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Franchised Education

Anti Fed Ed Warriors, just a few days ago, I posted an article where I told you I’d be going more in depth about charter schools. That article revealed how charter schools are being used as tools to indoctrinate our students with CTE (Career Tech Education) and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math).

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However, before I get to the more in-depth information about charters, I want to plant this thought in your minds. Let this thought stick with you for the rest of the traditional summer break. Let it ruminate in your heart and then act upon whatever conclusion you come to.


         Why are our schools becoming the fastest growing franchise in America?!

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   If you were to compare fast food franchise growth to how quickly our schools are becoming franchises, you would realize we’ve been lied to. You would be angry. You’d want to take your children back home.

Have I Lost My Fries?!

Warriors, before you think I’m a few fries short of a full order, I really hope you can understand my contrast. If you’ve been to one fast food restaurant, you know that no matter where you go, the food will be the same, the layout will more than likely be the same, the prices will be very similar, too. You also know the food has a taste which is the same, so this means the same suppliers and preparation of the food will be the same everywhere else. The only, and I do mean ONLY difference is the location of each fast food restaurant.

Now, flip this to education, especially in the ‘ESSA Era’ or the Every Student Succeeds Act Era. You’ve heard me state it hear and on every radio interview and social media post I can, that due to ESSA’s mandate for ALL education to be aligned to the same standards (post-secondary readiness as laid out by WIOA, Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act), that no school choice is safe.
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Every State is a franchise location of the ESSA law. With ESSA law comes ESSA mandates. These mandates include charter schools, both public and private.

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The Charter School “Hearing”:

Warriors, as I told you in my previous article, the recent (June 13th) Education and Workforce Committee (U.S. House of Representatives) was all about how powerful charter schools in the US are.
Once again, here’s the link to the archived ‘hearing’. Now, why do I have hearing in quotes. Well, if you listen to the entire archive you’ll hear the meeting called a ‘hearing’, a ‘conversation’, and other descriptions. (*Note: the Ed/Workforce Press Release called the meeting a ‘discussion’.) 

Much like the previous article featuring this archive, I’m not going to tell you every blow by blow comment. BUT you do need to see the notes I took and am sharing below.

As you know, Rep. Virginia Foxx heads up the Ed/Workforce Committee. She has stated several times that ‘ALL education is Career Tech Education’, so to see her heading up a hearing on charter schools was interesting, to say the least.

From Foxx’s Opening Statement, she pointed to the overplayed ‘zip code’ and how it needs to suggest more ‘school choice’. She pointed out how ESSA was/is to maintain and EXPAND charter schools of all kinds. Also mentioned were the ‘student outcomes’ and how charters are a type of savior or lifeline for our students. How? Their ‘lifelong love of learning’ will be more secure.

Strange, all this sentiment coming from the Congress member who has proclaimed ALL education is CTE and that because of that, it’s all workforce development!

However, weigh into this that almost every Congress member supportive of ESSA has said they were holding out for ESSA to be implemented EXACTLY as written. Maybe NOW we can see why they’d hold that ‘opinion’. One thing’s for certain, by being SO supportive of all the CCSS Machine alignment in education, the Congress members are revealing their true allegiance is not to America or to her citizens. It’s more toward globalization.

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From Co-Chair Rep. Scott (VA) and his opening comments: charters will ‘fix’ dismal public education. There needs to be an increase in federal funding across the nation (in every community)  for more charters (that’s already an ESSA mandate). About the 39:29 minute mark, you’ll hear Scott be the first (among many others at the hearing) who told us their job isn’t representing the citizens (their voters) but ‘policy-making’.

No Congress members job is to establish or make policy, their jobs are to create legislation to become law as per the will of the people.

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You’ll also hear Rep. Scott mis-peak about America’s role. (40:31). He’s the first of many to make this same error. Warriors, we are NOT a democracy, we ARE a Constitutional republic!  (I guess the fact Congress members cannot distinguish between democracy and republic should alarm us all). What should concern us as well, is that Rep. Scott (and others) believe that public schools, including public charters are the ‘bedrock of our democracy’. Scott goes on to thank Sec. of Education DeVos for giving us a ‘good glimpse at the free market public education system’.

Near the 44:55 time mark, ESSA will strengthen all charters regulations and accountability. Shortly after this, Scott told us all that ‘we now have more choices than ever before’, then added that America’s looking at choice from around the world. (No, America should be looking to the parents, the students, the teachers, the taxpayers.)

Rep. Scott did state that ‘the more flexible the school system, the more strength is needed for policy’. Any ‘choice devoid of strong policy will not work’.

Enter the “Witnesses”:

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Rees is with the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools (my previous article details how the NAPCS is tied to the CCSS Machine).

Richmond is with the National Association of Charter School Authorizers. Among the NACSA Board members, you’ll find NM’s former State Superintendent Skandera (A huge CCSS/CTE disciple). Among the Advisory Board? Nina Rees and representatives from the Gates Foundation, the Walton Family Foundation and others. From their IRS 990 form, I found what appears to be a tie to the U.S. Dept. of Ed’s National Charter School Resource Center (also featured in the previous article as a funder for the NAPCS.) You’ll also find an NC based organization called “Public Impact, LLC” among the NACSA’s 5 top most compensated contractors. (*Note: Public Impact, LLC cites an AIR-Brookings study, so we know they are a CCSS Machine member group, too.)

Warriors, you’ll find the Gates Foundation gave a $2 million grant to the NACSA in 2017. 

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(*Note: the U.S. Dept. of Ed’s National Charter School Resource Center is funneled through another group called Safal Partners. Safal is a TX based education management consulting firm. If you’d like to see their Charter School Closure guide, find it here. Be sure to look at those presenting information and what States they are from.)

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Dr. West is with Harvard University as well as the editor-in-chief for “Education Next”.
(*Note: I have scores of articles on Harvard’s alignment to the CCSS Machine, especially in the global and student data raping topics.)
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To see Finn’s ties to Fordham, look for bullet point #1.

Warriors, go back and listen/watch the hearing. You’ll hear plenty of CCSS Machine rhetoric. However, the final and BIGGEST revelation spoken during this dog and pony show (aka ‘hearing’) came from Mr. Richmond. You’ll find it near the 1:14:17 time mark.

Rep. Guthrie (KY) was asking him a question about the charter school process. Richmond’s response was ‘every charter is a public school in every State’. He went on to say there are federal charter school grant programs which State apply for help.

Richmond purposefully made no effort to distinguish between public and private charter schools. Why? Because, per ESSA, ALL education is to be the same (aka a ‘franchise’).

I repeat, ‘every charter is a public school in every State’.

