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Anti Fed Ed Warriors: Heads Up!

This is an urgent call to the Anti Fed Ed Warriors out there. While the chatter heads are going on about the reasons why or why not it’s a good thing the U.S. Government is ‘shut down’, one thing’s for certain. As far as the educational overreach, it’s ‘game on, as usual’.

To what am I referring? S 615 (the U.S. Senate’s latest attempt to re-authorize and/or to amend the 1965 HEA, Higher Education Act). S 615 is being sponsored by the CO Senator, Michael Bennet. The Bill also has Sen. Marco Rubio’s (FL) backing.

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The Urgent Call:

Warriors, I’m calling your attention to S 615 as it’s the 2nd Senate HELP hearing for the Higher Education Innovation Act. It is scheduled to go on as planned for Jan. 25th, 2018, according those answering the phones at Congress right now. That’s the day after tomorrow! Appearing as witnesses: Dr. Joe May (TX), Dr. Deborah Bushway (MN), Mrs. Donna Linderman (NY), Mr. Michael Larsson (MA), and, Dr. Barbara Brittingham (MA). This hearing begins at 10 AM (EST). It will be archived.

So, what’s S 615’s name? The Higher Education Innovation Act!! (*Congress is stuck on a pattern, Warriors. Look at some of the recent legislation turned laws. WIOA, for instance: Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act; the ESSA’s copious amount of language devoted to ‘innovating’ education. 

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In the years since CCSS was forced upon our nation, Congress still hasn’t learned that slapping ‘innovation’ on the same old reform doesn’t work!

January 25th is the same day Senate HELP will nominate a new Assistant Education Secretary* (Frank Brogan) for K-12th grades. This hearing begins at 2:30 PM (EST) and will be archived as well.

(*Note: the highlighted links for both hearings will take you directly to the U.S. Senate HELP website. You’ll need to refresh the link for the ‘live feed’.)

*Brogan is a close buddy of Jeb Bush’s, at least according to the Tampa Bay Times. As we know, Warriors, Bush’s Foundation for Excellence in Education is the ‘chief fallacy maker’ behind “National School Choice Week”. So, if we’re wondering about Pres. Trump’s commitment to end Common Core, we really should be protesting this nomination in double time.
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If you, like me, missed the first hearing on S 615 (held 1/18/18), you can find the archive here. This hearing discussed the supposed transparency associated with student debt and how Americans will be able to afford higher education. You’ll also want to access the Senate HELP Chairman’s 1/18/18 press release. You’ll see that according to Sen. Alexander (who does acknowledge federal education presence, but doesn’t apologize for it), that the background for S 615 is actually 4 and 1/2 years old and has had a whopping 18 bi-partisan meetings. As usual, Warriors, we’ve not heard of ANY of these meetings, nor been invited as serious ‘stakeholders’ to the table.

In the 1st archived hearing, no doubt you’ll hear lots about the need for data mining/tracking to be part of the ‘simplification’. You’ll also be ‘treated’ to lots of FASFA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) rhetoric, too.

As other anti CCSS Warriors have shown us, the FAFSA has become a weapon against our students. FAFSA, also can be tied to a data breach, as well as the SETRA and FERPA legislation which Congress appears to be hell-bent on for a national data base. This type of data base would have Americans in schools, or not, tracked like never before.
(SETRA and FERPA stand for Strengthening Education Through Research Act and Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act.)

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Needed Background Context For You:

Warriors, if you’ve followed me long on this blog, or heard me speak out numerous times, you know I’ve been warning you for quite a while about the HEA being the last link in the chain of total birth to adult CCSS (Common Core State Standards) alignment. You also know that there are several others who have been just as diligent in warning our nation.

You may also know I’ve been able to prove how the current form of HEA is embedded in the K-12th grade law. It’s mainly embedded by Career Tech Education (CTE). Why? Simply put, the 2014 passage of WIOA (Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act) used CTE as the adult version of CCSS in order to tie jobs to education.

For more context about HEA and ‘innovation’, let me point you to at least 2 reasons WHY Congress is uniting itself with the CCSS Machine:

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What’s “10/6”?
The ’10’ refers to the Agenda Points the U.S. Dept. of Education has had in place for some time. The ‘6’ refers to the Agenda Points the U.S. Dept. of Labor has had in place for some time.

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Much like ESSA, HEA’s re-authorization will continue the ‘worker’ mindset, not the academic mindset to needed to be a great and free nation!

10/6 was woven into WIOA, then ESSA. It was woven into the current HEA version (2008) and will be woven into the newer version of the HEA.

How? By CCSS/CTE/STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and, Math)/CCR (College and Career Readiness); or as ESSA called it, “Challenging State Academic Standards” are precisely where 10/6 intersect in each existing law concerning ‘education’ from a federal level. The intersection even has a name, “Career Pathways”.
Warriors, on Page 14 of S 615, the intersection of all this is visible:

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Closing:

Like the big blue picture above, Congress is working overtime to try to convince Americans that ‘innovation’ will solve ALL our educational woes. What they miss consistently is how MUCH ‘innovation’ is HARMING our students of all ages!

For your further contextual base, my most recent previously published HEA articles:
a) CBE (competency based education) is also woven throughout WIOA, ESSA, and, HEA. This will lay out how it’s a pattern set forth by the UN (United Nations).
b) Congress’s sense about education is definitely NOT academic-minded. This look from mid 2017 will lay out a plethora of workforce-based-education-career-tracks Bills.
c) This June 2017 article of mine traces the vast amount of UN-directed data tracking higher education (as also seen in Pre-K to 12th grades) has in place already.

Lastly, the House of Representatives passed its version of HEA on 12/13/17. It’s called the PROSPER Act. It too, is a trap.


