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Monday Musings: Supportive Acts to Back the Initiative

While this cartoon was depicted a U.S. Congress run by monopolists, it can easily resemble the 'CCSS Machine' running education.
While this cartoon was depicted a U.S. Congress run by monopolists, it can easily resemble the ‘CCSS Machine’ running education.

Much has been written lately about the S1787 (Senate Bill 1787) which is to continue to implementation/support of the ‘Community Schools’ overhaul.  This means, the neighborhood schools you know as they are NOW will be laced with the Common Core Initiative (meaning it will be not just the Standards being embedded,  but ALL the other resources identified as part of the agenda BEHIND all this alignment. In practical terms, this means: one one stop community place where everyone will go for everything they need government wise. It’s a social justice makeover for your towns. The biggest insult to us as citizens? This is all done in the name of education reform!

Don’t believe what I’m saying?! There are many credible pieces of evidence available to prove out my statement. (for example, Charlotte Iserbyt’s resource: http://abcsofdumbdown.blogspot.com/2015/03/21st-century-schools.html) Try Anita Hoge’s resource, http://abcsofdumbdown.blogspot.com/2014/06/the-school-of-hub.html

This screen shot is from Mrs. Hoge’s article and is a copy of an actual document!

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

If you missed my “Weekend News” posted yesterday, the “Women on the Wall” Conference Call went into this subject of 21st Century Community Learning Centers to some degree. The subject also was discussed on the “Negdog Radio” interview. Here’s the link to both:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/08/16/weekend-news-anti-common-core-media-files/

To access my previously published expose of the “Community Schools”, see:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/06/19/fom-a-new-ccs-coalition-for-community-schools/

What I’ve Found About S1787:

Not to repeat the excellent in-depth writing of those who’ve targeted this particular bill, (links will be posted below) I wanted to share with you what I found. All of the bills (S1787 and the others mentioned are amendments to the re-authorization of the ESEA (Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965).

1) The Bill is ‘in Committee’ (This means it is being looked over by the HELP Committee (Health, Education, Labor, and, Pensions Committee). In case you aren’t familiar with HELP, the committee was key to the passage of the Senate’s re-authorization of the ESEA (Elementary and Secondary Act of 1965) known as “Every Child Achieves Act”.
2) Related in some way to S1787, are currently 6, 260 OTHER bills! (This means that there are many angles to pulling together education reform from a federal level and there’s obviously mulitple bills to cover those overreaches.) Among the related bills? BOTH the “Student Success Act” (HR 5) and the “Every Child Achieves Act” (S1177).
3) Directly related is the “Promise Neighborhoods Act of 2015”, H2882 written and sponsored by Rep. Payne of NJ. The Senate has their version (same name) sponsored by Sen. Murphy (CT). Payne’s version has 20 co-sponsors; Murphy’s has 5. Payne’s version is currently in the House’s Education and Workforce Committee; Murphy’s is in the HELP committee’s hands. What the alarm should be about either of these: a) they are updated versions of previously introduced legislation from past sessions of Congress b) they support a federal program ALREADY in place. (See: http://www2.ed.gov/programs/promiseneighborhoods/index.html) According to the U.S. Dept. of Ed’s “Promise Neighborhoods” page, the following is already in place:

“Promise Neighborhoods, established under the legislative authority of the Fund for the Improvement of Education Program (FIE), provides funding to support eligible entities, including (1) nonprofit organizations, which may include faith-based nonprofit organizations, (2) institutions of higher education, and (3) Indian tribes. The vision of the program is that all children and youth growing up in Promise Neighborhoods have access to great schools and strong systems of family and community support that will prepare them to attain an excellent education and successfully transition to college and a career. The purpose of Promise Neighborhoods is to significantly improve the educational and developmental outcomes of children and youth in our most distressed communities, and to transform those communities by a) Identifying and increasing the capacity of eligible entities that are focused on achieving results for children and youth throughout an entire neighborhood;  b) Building a complete continuum of cradle-to-career solutions of both educational programs and family and community supports, with great schools at the center; c) Integrating programs and breaking down agency “silos” so that solutions are implemented effectively and efficiently across agencies; d) Developing the local infrastructure of systems and resources needed to sustain and scale up proven, effective solutions across the broader region beyond the initial neighborhood; and, e) Learning about the overall impact of the Promise Neighborhoods program and about the relationship between particular strategies in Promise Neighborhoods and student outcomes, including through a rigorous evaluation of the program.”
4) Another directly related bill to the “Community Schools” overhaul is S412 “Schools Utilizing Comprehensive and Community Engagement for Success” by Sen. Mikulski (MD) This bill has one co-sponsor and is the the HELP’s hands as well. It’s  based off the “Judy Centers” success Maryland has experienced. Here’s an excerpt from the bill,Integrated services and comprehensive supports, such as before school, after school, and summer activities, family engagement, health and mental services, and other services and supports, are necessary components of effective, school-based efforts to dramatically affect dropout prevention rates, increase graduation rates, and improve student achievement. In one national study, 98 percent of students receiving such services and supports stayed in school, 89 percent had fewer suspensions, and 85 percent of such students who were eligible high-school seniors graduated. Through the Judith P. Hoyer Centers, or Judy Centers, the State of Maryland has operated an integrated services and comprehensive supports model geared towards young children, and their families, and have seen remarkable increases in school readiness among children who enter kindergarten having attended a Judy Center.”

