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No Strings Attached?

Warriors Against Fed Ed, we’ve seen the influence of money in the modern education reform. We’ve seen our tax dollars used in ways to spur this reform on at a break-neck speed. It’s also not new news that big business has spent a fortune pumping their money into the effort to re-shape education…and thus, re-shape our nation.

We also know that Common Core (in its old name OR under any of its re-brands) is part and parcel of EACH of our States. So, what happens when you:

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A Map Paints The Picture:

Forbes’ State by State 2016 List also gives you clues as to who and what groups help run your State. As we’ve learned he/she who holds the purse strings more than likely interferes in education/workforce in your backyard. (*Note: you can access a full size map like the one below on Forbes’ website.)

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I urge you to look at the List. Some of the education reformers will be super easy to spot. For example, Bill Gates in Washington.

Others will be obvious to only a few folks. For example, you’ve heard of SAS, Inc.’s involvement in data mining for the CCSS Machine, but would you know the name of the owner? It’s James Goodnight and he’s from NC.

Then, there are other rich citizens who’ve created foundations by which to conduct their reform agenda, especially in education. For example, Vermont’s John Abele has the Argosy Foundation which funds the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Competitions in schools. You’ll find STEM and CCSS being promoted without abandon in these activities. Look below, Warriors. Agenda..right in plain sight and dressed as fun.

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Warriors, these men are far from the only ones in the CCSS Machine. Argosy isn’t the only Foundation, either.

Below, find my list of the people and their organizations I think are the ones we should really look into. It will expand what I’ve revealed for you above. Are these, people ALSO helping the education reform agenda?!

NM: Marbob Energy/Mack Energy and the Chase Foundation (ties to Mack C Chase)
NH: JAB Holding, Inc (global and ties to Andrea Reimann-Ciarcelli)
ME: Dexter Shoes/Berkshire Hathaway (Bill and Susan Alfond who are tied to Warren Buffett)
UT: Salt Lake City Community College’s Board Chair, Gail Mitchell (also ties to Toyota and NBA)
SD: Sandford Harmony’s education program by T. Denny Sandford. (also ties to global credit)
RI: Providence Equity Partners (ties to Jonathan Nelson and for-profit Education Management)
SC: InterTech Corp (ties to Anita Zucker and her heavy Charleston Chamber of Commerce activity)
PA: Campbell’s Soups (ties to Amery alice D. Malone, global food markets)
OH: Victoria’s Secret and others (ties to Les Wexner and family; especially the Columbus Partnership’s grasp on the economy)
IL: Citadel Hedge Fund (ties to Ken Griffin, global trade)
HI: Ebay/PayPal (ties to Pierre Omidyan and his Network)
MO: Stanley Kronenke (ties to NFL/UK Soccer and Wal-Mart)
AZ: Discount Tire Co. (ties to Bruce Halle and his Halle Foundation’s focus on higher education)
TN: Hospital Corp. of America (ties to Thomas Frist and family; global and political connections)
NJ: Advance Publications (ties to Donald Newhouse and connects to Time-Warner Cable. T-W was recently re-branded as Spectrum. T-W is also in the CCSS Machine.)
CO: DISH Network (ties to Charles Ergen and LightSquared)
MA: Fidelity Mutual Funds (ties to Abigail Johnson and global trade)
CT: Bridgewater Associates Hedge Funds/Dalio Foundation (ties to Ray Dalio). Dalio pumps big bucks into CT’s public education as well as participates in global grant giving.
WY: Mars, Inc (think Mars Candy/Pedigree pet food, etc.) ties to the Mars Family. I published an article about their association with the Sustainability/STEM/CCSS goals.
NV: Sands Casino (ties to the owner, Sheldon Adelson who is said to bankroll the GOP)
*Given that CCSS is NOT a one-political party issue, we should bear in mind our Congress is GOP majority.
TX and AR: Wal-Mart (ties to the remaining Walton family members). Wal-Mart openly has backed the CCSS Machine for years.

 

As we’ve learned, these educrats and reformers have been stragetically placed in each and every State in America. IF you didn’t see the State you live in, do not assume it is without it’s ties. They ARE there.

We also know they reach beyond our borders and encompass the globe. After all, the CCSS goal is united to the UNESCO’s design for “Education for All”.  Resource for EfA Goals.