Closing:

Warriors, I urge you, listen, watch, then act to remove your children from ANY of the taxpayer funded schools and programs. With the looming news of the U.S. Depts of Ed and Labor to possibly merge, it’s dire to act NOW!

We already know that ESSA’s mandate for education isn’t academic prowess, it’s workforce training. This merger will complete that..for charters, traditional schools, private schools, homeschools, and, at every age level. So higher education and trade schools will be no better.

If you’re wondering why I chose the word ‘franchise’ for this article, the word is a synonym for ‘charter’. Go back to my original thought I wanted you to ponder over.
Do you see?!

You may feel hopeless, but don’t, there are more citizens than politicians, so let’s work together to protect our students.

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This is Our Choice?!

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Recently, one of my dear fellow Anti CCSS Warriors from the other side of the nation, contacted me about her State Superintendent’s words about being ‘choice ready’ by 2030.
My friend/Warrior, Ida F. has allowed me to share her State’s story so you can check in yours for similar such messages.

The State, ND; The ‘Super’, Baesler:

ND’s Superintendent has shared in the media that by 2030 all the students in North Dakota are to be choice ready for their futures. To see the 2 page agenda, https://www.nd.gov/dpi/uploads/1404/Agenda.pdf  To see just Baesler’s activity,
see below:

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Then, consider this screen shot:

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Baesler is also a Board Member serving the National Drop Out Prevention Network (NDOPN). In 2015, she, along with other NDOPN members held a national conference in TX. From the program I found detailing the conference, plenty of CCSS Machine members were not only in attendance, but were leading workshops. Was the ‘choice ready’ rhetoric there? Of course. See: http://dropoutprevention.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/SanAntonio-Program10-14-15.pdf


So, What IS “Choice Ready”?

Here’s a screen shot of an AdvancED 2015 presentation which was given in ND in May of 2016.

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To get the entire presentation,
https://www.nd.gov/dpi/uploads/1400/NDAccountabilityPlanning.pdf
(*Note: be sure to see how easily this fits into ESSA’s accountability/implementation plans.)

 

There must be a 2030 Bandwagon Around Somewhere:

It appears that ND is not the only State jumping on the bandwagon heading for 2030, look at all these other 2030 Ready Resources I found.

USA:

1) Hoover Institute’s “American Education in 2030”. You’ll need to know that the Fordham Institute’s very own Chester Finn is cited in this book of 87 pages, that there is a copyright date of 2010 and is tied to the Leland Stanford Jr. University. This book is a collection of essays on education. See:
http://www.hoover.org/sites/default/files/pages/docs/ae2030_book.pdf

2) The Center for Teacher Quality’s “Teaching 2030: Leveraging Teacher Preparation 2.0”.
This 66 page document doesn’t give a clear date of when it was published, but it does give you an insight into what groups have influenced this report.  American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education (AACTE), NCATE (National Council for Teacher Accreditation), Commission on Effective Teachers and Teaching (CETT) an independent group convened by the NEA (National Education Association), and the National Bureau of Economic Research.
The CTQ Report is also a collection of related topics in education by various teacher/authors.

Here’s an excerpt, “Pre-service teachers need customized preparation for the 21st-century pedagogical skills demanded by not just the Common Core State Standards, but the global economy in which students must participate. Too much of today’s criticism of teacher education is driven by politics, not substance, and focuses on outdated issues instead of ones unique to the demands of 21st-century teaching and learning. Teacher preparation of today and tomorrow needs to equip new recruits to teach highly mobile students, develop their own assessments, improve data systems, engage parents and policymakers, and lead the transition of many of our high-needs schools into 24/7 community hubs.”

It appears that by 2030, teachers are to have the 3Cs: ‘Communication, character, and content’. In some way this is to go along with the CCSS Machine’s 4Cs for students: critical thinking, creativity, collaboration, and communication. My question is this (and I do not mean to be snarky): Did I miss something?!  Since the 4Cs for students are happening NOW, why are teachers getting only 3Cs?  Why do they have to wait until 2030?

The CTQ Report:  http://www.teachingquality.org/sites/default/files/TEACHING_2030_Leveraging_Teacher_Preparation.pdf

 


Global:
1) The “Yidan Prize Forecast: Education to 2030”

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This 33 page research report is available on-line (I would suggest downloading it) and is based on the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) calculations and research.

Look at the CCSS Machine ties and the UN Ties from the EIU’s ‘experts’:

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To download the 33 pages of global ‘choice readiness’: EIU_Yidan prize forecast_Education to 2030
To find in on the Internet:
https://www.eiuperspectives.economist.com/sites/default/files/EIU_Yidan%20prize%20forecast_Education%20to%202030.pdf

2) The UN’s Education 2030 Agenda video. This short but scary video shows WHY the innovative data (written into ESSA and its related laws) is such a big deal.


The 2030 Agenda has been well reported (both by others and myself). That said if you don’t have see the connection between the UN, the US, the ‘choice readiness’, the data mining, and education, it is simply this: US is a ‘card carrying UN member. We have signed a global  goals agreement (known as SDGs, Sustainable Developmental Goals). Education is the fourth goal globally. The choice readiness will use the education and data for our students to be one of 3 tracks: college (leader or authority), citizen (includes military as protector or authority), or worker. See the 2015 UN Report
http://www.uis.unesco.org/Education/Documents/education_2030_incheon_declaration_en.pdf


Related Resources:
1) The AASA Article about the 3 Choices:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/07/09/ready-or-not/
1a) From the AASA’s  website, how all this ‘choice’ for ‘readiness’ means ‘ready for anything (or in anti CCSS Warrior language: ‘ready to conform’). See: http://www.aasa.org/SchoolAdministratorArticle.aspx?id=13570

2) How AdvancED is a CCSS Machine member tied to the Global Agenda:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/06/06/blenders-ready/

3) The AACTE’s Common Core Devotion:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/03/24/ftf-tuesday-aacte-and-common-core/

4) A CETT/NEA 2012 “Teacher Effectiveness” document:
http://www.nea.org/assets/docs/Transformingteaching2012.pdf

5) The National Bureau of Economic Research has ties to the OCED (Organization for Co-operation in Economic Development), as well as have a resource on education being the solution to the turnaround of the U.S. Economy. How? skill based and technical!
To see the resource, http://www.nber.org/chapters/c13695.pdf (*Note: if you really want to feel great about being an American, look at how the Bureau writes us up in mathematical equasions!)
If you’d like to see the corporate funding streams the Bureau receives (note the CCSS Machine groups):
http://www.nber.org/Corporate%20Supporters%202016.pdf

6) To see one of my articles on the OCED and American workforce based education:
 https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/09/08/ftf-human-capital-the-new-name-for-citizens/

7) My article on Chester Finn:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/07/20/still-standing/

8) How America went from MDGs (Millennial Development Goals) to SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals), courtesy of the UN:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/09/17/tech-thursday-global-day-for-education/

Closing:

So, Warriors, has Ida’s original question helped us? It is good to see that ND is hardly alone in this ‘choice ready by 2030’. Why? Knowing we are not standing alone in this War Against the Core is vital. Knowing how big the target is gives us quite a bit of space to aim our best informational shots at. It also affords us lots of room to strike consistently, often, and hard.