To learn more about “Judy Centers” (be sure you note the Kindergarten Assessment), see:
http://www.judycenter.com/

5) H718, “Supporting Community Schools Act of 2015”, sponsored by Rep. Honda (CA) is also directly related to the all the communal alignment efforts. It’s a ‘recycled’ bill (meaning it has shown up in previous Congressional sessions), it has 7 and is being reviewed by the  Early Childhood, Elementary and Secondary Education Committee. This is a sub-committee of the House’s Education and Workforce Committee.  What we need to know about this one is laid out in the “Congressional Findings”. (in other words, what they’ve deemed as worthy of creating legislation for) The excerpt:

The community school model effectively leverages multiple education funding streams, which results in greater resources for a school. Community schools increase and sustain capacity through diversified financial support and leverage, on average, 3 dollars from private and other sources for every 1 dollar of State funding provided to the schools. According to Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, for every dollar spent on community schools, the United States is getting back 5, 6, or 7 dollars from the business community, nonprofit organizations, social service agencies, and State and Federal governments.  According to Linda Darling-Hammond, the Charles DuCommon Professor of Education at Stanford University, community schools, which make local schools the hub of education and health services for children and families, have proven to be highly successful and are cost effective and replicable. Community schools are a force for development and stability that strengthens families and communities, and such schools offer childcare and early learning, family literacy and job-training, tutoring and enrichment before and after school, and on-site health clinics.”

Are There More Like These?

Absolutely! I’ll be looking into some of the others over the next week or so. What we, the opposed to the overhauling of our communities via the collective mindset of the CCSS Machine (or the Common Core State Standards Initiative), need to do is contact Congress BEFORE they head back to D.C. Why?! When these leaders are at home, they are more accessible. It is easier to gain an audience with them.

As you can see, each of these bills is laced time and time again with some of the same folks we’ve seen responsible for the educational nightmare we’re in; we’ve seen reform from the public-private partnerships now being supported by legislation which could become the law of the land; we see the same agenda points of rigor, assessments, college and career readiness, and more from these few bills above. While the statistics show some of these are facing a slight chance of passage, ANY of these bills could be easily promoted IF we do nothing.

Access to the articles about S1787:
https://whatiscommoncore.wordpress.com/
http://curmudgucation.blogspot.com/2015/07/christies-education-truth-gap.html

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Weekend News: Your Anti CCSS Back To School Wish

Jpeg image credit:  imgion.com
Jpeg image credit: imgion.com

Warriors, have no fear, I’ve not converted to the supportive side for “Common Core”. I’m still VERY MUCH opposed. However, as we all know, it is the time of year our schools are gearing up for “Back to School”. For many of us, that means MORE CCSS. During this past week, I shared with you how the Bic Ink Pens Company is hosting a BTS (Back to School) Contest full of ‘Common Core English Language Arts’ lessons. What else is lurking out there? Plenty! This weekend’s news feature is the CCSS laden “Parent Toolkit”.

