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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.

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Affording CCSS Higher Ed Reform

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For this Weekend News article, I want to help shine the light on the CCSS Machine in higher education..specifically in the name of college/post-secondary affordability. Who is involved? How does this connect to the CCSS Machine?

Above, you see a screen shot of the NC Senate Bill 873. Its short title is the ‘Access to Affordable College Ed Act’. Since you, my fellow  anti CCSS Warriors may NOT live in NC, what will your State have in the works for higher education reform where saving money is a selling point?

If you have heard any of my more recent interviews, you may recall I have shared that one of the ways in which we, the citizens of the USA, will be taken in by the CCSS Machine’s higher education grasp is through the affordable cost of post-secondary education. Look closely at the above screen shot and you will see the easily identifiable Common Core Machine ties. But trust me, there are MANY more not in black and white print.

However, before we get to a State level look, let’s review what the federal level of the CCSS Machine’s education overreach in the name of savings for post-secondary education.

The Feds in Post-Secondary Education:

In Feb. 2016, I shared with you the intent Dr. John King (U.S. Dept. of Ed’s Secretary) and the OPE (Office of Post-Secondary Education) in regards to CCSS/CTE/CCR (Common Core State Standards/Career Tech Education/College and Career Readiness). Here is a quote,
‘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.” ‘

To see the rest of the article and how FASFA (the paperwork for federal student aid to go to post-secondary education) plays into all the education reform:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/01/12/ftf-a-dependent-truth/

Also in Feb. 2016, I dug into the 2017 Fed Ed Budget Requests and found how college and other post-secondary education is to seem more affordable. Early College programs; where funding for HBCUs (Historically Black Colleges and Universities) and MSIs (Minority Serving Institutions) were to be impacted as well.

Right slam in the midst of all this is the connection to the SREB (Southern Regional Education Board). How? In the name of ‘research’! If you go back and look at the NC legislation in the works, see how SREB’s research is being relied upon as well as written into the Bill.
(*Note: If you have followed my blog long, you know how deep into the pockets of the CCSS Machine, SREB is. More about SREB will be below.)

In the article I also gave you how the funding will impact TRIO programs, Job Development Grants, and more. The article also shows you how each one of these ties back to the ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act), WIOA (Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act), as well as HEA (Higher Education Act). 
See: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/02/13/big-bucks-for-post-secondary-ed/

SREB, NC, and the Nation:

Past research has connected SREB to the CCSS Machine’s intent to use community colleges (post-secondary education) as a breeding grounds for CTE (Career Tech Education, the adult portion of CCSS) and more educational alignment to workforce based education. See below for what CCSS Machine organizations fund SREB:

SREBfund To find out more about how and what SREB is doing to education and those who are in education, as well as find out about the other regionally based education boards and their involvement, see: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/04/25/sic-em-saturday-using-community-colleges-for-more-core/

So, the burning question is, why is NC using a known CCSS Machine organization like SREB to create legislation? Take a look at this 2014 screen shot. I believe we can glean from it WHY NC relies on CCSS Machine backed research:

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Others NOT included in the screen shot include Dr. June Atkinson (head of the NC Dept. of Public Instruction, as well as the President of the CCSSO, Council of Chief State School Officers, which own half the copyright to CC Standards!) and Dr. Scott Ralls, the (at that time) head of NC Community Colleges. Ralls has moved on to become President of a Community College in VA since this report.

Now, I know some of my NC anti CCSS Warriors may be shocked to see some of the names they see. My concern is how many of these people have we heard publicly state they were/are against CCSS, but are participating in embedding it in various ways into the State Laws? Do they KNOW the connections already and just turn a blind eye, or has the truth been kept from them?!

For those of you NOT in NC, look at your regional boards to see who is in state government AND serves on these types of boards!

The Clearinghouse Featured in the NC Legislation:

If you refer back to the top of the article and see the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center, you may not know that this Center is ALSO a CCSS Machine member, but it is!! Furthermore, it is being used as MORE research and evidence to create legislation!

From the Clearinghouse’s ‘About Us’ portion of their website you can learn they have been data collecting/sharing since 1993, that they adhere to FERPA (remember it got overhauled to not be as protective as it once was?), and how they abide by the HEA (Higher Education Act). See:
https://nscresearchcenter.org/aboutus/

For an even more in-depth look at the Student Clearinghouse, see this article by Douglas Shapiro (Research Exec for the Student Clearinghouse)
http://www.nacacnet.org/research/PublicationsResources/bulletin/2015Bulletin/04-08-2015/Pages/A-Closer-Look-at-the-National-Student-Clearinghouse.aspx

The ties to the CCSS Machine the Clearinghouse has:

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See below for what CCSS Machine member is helping fund the Clearinghouse:

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To access the Gates Foundation page: http://www.gatesfoundation.org/How-We-Work/Quick-Links/Grants-Database#q/k=National%20Student%20Clearinghouse

If you would like to see the Clearinghouse’s 2015 Data ReportClearinghouse2015data
(*Note that the Report is about the Clearinghouse from another post-secondary group, IHEP, Institute for Higher Education Policy. As of this writing, I will look into IHEP in the future.)

