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Do You Know This GA?

Sure, we Anti CCSS/Fed Ed Warriors know there are General Assemblies of all kinds. We have them in our communities, our legislatures, and even global ones. But, did you know there is a CCSS Machine ‘General Assembly’ group?

How I Found Them:

As an avid researcher, it is easy to find one group when investigating another group. Add in an educational topic, and the groups appear to be not only tied at the hip, but plentiful.
My latest ‘connect the dots’ findings come from when I was looking into WhiteBoard Advisors and found General Assembly, a Global Educational Group.

In case you missed my Weekend News, my third point in the publication was to point you to the WhiteBoard Advisors and their May 2016 Education Insiders Report. I noticed in several instances on the W/A (as they refer to themselves) website, General Assembly was brought up. Thinking it meant that the W/A had a General Assembly (GA), I tried to find out who serves on it. However, what I found instead was the linkage between the two separate groups. All in the name of education reform, to boot! While there will be plenty to share about W/A in the near future, I will be using the rest of my Monday Musings to look at the General Assembly Educational Group.

The General Assembly:

galogoThe website: https://generalassemb.ly/
The Co-Founders: Matt Brimer and Jake Schwartz

Their message: General Assembly (GA) is a global educational company on a mission to empower a global community to pursue work they love. Focusing on the most relevant and in-demand skills across data, design, business and technology, GA is confronting a skills gap through best-in-class instruction and providing access to opportunities. GA works with students online and in person across 15 campuses in 4 continents. GA also works with companies as partners in course development and graduate placement as well as helps companies stay competitive in today’s digital landscape. Additionally, GA’s focus on affordable and accessible education combined with our education-to-employment approach is helping to create a diverse talent pipeline.”

Warriors, do you see the CCSS Machine agenda? I do!

GA’s tie to the WhiteBoard Advisors is the Sr. Vice President and Co-Director of Research for W/A, David DeSchryver. See below:

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To see the rest of DeSchryver’s bio: http://www.whiteboardadvisors.com/david-deschryver

To access the Beyond Bootcamps Report: General_Assembly_Beyond_Bootcamps_Policy_Report

What in the Report is of note?
1) Former Governor for NC, Bev Purdue (also a Senior Advisor for W/A) wrote the Forward in the Report. Bev Purdue, is a ‘card carrying member’ of the CCSS Machine. (*Note: her company DigiLearn is proof.)
2) The Report is from 2015.
3) It gives a ‘Top Ten’ list of policy making considerations to boost state and local economies via skill based education.
4) Both authors (DeSchryver and Kelly) are tied to other CCSS Machine member organizations. Kelly is tied to the Gates Foundation funded Education Week; DeSchryver has been in the thick of education reform since the NCLB (No Child Left Behind) days.
5) The Report falsely carries the notion of the ‘skills gap’ (*Note: I have shared documented evidence with you in the past that the skills gap is narrative of panic the CCSS Machine is using to further their involvement of workforce based, P3 (public private partnership) driven education.)
6) Cities are giving grants to GA to come and operate there. An example is New York City and can be seen on page 6. (A related NYC article: http://www.businessinsider.com/hustle-con-presentations-on-startups-from-nerdwallet-teespring-general-assembly-thirdlove-2015-4)
7) The Report details how GA is helping transform America’s economy.
8) GA is working with an official from the  U.S. Dept. of Ed to help accelerate learning.
9) The Report details how all this will be regulated in various States. Usually either the Workforce Training or the Higher Education Committees.
10) Employers are expected to not only be clear about their workforce needs, but to help in the credentialing process for education.
Lastly, of the Top Ten priorities for state and local policy makers? Outcomes! Not true education, but outcomes of our students…of all ages!

What organizations have invested in GA? In 2014, the following:
GSV Capital, Rethink Education, Maveron, and Western Technology Investment also participated, and GA’s funding now totals $49.3 million.” See: http://techcrunch.com/2014/03/07/general-assembly-raises-35m-led-by-new-investor-ivp-to-add-more-tech-courses-new-campuses/

In 2015, more investors jumped on the GA Bandwagon: “Our new investors are Advance Publications and Wellington Capital Management LLPSee: http://techcrunch.com/2015/09/30/general-assembly-raises-70-million-closing-in-on-25000-alumni-worldwide/

More Nebulous Connections:

From the list above, you may (or may not) see any further CCSS Machine connections. However, there are a couple which really stand out to me, GSV Capital and Rethink Education. In a short sentence, GSV is tied to the CCSS Machine through investments.
Rethink Education is tied back to W/A (WhiteBoard Advisors) via Ben Wallerstein, one of the co-founders. That said, let’s see what else I can point you to about each of THESE CCSS Machine member organizations.