Related: Also, back in 2016, I layed out the “Pied Pipers” in our States.  A chilling Forbes article was also featured in my research. If you missed it, I urge you to read it.

 

2017’s Global Richest:

For consistency, I’ll stick with Forbes’ list here. Among the global ‘leaders’, Warriors, you’ll find Buffet, Koch, Gates, and Zuckerburg (with others) from the USA. But, you’ll see Australia, China, Vietnam, and many other nations. As we know, some are easy to connect to the global education reform. Others, will not be as evident. However, look at what makes their big bucks. Digitally based trading means data mining. Manufacturing means jobs/economy. You can easily trace money trails, as we’ve learned by the phrase ‘follow the money’.
*Note: back in 2014 Education Dive published an article discussing how these mega-buck-laden-people were shaping education. Was it USA specific? Or, even then, were the global roots showing? You decide.

SEL Will Combine HARD and SMART:

Warriors, by now, we should recognize another global shift in education, SEL (Social Emotional Learning). It’s ripe in Common Core, it’s increasing in content, largely due to ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) becoming law, AND it isn’t going away. SEL is also deeply rooted in the UNESCO’s Sustainability Development Goals and in the USA’s SCANS Report (1990s). Look below:

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Closing:

Warriors, I hope you’ll join me in the next article where I’ll pick up the trail connecting SEL to SMART Goals and HARD Goals. It’s quite a revealing piece.

For now, take what you’ve learned from here. Look deeply in your State’s coffers. Are any of these CCSS Machine players there? If so, expose it!! If you have any anti CCSS/fed ed, or Public Private Partnership information connecting any of these people/groups, please share it here, if you like. We have everything to gain in protecting our students when we cut the purse strings.

 

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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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.


“Here I Stand, I Can Do No Other”

No, Warriors, I haven’t confused two historic figures. Yes, the picture you see is Joan of Arc. The title you read is a hat tip to Martin Luther as he nailed his 95 Points on that church door so long ago. If you have been following me long on my blog, or on social media, you know I have long identified with Joan’s fierceness. As far as Martin’s boldness? Yes, I’m about to go there.

A Certain Recent Release:

The President has recently released his 2018 Federal Budget Blueprint. It’s creating quite a buzz. You also know that in past federal budget releases, I’ve also gone over them.
In-depth and not unwilling to expose the alignment to the CCSS Machine.


The reality that the current President has promised to rid us of Common Core and yet padded the Administration with pro CCSS members, certainly has given us pause.

Trump’s promise for more jobs should also give us pause. Why? With the distinct presence of WIOA (Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act), ESSA (Every Student Succeeds), HEA (Higher Education Act); the federal money in place right NOW funneling through each of these; the CCSS Machine up to its neck in all 3, we need to be pointing to the same priorities:

a) Workforce based education IS here, playing out daily. It plays out not only through Common Core, but Career Tech Education, STEM, Next Gen, and so many other areas.
b) It’s playing out in employment centers, community colleges, our public-private partnerships, job development programs, and so many other places.
c) It comes in the form of SEL (social, emotional learning), CBE (competency based education), PBLs (project based learning), and constant over assessments for skills to meet some business’s idea of what a human should be able to do.

For the President to rid us of ‘Common Core’, he needs to be ready to rid us of ALL the connections. Think how many times we’ve heard and said, ‘follow the money’.

Since D.C. is a favored conduit of the CCSS Machine, we know a lot of evidence is waiting to be exposed. Federal budgets have lots of money…and lots of evidence we can trace.

Every day we hesitate, the more ingrained the CCSS Machine becomes in the new Administration. Warriors, we saw the CCSS Machine take up residence in D.C. during the previous Administration. The Machine is STILL there.

Warriors, do not simply look at the Blueprint’s ‘Dept. of Education’ budget items. Read the WHOLE thing.

I wish I could tell you that the CCSS presence has been eliminated with Mr. Trump’s Blueprint. It hasn’t.

Flummox Awaits Us:

(*Note: ‘flummox’ is an old word for being bewildered or perplexed.)

Flummox #1): So, in Trump’s Blueprint, did ‘Common Core’ get the axe? Not by name. There were some things involving CCSS, but not too many. Warriors, eliminating CCSS in one area (no matter how huge), means it survives elsewhere.