So, How Does All of the Above Impact NC Legislation?

1) It further embeds the CCSS Machine, the federally led, privately funded education overreach into the State. Remember, since ALL the States are impacted by the U.S. Dept. of Education, WIOA, ESSA, and HEA, there is NO reason to think NC stands alone in this.

2) Another short answer is it is embedding education reform in the name of student debt reduction. Who will bear the brunt of the debt load? The taxpayers! Here in NC, a recent state-wide Bond was passed in the name of educational updates that will burden our taxpayers for at least 2 generations! (If you like, you can search my blog for the ‘NC Connect’ and learn how the CCSS Machine is involved.)

3) By overhauling how colleges, universities, and all other post-secondary educational institutions are to be held accountable and accredited, you will see a continued chipping away at local control and MORE federal overreach increase. (I have written about this issue as well and how the CCSS Machine is behind it. If you would like that research, let me know.)

4) In the body of the NC SB873 (Access to Affordable College Ed Act), you will see how by taking 4 year state-led colleges and turning them into community colleges it plays right into the hands of the SREB intent/CCSS Machine agenda to use community colleges as not so much educational facilities, but worker prep facilities.
See the NC Legislative Bill:
http://www.ncleg.net/Applications/BillLookUp/LoadBillDocument.aspx?SessionCode=2015&DocNum=7614&SeqNum=0

A Couple of Loose Ends Worth Noting:

In the NC Legislative Bill screen shot, you may notice I underlined the name of David Kirp.
Who is he? ‘Senior Fellow in Residence, is the James D. Marver Professor of Public Policy at the Goldman School of Public Policy, University of California at Berkeley.’

I found this excerpt about him on the Learning Policy Institute’s website (that is where the Sr. Fellowship comes in). The Learning Policy Institute is funded by some pretty big CCSS Machine members (Ford Foundation, the Hewlett Foundation, etc.). The President and CEO of the Learning Policy Institute is none other than  Linda Darling-Hammond (a notoriously known CCSS Machine disciple)!
To access the Learning Policy Institute’s website: https://learningpolicyinstitute.org/people/

AIR was also underlined in the screenshot. American Institutes  of Research are also notoriously tied to the CCSS Machine. Many anti CCSS Warriors have shared the ties, the deceptive moves for data mining carried out in the name of ‘research’. One anti CCSS Warrior in particular has mountains of documented evidence on AIR. Her name is Deb Herbage (FL).  She has recently begun her own blog, DezignzbyDeb (it is on WordPress, like mine). Contact her for any thing AIR related.

Closing:

As twisted as the CCSS paved road is in each of our States, I trust you can see why legislation, either State created or federally, is being used to continue the vicious cycle of grinding down our nation education-wise.
Please, look into your State’s governing bodies.
NC residents: PLEASE contact the leaders and DEMAND accountability while you share the truth.
Warriors, many of these leaders are seeking to be re-elected. Will we continue to put them in office?

 

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!

 

 

CC Diva: Back on the Blog!

Greetings for 2016 to all those dedicated, fearless, and, awesome anti CCSS (Common Core State Standards) Warriors!

It has been a couple of weeks since I last wrote a blog entry, but I’ve been anything but idle. January 2016 finds me gearing up for some exciting speaking engagements where I’ll be honored to share with others just how deeply committed to all things Common Core, our nation is. I know you’ve been kept updated by others while I was away about the over reaching evidence of the ‘fed led ed’ via the S1177 (Every Student Succeeds Act). You’ve been updated on even more evidence about just how snookered our legislators have been when it comes to ‘more state’s control in education’.

2016 will prove to be a big year for all of us as we know important elections will take place. From local school board elections, to the White House, we, the opposed to a strait-jacketed education, have MUCH to do!