GSV Capital: I first exposed this group by in 2014. See my article:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2014/09/16/from-the-files-tuesday-down-in-the-valley/
In this article, I showed you the ‘GSV’ in GSV Capital stands for Global Silicon Valley. The Capital’s goal? Re-imagining education…we are talking well-known heavy hitting big name CCSS Machine members are involved; we’re looking at least $4 trillion dollars in the global education market, Warriors! We are also looking at how this group wants to eliminate school boards in the process. To see where in the list of priorities THIS bombshell is, be sure to enlarge the picture when you read the above article.

Okay, that was 2014, what about GSV Capital has changed? From their Blog titled A2Apple,
“While there was plenty of competition for “mindshare”, last week we co-hosted the seventh annual ASU GSV Summit in San Diego, a gathering of leaders from across the global innovation economy with the mission of accelerating exponential ideas in education and talent. We welcomed over 3,500 entrepreneurs, educators, business leaders, policymakers, and investors, as well as 350 game-changing presenting companies.” (*Note: ASU is short for AZ State University, another well known CCSS Machine member.) See the screen shot below from the Blog.

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Yes, Warriors, we knew Gates would be involved somehow. To read the rest of the article where both the excerpt and the picture are from: http://www.a2apple.com/change-your-mind/ (*Note: be sure to scroll down and see the pictures of the other speakers. Among them are Ted Mitchell, of the U.S. Dept. of Ed. and Dr. Condoleezza Rice of the Jeb Bush-backed FEE (Foundation for Excellence in Education. Be sure to look at the rhetoric and the research sources.)

By visiting the GSV Capital’s Strategy webpage, be sure you read the Making Private Public section to see where education comes into play. See:
http://gsvcap.com/about/strategy-purpose/

Rethink Education:
The website for this education venture investment firm: http://rteducation.com/
Tying them back to the W/A group is WhiteBoard Advisor co-founder, Jake Schwartz.(*Note: he can be found among the Rethink Education Portfolio Investors.)

Also among the Rethink Education folks, is Tom Segal, one of the co-founders. He is regularly featured on EdSurge (another CCSS Machine member). Tom also posts blog entries on the Rethink Education website. His entry about the beginning of Rethink is worth noting. Why? Both co-founders have a long history of ties to CCSS Machine connected entities, like Head Start and CUNY (NY). I have tied both of these back to the Machine in previous articles. As far as EdSurge’s ties: One of the Board members represents GSV Capital!
To see the beginning of Rethink Educationhttp://rteducation.com/where-we-came-from/
To see the GSV Capital Board member: http://about.edsurge.com/board/ (*Note: When you read Matt Hanson’s bio, be sure to see where it mentions he is also tied to GA, as in the General Assembly Global Education group!) 

To read a related article about Rethink Education and how it is a great new thing for education to be incentivized by private groups: https://www.edsurge.com/news/incentivizing-innovation-in-education-or-a-role-for-for-profits-in-education

Closing:
Warriors, do you see the nebulous ties above? It is insane how these groups are so closely in-bred. Not only are we having to fight the federal and state levels of government over Common Core and all that goes with it, but we have a plethora of private groups strangling our voices! Our governments and our schools should NOT have ANY private investors except the parents! By this, I am not talking investing money, but parents investing with their hearts because they are simply trying to do the best for their students. ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act), WIOA (Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act), and the HEA (Higher Education Act) mock us. The P3s mock us. The CCSS Machine not only mocks us, but is doing its best to silence us!

Be sure to note that I will continue to delve into this subject and report what I uncover. I will also be exposing more about WhiteBoard Advisors soon.

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ESSA in a Nutshell

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Anti CCSS Warriors, the ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) is meant to be tough. It is meant to embed educational reform as we have never before seen. It was meant to be SO tough, no one would ever truly know the rotten insides lurking underneath the ink.
It is full of CCSS, CCR, CTE(Common Core State Standards/College Career Readiness/Career Tech Education), and a host of other programs, initiatives, and WASPs (Wrap Around Service Programs) which will conduct anything and everything in the name of student outcomes, student achievement, and/or student competency.