Flummox #2): Did the Dept. of Ed receive cuts? Yes, but are those cuts enough? That, my Warriors, remains to be seen.

Flummox #3): While the President’s Blueprint is not the entire Federal Budget,the word ‘blueprint’ suggests that what the President wants may be changed by Congress.

When will “We the People” get to see the entire 2018 federal budget? What other CCSS Machine ties will be revealed when We see it? Will We have time to influence Congress or will it be too late?

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 A First Glance At The Blueprint:

Mr. Trump has identified (in the opening pages of the Blueprint) that the following federally funded activities/groups/services will be eliminated if his Budget requests are approved.

I’ve researched each of of these and have proven their CCSS ties. I’ve provided the previous published articles so you can go back and read just how deep those CCSS ties go. We’ll need to know which groups will be spinning the pro-CCSS rhetoric in the coming days.)

National Endowment of the Humanities  


National Endowment of the Arts 


PBS (proof)
*Note: be sure to scroll down to see PBS’s embedding in ESSA.


Institute of Library and Museum Services 
*Note: there are at least 2 other related articles mentioned in this one. Find them here and here.
We should also note the question posed in the ‘Services’ article. If local areas cannot match federal funds, services like your libraries will close.


Woodrow Wilson International Center of Scholars (my article delved into the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Program. Both are under the same logo.) In the Blueprint, it is unclear how and if the International funding cut will impact the entire Woodrow Wilson organization.


21st Century Community Learning Centers
*Note: of the many articles surrounding 21stCCLCs, this is probably the most relevant considering the Blueprint.

Be sure to see the other connections you’ll also see in the Blueprint. Also remember, Warriors, 21st CCLCs are codified in ESSA. Will Trump’s elimination of CCSS, repeal ESSA?!

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Blueprint Agency Items “I Can Do No Other With”:

Martin Luther’s passion for truth and his boldness for making the evidence public drove him to state the declaration you see above. I like that boldness. While he found 95 pieces of evidence for action,  I’ve been able to identify 85 Concerns in the President’s Blueprint.  Here is the link to my special Guide detailing them.

To use the Guide, simply open the link. All red highlighted words will have several of my previously published articles which directly relate to each of the Agencies in the Blueprint.

Use the research to help you formulate your dissent to seeing MORE Common Core (and all its related entities) continued in the 2018 Budget!

Use any of the research to help you create a way to help remind the President of his campaign promise to rid us of Common Core. To rid us of the name only, solves nothing.

Lastly, share the Guide, as you see fit. Knowledge about the CCSS Machine is what keeps us powerful. We should be making as much of a protest about the Blueprint as we did about the new Secretary of Education’s confirmation.

No, we should be making MORE noise. We should demand a full repeal of any and all federal activity overreaching into education.

Warriors, it will take MORE than alerting the Oval Office with our priorities. We need to be ‘nailing these points to Congress’s doors. We need to be shouting these pieces of evidence boldly.

Warriors, we must do all of this. To do less, is something we should not permit. To take a ‘wait and see’ attitude could be dangerous to our fellow citizens.
Why? The federal budget impacts every age group, not a select few. With so much of the CCSS Machine still in our education, we must be a modern day Martin Luther of Joan of Arc.

 

Taking Us For A Ride

Warriors, maybe you remember back in the early 90s, a PBS show called “Magic School Bus”. I know I sure do. My children loved the show.

Well, it’s back and fully aligned to not only to the CCSS Machine, but to it’s counter-part, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math).

The show is to be used as a tool to entice children into anything and everything STEM has to offer. All the way from its “STEM education” for a “STEM nation”, to its “STEM citizens”. (These references are to the PCAST Report I’ve shared with you many times where it’s revealed that Common Core’s introduction into education was to help hide the agenda behind STEM’s roll-out.) The show’s also sure to include the “A” (for Arts). Thus, making “STEM” become “STEAM”. (I’ve also exposed THAT agenda in education reform as well.)

I was really saddened to hear another really fun educational show has become ensnared by the CCSS Machine.

What Lurks Behind That Bus:

In a word, Scholastic, Inc. This CCSS Machine member organization has totally sold out to the education reform. Scholastic, Inc. is the company which owns “Magic School Bus”. The updated STEM Version is to be called “Magic School Bus 360”.

