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The Warrior’s Accoutrements

Today’s article will feature a variety of informational tools you can use (aka ‘accoutrements’) for our continued War vs. the Core.

Money Talks In This War:

1) ICYMI: My no-holes-barred look into President Trump’s Proposed Budget. The CCSS Machine’s education reform takes money to keep up its agenda. Our government has been a party to this for long enough. If we are to see the end of Common Core during Mr. Trump’s service, we MUST use truthful evidence to hold ALL of D.C. accountable, not just a select few.

2) My 7 page “Anti Fed Ed Common Core and all Its Related Activities” document. Within these 7 pages is a breakdown of priorities, we as Warriors must address surrounding the federal budget. See: AntiFedEdCommonCoreandallItsRelatedActivities

Within Mr. Trump’s plans, I found 85 ways his requests KEEP the CCSS Machine going. My priorities list gives you a mountain of accoutrements to use, just look for the highlighted words, you’ll be able to access years worth of researched evidence to support the priorities.
We have no time to waste in crunching numbers to wipe out nationally led education.
(*Note: Mr. Trump’s Proposal must be approved by Congress. We’ve also yet to see what Congress has laid out for education reform.)

As we learned before, all federal Cabinet Departments are in on the transforming education from academic based to workforce training.

Control From Above:

1) ‘New’ State Templates for Writing Your ‘Own’ ESSA Plans.
Yes, my Warrior friends, the U.S. Dept. of Ed recently released an updated version for how our States should formulate their educational plans. However, with the first ESSA deadline a few days away (April 3, 2018), how much difference is really in the new version? If a State is to be free enough to formulate its own education plan, is the Dept. of Ed still micromanaging?
ICYMI, the press release is embedded above. I include it so you can not only read the ‘feel good’ language  has chosen, but you can see embedded links to the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO), Great Schools of America, etc.
(*Note: In the U.S. Dept. of Ed’s letter to the CCSSO, you’ll find how DeVos chose to promote a ‘concerted effort’ between States and the organization.)

Here’s your Warrior accoutrement! From Page 2 of the ‘canned’ U.S. Dept. of Ed’s ESSA State Plan.

accoutrementYou can find the new ESSA States guide, here.  States are not being given an option when it comes to working with the CCSSO.

Compare the above screen shot to the one below and see what changed from Dec. 2016 to March 2017:

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2) CCSSO, AdvancEd, and the Aspen Institute
Back in Sept. 2016, North Dakota Dept. of Public Instruction staff traveled to a CCSSO Meeting held in Atlanta, GA. As it happened, AdvancED was also holding a Symposium which fit right in with this meeting.  AdvancED even suggested you do some pre-Symposium reading. The goal of the Syposium? To supply State leaders with pre-formatted State Plans devoloped by AdvancED .
The topic of both the CCSSO’s and AdvancEd’s meetings? ESSA Implementation at the State level. While I’ve been unsuccessful in finding evidence of the CCSSO’s meeting held at the same time. I did find the ND notes about the meeting. See below:

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If you’d like more information on PTESS, click here.

Not long after the duo of CCSSO/AdvancEd influence over our State Education leaders, CCSSO teamed up with the Aspen Institute for another ESSA ‘guiding tool’.
Warriors, for us, it’s an accoutrement! How? It reveals how these pro CCSS groups are telling States how to act, what to do, what to say, and where to seek help.


What About Asssesments?
Warriors
, it’s no secret we’re in the ‘opt out’ season. We’ve seen the ESSA evidence about keeping the 95 percent assessment rate. States, via ESSA’s mandates, will include the participation rates.

Where? In the State’s accountability reports. States will have to turn these into the U.S. Dept. of Ed. Why? To keep receiving state-formulated grants.

1) An accoutrement we can use is the Fair Test’s latest on why and how to ‘opt out’. However, this comes with a warning. Fair Test is backed by the CCSS Machine and is tied to the New World Order Foundation. Much of the ideology held by NWOF is tied back to the global mindset found in the UN (United Nations). National Education Association (NEA) is also a key backer for Fair Test. Taking into consideration how sold out to the CCSS Machine and ESSA, the NEA is, don’t trust their advice!

