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Anybody Got a Fan?!

My fellow anti CCSS/Fed Ed/ESSA Warriors. I’ve recently finished combing through the NC Draft ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) Plan. I’m not a fan of what I read. If your State has released a draft, please get your hands on the information! NC’s is a whopping 145 pages of anything and everything connected to education…and the workforce. I looked up our neighboring State (SC). Theirs is 84 Pages.

I did try to find some other neighboring State’s ESSA Plans as well. Why? I was curious to see just how unique each Plan is shaping up to be. After all, we’ve been told time and time again, ESSA returns control of education back to the States. (*Note: if you’ve followed my blog for a long time, you know how full of BS what we’ve been told is.)

I did see some of the same things in SC’s Plan that I saw in NC’s. Coincedence, no!
Both contain the federal level requirements each State must adhere to.

For example, what type of graduates each State will have. Below is SC’s:

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You can find the legislation which made this Profile a SC State Law:

To see and study SC’s ESSA Planhttp://ed.sc.gov/newsroom/every-student-succeeds-act-essa/draft-consolidated-state-plan/

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By contrast, here is NC’s Graphic:

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If you have wondered why BOTH NC and SC have the 4Cs (Critical Thinking, Collaboration, Creativity, and Communication), it’s because the P21 (“Partnership for 21st Century Learning Skills”) has both NC/SC  as ‘member States'(along with several other States). *Noteworthy: The “Partnership” has been a CCSS Machine member group for quite a while.   On the http://www.P21.org website, you can find 50 College/Career Readiness resources. CCR (College and Career Readiness) is also another name for Common Core State Standards. CCR is embedded in ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) ) Find the resources here  **Be sure to look for the ‘grit’, ‘workforce readiness in middle school’, and, more.

From Page 25 of NC’s ESSA Draft Plan:

ncessaplan1By July of 2015, NC had a “The Constitutional Mandate to Provide an Opportunity to a Sound Basic Education: An Update and a Recommendation”. Oddly enough, this 2015 Mandate is NOT all that different from the current NC ESSA Plan which will be submitted to the U.S. Dept. of Education later in 2017. To see the mandate, click here. If you’d like to see NC S561, click here.  To see NC’s ESSA Plan
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What We Can Learn From Both NC And SC To Apply Elsewhere:

1) Both had the 5 or 6 federal mandates of ESSA laid out in their Plans.
{These will all be consistent with the Secretary of Education’s authority}:
a) Long-Term Education Goals
b) Consultation/Performance Management toward Long-Term Goals
c) Academic Assessments
d)  Accountability and Support for School Improvement
e) Supporting Excellent Educators
f) Supporting All Students

2) Both will continue education which aligns to College/Career Readiness (aka Common Core, Career Tech Education, etc.).

3) Both will continue to update OR create State-level laws to support the educational shift FROM academics to skill based workforce.

4) Both appear to have no plans to cut the ties with the CCSS Machine member organizations we find so entrenched in our lives. (Example: Pearson, P21, Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO), etc.)

5) Both will continue to include non-educators in the education process.

6) Both will continue to see Workforce Education efforts and legislation.

7) Both will more than likely continue their membership statuses in P21, CCSSO, and the other CCSS Machine member groups steering the shift in education.

8) Both will continue to workforce skill based assesssments like ACT Aspire, WorkKeys, etc.

**BOTTOM LINE: None of the State ESSA Draft Plans will differ MUCH from what is in place now. What’s in place now IS CCSS/CCR/CTE aligned. It will stay that way, but be called “Challenging State Academic Standards”.
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Other Things Of Note From NC’s Plan:
 I wanted to leave you with some other key items of interest.

1) U.S. Dept. of Education’s Date Stamp: 12/22/16 (NC’s ESSA Draft Plan expires 11/30/19).

2) From Page 2, ESEA’s (Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965) Section 8302 sets out in that the U.S. Secretary of Education is permitted to establish procedures/criteria after consulting with the State officials. Our State Education Agency then submits the Plan. The Secretary must establish every program in Section 8302 including the State’s materials and resources for education. (*Note: ESEA’s Section 8302 is Optional Consolidated State Plans or Applications. ESSA’s Section 1005 is simply titled “State Plans”. Do not be fooled by the simple title.)

2a) Also on Page 2, every State’s Consolidated Education ESSA Plan must create 1 comprehensive way to improve ‘outomes’ for students.

2b) Included in Page 2’s language is that all State Plans must meet the requirements of Section 427 of the General Education Provisions Act. (See a screen shot below)

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3) From Page 3 of NC’s ESSA Plan, Only after the U.S. Dept. of Education approves a State Plan, will these Plans be made public. The preferred method for publicity is to be in a published form.

4) Page 4 reveals our State’s Director of Data, Research, and Federal Policy.

5) Page 17 shows the Federal Program for Monitoring and Support Division of the U.S. Dept. of Ed. From this Division, $463,000,000.00 in federal funds for annual grants are available to school districts. (Watch for an increase in data collection). Here in NC, a Senior Leader Council is used to determine which districts/schools receive our portion of these grants. Based on 3 prongs: i) our Comprehensive Continuous Improvement Plan; ii) to be used by LEAs, charter schools, and non-government organizations to receive competitive federal funds, and iii) the NC Equity Plan (from the NC Dept. of Public Instruction) for data collection.

6) Page 25 tells what is considered as ‘academic indicators’. These are also known as ‘measures’. In order: Academic Achievement, Academic Progress, Graduation Rates, English Language Proficiency, School Quality, and Student Success. Page 28 will show you how the ‘meaningful differentation’ used in these indicators simply means ‘distinct and discrete levels of school performance’. (*Note: the shift from student to the entire school being measured.)

7) Page 29, points you to the School Quality or Student Success indicators. They are, in order: chronic absences, attendance, student engagement, student’s participation in co-curricular activities, physical activity, student participation in the arts, suspensions, teacher engagement, parent involvement, End of Grade exams (or End of Course exams) only in science, the CCR Index (College and Career Readiness Index includes AP Courses, IB Courses, WorkKeys Assessments, ACT, and (here in NC) 5 Diploma Endorsements (these are Career and College, UNC College, NC Academic Scholar, and Global Language). From the bottom of Page 29 to the top of Page 30, this “all schools must be included in the accountability system.” What NC hasn’t figured out yet is HOW to update the indicators above for every school type. How well each State does with this determines the weight of the Success Indicator. Federal education code lays this out, NOT a State’s law!

8) Page 30 goes into the 95 % assessment participation rates as mandated in ESSA. How will the States factor this? What data mining/gathering procedures will be used? How will all the schools without sufficient data gathering, or alternative schools (K-12th) be accountable?

9) Page 33 uses a word we’ve all come to loathe: “rigor”. Yes, we’ll see more of it! However, it’s interesting that once again, it’s the ESEA cited here, NOT the ESSA. Related is Page 38 with its mention of NC’s love for UDL (Universal Design for Learning). According to NC, UDL helps ensure all students will be College and Career Ready.

10) Skipping ahead to Page 97 are the “Challenging State Academic Standards for Math” in NC. They will be the EXACT ones used in the 2016-17 academic year!! “Challenging State Academic Standards for English Language Arts”? They haven’t been released yet, as they are still being ‘written’.

A Bonus Item!! Way back in the pages of the NC ESSA Draft Plan is the gold mine of all those CCSS Machine friendly ‘stakeholders’ in education we have wondered about. Pages 137-140 reveal the ESSA external stakeholders in education. Some we know about (example: Teach for America). Some are a bit surprising to see (example: Americans for Prosperity, NC Branch).

Closing:

Warriors, I’ve laid large chunks of evidence before you to illustrate how much of a farce it seems to be that our States will get to control education in the manner in which it has been explained since ESSA was signed into federal law December 2015.

Please take what you see here, start looking at what your State is doing. How similar is it to what you see here? What has remained the same in your State’s education sytem, what has been updated? What groups are involved?

 

Spin Cycle, Anyone?!

Would any of you Anti CCSS/Fed Ed Warriors care to guess how the Center for Education Reform (CER) is spinning the 2016 Election results?!

If you don’t know the CER, here is my published article about them from earlier this year:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/06/21/shrills-call/ (*Note: you’ll learn how the CER is ‘buddy-buddy’ the BRT (Business Roundtable); how their I+O (Innovation plus Opportunity) Manifesto is reshaping education; and more.)

Because we know BRT has long ago sold out to the CCSS Machine, it isn’t hard to imagine CER has also jumped in the Machine as well.