In another word, PBS. This CCSS Machine member organization has seen fit to have Sesame Street aligned to Common Core, so why NOT Magic School Bus?!

In a third word, Netflix. This company is owned by an educratic reformer convinced America should eliminate all school boards. Netflix also is streaming the 90s versions of Magic School Bus.

From Scholastic, Inc’s press release, this excerpt, Uniquely aligned with the global emphasis on STEM education, the new Magic School Bus360° showcases all fields of science, while embracing technology as a creative tool that supports learning and impacts daily life. The series provides an exceptional opportunity for kids to watch, learn and explore science, inspiring them to become active participants in the scientific process through the show’s extraordinary adventures and fantastic discoveries.”

Access the entire Press Release: http://mediaroom.scholastic.com/press-release/scholastic-medias-magic-school-bus-continues-legacy-magic-school-bus-360-new-netflix-o

According to the Magic School Bus website, the Bus makes real life stops at libraries across the nation. Given how ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) has communities aligning to the education reform, these stops will be a great opportunity for more STEM agenda to be spread around. See: http://www.scholastic.com/magicschoolbus/travel/index.htm

While you will not see “Common Core” in plain sight on the Magic School Bus website, I did find this as evidence:

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According to EdWeek’s Blog (EdWeek is also sold out to the CCSS Machine), “The revival is timely, as there has been a nationwide push for STEM education, including by President Barack Obama, who has championed investments in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education for years.” (*Note: the entire article can be found, 
http://blogs.edweek.org/teachers/teaching_now/2017/01/magic_school_bus_reboot.html?cmp=SOC-EDIT-FB )



From The Bus To The White House:

It’s no secret how much federal overreach has taken place in education. It’s also no secret how much the outgoing President has participated in these efforts either. It was, in fact, his PCAST (President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology) group which gave him that Report back in 2010.

That Report had bipartisan support. The goal? Improving education. Trouble is, as we’ve seen before, Warriors, take an agenda targeting group, add federal funds, new legislation, and ‘presto-changeo’: education reform run amuck. If you’ve not seen all that I found about this Report, revisit it: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2014/09/02/from-the-files-pcast-stem-and-common-core/

As far as the President’s STEM activities (and those closely related) since then:
STEM Act of 2015:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/10/21/wybi-tying-stem-to-ccss-again/
Tying STEM to the Import Export legislation:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/10/29/tech-thursday-stemccss-push-making-it-american/ *(Note: watch for ‘Smart Cities’)
Education waivers and the STEM Affinity Network:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2014/12/02/wybi-wednesday-rttt-stem-ed-waivers-and-more/ (ESSA will have States competing for federal funding and waivers as well.)
i3 Initiativehttps://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/10/19/sorry-mr-babbage/
STEM Master Corps: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/09/01/and-the-winners-are/
STEM, your community’s alignment, and a Vacation Bible School:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/04/24/full-steam-ahead/ (*also ties ESSA, WIOA, HEA to STEM)
STEM and Teacher Pay: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/02/18/essa-and-teacher-pay/
The Brain Initiativehttps://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/10/23/sure-fire-disaster-fed-ed/
Computer Science for All, ConnectED,  Promise Neighborhoods,  and, America’s College Promisehttps://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/09/08/kings-bandwagon-its-a-comin/

STEM, STEAM, And America:

1) https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/05/27/wybi-stem-to-steam-ties-to-common-core-pt-1/
2) https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/05/28/tech-thursday-pt-2-stem-to-steams-ties-to-common-core/
3) https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/05/29/friday-special-post-part-3-stem-to-steam-ties-to-ccss/

Netflix’s Ties to the CCSS Machine:
1) An interview: http://educationnext.org/disrupting-the-education-monopoly-reed-hastings-interview/

2) How I tied the company to Google’s education CCSS/STEM activites: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2014/09/27/sic-em-saturday-googles-common-core-classroom/

3) How a group of business investors in Silicon Valley have the ‘get rid of all school boards’ agenda: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2014/09/16/from-the-files-tuesday-down-in-the-valley/

PBS and ESSA:
1) Will also tie back to the President’s Digital Promise Initiative now codified in ESSA:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/02/04/essa-and-digital-overload/ (*Note: you will find 3 other PBS, CCSS Machine/STEM embedded researched articles in this link as well.)

