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Spin Cycle, Anyone?!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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CER’s Look At Governors:

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

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

Wait! Senators Ahead!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Related:

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

Getting Hung Out to Dry:

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

Closing:

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

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Bees in NC’s Bonnet, Parts 1 and 2

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The LIFT Initiative in WA has ALP all over it:

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Closing:

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

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

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


Digitally “Fried”

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

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

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

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

Classic PL:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dear Old NC:

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

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

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

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

What the State Board Says:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Closing:

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

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Weekend News: Looking at the 2016 NC Primary, Part One

It took me several minutes to find a website featuring more than the Gubernatorial Primary.
It took me several minutes to find a website featuring more than the Gubernatorial Primary for NC.

Greetings this weekend, my trusted anti CCSS Warriors (To be more accurate since the ESSA{Every Student Succeeds Act} passed into law, maybe I should refer to you as the CCSS*/CTE*/CCR* Warriors? But no matter what label is slapped over the ‘CCSS’, peel them back and it is STILL Common Core!) *CCSS: Common Core State Standards/*CTE: Career Tech Education/*CCR: College and Career Readiness (a special ‘favorite’ phrase embedded in the ESSA)

Each of our states is gearing up for elections in 2016. Some of our states will have primaries, some won’t. My news this weekend is especially for my NC Warriors, as we have a race that so far, has been very kept in the corner. Well, you know me…it is time to shine the light on that corner!! Before we turn on the hypothetical flashlight, though, I want to encourage all the Warriors in other states. IF you are having election races soon, do you know all the candidates to consider? Do you even know if there is a race?

From what I have seen and heard here in NC, I had very scant information about one of THE most important races: The Superintendent of Public Instruction! Why?!  Considering the importance of this position and how many people are to be impacted, I would think MOUNTAINS of attention would already be ‘out there’. But as you see above, only one candidate has an embedded website.

While we are pondering this ‘buried’ race, consider this: I didn’t find it on my NC voter guide website (the most recent guide was dated 2015). So, I went to another one: total dud of a website. Then, when steered to another, it a became a ‘wild goose chase’ on another national voter site, where it finally becomes obvious you will not even see NC featured! EGADS, Warriors!!
I found it on a national election information website(see: http://www.uselections.com/nc/nc.htm)!!  I am getting the distinct feeling that something (could it be the CCSS Machine?!) is purposefully hiding this March 2016 Primary. However, before you think my tin foil hat is on a bit too tightly, let’s see IF there is, in fact, more information available about this race.

This edition of my Weekend News will be the FIRST in a two part report. There are 2 Democrats and 3 Republicans in this race. We start with the Democrats below.

Dr. Atkinson’s website:

Again, another wild goose chase. Geez, by the time a citizen unearths all the needed information, they may be so frustrated they will think it isn’t worth researching! (Maybe that is the CCSS Machine’s wish?!) I even tried the embedded link in the US Elections website featured above and it was inaccurate.

While it appears her campaign site is way out in the cyberspace world and I have a deadline to meet, I can share with you some of the news she has been featured in concerning this upcoming election.

1) According to the Raleigh CBS TV Station, WRAL (on 1/8/16),  Dr. Atkinson had several predictions for the state of NC in 2016 and this was among them. “I will be re-elected as State Superintendent of Public Instruction.”  You need to see her other predictions as they include assessments, Pre-K, and more. Access the information: http://www.wral.com/state-superintendent-shares-predictions-for-nc-public-schools-in-2016/15217644/
2) According to another website, Lillian’s List (a group supporting women who are creating  progressive changes in NC), Atkinson will have their full support. This will be along with several other key political positions, Lillian’s List will support. See: http://www.lillianslist.org/blog/2016-january-newsletter-new (To see the progressive women LL has helped place in office, see: http://www.lillianslist.org/candidates/elected)
See below for an upcoming ‘kick off’ event where Atkinson (among others (will be featured).