Read, watch, or listen to either of these two organization’s propaganda long enough and you’ll see the spinning is always geared to CTE (Career Tech Education), CC (Common Core), STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math), and most recently..CCR (College/Career Readiness). Yes, the ‘brain bleach’ is served up daily!
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Bring On the “Soap Sales Pitch”!

On 11/9/16, the CER CEO, Jeanne Allen offered her congratulations to President-elect Trump. Like a great soap saleswoman, Allen laid the innovation and opportunity agenda thickly. Here is most of what she stated, ” “Our hope is that in the coming days President-elect Trump and his transition advisors will consider all good ideas and begin to learn from the myriad people working throughout the nation who are transforming their schools and communities.
President-elect Trump – We believe there is much you can do to address the hopes and dreams of all who elected you. We hope you will embrace innovation, applaud and incentivize ambitious state efforts to create opportunity for all learners at all levels, reject the status quo and think hard about all those you appoint to support you and the needs of citizens everywhere. We will provide concrete recommendations for you to consider in the days and weeks ahead. Until then, congratulations. And welcome to Washington.” ”

Warriors, do you see the problems?
1) IF Trump is to reject ‘status-quo’ education, it would mean his promise to pull the plug on Common Core would be the way to go, NOT have the CER and similar groups already knee deep in a bucket of CCSS/CTE ‘polluted water’, influence him. However, we saw this very scene play out when Obama took office…those who advised him steered him right into the CCSS Machine.

2) By encouraging Mr. Trump to CONTINUE to incentivize States is a replay of the Obama/Duncan RttT funding! How in the name of ‘clean laundry’ will we EVER be free from the CCSS Machine with advice like this?!

3) “All learners at all levels”..what an overloaded lint trap of danger that statement is!!
Warriors, repeatedly, I (along with other anti CCSS Warriors) have proven to you that between the toxic trio of ESSA, HEA, and WIOA (Every Student Succeeds Act/Higher Education Act/Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act), the workforce based education reform spans from babies to grandparents! I have to pause here for a moment to interject that I think someone has gotten a bit too close to the electrical outlet.

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CER’s Look At Governors:

Because the CCSS Machine has done a spiffy good job of top-down-micromanaging our education system, CER would be remiss if it didn’t ‘check the pockets’ of  each of the 12 Governors seeking office. That stated, CER keeps all 50 Governors on a tight laundry schedule. (See the Governors’ grades at CER’s “Education 50” webpage:
https://www.edreform.com/education-50/)

Of the 12 Governors, only NC’s (where I live) is too close to call, as of this article.

Wait! Senators Ahead!

As far as how ‘fresh’ the Senate will be in the coming D.C. Session of lawmaking, see below.

cersenateWarriors, I do not know about you, but I’m seeing quite a bit of ‘dirty CCSS/CTE laundry’ in this screen shot. If you know of just how sold out to the CCSS Machine any of these people are, please be sure to share your information.

It is only then that we, the Anti CCSS Warriors, can ‘clean their clocks’!!

For ‘my’ Senator (Burr) here’s what I know about his ties to CCSS and/or CTE,
(use this as an example of how you can tie your leaders to the CCSS AND CTE overreaches)

a) Much of his work to re-arrange Title One funding formulas made it into ESSA.

b) He voted Yes to ESSA (S1177) on Dec. 9th, 2015; the very next day, Pres. Obama signed the Bill as federal law.(from his website: http://www.burr.senate.gov/press/releases/24-million-per-year-for-nc-schools-common-core-repeal-heads-to-presidents-desk)
from the Congress Vote Tracking site: https://www.govtrack.us/congress/votes/114-2015/s334

c) He supported NCLB, too (Source: http://www.ontheissues.org/Senate/Richard_Burr.htm
Note: first bullet point on his education views.)

d) He has voted against some CCSS Machine related items, but still supports many other items. Source: http://www.ontheissues.org/Social/Richard_Burr_Education.htm

e) He has worked hand-in-hand with Sen. Mikulski on getting Child Care and Development Block Grants(CCDBGs) updated. While the main federal agency this is housed under HHS (Health and Human Services), it also has SOME shared programs with the U.S. Dept. of Ed. I found the CCDBGs in the U.S. Dept. of Ed’s Office of Non-Public Education. (See: http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/oii/nonpublic/childcare.html) With ESSA encompassing early education and in-home visits/assessments, this is a big deal.

f) Lastly, Burr is a member of the U.S. Senate HELP (Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions) Committee. Look below to see how many of the Committee members were just re-elected and given a ‘shout out’ by the CER (Center for Education Reform):
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Pre-treat Those “Education Stains”:

If you are not sure why the S3271 and HR5587 are more ‘dirty laundry’ created by the CCSS Machine, please use this side by side comparison chart I created a few months ago. You’ll note that there are also 2 other Congressional Bills I included. Please, look closely, you’ll see why. (*Note: S3190 is Sen. Franken’s ‘load’; S3174 is a huge warning to us all we need to move quickly to halt this activity!)

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Related:

If you’d like to see the CCSS Machine sold out group, The First Five Years Fund and what they have to say about those Child Care Development Grants:
 http://ffyf.org/our-focus/child-care-development-block-grant/ (*Note: be sure to look to the left to see their white paper on the ESSA’s Preschool Development Grants. Both will be used together for education to fit the CCR (college/career readiness).

Getting Hung Out to Dry:

The CER also shared in their 2016 Elections Results that 2 State School Superintendents lost their re-elections. One, was Dr. June Atkinson from here in NC. While we, the local anti CCSS Warriors are thrilled she will be leaving, the rest of the nation needs to watch her. Why? She is the President of the CCSSO (Council of Chief State School Officers). CCSSO not only owns 1/2 of the copyrights to the CCS Standards, they have produced mounds of alignment materials to CCSS, CTE, and now ESSA. If you want to see the CCSSO’s CCR (College/Career Readiness webpage) and how this ties to CTE,
http://www.ccsso.org/resources/programs/career_readiness_initiative.html
(*Note: if you are curious if CCSSO has anything to do with the HEA, Higher Education Act, be sure to do a general search on their website.)

Closing:

Warriors Against the Core, we have got to get D.C. out of education NOW. Having these career politicians (and yes, some new comers who’ve sold out), we are going to keep seeing our country digress. It’s kind of like having someone throw a red sock in a load of white socks. They all come out the same shade of ruined laundry.

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Tightening the Collar

 

Warriors Against the Core, have you seen one of the latest documents concerning those State led ESSA implementation feedback meetings? ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) does in fact increase the choke-hold of federal overreach in education. I know you know this, BUT have you wondered if your input really matters? I know I sure did when I attended one in the state I live in.

So, what’s the document? Courtesy of the CCSS Machine half owner, CCSSO (Council of Chief State School Officers), it’s called the

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Now, if you have seen this guide, you know the implications are immense. Anytime you have a sold out group, a subjective viewpoint, the information you give to ‘guide’ others will definitely be a Delphi move. However, if you’ve not see this document,  you should. Why? Look at the number of meetings still be held by your State levels of education leadership for our input into HOW ESSA should be for our local control. When you create a conversation guide, you might as well be handing the States a cheat sheet for an exam.

What the Guide is Delphi-ing Your State Into:

1) The Guide is 27 pages long and has SO much CCSS Machine support it might as well be in the undergarment support business.

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2) Page 4 leads us to believe that if we (the States) do ‘x,y, and z’; then all kinds of good will come from the local control. Now, pardon me, but leading up to this ‘vote of confidence’, is a shout out from the NEA (National Education Assoc.) which has been horribly visible about their support of ESSA, its passage and is now driving their agenda to help influence political votes. Now, the way in which this page is written it begs the question: If my State doesn’t do ‘x, y, and z’; will this be thrown back in our faces?! Warriors, I do believe so.

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If you’d like to see how the CCSSO is heralding the State conversations:

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3) Page 10 begins the ‘how to’ parts of engaging stakeholders. Legislators top the list, educators finish the list. Parents are next to last. Native Americans are second after the law makers.

4) Page 11 will so you how to use the U.S. Dept. of Ed’s arm, Ed Reform Support Network tools:

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5) Page 12 is of special note. This is where the parents are targeted, carries to the pages which follow.

6) Page 24 gives you a map where you can classify your most desired relationship you wish to influence (aka: manipulate from their perspective).

7) On one of the last pages of the Conversation Guide, you’ll see what resembles a detailed ESSA impact guide. I highlighted a couple of facts not so visible.

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Get the Guide: ccsso-stakeholder-engagement-guide-final

The U.S. Education’s Education Reform Support Network Guide:

If you thought the CCSSO was the only one Delphi-ing our States, I found the Education Reform Support’s Guide. Like the CCSSO’s, this one’s full of all kinds of tools, techniques, and conversation starters. It is from late 2014. I swear, you’d think no one in America knew how to form syllables, must less talk intelligently.