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As I shared with you in my last couple of 2015 posts, you can except to see me continue my mission of supplying you with information the PRO Common Core side wishes I didn’t have. You can bet I’ll be looking into MORE of the post-secondary push for a strait jacketed set of CCSS/CCR/CTE/GR (Common Core State Standards/College and Career Ready Standards/Career Technical Education Standards/ Global Ready Standards) standards that our 50 states have already invested heavily in and will continue to build a bridge to streamline pre-K to graduate schools and the job market! We’ve known for a while that CCSS (Common Core State Standards) is being recycled and repacked as not only some of the ‘alphabet soup’ acronyms you see above, but MORE! I’ll be sharing all I have on every stinking one of them, as I can.

While I was away, I also noticed lots of ire over the Exxon-Mobil statement about CCSS (Common Core State Standards). Anti CC Warriors, please remember, they are certainly not the only corporation to issue a pro-statement or make advertisements to support more state by state alignment. If you’ve not see the Business Rountable’s list of pro CCSS/CCR (Common Core State Standards/College and Career Ready) supporters, I urge you to do so. Visit their ‘issues’ page and review their activism toward ‘education and the workforce’. See: http://businessroundtable.org/issues/education-workforce

Don’t forget the re-authorization of the HEA (Higher Education Act) will more than likely be in the news very soon. As you’ve heard me state before, this is the LAST link in the chain of alignment for American education. This is the biggest threat to ALL educational choices, regardless of where pre-K through High School was spent. As you know, I’ve devoted several articles to exposing these truths time and time again.

While the dust is still settling over the S1177, know that the HELP committee (the U.S. Senate’s Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions) and the Education and Workforce Committee (the U.S. House of Representative’s) are working overtime to continue what S1177 laid out for education. Many  of our legislators abandoned our anti CCSS stance with their votes to pass S1177, many will be poised to the same in higher education. Just watch their press releases.
Why higher education? It leads to jobs, jobs lead to money, and states need money for businesses.
Businesses have done a bang up job skewing the ‘skills gap’ fallacy and those in the CCSS Machine, short for Common Core State Standards Machine (as I can it), have fed this fallacy far too long. Why? Buried in the S1177 are passages where businesses will be MORE involved in education and what is taught. The goal in  education: simply this, the earlier the job skills training implanted in education, the more Suzy or Johnny will graduate whatever level of education totally prepared for the job market.
To see the HELP’s declarative education statement:
http://www.help.senate.gov/about/issues/
To see the Ed & Workforce declarative education statements:
http://edworkforce.house.gov/news/documentquery.aspx?DocumentTypeID=1854:1825

For an illustration of the strait-jacketed path our students face, see below. This image was originally featured in one of my September 2015 articles

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While the 9 federal levels are easy to spot, look at the variety of other agencies which are not easy to identify as connected.

Here’s another one that should be of interest from September 2015 and will give you a visual of the agenda being cemented for our nation:

talent-pipeline-infographic
Image courtesy of RAF Automation.

Closing:
It’s good to be back with you. It’s good to fight for what’s right. If you are curious as to what MORE you can do to fight this ‘War Against the Core’, I urge you to get involved in the “It’s About The Child” Conference set for January 29-31, 2016. Set to be hosted in Texas, this event will be live-streamed throughout the nation! So if you can’t make it to the Lone Star state, you can still be a front runner for the students of America from wherever you are!

Details can be found: http://www.itsaboutthechild.com/register.html
The flyer can be accessed:
http://www.itsaboutthechild.com/uploads/5/7/1/8/57183785/conference_flyer_for_inet.jpg

The reasons to attend (in person or on-line) include:
Friday: A to Z on CCSS (Common Core State Standards)
Saturday: U.S. Presidential candidates, other candidates answer educational questions at a Town Hall meeting; Forming local grassroots action groups to fight CCSS (Common Core State Standards); a VIP Question/Answer Session
Sunday: A ‘Founder Fathers’ style prayer and reflection gathering
BUT, the main reason is OUR Nation’s future is worth saving!!

The entire event is set to be archived, so if you can’t make it in January, you can have the information available for your research, fight, or knowledge at any time!

I’ve been asked to be a big part of the Conference and while I will not be able to be in TX, I’ll contribute both behind the scenes and in the future events connected to fighting for our nation and education. What an honor to be among such dedicated and valiant Warriors!

Can’t wait until the end of January 2016? Super! I can’t either. Tonight, thanks to the Patriot Journal Network, you can help raise awareness for not only the Conference, but the need for MORE education Warriors to stand up for our students! There is a Twitter Rally set for tonight, 1/3/16, 9 pm EST (Eastern Standard Time). Here is the link for information:
http://patriotjournalist.com/AboutTheChildAction.php?v=0&src=Schedule

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.