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FTF: An Extension for Higher Ed Act

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For my first “From the Files” Tuesday article for February 2016, I wanted to share with you my fellow anti CCSS Warriors how a bill was passed in late 2015, we more than likely had no clue passed. What does this have to do with Common Core? Plenty! It extended portions of the HEA (Higher Education Act)!

For quite sometime I have been helping raise awareness about the HEA and have given you plenty of evidence which easily connects the HEA to the CCSS Machine (Common Core State Standards Machine). The main connection?! Career Tech Education (CTE)! How this connect to the picture you see above? Perkins Funding!

For a quick recap about Perkins Funding, here is an excerpt from one of my previously published detailed articles, “The Perkins Act was created back in 1984, since then it’s been updated a few times. However, the original intent was to increase the quality of education that was considered technical or, at the time, vocational. With the advent of Common Core via the Career Tech, Career Clusters, Career Pathways, it’s not longer ‘cool’ to use the word ‘vocation’, now it’s ‘career’. Last updated in 2006 here are the 3 parameters that MUST happen with the Act.:
“1. Replaces “vocational education” with “career and technical education”

2. Maintains the Tech Prep program as a separate entity with federal funding within the legislation
3. Maintains state administrative funding at 5 percents of a state’s allocation
The new law also requires the development of articulation agreements and strengthens local
accountability provisions. The Perkins Act provides almost $1.3 billion annually to career and technical education programs in all 50 states until 2016.’ Each state gets to decide how to split the funding between secondary schools and post-secondary schools.”

To see the rest of the article: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2014/11/20/tech-thursday-perkins-gets-the-common-core-squeeze/

What you need to know that is still relevant:
1) The Perkins Funds used in higher education are based on the number of children aged 5 to 17 years old in each LEA (local education agency). You will also see how there are other ways the funding is based on (for example, one way is in conjunction with groups of States {as in the United States} working together).

2) From just last month, I was able to connect more intended misuse of Perkins Funding in the State of NC via an upcoming bond that is to be on our primary ballots March 15, 2016. How? The bond, known as “Connect NC Bond”, shows you how at least one NC Community College would take its bond money and use it NOT for its intended purpose (update buildings), BUT to purchase and provide MORE Career Tech Education courses! See the article:
 https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/01/11/winter-2016-a-look-ahead-nc-and-the-usa/

3) From December 2015, this excerpt where Perkins Funding for CTE is embedded in the ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act), “Keywords of ‘Perkins Funding’ (for CTE): a total of 8 references to page numbers 38, 123, 132, 516, 677, 939, 993, and 1026.”
To see the rest of that article: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/12/05/weekend-news-essas-untold-ties-to-hea/

 


An Extension Does NOT Mean a Re-authorization, Does It?

For quite a while now, I have been sharing in my interviews heard nationally that the HEA is usually re-authorized near the time the original ESEA (Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965) is. We know the ESSA is the re-authorization of the ESEA, but does the Bill for the Extension of the HEA mean that is IT’S re-authorization? No. The Extension simply continued the stream of Perkins Funding. It is only 4 pages long, as well. But, before we leave each other for today, what are the ‘other purposes’ embedded in the Extension?

*Note: The latest re-authorization of the HEA was back in 2008.

1) The first item of business(after the Title description) in the HEA Extension is NOT the Perkins money. (That is, in fact, the second item of business.) The National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity (NACIQI) and its Extension.
What does the NACIQI do?
Per the 2008 version of the HEA, this group follows the recommendations of the U.S. Dept. of Education’s Secretary in both accreditation and requirements for higher educational institutions to meet and uphold in order to receive funding. If you want to learn more about their powers, see:  http://www2.ed.gov/about/bdscomm/list/naciqi.html

While this, on the surface, appears to be on the up and up, remember how many articles I have shared with you about the ways in which the HEA will be rewritten to further the CCSS Machine’s Workforce agenda. By holding the institutions which deliver higher education to the tentacles of the CCSS/CTE and now, the College/Career Readiness (CCR), you can know that when the HEA is re-authorized, this group will be sure to apply all the CCSS Machine’s nuts and bolts it can. To see some of what I am referring to:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/06/11/tech-thursday-more-alexander-hea-and-the-next-america/

2) This is where the Perkins Funding Extension comes into play.

3) Following Perkins is the Extension of the Advisory Committee for Student Financial Assistance (ACSFA). If you visit the website page for ACSFA you will see that the lapse in government funding halted operations back in October 2015. See: http://www2.ed.gov/about/bdscomm/acsfa/index.html

If we want to find out what the ACSFA did (or perhaps has been able to pick back up and continue on with), we will need to go back to August 2015. Here is an excerpt, “The Advisory Committee serves as an independent source of advice and counsel to the Congress and the Secretary of Education on student financial aid policy.” The description goes on to say the Committee is to be non partisan, objective, and independent. Back in 2008, when the HEA was last updated, you need to see what functions this Committee had impact on. (For example, Title 4 funding.) Not sure what Title 4 Funds are? See below:

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To learn more from the August 2015 ACSFA meeting: https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2015/08/25/2015-20946/advisory-committee-on-student-financial-assistance-meeting

Have Title 4 Funds Been Aligned to CCSS/CTE/CCR?