2) What about the global push for assessing education?
Warriors, we know Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) isn’t  going away. PISA is a tool of the OCED (Organisation for Co-operation and Economic Development). OCED loves to work with the UN.
Here’s an accoutrement you can use. The Center for Curriculum Redesign (CCR), has published a series of articles about the need for MORE skill based assessments. This is only one part of the puzzle the CCSS Machine uses for advancing CBE (Competency Based Education)

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I found out about this when a stranger posted to my Common Core Diva Facebook page with the message to help save future doctors, workers, etc. Since I’d never heard of this person before, I wanted to check it out. Here’s the article. Below, see the screen shot from the end of the competency based assessment article. I’ve underlined 4 easily identifiable CCSS Machine supporters.

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The CCR has 2 ‘must have’ accoutrements. The first addresses the 21st Century need for more assessments. The second addresses the workforce/skill based ‘needs’.
Why these are such a prize set of accoutrements is they are designed leaders and the more corporate minded education reformer. These will tell us what is coming and how our students will be over-assessed to fit a job slot, not their minds.
(*Note, Warriors, take your time exploring the CCR’s website. You’ll find international education groups, participating countries (example: Finland, which may be why we’re constantly comparing America to them), corporate partners, philanthropic groups, and more.)

Closing:

Warriors, our fight is far from over. Grab your shields, gather your fellow Warriors, and let’s use these accoutrements with ‘gusto’!

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A Nation Scorned

In the waning days of November 2016, there are many  mixed emotions among us as the Anti CCSS/Fed Ed Warriors.

No doubt you’ve seen days worth of articles both in support of President-elect Trump’s choice for the U.S. Secretary of Education AND opposition of his choice. Most of the Anti CCSS/Fed Ed Warriors have been extremely diligent in bringing forth much needed evidence as to WHY Mrs. DeVos is a TERRIBLE education champion, yet this evidence is ignored by Mr. Trump and his Transition Team.

In the days since the announcement, once again, the suggestion that Bill Evers is the BEST choice for the Secretary of Education has been raised. Others, like myself have suggested Dr. Peg Luksik as superior in choice. Not only has Dr. Peg been an educator in almost every grade level created, she’s written tons of reports, spoken numerous times, been featured as an expert witness as to WHY national standards, school choice, and over assessing ARE BAD for AMERICA. She’s even created a paper for HOW to end the ‘fed-led-ed’!! That can be accessed here: statement-on-education-policy

Warriors, the bottom line: We CAN storm our Congress to deny DeVos as Ed Boss! We raised holy hell when it was Dr. King up for confirmation! Yes, he was still confirmed, but we narrowed the margin of ‘yes’ to ‘no’ votes quite a bit. WE CAN DO IT AGAIN! I’ve seen posts on social media during Thanksgiving urging us to call our Senators. There was a petition started to. (As of this writing, there are only 10 signatures and a goal of 100 signatures.) See: https://www.change.org/p/donald-trump-rescind-nomination-of-betsy-devos-to-education-secretary

Put aside the worn out “Make America Great Again” when it comes to education. Education in America can be NO less than ‘SUPERB’. ‘Great’ is a mere shadow of ‘superb’.

IF and only IF the Trump Team wants to end federal overreach in education, then they MUST listen to us, as Warriors, NOT the educrats with fists full of agenda and money. As of yet, I’ve seen no one successful in having the upcoming administration contact any of us who have DAILY contacted them.

Contacting U.S. Senate is accessible: http://www.senate.gov/senators/contact/
*Note: any Senator who voted for ESSA needs even more pressure. Mrs. DeVos is good buddies with Sen. Lamar Alexander, too.

Bottom line: We, as Warriors are like David vs. Goliath on steroids. That said we MUST be consistent, in large number, and visible. To win this battle in the War Vs the Core, we have to be seen AND heard!


Scorned? Use These Facts!

1) Common Core IS  located in more than traditional K-12 public schools!
2) Common Core has been rebranded so many times, the educrats not only know the buzzwords, they use them against the nation!
3) Common Core IS Career Tech Education! Common Core IS competency based, project based, collaborative efforts which groom students for workforce NOT academics!
4) Common Core IS written into the ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act), the WIOA (Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act), and is present in the HEA (Higher Education Act). Of these 3, only the HEA remains to be completely re-authorized. It is the LAST nail to be hammered into the ‘seamless transition for birth to career education’ to create ‘a bridge for lifelong learning’!


More Scorn:
1) My dear friend, Kevin Ohlandt, at “Exceptional Delaware” wrote this about the DeVos appointment:
https://exceptionaldelaware.wordpress.com/2016/11/23/america-is-getting-bamboozled-with-betsy-devos-she-is-all-in-on-the-true-agenda-cradle-to-grave-workforces-of-tomorrow/
2) This one by a hard hitting reporter exposing DeVos family ties to less than great American patriotism:
http://www.debbieschlussel.com/83731/betsy-devos-affirmative-action-pimp-islamo-panderer-guess-who-her-brother-is/
3) This one reveals Diane Ravitch’s support of the DeVos appointment (red flags all over this one): http://www.schoolsmatter.info/2016/11/ravitchs-pick-betsy-devos-is-also.html
4) This one from Mother Jones media:
http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2016/11/trump-chooses-dark-money-betsy-devos-education-secretary
5) One of the earliest articles I saw which debunked the main stream media spin of how great DeVos’s appointment was, appeared in the Conservative Reviewhttps://www.conservativereview.com/commentary/2016/11/betsy-devos-as-education-secretary-what-you-need-to-know-about-trumps-pick
6) My dear friend, Alice Linahan at Voices Empower, shared this detailed set of facts:
Search for her Trump/DeVos Truth article at http://www.voicesempower.com/
7) My good friend, Nancy E. Bailey, also shared with the nation why the choice of DeVos is highly suspect: http://nancyebailey.com/2016/11/26/privatization-and-school-buses-thoughts-please-betsy-devos/
8) Breibart News’ article features a good friend of mine, Karen Braun. Karen lives in Michigan and has been fighting CCSS since before it was dubbed “CCSS”. Pay attention to her part of the article:
http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2016/11/23/bush-praises-trump-choice-betsy-devos-education-secretary/ (*Note: we also need to note the other parts of the article where vouchers/education savings accounts are going to be spun as ‘great’ when they are truly not.)
9) Here’s what Forbes has: http://www.forbes.com/sites/chasewithorn/2016/11/23/trump-picks-betsy-devos-daughter-in-law-of-billionaire-amway-cofounder-for-education-secretary/#4830ee4f5313 (*Note: the Jeb Bush ties surface again.)

Anti CCSS/Fed Ed Warriors, if you see nothing else from this small list of informative facts, NOTICE, far left or far right; on the fringes or in the middle, the same conclusion: DeVos as Ed Boss is a disaster for our nation!

The DeVos 990 Forms:

While you may find my article, so far, scornful or just plain annoying, you cannot argue with what the 990 Tax Forms for DeVos show. My dear friend/researcher Karen Bracken has provided the following evidence.

In short: 2012’s IRS Form 990 show:

$10,000.00 to Bridges of Understanding Foundation (exposes her ties to the Muslim teachings in schools.)

$50,000.00 to FEE (Jeb Bush’s Foundation for Excellence, which supports school choice, education savings accounts AND Common Core!)

$10,000.00 to the Heritage Foundation (which is a huge education savings accounts/school choice proponent and an entity we’ve been warned about as being part of the education problem, not solution.)

From 2013’s IRS 990:

$20,000.00 to  Bridges of Understanding Foundation, $100,000.00 to FEE, and $5,000.00 to Heritage.

To see the 2012 form: 2012-irs-990

To see the 2013 form: 2012-irs-990

As far as can be proven, the 2014 Tax Documents were extended to November 2016.

DeVos as  Digitally Connected?

We all know, as Anti CCSS/Fed Ed Warriors, that the digital transformation in American education is a huge plank in the bridge for workforce aligned, global citizens. As a ‘change agent’ for transformative education, DeVos will have a key position IF she gets the job. However, Trump has stated he wants transformation AND innovation in education.

Warriors, Obama has laid a large digital technology net in his education initiatives! The CCSS Machine has spent billions in creating digital overload. ESSA continues both Obama’s digital overreach as well as the CCSS Machine’s!

Trump’s also been contacted early on by the Center for Education Reform to continue the innovations/digital technology via ‘incentives’. Warriors, ESSA, WIOA, and HEA (in its current form) all embed and continue the data for a workforce based education.

So, how does DeVos possibly fit into this puzzle even more so?
For a brief illustration, look below:

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How I arrived at these questions:
a) Bloomberg’s website with some of the connections:
http://www.bloomberg.com/research/stocks/private/snapshot.asp?privcapId=28324800
b) Relationship Science reveals more:
http://relationshipscience.com/solstice-holdings-inc-o85504
c) eCouple’s news about Fulton Innovation buying Splashdown:
http://ecoupled.com/content/fulton-innovation-acquires-assets-splashpower-ltd
d) Where I found Fulton Innovation’s Wireless Power Consortium relationship:
http://www.fultoninnovation.com/latest-news/fulton-opens-portfolio-for-licensing/
e) Where you can find the Wireless Power Consortium and its CCSS Machine members (examples are Toyota (huge CTE supporter) and Verizon (huge CCSS supporter):
https://www.wirelesspowerconsortium.com/
f) The “Un-Educated on Wireless Power” presentation by Fulton Innovation. (*Note: among the timeline, you’ll see Leggett and Platt as partners (among others). L & P are based in MO and are big Career Tech Education supporters nationwide.) 
Get the presentation: wireless_power_overview

See the Leggett & Platt  connection to the CCSS Machine’s CTE:

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Closing:

Warriors, regardless of anything or anyone, our goal/focus MUST remain on our students of all ages and making sure the system which has marginalized us, doesn’t get the opportunity to scorn them.

Anti CC Warrior Action Update

Join us tonight from 9 pm to 11 pm to let your outrage against CCSS Machine be felt in D.C.!
Join us tonight from 9 pm to 11 pm to let your outrage against CCSS Machine be felt in D.C.!

Anti CCSS Warriors! Time is our friend today. We’ve still got some hours let to contact Congress before the Senate picks up where it left off on Thursday with the ‘Every Child Achieves Act’. We’ve known it’s a war, but the punches pulled this weekend to try to deter us from the pro CCSS side have been many. However, our powerful messages have also been seen, felt, and heard. With so much at stake, neither side is willing to back down. We must stand firm!

The above screen shot is from a few days ago. Last night’s figures were well over 7,000 tweets strong to D.C. Congratulations, warriors! We have a fresh day today to make that number go even higher AND a Patriot Network Anti CCSS Rally tonight from 9 pm to 11 pm, Eastern Time.

If you’d like to track the anti CC outrage for yourselves, be sure to use the following PJNET page: http://patriotjournalist.com/Tracking.php?Seq=56 (*NOTE: you’ll need to reload the page to get the absolute latest information)

You can also retweet every previously sent message! That also sends even more ire to D.C.! Just use the numbered tabs at the bottom of the “Action” page. Action page, ICYMI:
http://patriotjournalist.com/CommonCoreAction.php?v=6

 

The Pro CC Side’s Barrage:

Why am I bringing their side up? Some of our most effective information tactics can be found in the rhetoric from their propaganda. How? Think about it, most everything the pro CC side has dished up to us for a long time now, has sounded like it’s all from the same person…no matter how many different supporters you find.  The truth, however, has much power! Yes, it needs to be repeated, but since it is the truth, it won’t sound like a worn out recording. So, that said, let’s look at the biggest ‘info’ barrage messages the pro side gave us during the past few days:

1) From the Education and Workforce Committee’s Twitter page, comes this supportive message for more ‘Core’:
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Rep. Mike Bishop shared the above and called it ‘one step closer to fixing NCLB’. Rep. Bishop is from Michigan.

How, we, the anti CCSS Warriors can use this? As a visual, show how inaccurate this is! As a verbal or written message? Think about how if House members are calling HR5 ‘one step closer’, know the Senate’s mindset is the same. Knowing that you can express how Every Child Achieves is, in fact, not one step closer to fixing anything in education!

2) From the Sec. of Education, July 7th’s message to the world:

A 'stain'?! Is is kidding any of us?
A ‘stain’?! Is is kidding any of us?

How, we, the Anti CCSS Warriors can use this one, is simply this. Use all the facts we have to show where the inequalities of a CCSS education are!

3) From the Network for Public Education, as seen Saturday, July 11th:

NPE has come out in support of ECAA.
NPE has come out in support of ECAA.

The article being referred to? This link will take you to it:
 http://dianeravitch.net/2015/07/11/network-for-public-education-offers-qualified-endorsement-of-every-child-achieves-act/


How, we, the Anti CCSS warrior can use this to ‘fire ire to D.C.’ over the ECAA?

Well, for starters, know that there’s more to the story.
Back in May 2015, I published an article that surrounded Sen. Tester’s amendment about assessments and how NPE was backing it. This is important NOW, so take a few minutes are read it. I want to you to connect the dots on your own.

See: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/05/26/ftf-ccss-testing-bill-maybe-maybe-not/ (*NOTE: Sen. Tester’s amendment has since been voted to be part of the ECAA. You will see I refer to HR5, as well. HR5 is brought up, only as a comparison, since at that point in time, it was to be voted upon first.)


Related resources to further illustrate the toxic ties between one of the ECAA’s leaders and one of NPE’s leaders:
a) Anita Hoge’s documentation tying Sen. Alexander and Ms. Ravitch, NPE’s co-founder.
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B6zikOSdV-TAZHZSVmxUWUlmakE/view?pli=1

b) My previously published article about the CTE  Conference where Ravitch was a featured speaker. Also included in this particular article is the U.S. Vice President, organized unions, and MORE! (*NOTE: CTE, Career and Technical Education, aka post-secondary CCSS, which has been shown up in elementary grades, too)
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2014/11/16/rmt-vp-unions-career-tech-and-common-core/

c) The ACTE (Association for Career and Technical Education) has a priority list out for any federal legislation (HR5, Student Success Act;  ECAA, Every Child Achieves Act; HEA, Higher Education Act; and the CPA, College Promise Act). Those priorities? Embed CTE in every one of these so that America would be:
“Ensuring all students have access to high-quality CTE programs in high schools and post-secondary institutions o building a strong system of CTE around the country, which should begin early in a student’s education with career awareness and broad knowledge and then build pathways to more specific career-readiness skills through connections among secondary and postsecondary education and the labor market.
To support the notion of a strong system of CTE around the country and access for all, ensure that the Perkins Act remain primarily a formula grant designed to support all CTE programs that are willing to make a commitment to high levels of quality and continuous program improvement.”
(*NOTE: this priority list was not released this weekend, it’s been out for a while. You can see the entire document: 
http://www.acteonline.org/uploadedFiles/Assets_and_Documents/Global/files/Policy/Perkins_%20Priorities_Final.pdf)

Closing:

I’ve shared all the above, so that we can see just how deceptive the pro CCSS side has been. If we are resisting Common Core and its Machine, we MUST know exactly where those who are supporting it stand. We’ve known they will stoop to all levels of deceiving us. However, we must press on. We have the truth! We must protect our students, teachers, and families!

Our purpose this weekend is clear: influence the Senate with as MUCH truth about the illegally based CC Standards;  the inappropriate education continued in ECAA and all related bills; and how, we, the citizens will NOT STAND FOR THIS!

 

RMT: VP, Unions, Career Tech, and Common Core?

Ahh..Sunday, our “Riddle Me This” day for all things Common Core. So, without fail, here’s your riddle of the day.. What do you get when you take the Vice President, add a couple of well financed union groups, provide a lunch in the meantime, AND talk Career Tech Education that just HAPPENS to be Common Core aligned??

You get the 2014 ATF/AFL-CIO Career Tech Education Summit!

Career Tech Education aligned to Common Core..best bang for the buck?! HARDLY!
Career Tech Education aligned to Common Core..best bang for the buck?!
HARDLY!

The Meeting:

Held just a few days ago, November 13th. All involved gathered at the AFL-CIO headquarters in Washington.

The American Teachers Federation was co-hosting this event. The agenda for the day was quite full of all kinds of topics about making the best investment, getting a great return on it (meaning humans), how vital a trained workforce is to our economy, and more. See the entire day’s schedule: http://ctesummit.aflcio.org/#!/agenda

The Known Common Core Supporters List:

Business Roundtable (which has a pro CCSS letter co-written with the ATF) See: http://businessroundtable.org/resources/letter-governors-brt-aft-common-core-state-standards

AFL-CIO’s website has a Common Core Toolkit link, but it takes you to the ATF and no longer is viable. I did find in their Legislative Guide full support for anything opposing quality public schooling, more federal involvement, and the need for programs like “Gear Up” (we’ll look into that another day). The group also is supportive all community colleges, which we’ve discovered in earlier posts are aligned to CCSS. See the Guide: http://www.aflcio.org/content/download/1729/15567/file/2013%20Legislative%20Handbook%20-%20Chapter%207.pdf

Those CC/CTE Supportive Groups Previously Unknown to Us:

Snap-on Tools, a known “CTE Friend” (See: http://www.careertech.org/sites/default/files/Snap-on.pdf)

United Technologies Propulsion & Aerospace Systems, connected via “STEM” (see: http://utcaerospacesystems.com/Company/Pages/corporate-giving.aspx)

Chicago Manufacturing Renaissance Council, connected through Workforce Development (see: http://www.mfgren.org/policy-and-strategy/workforce-development/)

North America’s Building Trades Unions, connected through Workforce Development (see page 6,7: http://www.bctd.org/BCTD/media/Documents/Legislative%20Issues/BCTD_LegProgram2013.pdf)

*Notes: 1) If you’re not sure how STEM factors into Common Core, I invite you to read my blog entry about the connections: (https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2014/09/02/from-the-files-pcast-stem-and-common-core/)

2) Remember there are several articles here on my blog about the ties between Common Core and Career Tech Education.

The Vice President:

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Click to enlarge this screen shot from Twitter

Other comments he made,

“Unions are the reason we have the best workers in the world.”
“America is about promise and how to help Americans have the skills they need for good paying jobs.”
“We have to maintain and enhance our workforce so we have the most sophisticated, best trained workforce in the world.”

“Unions have been teachers-lighting the fire in the working people. If you want to learn, join a union.”

The U.S. Secretary of Labor spoke as well. A You Tube video, almost 2 hours long is available, should you wish to find it.

How the Perkins Act is being used to promote CTE/CC alignment:

The Perkins Act was created back in 1984, since then it’s been updated a few times. However, the original intent was to increase the quality of education that was considered technical or, at the time, vocational. With the advent of Common Core via the Career Tech, Career Clusters, Career Pathways, it’s not longer ‘cool’ to use the word ‘vocation’, now it’s ‘career’. Last updated in 2006 here are the 3 parameters that MUST happen with the Act.: ‘1. Replaces “vocational education” with “career and technical education”
2. Maintains the Tech Prep program as a separate entity with federal funding within the legislation
3. Maintains state administrative funding at 5 percents of a state’s allocation
The new law also requires the development of articulation agreements and strengthens local
accountability provisions. The Perkins Act provides almost $1.3 billion annually to career and technical education programs in all 50 states until 2016.’ Each state gets to decide how to split the funding between secondary schools and post-secondary schools. (source: http://www.aypf.org/documents/PerkinsActFactSheet.pdf)

Related:

The National Conference of State Legislators has an entire page devoted to “Common Academic Standards” and includes the Perkins Act in this. Here’s an excerpt, “A growing number of states are looking at education as “P-16” rather than separate systems serving early education, K-12 and postsecondary education and updating or amending their statutes to facilitate this change. Important federal-state educational programs supported by the states, such as the Perkins Act programs and the TRIO program, must be better integrated with state postsecondary policy.” See the entire article (note: bear in mind the wording used )

http://www.ncsl.org/ncsl-in-dc/task-forces/policies-education.aspx

Back to Perkins:

Sometime after 2006, when the Perkins Act was last updated (making it Perkins Act 4), this presentation was given by the NASDCTEc (National Association of State Directors of Career and Technical Education Consortium) Executive Director Kimberly Green, shares that the Perkins Act funding will reinforce Career Tech Education, Career Clusters; that such programs will be ‘rigorous’ and globally preparing each student; that academic and technical standards will be integrated; that education, workforce, and the economy will be united; stressing some sort of degree, credentials, or similar; the one of the best ways to accomplish all these are the 16 Career Clusters; that well known CCSS supportive groups are helping this effort (like College Board, the National Governors Assoc., etc.); that curriculum alignment, standards alignment, and data collection are all part and parcel; finally, we all must change attitudes about CTE.

See the full presentation: http://www.cew.wisc.edu/docs/Presentation.pdf

*The NASDCTEc is the Washington, D.C. group where CTE is housed. (see: http://www.careertech.org/who-we-are)

When you have friends in strategic places, you can advance the agenda without attention!

CTE’s website has a page devoted to its “Friends”. If you’ll remember, Snap-on Tools (above) is one. If you’ve already clicked on the link to see how they advance the agenda of CTE, good. If not, here it is. Their advancement of CTE is based off the belief that success is rooted in our workforce. This belief is expressed in a book written by a Harvard professor. As we’ve learned before, Harvard is knee deep in Common Core.
Another friend, “First Book”. The logo is a cute one where you see what looks like a little one with their nose deep in a book. By making sure the books delivered to those in need are along the CTE Career Clusters, it’s as they stated, ‘a win-win’. (see: http://www.careertech.org/sites/default/files/FirstBook.pdf)

Yet another friend, “Toyota” helps CTE by having lots of specialized jobs which need skilled workers. ‘If you’re a CTE student, then you’ll be just the right kind of employee.’ Hmmm, I’m not saying this, but I know some day to day stories where some of these auto CTE students are not getting the right education in secondary schools (one such student had never learned to spell his own name), so I’m not sure how becoming a CTE auto worker will fix that, but then..I’m not a friend of Common Core, CTE. (see Toyota’s commitment to CTE: http://www.careertech.org/sites/default/files/Toyota.pdf)

To see the rest of the “Friends”, visit: http://www.careertech.org/friends-cte

Final riddle: Did you know there’s a caucus for this?

Career Tech Education has its very own caucus in Washington! Yes, indeed. Here’s the website address:

http://www.acteonline.org/caucus/#.VGU06fnF8lc

The mission statement, “The Career and Technical Education Caucus is a bi-partisan group of Members of Congress created to enhance awareness in Congress of the importance of career and technical education in preparing a well-educated and skilled workforce in America.”

This caucus comes complete with a ‘support fund’ where donations are used to help fund research, etc. (be sure to click on that tab) There’s also an upcoming “Career Tech Vision Conference” next week, Nov. 19th..if we hurry we can get to Nashville, TN to hear U.S. Dept. of Labor Secretary, Mr. Perez; Diane Ravitch and others promote CTE. Here’s the flyer: http://careertechvision.com/ If we get there in time for the pre-conference activities, we can get in on the Harvard/Pearson “Pathways to Prosperity” inspired construction career pathway. Even the U.S. Army will be there.

Why, I bet, if we hurry we might even get a sneak peak at the Grand Ole Opry!

How interesting the 'who's who' in CCSS, CTE, Career Pathways is becoming.
How interesting the ‘who’s who’ in CCSS, CTE, Career Pathways is becoming.