The Morning After: CCSS Lives On

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

Anti CCSS Warriors, it has been said that there is nothing new in life. Last night we saw our U.S. Congress commit an old tactic: a tyrannical treason. By the lack of backbone, our elected officials chose to let CCSS live on! They chose to let data mining of our students live on, the assessments which judge our students and teachers unfairly will survive as well. The lie of control being giving back to the states will also live on! Much like the old picture above of a monopoly run Congress, we are witnessing in modern times a Congress run by the P3s(public/private partnerships) of CCSS, NOT the citizens.

Our educational reform being handled so illegally (consider the U.S. Constitution’s parameters for a ‘we the people’ government), so rushed, so without due diligence is the worst example of leadership I have ever seen. It certainly is the worst Christmas present Congress could give America!

In spite of all this, the problems of the CCSS (social emotional learning, aligned communities, cradle to grave education reform, etc.) and all its other names (CTE, Career Tech Education, STEM, Next Generation Science, Career Pathways, etc.) will not be what is brought up by the spin doctors. What will be is how great the ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) is. You’ll probably hear Congress members brag on how they are true education champions for ending NCLB (No Child Left Behind). In my researched opinion, not one Congress member needs to gloat about any of it. Why? THEY DIDN’T READ the BILL! They rubber stamped the Bill! They ignored the citizens completely. Yes, there were 64 who voted ‘no’. They do deserve a check mark for saying ‘no’. However, will they continue to say ‘no’ when all the parts of ESSA are enacted in real time? Will they say ‘no’ when the re-authorization of the HEA (Higher Education Act) comes up for votes? After all, Sen. Alexander is overseeing that re-write, too!

Because the House of Representatives voted by a landslide to let a horrible education reform become law doesn’t mean it is one YET. The Senate must still vote on it (yesterday they elected to wait a week or two for that move). Then, it hits the President’s desk. During some of the ‘down’ time yesterday, one media source speculated all this could be signed into law BEFORE Christmas.

We still have time to fight.

Even if the worst happens, we still need to fight on! Why? As I stated previously, there’s nothing new in life. So, just like a ‘puppet Congress’ has happened before, so has an ‘opposed society’. We ARE those oppressed. Our students, teachers, school staff members will become even more oppressed! Our state legislators will be hog tied to ESSA, too!

According to the language of the ESSA, the states will have to answer to the federal government even more so! The freedoms of choosing your child’s educational choice will be taken away, you’ll see your community become aligned to resemble the stuff of science fiction. Am I making any of this up? Oh, no. I’ve read portions of the ESSA, I’ve done research on the push for national standards (and all that goes with it since 2009). I’ve considered the documented evidence provided by a network of dedicated group of everyday citizens showing how all of the above is about to happen in real time.

As I listened to some of the live proceedings yesterday, I heard Representatives chatter on about ‘new Common Core Standards’; how the media had reported it right when they said ESSA is better than ESEA; how our society would have a work ready student base; how local communities would be the biggest reaper of all this educational reform. The sad part, these spineless members actually believe what they are saying! The even sadder part, they will NOT be around to see your students, your teachers, your school officials put all this alignment into action! BUT, we will be! What will we do?!

We MUST remain our students champions! We must be even more aware of what is written in the ESSA so we can be one step ahead. When a portion of the ESSA is enacted where more power is given to our LEAs (Local educational agencies) we MUST know HOW that power is to be used (I can tell you much of it appears to be directed toward parents). When the 21st Century Community Learning Centers come to your town, you MUST know exactly what they will be joining the community together with. When the mental health components (which will impact every student), we MUST know how to block them! There is SO much work we have to do to not only champion education, but to protect our citizens! Even if you don’t have a student ‘in the system’, your tax dollars are being used to make all this (and more) happen! Think of it as ‘taxation with zero citizen input’.

In the coming days, I’ll share with you my evidence from not only the ESSA, but some of my previously published articles (containing documents and other evidence) of how the ESSA has WIOA (Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act) ties, how it aligns post-secondary education to K-12th grade, how state funding formulas will dictate it all, and more.

Before I close for today, one of my fellow anti CCSS Warriors had an idea that Congress should, in the future, be made to sign a form stating the legislation they are voting on has been duly read, considered, and had adequate citizen feedback on. From a personal standpoint, I like that idea very much. It would mean we’ve not see a rushed hack job of a bad bill survive past the trash bin.

Make no mistake Warriors Against the Core, ESSA is a recycling ‘masterpiece’, NOT a better bill for America. If we truly want ‘better’ for our next generations of children, we will have to fight for it!

Take heart, my dear Warriors, we aren’t done yet. It’s tough, but we’re tougher. The battles we still have left to fight need our total commitment. We are strong, we are the champions of our children.

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