This Guide is only 21 pages. It expounds on the Four Is mentioned in the CCSSO Guide. This one, however, also gives you, the influencer, a self assessment on how well you can help ratchet up the conversation.

Get this one and read up on just how far the U.S. Dept. of Ed expects us to be bent.
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Closing:

As you can see, Warriors, we are definitely being set up for a tremendous fall. Please be sure to stay tuned for how I want to help us strike back against the ‘false advertising’ with not only the videos I mentioned in the opening, but to the false/positive meetings we are experiencing. How dare, these people host meetings with the premise our voices count, only to have guides like the 2 I’ve featured, coaching them right into the

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One of my most distinct messages I’ve created to express my ire toward the CCSS Machine.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bees in NC’s Bonnet, Parts 1 and 2

Warriors, we are faced with all kinds of count-downs lately. Thirty-eight days until election; so many days until a new President; count-downs until our holidays, and more.

However, regardless of ALL this counting, day in/day out, our teachers, students, and families are receiving the stinging bites of the busy bee-like CCSS Machine members/groups.

It’s enough to drive us mad. I hope we are not only mad, but as aggressive in fighting back, as the CCSS Machine is cranking out their bitter poison.

As you know, NC is where my home is for now. If you’ve followed my blog long, you know the amount of CCSS Machine alignment bred here.

As far as the picture above, that’s NC’s official state insect. As bee colonies go, there’s always a queen.

Here in NC, her name is Dr. June Atkinson. She’s our State Superintendent (probably counting down the days until she hopes to be re-elected for the umpteenth time) AND the President of the CCSSO (Council of Chief State School Officers). As you well know CCSSO has made no bones about their devotion to the CCSS Machine.

Now that our nation faces a count-down to August 2017 (When all 50 States MUST have ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) implemented), what else is in the NC CCSS apiary?

Part One:
Honey, It’s a Beehive of Deception in NC:

Recently, I was contacted by a very concerned grandparent (Grandma J) who lives west of me in Caldwell County, NC. Her concern? A conversation she had with 3 school board candidates (running for office in Nov. 2016). According to Grandma, all 3 told her that there was absolutely no Common Core in Caldwell, or in NC as a state, for that matter. That Common Core was gone. Grandma’s a Warrior, she’s invited me up to her neck of the woods several times to reveal what my anti CCSS research has found for NC, as well as our nation.

Grandma J also shared that these candidates (up for re-election) do not get to see the curriculum for their county; that they are sent papers to sign (aka: rubber stamp), told pretty much what to do, but NOT get to be a truly LOCAL Board. Well, we can thank Dr. Atkinson for that, but we’d also have to thank legislators. In the screen shot below, look at why I would say this.

Hhmmm…I’m flashing back to a 2014 NC School Board meeting in Cabarrus County (southeast of me). When I revealed credible evidence about the number of assessments truly embedded in what NC schools use, I was called a ‘lunatic’. When I challenged the school board member, what I got was ‘we do what we’re told. If Raleigh says ‘jump’, we jump. We don’t ask ‘where’, we just do it. They do tell us how to jump.’

As being a mighty Warrior, Grandma J has once again called me and asked for help. Grandma J, this is for you to share with them.

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Since this one NC County (there are 100 in all) has it mandated to follow all federal and state regulations NOT in the current NC (Common Core) Essential State Standards, guess what this means?

That every piece of legislation already connected to NCLB, RttT, Common Core State Standards, College/Career Readiness, STEM, Career Tech Education, dual enrollment, early College Promise, AP classess, learn-to-earn apprenticeships, on-line virtual public NC Schools is LOCKED in! ESSA will only INCREASE the lock-down! WIOA (Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act) is also not only already in place in Caldwell County, NC, but nation-wide!  WIOA’s embedded in ESSA.

If you’ve traveled anywhere in NC (or in your State) and seen “One Stop Job Centers”, WIOA’s in your town and Common Core/Career Tech, including STEM are in your schools.

This screen shot reveals some eye opening evidence that the ‘NC educational sweet spin’ isn’t telling you the whole truth,

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I’ve written PLENTY about how sold out to the CCSS Machine, AdvancED is. You are free to search my blog for the articles, there are that many.

However, let me share with you, an excerpt from their 2013-2014 Annual Report, AdvancED combines the knowledge and expertise of a research institute, the skills of a management consulting firm and the passion of a grassroots movement for educational change. While our expertise is grounded in more than one hundred years of experience accrediting schools, AdvancED is much more than an accrediting agency. Our goal isn’t to certify that schools are good enough. Rather, our commitment is to help schools improve.”

To see their  entire CCSS Machine ‘driven expertise’:
http://www.advanc-ed.org/sites/default/files/documents/AE-AnnualReport2013-14.pdf

Considering the screen shot above and the fact AdvancED is SO devoted to the CCSS Machine that they’ve got ESSA alignment plans going, I fail to see how great this is for NC..or any other State! I wrote extensively about AdvancED, ESSA, and the US:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/06/06/blenders-ready/

For Those Who Are Convinced NC Is Now ‘Common Core Free’:

1) NC DPI where CCSS is plainly stated and is currently in use state-wide:
http://www.dpi.state.nc.us/curriculum/

2) NC State Ed Policies for ‘Global ready’, which is connected to the CCSS Machine:
http://sbepolicy.dpi.state.nc.us/policies/GCS-L-004.asp?pri=01&cat=L&pol=004&acr=GCS /

3) NC DRAFT (literacy), CCSS aligned:
http://www.ncpublicschools.org/docs/sbe-archives/meetings/2012/05/gcs/05gcs01attach01.pdf

4) NC’s Wikispaces where you’ll see CCSS and Essential Standards. (ES has been passed off as the ‘no CCSS’ in NC)
 http://www.ncdpi.wikispaces.net/

So there you go, Grandma J, lots to help your local school board see the truth!
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Part Two:
NC ‘Bred’, Nation Fed: 

These websites will show you how MORE NC bee-stinging, CCSS Machine alignment is going on. If you’d like to see my vast array of articles on other NC CCSS joint efforts, please search the blog.

1) Triangle Universities Center for Advanced Studies Inc.  This NC organization (TUCASI)  has been around since 1975. It’s basically a large park with lots of space for UNC (University of NC), Wake Forest University, and Duke University to combine their efforts for ‘research’. Sadly, every one of these has long since sold out to Common Core in some way. They have no plans, it appears of slowing down.

Since Common Core came to town, TUCASI been busy as a bee aligning all it can. For example, our National Humanities Institute is located here.

Sponsors of this Institute (when you go the website, it states “National Humanities Center”) include some very big CCSS Machine members, including the National Endowment of the Humanities. I exposed the Endowment back in 2015. See: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/04/12/rmt-national-humanity-common-core-style/ (*Note: the National Endowment for the Arts has also sold out, but is not NC specific.)

To see the list of CCSS Machine sponsors: http://nationalhumanitiescenter.org/who-we-are/

To see the other research projects of TUCASI: http://www.rtp.org/tucasi/

2) Located in Carrboro, NC is the Advanced Learning Partnerships, 
http://www.advancedpartnerships.com/
This group likes to call themselves ALP. They also love to spread their models for educational innovation for K-Higher Ed nation-wide. Leading them is Amos Fodchuk. He’s got a Masters degree and is a “veteran of the high school classroom, Amos is a National Board Certified Teacher (VA, 2006), a Fulbright Scholar and recipient of over 20 awards for educational excellence and innovation.  His range of experience in the development and implementation of innovative, strategic learning models currently supports education partnerships across 25 states.”

You’ll find personalized learning, blended learning, data measuring, and SO much more:
http://www.advancedpartnerships.com/services

If you’ve heard of Districts of Innovation, ALP is into it; if you’ve heard about “ClassTalk” or “Innovators PIE”, ALP is leading it. While I couldn’t find specific partners, I did see Dell Computers joined ALP for ‘blended learning’ in Georgia. See: http://www.advancedpartnerships.com/read-me/

The LIFT Initiative in WA has ALP all over it:

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Closing:

Warriors, I hope that regardless of where you live, you can use this information. Grandma J’s got every right to not only be concerned, but seeking help to inform others. Remember, there are some fantastic folks in our school systems. Folks are not our target, the CCSS Machine IS! If you’ve got a fantastic school system member in trouble, you help them; you don’t attack them.

