Greetings, my fellow Anti Fed Ed Warriors! As we’ve known for quite awhile the alignment facing our nation’s schools is no longer hanging back in the shadows. No, since ESSA’s passage (Every Student Succeeds Act), it has been very easy to see even more alignment being flaunted in our faces.
While I’ve been away from my home taking care of a family crisis, I’ve been keeping up with most of the education news. Warriors, as you know, I’ve shared with you the moves of the NC Dept. of Public Instruction (NC DPI). You’ve also seen my evidence where the NC DPI and the NC SBE (NC State Board of Education) unite forces to project the grinding down of our educational system.
Since it’s a new year, new faces are popping up in the NC DPI/NC SBE. Among these faces are their ties to CCSS Machine member groups which have posed as groups with only the best of intentions concerning your child’s education. The stark reality is that these groups do NOT have the best of intentions at all concerning education. Their feigned interest is propelling the CCSS Machine’s alignment for workforce based training to every school in America, regardless of choice.
Meet The New NC SBE Attorney:
Warriors, that’s right Eric Snider, a former Teach for America member will now be the attorney for the State Board of Education. While this may not seem like a big deal, consider that our current State Superintendent, Mark Johnson, is also a Teach for America alumni. When you access Snider’s LinkedIN profile, notice he also is involved with the NC Business Committee for Education. The sole goal for the NC Business Committee for Education is aligning workforce training to the CCSS Machine’s grasp on education in the name of the economy. To see how the American Bar Association (which includes the NC BarSnider belongs to) is helping promote the CCSS Machine, go here. If you missed how much the NC Chamber of Commerce is on board with the CCSS Machine, here it is. *Warriors, remember the Gates Foundation has given millions to the national level Chamber of Commerce to divide up and distribute money to each State for the express intent of alignment between jobs and school based education.
Helping Widen The Back Door Approach:
Warriors, you should be able to find the Joint Education Oversight Committee in your State. For NC, 2 of the Co-Chairs are virtually CCSS disciples. Rep. Craig Horn and Rep. Linda Johnson. To see the entire list of serving legislators, go here.
Among the Joint Committee’s 2017 Reports received includes quarterly documents from Teach for America.From the introduction of one of the reports comes what you see in this screen shot:
To access the Oct. 2014 Report, go here. To access the NC Joint Report the screen shot exposes, go here. From my archives, the researched article where I exposed how the Consortium for Educational Research and Evaluation (CERE) is tied to the NC Teacher Corps as well as how CERE uses the national GEAR UP program for CCR (College and Career Readiness). In that article, you’ll see the numerous States involved in GEAR UP.
Enter NC’s 2017 Education Report:
Warriors, even if you do not live in NC, you can use this as evidence to look for what’s afoot in your States. This recently released publication details not only the laws and bills concerning education, but dollar amounts the taxpayers will need to cough up to support the back door alignment.For example: the DLP (Digital Learning Plan) will need over $2 million in funding so there can be an increase in how much time is spent on a computer. Then the Workforce and Education Innovation Commission will need big bucks to move from it’s current State level position to the NC DPI! Then there’s legislation and funds for specialized high schools (more workforce training institutions), CTE (Career Technical Education) for 6th and 7th graders. Alignment for early education, ‘future ready’ students, and so much more!
Warriors, while we are seeing more and more overt moves in education, we MUST continue to see, speak, and, act on what is exposed. No State is exempt. No child will be excluded. How do I know this? ESSA’s chilling language that ALL education MUST align to workforce based industry credentialed standards.
Anti Fed Ed Warriors, today’s article is the follow up to Wednesday’s revelations about the S 806 “College for All Act of 2017”. In that article I laid out the illusions crafted by the U.S. Senate, at the beck and call of the CCSS Machine’s agenda. I showed you 17 illusions hiding in plain sight among 51 pages of this Act.
Warriors, please, do NOT assume this is a political party specific play into the CCSS Machine’s working. This is from all political parties! The biggest illusion from Congress, is that S 806 and others like it, are American made based on American needs. BS!!
No, these type of bills are directly bowing to the UN’s “Education for All” campaign as well as the SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals). If you’ve missed HOW, the article from yesterday has links.
For the remainder of this article, we’ll take a look at the U.S. House of Representative’s HR 1880. It is their version of the “College for All Act of 2017”. The fallacy of ‘free’ college is extorted in this Bill, just like S 806.
Remember, both HR 1880 and S 806 are to be amendments to the existing HEA (Higher Education Act).
HR 1880 Fast Facts:
1) It is 51 pages long, just like it’s ‘sister’ bill: S806.
2) You can access the entire HR 1880here.
3) There are several Representatives sponsoring and co-sponsoring this Bill. Reps. Jayapal, Ellison, Scott (VA), Grijalva, Nolan, Mrs. Lee, Pocan, Jackson-Lee, Khanna, Mrs. Norton, Velazquez, Conyers, Raskin, Swalwell, Cicilline, Welch, Napolitano, Langevin, Blumenauer, and Espaillat. (*Note: for all practical purposes, HR 1880 is a carbon copy of S 806) 4) HR 1880 was introduced on April 4, 2017 (S 806 was introduced on 4/3/17). The Representative’s Bill is in the hands for Education and Workforce Committee. You’ll find pro-CCSS/CTE Chairwoman Foxx there. She’s been quoted in total support of the workforce shift in education. See below:
The Illusions of Higher Aspirations Continue in the House:
My fellow Warriors, here are the items our Representatives have embedded in HR 1880:
1) Creating federal and state partnerships for higher education funding. Given via grants to wipe out tutition and related fees in all public and Native American colleges/universities. This will encompass all community colleges, early college programs, dual enrollment, concurrent enrollment, and all ages of those attending.
Just like S 806. the illusion of State-led exclusiveness in education. Also, just like S 806, non-federal funds must be supplied. HR 1880 states no ‘in-kind contributions’ will be allowed to count towards those non-fed funds. (‘in-kind contributions’ are goods and services, not money.)
No where in our U.S. Constitution is the federal government allowed to overreach in education..at ANY age!
2) Since dual enrollment and early college programs are embedded, so will the ESSA’s mandates concerning the students and teachers involved. Warriors, ALL education choices have open access to these! ESSA, as we know is short for “Every Student Succeeds Act”.
3) Student data collected goes to the U.S. Secretary of Education. Warriors, the illusion of said data remaining in the U.S. Dept. of Education and going nowhere else is intended here. As we know, all Cabinet agencies and countless others share student data. Most especially the U.S. Depts. of Labor/Health and Human Services. Why? Aligning data makes accountability so much easier! Another illusion.
4) Just like S 806’s language, HR 1880’s has the Secretary of Education deciding which States receive grants; States will have to submit annually applications to the Secretary of Education as well.Also giving power to the Sec. of Education, is the right to challenge any State’s projected enrollment formulas.
Illusions of State-led authority in education is being used here. (*Note: Grants ‘awarded’ equal 67% for higher education instutions not of Native American service. For the Native Americans, the grants are 95%. If you are looking for the Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), those requirements begin at the bottom of Page 28. For the increase in power the Secretary of Ed will have in determining Work Study Programs, begin on Page 42.)
5) HR 1880’s language also includes the use of any State’s GDP to adjust expected enrollment formulas. This will impact those fed-state grants. You can see an illusion of more State-led control being used. You will also see a State-level push for economics. In the CCSS Machine’s agenda, carried out by WIOA and ESSA (and soon, HEA), the economy is more important than education.
6) The State required compliance measures begin on Page 18. The laundry list is quite detailed and is just like S 806’s. The reality here will be the States bowing to the federal government. The illusion is all this is done for ‘student success’.
7) Each State Governor (or his or her appointee) will be required to not only submit any information the Sec. of Ed deems needed, but, those applications to receive federal-state grants. Illusions of data privacy, citizens protection, and, State-led education are ripe here.
8) Once all college tutition and related fees are wiped out using the fed/state/non-fed grants, any balance of money goes to expanding ‘student success’ activities, programs, work based skill building opportunities; and, for teachers and staff, increases in personnel for ‘instructor faculty’. Note that the exclusion of ‘in-kind contributions’ is not included in this section (Pages 25/26).What illusions do you see here, Warriors? (*Hint: Those goods/services from the CCSS Machine appear to have an open door. Think they’ll take it?)
9) For the teachers and staff, the same PD (professional development) language as S 806.
Look below for just one of the price tags HR 1880 has in store for Americans:
10) Following the section addressing HBCUs, we’ll see another price tag to give America ‘free college’ access:
12) TRIO and GEAR UP federal workforce based programs will see a big increase at taxpayer expense. Warriors let’s remember that P3s (public private partnerships) are also footing quite a few educational bills as well.
How much more will TRIO/GEAR UP cost? Look below:
Warriors, if you are not sure how TRIO and GEAR UP are tied to the CCSS Machine, find that here. We also need to see the illusion that TRIO and GEAR UP are education based. They are also found in the WIOA (Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act) as well as ESSA.
13) Just like S 806, HR 1880 has an increase for expanding Job Development locations and programs. This directly plays into WIOA. WIOA uses student data to streamline education to that of career tracks for jobs/economic gain..not personal academics. Illusions of freedom of choice in what our students learn is used here. This is where ‘personalized’ education will show its sinister underbelly. The cost for this portion of HR 1880? Find it below:
14) As with S 806, the HR 1880 has language which suggests a lower student debt loan burden. But, at what or who’s expense?! An illusion of ‘my college experience’ is happening here.
Collective society paying for everyone’s education is NOT American.It is not an American idea based on American character traits.
If we give someone something, it is valued far less than when it is achieved personally.
All we need to do Warriors, is look at the nations WITH‘free college’. Their cost of living is horrendous. Ask a student who has attended one of these institutions. What they learn is not self-supporting, it’s intended purpose is to keep one in some sort of controlled learning enviroment for a very long time. How do I know this? A couple of years ago, during a radio interview a Dutch student called in to share his experience. His advice? Do NOT become like them!
If you’ve not seen the European Youth Guarantee Program(which also uses the idea of ‘free college’, ‘free work based training’), I urge to see the You Tube video from 2013:
Warriors, it is a long used tactic in D.C. for each Chamber of Congress to use bills which are either exactly like each other’s or very slightly different. HR 1880 and S 806 are in this category. The ‘take away’? The CCSS Machine is determined this type of alignment and control is embedded in the HEA’s newer version. We have much to look out for, as we continue to see the shift from American academic based learning to that of a UN, globally contrived common worker.
Anti Fed Ed Warriors, we’ve known for quite a while that the CCSS Machine was going to go after the HEA (Higher Education Act). Among the EOGs and EOCs back in April and May of 2017, Congress* didn’t ‘disappoint’. While graduations were celebrated and aspirations for each of our students was plotted out, the CCSS Machine’s agenda ground down the existing HEA (orginally introduced in 1965; it’s last re-athorization was 2008). (*Currently, S806 and HR 1880 have been introduced as amendments to the HEA, but read more like replacements.)
We also have known from this blog and similar ones that the HEA is the LAST link in the chain of education laws which must be re-written to complete the top/down; global to US transformation in converting ‘education’ to glorified work training.
IF we look at the supportive side of education reform (which embraces the global worker shift), it’s no surprise that their illusions are being shared and spewed out everywhere.
For example the NEA (National Education Association) has said the rewriting of the HEA is needed. It’ll be great to have more affordable college, recognition of professors as ‘stakeholders’, and, improve teaching PD (professional development). Warriors, as we know, all these buzz phrases are code for two CCSS Machine agenda goals: Control and alignment
If you’d like to see how I traced the NEA (and the AFT) to the Education International and how they all tie back to the UN/UNESCO, find it here.
*Is the American way of paying for higher education in need of help? Absolutely! However, as I’ve stated before (based on mountains of evidence and research) funneling EVERYTHING through the CCSS Machine’s education reform is the WRONG way to correct our system!!!
Warriors, the rest of this article will dive into the Senate’s Version of the College for All Act of 2017; The House’s 1880 Bill will be covered in a separate article tomorrow.)
S 806’s Bill/Language:
Warriors, what DOES this bill the NEA is foaming at the mouth about, REALLY say?
1) Was introduced 4/03/17 and is in the hands of the Senate HELP Committee (under Sen. Alexander’s thumb). (*Note: Warriors, remember when ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) was signed into law, Alexander promised us with vigor that the HEA was next. His 1980s ‘prophecy’ of alignment babies to a life long track is playing out.) 2) The Bill is 51 pages long. You can access it here.
3) There is one main sponsor and 5 co-sponsors: Sanders, Warren, Harris, Blumenthal, Murphy, and Gillabrand.
4) Short title: “College for All Act of 2017”
Student and State information: 5) Title 9 will be amended for use as a federal/state partnership in funding to eliminate tutition. Grants will be used as the illusion for greatness.
6) Will impact those students in the ESSA age range (preK to 12th grade) in early college programs, dual enrollment, or concurrent enrollment. (*Note: this is a back door access to the educational choices outside the traditional education system.) The illusion of attainment is used here. 7) Since this is addressing a post-secondary education law, all ages will be impacted and aligned. The illusion of equity and equality is used here. 8) Grants awarded will be at the Secretary of Education’s choosing to enable the States. The illusion of State led eduation is used here. 9) There’s a 33% ‘non federal funds’ clause on Page 6. It’s a requirement, not an option. The illusion of ‘stakeholder’ control is used here. 10) The Secretary of Education is given power to challenge the States in their projected enrollment formulas (bottom of Page 15 into 16). On Page 17, it shows the GDP for the State being challenged as coming into this formula’s equasion. The illusion of State led education is being used again. Other notes: parents tax records, independent students and their tax records, data tracking, targeting the working class and the low-income class, Sec. of Ed deemed requirements by each State annually in applying for grants, and more.
Teacher and PD Information:
11) Of the grants and non federal funding received, any money left AFTER applying to the students will be applied for teachers and their training (includes on-going PD). Anillusion of ‘stakeholder’ importance is used here. 12) An increase in staff (full-time, tenured or tenure-track), especially ‘instructional faculty’. The illusion of true teaching is used here. 13) Provisions for anything a faculty member could need (includes the office). PD supports…and shared goverance. With so many of the PD opportunities available to schools now being aligned to the CCSS Machine’s agenda, this one has the illusion of objective leadership. 14) Part-time, outside the classroom work will be compensated. Again, Warriors, who is footing the bill for all this?? We are!! An illusion of economics is used here. 15) Increases in dual enrollment, concurrent enrollment, early college, and any other ‘student success’ program as deemed appropriate by the Sec. of Education and the Peer Review Group, not your State or local leaders. The illusion of leadership, power, and school choice factor in here. 16) TRIO and GEAR UP Programs (a federal education effort) will be increased. I’ve covered how aligned to the CCSS Machine’s workforce/education plan these programs are. The illusion of State-led leadership, yet again. 17) Increases in Work Study programs will most certainly be found in S806. There will also be a recalculation in the funding of Work Study Programs. Expect billions of taxpayer funds and private money to pay for these. The illusion of living within our means as a nation is played up here.
You’ll also find what the fed/State funding and non federal funding cannot be used for (such as building a new stadium or paying the school administrators). I hope you are ready for the price tag of all this ‘free’ higher education, Warriors. Look below:
At LEAST $41 Billion in funds. Notice the language leaves the final business quarter for 2017 and the entire years from 2019 – 2027 wide open to whatever is necessary!! If you read the next paragraph after the above screen shot, you’ll notice that the language includes federal obligated funds from Oct. 2016 to Sept. 2017. Just in time for the 2017’s 4th quarter to begin. It would appear an illusion of purposed and pre-planned alignment is being used. ***The price tag for the increases for TRIO and GEAR Up reach into the trillions for each year between 2018 and 2027(Page 41)
***Work Study Funding by each fiscal year is on Pages 41/42. Warriors, note that it is at the Sec. of Education’s decision, not the States’. The power doesn’t stop there. Any regulation surrounding the calculations of the reformulation of these Work Study Programs is also given.
The‘career readiness’and how it will be tied to Pell Grants can be seen on Page 43. It will be part of the increases in Job Development Programs and their locations. This directly ties to the U.S. Dept. of Labor. Again, Warriors, the union of these 2 federal agencies overreaching into education is visible.
*Note: If you have student debt, or know someone who is about to apply for funding college, you’ll need to read the fine print from Pages 44 to 51. While it appears undergrads will have a lower interest rate, it also appears grad students will see an increase. Since I am not a financial expert by any stretch, please research this language carefully.
Warriors, as you can see, our Senate has totally betrayed us. Being a free nation should mean we honor our Constitution first and foremost. We know the CCSS Machine has shredded its importance. If not, we would not see the trillions of dollars ear marked to further the illegal overreach into education. What will the HR 1880 (a ‘sister’ bill) hold for us? We’ll find out tomorrow.
In the meantime, contact your Senators and tell them, NO to ‘free’ college! If we don’t go broke paying for it, our future generations will. “Free” college is a collective, good for the Socialists movement, not an independent freedom of choice based on the ideals of our Republic.
No, Warriors, I haven’t confused two historic figures. Yes, the picture you see is Joan of Arc. The title you read is a hat tip to Martin Luther as he nailed his 95 Points on that church door so long ago. If you have been following me long on my blog, or on social media, you know I have long identified with Joan’s fierceness. As far as Martin’s boldness? Yes, I’m about to go there.
A Certain Recent Release:
The President has recently released his 2018 Federal Budget Blueprint. It’s creating quite a buzz. You also know that in past federal budget releases, I’ve also gone over them.
In-depth and not unwilling to expose the alignment to the CCSS Machine.
The reality that the current President has promised to rid us of Common Core and yet padded the Administration with pro CCSS members, certainly has given us pause.
Trump’s promise for more jobs should also give us pause. Why? With the distinct presence of WIOA (Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act), ESSA (Every Student Succeeds), HEA (Higher Education Act); the federal money in place right NOW funneling through each of these; the CCSS Machine up to its neck in all 3, we need to be pointing to the same priorities:
a) Workforce based education IS here, playing out daily. It plays out not only through Common Core, but Career Tech Education, STEM, Next Gen, and so many other areas. b) It’s playing out in employment centers, community colleges, our public-private partnerships, job development programs, and so many other places. c) It comes in the form of SEL (social, emotional learning), CBE (competency based education), PBLs (project based learning), and constant over assessments for skills to meet some business’s idea of what a human should be able to do.
For the President to rid us of ‘Common Core’, he needs to be ready to rid us of ALL the connections. Think how many times we’ve heard and said, ‘follow the money’.
Since D.C. is a favored conduit of the CCSS Machine, we know a lot of evidence is waiting to be exposed. Federal budgets have lots of money…and lots of evidence we can trace.
Every day we hesitate, the more ingrained the CCSS Machine becomes in the new Administration. Warriors, we saw the CCSS Machine take up residence in D.C. during the previous Administration. The Machine is STILL there.
Warriors, do not simply look at the Blueprint’s ‘Dept. of Education’ budget items. Read the WHOLE thing.
I wish I could tell you that the CCSS presence has been eliminated with Mr. Trump’sBlueprint. It hasn’t.
Flummox Awaits Us:
(*Note: ‘flummox’ is an old word for being bewildered or perplexed.)
Flummox #1): So, in Trump’s Blueprint, did ‘Common Core’ get the axe? Not by name. There were some things involving CCSS, but not too many. Warriors, eliminating CCSS in one area (no matter how huge), means it survives elsewhere.
Flummox #2): Did the Dept. of Ed receive cuts? Yes, but are those cuts enough? That, my Warriors, remains to be seen.
Flummox #3): While the President’s Blueprint is not the entire Federal Budget,the word ‘blueprint’ suggests that what the President wants may be changed by Congress.
When will “We the People” get to see the entire 2018 federal budget? What other CCSS Machine ties will be revealed when We see it? Will We have time to influence Congress or will it be too late?
A First Glance At The Blueprint:
Mr. Trump has identified (in the opening pages of the Blueprint) that the following federally funded activities/groups/services will be eliminated if his Budget requests are approved.
I’ve researched each of of these and have proven their CCSS ties. I’ve provided the previous published articles so you can go back and read just how deep those CCSS ties go. We’ll need to know which groups will be spinning the pro-CCSS rhetoric in the coming days.)
PBS (proof) *Note: be sure to scroll down to see PBS’s embedding in ESSA.
Institute of Library and Museum Services*Note: there are at least 2 other related articles mentioned in this one. Find them here and here.
We should also note the question posed in the ‘Services’ article. If local areas cannot match federal funds, services like your libraries will close.
Woodrow Wilson International Center of Scholars (my article delved into the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Program. Both are under the same logo.) In the Blueprint, it is unclear how and if the International funding cut will impact the entire Woodrow Wilson organization.
21st Century Community Learning Centers *Note: of the many articles surrounding 21stCCLCs, this is probably the most relevant considering the Blueprint.
Be sure to see the other connections you’ll also see in the Blueprint. Also remember, Warriors, 21st CCLCs are codified in ESSA. Will Trump’s elimination of CCSS, repeal ESSA?!
Blueprint Agency Items “I Can Do No Other With”:
Martin Luther’s passion for truth and his boldness for making the evidence public drove him to state the declaration you see above. I like that boldness. While he found 95 pieces of evidence for action, I’ve been able to identify 85 Concerns in the President’s Blueprint. Here is the link to my special Guide detailing them.
To use the Guide, simply open the link. All red highlighted words will have several of my previously published articles which directly relate to each of the Agencies in the Blueprint.
Use the research to help you formulate your dissent to seeing MORECommon Core (and all its related entities) continued in the 2018 Budget!
Use any of the research to help you create a way to help remind the President of his campaign promise to rid us of Common Core. To rid us of the name only, solves nothing.
Lastly, share the Guide, as you see fit. Knowledge about the CCSS Machine is what keeps us powerful. We should be making as much of a protest about the Blueprint as we did about the new Secretary of Education’s confirmation.
No, we should be making MORE noise. We should demand a full repeal of any and all federal activity overreaching into education.
Warriors, it will take MORE than alerting the Oval Office with our priorities. We need to be ‘nailing these points to Congress’s doors. We need to be shouting these pieces of evidence boldly.
Warriors, we must do all of this. To do less, is something we should not permit. To take a ‘wait and see’ attitude could be dangerous to our fellow citizens.
Why? The federal budget impacts every age group, not a select few. With so much of the CCSS Machine still in our education, we must be a modern day Martin Luther of Joan of Arc.
In the above picture you see a classic example of a brilliant mind. Leonardo da Vinci’s “Revolving Bridge”. He created this, and other bridges for military purposes. The bridges were light weight (easy to carry, travels well), they were sturdy (conveyed strength), and they lasted long periods of time.
I use this as an example, not to give you a history lesson, but to use it as an analogy for the webinar devoted to higher education.
During the CCSS Machine sponsored webinar, education bridges, ladders, and pathways were discussed. Much like Leonardo da Vinci’s “Revolving Bridge”, higher education is set to become transportable (easy to carry, travels well/stackable, chunkable certifications), sturdy with more ‘rigor’ (conveying strength), and lock in lifelong learning (lasts a long time).
Hosted by Atlantic Live! (an arm of the publication, The Atlantic Magazine) Atlantic Magazinealso has another arm, a project called “Next America”. If memory serves me correctly, the last time I wrote about “Next America”, Sen. Lamar Alexander was a featured speaker. If I’m thinking correctly it was the time period leading up to HR5 (Student Success Act) and S1177 (Every Child Achieves Act) were in the making. Of course, as history shows, HR5 and S1177 ‘married’ and gave us ESSA, Every Student Succeeds Act.
Why do I bring this up? IFhistory is about to repeat itself, then Atlantic’s Next Americahaving Rep. John Kline and other sold out CCSS Machine members gather to ‘discuss’ where higher education should go, we need to pay attention! Especially when your conversation guides are hand picked to feed the agenda of streamlining education to create a birth to grave education ladder or bridge.
The image you see above is NOT from one of the CCSS Machine member organizations present at the webinar. But, it does give you a great idea how the webinar’s conversation was geared.
Lumina Foundation, the Gates Foundation, Next America, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and key members from SIGs (special interest groups) in higher education either had representative speak or they helped fund the production. Adding Rep. John Kline as the only federal Congress member was not a fluke. It was a strategic move. Kline admitted during the webinar that he had just come from breakfast with Sen. Lamar Alexander. You see, the two are partners in education demise.
1) The changes are coming, no doubt at all. The CCSS Machine has already begun turning the screws for higher education/post-secondary education. As I’ve shared with you many times, this is how EVERY citizen from ALL educational backgrounds will be funneled through the CCSS Machine. One of the choice terms for citizens during the webinar? “Human Capital”. The very first comment spoken by the Lumina Foundation’s education ‘expert’: “Post-secondary education MUST change.”
2) The CBE (competency based education), Career Pathways, MOOCs, digital learning, soft skills development, and more are the front runners for all the changes. New patterns, systems, and alignment are either in the works, or yet to be created. BUT, they will be added.
3) Purposed placement of school counselors in our K-12 systems are already identifying students who are ‘achievers’, tracks them, pulling them into a pathway to a baccalaureate degree in college (sometimes early college) via community colleges(which by the way, are Common Core, Career Tech aligned). Then, these graduates are funneled through to a 4 year institution. Look for “Pathways Colleges”. The example program given was “Pathway to Baccalaureate”. See: https://www.nvcc.edu/pathway/(*Note: look for the ‘extraordinary pipeline to college’. Running this program? Former NC Community College President, Scott Randall. He was key in helping align all 58 NC Community Colleges to the CCSS Machine.)
The rest of the students? They get tracked too. Their path will be directly to community college, get a skill, get a job. Return to community college, get another skill, return to job. Repeat this cycle until you have all the credentials you need to enter your career field. The ‘new’ higher education?! Imagine it for 100% of the population. I’m not kidding. Some form of higher education (aka: post-secondary institution) is what can help America.
4) Rep. Kline’s comments contained these ‘gems’.
a) The key higher education moves in the U.S. House’s “Better Way” plan. It was revealed that the Paul Ryan pushed Plan is based largely on Kline’s earlier work in politics. Education is SO important that it’s embedded in the ‘economy’ plan under item #4.
See: http://abetterway.speaker.gov/?page=economy (*Note: KIine was quick to repeatedly use ‘bipartisan’ and ‘bicameral’ when it came to education. However, for all the bi-partisanship in the House, he didn’t mention the House Democrats view for higher education. If you want to see what CCSS friendly programs they would like to keep or expand: http://democrats-edworkforce.house.gov/issues/education/higher-education. Examples of CCSS aligned programs: TRIO and GEAR UP.) Kline was asked how the Senators view higher education. He said that was ‘unfair’.)
b) The U.S. Congress only has a few days left before closing before the 2016 Election, so much has to be done quickly. Means rushed legislation moves. Bad news for everyone.
c) “More Access, More Success” via lower costs in higher education. His solutions?! CBE and digital education. America MUST promote innovation! This will keep the government out of the way. Oh really?! I guess the ConnectEd, the Computer Science for All, Digital Promise, etc. are all ways to keep government of education. Especially when each of these i is embedded ALREADY in ESSA and WIOA (Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act) or their related legislation. By the way, Kline said there have been 5 related bills already passed by the entire Congress to continue support for America’s College Promise (Obama’s plan for ‘free’ community college. “Free” is costing taxpayers at least $60 billion.) Way to keep government out of education, huh?!
d) Kline favors more digital, that’s obvious, but he also stated that families and students need things simple..as in a digital dashboard. The biggest impediment right now in higher education? Seat time because it’s taking away from CBE time and hinders credit hours. More P3s (used the Clemson/car manufacturing joint program as an example.) are the best way for America to go.
5) Add to your list of global programs, like “Education for All” and “Universal PreK for All”. The new one brought up in the webinar? “Universal Free Public Higher Education”.
I found the EduCause’s older version of “universal higher education for all” (circa 2000).
There was plenty more in the webinar which can be used to alert us to the ‘global citizen’ mindset that the CCSS Machine is shoving at us.
a) pay as you go/learn to earn models
b) systems where higher education tracks your work hours while tracking your education hours so that you can have 2 transcripts to show you are a skilled citizen
c) eliminating extra curricular activities to divert space for the common community’s good (example: Paul Quinn College shut down their football team (said it was a drain on finances) and converted the football stadium into an organic community accessible farm.) The President of Paul Quinn College has been glorified by the Atlantic Magazine. He’s also been groomed for educational ‘success’ in part by the Aspen Institute. (Article about the President: http://www.theatlantic.com/education/archive/2016/09/bringing-a-college-back-from-the-brink/500375/)
I am not singling out this college, but rather, using it as an example. The reason we have extra curricular activities like football, arts, music, etc. is to expand our minds, exercise our bodies. Seeing these vital parts of Americana vanish is sad. Seeing them aligned to the CCSS Machine, outright tragic.
Seeing so many leaders in America moving us away from independence and freedom is not only un-American, it’s criminal!
What if I told you the U.S. Dept. of Ed had just completed studies to support MORE federal education overreach? Would you believe it?! Let’s find out how CCSS and the Next Generation stack up in this bloated ego atmosphere.
The Group Responsible:
I am not sure if you know this or not, but tucked into the U.S. Dept. of Ed. is an Institute for Evaluation pertaining to American education (just recently an international evaluation was published as well, but that’s another story). The official name of the Institute is the “Institute of Education Sciences”. Their website for today’s post: http://ies.ed.gov/ncee/projects/evaluation/index.asp
The Tweet That Sent Me Off the Cliff:
Being an avid researcher, I get all kinds of Twitter news. One of Monday morning’s was a doozy. See for yourselves:
After seeing this bloated ego of a tweet, I HAD to find out what exactly I could discover about the continued overreach of the federal gov’t in education. So, using the above website address, I discovered the following:
NCEE (National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance) has come up with a “Next Generation of Rigorous Evaluations” The purpose? So schools and school leaders can raise student achievement levels. You’ll need to access the website for today’s post (above) to read for yourselves the other things that are stated. However, here’s one excerpt that will send you over the edge of that cliff, “In particular, the NCEE focuses on conducting rigorous impact studies of promising educational programs and practices that are supported through federal funds.” Guiding the studies? Three questions. Yes, that’s right 3 questions. Those questions are:“What is the impact of the federal program on the intended outcomes?”; “Is the program model effective?”; and “Is a specific intervention (or class of interventions) effective?” By reading the rest of what the IES has been bragging about, you’ll find over 30 studies have been completed.
Directly related to CCSS and have been studied (or are in the process of) are:
1) Pathways to College and or Career, especially through the federally funded GEAR UP (see my previously published article from 11/14 about GEAR UP: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/tag/gear-up/)Conducting this study? Oh, another bloated CCSS ego group, AIR (as in American Institutes for Research) The amount of federal funds to support this study (which doesn’t expire until 2018) is over $6 million! (for all the details, http://ies.ed.gov/ncee/projects/evaluation/pathways_gearup.asp)
2) Striving Readers Program, especially as awarded to states for raising literacy through curriculum. I found a NV based You Tube tutorial demonstrating the ties of CC to SR. Watch it below:
Over $13 million dedicated to studying what standards states are using, what assessments, and how even more data can be used, collected. All approved and funded by Congress. This study ends in 2018. Three different contractors got this study. I dare you to google them to see how ties to CCSS they are! For example, EdCount, LLC was the organization which created the accountability guides the CCSSO (Council of Chief State School Officers) used in each of the 50 states between 2003-2007. Partners include Pearson Publishing, AIR, and many others. (to see EdCount, LLC’s website for their partners/clients, visit: http://edcount.com/index.php/about/clients-and-partners Be sure to look at their ‘Services’ pages. You’ll be amazed at how much they do.
5) Implementing Assessments for Special Needs Students. See: http://ies.ed.gov/ncee/projects/evaluation/disabilities_ideaimp.asp This study ended in 2011, cost the taxpayers of America, just over $2 million. Results? More outcome based education and ‘high standards’. I’ve included the final study report. You’ll especially need pages 72 and following where it is discussed that mandated standards are more common that IEPs. Get it: IDEAreport
For the Others:
There are other studies you’ll want to look at for yourselves. Try the Literacy Studies, the Math Studies, and the Teacher Studies. You won’t believe what you see! For example, in the Literacy Studies, under the “Evaluation for Reading Comprehension”. This Study was over $17 million to discover during its first year the reading curricula, “Reading for Knowledge”, showed NO positive growth. The Study’s quick to add that things did improve after the first year. When I searched for the said curricula I got the pro CCSS group “Amplify”. Gee whiz, another bloated ego. To access this Study and the others, use the same website address as in the beginning of this article and select your choice from the left hand menu.
Want to See More of the U.S. Dept. of Ed’s Bloated Ego?
Begin with the “Practice Guides”, then “Interventions” (especially the one titled “Fast Track”, for emotionally disturbed little ones), if you want to see reviews of the absolute latest in research, go for the “Quick Reviews”, you’ll find studies for charter schools and college/career readiness and other ‘blasts of ego’. To get to all these, just use the left hand menu.
When I searched for an appropriate image to start this article off with, I found the teacher at the chalk board to be excellent. However, the caption it should have attached is the original one which reads, “An inflated ego is like a balloon. Over fill it and it will explode.” Can’t say I’d mind seeing CCSS explode altogether.
I don’t know if you’ve heard of this group, but I can’t help but think “CC Wreck” not “CCREC” when I see the acronym. Although it could stand for something like “Common Core Rots Education/Curriculum”. Well, enough pithiness, let’s get down to finding out more about CCREC.
College and Career Readiness Evaluation Consortium:
(http://www.edpartnerships.org/college-and-career-readiness-evaluation-consortium-ccrec) According to their website, their purpose in our lives is: “The College and Career Readiness Evaluation Consortium (CCREC) is a Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) member state organization that currently includes: Arizona, Idaho, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Utah, Washington, Wisconsin, and Wyoming. The purpose of the Consortium is to foster collaboration among its members; demonstrate the impact of GEAR UP across local, state, and national levels of implementation; and build a culture of evidenced-based assessment and decision-making.”
Partnering at the states level for GEAR UP is Act, Inc. (as in Aspire, Plan, etc. assessments). At the national level for GEAR UP is the NCCEP (National Council for Community and Education Partnerships). What makes NCCEP so special is that it’s the U.S. Dept. of Education’s agent to not only manage things but to assist in technical needs and policy needs. Since Act, Inc. is a partner, you know their assessments will be ‘the boss’ when it comes to pigeon holing students for careers.
Vision of the Consortium is to uphold the federal college program (GEAR UP) and to conduct high quality research, assessment of the program. The mission for the Consortium is something else entirely. See the excerpt below,
“The mission of the College and Career Readiness Evaluation Consortium is to enhance the administration of GEAR UP projects, consistent with the federal GPRA and Annual Performance Report guidelines and requirements. Interstate collaboration, entailing adoption of common standards, indicators, data elements, diagnostics, and data collection and reporting methods, will strengthen the formative and summative evaluation and practice of GEAR UP as a whole.” *Note: as we’ve learned before, formative assessments are helpful while summative are harmful)
Did you notice that the CCREC’s website address had ‘edpartnership’ in it? I did. So, who are the partners? Let’s find out! Their website, http://www.edpartnerships.org/
Begun in 1999, by ACE (American Council on Education) for a 6 month ‘experiment’. Among its vision, mission, and goals? Heavy on P3s (public private partnerships), education reform, collaboration to have students contribute to the economy and “Education must relate to workforce needs.”
Funding NCCEP? Oh, you’ll love this list: “NCCEP is especially grateful to the Ford Foundation, W. K. Kellogg Foundation, AT&T Foundation, Kresge Foundation, Lumina Foundation, GE Foundation, James Irvine Foundation and USA Funds for its philanthropic leadership over the past decade.”
From the federal level, the U.S. Dept. of Ed and the National Urban League also help fund NCCEP.
NCCEP is also an advocacy voice in Washington, D.C. The efforts have been so successful in promoting GEAR UP to Congress that many millions of dollars are now funding GEAR UP that might not have been earmarked if not for such strong urging. (according to the website, it’s about $302 million now)
If you’ve heard of Youth Congress, College Savings Account Technical Assistance, or the Superintendent Leadership Institute, then you’ve had access to NCCEP. All of these are designed to deepen the commitment to GEAR UP.
Oh, and curriculum that supports all this? Yep..there’s “16 Summers” and “Éxito Escolar”. The former targets ‘at-risk’ students while the latter targets the Latino population. The ’16 Summers’ uses a Hollywood actor to portray the message, while the Latino version features a dual language approach.
Among the partners are the ‘Pathways to College Network’, The CEF (Committee for Education Funding), The Hispanic Education Coalition, and a shameless plug for more ‘strategic’ partners. You’ll even find a tool kit to help lure them in! See the rest: http://www.edpartnerships.org/strategic-partnerships
Ahhh, I knew I’d find it, the Common Core, rigor, STEM, and whatever else is rhetoric Resource page! (see:
Note what you saw that was able to connect STEM to CCSS..it’s definitely there!
The acronym was spelled out above for you, so refer to there if you aren’t sure what the entire name of the program is. The short of it is it provides funding for low income or at-risk students to be able to attend college. It’s competitive, of course. Students start in 7th grade and continue through high school with early college awareness programs. As per any federal government program, mandates include p3s (Public private partnerships) must be involved. Creating a ‘common agenda’. The federal law backing all this? ” Title IV of the 1998 Amendments to the Higher Education Act of 1965 (HEA) and was signed into public law (P.L.105-244) on September 29, 1998 by President Clinton.” To ensure federal money can continue to flow to GEAR UP is the Sec. of Education’s supply of data. See this excerpt: “To ensure that GEAR UP merits continued federal financial support, the Secretary of Education provides Congress with performance data (as mandated by the Government Performance Results Act of 1993, (GPRA). These indicators are important to GEAR UP professionals as they define the reporting and evaluation mandates of the U.S. Department of Education (USDOE).”
The NCCEP website will refer you to the U.S. Dept. of Ed’s GEAR UP website. I followed the trail and found GEAR UP Resources. Topping the Resource list?! The College Board! Now, we know we’ll find CCSS there, so let’s see about the other resources highlighted.
“Project Grad”, I was able to find the CC in 2 clicks of a mouse, “The GRAD Academy curriculum requires teachers to act as coaches, guides, and facilitators, and to lead students to build authentic and meaningful projects tied to state and national Common Core Standards.”
“I Have a Dream Foundation”, while the CCSS search didn’t turn up those exact words, I saw enough evidence to convince me they are definitely tied in. Some of the most familiar CCSS supportive organizations are linked to the website, Lumina Foundation, the College Board, and many others. I’ve given you the link to the Education Reform page of the website so you can find, not only the Career Pathways information (more post secondary CCSS) but some other interesting information as well. See: http://www.ihaveadreamfoundation.org/html/broader_ed_reform.htm
“National Mentoring Partnership”, in the past was very supportive of the social action surrounding “Waiting for Superman” which included urging state officials to implement CCSS. Here’s the pdf file: ccssmentor
With a past like that, I highly doubt the effort has changed its course.
Why would you want that? To see how the GEAR UP measures students constantly.
What NCCEP looks like on a state level:
Here’s NC, where I live:
If you need to enlarge the graphic, click on it. There you’ll see NC is tied to CCSS, College/Career Readiness until 2019, all courtesy of “GEAR UP”. Your state will have it’s own GEAR UP page. Mine took me to UNC (University of North Carolina), there I found an entire web page of links (look to your right). I also found the NC GEAR UP map card. This map is a color coded map of all 100 counties and other related info as to where all those millions of dollars in grant money are going.
See our map: gear_up_nc_map_card_2012-19
Remember how in the beginning of this only 15 states were mentioned? Well, what if you don’t live in one of them? Well, the bad news is GEAR UP is everywhere, the good news is you can access just where, by visiting, http://www.edpartnerships.org/advocacy/programs