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Ed/Workforce’s Dirty Laundry?!

Hello, my Anti Fed Ed/CCSS Warriors! As you know, I’ve dedicated years to researching just how deep the roots to the shift in American education to workforce training are.

Today’s article will give you a rundown which is sure to help your War vs the Core in your State.

Why you need such a rundown of items is simple. The CCSS Machine’s rhetoric will somewhat slow down during the summer months. A perfect opportunity for us to make some moves of our own. No battle is won without specific preparation.

D.C.’s Dirty Laundry:

So far, during the current Congressional session, there are PLENTY of ‘dirty’ education/workforce bills in the making. Using the Congress.gov website (where you can easily look up bills), there are 733 Workforce bills for the 2017 session.

Since we know what happens in D.C. travels to each of the 50 States, we know what to look for at our General Assemblies, State Congresses, etc. Much like the proverbial red towel left in the load of white sheets, the goal of the CCSS Machine is simple, make all education ‘pink’ (ie: workforce training, not academic-minded). As we also, know, once dyed pink, sheets do not return to their former color easily, if at all.

Below are only a few of the ‘dirty’ bills:

S268, Investing in Student Success Act of 2017 (Senator Young from IN is the main sponsor).
Sounds not so ‘dirty’ right? I mean who doesn’t want to invest in their child’s post-secondary education?! Ah, but Warriors, the ‘dirt’ is that your student and someone not related to you invests in their education via an ISA (Income Share Agreement).

S268
Some hidden ‘dirt’ for S268 is that this FEDERAL bill goes above any existing State law about investment agreements! Targeted group for S268? Low-income students.

HR1837, The 21st Century Energy Workforce Act (Representative Norcross from NJ is the main sponsor)
This bill points out that energy in the United States is the 3rd largest industry. As such, it needs more skilled workers than other industries.
The ‘hidden dirt’ to this bill? Using community colleges for the uniting of all educational choices for STEM/CTE aligned Common Core workforce educated students. (*Note: STEM is short for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math; CTE is short for Career Technical Education. Both are tied to Common Core and have been for years.)

The embedded ‘pink’ stain to this bill? The Secretary of Energy will be in charge of grants for creating apprenticeships to carry all this alignment out. This will, of course, involve the U.S. Dept. of Labor, and the U.S. Dept. of Education.
This HR1837, also establishes a National Center for Excellence for the  21st Century Workforce Advisory Board.(see pages 3 and 4)

HR1837

Warriors, notice the ‘pipeline’ begins in elementary school!
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A Former ‘Stain’ Which Will Not Wash Out:

Our Senate, over the past 2 Congressional sessions, has tried to get a bill to support a National Workforce Board. See below from Sen. Cantwell’s (WA):

S1304
S1304, was last introduced during the 2015-2016 Session by Sen. Cantwell. If you read the 9 pages, it is very similar in several instances to the HR 1837 language. Talk about ‘dirty laundry’….
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New Wash Load, Same Old Dirt:

During THIS Congressional Session (2017-2018) The Senate’s 21st Century Energy Workforce Act is mainly sponsored by Sen. Heinrich, NM. It is S895.

S895’s title is officially “Energy Workforce for the 21st Century Act of 2017”. This bill specifies an increase in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) especially for low-income students of ALL ages (like the House’s bill, this one will begin in elementary schools and go all the way to the workforce). This bill also specifies WIOA (Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act’s) definition of ‘education’..just like ESSA did.

S895 will have not only the Secretary of Energy creating education collaborations, but awarding all kinds of incentives to them.

S895

Warriors, if you missed my article from earlier this year about how the major Cabinet agencies all have CTE/STEM plans to streamline education to workforce skills, I urge you to access that information here. It is absolutely key to what we see Congress plotting NOW.

Also, take into consideration that the Federal Budget has millions of taxpayer funds earmarked for job creation. On Page 2 of the 2018 Federal Budget, energy development is at the top of the continued priority list. Education is last. On Page 8, funding/discussion for American jobs is highlighted.

Back in March 2017, when the Blueprint for the Federal Budget was released, I shared with you just how the education/workforce stream of money was being kept alive, in spite of all the noise about reining in the federal overreach into education.
Here is that article. (*Note: be sure to access my special 5 page guide to see just how the Cabinet level agenices are involved. It will help in understanding the Congressional bills we are exposing in this article.)

Continuing the Spin Cycle:

S1186 is sponsored by several Senators from across the nation. Leading them is Sen. Baldwin from WI. This bill, the Domestic Maritime Centers of Excellence Act of 2017, would have the Secretary of Transportation select existing community colleges (and technical schools) for an increase in educated workforce training. This Secretary’s assistance also includes funding, use of federal resources, AND, create new career pathways!

S628, Educating Tomorrow’s Workforce Act of  2017 is mainly sponsored by Sen. Kaine of VA. While it’s been rumored VA never had Common Core, it’s been researched and proven VA has Common Core’s ‘adult version’ of education, CTE (Career Tech Education). This bill should be an absolute dead ringer for exposing the shift in education. Why? See below:

S628

Closing:

Warriors, as you can see, these are just a few of the over 700 bills Congress has created in the name of job creation, education, workforce skills, and more. The bottom line, however, is 100% alignment to WIOA via ESSA. HEA (Higher Education Act) is also to be included. Career Pathways, STEM, and so much more connects every one of these existing laws and proposed bills. Will every one of these bills survive? No, but even if ONE of them succeeds, look at the agenda it embeds, not only federally, but LOCALLY.
The ‘stain’ of CCSS Machine reform is becoming permanently marked on America.

 

Human capital concept in tag cloud
Is this what we will continue to allow Congress to see when it comes to our children?!

 

Partnering Up!

There’s no doubt about life, Warriors; some partnerships make a lot of sense. Some partnerships are fantastic and help us out greatly. Then, as we’ve seen through our War Vs. the Core, some partnerships belong in Hell.

As you were able to find out in my last article, the partnerships made to align American education to anything which resembles a more traditionally academic or patriotic one, happened long ago.

For today’s article, we’ll look at how the partnerships made among our leaders in DC and elsewhere are just as Hell-bound as the others.

Sen. Hatch’s Partnership:

Back in March 2017, the Oregon Senator’s press release stated he’d joined forces with Senator Bennet from Colorado to create ‘critical’ CTE (Career Technical Education) legislation. They are sponsoring the Innovation for Tomorrow’s Workforce Act  The number is S790. It is to accompany this existing Workforce Advance Act, S795. (*Note: S795 has replaced last Congressional Session’s  S3271, by the same name).

From my research into CTE, the only ‘critical’ legislation needed is a repeal of what exists to divorce workforce training from academic education. Why? CTE is, as you know, a direct form of Common Core. As I call it, it’s the ‘adult version’. It’s only purpose is to streamline education into workforce training.

So, what’s the ‘critical’ need for CTE as seen by these partners?
In a few words: by increasing the technology uses in and for CTE, you improve the ‘quality’ of what is learned and taught.

How will all this technology ‘improve’ education?
*Bring in more apprenticeships. work-based programs, and CBE (competency based education) all of which are also CCSS, STEM, and, CTE aligned.

*Easily transfer massive data points on students from one educational institution to the next (this doesn’t include all the third parties involved in the data pool)

*Increase the involvement of more businesses in the classroom; thereby changing academics to workforce based industry needs (which ESSA, Every Student Succeeds Act, has so handily already mandated)

*Have the Secretary of Education (DeVos) decide the funding streams for CTE (largest money trail from federal level to each State level via Perkins Funding). Where it goes and to whom it goes to. (expect favortism via locations and public-private partnerships)

*Embeds Sen. Hatch’s ‘favorite’ tool: The ‘pay for success’ business model applied to education (it’s been a disaster before now, it will only get worse)
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*Before we move on, when we see these types of Congressional partnerships, let’s bear in mind that many have special interest groups in common. Take for example, the resource which tracked all the ‘yes’ votes and ‘no’ votes on the passage of ESSA per special interest campaign donations. Over 100 special interest groups ‘incentivized’ Congress on how to vote. Find that information here.