Inadequacy Breeders

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What every US citizen said they always wanted… NOT!

 

Anti CCSS/ESSA and Fed Ed Warriors, schools are beginning to open for the new year (2016-17). We are beginning to see the first tentacles of the ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act)  reach down from the national level to the state and local levels.

Much of it will NOT use the phrase “Common Core State Standards”, but instead “College and Career Readiness”. We have been alerted to this fact well before now. However, how is the CCSS Machine spinning the ‘newness’ of the same old agenda?! That by conducting education any way BUT the ESSA way, is to “breed inadequacy”.

From ‘Their’ Files:

According to the CCSS Machine member organization “Getting Smart”, by 2020, 65% of all jobs will require post-secondary education.

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From the notorious “Foundation for Excellence in Education” (FEE), here is their take on ‘inadequate’ students:

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FEE also has a short video to support how inadequate education before CCSS was and how heavy the changes for CCR (via STEM, dual enrollment, AP and IB courses, and CLEP exams (College Level Examination Program)).

Every one of these ties in some way to not only CCR (College and Career Readiness) but can be found in the ESSA, the WIOA (Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act) and the HEA (Higher Education Act) as well.

The sheer fact that FEE is using the ACT, Inc. assessment as one of its OTHER solutions for College and Career Readiness is also a clue for us. How? Act, Inc. owns “WorkKeys” assessments. “WorkKeys” is the Competency Based Education, Career Pathways test which sets the course for what job your students should not only be trained for, but educated in! Those CLEP assessments? Those are owned by the College Board, Inc., yet another CCSS Machine key member organization.

Here is the video:

While FEE is using Florida as an example in the video, their influence is felt in all 50 States. FEE is not only fully supportive of the ESSA, but is pledging to help each State navigate its way through the implementation process. Here is just one of the ways FEE can support your State, “Identifying ways that new federal funds can support state reforms in areas including K-3 reading, college and career readiness and digital learning.”

Awww, Warriors, aren’t we ‘honored’ to have such bias help?! (I am being 100% sarcastic here).

Let’s look at the statement above from the Warrior’s side.
a) To be truly State led (as ESSA was sold to the nation), why would we need a national group’s help in making decisions?
b) Does the FEE and other CCSS Machine organizations just assume the States are too stupid to identify funding for themselves?
c) The 3 targets FEE is offering support on are some of the biggest bullet points in ESSA. Digital Learning will be at least $849 million for the States.  Where will the objectivity come from? Where will the objective research be allowed to surface? (*Note: FEE cannot be objective on this topic. How do I know? Check out their Initiative called “Digital Learning Now”, http://www.digitallearningnow.com/)

To see the other ways FEE wants to help: http://www.excelined.org/principles-2015-reauthorization-elementary-secondary-education-act/

In case you would like to see how FEE commented publicly on the ESSA Proposed Regulations (all public comments are closed as of 8/1/16):
 http://www.excelined.org/news/excelined-submits-comments-u-s-department-education-essa-regulations/

Digital Learning Now:

As mentioned above, this is an initiative project of FEE’s but it is not solely FEE’s.
Read this excerpt about the history of the project, Governors Jeb Bush(FL) and Bob Wise (WV) convened the Digital Learning Council in August 2010 to develop the roadmap to integrate current and future technological innovations into public education.”

So who is on the DLC (Digital Learning Council)?

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Among other CCSS Machine/ESSA Supporter groups in the DLC:
Microsoft, the Center for Education Reform, Apple, Pearson Publishing, Connections Academy (an arm of Pearson Publishing), Data Quality Campaign, The Hewlett Foundation, The Carnegie Foundation, ETS (Educational Testing Services, associated with AIR, Inc. (American Institutes for Research), The Fordham Foundation, SchoolNet, Nat’l Assoc. for Charter School Authorizers, the U.S. Dept. of Education, and a few State Senate bodies. To see the entire list of DLC adivors and membershttp://www.digitallearningnow.com/about/history

To see the 10 key points the DLC presented to the National Summit on Education Reform:
http://www.digitallearningnow.com/policy/10-elements/ (*Note: all 10 are woven into CCR and the ESSA, WIOA, and the HEA.)

If you would like to see the other DLC Initiatives:
http://www.digitallearningnow.com/initiatives/ (*Note: among them is the E-Rate Legislation. I exposed the ties to the CCSS Machine and the E-Rate: http://preventcommoncore.com/?p=1223; How does E-Rate fit in the ESSA? Remember the $849 million mentioned above? Not only will portions of that go to State for Technology updates, other tax money will be used to update entire infrastructures of regions, cities, and States for the 24/7, Open Educational Resource access to ALL learning connected resources. How? In the name of ‘student achievement’.)

From My Files:

ESSA and the Ditigal Makeovers:
a) nationally: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/02/04/essa-and-digital-overload/
b) State levels: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/02/08/state-digital-education/
c) ESSA codified Digital Promise and its connected Neighborhoods:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/05/22/ed-for-sale/
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/01/04/meet-your-new-neighbor-essa-seriously/
d) ESSA and the national technology/in-home assessments:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/02/23/essa-in-a-nutshell/
e) ESSA and the data mining for private education (including homeschoolers), which also lumps in AP, IB, and dual enrollment:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/03/01/warriors-guide-to-essa-and-private-education/
f) The White House’s “Computer Science for All” will also be included in the digital push/ESSA, CCR, etc.:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/05/07/catching-up/

Closing:

Find out if your State has received any Digital Learning Grants recently. For example, this one from 2014 from Indiana:
http://www.doe.in.gov/elearning/digital-learning-grant

What new laws or older laws undergoing a rewrite to fit Digital Learning are there in your State? For example, the NC DPI, has a list of legislation. See:
http://www.dpi.state.nc.us/dtl/policy/regulations/

What State affiliated Colleges, Universities, and/or related post-secondary educational institutions are involved in the Digital Plans? For example, the NC State University’s Friday Center (both NC State and the Friday Center are ‘banner’ CCSS Machine members) produced this detailed Digital plan in 2015: http://ncdlplan.fi.ncsu.edu/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/NC-Digital-Learning-Detailed-Plan-9-14-15.pdf

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So, the better question (anti Fed Ed/ESSA/CCSS Warrior) should be: what CCSS Machine members are breeding inadequate education?