http://www.lillianslist.org/events/2016-campaign-kickoff-luncheon
http://www.lillianslist.org/events/2016-campaign-kickoff-luncheon

3) I FINALLY was able to uncover Dr. Atkinson’s website (after many hours). How? It was featured on her Twitter account! Her website has almost no information about anything in the future except the words “Help me continue the journey for the sake of children and NC’s prosperity.” (see her site: http://www.drjuneatkinson.com/)

While we on the subject, you can learn a lot more about Atkinson from her tweets (see: https://twitter.com/DrJuneAtkinson).
Such as what CCSS Machine rhetoric she is spinning in support of the ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act), or her sharing about a Dec. 2015 Washington, D.C. meeting. It was called the ‘White House Convening of State Educational Leaders’. The only thing you will learn is she was there. That’s it.

Being the researcher I am, I found more information about the ‘Convening’ from CT and OR attendees! Below is from the CT source. (see: http://www.housedems.ct.gov/cook/2015/pr065_2015-12-16.asp#.Vppf1vkrLIU)

“Topics discussed included: high school redesign; tuition-free Community College; Computer Science; College Opportunity and Affordability; Early Education; FAFSA; and College Scorecard”

From the OR source:
Who was leading the education leaders at the Convening: U.S. Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan, incoming Acting U.S. Secretary of Education, John King, Senior Officials from the White House and the U.S. Department of Education and other national education leaders for The White House Convening of State Education Leaders on December 8, 2015.” (see:
https://www.oregonlegislature.gov/johnsonm/Documents/Johnson%20White%20House.pdf
)

Related: The U.S. Dept. of Education released two days AFTER the Convening, the 2016 National Education Technology Plan. The subtitle? Future Ready Learning, Re-imagining the Role of Technology in Education” (see: http://sites.ed.gov/octae/2015/12/)

How is this related? NC is fully entrenched in Future Ready Schools!! See: http://www.dpi.state.nc.us/docs/gradrequirements/resources/gradchecklists.pdf) To see a Future Ready School Summit Meeting (contains all the notes and information an anti CCSS Warrior needs to find new ‘ammo’ for the War  Against the Core), see: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1jrz91itHcJ4-veKPMSrfCLUXihl9GJwf0az-vwQDyMI/edit?pref=2&pli=1

**Before we move to the other candidate I wanted to explain WHY I went so far into detail with Atkinson’s ties. Whether you live in NC or not, her stance on education WILL impact you! As President of the CCSSO, her influence is felt everywhere in education! Besides, as the head over the entity which owns half the copyright to the CCS Standards, we don’t have to guess how supportive (or sold out to) of the Common Core she is!

 

 Henry Pankey’s Campaign:

According to the Winston-Salem(NC) Journal’s article about Pankey, his campaign is more grassroots in nature than the Atkinson’s. The article tells you some about his background before it launches into (at that point questionable) Atkinson’s tactics. Poor guy can’t even get a full article. See: http://www.journalnow.com/news/columnists/scott_sexton/sexton-henry-pankey-s-qualifications-for-n-c-superintendent-more/article_9923498c-e3d5-11e4-bdf1-6b7e3fe8731a.html

Below is  a picture of Pankey:

turnaround

AEI (American Entertainment International)Speaker’s Bureau had this to share about Pankey, “Henry Pankey’s new book ‘How to Turn Around low Performing Schools’ will be his step by step detailed platform as he runs for North Carolina State Superintendent of Instruction. It includes common sense basics designed to turn around struggling schools and create “Schools of Excellence”. The successful outcomes have been vetted and certified by the North Carolina Department of Instruction, newspapers, news reports and magazines.”

Hold on, educational success worthy of an entire state has  been vetted by the media?! Where is the legislative vetting? The teachers’ vetting? Aren’t they much more credible that the media’s approval?! The biography goes on to share this: “Henry Pankey is best known as a school improvement mentor and highly effective tough love urban principal.”