“Education Nation”:

Using Twitter as a tool for building support for Back to School, this NBC News project (NBC is part of the CCSS Machine), has a current campaign called “#SchoolYrResolution”. Who’s contributing? Everyday parents like you and I; Pearson Publishing; The American Heart Association; Education Nation and NBC personalities; Parent Toolbox (another NBC Education Nation project); doctors; and, school districts. While most everyone’s contributions are varied, it is the Pearson Publishing contributions that are the most pointed…toward MORE parent involvement. If you’re not familiar with the ideas Pearson has about more parent involvement (a nice way to phrase their real meaning of ‘compliance’), I urge you to find out for yourselves. As far as “Education Nation’s Parent Toolbox” goes, it’s slam full of pro CCSS social-emotional mind bending.

www.parenttoolkit.com
http://www.parenttoolkit.com

 

The Mind Bending:

By simply searching the PT (Parent Toolkit) with the phrase “Common Core”, I got back the following results: Academics, 12 articles;  Health and Wellness, 19 articles; Social and Emotional, 8 articles; lastly, the latest news on CCSS, 48 articles.
Titles among the latest news include how grit and persevering CAN be taught and then there’s one detailing their version of STEM (as you know, I’ve shared a true version of STEM with you many times). Repeated in several different articles: sex, bullying, on-line behavior, money management, and lots more. Under social/emotional, you’ll see empathy, diversity, and how to collaborate. As far as the experts putting all this information together for you, the parent, there are several of them. You’ll see their names and smiling faces, but to learn more about them, you need to click on each of them. I would encourage you to look into them. Most folks, will do what we’ve seen before: add the ‘expert’ title to a face featured on a famous website and leave it at that. That’s what the CCSS Machine is banking on..that we WON’T investigate those experts they use. But, oh, how we’ve proved them wrong.

 

The Other Supportive CCSS Machine Members of Parent Toolkit:

Curious about how many of the experts were dyed in the wool CCSS supporters, I searched for information. Not getting the results I bargained for, however, did lead me to the ‘other’ pro CCSS groups involved in ‘Parent Toolkit’ and as such, part of the efforts to sway parents toward the CCSS Machine.

Hunt Institute is a well known part of the CCSS Machine (if you don’t know how, please find my fellow anti CCSS Warrior, LadyLiberty1885’s blog and search for “Hunt Institute”)
NEA, Khan Academy, Council of Great City Schools, Sesame Street, the National PTA, SAT, and many others. See: http://www.parenttoolkit.com/?objectid=E0F96EB0-20A6-11E3-8EC10050569A5318


What We Can Do:

Share this news with other parents, first of all!
Second, why not visit the Twitter page for the School Year Resolution and make a few anti CCSS truths available.
Look into the Parent Toolkit’s experts, philosophies, and use these are guidelines for interviewing those school officials who will be leading your students this year. Are they of the same mindset? If so, use your true knowledge of social emotional damage CCSS causes! Remember, most pro CCSS folks have no evidence to support its worth, yet we have evidence to support its harm! Use it!!

NBC’s tie to CCSS:
The PolitiChicks‘ article: http://politichicks.com/2014/08/gates-funds-commoncore-coverage/

Khan Academy’s CCSS page:
https://www.khanacademy.org/commoncore

National PTA: The group has several pro CCSS position papers, look in the “Position Papers” tab.
http://www.pta.org/content.cfm?ItemNumber=3444

NEA: They were invited into the CCSS Machine’s fold by the CCSSO (Council of Chief State School Officers AND the NGA (National Governors Association). The two groups who OWN the CCSS copyright!
http://www.nea.org/home/46665.htm

Hunt Institute: This organization has partnered with both the National PTA and the CCSSO to produce pro CCSS propaganda.
http://www.hunt-institute.org/resources/2014/06/pta-common-core-videos/
http://www.ccsso.org/resources/digital_resources/common_core_implementation_video_series.html

Closing:

So, my anti CCSS Warriors, what is your Back to School Wish? We know we want to be Common Core free. We still have time to influence our national level legislators as they are home on break right now. The Student Success Act and the Every Child Achieves Act are both being updated and enlarged. The bills are’omnibus’ bills. This is BAD. As we’ve seen with other mammoth bills, this means all kinds legislation unrelated to education will be thrown in! We know we desire a post secondary education free of the CCSS’s CTE (Career Technical Education), CP (Career Pathways), and the recently revealed CBPs (Competency Based Pathways). This means we must be on top of the re-authorization of the HEA, Higher Education Act.
Keep going, my friends, we’ve got lots to do.

FOM: Congress 2015

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

Oh, my dear anti CCSS Warriors, I am SO glad you are still here! We’ve had time to shake the surprise off our faces, get our hearts back to a more healthy rhythm, and, recognize those members of Congress who stood up for our students and voted “NO”. Thankfully, some of the Senators listened to US, the unpaid, non CCSS aligned families out there. However, like the House of Representatives, we’ve seen those in the Senate who chose to absolutely ignore us, vote against us.
Instead of heeding the plethora of TRUTH we, the citizens, the very ones they were elected to REPRESENT, both chambers of Congress, by voting to pass HR5 and S1177, have turned a deaf ear to we the people. In short: betrayal.  Yes, a very strong word, however. After researching so deeply into the national standards (that’s what they were before the brand name), I think I’m qualified to make that strong of a statement. However, I am far from alone in this reality. Many before me have stated words with this meaning.