Still Standing

Recently, anti CCSS/ESSA/Fed Led Ed Warriors, a pro Common Core education blog featured an article posing the view that the fight for modern education reform has lost steam. It suggests that all we’ve been doing is for nothing; that there are FAR more important issues upon us at the moment. It is truly a work of the CCSS Machine’s propaganda. So why am I bothering to even acknowledge this piece of ‘recycled rhetoric’?!

BECAUSE WE ARE NOT DONE! Because we know our students are THE future of our nation!
Because we wish to preserve our nation! Because we are SICK to no end of the illegally based movements which seek to destroy our U.S. Constitution.

Yes, there are OTHER issues upon us right now. Yes, we do see federal overreach and political mayhem everywhere. Politics ARE most certainly a part of the CCSS Machine, so any comments about fighting against CCSS without getting into politics is an oxymoron. The two are entwined on purpose. The education blog also brings politics into the article. It uplifts one side’s agenda and makes fun of the other’s. Warriors, BOTH sides are in the CCSS Machine! Think not? Go back and look at the ways our Representatives and Senators have voted one the education bills/laws/amendments. Both sides have discounted the TRUE voices when it comes to education…OURS!

So, what are WE going to do to PROVE that WE are just as committed; just as dedicated; and just as loud as we can be in the ‘War Against the Core’?! As long as we have the status quo in education, there is still time to show the nation WE haven’t lost steam.

Let’s go get ’em, Warriors!

If you’d like to see what got my dander up, see: edexcellence.net/articles/the-end-of-education-reform

It will do you good to see the OTHER article the author (Chester Finn, Jr.) penned, http://www.hoover.org/research/education-reform-decouples

Finn Jr’s ties to the CCSS Machine?: President Emeritus/Sr. Fellow (Fordham Institute)
The “Excellence Ed” ties?: Michael Petrelli’s blog (Fordham Institute)

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Fordham Institute has the audacity to call Petrelli one of its ESSA experts, too!
See: edexcellence.net/policy-priorities/essa (*Note: ESSA is short for Every Student Succeeds Act)

You might find it interesting that Fordham held a contest earlier this year. The competition? Designing accountability measures. These measures were then used to influence the U.S. Dept. of Ed in writing their (current) Proposed Regulations for ESSA!
Check out the ‘peppy Petrelli’ video (just about 2 hours); see the CCSS Machine organizations who were the 10 finalists in this contest.
 edexcellence.net/events/essa-accountability-design-competition

Turn the CCSS Page, Please

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Anti CCSS Warriors, just when you think we have heard it all..Are you ready for a new chapter from the CCSS Machine’s book of lies?! Today’s ‘From the Files Tuesday’ will reveal it all. This is an in-depth article. If you have only a short amount of time, be sure to scan it, then go back and re-read it in detail when you have more time. The information is HUGE in our War Against the Core!

TURN (Teacher Union Reform Network):

Thanks to a recent email from a dedicated anti CCSS/Fed Led Ed Warriors, Michelle E. and Flo E.,  I was pointed to this group which joins forces between the AFT (American Federation of  Teachers ) and the NEA (National Educators Association). Both the AFT and the NEA are members of the CCSS Machine, and proud to be included. They joined forces with Sen. Lamar Alexander and helped push the ESSA through into its law status. Both groups are hardly friends of those of us opposed to the education reform which seeks to do much more harm than good. So why, as powerful as both groups are, would they need a united force called TURN? Who, or what other CCSS Machine members or groups back TURN, if any? Let’s see what Files we can find as evidence. Before we look exclusively at them, let’s see what else we can discover.

The Email’s Tips:

Here in the Warriors’ (Michelle and Flo) words are the big clues to the Files we will uncover, “Look what I found they are funded by Eli Broad and Gates, HOLY S%&T!!!! By 2001, (leader of TURN & AFT VP) Adam Urbanski (Rochester NY–the seed bed for education reform pilot testing grounds) and the TURNcoats were collecting cash from none other than Eli Broad, to the tune of $10,000,000, for their work to undercut teachers…By June of 2001, Rod Paige was signed on as a supporter, as was NEA President, Bob Chase, who viewed it all as very positive development…Fast forward to 2010, and we find the network continuing to be funded by corporate foundations that have public school teachers in their crosshairs. Coordination now is handled through another non-profit, Consortium for Educational Change, which is funneling Gates money to both AFT and NEA players who want to get in on the action. Enter, Paul Toner… 
The Consortium for Educational Change (CEC), an Illinois-based network of teacher unions, school districts, and professional organizations that work to make school systems more collaborative, high-performing organizations, was awarded $2 million from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to support the expansion of the Teacher Union Reform Network (TURN), a national network of American Federation of Teachers and National Education Association union locals.”

The Files from the Tips Above:

In no particular order, here is the evidence (files) to back up Michelle’s and Flo’s findings:

1) The 2013 CEC Gates Foundation Granthttp://www.gatesfoundation.org/How-We-Work/Quick-Links/Grants-Database/Grants/2013/10/OPP1097353

2) Linking Eli Broad to TURN (and a few other reform minded groups we can look into (the Broad Superintendents Academy and Broad Residency programs),
http://www.scholastic.com/browse/article.jsp?id=3757846

2a) Broad Superintendents Academy and Residency (the screen shot has the website address, click  the picture to enlarge it):

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2b) To see the qualifications for becoming a Broad/CCSS Machine Superintendent,
http://www.broadcenter.org/academy/about/transformative-leadership-skills

2c) As part of the Broad Academy and Residency, they also involve the Education Pioneers (also funded by the Gates Foundation) To see the website for Education Pioneers,
http://www.educationpioneers.org/ (*Note: Be sure to look at the cities EP is embedded in and then contrast it with this article from EdSurge detailing the best cities to get an educational tutoring job in: https://www.edsurge.com/news/2016-05-01-best-cities-to-start-a-tutoring-or-education-consulting-business)

2d) To see the Gates Foundation Education  2011 Pioneers Grant:
http://www.gatesfoundation.org/How-We-Work/Quick-Links/Grants-Database/Grants/2011/03/OPP1030614

To learn exactly who the Education Pioneers seek to become part of the CCSS Machine,
http://www.educationpioneers.org/what-we-do

2e) Also involved with the Broad Superintendents Academy and Residency is the organization called Strategic Data Project (SDP) housed in Harvard University (*Note: as you know I have tied Harvard to the CCSS Machine several times before this article. Most noteworthy is their connection to Pearson Publishing as well.) To see the SDP website:
http://sdp.cepr.harvard.edu/ The Gates Foundation has also awarded the SDP mega bucks (2015) for the 3rd phrase of the Project, see: http://www.gatesfoundation.org/How-We-Work/Quick-Links/Grants-Database/Grants/2015/02/OPP1126061

To see exactly WHAT the SDP does, what States are involved, etc., watch this short You Tube Video:

3) The original source where Michelle and Flo got their information from (*Note: there are a few expletive words):
http://www.democraticunderground.com/11242810
The People Mentioned:

We have just looked at Eli Broad and his connections, but what about the others mentioned in both Michelle’s email and the original source she cited? I am not giving information on Bill or Melinda Gates, as we have tons of evidence on them.

1) Adam Urbanski, his biography straight from the AFT,
http://www.aft.org/about/leadership/adam-urbanski
(*Note: He is originally from Poland and this bio will tie him to both TURN and the CEC as well. He is a supporter of ‘collective bargaining’ in education.)

1a) Related to the AFT is the fact that they recently joined forces with UK Unions to hold Pearson Publishing accountable. See: http://www.aft.org/news/aft-and-uk-unions-join-hold-pearson-accountable (*Note: with what Michelle, Flo, and I have found, this is sure to be  a false narrative. How or why? Keep reading..you should the reason why we believe this to unfold right before your eyes.)

2) Rod Paige, the former U.S. Dept. of Education Secretary (2001-2005) is now involved with the Thomas Fordham Institute (another CCSS Machine member). See: http://edexcellence.net/about-us/fordham-staff/rod-paige
(*Note: his biography shares his is a lifelong educator and a big supporter of the ‘best of breed solutions’ in education from a national standpoint.)

3) Bob Chase, former NEA President was interviewed by Thought and Action back in the late 1990s. It was featured in the NEA’s publication. Here is the document, you need to read his words about connecting preK to grad schools and other reform ideas we are seeing lived out.  ChaseInterview

4) Paul Toner, former President of the MA Teachers Association, Toner is now involved with the New Voice Strategies, according to the Business Wire website. According to their article, Toner is well known as a bridge builder in education and polarizes education policy.
See: http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20141001006416/en/Paul-Toner-Announced-President-Voice-Strategies (*Note: New Voice Strategies has an on-going relationship with the NEA. The Gates Foundation awarded the New Voice Strategies a grant back in 2013. The Grant link:
http://www.gatesfoundation.org/How-We-Work/Quick-Links/Grants-Database/Grants/2013/10/OPP1089894)

What does New Voice Strategies do? This screen shot might give you an idea:

newvoice


CEC, Consortium for Educational Change:

Their website: http://cecillinois.org/
To see what policies guide the Consortiumhttp://cecillinois.org/about/guiding-documents/
 This excerpt reveals Consortium member groups (which work with the U.S. Dept of Education), “Since 2011, 7 national organizations (AASA, AFT, CCSSO, CGCS, FMCS, NEA, NSBA) along with the U.S. Department of Education have been working together to support labor-management collaboration in states and school districts throughout the country to advance student learning. Based on the belief that supporting good governance of public education in our nation’s school districts is a mutual responsibility, these organizations have jointly planned several conferences, and collaborated on creation of a document titled “On the Same Page.”

To decipher those Consortium member groups above, AASA is the American Association of School Administrators (aka the School Superintendents Association); AFT is the American Federation of Teachers; CCSSO is the Council of Chief State School Officers; CGCS is the Council of Great City Schools; FMCS is Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service; NEA is the National Educators Association; NSBA is the National School Boards Association. Of these member groups, I have researched all but the FMCS. How does this Service connect to the CCSS Machine? Labor Management. What does Labor Management have to do with education? 1) Consider the Consortium is all about changing education; 2) consider a big part of the CCSS Machine is a workforce based education, not an academically based education; 3) lastly that On the Same Page document..it’s full title? See the screen shot below:

SamePage
To have access to the Same Page (60 pages of you MUST read this to connect even MORE dots): https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B9-XI_wmbQ0RY3NlcVJKLTVmXzg/view (*Note: the plans already in progress revealed in this document are staggering.) If you wish to download the Report (as I am sure you should for future reference or it is removed), !On the Same Page 2.0 Stages

 

Lastly, TURN:

Their website: http://www.turnweb.org/

By now, you have been a TON of resources and evidence. It has been quite the twisting turning mess we have come to expect from the CCSS Machine. We started with TURN, and we are ending with them. Below is their 5 minute sales pitch as to why TURNing education is so vital to our nation. What they left out was, the TRUTH: TURNing education to resemble a quasi-education is the Agenda of the CCSS Machine!

FTF: PreK Research: CCSS, CBE, and a Host of Others

To learn more about PreK research, visit: http://nieer.org/
To learn more about PreK research, visit: http://nieer.org/

As anti CCSS Warriors, we’ve heard of educational research on the K-12 level, the higher education level, but did you know there’s an educational research group for those in pre-kindergarten? I first wrote about the National Institute for Early Education Research and their Zero to Three involvement: 
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/tag/national-institute-for-early-education-research/
While that article will name the same groups below, this time I’m taking a much closer look at each of the lesser known groups involvement into CCSS aligned preschool. What is interesting, is the NIEER is housed in Rutgers University.

 

NIEER’s Mission:

From the website’s ‘mission statement’, The National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER) conducts and communicates research to support high-quality, effective early childhood education for all young children. Such education enhances their physical, cognitive, and social development, and subsequent success in school and later life.”

As part of the Vision/MIssion of NIEER
NIEER also leads the Center on Enhancing Early Learning Outcomes (CEELO), one of 22 comprehensive centers funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Elementary and Secondary Education to strengthen the capacity of State Education Agencies to lead sustained improvements in early learning opportunities and outcomes.”


Before we get to HOW the NIEER influences early education, I think you might be interested in what groups fund the National Institute for Early Education Research.

From the website the following pro CCSS groups fund the research. Most of these are well known supporters. The ones you may not recognize have links you can follow to learn more:
U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Educational Research and Improvement (OERI)
The Pew Charitable Trusts 
Carnegie Corporation of New York
Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation (CCSS/STEM ties can be proven by the Foundation’s paper: http://www.grdodge.org/fileadmin/Dodge_News/Dodge_Foundation_June_2013_Grants_Announcement.pdf {refer to the education paragraph}
The David and Lucile Packard Foundation
The Prudential Foundation {see my article from “Prevent Common Core”:
http://preventcommoncore.com/?p=1154 {Prudential’s CCSS ties will be revealed second in the article}

Other funders are below. Are the ‘other funders’ pro CCSS? Great question. Let’s find out!

The Fund for New Jersey, see their 4/2015 pdf document’s section 3 which details NJ education: NJKids (one of the key components? Extended preK to full day classes)
You can also find the Fund for NJ has granted the Education Law Center money to further strengthen public schools and extend preschools to full days. Find that evidence:
http://www.fundfornj.org/grants-awarded/2015 (The Ed Law Center grant is the 2nd one from the top. There are many other education grants as well which are classified by the organization’s name. To see their CCSS support, use the link: http://www.edlawcenter.org/search-results.html; you can see much about not only preschool expansion, but other education levels as well.) Before we leave the Fund for NJ and its grantee, the Ed Law Center, you might find it interesting that one of the Ed Law Center’s initiatives is for the “Great Schools of NJ”. If you didn’t know it, “Great Schools” is very much CCSS aligned/funded. How do I know? After all the “Great Schools of NJ” is a non-profit organization. The Gates Foundation has funded ‘greatschools.org’ for quite a while. You can find that evidence on both the links below:
http://www.greatschools.org/  and http://www.gatesfoundation.org/How-We-Work/Quick-Links/Grants-Database#q/k=Great%20Schools

The Schumann Fund for New Jersey, before we delve into their ties, I wanted you to see the screen shot below. The latest grant is to an early education program named “Brick”.
“Brick” stands for “Building Responsible Intelligent Creative Kids”.

Grants for Early Education can be found: http://foundationcenter.org/grantmaker/schumann/early_childhood.html
Grants for Early Education can be found:
http://foundationcenter.org/grantmaker/schumann/early_childhood.html

Want to learn more about “Brick”? After all it’s targeting early learners. Be sure to visit:
http://bricknewark.org/curriculum-and-instruction/ (look at the formative assessments, the digital technology that’s been tied to CCSS before)
There are other grants this Foundation you’ll want to investigate. As well. Especially their support of the ‘Grantmakers for Education’ which is tied to  the Fordham Institute, as well as others. To see for yourselves, visit:  http://www.edfunders.org/ (scroll down to see the logo for Fordham) As far as the Grantmakers members list? It’s massive AND very CCSS Machine connected. See all the member organizations:  http://www.edfunders.org/our-community/member-organizations

Smith Richardson Foundation, you can find out more about this Foundation at their website, https://www.srf.org/
That stated, here’s an excerpt about education from their ‘domestic public policy’ page,
In terms of human capital development, the Foundation has been supporting work to identify how schools can become more productive by, for example, increasing the quality of the teacher workforce or adopting more effective curricula.  Because success in the contemporary economy requires individuals to acquire education and training beyond high school, the Foundation is building a portfolio of projects on post-secondary education.”
Among the past grant recipients are the pro CCSS groups: Brookings Institute and  Harvard University (well documented ties to CCSS)
You can also find the the CCSS tied Urban Institute among the Smith Richardson Foundation’s grants.(see their 2010 publication, where they go into detail about early education success for immigrants via CCSS on page 7: 412330-Young-Children-of-Immigrants-and-the-Path-to-Educational-Success) Then, contrast that with their other 2010 publication, http://www.urban.org/sites/default/files/alfresco/publication-pdfs/901345-Will-We-Ever-Learn-What-s-Wrong-With-the-Common-Standards-Project.pdf
Urban’s Board of Directors and you’ll find members from PBS, Bank of American, the University of NC, Harvard University, and MIT.
Each of these groups have support for the CCSS alignment. See the Board:
http://www.urban.org/about/board-of-directors

 The Smith Richardson Foundation has other groups with grants you need to read to believe. You will see a wide variety of educational levels from preschool to GED and everything else in between. Visit their entire ‘education’ grants,
https://www.srf.org/page/1/?s=Education&post_type=grant&s_type=standard#038;post_type=grant&s_type=standard

Tulsa Community Foundation, their website: https://tulsacf.org/  Their ties to early education, CCSS alignment? See below:
tulsaschools

What you see above is from the Coalition for Community Schools. I’ve covered this Coalition in previously published articles. However, I’m including the most relevant one.
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/06/19/fom-a-new-ccs-coalition-for-community-schools/

To access the Tulsa Community video featured in the screen shot: http://www.communityschools.org/about/early_childhood_education_news.aspx

To access the Coalition’s ‘perfect fit’ article where they connect early education and CCSS:
http://coalitionforcommunityschools.blogspot.com/2012/04/early-childhood-linkages-with-community.html

To see how the current Tulsa CCSS alignment efforts grew from an earlier Tulsa Community Foundation movement, TulsaCommunityFoundation (scroll to the bottom of page 50 and look on the right hand side for “Step Up Tulsa!”)

 

Back to NIEER:

I found buried in their publications and research this document which was presented in the ‘resources’ section of their newsletter detailing the re-authorization of the ESEA (Elementary and Secondary Education Act). This document was published by the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP). The topic? “Making PreK to 3rd Grade Assessments Matter”. You won’t believe what you read. It is full of CBE (competency based education). CBE is a huge portion of not only CCSS, but CTE (Career Tech Education).
To access the document: leading-pre-k-3-learning-communities-executive-summary
You really should look at the entire July 2015 newsletter. Why? You’ll find a global investment summit where the topic was early childhood education; you’ll find a federal budget for early childhood learning; you can find studies, and links galore.
To access the NIEER newsletter: http://nieer.org/publications/online-newsletters/volume-14-issue-14

As far as the NIEER state by state yearbook (the original screen shot of this article), you’ll want to investigate that, too. CCSS is listed in the glossary of abbreviations. You’ll also see Title One funding and TANF funding (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families). I was able to tie abuse of TANF funds by CCSS in the states in my previous article, https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/09/29/ftf-more-tracking-the-workforce-aligned-society/ 
To access the 2014 Yearbook: Yearbook2014_full2_0

Monday Musings: More Parent CCSS Alignment

Anti CCSS Warriors, we’ve seen time and time again, especially in the past month, how the CCSS Machine has been cranking out the “parents checklists”, the ‘parents toolboxes’, and the like. However, did you know there’s a new “Parent/Community Checklist” by the U.S. Dept. of Education? Yes! The Gates Foundation even helped them pull it off. But wait, so did the Scholastic Books Company! I’ll be sure to include the link to the checklist, but to see the Gates/Scholastic mentions, you’ll need to see the footnotes.

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As far as the U.S. Dept. of Education’s suggested resources to help you become a better aligned parent/community? Great Schools, National PTA, and the federal government. Need I mention that each of these ‘resources’ are subjective about Common Core and not objective?!

