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For My Friends

Warriors, we know sometimes we all need help from those we’ve come to count on. Especially in the War vs the Core.

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Today, I’d like to highlight some of my Warrior/Friends efforts to help ALL of us across the nation. Why? A boost during the summer months is needed to keep us sharp and focused.

We’re hearing how some States think CCSS (Common Core State Standards) are gone, or that the leaders in our States declare the Standards ‘dead’.
Heck, we’ve even heard the U.S. Secretary of Education try to pacify us with how ‘dead’ Common Core is.

Warriors, we KNOW CCSS lives on in the ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act). CCSS didn’t go away, it expanded!

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To help us stay strong, sign the anti Fed Ed/Labor merger. We’ve only got until the 24th of July to reach 100,000 signatures!

We, the Warriors, know the merger will expand CCSS’s workforce education, not shrink it.

Participate in the upcoming call (free) where you’ll get information on the P3s (Public Private Partnerships) and their “Pay for Success” schemes for education and some other really timely information. (*Note, there are two date choices, the first is July 19th; the second is in December 2018.)

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Summer’s no time to slack off our watchdog stance when it comes to education. Thanks for being who you are WHERE you are!

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We ARE the Anti Fed Ed Warriors!

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No Enigma Here

It’s a new work week, Warriors. While I’m sure you’ve heard the news that once again, the voices of those who cherish freedom were ignored, know that we MUST fight on.

If you have not heard the news the American control of our internet is gone. Several credible media sources have shared this. So, I won’t beat the news over your head. I’m sure other anti CCSS Warriors have also given much time to research and writing on this particular event. However, the internet and all that goes with it are  DEFINITE players in education.
So, what am I adding to the research/information?  Please check it out below.

 

Happening Now or Has Happened Not Too Long Ago:

I’ve previously shared with you about the White House led “Educate to Innovate”. Rather than share that article here, I wanted for us to look at the Initiative now. Especially since it is at our President’s bidding that our internet is no longer ours.

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This is from their website. To see more: http://www.educatetoinnovate.org/
A big clue to the CCSS Machine alignment is the NSF (National Science Foundation).
If you’ve missed any of what I’ve dug up on them, just search the blog for them. You’ll find out just how sold out this government entity is.

ICANN, Our New Internet Manager:

As I stated above, there’s lots of information out about ICANN ( Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers). However, if you’ve not seen what ICANN does, here’s a short video about them.

While this may not sound to you like we’ve just lost our 1st Amendment freedom of speech, note that the capacity to neuter our voices has just ICANNeased (increased) tremendously!

So how will ICANN influence education? Look below:

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I found this information on the ICANN Labs page. Guiding you through how great these 4 ‘innovation tracks’ is Chris Gift.
Link for the Labs: http://labs.icann.org/en/about.html
Who is Christ Gift? ICANN has a very brief bio: https://www.icann.org/profiles/chris-gift
I didn’t have much luck finding his previous internet related jobs.

If you’d like to learn a bit more about ICANN’s activities before/after the South African meeting (where the President signed an agreement to give up our internet control): https://www.cscdigitalbrand.services/blog/icann-unveils-50-details/


What Else I Found:

Gates Foundation’s grant of $3,000,000.00 to the Education Superhighway, ES. ES has been busy helping try to sway the elections in November AS well as continue to align America’s schools to the internet.
See the grant: http://www.gatesfoundation.org/How-We-Work/Quick-Links/Grants-Database/Grants/2015/11/OPP1136031
To learn about SE: http://www.educationsuperhighway.org/
(*Note: use the ‘About’ page to see how this leading non-profit directly ties to the President’s “ConnectEd” Initiative. ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) will definitely continue this program.
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See the article about SE’s involvement in the McGraw-Hill (CCSS Publisher) Education survey with not so hidden election meddling.
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/09/29/100-500-and-still-counting/

 

International Data Mining Conference:

I also found the upcoming (Dec. 2016) International Data Mining Conference. Known as ICDM (IEEE International Conference on Data Mining). What is the IEEE (? That’s the world’s largest organization for technical engineers! Their main goal? Increasing the global digital footprint.  See: https://www.ieee.org/index.html

Below is a screen shot of the workshops already planned. I’ve given a very brief description of each workshop. Two things I noticed, when looking into each of these workshops. a) That each workshop casts an open call for ANYONE connected to data mining to submit research/influence opinions, etc. b) That each workshop has a committee of leaders, often who are representatives from the CCSS Machine. Look at how many of these will be used in education.

dataed2016To look at the workshops more in depth: http://icdm2016.eurecat.org/workshops/

To learn about their December conference, see: http://icdm2016.eurecat.org/

 
Happening 10/4/16:

The IEEE is using October 4, 2016 as the “Leveraging Technology for a Better Tomorrow” Day. Now, why did I put this AFTER the December Conference information? By you seeing WHAT IEEE/ICDM are doing, you can better arm your students on 10/4.
1) It’s a global day full of celebrating locations. Lots in the USA and many targeting girls.
Link for events: http://www.ieeeday.org/2016-events-map/
2) In 2015, there were over 640 global events, 100 global ambassadors, and lots of photos.
See: http://www.ieeeday.org/ (*Note: scroll down until you see the blue background.)
3) The USA is not in an assigned region nor do we have an ambassador, yet we are hosting events.
4) If you wish to see their series of annual IEEE Dayshttp://www.ieeeday.org/videos/
5) If you wish to see the technology standards and the advances being planned using those standards: http://standards.ieee.org/

The Document Linking IEEE and ICANN:

While this link will take you back to the agreement between the two in 2015, it’s a safe bet they are still partners.
2015 link: https://www.icann.org/resources/agreement/ieee-2015-07-23-en

IEEE, ICANN, and a CCSS Machine member organization can be traced back to 1999. I found this one. Educause is a well known CCSS Member.
1999 link: https://archive.icann.org/en/dnso/ncdhupdate.htm

IEEE has a document stating they will use the European Union’s Data Umbrella for privacy here in the US. See: http://www.ieee.org/about/ieee_europe/april_2016_ict_news_bulletin.pdf
Related document about ICANN, IEEE, the US, and more:
http://internetinitiative.ieee.org/resources/ieee-global-internet-governance-monitor/4-may-2016

ICANN’s 2016 NonCom Leadership Team:
https://www.icann.org/resources/pages/nomcom2016-members-2016-02-18-en
(*Note: from what I can tell this group selects other people to serve in bigger ICANN powerful roles.)

Related and Some Time Ago:

These articles from my files can give you an excellent trail of data mining intrusion from far and wide. Since ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) is law, you know the data mining/technology will continue to increase. (See: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/02/04/essa-and-digital-overload/)

Closing social mobility gaps:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/03/02/monday-musings-purposed-embedding-for-the-core/

International Ed/Data: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/05/22/ed-for-sale/

Global ed/competency already in progress:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/11/09/monday-musings-global-readiness-and-ccss/

How the Import/Export Act plays into this:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/11/07/weekend-news-ccsscte-catch-up-edition/ (*Note: follow the link to the original article after you read this one.)

Jack Welch, universal certifications, and tons of other information:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/01/27/ftf-tuesday-iassc-universal-certification/

“Connect All Schools”, WIOA (Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014), and global data: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/01/27/ftf-tuesday-iassc-universal-certification/

Where you can find the global education citizen pledge:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/09/17/tech-thursday-global-day-for-education/

How the Olympics are used to embed UNESCO/global education for globally connected citizens:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/07/13/going-for-the-golden-games/

 

Closing:

I leave you with a video I shot this past weekend. It’s not fancy, it’s not glamorous. It IS, however, important in light of the upcoming elections. We MUST use the season to inform others! We CANNOT afford to elect people who will help continue the handing over of our freedoms; aligning our education to fit the CCSS Machine; and harming our children!! We need leaders who will LISTEN to us. We also need leaders who wish to keep America, American.

Weekend News: The IES and the ESSA

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ESSA molding education to become less than what it should be.