Then consider this: what Congress did with ESSA, they will do again, when it it time to re-authorize the HEA (Higher Education Act).
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The Warren Partnership:

In the current Congress, Sen. Elizabeth Warren and 3 others have taken former legislation of a few Senators/Reprensentatives’ data mining bill and ‘improved’ upon it. We’ll get back to this one in a few minutes, but first, a bit of background.

In previous Congress sessions, Sen. Marco Rubio had teamed up several others to create a ‘Know Before You Go’ bill. In 2013, the Senators/Reps. partnering together were Marco Rubio, Ron Wyden, Mark Warner, Duncan Hunter, and Robert Andrews. In 2015, it was simply Rubio, Warner, and Wyden.

The purpose of the bill sounds fine, having access to facts about a college or school before you attend. I mean, who wouldn’t like help in making a decision about education?

HOWEVER, add in what our fellow Anti Fed Ed Warriors, Jane Robbins and Emmett McGroarty published about the unspoken federal education and data mining capabilities, that is a HUGE red flag for us.

If you recall, it’s been in previous articles that other Anti Fed Ed Warriors (myself included) have warned about the purposed uniting of student data (all ages, all educational backgrounds) via the SLDS and the WQDI (Student Longitudinal Data System and the Workforce Quality Data Initiative).

So, what has Sen. Warren done with this type of legislation?
According to her Press Release, she’s partnered with 3 other Senators (Hatch, Cassidy, and Whitehouse).
The name of the bill is the College Transparency Act.
The telling sign that this partnership is connected to the CCSS Machine? The involvement of Third Way and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
It’s important to note that Sen. Warren is not the lead sponsor for S1121, but she does appear to have the most information on it.

The House of Representatives also has a College Transparency Act Bill (HR2434). How many partners there? Eight in all. Reps Paul Mitchell (main sponsor), Jared Polis, Thomas Garrett, Raja Krishnamoorthi, Steve Stivers, Jimmy Panetta, Neal Dunn, and Fred Upton.
Like the Senate version, some of the same dangers Robbins/McGroarty have published, are in the House’s version, too.

If you wish to see the government’s Digital Play Book for data/technology use (as mentioned in HR2434), find it here.

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Let’s face it, Warriors, I’ve shown you before how devoted to CTE our Congress members are!
If they truly listened to us and honored the Constitution, they would need
to repeal WIOA (Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014/STEM Act of 2015 (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math)/ HEA’s (Higher Education Act) funding streams continuing/ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act)/The WIOA Technical Amendments/the American Apprenticeship Initiative, and anything legislatively binding us to CTE!
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Partnering Up For Your Little Ones:

HR 2590 (Computer Science for All Act) by Rep. Lee. According to her Press Release,
Computer Science should start in PreK or preschool. It’s streamlined track ends at 12th grade. (*Here’s my Jan. 2017 article on the “Computer Science for All” push by Scholastic, Inc. and others.)

Other CCSS Machine alignment clues from the Press Release
*those 21st Century jobs/skills for a greater economy, especially in STEAM fields (STEAM is short for Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, and Math)
*the backing of leading STEM organizations (STEM is short for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math).
*uses OECD data/influence as justification for the need to target women and minorities
*uses at least $250 million in taxpayer money
(While the text of the newer version isn’t available, be sure to access its former version below. See what’s being done in the ‘name’ of student success.
That Act was HR 6095. It was also Rep. Lee’s bill. During THAT Session, these Representatives partnered together with Lee:
Eddie B Johnson, GK Butterfield, Judy Chu, Jared Polis, Susan DelBene, Ruben Hinojosa, Dina Titus, Robin Kelly, Michael Honda, Katherine Clark, and Marcia Fudge.)

Closing:

Warriors, these are by far, NOT the only Congressional partnerships being used to further the intrusion of WIOA, HEA, ESSA, the STEM Act, Apprenticeships, and everything which connects them into our lives.

These types of partnerships are NOT exclusive among Congress members. As we’ve seen, outside influences are involved.

So, on the federal level, we see alignment all around us. Warriors, it’s on the State levels, too! ESSA will force these partnerships in your communities as well.

Think of it this way: you have the information from the top, you know the system. It flows downward. Get this type of information to your State and local levels before there’s time for the grasp of the CCSS Machine to continue grinding us down. While we are playing catch up on some battles in the War Vs the Core, we CAN surge ahead in areas like these WHEN we use the power of information! Warriors, these Bills (above) haven’t been made law. THEY CAN BE STOPPED!

If you stop and look, almost everything in education/workforce is lined up to meet the UN’s SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals). With legislative partners like we see above are in action, they bring us ever closer to what you see below.

Let us no longer turn a blind eye, or, a deaf ear to this situation. For, if we do, this very well may be the only type of ‘class photo’ we’ll see from now on.

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Trickery Gets Education Nowhere

Anti Fed Ed Warriors, for years AND in spite of whatever political party is in charge, we’ve gotten pretty much NOWHERE near ending the grasp of those educratic, sold out leaders to the CCSS Machine in relation to our citizens.

What we HAVE gotten in exchange is a bunch of U.S. Constitution dishonoring laws, policies, and farces.

Amendment 13 was written to end slavery, yet, as the Progressive/Technocratic modern education reform has been playing out, more and more students, teachers, and education leaders of all ages are being enslaved to mind numbing workforce training!

Amendment 14 was written to throw out any Congress member or other federal leader for insurrection against the Constitution.

The entire education reform IS an insurrection against America!

Let’s not forget that what happens at the Federal level makes it way down to the State level as long as the States ignore the 10th Amendment!!

A Fighting Back Tool:

Warriors, if you already listened to the FPE Media “Alternative Education in the Crosshairs” Segment 1’s discussion of the lies being spun about the shift in education FROM academics TO workforce training, then you’ll know I cited HR5587 and S3271.
These pieces of legislation were expressly FOR increasing the amount of workforce based/competency geared education for ALL educational choices.

Today, I’m tackling two of them in an update.

Trickery, Process, or, Both?

As per the legislative process, at the end of each Congressional session, no pending business is left on the table. So, when the new Congress convened in January 2017, it was a fresh start. That BOTH Chambers rebrand older versions of bills or update them, is nothing new.

What has Congress done to HR5587 and S3271? It is important to note that their newer versions weren’t released  until AFTER our Series was published.

The Bills:

HR5587 (Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century) and its ‘sister’ S3271 (Workforce Advance Act).

In 2016 I laid each of these (and a few more) out for your information bank of anti Fed Ed Warrior ‘weapons’.

So, what changes/updates have HR5587 and S3271 seen?

Check out this excerpt from the ACTE’s “CTE Policy Watch” in the screen shot below in regards to HR5587.

ACTEstmt
Wow, 5587’s name remained!
Only the bill number (and a few other small changes) will be revised. So, what are those ‘small’ changes? I’d like to point out the yet-to-numbered version is 97 pages long.

The first change I saw was a word play game. (a very worn out CCSS Machine tactic)

For example, on Page 4, “by striking ‘‘academic and career and  technical skills’’ and inserting ‘‘academic knowledge and technical and employability skills’’;  B) by inserting ‘‘and programs of study’’  after ‘‘technical education programs’’; (2) in paragraph (3), by striking “including  tech prep education’’; and  (3) in paragraph (4), by inserting ‘‘and programs of study’’ after ‘‘technical education programs’’.

By removing ‘including’, education’s shift to that of a worker skilled based one is undeniable. 

How so? The only amount of  academics remaining will directly be related to your career tracked CTE courses.