Between my eye opening article about the ICANN’s ties to the CCSS Machine/global angenda to this article, you’ve got plenty of digital/technology stuff to fill Pooh Bear’s Honey Pot several times over. BUT, there’s more. Just released late yesterday (10/3), was the announcement about several internet giants creating a new AI (Artificial Intelligence) Council. Their focus will include education/social justice/technology. Google is among them. Here’s a short video:

Article announcing the Council:
http://readwrite.com/2016/09/29/key-players-create-a-non-profit-ai-alliance-pl1/?utm_campaign=coschedule&utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=RWW&utm_content=Key+tech+players+create+non-profit+AI+alliance


K.I.S.S. Congress

BREAKING NEWS!!!!
H5963 has advanced in the House! If you received my earlier version of this same post, you’ll see the Bill number was incorrect. I’ve addressed that. I’ve also found out that I misunderstood exactly where HR5587 is. It passed the entire House by a vote of 405-5! The flurry of activity?! The House of Representatives is on ‘fire’ for their “Better Way” agenda. Leading that charge? Paul Ryan! A huge sold-out leader!
Link to HR5587’s Vote: http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2016/roll503.xml
Link to H5963’s advancment: http://edworkforce.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=401014

Warriors Against the Core, so far, 2016’s federal overreach into education has been written quickly, promoted widely, and is set to increase the choke-hold on freedom as we know it.

Yet, it appears the U.S. Congress could care less. Recently, I was a guest on the “Lori on Liberty” show, based out of CT. We discussed such nonchalance attitudes displayed from our leaders. We delved into all but H5963, you see below. If you would like the interview link (I’m part 1): https://spaces.hightail.com/receive/YtW2n
(*Note: the link expires 9/18/16. You can download it as a zip file.)

Why talk about these bills in D.C. which are in their ed/workforce committees? BECAUSE the bills SHOULDN’T be there AT all!!

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My point, Warriors?! EVERY one of the Bills you see above is toxic to America in HUGE ways! Warriors, we have the ‘writing on the wall’ before us. WHAT are we willing to do with it?


As you can see in the graphic above, each of the Bills has the most basic of toxic components listed. But, know this: each of one them you see above has more ties than a centipede wearing tennis shoes!

Here is a chart I prepared in August 2016 which gives you a side by side look at HR5587, S3271, S3190, and S3174. One for H5963 will need to be created, too.

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 (*Note: Only HR5587 has moved out of its Ed/Workforce Committee. See the press release: http://edworkforce.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=401008 )

A problem is the LEGISLATORS want short and sweet (or ‘to the point’) pictures; one-half to 3/4 of a page in information!
Which is a HUGE clue as to they are unwilling to conduct the due diligence which they swore to do.
They should be not only willing to read the ENTIRE lengthy ‘saga-like’ bills being churned out, they should be doing it. IT’s THEIR JOB we PAY them for! We (Warriors) know several citizens who are DOING Congress’ job for them!!

Why are our Congress members NOT jumping up and down, screaming with anger over the 100% illegal daily activities going on?! Why are our Congress members NOT staging protests or holding press conferences revealing the criminal (yes, seriously criminal) charges which should be being levied against each other (and quite possibly themselves)?! If a ‘regular’ American citizen conducted even a FRACTION of any of the illegal moves, they’d be under the jail!

No, Congress is too busy NOT listening! Too much money is stuffed in their ears! The press conferences they are holding are to congratulate, not only, each other but every one of the supportive/sold out CCSS Machine members who helped ‘craft’ the Bills!

WHEN CONGRESS DOES NOT TAKE ITS JOB (ITS ONE and ONLY JOB) SERIOUSLY, WHY SHOULD I TAKE THEM SERIOUSLY?

If they’re not serious, why are they even there?! Because they’ve over complicated EVERYTHING, even the law. If they’d take the CCSS Machine’s money out of their ears, divorce themselves from the curried favors of the lobbyists of the CCSS Machine (or any person connected to it), THEY’D KNOW, “We the People” are their REAL Bosses! They’d recognize it is OUR voice with which they are to vote/protest/protect. They’d truly understand WE are to be respected, not manged like ‘village idiots’.

As an example of the glee and glory with which the House of Representatives is using in celebrating the advancement of HR5587, they’ve proudly displayed the list of organizations who are in 100% support of the Bill. It’s a ‘no brainer’ to see how many of them are CCSS Machine member organizations. Which means, Warriors, our same old foes are pumping out propaganda left and right.

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Since they are most of the same CCSS Machine members/tactics, we should be easily able to defeat them!

If you wish to access the “Letters of Support” our Reps are so proud of:
http://edworkforce.house.gov/letters-of-support-for-h-r-5587/

Don’t you wish they were as proud of our nation as they are of their criminal partnerships?

Warriors, if you’d like to help rein in Congress, or know someone who does, share this.
As has been said before, it’s up to “We the People”, we cannot trust or rely on those who have been elected and have jumped on the CCSS Machine.

Women on the Wall and U.S. Parents Involved in Education are two such groups. I’m honored and proud to be a part of both. A dedicated Warrior has taken it upon herself to create a new Facebook page (honoring my work looking into these Congressional bills) where you can help rein in Congress.
https://www.facebook.com/CommonCoreDiva.CallToAction1/

I CANNOT do this ALONE nor SHOULD you! One of us is easily marginalized. Many of us might be discounted, but a lot of us, will get their attention. We MUST be LOUDER than ever! We MUST not be polite..it’s a fight, not a Sunday dinner. We MUST protest in their backyard (which we pay for them to use). We MUST be truthful, our nation has suffered enough with the lies.

Please, help me, help you by listening out, watching out where these (or any other related legislation) Bills are concerned. We MUST be pro-active, not reactive. Help our nation and our students by taking whatever strikes your heart the most when you read the articles below and create screen shots, charts,  memes, or whatever will help get this life-saving message of our out there!

Closing:

HR5587/S3271: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/08/09/congress-loves-cte/
S3190https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/08/16/ctes-health-country/
S3174https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/08/18/americas-obsession/
H5963https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/09/13/the-chain-gang-cometh/
(*Note: as of the publication of “Chain Gang” I didn’t know the Bill number, it has since been released.)

MOmoms

Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious?!

Anti CCSS/ESSA Warriors, if you remember watching “Mary Poppins” you know the title of my article should point to something simply wonderful or extra special. So why did I pick this when what I have to share is anything BUT wonderful and good?! It’s an attention grabbing word. It also got my mind to thinking…..

“Step in time; step in line”
(this is a line from another “Mary Poppins” song which translates extremely well to the timing of a Congressional Committee, the ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act)), the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services, and how they will align as many young children as possible!

We all know Head Start and Early Head Start are government programs with top-down, federal-to-state-to-you control. Both have been embedded in the modern education reform, thanks to the CCSS Machine’s planning, funding, and implementing. ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) will most definitely ensure the continued alignment between the U.S. Dept. of Education and the U.S. Dept.of Health and Human Services, where Head Start and its Early version are housed.

Since I began publishing research in 2014, I’ve written at least 4 articles about Head Start and/or Early Head Start. If you’ve missed them, here they are:
1) https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/05/25/aligned-workforces/ (connects Head Start to massive data mining)
2) https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/10/08/tech-thursday-technically-speaking-for-ccss/ (will show you the top-down alignment for ages birth and up for an ‘educated’ workforce)
3) https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/02/11/fed-ed-2017-are-you-ready/
(shows you how Head Start/Early Head Start are in the 2017 Fed Ed Budget Requests from the President)
4) https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/08/11/the-education-road/ ( a real life example of how the federal-to-state-to-you the CCSS Machine alignment is going and how Head Start/Early Head Start is being folded in)

 

An Awful ‘Spoonful of Medicine’:

From the U.S. Senate’s Education and Workforce Democratic Committee:
http://democrats-edworkforce.house.gov/media/press-releases/-scott-statement-on-final-rule-for-head-start-performance-standards-

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According to the embedded document attached to the Press Release (above),
45 CFR Chapter XIII RIN 0970-AC63 Head Start Performance Standards“, the Head Start Program Standards were last updated in 1998. Then, the  Improving Head Start for School Readiness Act of 2007, we found Congress instructing the Office of Head Start to update itself.

Basically, it was a ‘step in time, step in line’ move. Since 2007, tons of ‘research’ has been conducted; public feedback has been gathered; and, now is the time to ‘re-up’ the Head Start again. This 2016 final version of updates? Only 621 pages long!

Gee, just in time to step in line with ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) and its overreach into early childhood ‘education’.

On Page 15 of the latest and final version for updating Head Start/Early Head Start, you’ll find the “Compliance Table”. This table gives federal statutes, start dates, and descriptions of what each Head Start/Early Head Start Program AND location MUST do to ‘step in time, step in line’.