In yesterday’s ‘Tech Thursday’ article, I gave you plenty of information about the CCSS Machine’s efforts via the ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) and digital education. In the ‘Closing’, I assured you we would look at the IES (Institute of Education Sciences) next.
Why? Section 9210 of the ESSA discusses the IES’s role in federal overreach into not only education, but our homes as well.

 

Section 9210, Bottom of Page 943:

In the ESSA Final Conference Report (that is the 1,059 page document; the Final Law Version is 391 pages long), this section is titled “Report on Student Home Access to Digital Learning Resources”. (Lines 14 and 15)
Beginning on Line 16 and ending on Line 20, is the General Statement for this Report. “In General-not later than 18 months after the date of enactment of this Act, the Director of the Institute of Education Sciences shall complete a study on the educational impact of access to digital learning resources outside the classroom.” So what does this mean? Anytime between December 9, 2015 and July 9, 2017 this Study will be conducted!
Lines 21-24 of Page 943 begin the Contents that will be studied. (The Contents description ends near the bottom of Page 944) Below is a summary of these Contents:

1) Analysis of student habits related to digital learning resources outside the classroom.
2) Location of where the resources are.
3) The types of devices and technology used for educational purposes.
4) Barriers students face in accessing digital learning resources outside the classrooms will be identified.
5) Descriptions of challenges students without home internet access face daily.
6) Related challenges to #5 will encompass a student’s ability to complete homework as well as how engaged in the classrooms they are. It will also measure their participation in class.
7) How the challenges of #5 and 6 impact a student’s educator and their instructions.
8) How SEAs and LEAs (State Education Agencies and Local Education Agencies), schools, P3s (Public, private partnerships), and others can develop ways to break down the challenges and barriers of digital learning access outside the classroom.

What follows the Contents of the Study? How the Director of the IES will include the general public in results of the Study. What other groups get the results? The Committee on Education and Workforce (U.S. House) and the HELP (Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions) of the U.S. Senate. Finally, all this data will be shared electronically with the U.S. Dept. of Education and posted to their website.

 

Warriors Against the Core: Do you see the process? Do you realize the implications? Do you recognize the 2 main parties receiving the results (Congress and the Dept. of Ed) are the same ones who help plot and plan the HR5 and the S1177 which were combined to give us the ESSA?!
The HELP, the Ed/Workforce also have their hands on the SLDS (Student Longitudinal Data System from the U.S. Dept. of Ed); are helping oversee the re-authorization of the HEA (Higher Education Act); have access to  the WQDI (Workforce Quality Data Initiative from the U.S. Dept. of Labor); and will now be measuring our students OUTSIDE the schools! So where does this usually point? Homes! After school programs! Will this include their trips to Grandma’s or a favorite hang out location where they meet friends, too? While not specified, the descriptions in the language are so opened ended, it does make you wonder.

If you are a number cruncher, here is what all this looks like in our tax dollars:

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IES, Up Close:

Well, if the IES will be measuring our students and homes so up close and personal, maybe we should be looking at THEM rather closely.
The website: http://www.ies.gov
The Director: Ruth Neild (her  bio:
https://www.nagb.org/content/nagb/assets/documents/what-we-do/quarterly-board-meeting-materials/2015-08/06-Ruth-Curran-Neild-Bio.pdf)
To see her requirements in conducting research: https://ies.ed.gov/director/sro/legislative.asp

From what I have been able to find, the Study mentioned in the ESSA is not available on the IES website. However, I have been able to find some related documentation which may help us in our War Against CCSS.

For example, the IES is great about granting large sums of money to others in the name of research. I was able to find one such grant given to UCLA back in 2008. The sum? Over 9 million dollars. The name of the grantee, specifically? National Research and Development Center on Instructional Technology: Center for the Advanced of Technology in Schools (NCATS). The money was good for 5 years.
See: https://ies.ed.gov/funding/grantsearch/details.asp?ID=630
Another one was a slightly over one million dollars given to the CAST, Inc. back in 2011 (good for 3 years) and combined technology with the Universal Design for Learning, struggling readers, and more digital learning. See:
https://ies.ed.gov/ncer/projects/results.asp?ProgID=18&InvID=129

I  was also able to find a pdf document where activities for social, emotional, and behavior competencies; student outcomes in school and in life for PreK to Adults are in need of studying, measuring, and researching, especially for virtual learning. See the document:
https://ies.ed.gov/funding/pdf/2016_84305C.pdf

Want to access the ‘Future of Education Technology’ the IES has published?IESfutureedtech
One thing I noticed in relation to this publication was the E-Rate legislation. I wrote about how that is also tied to Common Core in the past (2014). See:  http://preventcommoncore.com/?p=1223
(*Note: This is a huge piece of ‘ammo’ for our cause!)

Want to access the ‘National Education Technology Plan (2016)’ which aligns to the ESSA’s “Effective Use of Technology”? It is from the U. S. Dept. of Education, so no wondering what alignment there may be there, right? See: http://tech.ed.gov/netp/
(*Note: the ESSA language about outside the classroom can best be described in a picture. To see what the U.S. Dept. of Ed has put together:
http://tech.ed.gov/netp/infrastructure/)

If you are curious as to the picture I included showing the dollar amounts for technology in the ESSA, please see the rest of the article, you won’t be disappointed.
http://americanactionforum.org/insights/education-technology-in-the-every-student-succeeds-act

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Lastly, the recent announcement of the White House Initiative for Computer Science for All? Yep, same agenda, same players from the CCSS Machine, and our tax dollars are joined together to continue the grinding down of our educational system and all those involved!
See: https://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2016/01/30/computer-science-all

School Board Special, Part 4

In my final installment for the anti CCSS School Board Special, I want to thank each and every one who has shared this news with a candidate. Regardless if we know a candidate who is seeking an office on our local school boards, state level education departments, or any other position connected to education, This series is IMPERATIVE! As Anti CCSS Warriors, we MUST also know this information. As you have been able to see, the ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) is a law filled with overreach into every educational choice, every family’s home, every citizen’s community, and every patriot’s rights.

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We are living statues of liberty and freedom. Our torch? The U.S. Constitution

So, What More Can I Share with the Candidates and Citizens?

For starters, below is a timeline of the most important dates the ESSA will be using. Note, there are other dates NOT listed below. Why? I found this timeline on a Gates Foundation funded/pro CCSS website’s featured page. Source: http://ascd.org/public-policy/Capitol-Connection-Jan-12-2016.aspx 

“January 2016*: The (US D of ED) department will identify and invite individuals for a negotiated rulemaking panel to address Title I standards and assessments and the supplement-not-supplant requirements. The panel will comprise federal agency representatives and education stakeholders who will work to reach consensus on what may ultimately become regulations.
February 2016*: The negotiated rulemaking panel will hold its first meeting in Washington, D.C.
March 2016*: The department will draft all proposed regulations and will submit language for regulatory review.
April–May 2016*: The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) will conduct administrative reviews; these are required by law to ensure alignment of proposed regulatory language with the administration’s policy priorities.
May 2016*: Regulatory language will be submitted to Congress for review, as required by ESSA. The department will make adjustments based on congressional comments.
May–June 2016*: The department will publish the final Notice of Proposed Rulemaking in the Federal Register, allowing 60 days for public comment. Capitol Connection will notify readers when this notice is published.
July–August 2016*: The department will begin reviewing and responding to all comments from the public. Final language must undergo additional reviews by OMB and OIRA.
April–June, 2016*: The department will begin peer review of state assessment systems, as required by ESSA. This step ensures that state assessment systems meet nationally recognized professional and technical standards. Under the reviews, each state will receive feedback from external experts on its current assessments.
July 1, 2016: Formula changes under ESSA take effect (e.g., Title I funding for disadvantaged students and Title II funding for educator supports).
August 1, 2016: NCLB waivers end. States will not be required to deliver follow-up actions previously required under waivers, unless such actions relate to areas covered by ESSA.
October 1, 2016: Changes to competitive grant program funding in ESSA take effect. A program that is no longer authorized in ESSA will get only one more year of funding (subject to appropriations), even if time remains in grants awarded prior to reauthorization.
October 2016*: Final regulations will be published and go into effect.
School Year 2017–2018: All other ESSA provisions will take effect.”