Closing:

Warriors, while we see the damage of the STEM agenda/CCSS Machine behind us, we know that in the coming days, there will be much to fight in this continued War Vs. the Core. How much of the top-down overreach will we be free of is anyone’s guess at this point. Just remember, every single day this type of poor education continues, is another day we’ve lost many great minds.


Alignment’s in Fashion

Author’s Note: Much of the information included in this article has been provided by other Warriors for me to pull together. It is my goal to convey the TRUTH. No matter how popular or unpopular that truth is. To those who’ve shared their information and concerns, I thank you sincerely.
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Warriors, have you heard of Koret before? Koret, as in Koret of California Sportswear Fashions, or as in Koret Foundation, or as in Koret Task Force for Education housed at Hoover Instititute?

Well, you’re about to.

Koret’s Task Force for Education has been partners with the Hoover Institute for a while now. As we know, Hoover Institute is a well known organization in and of itself. But what do each of these Foundations do separately, and, more importantly, together?!


First Stitch:

Koret Foundation (website: koret.org) Since 1979 this Foundation has done tremendous things to help its local community, and its fatih-based community as well.

With such a rich heritage, it is a shame the Foundation has seen fit to help fund KIPP Schools. KIPP Schools, as you know, Warriors, are public private charter schools across America. They are also a part of the CCSS Machine. I found their KIPP donations in this “Community Report”.

http://koret.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/community_report_2010.pdf

 

Second Stitch, Joining Hoover Institute:

Koret joined education forces with Hoover back in 1999. The Hoover Institute’s been around since the late 1950s and is tied to the former President of the U.S., Herbert Hoover.
From its Mission Statement, you’ll see the Institute is in full support of the U.S. Constitution, improve our quality of life as Americans, and limit government. See:
http://www.hoover.org/about/missionhistory

Here’s an excerpt from Koret Foundation President Taub, “Our 1999 partnership with Hoover envisioned a new model for academic engagement with current policy issues. By bringing together leading education scholars from around the country, we created a venue with Hoover in which these experts could converse, argue, and, most of all, learn from each other as they tackled the complex issues facing K–12 education. Over the past eight years, the Koret Task Force on K–12 Education has produced highly acclaimed, award-winning, influential work that has changed the landscape of the K–12 education arena.” (*Note: to access the 2008 Task Force Model Report where I found this quote, 
http://koret.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/perspectives_winter_08.pdf )

So, basically you have Hoover Inst. as the older entity, joined 20 years later by another Foundation (Koret). You can see one Foundation gives to KIPP, but is Hoover somehow stitched into the fabric of education reform as well?

Back in 2012, see what Hoover/Koret thought were ‘hits’ and ‘misses’ in education:

hooverreport
Please, click on the picture to enlarge it and ask yourself, how can we accept anyone in education leadership who says one part of the illegally based reform is ‘fashionable’ (a ‘hit’), and the other part is a ‘disaster’ (a ‘miss’)?

If you are questioning the loyalty of either of these big name ‘education/policy designers’ to true American ideals, look at the Timeline of activity in the name of education reform.

korethoover

Among the Task Force’s ‘ideal education’ design’? School choice, accountability, and transparency. While those in and of themselves CAN be a great thing, between NCLB, RttT, and ESSA, these concepts have brought about MORE strings, LESS Choice, and are REMOVING freedoms faster than a stain remover. Notice who is among the Task Force members, too. Again, any one you see here raises the question of ‘Should we trust them in leadership?’
Access the entire Timeline: k-12-education-tf-timeline

There is a 2012 Hoover/Koret Report“Choice and Federalism”. It does bring up the fact we need LESS top-down micromanaging in education, BUT the ways in which we are to achieve this is vouchers, charters, and some federal activity. In other words, the same old worn out design we’ve heard from the CCSS Machine before!! See:
http://media.hoover.org/sites/default/files/documents/Choice-and-Federalism.pdf

Some Designers:

Secretary of Ed Candidates:
Mr. Evers’ past on an CA Education Committee has more than one anti CCSS Warrior concerned:
caevers
The sources: CA Governor’s Press Release:
http://mathforum.org/kb/servlet/JiveServlet/download/204-2081817-7088327-601869/att1.html
CA Academic Committee Inventory:
http://pdf.oac.cdlib.org/pdf/csa/acastand.pdf (*Note: What you see above is from Page 3)

Michelle Rhee, raised several red flags for more than one anti CCSS Warrior as well. I was flooded with information on her.
Her 2012 10-99 Tax Form reveals her reform in education design, see: students-first-irs-990-2012
The 2010 10-99 Tax Form ties Rhee to David Coleman, Susan Pimental, and Jason Zimba.
See: students-first-2010-990

If you missed the Breibart News article about Rheehttp://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2016/11/19/michelle-rhee-supporter-heavily-regulated-school-choice-education-secretary/

From 2010, a Public School News media source detailing Rhee’s abuse of students in the classroom:
http://www.substancenews.net/articles.php?page=1675

Rep. Luke Messer, from IN, this ‘school choice advocate’ is on my radar as one of the members of the U.S. House’s Education and Workforce Committee. Ed/Workforce is hell-bent on using Paul Ryan’s ‘Better Way’ campaign as an avenue to increase the CCSS Machine’s Career Tech Education (aka: Adult Common Core). As a former “School Choice Indiana President”, we should all be concerned. School Choice is backed by Jeb Bush. See: http://www.voicesempower.com/who-paid-for-all-those-yellow-scarves-school-choice-no-voice/
See the announcement for Messer’s opportunity as Secretary:
http://www.indystar.com/story/news/politics/behind-closed-doors/2016/11/17/luke-messer-trumps-education-secretary/94034516/

Charter Schools, Another ‘Education Fashion’ Disaster:

One anti CCSS Warrior has put together a great ‘charter school and the dangers of them’ resource. See: http://www.scoop.it/t/charter-choice-closer-look

I was also given this link out of CA about the ‘competition’ charters are supposed to breed, but I couldn’t access the entire article. See: https://ssir.org/articles/entry/competing_principles

Here’s a visual I was sent, be sure to really look closely.

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As far as some of the big funders for charter schools, another visual sent to me:

charterfunders

Global Problem: My Government’s Education ‘Straitjacket’ Doesn’t Work!

Since the U.S. is a member of the United Nations and we are constantly being compared education wise with other countries, here’s an eye opening article from Poland. Teachers there are seeing the workforce education is a straitjacket for everyone, and they are protesting! Why are we NOT?!
See: 
http://m.dw.com/en/thousands-of-teachers-in-poland-protest-government-education-reforms/a-36452228

Lastly, A Word of Warning From Charlotte Iserbyt:

Written before the 2016 November Elections, our fearless anti CCSS/Fed Ed Warrior, Charlotte Iserbyt had strong words for all of us to learn from.
1) “Check carefully track record of your education policy advisors.”
2)  “To make available to all candidates for President of the United States of America information not only regarding the role of the U.S. Dept. of Education in the destruction of American academic education, but also to warn them not to surround  themselves with advisors whose agenda may not have anything to do with traditional education designed to create upward mobility for the children of our nation (our children!)”

However, it’s Mrs. Iserbyt’s truthful words of warning about WHY the U.S. Dept. of Education will not be shut down anytime soon, we must pay attention to!

Warriors, you HAVE to have this article! See: http://abcsofdumbdown.blogspot.com/2016/04/patriots-or-manchurian-candidates.html

Closing:

Contact the Transition Team as soon as possible and share with them HOW toxic the fabric of their education designs are! Trump wants school choice, vouchers in the form of education savings accounts, he says ‘no’ to CCSS, but is wanting to have an educated workforce..which is impossible when the workforce education IS Common Core!!

Transition Team on Twitter:
#TransitionTeam
@Transition2017
President-elect on Twitter:
@realDonaldTrump

President-elect via email: djt@trumporg.com
The future First Lady embraces Universal Preschool (share my most recent article about what is currently going on in early education. See:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/11/18/early-essa/), contact her: Twitter: @MelaniaTrump

Send information and ideas to the website for the Trump Team:
 https://apply.ptt.gov/yourstory/

 

Does It Really Matter?