Other noticeable changes to HR5587:
A shift from 5 occupational tracks to 3 tracks
That aligned ‘challenging academic state standards’ must be present at the post-secondary level of education in your State
‘In demand industry skills’ will be given top priority in education
Crenditialing will replace Associate degrees and other such certificates in some instances
The increasingly popular education ‘fix all tool’: pay for success formulas for States.

The rest of HR5587 remains (for example: the early college programs; dual enrollment; middle school career explorations, etc.) Most especially: CTE Concentrators and Participants (meaning teachers, students, schools, and partnerships between education and business).
The Senate HELP Committee  5/3/17 introduced S1004 “Perkins Fund for Equity and Excellence”. From all appearances, S1004 replaced S3271. According to Congress.gov’s website, S3271 is still in the HELP’s possession..dormant. Does that mean the content of S3271 went away, too? Not in a ‘New York minute’.

You’ll still find the CCSS Machine’s rhetoric concerning the value of competency based education. You’ll still spot the ‘need’ to ‘redesign high schools’ as well as ‘support CTE innovation’ without a need to remediate students.

How?! “equitable access to rigorous, engaging, and relevant real world education through partnerships with business and industry and higher education that prepare students to graduate from high school and enroll into postsecondary education… with the ability to use knowledge to solve complex problems, think critically, communicate effectively, collaborate with others, and develop academic mindsets.”

S1004 will also encompass those outside the public, traditional classrooms.

In the screen shot below, note the highlighted sentences and phrases. ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) embedded ‘region specific education’. WIOA (Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act) contains the STANDARDS (as cited in ESSA) by which States are to align all learning/teaching. Lastly, let’s remember that one of the CCSS’s rebrands for nationally aligned Standards was/is “College/Career Readiness”!!

S1004

Warriors, as was pointed out in our Series, these federal laws and bills are written to link each other like gears and cogs. This is fitting considering the CCSS Machine is grinding our nation down.

Other S1004 important notes:
Skill based assessments will not go away
Funding for States will be up for increase/decrease depending on the conformity level of participation by each State
Workforce Development Boards at the State level will continue to increase
Increased presence of corporate America in the classrooms and resources (for all age groups/education ‘choices’)
Wrap-around services, including SEL (social emotional learning) 
The Secretary of Education (DeVos) will get an increase in power as well

Power Is A Dangerous Thing:

Finding yet another piece of proposed legislation giving the U.S. Secretary of Education (regardless who that person is)more power is proof our Congress has no clue, or doesn’t care, that NO federal intrustion into education should be happening!! It definitely feels like a trick.

So, here’s what I found on DeVos and CTE.
1) U.S. News and World Reports’ Opinion page stated (Dec. 2016) that DeVos should have CTE high on her priority list. The author even titled the piece ‘A New Race to the Top’. (a side note here: I wonder if the author realized the U.S. Dept. of Labor already has this in place for CTE via the WQDI (Workforce Quality Data Initiative). In the article, P-Tech (already in place in NY) is mentioned, as is the Western MI Avation Academy.

2) Advance CTE’s website includes Western MI Avation Academy AND DeVos’s testimony before the Senate HELP Committee here.

In her HELP testimony she stated students SHOULD have CTE. Her exact words: “students really need to have a full menu of options,” including “technical schools, community colleges [and] apprenticeships.” (by the way, this fits with her ‘school choice’ belief)

3) DeVos is also pushing STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) as part of the way America can have more connections to CTE. This makes sense when you factor in how much STEM is embedded in WIOA, ESSA, HEA, and the STEM Act.

4) DeVos was joined by a Trump family member pushing STEM back in March 2017.


More Tricks:

Warriors, my good friend Deb Gerry Herbage writes a blog named “Exposed!”. She recently had a post where you’ll find out other tricks and lies we’ve been sold/told by the CCSS Machine member group, AIR, Inc. You’ll see how she found the States involvement in these lies, too. I urge you to read it.

You’ll also want to consider this screen shot from an AIR, Inc. 2015 publication. Then apply this evidence to the updates in both HR5587’s update and S1004:

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Closing:

Warriors, have no fear! Regardless of the countless tricks the CCSS Machine dishes out, I am confident we will be swift in exposing the word games, number changes, and anything else coming down the pike. I will keep digging to see what other changes Congress isn’t openly sharing.

 

Up To Our Ears

Anti Fed Ed Warriors, do you ever get the feeling some folks just don’t like the truth? Sure, truth is not always accepted, especially in the educational reform which has overtaken our everyday lives. Truth isn’t always welcomed, either. Especially when anti Fed Ed conversations reach those delicate issues we do not agree on.

However, Warriors, EACH issue of this educational takeover IS vital! Not one point needs to be called down, made fun of, or, worse, have those on the same side calling each other names.

Every single time we engage in the ‘show me the proof’ tactic instead of respecting we are on the same side (saving our students/citizens from one-way-to-teach-and-learn), we help the CCSS Machine’s progress become a bit more believeable to the rest of the nation.

We’ve been given a earful of news, Warriors..and it has many jumping to some dangerous conclusions.

1) Betsy DeVos’s humdinger of a lie that Common Core is no more.
DANGER! While technically speaking the ‘phrase’ Common Core is not as ‘hot’ as it once was, does NOT mean it is completely dead. The phrase has been replaced with other names. It is a tactic we saw used before ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) became law and it is still being used. The CCSS Machine is replaying a worn out song, here Warriors. Tune the volume down!

2) Is the news the President has signed an Executive Order to have DeVos and her team conduct a 300 day (and taxpayer funded) study as to where and how the federal government has over-stepped in education. DANGER!!

How so?! Wouldn’t this be some of the most welcomed news we Warriors have had in ages?!

Listen Carefully:

While the Order MAY accomplish some good, let’s look at some key evidence from our War Vs the Core:

1) Assume nothing is completely over or corrected as long as federal activities in education are still going on. Rubber stamping and codifying federal overreach into education are the new reality.

2) IF the President and Congress had already heeded our voices, read our credible evidence, we would NOT need a 300 day time period to prove where the gross overreaches are. 

3) Were any of the Anti Fed Ed Warriors consulted about the need for a study, especially at our own taxpayer expense? Will any be sought after to help create a truthfully objective Study?

4) Having Betsy DeVos go over her ‘own’ federal cabinet agency is pretty much like putting a fox in charge of the hen house. Look at the disasters of Duncan and King. Are we destined, as Americans, to continue to see a parade of educrats reign supreme?

5) The elephant in the room concerning this Order? The U.S. Constitution’s firm stance that NO federal involvement in education is permissable. So, Order or not, until this basic truth is heard and honored, nothing will change in what is happening concerning education!

6) While all ears were tuned to the Executive Order to rein in DC, look at what followed:  Mr. Trump congratulated the CCSSO (a verified CCSS Machine member group) on their Teacher of the Year program.
(*Note: the TotY is backed by other CCSS Machine member groups.)

From where my research has taken me over the years, this is not a tune any Anti Fed Warrior want to hear. Especially when it followed the ‘hit’ about an investigation into the U.S. Dept. of Education. (*Note: fellow anti Fed Ed Warrior, Shane Vander Hart stated, ” It is certainly a welcome action, but let’s not do a happy dance yet.”)

What We’d Like To Hear:

1) Does the President have the power to make 2017 the year this debacle is righted? Sure he does! Will he use it?! That depends, Warriors. Will President Trump and Congress continue to ‘mute’ us and our truthful information?

2) If we are truly to believe our President wants to end Common Core, he must silence the hypnotic tunes of the CCSS Machine’s rhetoricFrom the Vice President on down the line, too.

3) As many anti Fed Ed Warriors joining in the ‘truthful hits’ via social media, especially the #KeepYourPromise campaign already firmly in place on Twitter. We Warriors MUST keep up the pressure. Music is said to soothe a savage beast, right? There is no bigger, nastier beast than that of the egregious educational reform. If we are to change the tune of education in America, we must influence those in charge. The Twitter campaign has been consistently drawing awareness and hyper focus to our War vs the Core. It is a ‘pitch perfect’ tool we can use. The Study’s to take up to 300 days, why not use that time to ‘pitch’ a helpful, truth filled note?!