Included in the mandates of compliance:
Alignment of education in school and at home
Data mining
Streamlining the data collected
Credentials required to conduct ‘in home’ visits
Hours each program and location must be available
Curriculum to be used
Assessments

Here’s what the curriculum portion will embed:

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So, what does the ‘partnership’ boil down to? An absolutely bitter pill to swallow!
The screen shot below is from the “Early Learning Outcomes” Framework.

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To access the entire Framework document,
https://eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov/hslc/hs/sr/approach/pdf/ohs-framework.pdf

For the Data mining connected to Early Head Start/Head Start?  Learn the CCSS Machine’s alphabet code “Quality Rating and Improvement Systems (QRIS)” and Data systems. (Page 14 of the 621 page document). It too, must be in place by Aug. 2017.

What is the QRIS? Their website: http://qrisnetwork.org/
From their website, you can learn that QRIS is a part of Build’s Initiative. Before we get to the Build’s Initiative, let me show you the once again, tangled web of the same CCSS Machine member organizations connected to the QRIS.

QRIS’s website also tells you there are public private partnerships involved in the quality control/data mining. Thus, the tangled web begins…

a) from the QRIS Newsletter’s August 2016 post, (http://qrisnetwork.org/sites/all/files/lt/private/NEWSLETTER%20QRISAugIssue2.pdf)

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b) This redirects you to the QRIS page featuring MORE reports (where you can get State by State progress reports). http://qrisnetwork.org/resource/2016/race-top-early-learning-challenge-2015-progress-reports
When you click on the external link at the bottom of the page, you are, once again, redirected
c) This takes you to the U.S. Dept. of Education’s website,
https://elc.grads360.org/#program/annual-performance-reports

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d) Still not finding the public private partnerships in QRIS, I desperately was hoping the U.S. Dept. of Ed’s ‘collaboration partners’ may reveal something. Boy, did it. A huge bitter pill of CCSS Machine ‘medicine’ to swallow.

earlyedtasThe groups with red stars are ones I’ve researched and have proof of their P3 (public private partnership) grasp on American education. The CCSSO, the NGA, are well known to you, the anti CCSS/ESSA Warrior, thanks to many who’ve researched their ties.
If you’ve missed my findings on CLASP, Zero to Three, etc. just use the search bar on my blog. If you can’t find them that way, contact me. It’s proof you need to fight for your children.

To see the other Technical Assistance groups helping undermine early education,
https://elc.grads360.org/#program/collaboration-partners

 

More ‘Spoons’ of Fed Ed “Medicine”:

1) Unlike the other documents I’ve researched which are from the federal government, this one (that 621 page document with a long title) actually has a redesignation table for you to see what old Standards are being shifted to. As the writer of this document put it, it’s a roadmap for ease of access. It begins on Page 16.

2) After the “roadmap”, you are ‘treated’ to all the ‘research’, ‘reasons’, and ‘purposes’ behind the latest Early Head Start/Head Start shift. In all honesty, the parts about how all this aligns to ESSA didn’t surface, that I could easily see. However, having read ESSA and listening to both Senator Alexander AND Senator Murray, it is easy to find the early education overhaul.

3) To access the 621 page document: 2016-19748

Finding Early Ed Alignment in ESSA:

When I read the 1,059 ESSA Final Conference Report, I found the following. These are selected excerpts from my previously published articles.

ESSA and the digital overreaches for the little ones:
*) “Page 630: Preschool and ‘Ready to Learn’ digital content, especially via PBS (Public Broadcast Stations).
Page 943 begins Section 9210 of the ESSA Law. This is the biggest overreach of all!
Why? “Student Home Access to Digital Learning Resources”! To find out how successful students are at HOME, a Study conducted by the Director of the Institute of Educational Sciences (IES) no later than 18 months AFTER all portions of ESSA are in place! Details of the Study will be found on Page 944.”

You’ll want the article these are in because it links you to the other areas of concern for your little ones. Near the bottom of the article, you’ll find out how I learned that Sesame Street is now CCSS Machine controlled, thus aligned.
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/02/04/essa-and-digital-overload/

ESSA’s use of immigration to overreach into early education:
*) “Page 2 reveals Sections 3001-3004 (these sections begin on page 408 and follow from there) will break down what alignments, accountability, etc. will be taking place in education and services related. I found on page 409, under the Section 3001 and “Appropriations”, the following figures of the tax dollars up for grabs by the states and awarded by the federal government for this express purpose, “(1) $756,332,450 for fiscal year 2017;  (2) $769,568,267 for fiscal year 2018;(3) $784,959,633 for fiscal year 2019; and (4) $884,959,633 for fiscal year 2020.” Page 410 will show you how the ELLs (English Language Learners) will have to meet those ‘challenging state academic standards’, too.’
Skip down to section 3115 (page 421) , however and you will find that all schools will have to jump through a hoop or two to reform education so that no child will be excluded. How? Through ‘sub grants’ to eligible entities as long as they are educating students in ELA to the tune of ‘challenging state academic standards’!”

You’ll want the rest of the article this comes from so you can learn the 4 purposes of ESSA’s ties to WIOA (Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act). Why? One of the 4 is EARLY CHILDHOOD LEARNING!
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/01/05/essa-ties-to-wioa-2014-and-new-citizens/

ESSA in your neighborhood:
*) “Over on page 612 you can learn about types of schools and what they must provide to the neighborhood will include. Follow this through to page 615. There you will see the following language. “(2) INDICATORS.—The performance indicators  established by the Secretary under paragraph (1) shall be indicators of improved academic and developmental outcomes for children, including indicators of school readiness, high school graduation, post-secondary education and career readiness, and other
academic and developmental outcomes…” The next section is 2465 and this is where the full service community school is laid out in detail.”

ESSA’s authors used the law to codify “Promise Neighborhoods”. You’ll want to read the article this portion comes from so you can learn how your entire family will assessed, graded, and ‘encouraged’ to align with educational resources from the U.S. Depts. of Ed/Health, Human Services.
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/01/04/meet-your-new-neighbor-essa-seriously/


Closing:

If you are interested in viewing a 2014 Head Start/Early Head Start webinar, you’ll find the video below. While the information is dated, you will find out from those involved in the P3s for early education how valuable they think your kids are (look about the 19:58 minute mark). The entire video is just over 1 hour. Be sure you listen for the ‘wedding’ remark near the end of the video.
To all those involved in the grab for our children, I say their hearts are as black as the soot on Bert’s face as he danced with the chimney sweeps in ‘Mary Poppins’.

And the ‘Winners’ Are….

Recently, it was announced, here in NC, that 4 math and science teachers were given Presidential honors for their hard work.  President, as in the head of the United States.
In fact, the 4 (2 from 2014 and 2 from 2015), can receive no higher honor in our nation in K-12th grade education when it comes to math and science.

The irony? While the NC Dept. of Public Instruction is tripping over itself about these winners, in a few hours we will know the latest numbers in ‘student success’ here in the State. If the ‘success’ is anything like it has been in the past few years (horrible), no one should be celebrating!

So, What Award?

The award is known as PAEMST, or Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. The PAEMST program, however, is run by the NSF (National Science Foundation). In case you’ve missed my research on how sold out to the CCSS Machine the NSF, I’ll include some evidence for you in a bit. For now, let’s just say I have a distinct case of mistrust about the NSF. It’s a part of our federal government, but yet it’s not. It gets tons of taxpayer funding and is pushing a global agenda in several areas of concern for us, as a nation. NSF runs the program on the behalf of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.

In the email I received announcing these 4 esteemed teachers, it included the following,
“In making the announcement, President Obama said, “The recipients of this award are integral to ensuring our students are equipped with critical thinking and problem-solving skills that are vital to our nation’s success. As the United States continues to lead the way in the innovation that is shaping our future, these excellent teachers are preparing students from all corners of the country with the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) skills that help keep us on the cutting-edge.

Our State Superintendent was also featured in the award email, “North Carolina is fortunate to have such exceptional mathematics and science teachers in our public school classrooms. Students who graduate high school with a strong mathematics and science foundation will be well-positioned for the high-demand careers for tomorrow’s economy.

Coming from the lady who is not only our State leader in education, she’s also the President of the CCSSO (Council of Chief State School Officers), I find her words less than meaningful. A huge conflict of interest when it comes to ‘quality education’ in NC, or anywhere else Common Core/STEM touch our citizens.