With all the behavior interventions in place, as well as the huge additions the ESSA will usher into NC schools (as it will in every other stated) I question the school improvement tactics, the mentoring, and most especially the tough love. We Warriors have already seen enough awful evidence of the CCSS Machine’s mind altering moves in education, do we really need more?!
See what else the AEI website has to say: http://aeispeakers.com/speakerbio.php?SpeakerID=770

Over on http://www.henrypankeyjr.com, the list of praises for him is quite revealing when you consider the presence of  the CCSS Machine (ie: U.S. Ed leaders, public instruction groups, etc.) See: http://www.henryjpankey.com/testimonials

Related: “Schools of Excellence”, are not only in NC, the schools are in other states as well. See the 2014 (latest list I could find) of nation-wide Schools of Excellence:
http://www.magnet.edu/files/awards/school-of-excellence-list-2014-merit.pdf
It is important to point out here that exactly what qualifies a school to be tagged as one of excellence is a bit harder to define. Why? Well, you have the Merit reference in the above link, then there is the National PTA’s program, then the Blue Ribbon Schools program in the U.S. Dept. of Ed (which also is an excellence distinction awarded to ANY type of school meeting the parameters). I also found the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges has a School of Excellence program, too! The CCSS Machine is tied to the National PTA, the U.S. Dept. of Ed, the Magnet/Merit, AND the Career Schools/Colleges entities! See: https://www.pta.org/excellence (PTA’s site);
http://www.accsc.org/Events/Professional-Development-Conference/Award-Winners/Schools-of-Excellence.aspx (Career Schools/College’s site); http://www2.ed.gov/programs/nclbbrs/index.html (the U.S. Dept. of Ed’s site)

Mentoring under the CCSS: The ASCD (Gates Foundation funded and very much a part of the CCSS Machine) features many resources for ‘tough love mentoring’ aligned to CCSS.
See: http://www.ascd.org/publications/educational-leadership/apr04/vol61/num07/-Mentoring-New-Leaders.aspx
Here is a document from CA where mentoring and CCSS are drilled down on people:
http://www.kappancommoncore.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/59pdk_96_6.pdf
The Center for American Progress has a Teacher Success guide for mentoring and CCSS:
https://cdn.americanprogress.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/CCTeacherVoiceFinal.pdf
The effect of Robert Marzano’s behavior interventions are already well in place not only in NC, but in the rest of the USA. Here is everything I have on his work: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/?s=Marzano

Whether or not, Pankey would carry on what Atkinson has put into play for NC, will of course, be decided later, should he survive the Primary. However, I am raising concerns (with the above related resources)  to help emphasize that  there are serious questions the citizens need to ask BEFORE they vote!  If either of these is against more Common Core (aka: College/Career Readiness, NC Essential Standards, Career Tech Education, etc.) it certainly does NOT look like it.

In “Monday’s Musings” I will look into the 3 Republicans vying for the NC Superintendent of Public Instruction.

RMT: Don’t Look Now, NC! CCSS/CTE Overload!

The CCSS Machine's rolling over every state in its path to do WHATEVER it can to align our students!
The CCSS Machine’s rolling over every state in its path to do WHATEVER it can to align our students!

While all our heads were turned toward D.C. this past week, our states kept rolling on in their CCSS/CTE ways. The ‘riddle’ today (since it is “Riddle Me This” Sunday) is “What did NC get while while ESEA re-vamping was happening in Washington, D.C.?” In short, the answer is ‘CCSS/CTE Overload’! As always, if it’s going on in one state, it’s going on in the rest of them.

NC DPI’s Announcement:

First, on 7/9/15, how NC’s proficiency rate is one of the best in the USA. Here’s an excerpt from Dr. Atkinson, NC’s State Education Superintendent (AND the president of the Chief Council of State School Officers; 1/2 owner of the CCSS copyright), ““North Carolina has set high expectations for our students,” said State Superintendent June Atkinson. “We know that today’s competitive economy requires more in order for our students to be well-prepared for success. The challenge before us is to ensure that our schools are equipped and staffed to help students reach these goals.””

To see the entire press release which reveals NAEP’s (National Assessment of Education Progress) figures for NC: http://www.ncpublicschools.org/newsroom/news/2015-16/20150709-02
To have the NAEP’s graphic for NC: mapping-factsheets

 

Then, a Newsletter Highlight:

As we’ve noticed in all things CCSS related, the timing is precise. While one CCSS related activity is going on, others to support it are either in the works or just appearing. Case in point, NC’s ‘new’ Academic and Digital Learning upgrade. An avid reader of my blog and fellow anti CC warrior sent me a tip and requested I look into this. Here’s the tip, “I get the various DPI updates , this was in the July Web highlights.” Then, my contact shared what you see below:

4. Academic and Digital Learning Launches New Website Academic and Digital Learning recently launched a new website that provides easy access to its divisions that include: Career and Technical Education, Digital Teaching and Learning, Exceptional Children, Home Base, K-12 Standards, Curriculum and Instruction, and the NC Virtual Public School. To learn more about Academic and Digital Learning and how it prepares students beyond graduation for work, further education and citizenship, please visit  http://www.ncpublicschools.org/academic-digital-learning/.​” (*NOTE: NC’s Virtual Schools are accessible by all educational choices, including homeschool students)

 
So, How “Recent” is Recent, NC DPI?

In trying to access the rest of the July 2015 news items from NC DPI, I stumbled upon a January 2015 newsletter where some of the ground work for this appears to have been announced. What do I mean? Here’s a ‘sample’,

Coming in July 2015!  Logging into Home Base with the IAM Service The IAM Service will be replacing the “PowerSchool Login” after the 2014/­2015 End­ of­ Year processing, July 6. With this change, all North Carolina K­12 students and employees will login to Home Base applications using their NCEdCloud username and password. The accounts are currently available and LEAs and Charter Schools can begin providing students and employees their accounts at any time. Employees can follow the “Claim Account” process described in For Teachers and Staff on the NCEdCloud IAM Website (ncedcloud.mcnc.org). Students’ accounts will be issued by their teachers, who have access to their students’ usernames and initial passwords. Parents will continue to use the PowerSchool Parent Portal for access to their student’s information. Identity and Access Management (IAM) is one of the NCEdCloud initiatives for the K­12 community of North Carolina and provides LEAs and Charter Schools a tool to help manage the authentication and authorization needs of students, employees and guests (and eventually parents) in accessing cloud­based resources. It provides self­ service capabilities to all end users, and delegated administrator capabilities to LEA and Charter School technology leadership. The actual service is being provided by Identity Automation and the IAM infrastructure is hosted in Amazon’s AWS, a robust environment providing expandable capacity as well as increased stability. “

What’s more is that in the same Jan. 2015 newsletter, an effective digital teaching course was being offered (course began in Feb. 2015). Here’s the screen shot, the website to access the Jan. 2015 entire newsletter is included.

http://www.ncpublicschools.org/docs/homebase/updates/biweekly/2015/20150108.pdf
http://www.ncpublicschools.org/docs/homebase/updates/biweekly/2015/20150108.pdf

 

From That July 2015 Website Address:

From the website provided in the tip my anti CCSS buddy sent, I was able to find all kinds of information about Career Tech Education, Common Core, and more.
First, the website address: http://www.ncpublicschools.org/academic-digital-learning/

On the website’s main page, you’ll read this ‘lovely’ information, “This area of the agency encompasses Standards, Curriculum and Instruction, Digital Teaching and Learning, Career and Technical Education, Exceptional Children and the NC Virtual Public School. Area functions address all State Board goals but focus primarily on preparing students beyond graduation for work, further education and citizenship” Among the major tools to cause the preparation> NC’s Standard Course of Study (code name for CCSS) and Home Base (data mining). Assessments will be in BOTH Standard Study/Home Base.

If you’d like to see the 2009 NC, Career and Technical Education’s Strategy and thus, makeover to align to CCSS, strategic-plan

If you’ve followed my blog very long, you know I’ve provided scores of facts, documents, and other related information into NC’s total CCSS Machine alignment. My warriors, NC is far from the lone participant in this, as you can well attest to. I know it’s in every one of our states of residence. It has to be. The workforce/economy components of the reshaping of America are to encompass ALL 50 states, territories, and military posts.

Supporting all this alignment? “Programs that support digital teaching and learning are reinforced by legislation and policies for implementation of legislation.” Source: NC DPI’s Digital Teaching and Learning Policy page. (http://www.ncpublicschools.org/dtl/policy/ )

One of the main laws requiring adherence? The ESEA (Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965), which is currently in a state of re-vamping. Which leads us back to the current events in D.C. ESEA is ‘boss’ in every state of the United States.! What other laws support the alignment of America? NC’s Digital Teaching and Learning page, offers links to all the federal agencies involved: http://www.ncpublicschools.org/dtl/policy/regulations/ (*Note: NC’s DPI didn’t provide the state legislation, only the federal level)


One last note, the funding to help support the digital teaching and learning? E-rate! (see: http://www.ncpublicschools.org/dtl/resources/funding/) Related resource you can use, my previously published look into what some of those ‘pesky fees’ on your phone bill actually do in regards to all the digital education: http://preventcommoncore.com/?p=1223

The path that leads in a circle soon gets you nowhere.
The path that leads in a circle soon gets you nowhere.

 

FOM: A “New” CCS (Coalition for Community Schools)

It's Friday, you know what that means! Time to measure what's truth, what's fallacy/fib or what's in between.
It’s Friday, you know what that means! Time to measure what’s truth, what’s fallacy/fib or what’s in between.

The “Fib-o-Meter” is back and ready to bust open the fallacies, fibs, half truths, or whole truths about the OTHER CCS (Common Core Standards). Today’s look is into the IEL (Institute for Educational Leadership) and its CCS (Coalition for Community Schools). Is it tied to the Common Core? If so, how? Is it part  of the plan to have aligned communities like those in the ‘cradle to career’ movement of ‘Strive Together’? (*Note: ST is associated with the Chief Council of State School Officers, KnowledgeWorks, and other pro CCSS Machine members). Let’s crank up the “Meter” and see what we can find!

IEL, Institute for Educational Leadership:

Its website: http://iel.org/

If you visit their website, be sure to head directly to the “About Us” page and click on the word “Staff” to find the “Total Truths” of current or former associations with other groups each member has. You’ll find organizations like the NEP (National Education Policy), Workforce Development, education reformers, and a more than healthy dose of social justice causes. You still with me? I hope so. Let’s see what else “Fib-o-Meter” can find…

Their Board of Directors is a big dose of “Total Truth” or more like a who’s who among some of the CCSS Machine members. For example, Dr. June Atkinson (the president of the Council of Chief State School Officers as well as the NC State Superintendent for Public Schools), The IEL website only uses  her NC title as her employer. “Total Truth”? No way! (If you missed Dr. A’s presidency, see: http://www.ccsso.org/News_and_Events/Press_Releases/CCSSO_Welcomes_New_President_and_Board_of_Directors-x2650.html )
Other pro CCSS represented groups: Data Quality Campaign, Harvard University, Scholastic Books, Learning Matters, and many others. To find the entire “Total Truth” for yourselves, go to the “About Us” tab, and click on “Board of Directors”.

Well, are you ready to see what else “Fib-o-Meter” has uncovered about the Coalition  for Community School’s parent organization? I am!