What you as a candidate or a citizen can do: Note the periods of public involvement! Note that Congress will have to respond in their comments to the U.S. Dept. of Ed. This means our voices can be heard–either from our own mouths or those of our Representatives and/or Senators! In other words, we can push back with vigor, with passion, and repeatedly!! Persistence pays off, Anti CCSS Warriors!

You can also refer back to the previous 3 articles to see where these dates (above) will impact your area of most concern. Be it the birth to 5 year olds, the Special Needs, English Language Learners, Native Americans, the 6 year olds to high school graduation, the post-secondary students, local economies, military bases, or those citizens just seeking a job.

Feedback You Need to See:

As part of the final installment, I want to share the feedback this series has gotten. Why? As a candidate, you should hear what the people who vote for you have to say. You need to hear what their hearts are burdened by, as well.
1) From the Facebook Page ‘Common Core Critics’, “Thanks for sharing. Praying this will open up eyes/hearts/minds to the immoral standards and global….propaganda being pushed upon our children/grandchildren.”
2) From the Facebook Page “Stop Common Core in Georgia”, ‘So a new law: ESSA will take place of Common Core and this ESSA is kind of like the ‘no child left behind’ bit from a few years ago…. a new name, same old stuff.’
3) From my personal wall, in response to Part One, “Lengthy but worth it. Thank you for what you do.” In response to Part Two, another comment, “Why should you be fighting against education as it is and the new ESSA that has enshrined the Common Core into education at the start of the school year 2016?”
4) From the Facebook page “Kansas Against Common Core”, their response to Part One, ‘For those of you who think your kids are too young and you don’t have to worry…guess what…you do!’
5) From a voter, “I will be looking for the anti common core candidates.”

6) Here is the first screen shot of the conversation two of my friends struck up. I am sharing their words so you can begin to see and read the frustration.
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Here is the rest of the conversation:
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Candidates, do you see the pattern? Rubber stamping, being coached! Please, be strong and STAND UP to the CCSS Machine!

7) Lastly, from the “Stop Common Core in Pennsylvania” Facebook page, this screen shot. I am providing it so you can see what a school board fed up with Common Core was able to do!
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Candidates, do this mean this school district is through with CCSS? We would need to ask them, however, know that while Resolutions declare our positions against CCSS, we have much proof that the LAWS protecting CCSS, will be what is upheld.

The biggest take away as someone running for office? Do your homework, read all you can between now and your first debate, get the facts! Stand firm in your opposition, too!

Closing:

Thank you, candidates for your bravery and determination.

School Board Special, Part Two

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Welcome to Part Two of my series devoted to those running for elections, especially the school board positions across America. Like this Weekend’s article, it is lengthy, but you MUST know this information! Your schools depend on it.

Running for school board jobs ARE so much MORE important than they get credit for. In case you didn’t get the Part One of this series, here is the link: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/01/23/the-school-board-special-part-one/ (*Note: In Part One, I have provided both the links to the ESSA Final Conference Report as well as the Final Law Version, as a candidate, you need both!)

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Kindergarten to 12th Grade:

Of all the grade groups Common Core Standards have impacted, the K-12th group has been the most talked about, the most publicized. If you have followed my blog long enough OR heard any of my speeches, chats, or interviews, you know that I have purposed to expose the CCSS Machine in all the other areas and educational choices. However, I have plenty to share with you concerning the K-12th grade group, too. For example, if you are seeking office, did you know there was an initiative which set CCSS into motion? (and which the ESSA will continue?!) For starters, see the picture below of the track  Pre-K-12th graders are experiencing thanks to Common Core State Standards Initiative!

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Here’s the CCSS pipeline. The NGA(National Governors Association) and the CCSSO (Council of Chief State School Officers) have ensured our students are put through this.

The CCSSI (Common Core State Standards Initiative):


What do I mean by the CCSS Initiative? Simply put it refers to the entire scope of not only the CCS Standards, but the agenda which accompanies it; the resources (including curriculum and assessments); and ANYTHING else connected to the Common Core.

As a candidate, you need to know that there is a real CCSSI, not just a set of educational Standards known simply as Common Core State Standards. If you would like to learn all you can about the CCSSI, please see Donna Gardner’s credible work. She was there in the U.S. Dept. of Education years ago, and has been witness to the CCSS Machine’s roots.
See: (Part One) 
http://cityonahill.squarespace.com/city-on-a-hill-blogs/2010/8/28/common-core-standards-parents-need-to-ask-why-is-there-no-de.html
Part Two:
 http://cityonahill.squarespace.com/city-on-a-hill-blogs/2010/9/4/nationalizing-or-federalizing-education-ccsi-the-inside-stor.html
(*Note: Part Three’s link was broken, as of this writing)

As many anti CCSS Warriors have stated since the ESSA’s passage, we have been lied to about this! As a candidate of any race where education will be impacted, this is probably the single MOST important information you can glean from this series!! Do not simply take the mass media or Congress’s word for it, we ARE NOT free from the Common Core State Standards Initiative!

The only references I have found to the CCSSI (Common Core State Standards Initiative) in the ESSA Final Conference Report (that over 1,000 page bill no one in Congress appears to have bothered to read) were located on page 130 (pertaining to standards and assessments), page 825 (pertaining to educational waivers), page 843 (pertaining to financial support from the federal government and how its officials/representatives are limited), page 859 (‘‘(a) IN GENERAL.—Nothing in this Act shall be construed to prohibit a State from withdrawing from the Common Core State Standards or from otherwise revising their standards.”)

Now, if you only stop there, as both the U.S. Congress and the mass media did, you can say this language means exactly what it says, that the States were no longer tied to the Common Core!

Candidates, think of it this way, “Whatever happens in Las Vegas stays in Las Vegas.” Educational federal law plays the same game, whatever started in the ESEA was carried over each time to some degree or another until the ESSA. ESSA, however, makes the previous versions look like a powder puff.

 

Alphabet Soup,  D.C. Style:

Before we ‘dig in’ to the ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015) to learn how it will continue the Initiative behind Common Core:
1) Know that the ESEA (Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965) got replaced with ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) in between these two? NCLB (No Child Left Behind) followed by the RttT Initiative (Race to the Top).
2) Know that STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math), STEM to STEAM (same as STEM with the Arts added in), WIOA (Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014), CTE (Career Tech Education), CP (Career Pathways) are also woven into the ESSA Law. (*Note: If you did not know that STEM is part of the Presidential agenda for education, I urge you to read one of my very first blog articles where the Report detailing HOW STEM was the among the ultimate goals of aligning America via the CCSS! See:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2014/09/02/from-the-files-pcast-stem-and-common-core/)

Maybe you've heard of STEM, but have you heard about STEM to STEaM?

Why you, as a candidate, need to know this? STEM is a huge selling point among the States for not only education, but for a workforce. STEM is also woven into the WIOA of 2014!

As a candidate, knowing which alphabet soup acronym stands for which one is important.

 

One more game D.C. has played with us about all this? The ESSA’s Final Conference Report has been reduced to a mere 391 page law! You will find all of the same points from the Report embedded in the Law, just not as wordy. We need the entire context so we can know how we are being duped into the lie that CCSS will no longer be a player in American Education! You can access both documents in Part One of this series.

 

From the ESSA Language Itself:

One thing you can count on is this, the shift in name from Common Core State Standards to College and Career Readiness as well as Challenging State Academic Standards, is about the only shifting there will be, as far as names.

You have to look harder at the Law. As evidence look on Pages 5 & 6. Here the tricky language begins. It’s context is about what programs will continue to receive multi-year funding and which won’t

(As a candidate, you need to know which programs in your school districts receive multi year funding and were provided for under the old ESEA (Elementary and Secondary Act of 1965), NCLB, RttT, you need to read this passage so you can understand how the ESSA will continue select programs.)