There are a couple of other groups which helped create the aligned guide to the ‘high standards’. They are the UNCF and NCLR (UNCF stands for “United Negro College Fund”/NCLR stands for “National Council of La Raza”) So are these groups also sold out to the Common Core State Standards Initiative? Let’s see!

 

UNCF, United Negro College Fund:

Their website: http://www.uncf.org/
Their CCSS/CTE ties include the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation via the scholarship program set up between the two. (See: http://www.gmsp.org/publicweb/aboutus.aspx)
See this screen shot from the webpage and note that the now CCSS aligned GED is included as a qualifier for the scholarship. Note that the abbreviation CCR stands for “College/Career Readiness”, CTE stands for “Career Technical Education”, and, CCSS stands for “Common Core State Standards”.

gatesuncf

Another tie to help fuel the CCSS Machine’s agenda? The support of the “America College Promise Act” which includes free community college tuition (community colleges are sold out to the CCSS/CTE alignment), data mining, universal design for learning, and that continues the grinding down of our communities and their citizens.
See their supportive statement: http://cqrcengage.com/uncf/app/write-a-letter?6&engagementId=117276

Another tie? This tie includes two other pro CCSS financial backers. The Walton Foundation and the Koch Foundation. Walton’s program is targets ‘reform’. Helping them out with this agenda? See this excerpt about the Summer Intern Program, “One of the principal elements of the paid summer internship program that exposes Fellows to professional careers at leading K-12 education organizations and schools focused on education reform. Specifically, Fellows are deployed as interns to organizations and schools located in such cities as the District of Columbia, New York, Boston, New Orleans, and Atlanta. Examples of internship host organizations included: Teach for America, New Schools Venture Fund, Paul Public Charter School, BUILD, Black Alliance for Educational Options, Thomas B. Fordham Research Institute, and Stand for Children.” If you’d like more evidence about the Walton/UNCF: http://uncf.org/sites/Walton/index.walton.asp  As far as the Koch Foundation’s interaction, $25 million for scholarships (began in 2014 and will end in 7 years). The scholarships are targeted to those students in post-secondary education and concerned about their communities. There are other parameters. To see more: http://uncfkochscholars.uncf.org/

Now, are you ready for a bit of irony? Even the UNCF has noticed that College/Career Readiness isn’t improving at all, in fact, their July 2015 reports a lag. See: http://www.uncf.org/sections/News/SS_PressReleases/pressrelease_details.asp?prID=420

NCLR, National Council of La Raza:

Their website: http://www.nclr.org/
Their CCSS/CTE ties include so much Common Core and College Career Readiness support, there’s an entire section of the website devoted to it. Complete with the fallacy of the ‘state led’ CCSS. There are plenty of resources on this page, including two You Tube videos. One is from a charter school using CCSS, the other is how the ‘global economy’ is involved. Gee, can we tell where we’ve heard THAT fallacy before?  To see the entire page, complete with the videos, http://www.nclr.org/index.php/issues_and_programs/education/common_core/

From their NCLR blog, here’s the fifth reason they claim teachers love the CCSS:

“If you want your kids prepared for college and career, then you’ll love Common Core State Standards because…They are aligned to higher education standards that demand the skills students need to be successful in college and in their careers. The Common Core State Standards are our best hope for ensuring our kids are well-served and college-ready, but we’ll need all our teachers on board for this effort to be truly successful.”

To see a webinar from 2014 concerning the “Step Up, Step In” (their name for the NCLR campaign in support of CCSS and CCR), set aside at least one hour.

The NCLR also has it’s own type of “Career Pathways” programs, too. Oh, no questioning the CTE ties with this effort! Their support stretches all the way to the WIOA (Workforce Investment and Opportunity Act) as well. See it all for yourselves: http://www.nclr.org/index.php/issues_and_programs/economic_policy/workforce_development_programs/ Be sure you look at their in-depth blog articles about how the community needs to weigh in on education/workforce efforts. Below you’ll find the corporations which advise the NCLR.      ” AT&T; Bank of America; Chevron; Citi; The Coca-Cola Company; Comcast/NBCUniversal/Telemundo; ConAgra Foods, Inc.; Ford Motor Company; General Mills, Inc.; General Motors; JPMorgan Chase; Johnson & Johnson; Kraft Foods; McDonald’s Corporation; MillerCoors LLC; PepsiCo, Inc.;Prudential Financial; Shell; State Farm Insurance Companies; Time Warner Inc.; TOYOTA;  UPS; Verizon; Walmart; and Wells Fargo”

To see the many, many funds the Gates Foundation has granted the NCLR, visit:
http://www.gatesfoundation.org/How-We-Work/Quick-Links/Grants-Database#q/k=La%20Raza

To see the U.S. Dept. of Education’s new checklist, visit: http://www2.ed.gov/documents/family-community/parent-checklist.pdf

Note that every group you, as a parent, are pointed to in this checklist is somehow tied to CCSS/CTE/CCR. Note the IB and AP (International Baccalaureate and Advanced Placement) are also tied to the CCSS/CTE/CCR and the UNESCO ‘Education for All’ agendas.

FOM Friday: ESEA Re-up Hype

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.

In a special edition of my “Fib-o-Meter” Friday, anti CCSS article, I’m taking a look at who’s hyping FOR the reauthorization of HR5 and who’s uncovering the truth behind HR5.

HR5:

Short title: “Student Success Act”; the long title’s much to long to even bother with. Since I write from the perspective of OPPOSING Common Core and that most of my readers are also fighting to halt CCSS, I’m going to assume you’ve read up on the reasons WHY HR5 is not the Bill it’s pretending to be. However, in case you haven’t:

Supposedly it will give back to the states back local control of education  (“Total Fallacy”) The “Total Truth” is that the bill will continue to mandate what the states must do in education!

States currently receiving federal funding via ESEA (Elementary and Secondary Education Act) waivers will still be just as tied to federal overreach as we are now.

The law is being rewritten under our noses to force the CCSS agenda. That’s a “Total Truth” that needs to be shouted out! Remember, the “Total Truth” that CCSS violates the U.S. Constitution AND at least 3 federal U.S. laws YET Congress is crafting legislation that will continue this illegal activity!

Read the Text: https://www.congress.gov/bill/114th-congress/house-bill/5/text

Those Who Are Exposing the Lies of HR5 with “Total Truth”:

Anita Hoge’s article about the loss of parental rights under HR5:
http://abcsofdumbdown.blogspot.com/2015/02/hr-5-denies-parents-their-right-over.html
*Note: this is on Charlotte Iserbyt’s blog. Another outspoken expert on federal overreach in education.