BUT like every tough nut, the ESSA is NOT impossible to pry open to reveal the rottenness inside of it! In today’s article, I will do my best to expose the rottenness in one ‘crunch’!
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The following lists are from the ESSA Final Conference Report. They will also be in the ‘Final Law Version’, but the page numbers will be different.

 

Data (and all that goes with it), Technology, and the In Home Assessments:
Page 123; 138; Page 255; Page 363; Page 450/451; Page 463/464; Pages 485-488; Page 508; Page 630; and Pages 943/ 944. (A complete explanation as to why these are so rotten:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/02/04/essa-and-digital-overload/
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/02/05/weekend-news-the-ies-and-the-essa/ )
In a crunch: almost $900 million for more technology to data track, data mine, and sell to almost anyone connected in or outside of education. All in the name of ‘student success’. Assessments will be part of this rotten portion. (Section 9210 is where you need to crack open the in home assessing.)

Teachers,  School Leaders, Non-Profits, For-Profits Inside and Outside the Classrooms:
Pages 300/301; Page 302; Pages 323, 324; Page 344; Pages 347-349; 351-357; Page 406; and Section 9210 (yes, as in the Data paragraph above). In one ‘crunch’, see my “School Board Special Part 3”, for not only more revealed rottenness for teachers and leaders, but you will see more about intrusive data mining, as well as whole community alignment all in the name of ‘challenging state academic standards’ for student competency based education.
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/01/26/school-board-special-part-three/

Timeline the States Will Have to Adhere to:
In a crunch, just keep July 1, 2016 circled on your calendars and share with your legislators this date. There will be others, but this one will hit the States bank accounts rapidly.
See the ESSA timeline of the MOST important dates (there are others that we will discover as the school year 2017-18 approaches. To fund this straight path to alignment rottenness, the FY 2017 Federal Education Budget Requests.
Timeline: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/01/28/school-board-special-part-4/
Big Bucks for ESSAhttps://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/02/11/fed-ed-2017-are-you-ready/ (*Note: be sure to follow the 2017 Budget’s rottenness is the related articles.)

Workforce/Career Tech/Career Pathways/Career Clusters/STEM/Apprenticeships:
This is a huge part of the rottenness in the ESSA! The passage of the ESSA embedded workforce based education in a multitude of page numbers, programs (existing or about to be introduced). The supposed lack of business trained workers is what we are told the career paths are for and why they are needed in education ON THE SURFACE, but underneath? The rottenness: more data mining, tracking, and aligning students (0f all ages) for the sake of Mr. and Mrs. Businesses. ESSA directly ties to WIOA (Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014).
In a crunch know that the WIOA and HEA (Higher Education Act) are mentioned in the ESSA over 160 times!  To see the rest of the rottenness surrounding this ESSA/WIOA marriage: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/12/05/weekend-news-essas-untold-ties-to-hea/

The WASPs (Wrap Around Service Programs):
Unlike the nuts we’ve crunched so far, the WASPs won’t be inside the nuts, they will, however, be close by the nuts. This will be another huge part of the ESSA rottenness.
Look for Promise Neighborhoods, 21st Century Community Learning Centers, SEL (social emotional learning) interventions, and much more. Page numbers and all the stinging news will be seen: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/01/04/meet-your-new-neighbor-essa-seriously/
and here: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/01/23/the-school-board-special-part-one/


Is There More Rottenness?
Absolutely, we could break the above categories down into smaller ones to reveal even more rottenness disguised as good legislation for education. However, we know if we are to share this with legislators, we must, out of respect for their busy schedules, keep the information concise. In my researched findings, this is about as concise as I can make the over 1, 059 pages. ( ESSA FINAL CONFRPT_112915 ) or its shorter Final Law version ( Finalessa.391pages ) Why do I continually refer to the larger document? It is easier to read, therefore easier to sift through.

Not a Nut, but a Cog:
I have kept the nut theme going for a reason. Nuts all look the same on the outside, of course depending on their variety. You usually can only tell when the meat inside is rotten once it is cracked open, crunched in an inertia device, etc. However, you know I have long referred to all the activities in the education reform we are witnessing, as part of the CCSS Machine. Below, I leave you with my ESSA, CCSS-Machine-like screen shot. You certainly may share this with your busy legislators, but please be sure to make it as relevant to your state as possible. I have one specifically for NC, that I will be sharing with the NC General Assembly. If you live in NC and would like that graphic, please contact me.

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Tell ’em it’s from the Common Core Diva when you share this!!