4) IF social media’s not your ‘thing’, we need as many parents, grandparents, citizens, and students (of all ages) to keep pressure up with their Congress members AS well as our President! Think of Horton hearing that Who. It took every single resident of Whoville to make noise.

An Idea:
We could save our nation millions! Taxpayer funds for those Studies wouldn’t be needed; Mr. Trump could simply listen to our voices as anti Fed Ed Warriors who’ve proven almost daily that ALL federal intrusion into education from birth to grave is illegal!

Make noise, Warriors! Be heard! This is not a time for silence from the masses.


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Closing:

Warriors, am I hopeful the end of the federal overreach in education is about to become history? That depends.

Will Congress end its ties to the United Nations, especially in adhering to the Sustainable Development Goals, where education is an intended ‘change agent’? Will D.C. honor its own Constitutionally binding parameters? Will the States wake up and reclaim their sovereignty and deny the federal intrusion into education by refusing ALL federal funding? Will ESSA and WIOA (Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act) be repealed and re-written to honor the Constitution? Will the HEA (Higher Education Act) be halted in its current re-writing to honor the Constitution?

Will the President acknowledge that EVERY federal level Cabinet agency has its hand in education? Will he stop THOSE Agencies or order investigations into their workforce education plans?

*Personal note: I’ll be on a much needed break for most of next week. Feel free to use the blog’s archives for research you need.


Can I Get a “Meow”?

Warriors Against Fed Ed, we know that the overreach in education is NOT contained in the K-12th grade levels. We also know it’s not restricted to public education, but spills over into ALL educational choices.
We can thank federal laws for that. The ‘holy trio’ of WIOA, ESSA, and the HEA (Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014; Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015; Higher Education Act of 2008, and, currently being re-written to become re-authorized.)

I believe Congress is preparing the way for the ‘new’ HEA by creating Bills now which amend the current HEA. Why is the ‘new’ HEA a concern for Fed Ed Warriors? It’s the last ‘link in the chain for a cradle to career streamlined education for workers’.

I’ve written about other Congressional Bills which also are laying the trail to the new and improved HEA. However, there’s a new Bill in town…

Bringing on the Bipartisanship:

S718 (The Making Education Affordable and Accessible Act (MEAA)
**As of this writing, there is no text version of the Bill available from Congress.gov)
**Because the Bill’s acronym is so close to  ‘meow’, I’m using a cat theme for the rest of the article.

Quick facts:
1) There are 4 Senators aponsoring/co-sponsoring this ‘cat-nip’ bill: Franken (MN); Peters (MI); Cassidy (LA), and, Boozman (AR).
2) Because ”bipartisan” can be claimed, so can the ‘litter box’ contents that come with this Bill.

3) Because it helps lay a deceptive ‘mouse trap’ for citizens involved in higher education, we need to watch for the ‘claws’ being used to pull us in.

4) Since the text version of S718 isn’t  available just yet, we can find out much information about it from the Sponsor’s official press release. Senator Peters’ website reveals the following ‘cat treats’:

5) Not only do we have 4 Senators behind this Bill, there are also 2 House of  Representatives involved in this: Polis, CO and Reed, NY. This makes the Bill ‘bicameral’.

**Warriors, this should be a sign that federally led education is NOT a single party creation! Both mainstream parties are extending the overreach. Think of it as the ‘litter box smell’ that can’t be contained.

6) This is not the first time a Bill seeking to make college ‘more affordable and accessible’ has been attempted in recent history. It’s the same ‘mouse trap’, just designed a bit differently.

7) The targeted group for S718? High school students! The ‘stealthy’ Bill will ‘providing grants to eligible institutions of higher learning to create dual and concurrent enrollment and early/middle college programs..’

**Warriors, ESSA’s State required accountability reports must include dual enrolled, concurrent enrolled, and early/middle college programs. It also streamlines ALL education in high schools OR these programs to be aligned to WIOA’s requirements for post-secondary readiness! It also streamlines teachers and their training. Talk about ‘claws’ being dug into our citizens…

8) Sen. Peters’ comments included: “Some form of higher education or technical certification is increasingly essential to joining today’s workforce, and the rising cost of tuition should not be a barrier that keeps students from getting the skills and education they need to succeed,” said Senator Peters. “I’m proud to introduce this bipartisan legislation that helps students save money while getting a head start on their college education. The Making Education Affordable and Accessible Act will help ensure students are well-prepared for their chosen careers and employers have trained workers to fill the jobs of the future.”

9) Sen. Cassidy’s comments included: “In order to bring high-skilled, well-paying jobs with good benefits to Louisiana and our nation, we need a highly capable workforce. This bill provides a next step in training American workers for the jobs of tomorrow.”

10) AR’s Senator: “This legislation creates an affordable opportunity for students to develop real-world skills employers need while pursing higher education. These programs have been beneficial in Arkansas by helping prepare students to enter the workforce as future employees for local businesses,” Senator Boozman said.

11) Sen. Franken’s“Our commonsense, bipartisan bill would help more high school students earn college credits before they pay a dime in tuition—and it could also support professional development opportunities for educators in Minnesota who teach courses in dual enrollment programs. ” (*Note: to see Sen. Franken’s other workforce based education offering, click here.)

12) From CO“Allowing more students to attain college credit while still in high school puts them on a clear track to achieve a college degree and excel in the workforce,” Representative Polis said.

13) From Rep. ReedDual and concurrent enrollment programs offer students quality educational options that will prepare them for meaningful careers. “

14) Look below for the seemingly innocent ‘meows’ from CCSS Machine member groups. Warriors, it’s not innocent. It’s a purposed, planned, and ‘roar-like’ call for conformity!
(*Note: Sen. Peters’ press release has all the CCSS Machine reguritated supportive statements from each of the Groups below.)

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Closing:

Warriors, we MUST rein in the federal overreaches! We can no longer act like kittens when it comes to our nation and the aligned direction it is being set to. We must be the tigers and tigresses. If you live in any of the States these Senators and Representatives are from, be encouraged to reach out to them concerning this.

Skills Gap, Ad Nauseam

Warriors Against CCSS/Fed Ed, how many times have we heard that the education reform we’re seeing (and have been seeing), will ‘close the skills gap’?! I do not know about you, but I’ve seen it and heard it so much in researching HOW CTE (Career Tech Education, an arm of Common Core) will be our ‘saving grace’, that I could throw up.

It doesn’t matter that CTE wasn’t included in the original ESEA (Elementary and Seconday Education Act of 1965), by the time ESSA was made into law (Every Student Succeeds Act), CTE had been thrown in.

Not only does CTE show up in ESSA, but, you can find it in the HEA (Higher Education Act) of 2008, WIOA (Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act) of 2014, American Apprenticeship Initiative, the STEM Act of 2015, and a host of other initiatives, Acts, or proposed bills.

To date, countless proposed bills have been and are being considered to use CTE as the ‘savior’ for….the economy.

It’s pretty simple, Warriors, align the education to jobs, make more jobs available, and BINGO..the economy is stable.

However, reality shows that those who need jobs aren’t getting them. Aligned education, or not! So, where are all these ‘jobs’?

Why is the economy more precious than education?! Because the CTE is a global mindset, not an American one!

Think about it, Warriors, CTE was thrust upon us just as much as Common Core BECAUSE it IS Common Core! Where are the roots of Common Core? In Agenda 21 from the UN (United Nations). CTE breeds CBE (Competency Based Education). CBE is not new, nor is it American made.

If you missed my last article, then you didn’t see this graphic:

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The Millennial Report:

Released in 2015 was the ETS (Educational Testing Service) Report on “America’s Skills Challange: Milliennials and the Future”.

So why is a 2015 Report relevant in 2017? The DC legislative push to increase CTE for the 21st Century learner is why. Part of the ‘sales pitch’ from Congress is that CTE closes the ‘skills gap’ quite nicely.