Why this is important: it is to cover the TRANSITION from one law to another!

Speaking of transitions, look at Page 7 where you will see what the Secretary of the U.S. Dept. of Education is in charge of in regards to the States!
“ORDERLY TRANSITION.—Subject to subsection (a)(1)(A)(i), the Secretary shall take such steps as are necessary to provide for the orderly transition to, and implementation of, programs authorized under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 6301 et. seq.), as amended by this Act, from programs  authorized under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 6301 et seq.), as in effect on the day before the date of enactment of this Act.”

Pages which follow this excerpt lay out the dates for the transitioning to begin. As early as July 1, 2016, folks!


Other Pages and Sections, You as the Candidate MUST Research:

Section 6, embeds all of the old ESEA into the new Law.

Section 1002, gives a grand total of the federal money to be awarded among the 50 States for the next few fiscal years. You, as the candidate, need to see the amounts, as well as the strings attached (ie: assessments).

Section 1003 details the strings attached to Section 1002.

Section 1004 details all the ‘Direct Student Services’. As part of the ‘Services’, this is where you can see the WIOA and CTE begin to appear for elementary and secondary students.It is here you will see the AP(Advanced Placement) Courses and IB (International Baccalaureate) students encompassed.
How will this make a difference in your candidacy? The amount of funding your State receives and the hoops the LEAs (local education agencies) are to use the funding. Not only that, but jobs mean money for your States. The economic health of America has been a huge selling point from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce (courtesy of Bill Gates Foundation) and has been passed on to each State via the Chambers of Commerce. You will also see that in this Section, parents and higher education are also included in the alignment mix.

Section 4107 details for you what is meant by “Activities To Support a Well-Rounded Student”.  As a candidate, you need to know this is where the P3s (public private partnerships) will have an increased presence in the classroom, where communities are expected to align and help educate all students, and more! As part of the ‘Activities’, this is where you will see STEM really focused on.

Section 4108 details all the ‘Activities to Support Safe and Healthy Students’ your state must have (includes sex ed, behavior management, assessments, mental services, and so much more) As a candidate, read page 447 very carefully, as well as the immediate pages around it.

Section 4109 goes into all the digital and technology strings for education. This is a huge point of every school district and state budget. Read it, candidates!

Section 8005 State funding for elementary/secondary administration consolidation plans. (Remember, candidates, follow the money trail from the top down)
Section 8201 goes into more detail about money States receive from the federal government.

Page 489 begins the 21st Century Community Learning Centers. As a candidate, you need to know this is going to totally transform not only your local schools, but your communities. This Initiative is a huge part of the CCSS Machine! It has roots in not only the White House, but a entity called the Partnership for 21st Century Skills. If you do not know about this, PLEASE contact me, I will be happy to provide the information you really need to know!

Page 905 states what the U.S. Dept. of Education’s Secretary will oversee in each of the 50 States concerning the homeless students.

Page 910 gives you the requirements each State must meet per the U.S. Dept. of Education Secretary for every grant and sub-grant the States receive.

Page 911 details the assurances States must provide the U.S. Dept. of Education Secretary with each year.

Page 919 introduces the phrase “Ed Flex Partnership State” and will be given to every State meeting the U.S. Dept. of Education Secretary’s conditions. As a candidate, you need to read what those parameters mean.I urge you to read from page 919 to 941 so you can see how private schools are included. Of special note to you will be page 937 where the general public is to be informed of any State educational application for waivers (means money for your State and local districts). Also, page 938 points to a bridge (if you will) between elementary and secondary education to post-secondary education via Perkins funding.

Closing:

Candidates, is there more that will impact your K-12th graders? ABSOLUTELY! Will it be only the public schools hit by this? NO! Run your race with integrity, with truth, and with everything you can to kill the CCSSI!
Part Three will address the post-secondary alignment of education according to the CCSS Machine.
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FTF: A ‘Dependent Truth’

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Well, the new U.S. Dept. of Education Secretary is wasting no time when it comes to selling higher education opportunities. But are these opportunities truthful ones? Will these opportunities come with MORE Common Core State Standards strings attached? What about College/Career Readiness? Career Tech Education (and all its other names) and their strings?

I guess it all DEPENDS! Join me in my “From the Files” Tuesday article as we explore this ‘dependent truth’.

The U.S. Dept. of Ed’s ‘Dependent’ Story:

If you just look at the Tweet above, you would think, ‘sounds great, we need more opportunities for low-income students’. However, as we have learned with the pro-CCSS U.S. Dept. of Ed, you can NOT take what sounds great and prove it out to BE great..there is ALWAYS some ‘dependent truth’ embedded. So just WHAT is the Tweet referring to, in hopes of drawing you in? Let’s find out!

First ‘dependent truth’: since the Tweet refers to ‘higher education’, you need to go directly to the OPE (Office of Post Secondary Education) WITHIN the U.S. Dept. of Education. See: http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ope/index.html

But I guess Sec. King depended on you to know that already. As a new leader, it would of been kind of him to point you to where you could find more out if you wanted from the labyrinth Dept. of Ed is. Instead he points you to a research paper. (that is another ‘dependent truth’ for later).

Once you are in the OPE website pages, you can find this declaration
OPE works to strengthen the capacity of colleges and universities to promote reform, innovation and improvement in post-secondary education, promote and expand access to post-secondary education and increase college completion rates for America’s students, and broaden global competencies that drive the economic success and competitiveness of our Nation.”

How does the OPE pull this off? Lots and lots of programs! There are policy programs (which will shape how reform is carried out), programs to get educational institutions on the reform band wagon, programs for all kinds of students, too..and all chock full of reform under the guise of improving life.

All this leads us to the Second ‘Dependent Truth’: If all the reform and improvements were LEGALLY based and NON Common Core (or any of its other names) aligned, these programs would be better off. BUT, I guess the Dept. of Education depends on the fallacy of our believing them, right?

The Third ‘Dependent Truth’? Simple, policy is NOT law! But I guess no one at the U.S. Dept. of Ed exercised their ‘Captain Obvious’ muscles in this area. The Free Dictionary website stated that policy in relation to governments is intended to influence and determine decisions, actions, and other matters” They also continue on with this, “A course of action, guiding principle, or procedure considered expedient, prudent, or advantageous”. Since we know the U.S. Dept of Ed sides with all things CCSS, we know their dependence is on the ‘truth’ that prudence, advantage, and influence are subjective, NOT objective! The Free Dictionary offers one last definition of ‘policy’, whatever is “shrewdness” is the basic idea. That, my fellow anti CCSS Warriors, is exactly where the CCSS Machine has been focusing on when it comes to ‘dependent truths’! Contrast the definition of ‘policy’ to ‘law’, and I think you will see yet another ‘dependent truth’ being skewed by the CCSS Machine and the U.S. Dept. of Ed!

If you want to see the 2015-16 Negotiated Rules for Higher Education and what this means for your students,
http://www2.ed.gov/policy/highered/reg/hearulemaking/2016/index.html

This brings up another ‘dependent truth’: Much of the hype around higher education is the cost of it. Much of the language in these negotiated rules has to deal with student loans. So what ‘dependent truth’ is the U.S. Dept of Ed using (as well as the CCSS Machine)?
Many states are now requiring kids to complete FASFA forms (these are the government financial aid applications) in order to graduate! The U.S. Dept. of Ed is basically hog-tying students to CCSS aligned post-secondary education as well as massive debt!
Because the HEA (Higher Education Act) will be up for re-authorization soon (as I believe it will be due to the ‘success’ of the ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act)). Higher Ed is the LAST link in the “cradle to career alignment” which HAS NOT been cemented by the CCSS Machine.

So what is my point? We know where to look when the negotiations begin! See the U.S. Dept. of Ed’s resource for HOW the rulemaking process is conducted! http://www.regulations.gov/#!documentDetail;D=ED-2015-OPE-0103-0001

Other ‘Dependent Truth’ Participants:

The U.S. Dept. of Ed is hardly the only ‘dependent truth’ entity involved in the education alignment activities. Refer back to the Tweet featured above and you will notice Sec. King is sharing with you a report from another source. What source? What report? Read on, my Warriors!