In my previously published article title “Dependent Truth”, I direct you to a possible answer there. In the research I have been able to find, I would say the short answer is yes, the funding is aligned. It is part of a vicious cycle our students are being put through, thanks the CCSS Machine. How? Consider how early in a student’s education we are seeing Career Tech Education creep in. Consider how many CCSS/CTE courses students must complete to earn credits to graduate. Consider how many schools are starting the FASFA process early. In order to complete the FASFA forms (Financial Student Aid), many states are requiring certain courses to be completed as part of graduation. The connection? Look at your State to see how many of these are CCSS/CTE or College and Career Ready ones.
To see the ‘Dependent Truth’https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/01/12/ftf-a-dependent-truth/

To see the Federal Financial Aid’s ’12th Grade Checklist’:
https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/prepare-for-college/checklists/12th-grade
While this may look okay on the surface, note that it is using the cost of college as a reason to complete FASFA paperwork in the 12th grade. Note the need for discussing your career path with the school counselor. Where is the CCSS/CTE connection there? School counselors (as I have shared in the past) are being increasingly ‘encouraged’ to guide students to a Career Pathway (another catchy name for Career Tech Education) way of existence. See my article: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2014/10/10/fridays-post-breaking-news-you-need-to-know/
*Note: be sure to view the White House Initiative presentation expressly for school counselors and their alignment to the CCSS Machine!

To see the HEA Extension Bill:
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To see the Press Release the Education and Workforce Committee issued in December 2015: http://edworkforce.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=400072

Closing:

Warriors Against the CCSS Machine, keep alert, the re-authorization of the HEA will certainly need our full attention when it does happen.

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Tech Thursday: Lifelong Skills or Lifelong Sentence?

Think this is alignment? Wait until you read the fine print in their publications.

Anti CCSS Warriors, the above picture is one I featured in a previous article, but serves my topic for today very well.

Since the ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) is now law,  CCSS (Common Core State Standards) will NOT be a phrase you see. BUT it will be there all the same. The name has changed, but the agenda is STILL the SAME!

We know the new law uses ‘college and career readiness’, “challenging state academic standards”, STEM, and “Career Tech Education”.

Since the CCSS Machine (which includes all the OTHER names of CCSS, as well as the government involvement and the private businesses in bed with them) is so great at the ‘confuse them with a name change’ tactic, it will not surprise me to see even more new phrases being used as code for Common Core State Standards!

One example that you may, or may not, of seen/heard:   “Lifelong Learning Skills”

Before we move into where I found this ‘new’ phrase, look at a dictionary’s entry for the word “lifelong”:  lasting or remaining in a particular state throughout a person’s life

Anti CCSS Warriors, did you catch that? “Remaining in a PARTICULAR state “. When applying this definition to ‘learning’, I do not think it means what the CCSS Machine wishes you to believe it says!

Think about it, if we are to be educated and truly learning something, it will be impossible to remain in the same state of learning throughout one’s life.  As we grow and mature, so does our learning capacity, as intended. However, we have seen enough evidence which is credible to know ANYTHING connected to the CCSS Machine’s educational reform of America will NOT give our students the foundation necessary for natural brain development or learning which will help them mature naturally.

So just where did I find this “Lifelong Learning Skills” used in relation to the ‘Common Core State Standards’ alter personality “College and Career Readiness”? The College and Career Readiness and Success Center (CCCRS) housed in AIR (American Institutes of Research)!

In preparing for one of my latest radio interviews, I found this 2015 Report from the College and Career Readiness driven entity.  AIR is funded by many pro CCSS/CCR/CTE groups. At the top: the U.S. Dept. of Education!

You might like to know that the CCRS also has an overview guide for each of the states which had defined what ‘college and career readiness’ meant back in 2014. We know CCSS is NOT preparing our students for colleges and it is creating paths etched in confinement for careers.

Much like anything else the CCSS Machine has ground out in propaganda, the phrase ‘college and career readiness’ is hot air. So, how dumb does the CCSS Machine think Americans are? Dumb enough to think a name change will be enough to pacify us!

To see the College and Career Readiness and Success Overview Guide (2014) of what college and career readiness is defined by state by state:
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What you will find in this Report are the 6 reoccurring themes which include MORE exaggerated language. You find ‘grit and perseverance’ among the six themes.
It is important to note that there are many other themes, but this 6 are repeated state-by-state more than the others. Where have we heard the ‘grit’ phrase before? It was included in the U.S. Government Report titled “Promoting Grit, Tenacity, and Perseverance: Critical Factors for Success in the 21st Century”.

Also of note, not every state had a college and career readiness definition in this Overview. For example, the state I live in, NC, was not included. So I searched for what the definition is and found that it is almost  the same as another state not included in the 2014 Overview either! To see the almost word for word copies, I give you the two states I compared, NC and FL.

Here is FL’s definition from their State Dept. of Education, Students are considered college and career ready when they have the knowledge, skills, and academic preparation*  needed to enroll and succeed in introductory college credit-bearing courses within an associate or baccalaureate degree program without the need for remediation. These same attributes and levels of achievement are needed for entry into and success in post-secondary workforce education or directly into a job that offers gainful employment and career advancement.” (the star denotes that you will need to follow another link to see what parameters ‘knowledge, skills, and academic preparation’ are to the FL DofEd) See the rest:
http://www.fldoe.org/schools/higher-ed/fl-college-system/college-career-readiness.stml

Here in NC’s definition as featured on the Hunt Institute’s website. Set in motion since 2014, “In North Carolina, students are considered career and college ready when they have the knowledge and academic preparation needed to enroll and succeed, without the need for remediation, in introductory college credit-bearing courses in English language arts and mathematics within an associate or baccalaureate degree program. These same attributes and levels of achievement are needed for entry into and success in post-secondary workforce education, the military, or directly into a job that offers gainful employment and career advancement.” To see what else the Hunt Institute supplies you as far as the way NC game to this definition, see:
http://www.hunt-institute.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/Did_You_Know_CareerCollegeReadinessDefinition_20150430.pdf

Anti CCSS Warriors, consider this:
If the states are using canned versions of the definition, how easy do you think it will be for each state to truly have a choice when it comes to NOT having Common Core (which hides behind the name ‘College and Career Ready Standards’)??