Anita Hoge’s article about the massive mental health aspect of your students under HR5:
http://www.newswithviews.com/Hoge/anita114.htm

“Women on the Wall’s” phone conference call about the 3 tiers of how your students will become Medicaid patients: http://www.voicesempower.com/pre-k-education-medicaid-human-capital-and-the-eseanclb-reauthorization/

“Women on the Wall’s” phone conference call about more dangers we face with the re-upping of ESEA:
https://soundcloud.com/alice-linahan/women-on-the-wall-with-robin-eubanks-and-joan-landes-esea

“Truth in American Education’s” article exposing how assessments, data mining, and more of the same will be our reality IF HR5 is passed!
http://truthinamericaneducation.com/common-core-assessments/action-alert-stop-the-student-success-act-hr-5/

Gretchen Logue’s article revealing a list of the special interest groups supporting HR5 (includes the Gates Foundation):
http://missourieducationwatchdog.com/civil-rights-group-support-for-hr5-necessitates-twitter-rally/

There are many others who’ve also exposed the truth about HR5 (myself included), but due to the nature of this topic, I want you to see the OTHER side’s version (just in case you aren’t aware of the massive snow job the CCSS Machine is pumping out)

Those Hyping the HR5 aka “Total Fallacies”:

“Daily Caller’s” article calling Breitbart’s article misinformed (you’ll be able to access the Breitbart article from here as well):
http://dailycaller.com/2015/02/27/no-congress-isnt-about-to-mandate-common-core/
*Note: Go back and contrast the Breitbart article with the other Truth tellers.

From the Dept. of Labor’s Education and WorkForce Committee:
http://edworkforce.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=336871
Also from the Dept. of Labor’s Education and WorkForce Committee:
http://edworkforce.house.gov/studentsuccessact/

Business Roundtable’s undying support/undermining of American education:
http://businessroundtable.org/resources/business-roundtable-letter-hr-5-student-success-act

Fordham Institute:

Here's the link to the pro CCSS, Gates funded blog that Petrelli was tweeting about. http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/campaign-k-12/2015/04/senate_education_committee_con_1.html#
Here’s the link to the pro CCSS, Gates funded blog that Petrelli was tweeting about.
http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/campaign-k-12/2015/04/senate_education_committee_con_1.html#

Also from Fordham Institute, this illustrated fallacy of how great HR5 is!:

fliesTo read the rest of the “Total Fallacy”, see: http://edexcellence.net/articles/the-great-achievements-of-the-every-child-achieves-act

From Senator Alexander via Fordham’s Twitter. Obviously Fordham had a front row seat at the hearing.

alexanderNow, there are many others spreading fallacies as those revealing the truth. As I didn’t highlight every single truth warrior, I’m not going to highlight every single fallacy maker. Why? Because our energy needs to be focused on acting on the truth. How do we do that? Hold your Congress members accountable! Remind them YOU are their boss, not the special interests, the CCSS Machine. Laws cannot and should not be written to support an illegal agenda!

Closing:
Use this final paragraph as a tool.  “Open Secrets” has a published track on who lobbied in the 2013 version of HR5.  See: http://www.opensecrets.org/lobby/billlobs.php?id=hr5-113
Are the same organizations from the 2013 version of HR5 STILL supporting it today? If so, expose them. Chances are, as a studied warrior against CCSS, you know more than those voting on the legislation. Your voice matters! Our students matter! Our nation matters! This is NOT a time for silence. Don’t pass the warrior buck by saying “I’m too busy, but you’re doing such a great job, I’ll let you fight for me.”  

Monday Musings: HR5 Rally Tonight!

From 6 pm and for as long as you can. Twitter Rally against HR5.. Tonight!
From 6 pm and for as long as you can. Twitter Rally against HR5.. Tonight!

It’s a great day to be preparing for the Twitter Rally tonight to take down the CCSS laden HR5 Bill. Yesterday I shared with you, from my extensive research what points to make AGAINST the “Student Success Act”. Today, however, I’m sharing with you what those who support the toxic bill have to say.

Support from Washington:

No surprise the Ed/Workforce folks want HR5 to succeed. Common Core via Career Tech Ed will become even stronger if the “Student Success Act” lives on.

Want a 'handy dandy' infograph as to WHY HR5 is good? http://edworkforce.house.gov/studentsuccessact/
Want a ‘handy dandy’ infograph as to WHY HR5 is good? http://edworkforce.house.gov/studentsuccessact/

From “Open Congress”, The Organizations Supporting HR5:

“Americans for Prosperity, Americans for Tax Reform, Agudath Israel of America, Concerned Women for America, ASSA: the School Superintendents Association, National Center for Technological Literacy, National Catholic Educational Association, National Association of Independent Schools, Association of Christian Schools International, Council of Chief State School Officers, Knowledge Alliance, and the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops”  If you’d like to see the many (and there are quite a few) organizations OPPOSED to HR5, visit: https://www.opencongress.org/bill/hr5-113/bill_positions 

It is very interesting to see some of the biggest CCSS supportive groups on this list. For example, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce is listed as ‘opposed’. Another interesting note is that Business Roundtable is listed as ‘opposed’, yet, their website shows they are clearly in support of HR5. Here’s an excerpt, “Business Roundtable CEOs are very supportive of your efforts to reauthorize ESEA.  We have advocated for reauthorization for several years now and are committed to working with you and the rest of Congress to ensure this legislation becomes law as soon as possible.” To read the rest (which I suggest as preparation for tonight), see: http://businessroundtable.org/resources/business-roundtable-letter-hr-5-student-success-act

A Little Fly Told Me:

Those of us fighting CCSS, know that the Fordham Institute can’t be trusted with its stance. It claims to be ‘conservative’, however, Michael Petrelli and crew have been caught on more than one occasion how they have mastered doublespeak. Their position on HR5? You really need to read their ‘GadFly’ blog article, http://edexcellence.net/articles/the-conservative-case-for-hr-5 Suffice it to say, they’re helping spread the misguided message of how local control will be given back to the states.

From the Catholic Bishops:

Knowing how many of my followers who are Catholic have shared with me how much they know their schools shouldn’t have CCSS, but yet do. So, to see the U.S. Bishops supporting HR5 was a surprise to me. Again, the misguided message of how local control, independence is given. See their supportive statement, http://www.usccb.org/beliefs-and-teachings/how-we-teach/catholic-education/public-policy/

Closing:

I think we can see where our strategy can be put to the best use tonight: exposing HOW local control is not the overall message of HR5. It’s overall message has nothing to do with your student’s ‘success’. It has everything to do with an agenda’s success.