The Gates Foundation has granted IEL many dollars from ‘before 2009’ to 2011. “Fib-o-Meter” found this “Total Truth” on the Gates Foundation Grants Page. You can too. See:
http://www.gatesfoundation.org/How-We-Work/Quick-Links/Grants-Database#q/k=IEL

Another “Total Truth” about IEL is that it is working to ensure key points are embedded in the HR5 (currently set to be back in front of Congress next week). Fib-o-Meter found this excerpt on the IEL’s “IEL@50” page.
“The Coalition for Community Schools at IEL is working to ensure that a set of key principles are embedded in ESEA reauthorization. The principles that we are advocating for include:

Incentives for results-driven public-private partnershipsBroadened indicators for states and districts to report on beyond achievement, including attendance, family engagement, student discipline, and health and wellness; Stronger definitions of family and community engagement and clarity about how they can contribute to student achievement and well-being; and Consultation by states and districts with a broader array of stakeholders including community partners.”

If you’d like to read the resource for yourselves: 
http://coalitionforcommunityschools.blogspot.com/2015/05/esea-reauthorization-is-tough-sell-in.html

Other “Total Truths” from IEL about their CCS:
1) From the resource, “Scaling Up: The Community Schools Strategy Guide”:
“The fourth reason to scale up is that the policy environment is ripe for expanding community schools. At the federal level, the Promise Neighborhoods initiative, Race to the Top Fund, School Improvement Grants, Title I, and the Invest in Innovation Fund i3 all contain elements of the community schools strategy. P-20 Councils at the state level and in some localities also call for expanded partnerships and resource alignment. They all require a vehicle—which a community schools strategy provides—to help schools and community institutions knit their wide-ranging assets into measurable improvements.” (see the rest:
http://www.communityschools.org//resources/part_one_rationale_for_a_scaled_up_system_of_css1.aspx)
2) The Benchmarking Chart for “Community Schools”: Systems Benchmarks Chart

3) The ‘equity’ factor is ever present. You’ll especially love how data collection is key to this.

4) An IEL Framework for Community Schools: (click to enlarge the screen shot so you can see the school transformed into a community one-stop-resource for your whole family)

Ask yourselves: Where have you seen this type of model before?
Ask yourselves: Where have you seen this type of model before?

To get the entire “Framework”,
http://www.communityschools.org/assets/1/AssetManager/CS%20Equity%20Framework%20-%20Final%20Working%20Draft.pdf


Coalition for Community Schools, or one more ‘CCS’:

Have you noticed so far how many IEL resources have the Coalition’s address included? Well, does that mean Gates and the rest of the people in IEL are in CCS (the Coalition)? “Fib-o-Meter” has some information to share! The CCS’s website address: http://www.communityschools.org/

CCS funders do not include the Gates Foundation, but do have other pro CCS (Common Core Standards) supporters. See the “Total Truth” below:

  • Annie E. Casey Foundation
  • Charles Stewart Mott Foundation
  • JP Morgan Chase Foundation
  • Stuart Foundation
  • The Atlantic Philanthropies
  • W.K. Kellogg Foundation

The plan for the CCS in our communities is to use our public schools for more than education. Of course, the education has to be ‘tweaked’ to include the ‘college/career/citizen’ mantra so embedded in the Common Core way of life. See the “Total Truth” in the flyer the Coalition for Community Schools has created to help sell the ‘friendly’ services coming soon to your neighborhood. Community Schools One Pager2014

Current CCS locations? Yes, there are a few in the USA. See the picture below:

You can even enter your community's information to bring a CCS to your neighborhood via a survey.
You can even enter your community’s information to bring a CCS to your neighborhood via a survey.

To access the CCS Survey: http://www.communityschools.org/resources/community_schools_directory.aspx (scroll down to find the ‘directory’ options)

Partners for the Coalition are many and you can easily see the CCSS (Standards) ties as you read down the list. You’ll also lots of federal overreach. See: http://www.communityschools.org/about/partners.aspx

Lastly, for how to fund a Coalition Community School (and other vital anti CCSS weapons of information), be sure to access the “Coalition Publications” on the left hand side menu. You’ll find lots of “Total Fallacy” sold as “Total Truth” in these papers.