So when do the ‘Lifelong Skills’ come into play? Read on!

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From the introduction of the Lifelong Skills Report, this excerpt,Lifelong Learning Skills (LLS) provide the foundation for learning and working. They broadly support student thinking, self-management, and social interaction, enabling the pursuit of education and career goals. Collectively, LLS are the means by which students master academic content and translate knowledge into action. There is a growing consensus among researchers that LLS are discretely identifiable and actionable levers of support for meeting college and career readiness(CCR) objectives. Below you will see just one  of the evidence based research tables which are offered up as ‘credible sources’ for LLS and CCR.
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This is just the first table (critical thinking)! There are 2 more, one for self-regulation (image a pre-K,  K, or a special needs student being 100% successful at this expected behavior) Following this  is the SEL (social and emotional learning) table. Remember, anti CCSS Warriors, plenty of behavior intervention is planned for America, which will most definitely include social and emotional manipulation!

What follows these tables of How LLS will be interwoven into CCR, are the ASSESSMENTS!
See below:
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Directly preceding the above graphic in the official report will be a note about an annotated bibliography. The Bibliography has this in the description, “…what lifelong learning skills are, how they impact and relate to college and career readiness and success outcomes, and how they can be taught and measured in the classroom, across the pre-kindergarten to workforce (PK-20W) spectrum.”

To get the AIR ‘Lifelong Learning Skills Report’ (2015): CCRS Lifelong Learning Skills Policy Considerations_0

To get the Bibliography (2014); The assessments to be used in measuring college/career readiness or have been used as reference will begin on page 26 and include The SBAC, PARCC, and many others, yet the top of the page tells you few very assessments can truly be used or trusted: CCRS LifelongLearning Bibligraphy
(If you are new to fighting against the Common Core, College and Career Readiness, the SBAC and PARCC are the high stakes assessments the U.S. Dept. of Education gave millions  to create. See:
http://www2.ed.gov/programs/racetothetop-assessment/awards.html
 
Those awarded the millions were all pro CCSS, and guess, what, they are pro CCR, too!)

Closing:

In the title of this article, I asked a question. Do we have an answer yet? I believe we do. While those within the CCSS Machine would like us to believe the Lifelong Skills will enforce College and Career Readiness on a path to success, the evidence (from before the passage of the ESSA was passed  to now) points to a lifelong sentence of going nowhere; of staying stuck; of failing to become what those students wish to become, but becoming exactly what the CCSS Machine determines them to become! Remember, the goal is pre-Kindergarten to career, which means the upcoming HEA re-authorization will be slam full of MORE Lifelong Learning Skills, social and emotional learning, and much more for EVERYONE in post-secondary education!

To see my previous article on the AIR CCRS Center:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2014/11/13/tech-thursday-collegecareer-readiness-success-and-common-core/

Monday Musings: Is There a Better Way?

We've got the sight set for wiping out CCSS. Let's set our sights on CTE, too!
We’ve got the sight set for wiping out CCSS. Let’s set our sights on CTE, too!

Anti CCSS Warriors, we’ve made progress in the battle for wiping out CCSS, we’re on the move to now include the adult version, CTE. After going on another ‘undercover’ research trip into the ‘world of education’ this weekend, I came away with a few muse worthy findings. These, of course, lead to questions we Warriors need to consider in this extremely important ‘War Against the Core’!

What I Discovered:

1) A definite shift in what is being highlighted at educational conventions, conferences from academics to services.
2) A distinct ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ aura. I saw this in action with one educational service where the parents, teachers, and students were drawn in like flies. The service is 100% aligned to CCSS, CTE, yet THAT fact was no where in sight. What was? Colorful prizes, discounts for signing up right away, and how much smarter your child would be by learning to read with a computer leading the way.
3) Since I’ve attended many, many educational conventions, conferences, symposiums, curriculum fairs, and the like, I know where the focus has been and is now shifting. I’ve been able to meet and interact with educators of ALL types, in all the different choices out there. Of all the folks I met with on this particular journey, less than 1 dozen noticed what I did…that educating our students in academics is being changed right before our eyes.
4) Laws in different states are also being updated to reflect the need for more accrediting from those schools which have, up to now, been just fine in graduating students. An example? Changing the scholarship requirements from ‘open to all graduating seniors’ to ‘open to graduating seniors with an accredited diploma’. For some schools, like homeschools, this will continue to be a warning sign of more control, more alignment to the ‘more traditional system’.

 

What’s The Solution?

In a recent conversation with a education professor who’s also an author and holds a doctoral degree, we were sharing how it’s been great to have so much information point to what’s wrong about Common Core and it’s ‘cousin’, Career and Technical Education, but who’s got a solution to offer as an alternative? This is a great question for us to not only ponder, but to get busy on. Our legislators are being bamboozled by the giant CCSS Machine, the Business RoundTable, the Chambers of Commerce on the “Who, When, Where, Why, and How” of CCSS/CTE. Very few of these elected men and women have seen the light that we, the anti CCSS Warriors have.

I’ve shared with you, as have others opposed to the CCSS Machine, there has been a credible solution offered by a dedicated group of NC citizens for the K-12 educational system. The “NC Plan” has been publicized nation wide as a worthy, CCSS free framework.
Freedom Project Education has purposed itself to be 100% CCSS free in its K-12 virtual school. However, as the professor and I were sharing in our conversation, we MUST have an alternative for the Post-Secondary CCSS/CTE overhaul. If we don’t all the K-12 CCSS free moves will be absolutely negated. The assessments, the data mining, and other K-12 CCSS tools are also in post-secondary education. We’d like to see those go away, too.