Now, please know that Common Core will NOT be going away. We’ve been able to prove several times over how it isn’t. Congress bought the lies of the litany of groups they sought out, yet, the very constituents they SERVE, were left alone. We spotted that every time any of the Congress members who dared to utter ‘we’ve had input from all stakeholders’. Missed it? Visit the anti CC Facebook groups, or log onto Twitter and read the tweets from an anti CC warrior’s reaction to such an ego-inflated statement. Here’s just one of the few which scrolled across my screen. Remember, this “Total Truth”, the Senate took 1 week to ‘debate’ S1177. That’s multiple days and many Senators stating how many involved +stakeholders weighed in. Yeah, that’s right Senate..the “Real Total Truth” is: not the Parents opposed to CCSS. Even AFTER countless hours of contact and interaction with you!

congressmemory

Believe me, there are plenty more comment like that. Every one of them are absolutely true. I’m not weighing today’s article down with samples. You know where to look, beginning with in the mirror.

More “Total Truth” from yesterday’s melee in D.C.:

The President of the CCSSO released this via Twitter, see if you can spot her “Total Fallacy”:

Atkinson states this as if 'Total Truth' to the rest of  the planet.
Atkinson states this as if ‘Total Truth’ to the rest of the planet.

Speaking of the CCSSO, 1/2 owner of the Common Core Standards, and heralded by Sen. Alexander as one of the main groups which help write S1177 (will give you that information in a bit), broke the news of the S1177 passage 4 minutes before the final vote count was given by the Senate! How do I know this? While watching the live webcast and monitoring Twitter, I noticed the following appear. What struck me as ‘rat like’ was the final count hadn’t even been announced. Talk about a ‘tlpped hand’.

Look at the RED tweet.
Look at the RED tweet.

If you’d like to see the press release given by the CCSSO: http://www.ccsso.org/News_and_Events/Press_Releases/CCSSO_Applauds_Senate_Action_on_ESEA_Reauthorization.html

Did the Senate’s log for July 16th verify CCSSO’s preemptive tweet? According to http://www.dailypress.senate.gov/, the time stamp for the final vote was 2:39 pm. I’m sure somewhere out there is a exact time stamp for all those tweets. Compare the 2 for yourselves and see the “Total Truth” revealed. Grounds for a Constitutional lawsuit? I think, the entire CCSS Machine’s tyranny is grounds. If you know a Constitutional lawyer, share this with them. If ever we anti CCSS warriors needed a loophole, we may just be staring the best one in the face. However, I’m not a lawyer.

The official, and thus, binding record.
The official, and thus, binding record.

For more “Total Truth”, including word for word scripts (so you can read all those shout outs to the pro CCSS groups given on the Senate floor/passionate speeches by those who dared to say ‘not on my watch’) See: http://www.congress.gov/congressional-record#daily-digest-highlights-senate (*Note you can also access the House of Representatives same information from this website.) If you want only the ‘highlights’, they are there, if you want to see everything that was said surrounding that highlight, simply click on the page number (will be highlighted in blue). Since it’s on record, it’s 100% official.

One Last “Total Truth”:

For quite some time, I’ve been giving you researched and documented proof that CCSS was embedded in post secondary education. You’ve also been privy to the fact that CCS/CTE/CCR (Common Core Standards, Career and Technical Education, College/Career Readiness) is thoroughly embedded in the upcoming bills for “College Promise Act” and the “HEA, Higher Education(re-authorization) Act”. Thanks to the gloating of one U.S. Senator in response to another U.S. Senator, we have it on audio/video that Sen. Alexander states “HEA” is next.  However, we knew that!! My point, we’ve got plenty of work to do, but thank the good Lord, we’ve got a bit of a lead. Let’s use it!
Remember, one of the main agenda items for the CCSS Machine is birth to grave control of education.
Finally, hang on to the fact that HR5/S1177 haven’t been approved by their opposing bodies OR signed by the President. Roll up those sleeves, everyone..we’re in for a bumpy ride!
bumpy

Today’s the Day! Will ECAA Survive?

