full of community-workforce-education alignment)
See: http://www.thrivenc.com/whync/education (here you’ll find the NC New Schools (very CCSS aligned) the Gates Foundation, the Career/College Promise (which is the CCSS/CTE bridge I’ve previously written about), you see the SAT and other assessments, you’ll see Smart Start and more)
5) educational partners (especially in the post-secondary institutions) If you’re not sure about which educational partners you’ll need to look into, try the “ThriveNC” document where it’s all laid out: Thrivencreport
6)  any regional or city-to-city partnerships your state has.
These are all the places you’ll find ARRA funds; Workforce education aligned to CCSS and all under the guise of ‘collective communities’.
7) Look into your state laws/statutes. Here in NC, there are several which are in place already and some which will be re-written to further support all this alignment. For example, NC General Statute 150B-21.3A  (adopted in 2013) lays out all the rules for ‘streamlining’ the ‘creation of jobs’ in NC.

Warriors: if we ignore the rules of government on a state and local level which cater to the CCSS Machine, we’re doomed! We must look into our state laws and demand the citizens be heard. You’ve seen the evidence that more folks are against the CCSS than are for it. If we don’t attack the CCSS Machine on all fronts, we’re going to continue to see our nation suffer! CCSS is NOT just for K-12.
8) Below you’ll see the “NC Prosperity Zones”, check to see if your state has a similar zoning map. (This is key to our anti CCSS battle as much of the re-authorization efforts for the ESEA 1965 (Elementary and Secondary Education Act) via HR5 (Student Success Act), S1177 (Every Child Achieves Act) and the HEA (Higher Education Act), ALL have ‘poverty’; ‘less fortunate’; or ‘disadvantaged youth’ included in the language of these bills in several places.)

Set up for the 'haves' and 'have nots'?! Could this be another kind of segregation our nation is gearing up for?! Think about it.
Set up for the ‘haves’ and ‘have nots’?! Could this be another kind of segregation our nation is gearing up for?! Think about it.

So, Where’s the CCSS, CTE? I Don’t See Them:

Up to this point, you’ve not seen anything in documented proof which states the Career Tech Education (or any of its other names) or CCSS is specifically tied to the WIOA, NCWorks, or the ARRA funds. So, where are the CTE/CCSS/Career Pathways, etc. hiding?
Look into this set of slides from the NCWorks Career Pathways Conference: NCWorks Pathways Conference Slides_MB
When you look into it, be sure to note that the “NC Prosperity Zone Map” is also included.

Another place you need to look in your state: The current WIOA funds awarded to each state for ‘job creation’
1)  the businesses receiving funding to help in the job creation/education ‘marriage’.
2) WIOA funds are being treated much  like the Race to the Top funding, in that states can apply for funds to streamline education/workforce, jump through several hoops, have to supply certain amounts of data of every participant, and help the CCSS/CTE agenda along at the same time. Below is a screen shot of the application’s portion for data collection/mining:

A brief look at a 2015-16 application for funds to continue Workforce activities.
A brief look at a 2015-16 application for funds to continue Workforce activities.

To see the entire application for 2015-16: 4-NCWorks IW PY 2015 LWDB Guidelines Final 9-18-15

Want more Career Pathways proof? Here’s a document which gave NC $5.25 million for Career Pathways for the disadvantaged: https://www.nccommerce.com/LinkClick.aspx?fileticket=Pv4HMQ0y8Gs%3d&tabid=3697&mid=8957
The ‘catch’ for any disadvantaged participant? They MUST have a Career Readiness Certificate. (CRCs are CCSS/CTE aligned) You can find the CRC requirement on pages 3 and 4 of the above document. Oh, by the way, NC will award business for their participation in these programs. The CP for disadvantaged comes with a $150,000.00 ‘incentive’!

The NCWorks Partnership Conference:

This ‘smooze fest’ of CCSS/CTE/Career Pathway enthusiasts is set for October 28-30, 2015.
Here’s a large portion of what attendees will be able to learn:
••Align4NCWorks: Collaborative Planning = Greater
Collective Impact
••The Skills Employers Want from College Grads
••NCWorks Goes to College! Forging the Workforce &
Adult Education Partnership
••Federal Workforce Development Policy: What’s
Happening & What’s Next
••Regional Economic Development Collaboration:
Project New York (CBC Americas)
••Hit a Home Run! New Tools for Career Planners
••NC Youth Apprentice Panel
••Industry Recognized Credentials: Aligning Training
to Workforce Needs
••NCWorks Online for Staff
••Lateral Thinking Skills: Developing a New Breed of
Leaders

To see the entire brochure: NCWorks Conf_Registration_Brochure_Updated BOARDS
Related resources:

1) To see how CCSS is driving jobs: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/03/19/tech-thursday-ccss-workforce-pushing-labor-reform/
2) To better understand the Career Pathways, the U.S. Dept. of Education’s 6 key goal for CP education, the U.S. Dept of Labor’s 10 agenda points for CP:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/01/08/tech-thursday-national-career-pathways-network/
3) To see where else in NC, CCSS/CTE alignment is not only firmly in place but funded handsomely:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2014/11/06/tech-thursday-workforce-commissions-education-and-common-core/
4) To better understand the Career Readiness Certificates:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/09/03/tech-thursday-just-say-no-to-nocc/
5) In case you’re wondering where NC’s data mining goes (use to see if your state has similar):
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/08/27/ccss-follow-up-system-more-than-money-will-follow-your-students/
6) To see other places in the NC state level departments, CCSS strategy is ‘hiding’ (will help you look in your state):
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/07/19/rmt-dont-look-now-nc-ccsscte-overload/
7) This article involves several states in connection to Career Tech Education and Pearson Publishing:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/05/03/rmt-connected-to-the-core/
8) How the Community Colleges are sold out to CCSS/CTE:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/04/25/sic-em-saturday-using-community-colleges-for-more-core/
9) How the job development grants are being used for further Common Core:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/03/25/wybi-job-development-grants-and-ccss/
10) To learn more about the U.S. Dept. of Labor’s “Workforce Quality Data Initiative” (purpose of the WQDI is to ‘marry’ data from the Workforce efforts to the Student Longitudinal Data Systems already in place):
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2014/10/23/tech-thursday-blast-from-our-workforce-past/

 

Monday Musings: “The Boys are Back in Town”

It's not exactly a secret that the U.S. Congress is back in session, BUT, will they stand up and fight for education?!
It’s not exactly a secret that the U.S. Congress is back in session, BUT, will they stand up and fight for education?!

It’s a busy day for all of us in this War Against the Core (Common Core, that is). We anti CCSS Warriors have been quite busy over the summer while the ‘debates’ ran on concerning the S1177 (Every Child Achieves Act) and while we listened as the House didn’t vote one ‘no’ against the HR5 (Student Success Act). Did we let up while Congress was away from Washington? If so, it’s time for us to crank up our volume again. We HAVE to..our entire nation is at risk!

While Congress was away, many of the anti CCSS Warriors who are helping lead this War, presented us with fact based evidence as to where in the ECAA, SSA the toxicity for America lies. If you’ve not seen those, I urge you to! Language has been written that would cause EVERY child to be an ‘at-risk’ student, therefore, causing ALL students to be on some sort of medical disability list and turning your schools into quasi-pysch wards! I’m including Anita Hoge’s research which includes page numbers of each bill so you can see for yourselves HOW each child is to be considered ‘medically needy’.

ALL students will be identified as “at-risk” allowing government access to ALL children under Common Core, Title I, and IDEA to receive mental health services, treatment, and interventions. [P.38 produce individual student interpretive descriptive, diagnostic reports consistent with (II) children with disabilities; pp. 17, 36, 41, 83, 87, 90, 93, 94, 113, 118, 122, 125, 131, 254, 365]

Psychological and psychiatric techniques will be employed to change the student’s psyche and personality to government qualities and these interventions are included in both bills: “Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports, Response to Intervention (RTI), Multitiered System of Supports, Functional Behavioral Assessment, Specialized Instructional Support Services,” with all techniques researched, validated and proven to change the values, attitudes, beliefs, and dispositions of your children toward Common Core attitudes, values, beliefs, and dispositions. (pp. 24, 120, 244 measure non-cognitive measures; pp. 58, 94, 119, 125, 243-244, 253, 367-368)”

To see the rest of HOW your student will be controlled and manipulated, see: http://www.newswithviews.com/Hoge/anita117.htm

My question to you, as a parent: Are you going to allow Rep. Kline’s HR5 and Sen. Lamar Alexander’s S1177 to pass so YOUR child can be turned into a CCSS drone?

With the proven facts that Sen. Alexander is ALSO behind the upcoming re-authorization of the HEA (Higher Education Act), don’t expect the psycho-manipulation to end at 12th grade. No, it’s also written in the HEA, as well!

As recent as April 2015, the American Psychological Association (APA) is working hand in hand with the HELP (the U.S. Senate’s Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions) to include much psychologically influenced parameters. Back in 2003, the Association published an article about it was their opportunity to help strengthen the HEA. Here’s an excerpt from that article, “For APA’s membership, HEA reauthorization is an opportunity to shine. We have a chance to make college more accessible, graduate study more affordable, careers in the public interest more pursuable and teaching more grounded in science. HEA is a good law–but one that can be made better if influenced and directed by psychology.” (*Note: to see the entire article,
http://www.apa.org/monitor/may03/ppup.aspx)

From this article, you are encouraged to see more of their advocacy in the HEA by going to a more specific website page. On that page are no less that 3 papers with Sen. Alexander’s name as the only one visible.  Why is this a big deal? Sen. Lamar Alexander is the chairman of the HELP committee!!

If you visit, http://www.apa.org/about/gr/education/news/2015/higher-education-act.aspx, you’ll see the 2015 efforts of how APA and HELP are working together. The first of HELP’s  ‘white papers’ deals with post-secondary accreditation. It is this paper you’ll find the CCSS/CTE  angle for which this psycho-manipulation is to occur at the beyond high school graduation? From what I can read, it’s the ‘accrediting process’. Read on, warriors!

 ” It wasn’t until the 1992 Higher Education Act Amendments that Congress defined in law the standards accreditors needed when assessing quality at institutions of higher education. Today, current law outlines 10 minimum standards: student achievement; curriculum; faculty; facilities; fiscal and administrative capacity; student support services; recruiting and admissions practices; measure of program length; student complaints; and compliance with Title IV program responsibility.” Then Alexander states this, “Accreditation serves dual roles as both a “gatekeeper” to federal funds and as a process for institutional improvement..”

The next section deals with student learning, academic rigor, issues geared toward OBE (outcome based education), and, their workforce readiness skills! There are other CCSS/CTE/CCR (Common Core State Standards, Career Technical Education, and College Career Readiness) rats woven into this white paper as well. If you read the entire document, you’ll find where it’s suggested that there becomes more national influence as opposed to regional; that all kinds of pro-CCSS/CTE ‘research’ is cited as credible evidence for reforming higher education. The list of other ‘rats’ goes on. However, it’s not until you get to the proposals, that you should really be able to see the big rat! ” options for consideration in the upcoming reauthorization of the Higher Education Act to redefine accreditation’s role, modernize our quality assurance system for 21st century learning, and provide accountability and reassurance to governments and the greater public.”

First will be the ‘refocus’ aspect (which has 4 goals..all supported by pro-CCSS/CTE ‘research’), then comes the ‘redesign’ aspect of higher education (this section has the biggest rats. Redefining Title 4 funding, doing away with regional entities, creating new education pathways which allow MORE P3 (public, private partnerships) to weigh in on what education should be. (again, look at the pro-CCSS/CTE groups used in the footnotes..these are the groups HELP is listening to!)

To see this paper: Accreditation

Oh, the other 2 HELP ‘white papers’ featured on the American Psychologists Association website? You’ll need to dive into those as well. The second one deals with ‘cohort graduations’, the “GED”, ‘skin-in-the-game’ reforms (one such is that colleges/universities become responsible for a students outcome..not the student), and more. Again, note the pro-CCSS/CTE/CCR backers cited in this paper. See: Risk_Sharing

The last one, will certainly tie back to more proven fact based research concerning the abuse of the FERPA law. It has to do with data mining (supposedly it’s transparent). If you look at the current HEA (2008), you’ll find in Section 113 (which is using Title 1 funding), you’ll see the parameters for databases in higher education. If you stop there, you’ll assume all is well; that your post-secondary student’s data is safe. However, look at Section 802 (under “additional programs”). The National Center for Research in Advanced Information and Digital Technologies is named. If you’re not familiar with the NCRAIDT, it is also known as “Digital Promise”. DP is ‘non profit’. Think they are free from the pro-CCSS/CTE group? Not a chance! See their current corporate partners: http://www.digitalpromise.org/initiatives/corporate-partnerships#current-partners

Digital Promise is used in K-Adult education. You can find your own evidence by looking at the “initiatives” section of their website.

To see the last of the 3 HELP papers: Consumer_Information

One of the last points I’d like to make about the HEA’s ties to the CCSS/CTE/CCR agenda is this. There are many other sections of the 2008 HEA which are foundations for MORE alignment to this illegally based and now, Congressionally ‘high-fived’ legislation we’re seeing in the current session! This is WHY it’s so important to call and STOP HR5, S1177. It was stated by Sen. Alexander is his gloating speech that what was being started in S1177 would be finished in the HEA’s re-authorization. Warriors, he was revealing the next area of educational overhaul! We CANNOT allow any student, no matter their age to be aligned anymore to the CCSS/CTE/CCR debacle.

Call Washington, D.C. now that Congress is back in session. Tell them ‘NO!’
The main switch board number is 202-224-3121. The main operator will ask with whom do you wish to be connected to.
For Senate and House Bill Status: 202-225-1772
If you want to call your legislator directly and do not have his/her number, use the following website to pinpoint them: http://www.contactingthecongress.org/

Closing note: 
By the graphic at the top of the article, I was not excluding the female members of Congress. I was using the graphic to refer to the ‘good ole boy network’ attitude so noticeable in Congress. It is this ‘network’ which has allowed bad legislation like HR5, S1177, and the HEA to even exist. We, the citizens MUST not allow them to survive!

After much research, time, and effort: my 2014 jpeg creation showing CCSS is preK to post-secondary.
After much research, time, and effort: my 2014 jpeg creation showing CCSS is preK to post-secondary.


Monday Musings: Who’s Responsible?

If HR 5, S117, and HEA pass AS IS, we can expect more of this scene above.
If HR 5, S117, and HEA pass AS IS, we can expect more of this scene above.

Warriors fighting to end Common Core and all that goes with it, if you’ve been following my blog in the past week, you’ll know that I’ve been following much of the concerted efforts aimed at our post-secondary students.

If you’re anything like me, you are beyond disgusted with the unabashed claims to all the federal overreach; all the P3 meddling; all the teachers being blamed; and all the students being sacrificed in the name of ‘education reform’, ‘global competitiveness’, and ‘the good of the national economy’.

We have corporations blaming everyone except themselves for the mess education is in. We have legislators creating education  bills where they have absolutely no jurisdiction. We have different parts of the federal level of government so busy pointing the finger at each other that it is absolutely childish.

In this game of ‘educational dodge ball’, we have our students right in the line of fire. Enough!! The game of dodge ball can be quite viscous. Yet, daily, we’re seeing the public-private partnerships pummel our kids of all ages with the initiative surrounding Common Core and all its related parts.

Daily these groups line up on opposite sides and throw educational landmines at our teachers, too. Yet, through it all, things remain mostly the same. Each state still has illegally based education reform via either the Common Core, American Apprenticeships, Career Pathways, Career Technical Eduation, STEM, STEM to STEaM, AP classess, IB Schools, Next Gen Science, C3 (the CCSS aligned replacement for civics), Workforce Education, and any other connected program.
Each state has received some sort of incentive in a variety of ways, from a variety of federal/state agencies that seemingly are helpful, yet, when researched, the ties to further constrain us are found. It can be enough to make one weary beyond belief.

However, I’d like to encourage us to in spite of the pain, the weariness, we KEEP informing others. We KEEP protecting our students! We KEEP those in authority in check. We KEEP exposing the corruption.

While the false arguments, the trumped up worded phrases which are double speak are being flung at us left and right, we have folks willing to speak up and share their personal experiences about living the CCSS Machine’s nightmare in education. For example, as a result of my recent articles exposing the post-secondary undermining, a brave former student reached out and shared the following:
“As for STEM, I am a STEM graduate, and am one of those who can’t find a job now. I found that 1/3 STEM jobs are going to foreigners now and 1/2 that go into STEM field are not ending up in it as a career.
My personal feeling is that STEM companies are partnering with Common Core so they can DELIBERATELY dumb down the kids and then use that as an excuse to hire more cheap labor foreigners.”

At least 2 post-secondary educators have also commented via other social media outlets about the horrors of alignment they are having to adhere to. One of these educators, who wishes to not be featured here, shared how the lies about the skills gap has been so overplayed it is a sham! Here’s a pro CCSS perspective on the responsibility of who we should be holding accountable. http://shop.mheducation.com/ideas/educator/prepare-students-workforce.html  An anti CCSS warrior’s response: ‘poppycock’!

Trace the educational failures back to NOT the people currently in the classrooms, but the switch from academics to outcome based education! Note how, since competency based models have been implanted in our schools,  education has taken a nose-dive! As long as the supporters of the CCSS mess are allowed  to keep producing ‘research’ which states the need for more of the same, we’ll not be free of it! Here’s an example of the ‘skills gap’ based on ‘research’. See: http://diverseeducation.com/article/76145/ (*Note: students are referred to as ‘human capital’)

Education has become so incestuous with the agenda behind the CCSS Machine’s work, it has polluted not only traditional schools (public schools of all kinds), but private schools (including homeschools and faith based schools), and our post-secondary institutions (including for profit ones). Please take the time to read this article by long time education watchdog, Charlotte Iserbyt, “The Death of Free Will, Parts I and II”. (http://www.deliberatedumbingdown.com/MomsPDFs/Death%20of%20FreeWill_12_11_2010.pdf)

Closing:
In my researched opinion, the responsibility of who’s to blame in the realm of all this educational is a red herring. Why? With so many pointing the finger at others (and they, in turn, point out even more folks), the REAL issue gets lost. What’s the REAL issue?! Eliminating the illegally based education reform from our nation! Stay informed about the REAL issue. Do not allow the red herring above or any of the others which are being served up almost daily to throw you off course. Help stop the senseless educational dodge ball ‘game’ the CCSS Machine has forced upon us.

Monday Musings: More Parent CCSS Alignment

Anti CCSS Warriors, we’ve seen time and time again, especially in the past month, how the CCSS Machine has been cranking out the “parents checklists”, the ‘parents toolboxes’, and the like. However, did you know there’s a new “Parent/Community Checklist” by the U.S. Dept. of Education? Yes! The Gates Foundation even helped them pull it off. But wait, so did the Scholastic Books Company! I’ll be sure to include the link to the checklist, but to see the Gates/Scholastic mentions, you’ll need to see the footnotes.

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As far as the U.S. Dept. of Education’s suggested resources to help you become a better aligned parent/community? Great Schools, National PTA, and the federal government. Need I mention that each of these ‘resources’ are subjective about Common Core and not objective?!

There are a couple of other groups which helped create the aligned guide to the ‘high standards’. They are the UNCF and NCLR (UNCF stands for “United Negro College Fund”/NCLR stands for “National Council of La Raza”) So are these groups also sold out to the Common Core State Standards Initiative? Let’s see!

 

UNCF, United Negro College Fund:

Their website: http://www.uncf.org/
Their CCSS/CTE ties include the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation via the scholarship program set up between the two. (See: http://www.gmsp.org/publicweb/aboutus.aspx)
See this screen shot from the webpage and note that the now CCSS aligned GED is included as a qualifier for the scholarship. Note that the abbreviation CCR stands for “College/Career Readiness”, CTE stands for “Career Technical Education”, and, CCSS stands for “Common Core State Standards”.

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Another tie to help fuel the CCSS Machine’s agenda? The support of the “America College Promise Act” which includes free community college tuition (community colleges are sold out to the CCSS/CTE alignment), data mining, universal design for learning, and that continues the grinding down of our communities and their citizens.
See their supportive statement: http://cqrcengage.com/uncf/app/write-a-letter?6&engagementId=117276

Another tie? This tie includes two other pro CCSS financial backers. The Walton Foundation and the Koch Foundation. Walton’s program is targets ‘reform’. Helping them out with this agenda? See this excerpt about the Summer Intern Program, “One of the principal elements of the paid summer internship program that exposes Fellows to professional careers at leading K-12 education organizations and schools focused on education reform. Specifically, Fellows are deployed as interns to organizations and schools located in such cities as the District of Columbia, New York, Boston, New Orleans, and Atlanta. Examples of internship host organizations included: Teach for America, New Schools Venture Fund, Paul Public Charter School, BUILD, Black Alliance for Educational Options, Thomas B. Fordham Research Institute, and Stand for Children.” If you’d like more evidence about the Walton/UNCF: http://uncf.org/sites/Walton/index.walton.asp  As far as the Koch Foundation’s interaction, $25 million for scholarships (began in 2014 and will end in 7 years). The scholarships are targeted to those students in post-secondary education and concerned about their communities. There are other parameters. To see more: http://uncfkochscholars.uncf.org/

Now, are you ready for a bit of irony? Even the UNCF has noticed that College/Career Readiness isn’t improving at all, in fact, their July 2015 reports a lag. See: http://www.uncf.org/sections/News/SS_PressReleases/pressrelease_details.asp?prID=420

NCLR, National Council of La Raza:

Their website: http://www.nclr.org/
Their CCSS/CTE ties include so much Common Core and College Career Readiness support, there’s an entire section of the website devoted to it. Complete with the fallacy of the ‘state led’ CCSS. There are plenty of resources on this page, including two You Tube videos. One is from a charter school using CCSS, the other is how the ‘global economy’ is involved. Gee, can we tell where we’ve heard THAT fallacy before?  To see the entire page, complete with the videos, http://www.nclr.org/index.php/issues_and_programs/education/common_core/

From their NCLR blog, here’s the fifth reason they claim teachers love the CCSS:

“If you want your kids prepared for college and career, then you’ll love Common Core State Standards because…They are aligned to higher education standards that demand the skills students need to be successful in college and in their careers. The Common Core State Standards are our best hope for ensuring our kids are well-served and college-ready, but we’ll need all our teachers on board for this effort to be truly successful.”

To see a webinar from 2014 concerning the “Step Up, Step In” (their name for the NCLR campaign in support of CCSS and CCR), set aside at least one hour.

The NCLR also has it’s own type of “Career Pathways” programs, too. Oh, no questioning the CTE ties with this effort! Their support stretches all the way to the WIOA (Workforce Investment and Opportunity Act) as well. See it all for yourselves: http://www.nclr.org/index.php/issues_and_programs/economic_policy/workforce_development_programs/ Be sure you look at their in-depth blog articles about how the community needs to weigh in on education/workforce efforts. Below you’ll find the corporations which advise the NCLR.      ” AT&T; Bank of America; Chevron; Citi; The Coca-Cola Company; Comcast/NBCUniversal/Telemundo; ConAgra Foods, Inc.; Ford Motor Company; General Mills, Inc.; General Motors; JPMorgan Chase; Johnson & Johnson; Kraft Foods; McDonald’s Corporation; MillerCoors LLC; PepsiCo, Inc.;Prudential Financial; Shell; State Farm Insurance Companies; Time Warner Inc.; TOYOTA;  UPS; Verizon; Walmart; and Wells Fargo”

To see the many, many funds the Gates Foundation has granted the NCLR, visit:
http://www.gatesfoundation.org/How-We-Work/Quick-Links/Grants-Database#q/k=La%20Raza

To see the U.S. Dept. of Education’s new checklist, visit: http://www2.ed.gov/documents/family-community/parent-checklist.pdf

Note that every group you, as a parent, are pointed to in this checklist is somehow tied to CCSS/CTE/CCR. Note the IB and AP (International Baccalaureate and Advanced Placement) are also tied to the CCSS/CTE/CCR and the UNESCO ‘Education for All’ agendas.