The CCSS Machine will be 100% successful in claiming all the post-secondary students it possibly can IF we, the anti CCSS Warriors, do not focus on this huge, yet under-discussed issue. Remember, post-secondary education encompasses EVERY citizen in this nation, who chooses to return to the classroom. EVERY taxpayer’s hard earned dollar is going to help fund (as it already has been doing) the CCSS/CTE alignment.

There are others out there just as purposed to freeing the post-secondary educational world of CCSS/CTE. There are a few institutions NOT CCSS/CTE aligned. However, with the rewriting of the ESEA of 1965 (Elementary and Secondary Education Act), the recent passages of BOTH the HR5 and S1177 (Student Success Act/Every Child Achieves Act, respectively), AND the up-coming bills for “College Promise” Act, updated “Higher Education” Act, any school receiving any type of federal education (and in most cases state education) dollars, will have NO choice in remaining free of the CCSS/CTE agenda. In short, all of the above cement the bridge between K-12 and post-secondary education.

We know, now, how the post-secondary educational world has been helpful in creating and continuing Common Core. We know, now, how post-secondary institutions are being turned into a grooming parlor for more CCSS/CTE drones. (examples of this can be found in my older articles about the colleges where education majors are being taught to teach only CCSS/CTE)

We know, without the shadow of a doubt our time to have a CCSS/CTE free America is short.

I urge you to contact Sen. Mike Lee, who is seeking folks like us to address the post-secondary educational dilemma.  His current higher education proposal(known as the HERO Act) is a start. While, from the summary, reads like another way to streamline education, it’s an avenue for feedback, we’ve not had before. By us providing people of influence with the credible facts and research we have about the CCSS Machine in post-secondary education, I think we can make a big difference. I’ve reached out to the Senator. I hope you, as my comrades, will do the same.

If not Sen. Lee, then someone similar whom you know will help us fight the CCSS Machine. There are at least 2 other Senators, concerned about the reformation of higher education, see: http://www.goacta.org/the_forum/senators_embrace_higher_ed_reform_agenda

Remember, we have the Machine in our sights. Let’s hit the bullseye, anti CCSS Warriors!

http://www.lee.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/higher-education-reform-and-college-opportunity
http://www.lee.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/higher-education-reform-and-college-opportunity

Finally, if you know of any other legislators, state or federal level, who join us as opposed to the CCSS Machine, please leave a comment to this article sharing his or her name and contact information.  We’ve got to work together to provide an alternative to a CCSS/CTE aligned education, no matter at what level it is.

Sic’ ‘Em Saturday: Post Secondary Makeover

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Anti CCSS/CTE warriors, if you’re like me, you’ve noticed a distinct makeover of post secondary education and/or the education paths leading up to it, which are willing and able to align themselves to the Common Core Machine.

The question is, will we, the  OPPOSED to Common Core, speak up enough to raise awareness about the alignment of educating American students at the college level and beyond, as we’ve made in pre-kindergarten to 12th grade?

Speaking for myself, I’m going to make all the noise I possibly can! Why? No matter how old our students are, they shouldn’t be aligned to anything Common Core related.

Why This Matters:

For months now, I’ve given you, the anti CCSS warrior, tons of information that’s credible HOW our post secondary education is being remade to fit right along side the movement to transform our PreK to 12th grade education systems. I am far from alone in the warning about this. Yet, we still find the most ardent anti CCSS warriors remaining pretty quiet about what lies beyond high school for our students.  We must realize with the upcoming HEA (Higher Education Act) re-authorization, we can not afford to be quiet!

One of the most used  reasons I hear from anti CCSS Warriors, is that ‘the kids who’ve graduated can speak for themselves.’ While this is true,  an attitude like this in light of  the context of a realignment of American education is 100% dangerous. Yes, our older students CAN speak up for themselves. Yet, if they don’t KNOW about the Common Core movements to usurp American education as we know it, how can they speak up against it?! They CAN’T! More to the point, neither can we.

If we, as anti CCSS/CTE warriors don’t step up our conversations to include (not just  the little ones in our lives, but )the older ones being impact by Common Core or Career Tech Education, then we are doing a vast disservice to every student across our nation.

Imagine it as if you’re telling one child they are less important than another one. Bottom line: you won’t dream of saying it. However, every time we embrace a post secondary, Common Core alternative in the post secondary world, that’s exactly what we are stating! We must help ALL Americans learn where Common Core is lurking in every educational choices, so they can help others know what to look for AND stay clear of!

As our Action step for today, let’s commit to saving every citizen in America from a Common Core, Career Tech, Career Pathway, Career Cluster, or other named CCSS titled education. It’s the least we can do to preserve our children. 

If you’ve like to learn more about where the post secondary dangers of Common Core lie, please contact me ASAP. We’ve no time to loose.

Here’s the link to my 12 pages of post secondary Common Core alignment research and published articles. Almost every one of them points to not only, the public school students, but the special needs students, the homeschooled, the privately educated, the faith based students, those returning to the classroom students, and every one else.
See: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/page/12/?s=post+secondary

FOM: CCSS/CTE “Hype”, D.C. Style

Much of the information coming out of D.C. surrounding HR5 and the HEA is pure hype, don't 'buy' it.
Much of the information coming out of D.C. surrounding HR5 and the HEA is pure hype, don’t ‘buy’ it.

In the scheme of things lately, we anti CCSS (and CTE) warriors shouldn’t be surprised at the amount of hype being used to drown out the truth about the presence (or from the hypester’s perspective the non-presence of) Common Core Standards and it’s adult version, Career and Technical Education.