The rewrites for ESEA are like fool's gold. Yeah,they look like gold on the surface. But they are a mockery to American citizens everywhere.
The rewrites for ESEA are like fool’s gold. Yeah,they look like gold on the surface. But they are a mockery to American citizens everywhere.

Anti CCSS Warriors, the U.S. Senate is set to begin again for the week, today. The “Every Child Achieves Act” will be in the proceedings at some point. Will the Common Core laden legislation survive? Only time will tell. I know all eyes will be on Washington, D. C.

As always, C-Span2 will be carrying the broadcast. When the Senate adjourned Thursday evening, the time stated to begin on Monday was 3 pm.  If you’d like to go ahead and sign up to receive an alert when the Session begins, C-Span2 will be happy to set you up. See: http://www.c-span.org/video/?327050-1/us-senate-morning-business (*Note: this is the same channel which you’ll need if you watch the Senate’s business)
So, those 100 Senators? You’ve still got time to call them, 202-224-3121; text them (you can use the website “Open Congress” to search for your Congress members using you zip code. Once you’ve found your members, use their contact information provided.) See:
https://www.opencongress.org/people/zipcodelookup 
; or you can use the Patriotic Network’s Action page to tweet your Senators. Each day this past weekend, I’ve been able to easily reach all 100 in less than 10 minutes. See: http://patriotjournalist.com/CommonCoreAction.php?v=6

In Case You Missed It:

Held Sunday, July 12th, a Roundtable Discussion on the rewriting of the ESEA (Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965) was held by the Washington Journal. It’s about 40 minutes in length if you watch it. If, you don’t have 40 minutes and you’d like to know some of the key points brought up during the discussion, here are a few of them from the transcript version of the broadcast. NIna Reese with the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools and Phillip Lovell of the Alliance for Excellent Education Policy and Advocacy were the guests, who along with the host, answers callers questions.

On assessments: “MATH AND NOW IN ELEMENTARY, MIDDLE SCHOOL, AND SCIENCE — HIGH SCHOOL IN SCIENCE. THESE PROVISIONS WILL STAY IN PLACE IN THE HOUSE VERSION..” (meaning assessments will be in HR5)

“TESTS THAT ARE NOW BEING PUT IN PLACE IN MOST STATES THAT MEASURE THE SKILLS NEEDED FOR THE 21ST CENTURY ECONOMY.”

On obtaining great assessment results: “TEACHING TO THE TEST EVERY DAY. THE CHALLENGE BEFORE US IS BETTER TEACHER TRAINING” (meaning more ‘teaching to the test and professional development)

Oh, there’s lots more, bunk about states being able to create their own accountability, money following the students, acknowledging the Senators Alexander and Murray banding together for ECAA, etc.

To access the roundtable: http://www.c-span.org/video/?327036-5/washington-journal-roundtable-child-left-behind-rewrite

National Alliance for Public Charter Schools:

Just in case you’re curious about this group’s stance on CCSS, you don’t have to guess. The funders are a ‘Who’s Who” in the CCSS supportive Machine.

Be sure to take a look at this group's research and publications. You'll find some very interesting topics to investigate.
Be sure to take a look at this group’s research and publications. You’ll find some very interesting topics to investigate.

The Alliance for Excellent Education Policy and Advocacy:

This group’s name is actually the Alliance for Excellent Education. They have a Policy and Advocacy Department. (see: http://all4ed.org/)Here’s their CCSS friendly funders:

'All for Ed' is all for CCSS and CTE.
‘All for Ed’ is all for CCSS and CTE.

Be sure to check out their upcoming July 23rd webinar about whole school reform. They, too, have some very interesting publications you should check out later. I’ve written about this group before.
Here’s the article where they are involved in aligning school leaders to CCSS: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/05/30/sic-em-saturday-ed-leaders-aligned-standards/
Here’s an article featuring them in Career and Technical Education CCSS alignment:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2014/09/25/tech-thursday-cte-career-technical-education-workforce/
Here’s another one where you’ll find them working with AIR (American Institutes of Research) on massive amounts of data mining. See:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/06/02/ftf-anti-ccss-files-recap/

So, I’m guessing their comments about the rewriting of the ESEA will be pro CCSS, don’t you agree?

Lastly, Just Hours Before the Senate Meets Again:

If you’d like to leave a comment of two for Senator Alexander, here’s his tweet to us:

While the first tweet I've highlighted is one we need to prepare for, it's the second tweet we can respond to NOW.
While the first tweet I’ve highlighted is one we need to prepare for, it’s the second tweet we can respond to NOW.