Jack Kent Cooke  Foundation is the source.
“True Merit” is the report.
Wanna bet how many ‘dependent truths’ we can find?..First, look below at the screen shot from the Foundation’s website. Notice how young the students targeted are. Not post-secondary age, yet, but much younger.
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You can access the picture above: http://www.jkcf.org/

According to the website, the Foundation is The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation is a private, independent foundation dedicated to advancing the education of exceptionally promising students who have financial need. The Foundation supports exceptional students from elementary school to graduate school through scholarships, grants, direct service, and knowledge creation and dissemination.”

The Foundation has only been around since 2000 and is based in VA. According to a pdf I found buried in the website, the following is used in determining which students get help, “The Foundation chooses recipients for these awards following a rigorous review process led by independent, expert selection committees. Selection criteria include academic excellence, unmet financial need, will to succeed, leadership and public service, critical-thinking ability, and strong interest in the arts and humanities.” Want to see the pdf? http://www.jkcf.org/assets/1/7/back_matter.pdf

SO here is Cooke’s ‘first dependent truth’: “Research shows: There is a profound and widening excellence gap through elementary and secondary school.” Their second ‘dependent truth’ is(also from research): “High-achieving, low-income students are less likely to pursue rigorous coursework or to score highly on achievement tests.” I guess they are depending on the truth that their research left out how poorly ALL students are doing in both these areas due to CCSS and all that goes with it! Cooke has many more ‘dependent truths’ where I found these two beauties. It is on their ‘Guiding Principles’ page. Among them you will find why students must be academically engaged during, after and through summers to perform well.

Another of  Cooke’s ‘dependent truths’: Their Community College Initiative. As I have shared with you in the past, community colleges across the nation are aligned to CCSS via the CTE (Career Tech Education) and its paths. From the document detailing this Initiative, here is an excerpt, “The Foundation issued $6.8 million in grants to the institutions to increase the number of high achieving, low‐income community college transfer students at the participating four‐ year colleges and universities. The grants would enable the institutions to foster programs, policies, and partnerships with community colleges to improve student preparation, assistance with admission and financial aid processes, orientation and “bridge” programs, and post‐admission support. The eight institutions were Amherst College, Bucknell University, Cornell University, Mount Holyoke College, University of California, Berkeley, University of Michigan, University of North Carolina‐Chapel Hill, and University of Southern California. To evaluate the CCTI, the Foundation selected the Center for Youth and Communities at Brandeis University’s Heller School for Social Policy and Management.”

Their research team? Another ‘dependent truth’:  “Prior to awarding the CCTI grants, the Foundation, in collaboration with the Lumina Foundation and the Nellie Mae Education Foundation, commissioned research…” If you would like the entire Report, CookeCCTI

Before we leave Cooke, you need to know the Tweet Sec. King made was not referring to this Report, but Cooke’s latest, called “True Merit”.
Before I share True Merit’s document, here is the fancy, You Tube video to sell us on this idea the U.S. Dept. of Ed is embracing and tweeting about: 

Some of the ‘dependent truths’ in “True Merit”:
1) SAT/ACT prep and courses, assessments
2) Under served student populations (just a few days ago I wrote how the ESSA used this phrase in the language for purposed CCSS/CTE alignment)
3)  Student funding
4) CCSS/CTE/CCR aligned post-secondary education institutions which include Harvard, MIT, and others
5) Educational Longitude Studies and other data mining
6) School counselor guidance (I have also exposed the White House Initiative concerning school counselors and their purposed alignment to CCSS/CTE in the past.)
7) AP/IB courses and assessments
Get the entire document: JKCF_True_Merit_Report


If you are not sure how Lumina and Nellie Mae are part of the CCSS Machine and where their ‘dependent truths’ are, see:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/?s=Lumina and
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/?s=Nellie+Mae
I will suggest you search out Emily Talmadge’s website for her look into Nellie Mae. Her website: http://emilytalmage.com/

One last resource I found within the OPE of the Dept. of Ed and pertains to ‘dependent truths’ for higher education ties AIR (American Institutes of Research) into the alignment efforts in America! See: http://nces.ed.gov/pubs2012/2012046.pdf

Closing:

Well, my Warriors Against the Core, you can see we have lots to look into in the coming days concerning higher education and the continued quest of aligning every educational choice to that of the CCSS Machine.

Remember to join me tomorrow morning on the Negdog Radio (a BlogTalk Radio Station) as we take a look into the College and Career Readiness Centers located across the nation. You can find Negdog Radio (FL based):
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/negdog-radio/ 
My host has devoted 11:30 am to 1:30 pm Eastern Standard Time for War vs the Core Wednesdays. You can listen in or call in with questions, 347-843-4165. Shows are archived as well. Then join me again on Women on the Wall national phone call, 8:30 pm, Central Standard Time. That call in number is: 302-202-1110, code 702165.

 

ESSA Ties to WIOA 2014 and New Citizens

Anti CCSS Warriors, you know you have heard me on the air and read my blog where I have stated several times that the WIOA of 2014 (Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014) has embedded in it 21 different times the phrase ‘Career Pathways’. More recently you have heard me state, as well as read the research, how the ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) has the WIOA tied to it AND the “Career Pathways”. For the published articles, see
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/12/05/weekend-news-essas-untold-ties-to-hea/
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/12/03/the-morning-after-ccss-lives-on/
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/12/13/weekend-news-for-the-anti-ccss-warriors/

So, have there been any NEW revelations which we can use to continue to trace the continued overreach of egregious standards in American education? I do believe there are!

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Enter, the National Skills Coalition(NSC):

Now, if you have followed my blog long you know I exposed the NSC’s ties to all things Common Core months ago. But, if you missed it:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/06/07/rmt-halting-a-ccsscte-aligned-workforce/

So what was the NSC’s reaction to the WIOA?
I was able to find this document, where the Coalition was more than thrilled over the passage of this 2014 law. But why am I bringing it up now?
Patience, Warriors, you know how the CCSS Machine loves to lead us places which they think we won’t connect.

In a June 2015 document titled “Comments on the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA)Notices of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRMs)”
It is important to point out that the focused group of this document are those new to American and have very limited skills as a result.
These new Americans are going to be facing the same educational alignment that our natural born citizens face. Remember, CCSS (Common Core State Standards), and its counter-parts of Career Pathways, College and Career Readiness (and so on) respect NO ONE!

Here is an excerpt from the 2015 report:
“Results from the international Survey of Adult Skills indicate that there are approximately 12 million working-age immigrants in the US who have limited English language, literacy, or math skills. Many of these individuals are already working, but need greater skills in order to advance in the workforce.”

Did you catch the CCSS ties, Warriors? What 2 subjects have we been repeatedly told CCSS is located? (which we know is as false as the screen door on a submarine) Math and ELA (English Langauge Arts)!!

But wait, there is more from this report you need to read, “The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), passed in 2014, includes a number of important changes that have the potential to help states and localities aid eligible immigrants in improving their skills, pursuing education and training opportunities, and strengthening their ability to find family-sustaining employment. These activities are critical in fostering the three pillars (linguistic, civic, and economic) of immigrant integration articulated by the Department of Education’s Networks for Integrating New Americans initiative, and reaffirmed in the recent White House Task Force on New Americans plan.”

The report goes on from here in detail about the proposed rules that need to be made so the federal government could guide state governments in all the areas the implementation of a workforce based education should go! Why is this important NOW? State funding formulas will be re-configured thanks to the ESSA, as well as the WIOA! The WIOA state funding has had a bit of a lead in each of our states, the ESSA’s funding jumble will be coming soon. You will also see in this report that for the first time states are to report to the federal level, any state plans which involve WIOA in 4 key areas. Those areas include accountability, job centers, and more.

Have you noticed that the language of the ESSA will have the states submitting education plans to the U.S. Secretary of Education for approval? Are you seeing the pattern, Warriors? I must share that the WIOA is to impact every citizen seeking a job in America, not just the newest residents! So, combine your state’s job seekers, the state funding, add in CCSS via its Career Pathways, etc. and you can tell where this is headed, right? Would you believe there is more?! To read the NSC Report: 2015-06-WIOA-draft-regulations-immigration-comments

To see what more that we can find out, read on!
ESSA and the New Citizens: 

The ESSA has the following phrases in reference to the newest Americans (ie: immigrants). {Note: I am not sharing the Career Pathways or WIOA references, as they are already supplied in my previously published articles above.}

Page 2 reveals Sections 3001-3004 (these sections begin on page 408 and follow from there) will break down what alignments, accountability, etc. will be taking place in education and services related. I found on page 409, under the Section 3001 and “Appropriations”, the following figures of the tax dollars up for grabs by the states and awarded by the federal government for this express purpose, “(1) $756,332,450 for fiscal year 2017;  (2) $769,568,267 for fiscal year 2018;(3) $784,959,633 for fiscal year 2019; and (4) $884,959,633 for fiscal year 2020.” Page 410 will show you how the ELLs (English Language Learners) will have to meet those ‘challenging state academic standards’, too.’

Skip down to section 3115 (page 421) , however and you will find that all schools will have to jump through a hoop or two to reform education so that no child will be excluded. How? Through ‘sub grants’ to eligible entities as long as they are educating students in ELA to the tune of ‘challenging state academic standards’!

To achieve this, there are 4 purposes which must be met: a) Developing and implementing new language instruction educational programs and academic content instructional programs for English learners and immigrant children and youth, including early childhood education programs, elementary school programs, and secondary school programs.” b) Carrying out highly focused, innovative, locally designed activities to expand or enhance existing language instruction educational programs and academic content instructional programs for English learners and immigrant children and youth. c)Implementing, within an individual school,  schoolwide programs for restructuring, reforming, and upgrading all relevant programs, activities, and operations relating to language instruction educational programs and academic content instruction for English learners and immigrant children and youth.” d)  “Implementing, within the entire jurisdiction of a local educational agency, agencywide programs for restructuring, reforming, and upgrading  all relevant programs, activities, and operations relating to language instruction educational programs  and academic content instruction for English learners and immigrant children and youth.” Skip down to page 426 and you can see how the entire family is to involved in ‘effective education’.

Above only shows the ELA portion of what the ESSA has in store for us. The math is there, as well, it has to be, right?

 

Closing:

We have had quite the connect-the-dots article here! As I have shared, I will keep digging through this new law and continue to share what I can find which is set to transform our nation.
If you would like more information about the U.S. Dept. of Education’s New American program, see:
 http://worlded.org/WEIInternet/us/project/display.cfm?ctid=na&cid=na&tid=40&id=13981 
If you are not familiar with the White House’s Task Force for New Americans, see: https://www.whitehouse.gov/issues/immigration/new-americans
If you wish to learn more about the International Survey on Adult Skills, see:
http://www.oecd.org/site/piaac/surveyofadultskills.htm

I will not be publishing a Wednesday article, as I am resuming my Media Wednesday appearances. Follow me on Twitter (@commoncorediva) for all the latest updates on where I will be appearing.

Meet Your New ‘Neighbor’: ESSA, Seriously!

Ushered in via the ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act): Title 4 Funding's "wrap arounds" and more Promise Neighbors.
Ushered in via the ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act): Title 4 Funding’s “wrap arounds” and more Promise Neighbors.

Being a great neighbor is a privilege. But what do you do when your new neighbor is a portion of the Every Student Succeeds Act{ESSA}?! Hang on, anti CCSS Warriors, the information  you are about to read may cause shock!

The Language:
We all know the ESSA is over 1,000 pages and its ink was barely dry when it was voted on and passed into law. Very few took time to read it when it first came out. I wager many others STILL haven’t read through it today! However, we MUST keep digging, we MUST know what the language says. To date, several truths have been uncovered and shared. Warriors, we CANNOT stop now! This huge education bill has more embedded which loosely pertains to education, but largely changes our communities as we know them!

So where in the ESSA do we find anything that deals with our neighborhoods? Section 4624, titled “Promise Neighborhoods” specifically. Yet, I found on page 602 (Section 4623) language using the above phrase as well. Further down on page 602, you can see Section 4621 is referenced as a set of parameters for these Neighborhoods. Page 603, gives us language where funding is discussed. Page 606 and pages following explain the Secretary (as in the U.S. Dept of Education Secretary) will have to approve grants for these neighbors, how pipeline services must be used; how families will be measured, and more!

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

Before we move on, though, let me urge you to read the above pages. There you can find out how the data mining on our students plays into their neighborhoods and SO much more! You can see how the U.S. Secretary of Education will be able to control more than ever before!
Access to the ESSAESSA FINAL CONFRPT_112915

 

A Promise:

Let me state I am NOT picking on any one group. I am pointing out how a program which has, in the past, been helpful, has been used as a way to usher in MORE control in our communities. If you haven’t heard of the Promise Neighborhood program, please refer to the following resources.

1) PolicyLink’s excerpt, PolicyLink also pushed for and is grateful for the inclusion of the Promise Neighborhoods program in this legislation. Housed under Title IV, the legislation authorizes Promise Neighborhoods, a program inspired by the Harlem Children’s Zone, which wraps children in high-quality, coordinated health, social, community, and educational supports from cradle to college and career.”
See the rest of the article: https://www.policylink.org/blog/promise-neighborhoods-authorized-in-ESSA

2) The White House’s ESSA Report excerpt, “Creating Promise Neighborhoods: Since 2010, the Administration’s Promise Neighborhoods program has sought to break the cycle of intergenerational poverty by investing $270 million in more than 50 of our nation’s most distressed communities, representing over 700 schools. These efforts are helping to build a pipeline from early learning to high school and beyond for our highest-need students by creating comprehensive, wrap-around educational support services and strong, vibrant school environments. Moreover, 1,000 national, state, and community organizations have signed-on to support and partner with Promise Neighborhoods to ensure these initiatives are effective and long-lasting.
See the rest of the report: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2015/12/10/white-house-report-every-student-succeeds-act

3) Meet the PolicyLink’s Promise Neighborhood Network Institute:
http://www.promiseneighborhoodsinstitute.org/about-our-movement/pni-network
Here you can find out all kinds of information. Such as the solutions to our cradle to career problems. (see:  http://www.promiseneighborhoodsinstitute.org/cradle-to-career-solutions) However, what I wish to draw your attention to is the screen shot below:

Source: http://www.promiseneighborhoodsinstitute.org/about-our-movement/pni-network
Source: http://www.promiseneighborhoodsinstitute.org/about-our-movement/pni-network

Want to see a visual of a successful Promise Neighborhood’s cradle to career cycle? See below:

If you would like to see the tools used to create a successful PN, access: http://www.promiseneighborhoodsinstitute.org/sites/default/files/PNI-DEVELOPMENTAL-PATHWAY-FINAL.pdf
If you would like to see the tools used to create a successful PN, access:
http://www.promiseneighborhoodsinstitute.org/sites/default/files/PNI-DEVELOPMENTAL-PATHWAY-FINAL.pdf

Once you have accessed the ‘tools of success’, go back to the ESSA and compare the language so you can see how the tools of success will be used in the future.

4) The PN(Promise Neighborhood) Research Consortium has it own manual on Neighborhood Data Mining and Collection, get it here: PNRC Data Collection Manual – V11
See the rest of the tools the Consortium has and uses in your neighborhoods,
http://promiseneighborhoods.org/neighborhood.html

Interesting note concerning PNs, back in 2015 there was a national gathering in VA for a conference. In attendance was not only the U.S. Dept. of Education, but StriveTogether (a group I have written about before several times concerning their total community alignment of cradle to career pathway. StriveTogether also has a national map of totally aligned communities. ST works hand in hand with the CCSSO (Council of Chief State School Officers) My related articles:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/02/19/tech-thursday-cradlecareer-conference/
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2014/10/24/fom-friday-knowledgeworks-or-knowledge-quirks/

 
As far as the ‘full service community schools’, Anita Hoge has detailed much about what those schools will look like and how they will transform your neighborhood schools into a one stop shop of education related (and most of the time not education related) services.
However, if you want to read the ESSA for yourselves to see the details of what a full service school will offer, see pages 597 through 618. One of the best graphics you can get for these learning centers can be see below. This is Anita’s work, not mine. (The White House has a special program for these full service community schools. It is called the ’21st Century Community Learning Centers’) To access Anita’s research, visit the following blog from Maine where links are embedded for you to follow. See: https://unmasker4maine.wordpress.com/2014/05/09/anita-hoge-womb-to-tomb-community-based-schools-school-based-clinics/

How is the "Community School" makeover thriving? "Promise Neighborhoods".
How is the “Community School” makeover thriving? “Promise Neighborhoods”.

If you would like more information:
1) From the U.S. Dept. of Ed on the 21st CLCCs (21st Century Community Learning Centers): http://www2.ed.gov/programs/21stcclc/index.html

2) From the White House on 21st CLCCs:
https://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/omb/assets/omb/expectmore/summary/10001028.2003.html

3) From the Charlotte Iserbyt website, the ‘ABCs of Dumbing Down’, this article tying Promise Neighborhoods, 21st CLCCs to the ESSA:
http://abcsofdumbdown.blogspot.com/2015/12/hud-communist-neighborhood-for-you.html

Remember anti CCSS Warriors, now that you know, share and point out this is all done in the name of ‘college and career readiness’, the new term for Common Core State Standards and its Initiative!

 

 

Weekend News for the Anti CCSS Warriors

Like cookies shaped in a certain way, we are seeing our nation similarly shaped to CCSS's mold.
Like cookies shaped in a certain way, we are seeing our nation similarly shaped to CCSS’s mold.

Greetings, Warriors. As we all have seen by now, the media has put its spin on the recently signed new law known as ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act). We have seen legislators released statements claiming victory, too.

Warriors, we have led the charge across the nation to point to the language of the new law, as well as other aspects of this CCSS based education reform. We, more than likely, have even had some of our family, friends, neighbors, and nay-sayers buy into the false claims being so rampantly spread since the rushed hack job in D.C. occurred.

My fellow Warriors, we CANNOT give up, I’ve stated this in previous posts. Other anti CCSS Warriors, as well as others who have been fighting, have also repeated this truth. It is only since the ESSA was signed that I have been contacted with folks who have not been aware up until now, that they, too, want to know what is in the law’s language which will point them to the ‘untold’ items embedded that will further the CCSS Machine’s alignment of American education.

As in other previously published posts, I have shared with you the WIOA (Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act) embedded ties, the CTE (Career Tech Education, which is an adult version of the CCSS) embedded ties. I haven’t stopped digging through this new law’s language.

Why would I do this? Isn’t it a moot point now? NO!! As I have shared with you in the past, the more we know what is embedded, and will be enacted in each of our states, the more we can raise awareness to the CCSS aligned efforts! The more we can have the proof to show others that all is NOT what has been ‘sold’ to them via all those pro CCSS spins we have seen in the past few days. It is STILL very important to know that what is taking those of us still combing through the language (which our legislators should of done BEFORE voting on it) many hours to complete, we will discover the truth and share it. However, when we share the truth, we must be careful HOW we share it. It would be a great idea to have the portions of the mammoth document with what you are sharing highlighted. It would be even more helpful when you share those highlighted sections, that you have any other documents which support your points of concern. It certainly will help when pointing out a law that is violated, or a state statute which is being violated. Remember, if we are to continue to fight, we must fight well; with the right information given at the correct time. Otherwise, our very valid points will miss their mark.

All this being said, what do I have to share with you this weekend which will help? Read on, my Warriors!

 

The ESSA Document:

If you have not been able to access the final confirmation report which the Senate and House voted on to advance the ESSA to the President’s desk, here it is:
ESSA FINAL CONFRPT_112915

If you have not ever searched through a massive amount of information in a pdf file, like this, here are 2 pointers:
a) Look at the top of the pdf and see if you can locate the magnifying glass emblem. If so, click on that to enter a word or phrase you are seeking. (For example, when I wrote the first article featuring each page number you could find “Workforce” used in the ESSA, this was a tool that made wading through over 1,000 pages quicker. I simply got each page number, then went back to read the context the term was used in).

b) If you cannot find the magnifying glass, use your ‘control’ key and the “F” key at the same time. You should be able to see a search box appear. The ‘previous’ and ‘next’ tabs will help you jump forward or backward to where the term you are searching for appears. Again, once you have the page numbers, go back and read the context.

 

The White House’s Official ESSA Report:

In very rapid response to the ESSA being signed into law, the White House has released an official report. The report is slam full of all the (by now) well publicized pro CCSS points. Why? We must remember, all the CCSS alignment fits right into the White House’s education reform. By using a pro CCSS document (as I have done many times), you can easily locate the fallacies, as well as see how slick the agenda to reform American education is being packaged.
To access the WH(White House)  ReportESSA_Progress_Report
For example, when you read this report, you will find ‘new incentives’ for each of our states. Specifically, page 9, second bullet point states “Develop, refine, and replicate innovative and ambitious reforms to close the achievement gap in America’s schools, similar to the Administration’s existing i3 program.” From this statement, look at the language closely. Almost immediately, you will see ‘reform’; ‘achievement gap’; but, the biggest phrase which should jump out at you, is the ‘Administration’s existing i3 program‘. What is the ‘i3 program’? I am so glad you asked!! The i3 ‘program’ has roots in the RttT (Race to the Top) and is short for “Investing in Innovation”. This ‘i3’ is only one portion of the “Reform for the Future” agenda the White House is pushing. To see the website where you can learn all about the Reform:
https://www.whitehouse.gov/issues/education/reform
(*Note: when you access this website, be sure to click on the highlighted blue words, there you will find reports, initiatives, and more. Note how you see STEM, Promise Neighborhoods, etc…these, too, are all part of the pro CCSS alignment in American education)
Before I leave this Report, did you notice the presence of RttT? Didn’t we hear speeches passionately given when ESSA became law that RttT waivers were a thing of the past? Yet here, we see the RttT is still in play in a new way! That should be a big piece of evidence to use from a state level point of view.

 

A New Search Term for ESSA:

Knowing I had already used ‘Workforce’ and similar terms, I wanted to see what the search of the ESSA’s confirmation language would bring me with the term ‘alignment’.
Here is what I found:
Page 48: aligning challenging state academic standards (CSAS) to meet post secondary credit bearing parameters (we’ll need to see how the HEA (Higher Education Act‘s re-authorized language spells this out, but from my research, CCSS/CTE has its firm grasp on post-secondary education already)
Page 65: alignment of ELA (English Language Arts)
Page 207: twice ‘alignment’ is used in relation to assessments and CSAS
Page 216: also twice used concerning LEAs (local education agencies) and state grants for assessments
Page 502: OBE (outcome based education) used to evaluate and align academics
Page 508: alignment used in relation to assessments and data mining for CSAS
Pages 759-766: several uses of alignment and/or realignment in regards to LEAs and military bases
Page 970: what groups are limited in alignment activities in education
Page 1034: improving states alignment of their assessments

Closing:

What you can expect from me in the very near future posts is this: more documents which you can use to see how, now more than ever, we need the information of the roots planted BEFORE ESSA was enacted as the educational law of the land. Why? If you listened closely to both the celebratory speeches of Senators Alexander and Murray, they revealed the ESSA was not a few months in the making, but 5 years! Many of the documents the White House Report (see above) are anywhere from 2010 to today.  However, many are featured by the WH, you can bet there are plenty more NOT featured. Have no fear, Warriors, I have quite a few we can glean from.

Weekend News: ESSA’s ‘Untold’ Ties to HEA

How the Initiative behind all that Common Core encompasses SEES your students like this.
How the Initiative behind all that Common Core encompasses SEES your students like this.

Warriors Against the Common Core, as you know I’ve devoted much of my research to finding where the CCSS Machine (my name for the all encompassing agenda and parts of the Common Core State Standards Initiative) is lurking in post-secondary education, as well as the other non traditional educational choices of public K-12 schools. In my last article I promised you I would reveal MORE ties between the ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act, formerly Every Child Achieves Act or S1177) and the HEA (Higher Education Act). The biggest connection which I shared with you in that article was WIOA (Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014).

WHY this matters: As I have stated in previously posts and publicly, NO educational choice will escape the alignment embedded in WIOA, ESSA, or HEA! ANY student seeking a post-secondary education (regardless of public colleges, universities, community colleges, for-profit (proprietary) schools, on-line courses, some Christian colleges, or some private colleges/universities) the CCSS (Common Core State Standards), CTE (Career Tech Education), CP (Career Pathways), STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and, Math), STEM to STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, and, Math), CC (Career Clusters), and, AAI, (American Apprenticeship Initiative) will be there! These programs will not respect your natural talents or intelligences; they will not respect those with special needs. Too much misuse of Title 1, 4, and 9 funds; Perkins Funding; and other state funding formulas has already been committed to the joint union of the U.S. Departments of Education, Labor, and Health/Human Services to ignore the purposed alignment, yet, many have…especially the legislators (both on federal and state levels).  We need to also consider that since the labor aspect in woven in to include anyone seeking a job, those looking for employment will also be impacted!!

If you wonder how I’ve been able to connect the CCSS Machine to higher education, please refer to my previously published articles (please note, these are just 3 of the many like them; if you would like more proof, do not hesitate to let me know, I will be happy to provide you with as much evidence as you need):

1) This one gives you a detailed history of how the U.S. Dept. of Education AND the U.S. Dept. of Labor joined forces to align a workforce based education long ago and how the CCSS Machine fits into it:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2014/10/23/tech-thursday-blast-from-our-workforce-past/
2) This one is a detailed look from this past summer (complete with page numbers and groups helping align our schools for workforce, post-secondary CCSS/CTE):
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/09/21/monday-musings-the-boys-are-back-in-town/
3) How the HEA fits right into the UNESCO global agenda of aligned citizens/workers. This one also shows you how the ESSA will do the same:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/09/08/ftf-human-capital-the-new-name-for-citizens/

So, Where’s the HEA in the ESSA?

For a short answer, ties to WIOA and the HEA appear at least 168 times! How did I get this number? Since the ESSA is well over 1,000 pages, I used a keyword search of the document. I used the educractic buzzwords I’ve come to learn from the documents are the key words for CCSS/CTE, Workforce alignment. Below are my results:

Keywords of ‘Perkins Funding’ (for CTE): a total of 8 references to page numbers 38, 123, 132, 516, 677, 939, 993, and 1026.
Keywords of ‘Higher Education’: a total of 64 references to page numbers 33, 35, 137, 167, 208, 302, 304, 315, 318, 338, 372, 387, 393, 397, 402, 431, 437, 439, 460, 470, 473, 478, 594, 598, 599, 608, 611, 625, 628, 637, 639, 685, 687, 692, 694, 728, 730, 731, 780, 781, 802, 847, 848, 898, 952, 971, 972, 991, 1018, and 1043.
Keyword of ‘Career’: a total of 63 references to page numbers 33, 38, 48, 123, 132, 137, 138, 163, 165, 167, 171, 264, 265, 266, 268, 271, 273, 274, 275, 297, 318, 320, 324, 337, 338, 344, 358, 425, 428, 474, 490, 503, 516, 545, 575, 579, 600, 601, 615, 677, 684, 685, 695, 716, 726, 728, 870, 880, 892, 903, 939, and 993.
Keyword of ‘Workforce’: a total of 33 references to page numbers 33, 39, 128, 132, 165, 266, 273, 293, 325, 344, 464, 497, 509, 516, 601, 611, 659, 695, 708, 734, 813, 913, 945, 949, 1049, and 1057.

While I’m slowing working my way through each of these pages, I want you to know that I’ve been able to find out how (pages 32- 36) LEAs (local education agencies) and funding states receive will be used. Note how the funding is used, what groups are to receive it, which groups are targeted.

“(c) LOCAL USE OF FUNDS.—A local educational agency receiving an award under this section—
 ‘‘(1) may use not more than 1 percent of its  award for outreach and communication to parents  about available direct student services described in  paragraph (3) in the local educational agency and  State;
(2) may use not more than 2 percent of its  award for administrative costs related to such direct  student services;
(3) shall use the remainder of the award to  pay the costs associated with one or more of the following direct student services
(A) enrollment and participation in academic courses not otherwise available at a
student’s school, including—
(i) advanced courses; and
(ii) career and technical education
 coursework that—
(I) is aligned with the challenging State academic standards; and
(II) leads to industry-recognized  credentials that meet the quality criteria established by the State under section 123(a) of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (29
 U.S.C. 3102);
(B) credit recovery and academic acceleration courses that lead to a regular high
school diploma;
(C) activities that assist students in successfully completing postsecondary level
instruction and examinations that are accepted for credit at institutions of higher education (including Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate courses), which may include reimbursing low-income students to cover part or  all of the costs of fees for such examinations;
(D) components of a personalized learning approach, which may include high-quality
 academic tutoring; and
(E) in the case of a local educational  agency that does not reserve funds under
section 1111(d)(1)(D)(v), transportation to allow a student enrolled in a school identified for comprehensive support and improvement under section 1111(c)(4)(D)(i) to transfer to another  public school (which may include a charter  school) that has not been identified by the State  under such section; and
 in paying the costs associated with the direct student services described in paragraph,
 shall—
(A) first, pay such costs for students who are enrolled in schools identified by the State
 for comprehensive support and improvement under section 1111(c)(4)(D)(i);
(B) second, pay such costs for low-achieving students who are enrolled in schools
implementing targeted support and improvement  plans under section 1111(d)(2); and
(C) with any remaining funds, pay such  costs for other low-achieving students served by
the local educational agency.
(d) APPLICATION.—A local educational agency desiring to receive an award under subsection (b) shall submit an application to the State educational agency at such
 time and in such manner as the State educational agency  shall require. At a minimum, each application shall describe how the local educational agency will—
 provide adequate outreach to ensure parents can exercise a meaningful choice of direct student services for their child’s education;
 ensure parents have adequate time and information to make a meaningful choice prior to enrolling their child in a direct student service;
 in the case of a local educational agency  offering public school choice under this section, ensure sufficient availability of seats in the public schools the local educational agency will make available for public school choice options;
 prioritize services to students who are lowest-achieving;
 select providers of direct student services,
 which may include one or more of—
(A) the local educational agency or other  local educational agencies;
(B) community colleges or other institutions of higher education;
(C) non-public entities;
(D) community-based organizations; or
(E) in the case of high-quality academic tutoring, a variety of providers of such tutoring
that are selected and approved by the State and  appear on the State’s list of such providers required under subsection (e)(2);
 monitor the provision of direct student  services; and
 publicly report the results of direct student  service providers in improving relevant student out comes in a manner that is accessible to parents.”

Warriors, if ever there is a time to let D.C. know THIS kind of alignment, abuse of our tax dollars is NOT the best for education or America, it is NOW! The Senate has yet to vote on the ESSA!! Use this kind of proof to alert them we WILL not be conformed to the CCSS Machine’s Workforce agenda!

Remember, there will be more information, proof I will share with you from the pages of the ESSA (which I have renamed for our purposes to mean “Erroneous Socialist Streamlined Agenda”) in the coming days! Remember as well that Sen. Alexander and Sen. Murray (as well as other Congress members in D.C.) have made it clear that what was laid out in the ESSA would be completed in the HEA re-authorization!