If you do not know what ETS does, the company is in the assessment business. It’s also a CCSS Machine member organization. In one of my January 2017 articles, I tied ETS to the Education Commission of the States (ECS). ECS has ties to the Gates Foundation, National Association of Charter School Authorizers, College Board, and a host of others.

Other ETS articles I’ve written will show you plenty about their ties to:

A) DLC (Digital Learning Council) and the 10 Key education reform points woven into WIOA, ESSA, and, HEA.
B) The NSGT (National Society for the Gifted and Talented). Students who are gifted will also be aligned to the same type of education as everyone else, thanks to ESSA.
C) IMS Global (a consortium for digital learning). Thanks to ESSA, digital ‘upgrades’ and ‘implementation’ of technology, every student will be aligned 24/7, 365 days.
D) Lastly, the shift for lifelong learning to include adult charter schools.

With ties like these, you certainly cannot escape the agenda behind the CCSS Machine.

So, what does the 2015 ETS Report reveal?
1) It is the first in a series, so watch out for more.

2) An excerpt, “The subject of this report is our nation’s millennials, those young adults born after 1980 who were 16–34 years of age at the time of the assessment. The authors chose to center attention on this cohort for several key reasons. First, these young adults include the most recent products of our educational systems. Second, according to recent reports, they have attained the most years of schooling of any cohort in American history. And, finally, millennials will shape the economic and social landscape of our country for many years to come.”

3) Our American students are, one more time, being compared to their international peers. The Report is choosing to focus on our 16-34 year old young adults because they are still showing weak signs in literacy, numeracy, and problem solving. The goal of targeting this special group? They are the biggest part of the workforce.

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Warriors, let’s pause here for a minute and consider that not all the 16-34 year olds will have had a CCSS aligned education in their K-12th grades, BUT they will have had a CCSS/CTE aligned education when they attended post-secondary educational facilities. If any of these people had dual enrollment, they’ve had a CCSS/CTE aligned education. IF any of these people have taken hybrid or on-line classes, they’ve more than likely met the CCSS/CTE alignment without realizing it.

4) An excerpt from a cited source in the Report states, “That the twentieth century was both the American Century and the Human Capital Century is no historical accident. Economic growth in the more modern period requires educated workers, managers, entrepreneurs, and citizens. Modern technology must be invented, innovated, put in place, and maintained. They must have capable workers at the helm…”

5) Data used in the Report is from the PIACC (Program for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies). The roots of the PIACC are tied to the OECD, Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). OECD is also where you’ll find the PISA (Programme for International Student Assessment). PISA is relied on by the CCSS Machine extensively.

Enter the U.S. Dept. of Education:

Here in the USA, the data mining arms of the U.S. Dept. of Education(NCES and IES) National Center for Educational Statistics and Institute of Education Sciences, began back in 2010 and will conduct a third round of data collection in 2017.

Here’s the excerpt,Data collection for the PIAAC Field Test was conducted in 2010, and the first round of international data collection, including the United States, began in August 2011 and finished in April 2012. NCES’s “First Look” report of the PIAAC data and the OECD’s international PIAAC reports were released in October 2013. The United States first round, officially known as the U.S. PIAAC Main Study, was supplemented by a second round of national data collection in 2013-14, officially known as the U.S. National Supplement. NCES will conduct a third round of national collection in 2017.

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(If you’d like to learn about the American PIAAC  partner information from the NCES/IES website.) Be sure to look at the NCES/IES  PIAAC Sample assessment items. Then, consider the age group being tested. (*Note: Look on the left hand menu to find all the sample items.)

Other ‘tidbits’ of PIAAC information from the NCES/IES:
A) The next PIAAC Report is due Winter 2017. (*Note: ESSA will be in its first few months of complete implementation by then.)

B) The USA is locked into the data mining for PIAAC until 2021, per the NCES/IES website.

C) To access PIAAC directly: http://www.oecd.org/skills/piaac/
If you’d like to see the short OECD video as to WHY PIAAC is so ‘important’.

Also available from the PIAAC website, is a 2016 resource about “Why Skills Matter”.
It’s about an hour and a half, but is very much worth listening to. You’ll hear about what skills are measured/tracked, and so much more.  Skills Matter Video  .

Related Resources:
1) The CBE Network’s website: http://www.cbenetwork.org/resource-library/?category=141245
(*Note: Be sure to read the 8 elements of CBE)
2) U.S. Government Accountability Office’s website shares that closing the skills gap is a government-wide effort. In fact, it appears to be among the “High Risk” alert category the GAO has.
3) Congress even soliticed the help of a celebrity to pump up the volume on the ‘Skills Gap’ being solved by CTE.

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Closing:

Warriors, in case you need a visual to cement in your mind how Congress is approaching American education, let Rep. Foxx’s statement be clincher.

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The Other “Dear Colleague” Letter

Warriors, as you know, it takes dedicated teamwork to to what we do everyday. Finding information and then sharing it to help each other in our War Vs. the Core.

In the past, we’ve heard lots about this U.S. Dept. of Ed’s “Dear Colleague” Letter. The Letter was to dispel and discourage bullying, however, it was a distinct overrstep of control by the U.S. Dept. of Ed.

The U.S. Dept. of Education, uses many “Dear Colleague” letters to create the illusion of more power and authority. Think of it as intimidation. The U.S. Dept. of Education  takes guidelines and treats them as federally approved legislation they must carry out.

So, when an avid anti CCSS Warrior shared this ‘new’ “Dear Colleague” Letter, I knew I had to share it with you. Below is a screen shot of it.

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In the shot you see the question ‘Where are they now, in 2017?’ If you missed when I first exposed S3271, HR5587, and the others, click here. I’ll give an update later in this article.

Right now, let’s look at this 2016 Colleague Letter to promote CTE (Career Tech Education).

1): CTE (Career Tech Education) is part of the streamlined birth to grave educational shift for a skilled workforce.
2): Look at the federal level partnership! Not only to we have an illegally based U.S. Dept. of Education, but we now have it partnering with several other federal departments!
This isn’t a new partnership, however, some time ago, I shared with you a workforce education graphic where it laid out all the different federal agencies where student data flowed freely. In case you missed it, look below:

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While the 9 federal levels are easy to spot, look at the variety of other agencies which are not easy to identify as connected.

(*Note: The Bills, HR5 and S1177, were combined to become what we now know as ESSA, Every Student Succeeds Act.)

3) In 2012, the U.S. Dept. of Education joined forces with the U.S. Dept. of Labor and the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services to create a federal partnership. Here’s an excerpt, ” issued a letter of joint commitment to promote the use of career pathways to assist youth and adults with acquiring marketable skills and industry-recognized credentials through better alignment of education, training and employment, and human and social services among public agencies and with employers.” (*Note: I give you a detailed historical timeline of the joint efforts of the U.S. Dept. of Education and the U.S. Dept. of Labor here.)

4) In 2013, the U.S. Dept. of Transportation joined those in #3 to support CTE.

5) In 2014, (then) Secretary of the U.S. Dept. of Labor, Tom Perez, launched a “Skills Working Group” for the Obama Administration. The Group was to push the Administration’s “Job-Driven Training Initiative”.

Group member agencies/departments/offices:  White House National Economic Council, the Office of Management and Budget, and thirteen Federal agencies, including: the U. S. Departments of Agriculture, Commerce, Defense, Education, Energy, Health and Human Services, Housing and Urban Development, Interior, Justice, Labor, the Social Security Administration, Transportation, and Veterans Affairs. The Working Group coordinates activities across these various agencies, including efforts to ensure that career pathways are available to all individuals, especially our nation’s low-skilled youth and adults, many of whom are already in the workplace.”

6) This powerhouse Partnership expanded the federal role in education, especially for workforce development. As the Letter puts it, the expansion was (and continues to be) to help the States carry out CTE. Look below:

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The Tool Kits:

Each of the 13 federal agencies will have ‘CTE Tool Kits’ of some form.

The U.S. Dept. of Labor’s is 147 pages long and includes 6 elements for creating more CTE in your State. From the Preface of the document, “The primary audience for this Toolkit is staff who work at the state level representing one of the core partners required to develop a Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Unified Plan. The core partners include the State Workforce Agency, the State Adult Education Agency, and the State Vocational Rehabilitation Agency overseeing Title I, II, III and IV of WIOA.” Other agencies and people will be added as plans grow. 

The U.S. Dept. of Education’s is only 94 pages and was published in 2015. “Jobs for the Future” produced Ed’s Tool Kit. JFF (Jobs for the Future) is tied to the Gates Foundation, the  Casey Foundation, the Kellogg Foundation, and others. JFF’s Media Sources include a road map of federal funds your State can access for ‘cradle to career’  CTE alignment. (Find out more)

The U.S. Health and Human Services offer all kings of Grants to promote CTE, such as TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families). I’ve written about this before. What is new information is that HHS also offers HPOGs for CTE expansion in your State.(Health Profession Opportunity Grants) (*Note: in the highlighted link above, you will find a Congressional Bill introduced in 2016 specifically for expanding CTE in the health care professions for rural areas.)

Over at the U.S. Dept. of Transportation, their CTE Tool Kit (85 pages long) has expansion plans for the next 10 years, at least 30,000 new jobs, and a whole lot of data mining for everyone.

The Career Pathways Exchange  is a free CTE information hub. According to the CTE “Colleague” Letter, the Exchange is a trio (Ed/Labor/Energy) supported resource. However, if you go to the Exchange’s website, you’ll see who/what inspired the project.
Vice President Biden’s jobs report (2014), Page 69 states ED will launch the Career Pathways Exchange, an online information dissemination service that will give all states and interested stakeholders access to resources and guidance to develop, expand, and strengthen their career pathways systems. ED will work with 14 states to provide intensive, customized technical assistance, tools, and coaching to make their education and training systems easier to navigate.” (*Notes: a) VP Biden was a huge supporter for CTE during his term of service. b) the former First Lady and the VP’s wife also helped drum up lots of CTE support. Find that on Page 18 of Mr. Biden’s Report. c) ICYMI: Biden’s articles where I exposed his CTE work supported by some American Unions.)

You may find this helpful in your anti CCSS/Fed Ed War.
**A related Letter about CTE CTE “Dear Colleague” Letter is also from 2016, but deals with Title 9 and CTE.

So Where Are Those CTE Bills Now?

Earlier, an update was promised for you on HR 5587 (will increase CTE nationwide), the ‘sister’ Senate Bill, S3271; S 3190 (will increase CTE in health care); and the worst of the CTE Bills, S3174 (LADDER Act; will create a new executive branch protected and separate Council) for a National Workforce Plan.

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HR5587, passed the U.S. House of Representatives and was sent to the U.S. Senate in Sept. 2016. It remains to be acted further upon.

S3271, S3190, and, S3174
are all in the HELP Committee’s (Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee) hands. While I could not find any recent action on these 3, we must stay alert about these. Each will continue to codify illegally based federal overreach in education as well as increase the size of our government.

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While these Bills appear to be dormant, remember several other Bills throughout history have also been dormant, only to be resurrected and sprung upon We the People. We must be watchful of these, especially considering the current Administration’s push for creating jobs, school choice, and, a VP who is considered a CTE champion by his peers. (*Note: look for a special video message coming Monday about this.)

Lessons Learned

Warriors, late yesterday, America was witness to one of the worst performances of a ‘reality show’ I think we’ve ever seen.

What am I referring to? The ‘reality show’ was the DeVos Hearing ‘produced’ by the U.S. Senate HELP Committee. Almost completely ‘directed’ under the leadership of Sen. Lamar Alexander. Rather than seeing ‘contestants’ voted off one by one, we saw how Alexander manipulated the clock.

I’m not about to recap the entire debacle, there is plenty of evidence out there. There are also several anti Fed Ed Warrior reactions already published, too. Most of the anti Fed Ed Warrior articles I’ve seen have suggested we spare ourselves watching the ‘reality show’.
So, instead, let’s look at Mrs. DeVos’ ‘script’ for Hearing.

The Lessons We Can Learn From DeVos’ ‘Script’:

If you’d like a copy of her testimony (aka ‘script’) from the Hearing, visit: 
http://www.help.senate.gov/imo/media/doc/DeVos.pdf

Lesson #1: Knowing your stance is an absolute requirement in leadership.
“I am honored that President-elect Trump asked me to join his team and am grateful for his dedication to education. If confirmed, I look forward to working with him, Vice President-elect Pence and all of you to bring educational opportunity to every family in this great nation.”

Why this is a lesson. First off, when contacted by concerned citizens and leaders from across America, President-elect Trump shut them down and ignored their voices. In spite of credible fact based evidence as to why DeVos was a horrid choice, Trump was unrelenting. As far as his knowledge on education in America?  Go back and look at his campaign.

Secondly, Trump has set Americans up to continue ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act)/WIOA (Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act)/HEA (Higher Education Act*) aligned education! Sure he said he’d rid the land of ‘Common Core’, but when you factor in his Vice Presidential choice (Pence) is one of the American ‘champions’ for Career Tech Education (CTE), otherwise known as ‘adult Common Core’ and geared for 100% workforce based education, Trump gave us a HUGE clue as to the agenda’s grinding on; not stopping, like he promised! Like most politicians in D.C., Trump appears to be fairly clueless when it comes to how far reaching the Common Core reform is.
(*HEA of 2008 is currently up for rewriting. At the helm? Sen. Lamar Alexander.)

Lesson #2: Correctly identifying your groups is a sign of a great leader.
“The schools in which they (teachers) work are as diverse as the students they educate. In fact, all of us here – and our children – have attended a mix of traditional publicly-funded and private schools. This is a reflection of the diversity that is today’s American public education.”

Why this is a lesson: If you’re going to make the statement that we are diverse in education, don’t lump those differences into one group, specifically, ‘American public education’! The better statement would be to honor all that diversity with ‘reflecting this is today’s American education.’

Lesson #3: Parental choice is from the heart. Establishment’s choice is ‘no choice’.
“I share President-elect Trump’s view that it’s time to shift the debate from what the system thinks is best for kids to what moms and dads want, expect and deserve. Parents no longer believe that a one-size-fits-all model of learning meets the needs of every child, and they know other options exist, whether magnet, virtual, charter, home, religious, or any combination thereof.” Before I get to the point we need to recognize, DeVos does go on to state that too many are denied ‘true choice’ in these options.

Why this is a lesson: First off, I don’t know any parent who isn’t getting the opportunity to be their BEST child’s advocate when it comes to choosing education. We either do it or we don’t. It’s really that simple. However, I do see many CCSS Machine members and educrats  telling US we NEED ‘choice’ and that our tax dollars will pay for it all, too!

Secondly, ANYTIME your tax dollars are dangled in front of you as a ‘opportunity’, those holding your tax dollars will have control of those opportunities in the long run. The ‘choice’ is a false positive.  It’s happened repeatedly down through history. Warriors, our system hasn’t changed in this aspect and it WON’T!

Lesson #4: ESSA and all its connected federal laws aren’t going away.
Every parent in America dreams of a future when their children have access to schools with the rigor, challenges, and safe environments that successfully prepare them for a brighter, more hopeful tomorrow. And every teacher in America dreams of breaking free from standardization, so that they can deploy their unique creativity and innovate with their students. Our nation’s schools are filled with talented, devoted professionals,  who successfully meet the needs of many, many children.”