The 4 teachers will receive $10,000.00* each to spend as they wish, a Presidential citation, and get to go to Washington, D.C. to officially receive their awards.
(*NSF gives the cash awards. NSF is a government entity. The majority of its funding is taxpayer based.  To see the 2016 NSF Budget, http://www.nsf.gov/about/congress/114/highlights/cu16_0104.jsp)

 
OSTP, Office of Science and Technology Policy:

The website: https://www.whitehouse.gov/administration/eop/ostp

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This is what I found on the OSTP main page. Scroll down it a bit and you’ll see the President’s 2016 Science Fair, where STEM was everywhere. In my research, where you find STEM, you’ll find CCSS, or as it is called now, College/Career Readiness (CCR). ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) even calls it ‘challenging state academic standards’.

What else is OSTP up to? Very recently, announcing a new national push for STEM in K-12th grade education AND higher education. Below is a screen shot of the announcement.
Why we need to be raising some red flags:
a) I’ve gone over the 2017 Fed Ed Budget Requests the President has made, I know exactly were all the ties to the CCSS Machine are.
b) ESSA has big bucks set aside for STEM Master Corps and career exploration activities.
c) ESSA has even bigger bucks set aside for digital and technology infrastructure updates, implementations.)
d) The “Computer Science for All” the “100K in 10”, etc. are all programs I’ve researched and shared evidence on how toxically aligned they are to the shift in workforce based education.
e) ESSA also has big bucks set aside for teachers/leaders PD (professional development). The development is for ensuring they are aligned to not only the workforce based education shift, but are grooming students for post-secondary readiness. Regardless of grade or age.

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Read the entire 8/17/16 blog post: https://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2016/08/17/call-action-incorporating-active-stem-learning-strategies-k-12-and-higher-education

PAESMT Program:

This program’s been around since 1983. The official website is: https://www.paemst.org/
PAESMT is Congress established, and thus, approved. Each year 108 teachers from across our nation are awarded. The U.S. Territories are also included in these awards. If you would like to see more about the Awardshttps://www.paemst.org/about/view

Here’s a short video where you can see how these honored teachers are called out as models for their peers, and leaders for their students. Warriors, any teacher modeling an agenda driven education and/or leading others to one, is no teacher I want to know.

If you wish to find your State’s PAESMT Coordinator,
https://www.paemst.org/coordinator/find_coordinator

NC has 2 Coordinators, one for Math and one for Science.

NSF, National Science Foundation:

Sometime before 2009, Gates Foundation gave the NSF $24 million dollars for agricultural research and development. (See: http://www.gatesfoundation.org/How-We-Work/Quick-Links/Grants-Database/Grants/2008/11/OPP51589)

NSF is the one which created the STEM acronym as a marketing tool based off the PCAST* 2010 Report. I have shared with you countless times how this Report stated that the purpose for STEM wasn’t so much about education, as it was to be about economy (both national and globally), jobs, and a population. As the Report put it, a STEM people for a STEM workforce for a STEM nation. (* PCAST is short for President’s Council of Advisors in Science and Technology)

To see the archived article where you can get this 2010 Report:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2014/09/02/from-the-files-pcast-stem-and-common-core/

To see what other research I found on NSF,
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/02/18/wybiupclosewithnsf/

Related:

To see the 2017 Fed Ed Budget for Computer Science for All ($4 billion over 3 years),
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/02/11/fed-ed-2017-are-you-ready/

To see the 2017 Fed Ed Budget figures for Teachers/Leaders PD, including STEM,
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/02/12/fed-ed-budget-for-teachersleaders/

To see how the Higher Ed Fed Ed Budget is to play out:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/02/13/big-bucks-for-post-secondary-ed/

Closing:

If you wish to receive more information about my research on any of the topics is this article, please let me know. Make no mistake, STEM is out to align just as much as CCSS is in our schools, communities, and homes. WE MUST FIGHT this overreach. As far as ‘winners’, in the grasp of the CCSS Machine, no one is.

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Digitally “Fried”

Warriors, we’ve heard plenty of CCSS Machine rhetoric about “Personalized Learning”. The CCSS Machine has taken a classic teaching tool and destroyed its true purpose.

The phrase has been bounced around SO much by the propaganda, the ‘objective’ studies and research, and all those profiting off the NEW rendition of Personalized Learning (PL) that most everyone has no clue as to what PL should truly be. Most only know it means a computer. Too much computer time/instruction means a ‘digitally fried’ student, a frustrated teacher, and a sold out state of existence.

So, before we get much further into how ‘digitally fried’ our nation has become, I want you to consider the ‘burning’ question you see below:

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*Note: While what you see above is NC specific, this is NOT a problem exclusive to the State. You will find similar in your State. We will be re-visiting the moves NC is making later. But first, a national view.

Classic PL:

Much like the tasty potatoes you order at a restaurant, you’ll notice there are choices. There are ‘classic’ fries (meaning cooked just right, a little salt, not too thin or thick cut), curly fries, seasoned fries, fries smothered in cheese, and other endless examples.

TRUE PL closely resembles the classic fries. How do I know? Ask a retired educator (The best people to ask  need to be over 40 or 50 years old). Look at a classical education model.

True PL plans show a lot of flexibility in both the teacher AND the student; a variety of teaching tools, styles, games to engage the student’s 5 senses or their whole body.

Today’s ‘digitally fried’ PL, uses agenda driven, watered down versions of plans, tools, and resources. Today’s PL hardly uses the student’s 5 senses/whole body.

Think about it from the fries example, lots of copy cat versions seeking to improve upon the classic order of fries, but not nearly as satisfying. Education is HARDLY the place for copy cat, failure embedded versions of what really works.

Ask a researcher or a child psychologist; look at the way in which some school desks have been redesigned. This picture (below)stated it was ideal for the kinesthetic  learner.

Well, which KIND of kinesthetic learner?! The student who needs to keep only their hands busy or the student who needs to move around, sit on their legs, or be able to turn around? As the mother of a kinesthetic learner, I can tell you, my child would not have liked this desk/bike at all. Why? Limited movement. Too much limited movement for some learners like this, stunts their thinking and will cause burn-out when it comes to completing assignments.

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Oh, and the cost of one of these desk/bikes? A single one can be over $1,000.00; One like these 4 seater? Almost $3,700.00! True PL can be accomplished at a fraction of this cost. Who foots the bill for ‘school improvements’ like what you see above? TAXPAYERS! With the way the current education laws are written, P3s (public private partnerships) will also be helping with ‘improvements’ like this. Think of it this way, they want to be the ultimate order of ‘loaded fries’ in your school. A whole lot of ‘eye appealing yumminess’ and a lot of ‘bad for you’ calories.

What does the U.S. Dept. of Ed say PL is?  That depends..do you want the PL for teachers, leaders, or students? See below:

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To find out more: http://tech.ed.gov/netp/assessment/
To continue our order or fries example, think 24/7 hours of nothing but AYCE (All You Can Eat).

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To find out about the “Future Ready” PL, see: http://tech.ed.gov/netp/

Dear Old NC:

Now that you see how the nation is serving up PL, just what is SO important I have to (once again) call out NC’s activities?! For starters, the CCSS Machine mouthpieces shouted ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) would free the States, mean less testing (assessments), and so forth. As research is proving in real time since ESSA’s passage, States are creating ways in which to appear like they are taking control of education, but when you look closely, you see the national agenda in the plans. How so? Look below:

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Before I share more, let me state for the record that I know some of our NC legislators personally. I know they absolutely hate the CCSS Machine and what it is doing to NC. I know you have legislators like this in your State. While not every legislator serving us will be a party to this kind of activity, there are countless others who either will or simply are not aware of how many strings are being put into place.

NC’s been in the news before for what looked like a repeal, but was in all honesty, a rebrand. That was when we supposedly repealed CCSS. Nope, the law which went into place was watered down to a name change. We had the chance to totally ditch the CCSS mustard and ketchup for our fries, and didn’t!

So what else does this ‘new’ Repeal-but-not-really Law do?
a) gives an illusion
b) will be taxpayer funded
c) to access the entire document from above: http://www.ncleg.net/Sessions/2015/Bills/House/HTML/H237V6.html
d) allows for retention of students from grade to grade
e) supposedly improves transition from elementary grades to middle school; middle to high school as defined by the NC State Board of Ed. Who heads our State Board of Ed? Dr. June Atkinson, State Superintendent AND President of the CCSSO (Council of Chief State School Officers)!
f) by repealing ‘personalized learning’ this Law opens the flood gates for ‘alternative assessments’.

What the State Board Says:

If your State Board of Ed is anything like NC’s, you are sick to no end of their selections they serve up when it comes to education. (Think rotten fries or spoiled potatoes..they stink!) Above, point E shifts the responsibility of defining PL from the lawmakers to the educators. While that is as it should be, the obvious fly in the room is that those serving as educators are sold out to the CCSS Machine’s agenda.

In a few days, our State Board will have a meeting (8/31 and 9/1). Among the topics?

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Included in the announcement of this topic was a supporting 22 page document. By removing the PL as it had been defined, the State Board listed ALL the ‘alternative assessments’ they used in conducting a survey of what works and what doesn’t. The actions the Board will take with PL’s ‘repeal’ or revision will more than likely be based on this survey!

In other words, a steady diet of ’24/7 loaded fries’ will continue!

You have to see this. Not only have these ‘spuds which are really duds’ been  24/7 assessing, most, if not all are DIGITAL!

By the State Board’s apparent direction, that means humongous data mining will CONTINUE.  ESSA and WIOA (Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act) increase this mining via State grants/incentives.

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To name a few for the K-3rd graders in English and Math: Dibels, iReady, Discovery Education,Dreambox, universal screening, performance monitoring, past performance, SchoolNet Benchmarks, and MAP.

For these students in their ‘success’ or ‘achievement’ measuring (remember, K-3rd graders): SAT Teams; teacher observations; outside entities like the Dept. of Social Service, law enforcement, etc.; below grade level activities; mental health involvement, and after-school programs.

You will find the same types of measuring students in grades 4th and 5th; 6th-8th; and 9th-12th. What I noticed is the K-3rd grade group has more than the others. When you consider ESSA embeds birth to 3rd overreach, this should have you ready to fry some spuds of your own.

If you’d like to listen in via an audio live link (8/31 and 9/1) to see what the NC State Board will do: http://stateboard.ncpublicschools.gov/live-audio-streaming

Closing:

What’s in your State’s PL activity? How many ‘cooks’ are in the education kitchen? How many ‘fryers’ are in State Legislative bodies? Do we really want to see America ‘digitally fried’ and marginalized?! After all this, I’m ready to launch a few potato rockets.

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Is This Truly the Best?

Recently, my fellow anti CCSS/Fed Led Ed Warriors, I had a very concerned citizen from a state with several U.S. Tribal Schools, contact me. The concern? How ESSA, Every Student Succeeds Act, (and its school reform clauses) is to impact the schools for Native Americans on their reservations (or serving nearby). While I know there are mandates in ESSA for the Native American Tribes, as well as a separate section for the Hawaiian Tribal education, this concern raised the question to a level I cannot ignore.

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Notice the banner from the BIE (Bureau of Indian Education). “Doing What’s Best for Students!”.
Not to be cynical, but are you kidding me? It is NO secret that our U.S. Government has hardly done the best it could for the Native Americans, so HOW in the world are we (or expect those impacted by the BIE)  to ‘buy into’ the fact that ESSA is NOT the best for ANYONE!?

Does BIE also support WIOA (Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act), HEA (Higher Education Act), STEM, American Apprenticeship Initiative, Career Tech Education, Competency Based Education, Universal PreK and/or College and Career Readiness?
Why do I ask this? Every one of this laws or concepts is embedded in ESSA.

We already know ESSA and all its relations are to impact every school choice, so the answer would have to already be a ‘yes’ one. You will see more of the connections as you read on.

School Reform:

Since the concerned question I received was on the school reform issue, just what does the BIE have to say about this topic? In a summary, the BIE is choosing to reform itself as a government agency FIRST, then address the individual schools.

Here is an excerpt, “To effect real change in BIE-funded schools, the BIE organization must change how it delivers services to schools. The current administrative structure is a relic of the past when all BIE schools and dormitories were directly operated by the federal government and oriented towards “command and control” of its own schools. Today, the federal government no longer operates the majority of BIE schools; rather, tribal nations or locally controlled school boards directly manage 68 percent of BIE-funded schools. The BIE’s administrative structure, however, never evolved to meet this new reality.    The proposed reorganization will modernize the BIE and help it take a critical step towards becoming a school improvement organization rather than a direct operator of schools. After extensive consultations, the BIE proposes important organizational changes which are essential to improve outcomes for Native American youth.”
To see the entire topic, http://www.bie.edu/BFRI/index.htm

According to the 2014 “Blueprint for Reform Implementation” (approved by Congress), look at HOW the Reform is to work:

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To access the entire Reform OrderBIEsecOrder

To see how I learned about this Order, see: http://www.bie.edu/BFRI/Schools/index.htm

Before we move on, it should be pointed out the Bureau of Indian Education is part of the U.S. Dept. of the Interior.

Is THAT Dept. aligned to the CCSS Machine?! Yes! Here’s just one way to prove it: Lesson Plans (available to ALL educational choices),
https://search.usa.gov/searchutf8=%E2%9C%93&affiliate=doi.gov&query=Common+Core+State+Standards
The Interior is big on STEM, too. STEM is embedded in WIOA, ESSA, HEA, and all the other places you find CCSS or College/Career Readiness. See: https://www.nps.gov/choh/learn/education/classrooms/upload/CM-1-STEMguide.pdf

Other BIE Ties to the CCSS Machine:

BIE 21st Century Community Learning Centers:
http://www.bie.edu/Programs/supprog/TitleIVB/index.htm
Includes after school programs, character education, and, so much more! Per ESSA, 21st Century Community Learning Centers are mandated. Notice, however, when you visit the above page the dates on the supporting documents are before ESSA’s passage. Also notice that every one of the related Titles on the right, are in ESSA and other laws connected to it. Connected to the 21st CCLCs is Career Pathways. See the below screen shot for what I found:

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If you would like to see the rest of the document above:
http://www.bie.edu/cs/groups/xbie/documents/text/idc009804.pdf

BIE 2009 ARRA Funds:
http://www.bie.edu/Resources/index.htm
Just like the rest of us, this funding opened the door for massive data mining.

E-Rate and BIE:

The E-Rate legislation created a not-so-obvious way for the CCSS Machine to not only overreach into education, but into our entire communities for streamlined alignment connecting work and education. I exposed this on Prevent Common Core awhile back.
If you aren’t sure how this connects to all of us, http://preventcommoncore.com/?p=1223

E-Rate legislation also opened the door for the White House led (ie: top-down control) ConnectED Initiative. BIE is impacted in this way, too.
See: http://www.bie.edu/Resources/ERate/index.htm

BIE and the ESSA:

I found 2 documents detailing what BIE has done already to conform to ESSA.
This first one is for Special Education. See: http://www.bie.edu/cs/groups/xbie/documents/text/idc1-034217.pdf

The second one is from the Federal Register and is definitely worth reading. Begin on the 3rd column of the first page you see and then continue to the next page’s first column. Remember, this Register is not written from an anti CCSS/Fed Led Ed Warrior’s viewpoint. See: http://www.bie.edu/cs/groups/xbie/documents/text/idc2-042401.pdf

As far as BIE and Universal Design for Learning? There is a Power Point Presentation available under the heading 2012 Presentations. See: http://www.bie.edu/Programs/SpecialEd/index.htm

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Related to the BIE and Native American Education:

NIEA, National Indian Educators Association:
Website: http://www.niea.org/
This organization has been around since the 1960s. It is the largest Native American Educator group in the nation. Thus, lots of influence. NIEA was also among the collection of groups signing a supportive letter from the Leadership Conference’s Civil Rights arm to SUPPORT ESSA!

To see the Collective Letter, http://www.civilrights.org/press/2016/ESSA-Oversight-Letter.html?referrer=https://www.google.com/

What else has NIEA done in relation to ESSA and/or the CCSS Machine BESIDES being associated with the Collective Letter? Their upcoming Conference has AFT (American Federation of Teachers) as one of its 3 biggest sponsors.

ESSA is listed as one of NIEA’s Education Priorities. To see their resources on it:
http://www.niea.org/for-advocates/education-priorities/elementary-and-secondary-education-act-esea-and-every-students-succeeds-act-essa/

Also among the Education Priorities is their association with the BIE. Among their Reports for Supporting Educators, the U.S. Dept. of Education’s Dashboard for adhering to the President’s 2020 College Goals: http://dashboard.ed.gov/dashboard.aspx

This screen shot is from NIEA’s “Toolkit” for ESSA implementation:

NIEAIf you are curious, the Guide is NOT NIEA’s, but rather, the CCSSO’s! See:
http://www.ccsso.org/Documents/2016/ESSA/CCSSO%20Stakeholder%20Engagement%20Guide%20FINAL.pdf

Closing:
One of NIEA’s biggest funders? The Gates Foundation. Since around 2009, over $4 million in grants. See: http://www.gatesfoundation.org/How-We-Work/Quick-Links/Grants-Database#q/k=NIEA

I also found a NIEA Grant from Gates for the express purpose of joining BIE in Common Corehttp://www.gatesfoundation.org/How-We-Work/Quick-Links/Grants-Database/Grants/2013/10/OPP1094487

Again, I’ll ask you: is this truly the BEST we can do in America?