However, it’s a “Total Truth” that not only is much hype being created, but the bulk is from Congress itself. Oh, you can be sure the more private part of the CCSS Machine is busy churning out a lot of hype too.

 

Let’s get the Fib-o-Meter going, shall we?….

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.

The Education and Workforce Committee:

The Ed/Workforce Committee  concerns itself with higher education, or as it’s also known, ‘post secondary’ education. The re-authorization of the HEA is supposed to be voted upon soon. It’s also related to the K-12 re-authorization known as HR5. Let’s see how the Ed/Workforce has taken hype and placed it into overdrive to try and divert us from what’s really embedded in that bill.

In one of my previously published Higher Ed articles, I shared with you some of the documents being produced to sell us on the supposed advantages of the HEA re-authorization. In particular, the U.S. House of Representative’s priority list for the Higher Ed Act. (see: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/06/11/tech-thursday-more-alexander-hea-and-the-next-america/) *Note: the document I refer to is in the “Related Resources” paragraph, item #4.

A related article to our topic today:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/03/19/tech-thursday-ccss-workforce-pushing-labor-reform/

The Ed/Workforce Latest Hype:

Pushing the ‘competency based’ fail so prevalent in all things Common Core and Career/Tech Education, is the Ed/Workforce ‘Fact Sheet’. (you can access the fact sheet and other related hype, http://edworkforce.house.gov/highered/)

Titled “Advancing Competency-Based Education Demonstration Project Act”, this document lays out the guts of HR3136 and its relation to the updated version of the HEA.
The “Total Fallacy”? Their words as follows, “As part of an effort to reauthorize the Higher Education Act, the House Education and the Workforce Committee is working to support more innovation across the nation’s college campuses.”
The “Total Truth”? Sec. Arne Duncan gets more power! See this direct quoted excerpt:
“Promotes innovation in higher education by directing the secretary of education to implement competency-based education demonstration projects. The secretary is authorized to waive current statutory and regulatory requirements that impede the creation of competency-based education programs.” 

More “Total Truth”, this level of power means those education waivers our states have can be manipulated to fit this higher education competency agenda. In this 2014 bill which was passed, you’ll notice that the vernacular uses the word ‘entity’ when talking about who can lead the competency based education projects, but doesn’t condition these entities to schools of learning. You’ll also notice P3 involvement and MORE assessments! All “Total Truths” left out of the hype’s main page, feel good message of improving education. Here’s the bill, so be sure to read it for yourselves to see what I mean. h.r._3630_-_ans_-_final

 

One Last “Total Truth”:

Did you notice the above paragraph mentions a 2014 bill, but the introduction stated the latest hype? How can 2014 be the latest hype? Simple, here’s a screen shot of the recent Tweet the Ed/Workforce Committee shared on the social media giant, which led me to the 2014 bill.

A triple whammy of hype for us from the U.S. Education and Workforce Committee.
A triple whammy of hype for us from the U.S. Education and Workforce Committee.

Sic’ ‘Em Saturday: CCSS Menu, Your Choice

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Warriors against Common Core, make no mistake, Common Core isn’t only going to be set in stone for the next 7 years IF the HR5 re-authorized bill headed up by Sen. Alexander is passed; it will also be set in stone IF the HEA re-authorized bill headed up by Sen. Alexander is passed, as well!!

Many warnings have been given over the past months–by others who’ve researched both bills and in my articles. I’ve researched the HEA one especially.

While HR5 is set to impact K-12 students, teachers, and their schools;  HEA’s Common Core tentacles will grasp all citizens no matter what educational choice they had in the past. This means if you were homeschooled, attended a private charter, or private faith-based school for K-12: Common Core via its adult version of Career and Technical Education (or Career Pathways, Career Clusters, American Apprenticeship Initiative, Workforce Training) will be there. This means if you just graduated from a public charter school, a public school of any kind, your introduction to Career and Technical Education (or the other names above) has already begun! This means that if  you’re hold a job which requires you to further your education via post-secondary education, Common Core will ensnare you, too! This means if you’re going back to school to begin a new chapter of life, Common Core is your ‘welcome back’ to class!

Both bills, HR5 and HEA contain data mining, high stakes assessments which encompass not only students, but the teachers, professors, and/or instructors.

Both bills are being sold to America as improvements for education. HR5 will give the states sovereignty again. HEA will save taxpayers money. Again, both of these points have been proven to be smoke in our eyes to blind us from the stark reality of what is really written in both bills! Both bills are the babies of not only Sen. Alexander, but a wide array of the CCSS Machine members–both public and private citizens and/or their corporations. Many hours by dedicated researchers have shared all of the above and even more tied to BOTH bills.

So, what can you do? Tell your Congress members to kill BOTH bills..not just one. Where one dies, the other can live on and be implemented even moreso in our laws. Don’t let the CCSS Machine continue to use the law to hide behind or be embedded in when Common Core (and all that goes with it) are ILLEGAL in the first place!

We don’t have time for emails, snail mails, we MUST call ASAP!
Call the United States Capitol switchboard at 1-202-224-3121.  The switchboard operator will connect you with the office you request. Call your Congress members, call the Congress members who don’t represent you. Call every single Congress member on the Education and Workforce Committees; the Education Appropriations Committees; the Early Education Committees; the Committees overseeing alternative education, special education. Make your voice be heard, Warriors..our country needs you..NOW! Remember, we’ve been given an educational menu of apples gone bad. We need a different menu for our students.

This upcoming week: Make D.C. tremble with the war cries of those opposed to the CCSS, CTE, Workforce agenda.
This upcoming week:
Make D.C. tremble with the war cries of those opposed to the CCSS/ CTE Workforce agenda.