Why this is a lesson: Look at the ESSA code words (which are also code words for Common Core; College and Career Readiness; Career Tech Education): “rigor”; “standardization”; and, “professional development”. Every one of these is embedded in ESSA! If they are not a direct mandate, they are part of the ‘accountability measures’ each State will have to perform to satisfy the Secretary of Education AND to receive federal funding.

Lesson #5: If you’ve heard one educratic leader, you’ve heard them all.
“For starters, we need to embrace new pathways of learning. For too long a college degree has been pushed as the only avenue for a better life. The old and expensive brick-mortar-and-ivy model is not the only one that will lead to a prosperous future. Craftsmanship is not a fallback – but a noble pursuit. Students should make informed choices about what type of education they want to pursue post high school and have access to high quality options. President-elect Trump and I agree we need to support all post-secondary avenues, including trade and vocational schools, and community colleges. Of course, on every one of these issues, Congress will play a vital role.”

Why this is a lesson: We’ve heard these words spoken by so many preceding DeVos, we can spot the load of educratic B.S. a mile away! I guess we are to be impressed that these words are now being spewed by a mom and a grandma as opposed to the Duncan/King duo of educrats. Trouble is students are NOT making THEIR own decisions about their futures after high school when a requirement of graduation is the skill based assessments used to determine not only your future AFTER high school BUT what courses you must take to get there!

If you aren’t in an educational choice where this happens at the moment, thanks to ESSA, you will be seeing it soon. Why? Because ALL education/teaching MUST be conformed to post-secondary readiness AND its assessments! Currently, those is non public education get these skill based assessments in the post-secondary institutions, especially community colleges. Thanks to WIOA and HEA, ALL educational choices beyond high school age, are already 100% aligned to the adult Common Core/College and Career Readiness. So, what the DeVos/Trump/Pence trio is telling us is that they will continue this shift!

Lesson #6: Status Quo education? Yes, please!
We will work together to ensure the Every Student Succeeds Act is implemented as Congress intended — with local communities freed from burdensome regulations from Washington. And I look forward to working with Congress and all stakeholders to reauthorize the Higher Education Act to meet the needs of today’s college students.”

Why this is a lesson: DeVos makes a great Alexander puppet, don’t you think? Sen. Alexander has uttered those exact words (ensuring ESSA implemented as written/passed) on several occasions. Optional delivery make find him pounding his fists on a podium for effective bullying, however. If we’ve heard these words before, we have a big clue as to what to prepare for, don’t we? ESSA has been proven to lie about the State control being restored, among other points of importance. Does D.C. assume we, as Warriors, are too inept to notice all the recycled speeches?!

Words of Waring, Warriors! No matter who is the Secretary of Education, they oversee ALL educational groups: birth to Kindergarten; 1st grade through 12th grade; and, post-secondary institutions. If you’re educational choice isn’t directly under the thumb of this leader, you’re being kept tabs on (data collection).
The Secretary also directly works with the U.S. Dept. of Labor for the streamlined workforce based education. The Secretary also works with the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services for the streamlined social justice agenda shift in education.

No matter who becomes the Secretary of Education, knowing all the Common Core/Career Tech Bills currently in Congress, if passed, will be terrible for education in America! Especially the LADDER Act. Basically it creates a new Executive branch, independent Council (of which the U.S. Secretary of Ed (or their appointee) will have a seat on this Council! The Council’s purpose? A National Workforce/Education Plan!

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It’s Good to Have Friends

Just a couple of days ago, one of my long-time Warrior friends, John E. in Nevada, contacted me with some good news. He’d written an article for his local paper and it was published!

He wanted me to share it as the topic is the obsessive and intrusive data mining we see happening every day in schools across America.

So, that said, here’s the link to this article:
http://www.rgj.com/story/opinion/voices/2017/01/04/one-view-parents-deserve-know-how-washoe-schools-sharing-kids-data/96165178/

Here are the main points John knows are vital to share:

1) John’s article refers to a 11/29/16 meeting where his county’s school board made a presentation. The reporter who was there gathered quite a bit of evidence from that meeting and published a separate article about the massive amounts of data (school related and not) being taken from students. (*Note: that article is worth reading as well. Find it: http://www.rgj.com/story/news/education/2016/11/29/security-student-information-called-into-question/94634484/ )

2) John is also the administrator of the Nevadans Against Common Core. As long as I’ve been sharing my research nationwide,  his note about not only fighting Common Core, but the data mining reminds me how serious a Warrior he is.

3) “Infinite Campus” is the data mining tool of choice in all the NV school districts.

4) Google Apps of Ed, Edmodo, and Microsoft’s third party data collection and use is a big concern to many parents in John’s district. Good for them! Hold those leaders accountable, ask the tough questions and do not accept a non-responsive answer.

5) While Edmodo is ‘free’ to school districts, the money made to pay for it is based off the student data itself.

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The remainder of this article will be to look behind the curtains of the data collectors to see what more we need to learn and share.
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Washoe’s School District:

Their website: http://www.washoeschools.net/

I found the answer to WHY all this data’s collected. See below:

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In a few words, we can see the reason is a streamlined track from kindergarten to college graduation for ‘post-secondary success’.

What we also need to know is that this particular district began data mining students back in 1998, well before all the ‘college and career’ or ‘post-secondary readiness’ cow-chip-education-reform-rhetoric. According to the document I found, it was determined (some time between 1998 and now) that such information was needed and a P-16 data tracking system (called the Education Alliance P-16 Council) was created. Below is what Washoe’s been up to since the Council was created. Note the CCSS Machine member group highlighted:

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To access the entire document for yourselves (with quite a bit of useful research and evidence for CTE, Career Tech Ed; AP (Advanced Placement); IB (International Baccalaureate); and more:
http://www.washoeschools.net/cms/lib08/NV01912265/Centricity/Domain/166/Data%20Profiles/2014%20Data%20Profile%20FINAL%2005-05-15.pdf

The Ed Alliance:

Their website: https://ed-alliance.org/
Their goal? Just like so many other States: workforce based educated citizens to grow local economies. Think, I’m joking? Look below:

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To see the Alliance’s ‘P-16 education pipeline’ plan laid out: https://ed-alliance.org/our-impact/programs-initiatives/p-16-advocacy-council/
*Note, thanks to ESSA, more public private partnerships (P3s) are part of the mandates for every State.)

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Nevada’s  “Fascination” with a P-16 Pipeline:

First, some quick facts:
 1)  NV is looked upon as a champion CTE (Career Tech Education). I am referring to a Sept. 21st, 2016 Education and Workforce Committee Hearing where the NV Superintendent of the Dept. of Public Education was a featured witness. See my article:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/09/21/no-truer-words/

1a) The U.S. Dept. of Labor classifies NV as a Category 3 Apprenticeship/WIOA State (means they have fewer than 2, 500 registered student apprentices). See my article for where the other States fall in line: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/08/23/local-schools-open-for-wioa/

1b) While NV has not been awarded any WDQI (Workforce Data Quality  Initiative) grant money yet, it DOES receive WIA (Workforce Investment Act) funding until 2020. The funding is used in a State-wide program called “NevadaWorks”. See the U. S. Dept. of Labor for the WDQI information on which States have been given grant money: https://www.doleta.gov/performance/workforcetechnicalassist.cfm
“NevadaWorks”
website: http://www.nevadaworks.com/

If you’re not sure what WDQI grant money does for your State, see below:

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To learn how NV uses its data to fit into the “NevadaWorks”nevada-wig-annual_report_py_2014-with-signature-page


2) WIOA (Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act) embedded the Common Core’s CTE into its language 21 different times! (See: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/01/05/essa-ties-to-wioa-2014-and-new-citizens/ )

 3) HEA (Higher Education Act, last updated in 2008) is also embedded in BOTH WIOA and ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act). (See: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/12/05/weekend-news-essas-untold-ties-to-hea/ )

4) CTE is embedded in HEA. NV was one of the first grant recipients. See: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/09/12/weekend-news-heads-up-higher-ed-cte-update/ )

5) All 3: ESSA (formerly ESEA, Elementary and Secondary Education Act), WIOA, and HEA data collect, data mine, and use said data to streamline your student’s course load to fit a pre-determined career(aka: Career Pathways) and/or a college path, hence the need to switch the names FROM Common Core TO College and Career Readiness! (*Note: to see the 2015 WIOA/CTE Alignment PDF for all 50 States, 2015-06-Aligned-by-Design-WIOA-and-CTE )

6) With all the legislative unity AND the P3s unity, education remaining in its true form doesn’t stand a chance in NV,or, any other State! 