Going for the Golden Games

Ahh, the Summer of 2016. Anti CCSS Warriors, no doubt you will more than likely be watching the Summer Olympics from Brazil in about one month. In the past I exposed for you how the Special Olympics had not only gone Common Core aligned, but was using the Special Needs participants data for tracking purposes. (In case you missed that one, see: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/12/07/monday-musings-more-than-meets-the-eye/)

So, it should be NO surprise that the International Olympic Games be aligned to a global education agenda. Where there is global education agenda, there will be Common Core! (*Note: As the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) calls it, ‘college and career ready’/’challenging state academic standards’. No matter what name, it is ALL global education agenda driven!)
This in-depth article follows the agenda.

Where the Global Agenda for Educational Play/Sports Can Be Found:

Look no further than the WHO (World Health Organization). WHO is a part of the UN (United Nations). UN also has UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization). UNESCO has the global “Education for All” agenda. UNESCO and Bill Gates also signed an agreement in 2004 for a global curriculum. (See Berit Kjos’  publication, “Common Core: A Global Education”) UNESO also has IB (International Baccalaureate Schools). Those IB Schools have an extremely controversial altruistic helping write curriculum.
The IB Schools are among the educational institutions included in the ESSA.
To see the evidence/research from my previously published articles (which contain files):
Global education ideology:
 https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/01/21/ccssunesco-ideology-anyone/
UNESCO-like Recesses:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/04/19/play-money/ (*Note: This one will also link you to the ‘Prevent Common Core’ article I wrote on the PE/Sports alignment to CCSS/global education. You will also find the Global Health Standards embedded in this article.)
The Controversial Altruistic Helping IB Schools:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2014/10/08/wybi-wednesday-ccss-and-the-altruism-movement/

Where the IOC (International Olympics Committee) is Taking Global Ed:

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In the screen shot above, notice the underlined sentence. ‘Sports as a possible source for inner improvement’.
While that doesn’t appear on the surface to be so aligned to global education, or even the CCSS agenda, think about how aligned to CCSS, sports already is!
Think about the mandates in the ESSA where personal learning, student achievement, and behavior interventions (among others) will use anything remotely connected to education to use it for alignment purposes. Consider all the other Warriors who have shown us the mental destruction CCSS is causing NOW.

None of this, of course will be talked about during the Olympics Games themselves. Everyone will be cheering, fawning over how great the Gold, Silver, and Bronze medalists did in their respective sports. No one will stop to think (at least for long), just how thin a veil of deception is being laid over the time in Brazil.

So, Warriors Against the Core, what can WE learn about the IOC’s Ed Program?! Let’s find out!
Website: https://www.olympic.org/olympic-values-and-education-program
According the Overview of the Program, sports is considered the ‘school of life’. Now, let me pause for just a moment..
Not 2 or 3 days ago I published an article about the “Readiness Redefined” National Campaign. Among the ‘readiness’ portions of education to be redefined? Life! (See: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/07/09/ready-or-not/)

Also according to the Overview, the Program interlinks with 21st Century Skills which are needed (not to mention also embedded in the WIOA (Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act), HEA (Higher Education Act), ESSA, STEM Act, and more). The IOC Ed Program is to be used inside and outside the classroom. ESSA has mandates for during school and after school student activities, supports, etc.

The basis for the Program is in the power of the Olympic Symbols. (I kid you not.)
Here is the excerpt, “Using the symbols of the Olympic Games, the themes of Olympism, and drawing on the lore of the ancient and modern Olympic Games, the programme aims to disseminate a values-based curriculum that will shape the development of child and youth character. Using the context of Olympic sports, participants are taught skills and strategies that will help them to assume the responsibilities of global citizenship and civic literacy.”
Below is a screen shot you should click on to enlarge. See the thin veil of deception being used for global education agenda?

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If you want to know how to Implement the IOC’s Ed Program, look below. The link to download the entire poster will be beneath the screen shot.

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Implementing-the-program-poster

What’s worth noting is that the Program has a FREE toolkit for educators, community leaders, or anyone who wishes to use the educational lessons. The toolkit will be available for downloading soon, but in the meantime check out the information. See: https://www.olympic.org/olympic-values-and-education-program/about-the-toolkit

Other Olympic Education Initiatives:

Since 1988 (according to the IOC’s website), there has been a new educational outreach (aka: initiative) each Olympics. So far, there are 21 initiatives. For example the Initiative from Slovenia is called the Fair Play School. One of the main objectives? Teaching tolerant behavior through PE. See: https://www.olympic.org/slovenia-promoting-values-of-sport-and-olympism-fair-play-school
Over on the UNESCO website for Fair Play Schools (FPS) Initiative, it is called “Fair Play:  the Winning Way”.
See all the responsibilities involved in being a FPS: http://portal.unesco.org/education/en/ev.php-URL_ID=2223&URL_DO=DO_TOPIC&URL_SECTION=201.html

Warriors, did you know there is a United Nations Secretary on Sports for Development and Peace? The Coaches Guide (used all over the world) is full of kinds of ways to use sports as skill building for good citizenship. Download the GuideCoaches_Guide_english

If you would like to see the other Olympic Education Initiatives (some links work, some don’t), see: https://www.olympic.org/olympic-values-and-education-program/initiatives


Let’s face it, CCSS/Global aligned education will not be going into anyone’s decision when they buy into the Olympic marketing. Yet, the IOC redistributes those dollars to not only athletes, but sport organizations across the globe. See below:

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Broadcasting rights in the US? NBC, a well known Common Core Supporter.
If you really want to follow the money trail for the Olympics, you can use this Marketing Fact Guide which tells the global partners for Rio 2016. (See Page 11. How many CCSS Machine member organizations do you see? I saw Toyota as an example. They are banner leaders in the adult version of CCSS: CTE (Career Tech Education). See: Olympic-Marketing-Fact-File-2016

Think of it this way, every time we purchase an Olympic postage stamp, T-shirt, or a product from the global partners, we are feeding the very CCSS Machine set on leveling education to a globally aligned one.

Oh, A Few Last Facts:

Brazil is considered a ‘Champion Country’ for UNESCO’s “Education for All” (that one world curriculum discussed earlier). To see all the accomplishments UNESCO is so proud of from Brazil, http://www.unesco.org/new/en/brasilia/education/education-for-all/

Contrast that with the 2015 Brazil Business Report about the problems of Brazil’s education, http://thebrazilbusiness.com/article/the-brazilian-educational-system

The Federal Government of Brazil regulates education. They regulate everything about education, both public AND private. See: http://www.brazil.org.za/brazil-education.html

The NASFA (National Association of State Facilities Administrators: Association of International Educators) here in the USA, has a file on Brazil’s education where you can see grading scales for certificates called “Leaving Certificate” when it comes to higher education. See: EDU Systems Brazil
If you do not know about NASFAhttp://www.nafsa.org/About_Us/About_NAFSA/

To see the Common Core NASFA News Release bombshell I found, look below:
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The Press Release tells you how NASFA, the CCSSO (Council of Chief State School Officers) and Interstate Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (inTASC) partnered together to build off the 2011 CCSS for the new Global Education you see above.
https://www.nafsa.org/About_Us/About_NAFSA/Press/New_Standards_to_Integrate_Global_Education_into_PK-12_Teaching_Standards_and_Curriculum/

To get the Global Prep Guide featured in the Press Release, click their embedded link. It is available to download for free, but you must be a logged in visitor or member to get the download. I found a sample Standard, however: http://www.nafsa.org/_/File/_/intasc/InTASC_2015_Standard1.pdf

Closing:

Warriors, I hope you have learned much in this article. I know in researching, I did.
How can we fight this? So much already seems to much in place for us to defeat it.
As always, once you know, go..and tell others. Power is in the people’s hands to defeat more from our top-down educational system than we realize. Get involved. If you haven’t read the ESSA Proposed Regulations yet, do so! Provide feedback where you see the gross overreaches in these regulations. Refuse to support any part of the CCSS Machine you choose to..be it buying an Olympic t-shirt to boycotting McDonald’s. (One word though: the more who boycott the same place, the more impacting the message is). One huge factor of ESSA everyone seems to not know, or has glossed over. Congress can still reign in the U.S. Dept. of Ed!