Warriors, it’s the day AFTER the biggest election we’ll see for another 4 years. Did your anti CCSS candidate win? While the dust is settling, let’s please remember we have SERIOUS issues, especially when it comes to education.
I realize I may lose some followers after this article, but I feel we MUST look at the entire scope of who’s leading in D.C….and in your States.  Warriors, we must not let our guards down. The CCSS Machine is JUST as much in the Republican party as it is the Democratic party. With both Chambers of Congress, we’ve seen a tea-totaling sell out to federally led education, NOT less! Are we really so caught up in the moment we are forgetting that while our President is important, it is Congress which is participating with the CCSS Machine evenmoreso?

As anti CCSS Warriors, we oppose not only Common Core, but:

CTE, Career Tech Education; which has been proven to be not only the adult form for the express purpose of skilled laborers to boost the national and global economy but has been tracked to trickle down from jobs to higher education all the way back down to early learning.

ESSA, Every Student Succeeds Act; which mandates MORE federal control; gives power to the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services; embeds skill based education for post-secondary readiness (embedding the U.S. Dept. of Labor); mandates STEM {Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math}, which embeds the U.S. Dept. of Education, the U.S. Dept. of Energy, the National Science Foundation, the U.S. State Dept., and more; re-brands Common Core as “Challenging State Academic Standards”, “College and Career Readiness”, “21st Century Learning Skills”, etc.; states that ‘region specific’ education is to be taught; makes teachers and school leaders into puppets for the CCSS Machine agenda; be it in the career and college readiness trap OR the ‘let’s all micromanage education by becoming pseudo doctors so we can  diagnose students of all ages and abilities. That way, the federal government can justify giving more Title One Funding with oh, so many MORE strings!’

WIOA, Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (which embeds U.S. Dept. of Labor into the education of our nation at ALL grade levels and consumes EVERY school choice!)
You’ll also find certain mandates from WIOA woven into ESSA. Without CTE, WIOA would be hard pressed to even exist as a federal law. Those mandates include: massive data collecting, tracking, and streamlining (the CCSS Machine uses the phrase ‘personalized learning’ to hide this) education NOT for academic and proper critical thinking, BUT, for ‘learn to earn’ (aka: workforce education) students capable of replicating orders. Other mandates include massive assessments for skill based learning, which lead to not so much diplomas, but certificates of national level. The higher the certificate’s level {literally platinum, gold, silver, or bronze}, the better job. The problem? No certificate, no job!
At least that’s how the skill-based assessment publishers have it rigged.

Warriors, in the months which have led up to this important election, I have repeatedly showed you how the CCSS Machine has carried out, via the U.S. Congress, their continued grinding down of education in the form of workforce based education. ESPECIALLY Career Tech Education!!!

Whatever amount of money each of the Congressional members may (or may not) of received; whatever special favor, or under the table endorsement; no matter what racket has corrupted them, the CCSS Machine is resting easy. But it will be cranking up again SOON. 

Why? If you’ve not noticed, many of the CCSS Machine groups aren’t terribly ‘loud’ right now..BECAUSE they don’t have to be! The ‘bang for the buck’ payoff is this: Congress’ Ed/Workforce Committees in BOTH chambers AND including ALL political parties are being extremely loud right now.

Congressional Message from early November 2016:
Released the day BEFORE these crucial elections was the Joint House/Senate statement of ‘disdain’ for the U.S. Dept. of Education’s overreach. Yet, not one murmur about their own overreach! (If you missed it:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/11/07/edworkforce-false-positive/ )

Congressional Message from Election Day 2016:
Another unabashedly ‘pro CCSS/CTE’ plug by Congress!

electdayprop

Yes, this is from my email, just like the one I showed you in the 11/7/16 article.

Congress is being a great megaphone for the CCSS Machine.

Here is what else the latest plug for illegally based education (yes, since CTE is Common Core, it too, is illegally based. It’s also been codified, thanks to OTHER Congressional laws.):

1) The Ed/Workforce Committee cites a quote from IBM. If we didn’t already know it, IBM is a HUGE CCSS/CTE Supporter!! Here’s an excerpt about IBM’s love for CTE, “By linking local employers with education leaders, CTE can lead students into successful, life-long careers and fill local economic needs. Take IBM. Through the Pathways in Technology Early College High Schools (P-TECH) education model, IBM has helped graduating students secure paid internships and mentors from local businesses who can offer career advice, guidance, and support.” (*Note: this is also in the email I received.)

2) The email also brags about the HR5587 (I embedded my exposure of just how awful this bill truly is for America in the 11/7/16 article. However, you can also find it here:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/08/09/congress-loves-cte/ )

3) That quote from the Daily Mining Gazette featured in the screen shot? The paper is based in Michigan. Michigan has had a huge sell out crowd to the CCSS Machine when it comes to workforce based education and CTE!

3a) Daily Mining Gazette is owned by Ogden Newspapers Inc (ONI). ONI has other small newspapers around the nation, as well. West Virginia for example. Workforce based education, aka CTE; as well as other connected programs are a big deal in this State.Their website can be found: http://www.oweb.com/newspapers.html
(*Note: ONI also is involved in healthcare! See: http://www.bloomberg.com/research/stocks/private/snapshot.asp?privcapId=901889 )

3b) You may also like to know that the ONI is held by the Nutting Family based in PA. According to what I could find out about this family, they own the majority of the Pittsburgh Pirates. See:
http://www.post-gazette.com/sports/pirates/2007/01/13/Nutting-becomes-Pirates-principal-owner/stories/200701130123
From the Pittsburgh Pirates’ website, here’s an excerpt proving their alignment to CCSS/CTE/STEM
Fantasy Baseball Math Opening Day: Wednesday, April 11 marks opening day for Fantasy Baseball Math, presented by Pirates Charities and Pirates GM Neal Huntington and his wife Becca, at selected Boys & Girls Club sites and five schools within the Diocese of Pittsburgh. The program is a comprehensive curriculum-based program that teaches children math skills using baseball statistics. This program aligns with Common Core Standards for math and promotes higher order science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) skills in preparation for math-based careers.
See:
http://pittsburgh.pirates.mlb.com/news/print.jsp?ymd=20120403&content_id=27862948&vkey=pr_pit&c_id=pit

Resources For Your Proof:
1) To see the entire letter from Ed/Workforce:
 http://edworkforce.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=401137

2) I showed you in the 11/7 article how healthcare and CTE intersect. However, if you missed it: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/08/16/ctes-health-country/

3) To see my P-Tech article: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/06/25/tech-thursday-p-tech-its-here-its-now-and-its-part-of-the-p3-ccss-machine/ (*Note: if you’ve heard of the “Reinventing High School” document, this is where you can find it and SO much more. It also has information which will take you back in time to at least 2006.)
The Answer, As Far As I Can See It:

Warriors, in the title of my article, I posed a question. So far, I’ve not given a clear cut answer. What I have given you is plenty of evidence for you to draw your own conclusion.

From my researched findings, it does indeed appear that in spite of who will be our next President, Congress has laid out enough damage to TRUE American academic-based education, that it will not matter. Too much has been spent; too many laws (legal or illegal) have been made/broken; and, too many backroom deals have been crafted.

What has troubled me throughout this election is that Mr. Trump’s VP, Mr. Pence is an acknowledged ‘champion’ of CTE (Ed/Workforce Committee has even trotted out parts of Pence’s 2015 CTE speech in their propaganda blitzes.) Compare that to Mrs. Clinton’s well documented love for Common Core. Neither fact is very comforting, nor reason to lower our guards.

As far as what CTE propaganda Congress spits out today?  I’m sure we’ll know soon.
If you’d like to check the Ed/Workforce Committee on Twitter (where you can see all kinds of CTE propaganda):
https://twitter.com/EdWorkforce (*Note: The Senate HELP Committee needs to also be checked up on.)
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SO, am I suggesting that because America is so far down the education reform road we will not be able to turn back?! No!! Remember, America (other until otherwise noted) is a Constitutionally based Republic. IF you look at the definition of ‘republic’, you’ll find the CITIZENS are to be the ‘supreme power’, NOT the federal government.
Warriors
, in plain speak, that’s ‘there are more of us than them’!! By the fact of sheer numbers, we CAN beat back this reform! Will it be a tough battle? Most assuredly. We will give up? Not likely until we die. Why? Our children (babies, teens, and adults) will face awful consequences if we don’t!

One more thing: we cannot rest on any laurels. Our work in not over. As long as there is federal abuse and overreach into education and all that goes with it, we have far to go.