Tech Thursday: Hunting for CCSS/CTE

Hunt Institute has a long history of being Common Core supportive.

Hunt Institute has a long history of being Common Core supportive.

While it appears all anti CCSS eyes are on the HR5 (the re-authorization of the NCLB), it’s been proven via documents that the HEA re-authorization is just as CCSS tied! Both have been re-authorized in almost the same time periods since their original passing in 1965. Time and time again, Sen. Lamar Alexander has been tied to the re-writing of BOTH bills. The intent? Simply put: what gets started in HR5 for CCSS, CTE, data mining, control,assessments, and educational abuse is CONTINUED into the HEA.

So what does the Hunt Institute’s announcement of 6/16/15 have to do with this? The announcement HI released, details a report published by the SREB (Southern Regional Education Board), which gives us an overview of the BRIDGE between K-12 and post-secondary..This plays right into the hands of BOTH bills being up for re-authorization. We MUST act quickly in alerting our legislators to KILL BOTH bills!! This ‘bridge’ even has a name…and I’ve taken you in great detail into the creation of that bridge. It’s called “Career Pathways”.

 

The Hunt Institute Announcement:

Here’s an excerpt from the HI’s website about SREB, “Labor market economists project that by 2020, two-thirds or more of all jobs will require some post-secondary education — either a certificate, a credential or a degree at the associate level or higher. At present, however, the Southern Regional Education Board’s (SREB) analyses of educational attainment data suggest that millions of young Americans are being left behind in the transition from high school to college and well-paying jobs. Significant numbers will never graduate, and many who do go on to college will never complete a credential with value in the marketplace. Credentials for All: An Imperative for SREB States, the final report of SREB’s Commission on Career and Technical Education, offers a powerful solution to this problem: Provide more than one pathway to college and careers.”

A Hunt Institute ‘Bridge’ of Their Own:

While busy promoting the SREB’s last report in a series of them, HI has produced some of its own ‘bridge’ reports for connecting K-12, post-secondary education, and alignment to the CCSS/CTE way of educating our students (remember, all ages attend post-secondary schools).

While the report I’m about to share is ‘state specific’ it can be used as evidence to research what your state may have going on that is either the same or eerily similar. Remember, the Hunt Institute has been instrumental in promoting CCSS is every state; SREB is busy promoting CCSS/CTE across several states (other regional education boards complete the coverage across the nation). (*Note: I’ve written several articles on SREB and those other regional education boards, you can find them by searching my blog, just insert the acronym for the region you wish to find.)

Hunt Institute’s series, “CoNCepts”, from their latest issue: “This issue of coNCepts examines the ways North Carolina’s K-12 and higher education systems are working together to ensure college and career readiness for all students by aligning K-12 with post-secondary expectations, creating clearly defined pathways for career training and college preparation, and forming robust partnerships with industry.” Further down the page, you’ll see: “ As part of NC Ready for Success, NCDPI has partnered with ACT to administer a series of college readiness assessments: EXPLORE (8th grade); PLAN (10th grade); and ACT (11th grade). Beginning in 2011-2012, PLAN and ACT were administered to all 10th and 11th graders free of charge. These assessments inform students, parents, and educators about the student’s current academic trajectory, as well as where further interventions and support are required.” See the screen shot below of another page from the ‘CoNCept’ issue.

New Schools, Jobs for the Future have been traced to ties with the CCSS Machine; NCCCS (NC Community College System) has been aligned to include CTE/CCSS, as well.
New Schools, Jobs for the Future have been traced to ties with the CCSS Machine; NCCCS (NC Community College System) has been aligned to include CTE/CCSS, as well.

To read the rest of the HI’s CCSS/CTE education reform news: CoNCept-Issue5

 

SREB, Southern Regional Education Board:

One of the last times I researched and wrote about the SREB designs on post-secondary education was another report from the same series as Hunt Institute refers to above. That was back in  April 2015. That report’s name was ““Community Colleges in the South: Strengthening Readiness and Pathways”  The report HI is promoting is titled, “Credentials for All: An Imperative for SREB States”. The new report, like it’s predecessor, has 8 strategy points laid out. I’ll not repeat the former 8 points from the April 2015 article, but I am including the link so you can read it for yourselves. You’ll also be able to see how the Gates Foundation and others are backing the SREB (you can bet the other regional education boards are just as well taken care of by the CCSS Machine). See April’s SREB article:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/04/25/sic-em-saturday-using-community-colleges-for-more-core/

The latest SREB bridge connector from K-12 to post-secondary titled “Credentials for All: An Imperative for SREB States” is more of the same we’ve seen from those seeking to misguide Americans into believing all this CCSS/CTE reform is the best we can do for our students. No, it’s the best the CCSS/CTE Machine can do to undermine our country!  “Credentials” includes a message to the SREB states (and those of us fighting CCSS/CTE) from the Governor of KY. Here’s an excerpt from his message, One of my goals as chair of SREB and its Commission on Career and Technical Education is to promote policies and practices to support strong career pathways that help more students earn industry and post-secondary credentials and obtain good jobs.”