7) From 2014, an excerpt from my article using NC (where I live) as an example of how fascinated the ed/workforce leaders were about joining our student’s data for a workforce based education, “The U.S. WIOA 2014 (the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014), as I’ve written about will take the U.S. Dept. of Ed’s Student Longitudinal Data System and merge with it.” (article in its entirety: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2014/11/06/tech-thursday-workforce-commissions-education-and-common-core/ )

Back to  John’s concerns:

Here’s an illustration of where all the data goes. While this was used in an article I published BEFORE HR5 (Student Success Act)and S1177 (Every Child Achieves) were combined to create the ESSA as we know it, the data mining hasn’t stopped. Each of these Depts. has 3rd party vendors as well…globally.:

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While the 9 federal levels are easy to spot, look at the variety of other agencies which are not easy to identify as connected.

Put another way, below is the ‘talent pipeline’ illustration which will help you visualize what Johnny and Suzy are destined for in this data collected/shared and sold/aligned education era:

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Image courtesy of RAF Automation.

Then, There Are All Those Apprenticeships:

Also part of the CCSS Machine/Fed Ed overhaul of academic education, is the American Apprenticeship Initiative (AAI). I’ve researched this White House led program and shared with you how it’s tied to data mining, career alignment, and more. See: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/11/02/to-what-degree/ AND
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/02/12/tech-thursday-aligned-apprentices/

NV ranks right up there, in this effort, too. Back in 2015, the Reno area (the same area John lives in) was awarded big bucks, here’s an excerpt from the nation-wide grant winners announcement,Board of Regents, Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE), obo Truckee Meadows Community College – Reno, NV Truckee Meadows Community College was awarded a $2.2 million grant to fund the Northern Nevada College Apprenticeship Consortium. This consortium, which includes employers Tesla Motors and Panasonic will develop registered apprenticeship programs to increase the skills and career opportunities for 400 workers in the burgeoning advanced manufacturing sector in Northern Nevada.”
(You can find the rest of the announcement in my article,
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/09/12/weekend-news-heads-up-higher-ed-cte-update/ )

Does your State have an Apprenticeship Council? Look below to see NV’s:

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If you wish to find their website: http://labor.nv.gov/Meetings/Prevailing_Wage_Files/Apprenticeship/

Related:

Infinite Campus information:
1) Infinite Campus is headquartered in MN and has access to 7.8 million student’s data/information across 45 States. They are big on ‘personalized learning’ and ‘transforming education’. See their vision and goals, https://www.infinitecampus.com/company/vision-and-goals

1a) Infinite Campus’s blog has an article explaining HOW they collect and use student data, see: https://www.infinitecampus.com/blog/is-history-repeating-itself-with-the-lms

1b) From the Infinite Campus’s news, this excerpt, Infinite Campus customers include school districts, regional consortia, state departments of education and the federal government.”

1c) If you wish to learn about Infinite Campus’s Statewide Data Collection:
https://www.infinitecampus.com/products/state-edition (7 States so far are ‘on board’, KY, HI, MT, SD, ME, NV, and the U.S. Bureau of Indian Education*)
*Not a State, obviously, but oversees all the education business of each of the Native American tribes.

1d) Current 3rd Party Partners (with access to Student Data) for Infinite Campus are:

  • BakBone Software, Inc.
  • BSquare
  • CDW
  • Parchment / Docufide
  • Flexmonster
  • Hewlett Packard
  • IBM
  • Kemp Technologies
  • Microsoft
  • ScanSource
  • ShoutPoint
  • Sprint
  • StarGarden
  • Vanco Services

See ALL the other types of Partners: https://www.infinitecampus.com/company/partners

2) How Congress is tripping over itself to embed America with MORE WIOA/CTE based education:
1) https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/09/20/alexanders-rage/
2) 
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/08/09/congress-loves-cte/

3) Native American alignment to all things Common Core/WIOA/Data Mining:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/08/22/is-this-truly-the-best/

Closing:

Thanks, John, and the many like you who care about what is going on with our student’s data. I hope and trust what I’ve found and shared adds to your arsenal of information in fighting our War Vs the Core in NV and across America.

Gravy, Anyone?

Anti CCSS/Fed Ed Warriors, we find ourselves upon the season of thanks. Pretty soon the season of giving will be upon us. We know full well what the CCSS Machine has given us so far via ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) and its related laws (HEA and WIOA, Higher Education Act and Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act). We know each of these have been thankless ‘gifts’ to our nation. And the CCSS Machine isn’t done yet…

No, much like the gravy which will be served in mass quantities in a few days, the legislation to support federal overreach in education AS well as State legislation allowing the federal overreach, is drowning us all. And there will be more to come in 2017.

So, what’s in this ‘education gravy boat’ for 2017? Lots of lumps! For example:

1) Continued implementation of the ESSA
2) The re-authorization of HEA to complete the birth to grave ‘lifelong learning’ streamline
3) The fallacy of ‘school choice’ via vouchers and education savings accounts
4) Charter schools as a solution
5) Data mining and assessing
6) The fallacy that CCSS’s adult form, CTE (Career Tech Education) is a saving grace for our nation.

Who are the ‘gravy makers’? Congress, in a word.

Anyone, and I include ourselves as Warriors, who says any of these are ‘real solutions’ to our American education reform, is not being objective about the evidence. 

Between all the research produced here and on other anti CCSS information blogs, we’ve learned how #1 above is a guise used to fool everyone. The CCSS Machine, with Sen. Lamar Alexander leading the lies, has created a ‘perfect stream’ of illusion. That illusion will be once again, played out with his leadership in re-authorizing the HEA.

“School choice” is also a masterful illusion. ESSA wipes school choice out! The incentives being dangled in the form of vouchers and education savings accounts are the brain child of PRO COMMON CORE groups, not anti CCSS ones.

Congress has been anxious to pour an extremely thick layer of CTE gravy on our nation. They’ve been doing it this entire Congressional recess!

So, Warriors, in 2017, we’ll see more gravy produced and poured. Especially if we are helping promote the 6 fallacies above.

Forget if we’re Republicans or Democrats, forget who has the majority of seats. We are MORE than these 2 parties. We should be FREE and INDEPENDENT in America, not tied to a sinking gravy boat of conformity in education!

You wish to see American education excel? We have to ditch our globally tied agreements, especially for workforce based learning. That is a message not only Congress needs to have poured over them, but our Executive Branch leaders!

We MUST stop the current federal and local legislation designed to fit into the global workforce scheme. For example, the LADDER Act, creates a ‘new’ Executive Branch, independent, National Workforce Council. The Council is to be made of of the Secretaries and Leaders of federal agencies, such as the U.S. Depts of Ed/Labor/HUD, and more!

With the ESSA’s total implementation, these very departments will have an insane amount of lumpy gravy to drown us in.

Yes, I know, these are truths we must face. They have also been very unpopular in 2016.
Will they be just as unpopular in 2017? Truth is truth, no matter how popular or ‘glamorous’ it is.
We are not the first generation of anti CCSS Warriors, but we may be the LAST.

The question is, how much of the CCSS Machine (aka:gravy train) are we willing to stunt?
I, for one, am willing to fight with you AGAINST this.

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Near or far, I wish you and your family a wonderful celebration.

Warriors, I do wish you a blessed Thanksgiving. Look for my next article this weekend in my regularly published “Weekend News”.