The latest 8 action steps laid out in “Credentials” are as follows:

“1) Build bridges from high school to post-secondary education and the workplace by creating rigorous, relevant career pathways driven by labor market demand.”
2) Expect all students to graduate academically ready for both college and careers.
3)  Select assessments of technical and workplace readiness standards that offer long-term value to individual students, employers and the economy; carry college credits; and are directly linked to more advanced certifications and further study. 
4)  Provide all high school career pathway teachers, especially new teachers from industry, with the professional development and fast-track induction programs they need to meet high academic, technical and pedagogical standards and enhance students’ academic and technical readiness for college and careers.
5) Adopt a framework of strategies to restructure low-performing high schools around rigorous, relevant career pathways that accelerate learning and prepare students for post-secondary credentials and degrees. 
6) Offer early advanced credential programs in shared-time technology centers, aligning their curricula, instruction and technology with home high schools and community and technical colleges.
7)  Incentivize community and technical colleges and school districts to double the percentage of students who earn certificates, credentials and degrees by setting statewide readiness standards and aligning assessment and placement measures with those standards. Other strategies: Use the senior year of high school to reduce the number of students who need remediation, retool developmental education, adopt individualized support strategies for struggling students and improve affordability. 
8) Design accountability systems that recognize and reward districts, high schools, technology centers, and community and technical colleges that double the number of young adults who acquire post-secondary credentials and secure high-skill, high-wage jobs by age 25.”

How these action steps are taken in your states is something you MUST read for yourselves. It includes federal and state pressure via funding. Get the entire report by accessing it here: CredentialPlan

Remember, your state may not be an SREB one, but you can more than likely find the exact message from your regional education board or one extremely like this. Why? Because while all 50 states don’t have CCSS, every one of them, by law has Career Tech (aka Workforce). As I stated in the beginning of this article:

                                                                        What starts in HR5 ends in HEA!

FOM: Post Secondary Ed: The CCSS Trojan

As the push for the re-authorization of the HEA heats up, more evidence has surfaced showing how post-secondary education is an ideal set-up for the CCSS Machine.
As the push for the re-authorization of the HEA heats up, more evidence has surfaced showing how post-secondary education is an ideal set-up for the CCSS Machine.

Over the past months, we anti CCSS warriors, have learned so much in fighting Common Core. We’ve learned that Common Core has a wide array of names it can be linked to (or often times, be used in place of “Common Core”). Today’s special “Fib-o-Meter” will be devoted to the the groups/efforts and evidence concerning the often overlooked avenue of post secondary education being aligned with Common Core or it’s adult version: Career and Technical Education.

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.

The Evidence:

From my archives, I have 5 pages of evidence, complete with association names, ties to Common Core and/or Career Tech Education, funding sources for some; videos, pdf files, and so much more.

If you’d like to search through the five pages for yourselves, here’s the link:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/page/5/?s=community+colleges

If you’d like them broken down by topic, I’ve got a couple of suggestions to use. Feel free to use your own key words.

GEDs, SATs, and other such assessments is a vital piece of evidence of “Total Truth” because these are used to gauge competencies either in place of a diploma or a way to be admitted to college. Both are used by community colleges as proof of the students academic achievements. One assessment you may not know (and it another “Total Truth” is the the CASAS, or Comprehensive Adult and Student Assessment Systems.  I wrote about this on 10/28/14. See: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2014/10/28/ftf-tuesday-align-and-mine-part-2/

Bringing the U.S. Dept. of Labor into the CCSS/CTE mix is another huge “Total Truth” component to the link between post secondary education and aligned education. A big conference where this is extremely evident was when Sec. Duncan and Mr. Perez spoke to a MA audience. The article featuring this was published on 10/16/14. “De facto curriculum? Yes, Mr. Duncan said it. See where and learn even more,
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2014/10/16/tech-thursday-duncan-goes-to-massachusetts/

Another “Total Truth” you can use in your state can be found by learning about the state I live in. Originally published 10/09.14 shows not only how every single community college in NC is CCSS/CTE aligned, but how you can find it in your state’s post secondary arena. Here’s a key excerpt, “From one of the hosts speaking at this meeting, it was shared that all 58 of NC’s Community Colleges are in tune with the businesses in our state. The “master plan”? Kindergarten-12th grades, as well as community colleges (those 4 yr colleges will be added soon, or so it is hoped) to have classroom lessons in tune with the jobs in manufacturing , finances, logistics and healthcare.”
See: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2014/10/09/tech-thursday-ncs-workforce-despicable-moves/

Post Secondary Data Mining: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/01/29/tech-thursday-educauses-higher-education-project/ (“Total Truth” from 01/29/15)

Pearson ‘Bribing’ College Students; this “Total Truth” from 03/31/15:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/03/31/ftf-ccss-pearsonites-at-your-higher-ed-campuses-now/

Post Secondary College Degrees being profiled; another aspect not many are aware of.
See this “Total Truth”, https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/04/22/wybi-ccss-supporter-profiling-higher-ed-degrees/

How the HEA re-authorization is bad news for America:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/03/26/tech-thursday-more-on-the-hea-higher-ed-act/ (*NOTE: will impact students, teachers, and schools)
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/03/24/ftf-tuesday-aacte-and-common-core/ (*NOTE: this one is directed toward the professors and teachers of higher ed; their training is also a part of the re-authorization efforts)

Lastly:

The original article I published revealing how CTE (Career and Technical Education) is more Common Core. This is from September 25, 2014. See: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2014/09/25/tech-thursday-cte-career-technical-education-workforce/

From that article, here are the Career Readiness Partnership Council members:
Achieve
Alliance for Excellent Education
American Association of Community Colleges
American School Counselor Association
America’s Promise Alliance
Asia Society
ASCD
Association for Career and Technical Education
Business-Higher Education Forum
ConnectEd: The California Center for College and Career
Corporate Voices for Working Families
Council of Chief State School Officers
The Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation
Ford Motor Company Fund
Gallup
James B. Hunt, Jr. Institute for Educational Leadership and Policy
The Manufacturing Institute
National Academy Foundation
National Association of State Boards of Education
National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium
National Council of La Raza
National Education Association
National Governors Association
National League of Cities
National Youth Employment Coalition
Skills for America’s Future, The Aspen Institute
Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium