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The Fan’s Been Hit

Goodbye, September…Hello, October! Fellow anti CCSS Warriors; Warriors Against the Core; and Anti Fed Ed Warriors, you know life is changing for us all on a daily basis. You know we, as a nation are being impacted every day by the CCSS Machine in some way.

I’m a bit more angry at the continued overreach in education from all the levels it SHOULD NEVER be getting. I’ve also seen an increase (again) in being blocked, so some of my latest research isn’t getting out there quite as good as it once did. Still, I press on.

However…………………..

We’ve reached a point, in the War Against the Core, where the ‘poop’ is hitting the fan at almost breakneck speed!

At the beginning of the week, if you remember, I said we had 5 days of which to survive U.S. Congress’s moves concerning their part of the CCSS Machine’s overreach in education legislation. Mid-week, I said it didn’t appear much was happening on the Hill, but there was plenty going on elsewhere in D.C. (Dr. King and the U.S. Dept. of Ed)

All the while, the blocking of all that I’d researched and written grew. Then, last night, at least for me, the poop really hit the fan when I received an email from the U.S. House of Representative’s Education and Workforce Committee.

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The email goes on to share all the other education/job reform projects. Then, the letter is ended with, “All of these reforms will provide Americans “A Better Way” to pursue successful, fulfilling lives and work toward a brighter future. And there’s more where these came from. September may be drawing to a close, but House Republicans know there is more work to be done.”

If you wish to read the entire message,
http://edworkforce.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=401106
(*Note: The H5963, is included; the Higher Education Forum Rep. Kline spoke during, also there. As you know, I’ve written on both of these to expose the real rotten, stinky logs of poop.)

Let me backtrack from here. Ed/Workforce had been sending plenty of emails out this week, so I’d seen an increase in the ‘poop factor’.

 
Other Poop Factors:

1) Literally starting today, Oct. 1, a new fiscal year. The CCSS Machine’s gotten its claws in the federal budget. See:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/09/26/the-last-5-days/

2) The ‘King sized sack of poop’ being dished up:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/09/27/home-for-me/
(*Note: near the end of the bad news I shared in this one, you’ll see all the information on how you can sling some ‘poop’ of your own on Oct. 17th, 2016)

3) The new Family Engagement Ambassador Program from the U.S. Dept. of Ed and other CCSS Machine members has begun. This article has the framework for HOW the Fed ED will take over your family as a ‘nanny’ to align all to the CCSS Machine’s plans for educationhttps://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/09/28/bon-voyage-hello-grinders/

4) The Rep. Kline speech on higher education poop,
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/09/28/bon-voyage-hello-grinders/

5) How the CCSS Machine, via McGraw-Hill, is doing its best to align the Nov. 2016 elections:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/09/29/100-500-and-still-counting/

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“Got Poop?”

From the articles above, you’ll be able to see how much poop is currently flying. However, during the course of this week, there was a ‘new’ bill Ed/Workforce trotted out, HR6094. The official name, “The Regulatory Relief for Small Businesses, Schools, and Nonprofits Act.”

HR6094 is to put a delay of 6 months on a rule made by the U.S. Dept. of Labor.
So, we know the U.S. Dept. of Labor is a big CCSS Machine organization. The rule has to do with overtime pay. See: http://edworkforce.house.gov/uploadedfiles/6month_02_xml.pdf

Okay, so now we are talking something to impact our national economy. We know, also, that national economy is a key platform FOR the CCSS Machine’s rhetoric for a stream-lined, workforce based education. Any time you see workforce, education, and the economy, you’ll see at least 4 alphabet soup CCSS Machine names. CTE, WIOA, ESSA, and HEA. (Career Tech Education/Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act/Every Student Succeeds Act/Higher Education Act).

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Walberg from Michigan, is the main Representative behind HR6094. He released a statement about it earlier this year. See:
http://edworkforce.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=399190

Oh, his stance on CTE which is the adult level for Common Core? He voted ‘Yes’ to the HR 5587 on 9/13/16. As you know I extensively researched HR5587 and exposed all the CCSS Machine ties. See: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/08/09/congress-loves-cte/

Walberg also voted ‘Yes’ to the ESSA back in Dec. 2015. His vote for WIOA back in 2014? Also a ‘Yes’. As far as the HEA, Walberg shared quite a bit of news he was so proud of: http://walberg.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=372550

Delaying the rule may be a good move, it may not. However, when you have a federal level committee churning out CTE bills faster than ever, you know it’s going to be bad by the time all the poop flushes down the toilet. Add to these facts, it appears Walberg is holding the tissue paper, we’d better see EXACTLY  what U.S. Labor Dept. rule needs a delay.
“Wages and Fair Standards Labor Act” or FLSA. See: https://www.dol.gov/whd/flsa/

Why should we, the Anti CCSS Warriors give this a moment’s concern? Since ESSA expands Career Tech Education, P3s (public private partnerships), aligns to learn-to-earn initiatives, and more, We MUST pay attention! ESSA also builds on the mandate for more career exploration activities. The FLSA shows a detailed list of what is covered and what’s not when it comes to wages and related activities. (*Note: access the above FLSA website and look for ‘handy reference guide’. Also, look at the child labor information: http://webapps.dol.gov/elaws/whd/flsa/cl/default.htm
Knowing how the CCSS Machine is bent on breeding young workers, we NEED to know what, if anything will be changing.)

If you wish to see the U.S. Representative’s Ed/Workforce spin on HR6094 via their ‘Fact Sheet’: http://edworkforce.house.gov/uploadedfiles/fact_sheet_-_h.r._6094.pdf

Meet the Plungers:

When I saw the tweet earlier this week, about how ‘great’ this bill is, I knew in an instant, that something foul is in the making.
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So, how do I know these groups are ‘plungers’? First off, I do not know if every single one of these groups is a CCSS Machine member.

However, looking at the above picture, I can easily spot several CCSS Machine members/groups. For example: the APLU (Association of Public Land Grant Universities) is up to their necks in education alignment to the CCSS Machine.
See: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/01/06/ftf-more-evidence-for-aligned-ccss-higher-education/
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Another easy one to spot? The AACC (American Association of Community Colleges)
Here’s my latest article on them. They are a notoriously known CCSS Machine member grouphttps://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/08/23/local-schools-open-for-wioa/

What other group do I have research on? The AASCU (American Association of State Colleges and Universities).
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/10/27/ftf-measure-twice-cut-once/

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is a HUGE CCSS Machine ‘plunger’!! One of my past articles about them: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/05/22/fom-chambers-pot-of-lies-for-ccss/
Then, more recently, I shared how the State Chambers of Commerce (which get big bucks from the U.S. Chamber):
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/05/25/aligned-workforces/

As far as groups like the NCPA, Heritage Action, etc. I do not know their stances on CCSS or any of the aforementioned related materials. HOWEVER, I would caution ANY group willing to work with these known CCSS Machine member groups.

Flush the poop, clean your hands of the CCSS Machine’s agenda, and get out of the bathroom. Helping align our nation in ANY way to the workforce based education, is a sewer-worthy move.

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America’s Obsession

In the past week or so, you have been able to learn about the Congressional obsession to ensure our nation has all the adult versions of Common Core, (called CTE, or Career Tech Education) we can stand. CTE goes by several other names and can be found in STEM, as well.

Last Wednesday, Women on the Wall featured what I had uncovered about S 3271 (Advance Workforce Act) and the HR 5587 (Strengthening Career Tech Education for the 21st Century). Both are to reauthorize the Carl Perkins Act of 2006.

Then, 2 days ago, I shared with you how S 3190 (Strengthening Our Rural Health Workforce Act of 2016) is going to not only align health care to CTE (thus Common Core and STEM), it’s going to join other health care laws to it! See:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/08/16/ctes-health-country/

There have been several national articles featuring the news about S 3271 and  HR 5587 since all this. We need to have just as much national attention on S 3190, as well..maybe even more attention. Why? Our health care system will directly impact millions. Think about the ramifications of it being aligned to the CCSS Machine!

Warriors, Congress is on recess right now (they will be back in D.C. and in session on 9/6/16). We MUST mount the horses of truth NOW and charge!

But, Wait, I Found More!

To prove my statement about the obsession D.C. has with CTE, consider the OTHER evidence below:

Just before Congress took their recess, several members decided to pledge their devotion (and thus will guide their districts) to CTE and all related.
House of Reps:
7/13/16, Rep. Foxx (NC) had these ‘fine’ words to say, “[There] is an unnecessary stigma attached to career and technical education. It’s too often referred to as the “other” track, with the incorrect implication that it’s the path individuals take if they won’t be able to handle the rigors of college. In reality, students who pursue CTE complete a diverse curriculum where they learn important skills for succeeding in the workplace such as problem-solving, research, time management and critical thinking
We need to shift our perspective away from the idea that every student must attend an expansive and expensive four-year program to succeed in the workforce. Educational success is about more than just a degree. It’s about quantifiable skills that employers need in their employees.”

(*Note: This is not the first time I have shared Foxx’s love of an aligned workforce with you, so it should be no surprise to hear her, once again, wax lovingly about it.)

You can see and hear the rest of Rep. Foxx’s testimony:

8/11/16, Gov. Pence (IN), also the current Republican Vice Presidential candidate,
shared his love and obsession for CTE back in Feb. 2015. The House’s Ed and Workforce Committee is using that testimony to promote CTE legislation as a ‘bipartisan’ effort and subsequent successes. Here is a small portion of Gov. Pence’s testimony, “[We] cannot forget that a critical goal of our educational system is to enable students to succeed in a 21st century economy and to ensure that students are prepared for college and careers. For some students, this means a four-year college degree. While completing college is a goal which we need more students to attain, going directly into a career may prove the better option for many others.
This is not about a Plan A and a Plan B. This is about two Plan A’s. For those students who are not bound for the traditional four-year college, we must still ensure that they can thrive in their future careers, and one way to do this is to again make career and technical education a priority.”

(emphasis is theirs, not mine)

Below is a screen shot of the  U.S. House of Reps. Press Release where they featured Gov. Pence’s testimony: 
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To access the entire Press Release,
http://edworkforce.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=400965


The U.S. Senate:

Remember, Warriors, this is a D.C. obsession not immune to one Chamber of Congress. So what are our Senators spreading about CTE?

Just before recess went into effect there was another Workforce, CTE related piece of legislation. This one is S 3174 (called the LADDER Act). What will ‘Ladder’ do? Establish an independent Inter-agency Council for Workforce in our Executive Branch of government!

Here is a screen shot of S 3174:

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To see the rest of S 3174https://www.congress.gov/bill/114th-congress/senate-bill/3174?q=%7B%22search%22%3A%22committeesshr00%22%7D&resultIndex=7

How much will this new Council embedded in our Executive Branch cost taxpayers? According to the White House a ton! See below:

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Here is the website address to access the above information:
https://budget2017.whitehouse.gov/#!/year/2017/operating/0/bureau_name/Interagency+Coordinating+Council+on+Workforce+Attachment/0/agency_name

(*Note: From what I was able to glean from the fine print of both of the above resources AND the readily-available resources on the Internet about how ‘Workforce Attachment’ is defined, it seems to mirror the EU’s (European Union) “Youth Guarantee” system. I have written about the YG before.) See: http://preventcommoncore.com/?p=1201

Here’s the bottom line for YG, “You’ll see how students have a limited time after either graduation or their last job to get on one of 3 tracks. They can choose, apprenticeships, training workshops or more education.”  The ‘American’ difference? It is targeting more citizens than our youth.

 
Spreading the Love:

The ACTE (Association for Career and Technical Education) is one sold out CCSS Machine member organization I have shared much information with you in the past. ACTE embraced WIOA, HEA, and ESSA. ACTE loves STEM, too. The group also has a policy watch action section.  Be sure to read their thoughts on the 2016 General Elections, especially for Congress. Here is an excerpt you MUST share! “While the next president will set the policy agenda, Congress still makes the laws and controls the budget. In recent years, the House and Senate passed major education and workforce development legislation, including the Every Student Succeeds Act and Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act. With the upcoming re-authorization of several important pieces of legislation including the Perkins Act and Higher Education Act, as well as the continued threat of budget austerity in federal CTE funding, the battle for control of the 115th Congress will significantly impact the future of CTE policy.”

See the rest: http://ctepolicywatch.acteonline.org/2016/08/election-2016-decides-control-of-congress.html

Here’s what else I found on the CTE Policy Watch portion of ACTE. Many of us who research the CCSS Machine have long connected the data mining dangers between education and jobs. Here’s proof:

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To see the infographic in full form:
http://www.ihep.org/sites/default/files/uploads/postsecdata/docs/resources/infographic_pdf_final.pdf

To see what the ACTE thinks data gaps need to be filled:
http://ctepolicywatch.acteonline.org/

To see how proud ACTE is with ESSA and the opportunities it gives for CTE to thrive:
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To get the one page document: ESSA_Fact_Sheet_Academics and CTE in the Classroom

To get the one page ACTE document for how CTE fits CCR (College and Career Readiness) and is included in ESSA under Title One fundingESSA_Fact_Sheet_Career Readiness Accountability   (*Note: this will also be among the strings of State Accountability to the U.S. Dept. of Education and the U.S. Dept. of Labor)

If you would like to see who the ACTE has skewed the truths about CTE and ESSA (in addition to their subjective views of WIOA and HEA):
http://ctepolicywatch.acteonline.org/2016/05/acte-publishes-new-fact-sheets-on-cte-in-essa.html (*Note: pay attention to the Teacher ‘Fact Sheet’. Why? Educators, according to ESSA MUST be aligned to post-secondary readiness in their teaching. My “Congress Loves CTE” and “CTE’s Health Country” help further expose what is in store for leaders.)

See:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/08/09/congress-loves-cte/

https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/08/16/ctes-health-country/

The Poisonous Love Bites:

Warriors,  each of our States has been bitten by the CCSS Machine’s CTE Love. We see celebrities touting the need for training workforce, we see our legislators fawning over trained workers for their State’s economy worse than nature during mating season, we have watched as our President has led initiatives to use school counselors to ‘win’ over more students for aligned career tracks, and so much more. How is the ‘love’ spread? Money with strings. Agenda with promises. Sold out citizens in key places hell-bent on reshaping our nation to no longer be the “land of the free/home of the brave”, but to be the ‘land of the controllers/home of the enslaved’.

Warrior’s Actions:

1) All of these Bills (in the 3 articles) have been introduced and are in Committees until Congress reconvenes Sept. 6, 2016.
2) All of these Bills are purposed moves by the CCSS Machine. The private parts of the Machine are influencing the public parts of the Machine to make all the alignment efforts complete.
3) We can work together to influence the Congress members to halt all these Bills!
4) We MUST act quickly and with accuracy.
5) Women on the Wall is currently working on resources for  our anti CCSS Warrior influence for maximum impact. If you have any desire to help stop the CCSS Machine’s rolling through D.C., please contact me. If you are familiar with Women’s leader, Alice Linahan, please contact her as well. We will be dissecting these latest CTE moves next week during the broadcast.

I leave you with this motivation:

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Shrill’s Call

Anti CCSS/ESSA Warriors, what you see above is hardly new information for you. Yet, it is still worth displaying.

It is my belief that the CCSS Machine not only knows this, but is doing all it can to plot opportunities to be as shrill sounding as possible.

In the words of the the Center for Education Reform, CER, now is the time for a ‘clarion call’ in education reform. If you look up the meaning of ‘clarion’, you will find the first definition refers to shrillness. The second one refers to loud and clear. While the CER would LIKE to fool us into believing they are using the second version, it is my researched opinion (as well as other anti CCSS/ESSA Warriors) that they are using the first version without abandon.

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CER and the BR:

Above, you see the CER, Center for Education Reform, but who/what is the BR? BR stands for Business Roundtable, one of the CCSS Machine BIGGEST organizations! If you do not know, BR has about 200 corporations which have (in the past) pledged their undying support for all things Common Core (which includes College/Career Readiness, Career Tech Education, etc.). Since the passage of ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) mandates MORE P3s (public private partnerships), we can expect the SHRILLNESS of BR to be heard, as well as CER’s. Why the shrillness? Corporate greed; control; and, changing our nation.

In the past couple of days, Deb Herbage published a terrific expose related to corporate greed in education. See:
https://dezignzbydeb.wordpress.com/2016/06/20/evidence-based-research-based-data-sharing-big-datadata-data/

So, how did CER and BR meet recently? What did they decide was ‘clarion-worthy’ about education?! In a nutshell: ‘reform means achievement.’ How did I get that message? The President of the BR at the recent CER gathering! Below is the YouTube video where you can listen for yourselves:

Want more? Access the CER’s Manifesto for Education. See: https://www.edreform.com/2016/06/ed-reform-i-o-innovation-opportunity-results-a-manifesto/
Below is a screen shot from the Manifesto. Notice the ‘Innovation’ and ‘Opportunity’ words. Yes, Warriors, we have seen those before. They are part of the SHRILL call from WIOA (Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014).

WIOA, is also embedded in the ESSA. After all, you can’t have businesses succeed and corporate greed without workforce based education! ESSA, WIOA, and the HEA (Higher Education Act) all have shrilly embedded this shift in education FROM academics TO competency workers.

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When you read the entire Manifesto, notice all the different aspects of greed, control, and a reshaping of our nation..it is ALL there.

From Twitter, here is a screen shot of a few of the pro CCSS/ESSA and education reform messages. All involve businesses. Note the shouts out to charter schools, too.

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I hope some true educators will point out to the BR President (and all those education reformers), that teaching reading has been a problem in America long before now. Illiteracy is NOT a new problem, NOR can it be fixed with modern ELA materials and agenda items. However, I guess we cannot expect much from BR when they hone in on proficiency instead of mastery. When you teach a child to read CORRECTLY, proficiency follows mastery, NOT vice-versa.

CER, Backing Politics?

Warriors, you know 2016 is an election year. You know we will have all kinds of political races, including Governors of our States. However, did you know the CER (Center for Education Reform) has a campaign called ‘Education 50’? If you would like to see the Mission of the Education 50https://www.edreform.com/education-50/faq/

ed50Included in the Education 50 is a resource which is supposedly to steer you to REAL education minded reformers and combat posing education reformers. What do I mean?
According to the CER (and duly representing the CCSS Machine’s idea of reformers). https://www.edreform.com/2014/09/the-field-guide-to-education-reform/

Really, CER?! C’mon. A real measure of our Governors/education reformers, or any candidate running would be to look at the CBE (competency based education) shift. A real measure would be which candidate supports this shift or not. What do I mean? Look at the NGA (National Governors Association, which all 50 Governors belong to) and their stance on CBE. See: 1510ExpandingStudentSuccess

A real measure of a candidate who WILL give first voice to the citizens (parents, students, and taxpayers) is someone who has NOT publicly declared their love of Career Tech Education, Competency Based Education, Common Core, College and Career Ready Standards, Job Development Growth (which encompasses both WIOA and CTE), etc.!

 Any candidate using the educratic buzzphrases of CCSS Machine type ed reform is a candidate we DO NOT need in our elections. Any candidate supporting business and jobs OVER education or in conjunction with education need not be elected either. What do I mean? The best example is the Resolution the NC State Board of Education wrote and delivered to the Governor of NC in support of all things CBE/CCSS related. See below:

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To access the entire article: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/01/08/weekend-news-tangled-webs-of-educratic-moves/
(*Note: look at the list of key points the Resolution has. Find out what your State has done which is the same or similar. Compare it to the NGA’s checklist, too!)

As far as knowing the Governor of NC fully supports the shift in education from academics to workforce based, my first hand account of his appearance in 2014:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2014/10/09/tech-thursday-ncs-workforce-despicable-moves/
NC’s Governor, Common Core, Career Tech Ed, Prosperity Zones, data mining for workforce based education, etc.:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/10/10/weekend-news-collective-workforce/

For all States and Related:
a) A real test of how your State stacks up in College/Career Readiness just in time for the elections and the implementation of ESSA,
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/03/17/states-get-graded-ccr-style/
b) The real look at the CBE shift for all States:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/02/16/competency-pathway-update/

Closing:

If your State is anything like the one I live in, the State Board of Ed will have members from every grade group possible, from birth to post-secondary. What is their stance on REAL education? What resolutions have they passed which support the SHRILL voice of education reform for workforce based learning? Who among our leaders will lead the TRUE voices of those MOST valuable in all this?!

Tech Thursday: CCSS/CTE Low Down

Sometimes even the most seasoned anti CCSS Warrior needs a refreshment in purpose. I know, I do. Lately, however, I’ve been meeting more and more new folks, who are stepping up to the fight and willing to become anti CCSS Warriors. Today’s “Tech Thursday” will be ‘low-tech’. I’m harkening back to some basics in our ‘War Against the Core’.

Protecting each other well during a battle is vital for success.
Protecting each other well during a battle is vital for success.

The thoughts of new Warriors needing information and veterans needing refreshing  is thrilling AND challenging. Why? Thrilling because the message about the toxicity of the agenda, initiative behind the CCSS Machine is waking up more and more citizens. Challenging because there SO much information out there, they are quickly overwhelmed.

Anti CCSS Warriors, veteran or new, we don’t have much time.

The swiftness of this War Against the Core is moving quickly. Even now, Congress is set to re-authorize the ESEA (Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965) via a combination of the two versions of bills passed by each Chamber earlier this year (the House’s version is HR5, “Student Success Act”; the Senate’s is S1177, “Every Child Achieves Act”. The combination bill is set to be well over 2, 000 pages. It is full of MORE CCSS (Common Core State Standards), CTE (Career Tech Education), CP (Career Pathways), CCR (College and Career Readiness), STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and, Math), NGSS (Next Generation Science Standards), C3 (the new CCSS aligning Civics), and countless other measures which lock in national assessments, teacher and educational staff alignment, and ESA (Education Savings Accounts or ‘portability’ {this is where the money follows the child throughout their educational lives}. The combined bill will lock in social and emotional mental health for ALL students. It will lock in 21st Century Community Learning Centers (where our schools will be transformed into ‘one stop’ locations for education, health care, job searches, and more). We’ll see MORE data mining, high stakes assessments for educational staff and students. To hear that a legislator or leader is against Common Core (assumed to be only K-12), they must also be against the post-secondary versions, the birth to PreK versions, the versions which impact those outside public education.

We must also be watching for any re-authorization of the HEA (Higher Education Act of 1965). This re-authorization is set to CONTINUE all of the above into our post-secondary educational institutions (where it already is).

We must focus, we  must be purposed. Me must be diligent, vigilant, and vocal.

We must remain united. If we are against the CCSS Machine and all it encompasses, that is all it takes.
Our evidence must be factual and credible. For those who are new to this War, it can be confusing whom or what to trust. My researched advice? Follow the evidence where it leads. Don’t rely on a name alone. I’ve been horribly surprised in finding out who is really fighting AGAINST the agenda behind the CCSS Machine and who is really casting shadows.
This should include those in your local areas as well as those on a national level.
If our evidence uncovers someone who appears to be against one part of the Core and supports it in another way, we should hold them accountable as to WHY. ANY part of the agenda or the initiative to change not only our education system, but also change our country is UNACCEPTABLE.
If what we’ve found to be credible, factual exposes P3s(public private partnerships), legislators, etc. so be it. Common Core has many parts in its “Machine”. We know with responsibility to be truthful, that means we may face hard times. So be it. When we answered this battle cry to save our students, teachers, schools. WE MEANT IT. 

We also must take the time to attend as many ‘Warrior meetings’ as possible. By this I mean, in person, virtual, or on the phone. We must stay connected. No warrior in any battle will survive alone. We must take care to remember, what we fight against is a ‘initiative’, not people. It’s easy to attack people. That lessens our effectiveness in this War Against the Core. However, if we attack the initiative, that, my fellow Warriors, is much more impacting.  We have proven how effective and impacting we can be against the CCSS Machine. If not, why else would the Machine be churning out MORE rhetoric?! The Machine may be well funded and huge, (think Goliath), but those of us choosing to be anti CCSS Warriors know just where to cast the truth (think David and his 5 smooth stones and 1 slingshot). Truth hurts, however, truth WINS!

If you are a new anti CCSS Warrior, I invite you to contact me at your convenience. If I can not fully answer what is it you are questioning or seeking, I have no hesitation in pointing you to the correct person or fact based evidence. My research of all things connected to national standards began in 2009. The blog has over 300 articles full of embedded documents, links, media resources. I do not ask you to take my word alone about ANY of the CCSS Machine’s activities, I give you the information so you can USE it as a WEAPON. I don’t TELL you WHAT to THINK, I POINT you in the DIRECTIONS best suited for this War.

If you are a seasoned anti CCSS Warrior and need help, i am at your service. I thank each of you who have found my research trustworthy and who seek me out for what actions would be best in certain situations you’ve faced during your journeys.

 

Be focused in your actions against the CCSS Machine.
Be focused in your actions against the CCSS Machine.

If you only seek to do one thing to strike a blow against the CCSS Machine today, it is this:
Call your Representatives or Senators in D.C. at 202-224-3121 and tell them to vote AGAINST the re-authorization of the ESEA in ANY form. 

Weekend News: CCSS School Officials Alignment

The CCSS Machine is turning our school officials into puppets. Are we really OK with this?
The CCSS Machine is turning our school officials into puppets. Are we really OK with this?

While our attention is focused on the re-authorization efforts of the CCSS/CTE, data mining, high stakes assessments laden HR5, S1177 and the HEA, we need to stop and consider that also included in these bills are the teachers, the principals, the superintendents, and all the other school officials in between. I’ve brought you news in the past about the national groups for these leaders and their CCSS/CTE activities. It’s time to see if anything new is in the works. This article will be quite in-depth, but if you know a school official, or are one who is fighting CCSS, please use the below information to help STOP Common Core!

NAESP (National Association of Elementary School Principals):

Before we look at the most recent alignment activities, I’d like to remind you of what I’d previously shared with you. It was back in April 2015 that I uncovered the NAESP’s webinar geared to instilling ‘grit’ into our elementary schools. Here’s a brief excerpt, “…presentation on ‘Grit’ to the NAESP (National Association of Elementary School Principals), April 9th, 2014. It was titled “Grit, Mindset, and Determination: The Key to Leading by Influence, Grades 1-8”To read the rest of the article, as well as being able to access the highlighted webinar, see: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/04/01/wybi-crystal-clear-common-core/

So, what’s the latest for NAESP’s involvement with CCSS/CTE? Plenty. On their website you can see their supportive positions on the re-authorization of the ESEA (Elementary and Secondary Education Act) via the HR5 and S1177.) You can see how they believe that by making sure a child is on point by the end of 3rd grade their ability to graduate with readiness for college, career, and life. Below you’ll be able to see a screen shot of the CCSS guide for NAESP members to use. You can read the entire guide: common core checklist_2_22_2013as

This guide from 2013 is still in use by Elementary School principals who belong to the NAESP.
This guide from 2013 is still in use by Elementary School principals who belong to the NAESP.

If you’ve not seen it, the NAESP has a 12 step guide for elementary principals for CCSS, too. This guide is also part of  a partnership between NAESP, Achieve, Inc., the NASSP (National Association of Secondary School Principals), College Summit, and MetLife Insurance. If you didn’t know it, several insurance companies are backing CCSS/CTE. (See my article on “Prevent Common Core” website:
http://preventcommoncore.com/?p=1154) To get the 12 step guide: http://achieve.org/publications/implementing-common-core-state-standards-role-elementary-school-leader-action-brief
Before we move away from the elementary principals, be sure you go to their website to get the other pro CCSS materials they have. You’ll find a dialogue guide for coaching conversations, CCSS and technology, CCSS and PARCC assessments, and a ‘synthesizing’ tool. Visit: http://www.naesp.org/common-core-state-standards-resources


NASSP (National Association of Secondary School Principals):

Their website: http://www.nassp.org/ Back in February 2015, I delivered this article to you for your use as a tool to fight CCSS/CTEhttps://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/02/13/fom-friday-ccss-cant-be-wrong/ In this article, you found the Gates Foundation funded ASCD (Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development), the Hunt Institute, Colleagues on Call, TIMSS (Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study), the Carnegie Foundation, IDEA Partnership, Council of Great City Schools, and the CCSSO (Council of Chief State School Officers) are connected to the secondary principals.

So, is there anything new going on in the secondary principals’ lives that continues to connect them to CCSS/CTE? Let’s find out! Top on their “Action List” is the re-authorization of the ESEA. They are in full support of the moves to see either HR5 or S1177 turned into law. See: https://www.votervoice.net/NASSP/Campaigns/42272/Respond

From earlier this year, a webinar devoted to the ties between NASSP, Common Core, and Literacy:

Then, there’s also a video from earlier this year concerning the College/Career Readiness Math Standards for NASSP members:

You also may find the level of community partnerships, politics, and their “Breaking Ranks” program of interest in your War Against the Core. For “Breaking Ranks”, see: http://www.nassp.org/Content/158/BRFrameworkExecSummary.pdf
To see their Community Partnership motives: http://www.nassp.org/Knowledge-Center/Topics-of-Interest/Community-Partnerships
To see how the NASSP encourages principals to use politics to their advantage: NASSPpolitics

The School Superintendent Association, (AASA):

This association has been written about 5 times on my blog. The first one was back in Sept. of 2014. Since then, I’ve given you much more information about them. One of the articles they are featured in is found above (look in the NASSP’s section and find “Can’t Be Wrong”) In the other 4 articles you can find:
how AASA has been key to the past EdSurge conferences where much alignment to not only CCSS, but CTE as well. See:
(https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/06/08/monday-musings-ccss-tech-schedule/)
*Note: This article will also link to another one of my articles where AASA is exposed (look for “UpSkilling Part 2)
In this article from April 2015, you can read about one of AASA‘s leading members who’s knee deep in CCSS/CTEhttps://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/04/23/tech-thursday-caps-via-career-pathways-is-still-ccss/

Upcoming for the secondary principals is their 2016 Conference, in the promotion of this conference,you can find the #1 theme of the 7 major topics is CCSS. You can also see that how secondary principals and school board members are a big topic. I have to wonder if the NAESP‘s coaching conversations guide will be used. See the other main themes: http://nce.aasa.org/attend/ You may also want to know that of the 3 key note speakers, one will be addressing ‘disruptive innovation’ for your school’s improvement. You can find out by clicking on ‘general sessions’ under the “ATTEND” tab.

There will also be ‘thought leaders’ at this conference. Among those leading you to more CCSS/CTE will be a NC resident. His name? Dr. Mark Edwards. To learn just how tied to Pearson, digital alignment, and more he is, see my fellow anti Warrior, LadyLiberty1885′s blog for her research into his educational foray. She has 3 articles on him. See: http://ladyliberty1885.com/?s=Mark+Edwards 

AASPA (American Association of School Personnel Administrators):

From their ‘About Us’ section, AASPA is the only organization that specifically targets and represents school personnel professionals.  If you are a personnel/human resource administrator, personnel support staff, superintendent, principal, or graduate student interested in this field, you will benefit from AASPA membership.” The section also shares how this group has grown to include other nations as well.

While I’ve not previously written about this particular association, I have written about their product, TrueNorth Logic. See: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/02/04/wybi-the-gtn-of-north-carolina/ In  this article, you can find out what the AASPA would prefer you didn’t know about their data mining activities, how NC and other states have signed onto this system, and how TrueNorth Logic is tied to the CCSSO (Council of Chief State School Officers). To see what the AASPA tells you about TrueNorth Logic, see: http://www.truenorthlogic.com/cp/AASPA/

AASPA just wrapped up their 2015 Conference (Oct. 13-16, 2015). Was CCSS/CTE there? Let’s see. Geared for those in the HR (Human Relations) departments of schools, this conference covered data mining.management, state, local, and regional initiatives to positively impact those in the education workforce, lots of compliance issues from the U.S. Dept. of Labor, quality teacher prep for Americans to be ‘classroom ready’, performance measurements and organizational alignments combined with cultural shifts in communities and how they can be used in your school districts, an example from an SC school district where state and local standards, enrollment data concerning students and how school officials can use both for success, how the ESEA‘s updates will impact school officials, and more. See: http://media.wix.com/ugd/14e560_f68c4e0461034eeeae13248bed06b3bf.pdf

In their upcoming December 2015 Conference, you’ll find Human Capital as the theme. See the screen shot:
AASPAhumancapital
What’s a bit disturbing about this upcoming event, is that while it’s aimed at school leaders, it still uses ‘human capital’ in referring to employees. It also states that it’s okay to have ‘Principals as human capital managers’. My question to this is, since we know that the CCSS Machine forces alignment of not only students, teachers, principals, and others, just how much of the HR5/S1177 will this type of conference include? We already know that school counselors are being pursued diligently to align their guidance to CCSS/CTE (see my previous article, https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2014/10/10/fridays-post-breaking-news-you-need-to-know/)

When I searched the AASPA‘s site for “Common Core” I didn’t find anything with that name. However, if you consider their bylaws, the association is in full support of upholding whatever’s going on in public education. See their bylaws, http://aaspa.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/AASPA-Operational-Handbook-June-2015.pdf (*Note: the page with the most telling information is page 6)


Closing:

Are there other efforts to align our school officials to all things CCSS/CTE? Sure there are. Just a couple of weeks ago, I shared with you how AIR, Inc. is doing so.
See: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/10/03/weekend-news-college-career-readiness-updates/ (*Note: look at point #3) 

Tech Thursday: Career Readiness Pledge

Can you believe the U.S. Congress has a CTE (adult CCSS) caucus??!! Wow!
Can you believe the U.S. Congress has a CTE (adult CCSS) caucus??!! Wow!

The picture you see above is from my May 2015 article where I exposed the Congressional Caucus for Career Technical Education. CTE (Career Technical Education) is the post-secondary version of Common Core. Others like myself have uncovered this truth and shared it many times over. I know that on my blog along there are many articles about the ties. Today, however, we’re going to dive into the CCSSO’s Career Tech Education interference. (CCSSO stands for the Council of Chief State School Officers) CCSSO is the half-owner of the “Common Core State Standards”.

If you missed the May 2015 article, please refer to:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/05/14/tech-thursday-when-you-think-its-not-ccss-but-it-is/
The biggest ‘take aways’ you need to know from the above article are that (1) the House of Representative’s caucus has been in action since 2007, the Senate’s began in 2014. (2) The Association for Career Technical Education (ACTE) works hand-in-hand with the Congressional caucuses and has written a letter to the U.S. President concerning his Scholars Program and to push for even MORE CTE alignment for the sake of  their communities. (3) A current House Bill 2317 is titled “Career Choice Counseling” (4) glorifying more rigor, college, career readiness. (5) How Perkins Funding (used in post-secondary educational institutions) is being misused for the sake of the CCSS Machine’s agenda.

To see the CCSSO‘s ownership claim to Common Corehttp://www.corestandards.org/about-the-standards/branding-guidelines/ (*Note: look under the ‘trademarks’ and ‘copyright’ sections)

The CTE Pledge:

Announced yesterday by the CCSSO, was the news that Wisconsin had taken the CTE Pledge for their state’s education. See the screen shot below:
WICTEpledge

So, what’s the Pledge? There are 3 statements in the Pledge:
“1) make career and technical education (CTE) programs more responsive to the labor market by enlisting employers as lead partners
2) raise the threshold for quality career pathways, and
3) make career readiness a higher priority in state accountability systems.”

Let me pause for a moment, anti CC Warriors. Do you see the problems in the Pledge? I do!
Businesses as leaders in education? Where are the teachers, they should be the leaders! Then the Career Pathways is a huge issue. Why? It’s embedded at least 21 different times in the WIOA of 2014 (Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014). The US Dept. of Labor has joined with the US Dept. of Education and the US Dept. of Health, Human Services to push for a trained workforce in America. The goal? It isn’t so a person can get ahead in life, it’s so the nation can be globally competitive! Lastly, we know the CCSS Machine is trying to calm folks down by using different names for CCSS. “Career Readiness” and “Career Readiness Standards” are just two of those efforts.
Back to the Pledge, now. Wisconsin joins 16 other states who’ve taken the CTE Pledge. The others, according to the CCSSO’s press release, are “The 17 states are California, Colorado, Hawaii, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, New Jersey, New Mexico, Nevada, North Carolina, Ohio, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Wisconsin and Wyoming.” See the rest of the press release,
http://www.ccsso.org/News_and_Events/Press_Releases/CCSSO_Announces_State_Action_to_Advance_Career_Pathways_.html
The CTE Pledge is part of the “Career Readiness Initiative”. This Initiative, also from the CCSSO is to close the skills gap in America. Warriors, many anti CCSS researchers, writers, and reporters, have shared with us that the truth is there isn’t really a skills gap in America. It’s just another pro CCSS fallacy to throw us off the track. The Initiative is slam full of ‘collectivism’, ‘best practices’, and ‘incentives’ for states who ‘step up’ their plans to align to even more tied to the ‘Core’. To see the Career Ready Initiativehttp://www.ccsso.org/Resources/Programs/Career_Readiness_Initiative.html

According to the WI announcement, this move is happening because data collected in the other states already pledged have seen better results in graduation rates. Pardon me, if I’m not sold. Why? Look at how many OTHER pro CCSS/CTE reports we’ve seen where it’s shown as ‘great’, only to find out that when the truth comes out, the numbers are WRONG. That said, that’s not the worst part of the CTE Pledge. If you’ve already looked at the CCSSO’s resources I’ve shared above, you’ll notice that this ‘Career Ready Initiative’ is only ONE step in a multi-step process. The next step? It appears to the “The universal implementation of academic and career planning services in 2017-18” What ‘universal implementation’?!

Academic and Career Planning:
Here’s what the State Superintendent of WI has to say about ACP (Academic and Career Planning) under his authority:

Wow! “Part of the agenda”, you heard him say that directly. The CCSS/CTE agenda is a trained workforce! How will these students plan? Well, most schools have trained staff counselors on hand to help guide our students, right? What happens when the COUNSELORS have been aligned to the CCSS/CTE agenda? Think it can’t happen? It already is happening. Read all about it in my previously published article where I lay out for you the White House Initiative for school counselors to become aligned to Common Core, Career Tech, and Career Pathways. Why school counselors? According to the White House presentation “school guidance counselors being in the BEST STRATEGIC position to steer our students to the CCSS, College/Career Ready path/track!!” One of the presenters of this presentation said, “‘They are the heart and soul of the agenda. They are uniquely positioned.’”
To see the rest of this extremely important news,
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2014/10/10/fridays-post-breaking-news-you-need-to-know/

To see the Wisconsin’s ACP Universal Implementation step-by-step, ACP Basics
When you open the document, be sure to note the school counselors position, the culture shift for education, and much more.
So what about those 16 other states? Are they ‘universally implemented’ as well? The links below may be of help in answering this question. If not, they are at least a place for you to start your own researching.

California,
http://www.connectedcalifornia.org/downloads/LL_Expanding_Pathways.pdf
Colorado,
https://www.cde.state.co.us/postsecondary/icaptoolkit
Hawaii,
http://www.academicinnovations.com/docs/PTP.pdf
Illinois,
http://pathways.illinois.edu/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/2013-Career-Cluster-Guide-Final.pdf
Kentucky,
http://education.ky.gov/CommOfEd/CDU/Documents/CCR%20Delivery%20Plan.pdf
Louisiana,
http://www.louisianabelieves.com/docs/default-source/teacher-toolbox-resources/district-planning-guide.pdf?sfvrsn=26
(see page 3 for the overall plan visual)
Maryland,
http://www.marylandpublicschools.org/msde/divisions/careertech/career_technology/cd.htm
Mississippi,
https://www.mde.k12.ms.us/docs/career-and-technical-education/ms-training-ce-cp-2014-15-flyer.pdf?sfvrsn=2
(this is from the education staff’s side of Academic and Career Planning)
New Jersey,
http://www.state.nj.us/education/cte/pslp/PSLPGuide.pdf
New Mexico,
http://ped.state.nm.us/ped/NexStepDocs/NSP%20Template%20manual%20v2%201final%205.7.12.pdf
Nevada,
http://cteae.nv.gov/Career_Guidance/
(from the school counselor’s role)
North Carolina,
http://www.dpi.state.nc.us/docs/cte/curriculum/planning.pdf
Ohio,
https://education.ohio.gov/getattachment/Topics/Other-Resources/Getting-Involved-with-your-Child-s-Learning/Your-4th-to-5th-Grader/Ohio-Middle-Grade-Resources/Individual-Academic-and-Career-Plan-Ohio-Career-Information-System.pdf.aspx
Rhode Island,
https://www.waytogori.org/
Tennessee,
http://www.planningyourdreams.org/
Wyoming,
http://www.wyo4ed.org/

For those with Special Needs students? There’s a Academic and Career Plan in place in some states. The Dept. of Labor has all the information on their website page from the Office of Disability Employment Policy. See: http://www.dol.gov/odep/ilp/map/

Oh, and for those states which didn’t adopt CCSS? They have CTE. The two examples I found popping up almost every time I searched for the 16 states above are VA and TX. Here’s VA’s Academic and Career Planning site: http://doe.virginia.gov/instruction/graduation/academic_career_plan/index.shtml
Texas also didn’t sign on for CCSS, but here’s their ACP site: http://www.achievetexas.org/Resources1.htm

Did you notice the ‘catchy’ names for some of the states? ‘Achieve’, ‘Way to Go’, ‘Planning Your Dreams’, to name 3. What a deception! What student, what teacher has dreamed of being so like everyone else? What student or guidance counselor has ever expected their task would be to assimilate rather than be free? Did you notice how young some of the states are starting their ACPs? What an abomination to our children!!

Warriors, we know from much research, the goal is a total cradle to grave mentality that accompanies the CCSS Machine. Wrapped in good intentions looms an education that is full of ill intent. We must call our U.S. Senators and Representatives to HALT any work on the re-authorization efforts connected to pre-K universal standards/elementary and secondary bills (HR5 and S1177), as well as efforts geared toward post-secondary education (HEA). Every one of these has MORE control via CCSS, CTE, Career Pathways, STEM, College and Career Readiness, and the other names CCSS hides behind. Everyone of these efforts has MORE data mining, high-stake assessments. Each of these efforts forces schools to cease teaching and becoming community one-stop hubs for ‘education’ purposes. We MUST contact our leaders. We are America, not other countries where their freedoms are neutered. Use this link to Tweet every Congress member:
https://twitter.com/verified/lists/us-congress/members
Don’t use Twitter, call the main Congressional switchboard and ask to be connected to your Congress member. The Capitol Hill main phone line is 202-224-3121

Not sure what to say to halt this massive continuation of CCSS? Please refer to the letter the FL Stop Common Core Coalition wrote and has had it delivered to Congress just a couple of days ago! I wrote about the historic move on my “From the Files” article. Many national publications have also picked up the story.
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/10/13/ftf-only-we-can-prevent/
Truth in American Education‘s: http://truthinamericaneducation.com/elementary-and-secondary-education-act/national-coalition-opposes-no-child-left-behind-rewrite-conference-bill/

FTF: Only We Can Prevent….

Anti CC Warriors, you may be old enough to remember the “Smokey the Bear” ads used to prevent wildfires. So, what does that have to do with fighting Common Core? Plenty! Only we, the Warriors Against the Core can prevent the CCSS Machine from spreading further alignment in our nation!

Preventing the CCSS Machine from progressing is a shovel ready project I can believe!
Preventing the CCSS Machine from progressing is a shovel ready project I can believe!

What We Can Continue Doing:

1) Keep spreading the truth. If you’re new to the War Against the Core, dig in and find the facts. If you don’t know where to look, ask someone you know who’s been fighting. Chances are, if you are reading this, you’ve been spreading truth already and know that Warriors like myself, have plenty of evidence you can use. Don’t by shy in asking for help.

2) Keep attending meetings with your local officials, not just the school boards. Why? So much of the CCSS Machine is based on total community alignment, not just education. Also, given the level of meddling by the public, private partnerships (which often include businesses), we’ve seen proof of those ill-equipped to run education try to do just that.
If you’re not sure about the total community alignment, feel free to search my blog (or google the following phrase) for “KnowledgeWorks”, “P21”, or “aligned communities”. You’ll find the Council of Chief State School Officers involved in these efforts as well. You can also search for “US Chamber of Commerce”, they’re in on total alignment as well.

3) When you learn something that could help others fight this battle to free our education and nation of all things CCSS (includes its related efforts such as Career Tech Education, etc.), be sure to share it! Like Smokey used to say, there’s no spark too little to ignore when it comes to preventing forest fires. For we warriors, there’s no too small a bit of information or evidence to ignore!

4) I’m sharing 2 articles which illustrate points 1, 2, and 3 from above. The first one is called “Lead and I Will Follow?”.
http://preventcommoncore.com/?p=1263  
The second is “A Common Core Future: A Skewed America”.
http://preventcommoncore.com/?p=1247


A New Prevention to Fight CCSS:

Released just moments ago, a letter to the U.S. Congress and the select committee leads to halt the conference negotiations concerning the re-authorization of ESEA (Elementary and Secondary Education Act). This means BOTH the HR5 (Student Success Act) and the S1177 (Every Child Achieves Act) would be tabled until after the new administration takes over in Washington D.C. as a results of the elections set for November 2016. It also means any connectors to the re-authorization efforts toward HEA (Higher Education Act) would need to be tabled. Anti CCSS Warrior Leaders from across the nation have signed this letter of support for a delay. Both the HR5 and the S1177 contain more, not less, CCSS alignment in a various amount of ways. Current HEA language extends what began in the ESEA and applies it to higher education. The same formula is being planned for a newer version!
That means more alignment in post-secondary schools!! As previously stated by Sen. Lamar Alexander, what began with the re-authorization of the ESEA will be completed in the re-authorization of the HEA.

To see the press release: http://edlibertywatch.org/2015/10/for-immediate-release-national-coalition-opposes-no-child-left-behind-rewrite-conference-bill/
To see the letter: http://www.flstopcccoalition.org/files/340E4386-4C72-4839-A8DC-2F671AF25561–0B810B12-A6E9-4D7F-9414-7DC79D4D7940/congressional-esea-letter-final.pdf

Use the letter as an example of one your group could write and send. Use the letter as a personal example of a support letter you can send to Congress. Our voices are LOUD! Our message is TRUTH! In spite of what the recent rhetoric is, We, the Warriors, ARE winning against the CCSS Machine! A huge thanks to Dr. Karen Effrem, the Florida Stop Common Core Coalition’s Executive Director. I am honored to have my name attached to this letter as a representation of citizen ire.

FTF: More Tracking the Workforce Aligned Society

killsact

As promised, anti CCSS/CTE Warriors, here’s the article detailing more information on how our nation is slowly, but surely becoming a workforce aligned nation.  Over the weekend, if you read my “Weekend News”,  I shared 2 distinct graphics from the federal government’s Education and the Workforce Committee.  See: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/09/27/weekend-news-tracking-the-ccsscteworkforce-aligned-society/

SKILLS Act? It’s a Law Now and It Has a New Name!:

In today’s ‘From the File Tuesday’, we’ll look at several legislative moves meant for the express purpose of aligning our nation. First up, the SKILLS Act (Supporting Knowledge and Investing in Lifelong Skills Act). It’s bill number was HR803. It was put before Congress in the 2013-14 Session. According to the Library of Congress, HR803 has had 6 makeovers. The very first one appeared in Feb. 2013. Now, if you’ll remember, I shared with you over the weekend, that I’d tie the SKILLS Act to the WIOA (Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014). Folks, you may already know this, or you may not. The tie? Quite simply, over the course of the Congressional ins/outs/swapping Chambers, etc. The SKILLS Act was renamed to become the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act!

(*Note: The WIOA became law in July 2015. One of my Nov. 2014 published articles detailed  information on how  legislation set in Washington trickled down to the state level and how the data collection in the name of Workforce was happening. If you’d like to see just HOW Workforce Data is handled in your state, see: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2014/11/06/tech-thursday-workforce-commissions-education-and-common-core/)

When it was SKILLS:

When HR803 was known as “SKILLS”:
1) The bill (introduced by NC legislator Virginia Foxx)  ‘will empower employers, rein in bureaucracy, and provide America’s workers with a more dynamic, flexible, and effective network of job training services.”


2) The bill used a 2011 Government Accountability Office document, which reveals connections to  the 2009 “Recovery Act”. (remember this was the Act which gave us ‘shovel ready’ projects, Affordable Health Care, and a host of other changes?)
The document:  2011GAOreport


3) A program “Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)” was included. Why is this important in 2015? Did WIOA keep this program? Expand it? Keep reading, my warriors!

4) The bill gave our governors even more power when it comes to workforce training programs. (If you’ve not seen any of my published work on just HOW far NC has gone to align education for the good of NC, here’s one where not only will you see the selling out of the citizens of NC to the Common Core, you’ll also get to see how the state used its grant money from the Workforce Quality Data (in the Nov. 2014 article above) : https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/08/27/ccss-follow-up-system-more-than-money-will-follow-your-students/


5) The bill also gave greater power to businesses (the ‘private’ in “public, private partnerships embedded in the CCSS Machine). All the ‘bonuses of HR803’ are included in this archived ‘fact sheet’. See: http://edworkforce.house.gov/uploadedfiles/short_bill_summary_-_skills_act_final.pdf

I give you these items so we can look at where these programs/efforts have been increased through the WIOA or other legislation (will include federal and state levels).

TANF:

The Temporary Assistance for Needy Families certainly sounds like a noble cause, and I’m sure for those in need, the help is appropriate. However, in the vane of aligning education for workforce needs, is it truly noble? To learn more about TANF, see their website: http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/ofa/programs/tanf
TANF is part of the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services (one of the 3 federal agencies using education as an alignment tool to reform America)
One of the features about TANF mentioned in that Government Accountability Report? The ‘one-stop-job-centers’ created by combining at least 2 programs. Here’s an excerpt, “Options that may increase efficiencies include colocating services and consolidating administrative structures, but implementation may pose challenges. While WIA Adult and ES services are generally colocated in onestop
centers, TANF employment services are colocated in one-stops to a lesser extent. Florida, Texas, and Utah have consolidated their welfare and workforce agencies, and state officials said this reduced costs and improved services, but they could not provide a dollar figure for cost savings.”

Did TANF get included in the WIOA (what SKILLS turned into)? You bet it did! Here’s a document called “Aligned by Design”: WIOA and TANF2015-06-Aligned-by-Design-WIOA-and-TANF

TANF funds include Title 4 funding for each state, Anita Hoge, a well known anti CCSS Warrior has shared many times how Title 4 funding is being abused to align our schools. The abuse WILL continue in the current Student Success Act (HR5), the Every Child Achieves Act (S1177), and the upcoming efforts toward re-authorizing the HEA (Higher Education Act).

In Kansas, TANF funds, the GED, and students highlight the stealthy Career Tech, College Readiness portions of CCSS. See the story: http://ksn.com/2014/12/11/state-focuses-on-g-e-d-and-tech-students/

In Utah, TANF funds are tying STEM (also connected to the CCSS Machine as one of the foremost nationally aligning efforts in education, workforce, and our nation) to the state’s Dept. of Workforce. See that story: http://ksn.com/2014/12/11/state-focuses-on-g-e-d-and-tech-students/

Here in NC, a TANF report will reveal how the state’s “Common Follow Up System” is involved in CTE for Workforce trained citizens. Access: NC TANF report

More Workforce/CTE resourced information:

The Career Tech Education (part of the Common Core) which made it from the SKILLS Act into the WIOA? Access this other “Aligned by Design”2015-06-Aligned-by-Design-WIOA-and-CTE

To find out how the Career Pathways (part of the Career Tech Education) made it into the WIOA, see: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2014/11/02/rmt-sunday-vp-common-core-and-jobs/

If you’d like to see the state of Arkansas’s TANF for Career Pathways funding/presentation:
http://www.powershow.com/view/ad4ea-ZDgwO/ARKANSAS_CAREER_PATHWAYS_INITIATIVE_powerpoint_ppt_presentation

If you’d like to see how Job Development Grants (given by the feds to the states) is also Common Core aligned and will continue to carry out the mission of helping align our nation to ‘workforce readiness’, see:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/03/25/wybi-job-development-grants-and-ccss

Workforce/Education Historical Evidence you can use:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2014/10/23/tech-thursday-blast-from-our-workforce-past/

https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/09/06/weekend-news-labor-day-weekend-special/

Weekend News: Tracking the CCSS/CTE/Workforce Aligned Society

Image courtesy of RAF Automation.

Image courtesy of RAF Automation.

It’s time for the Weekend News, my fellow anti CCSS Warriors. As you know, I’ve given you several fact based articles of how the CCSS Machine has expanded its domain into the post-secondary world. What’s interesting, is the post-secondary world includes all citizens, not just students. We’ve all read and seen others share similar information with the aligned communities. This weekend’s article is devoted to showing you how the U.S. Government is helping align our entire nation to all things Common Core through the re-authorization of the 1965 version of the HEA (Higher Education Act). Please note, that just this past week, I’ve provided you with evidence of how the HR5 and the S1177 are tied to the WIOA (Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act). It’s no secret that the CTE (Career Tech Education) is most definitely tied to the WIOA as well. So, it makes sense (if you want a totally aligned community) to embed as much as you can in the post-secondary educational choices, too.

Committee on Education and the Workforce:

According to one of the most recent Committee calendars, (9/16/15), the following bills are either in the wings waiting to advance or have already been turned into law. Each of the ones below will fit ‘beautifully’ into the CCSS Machine’s vision for totally aligned communities. Naturally, for those already law, the impact is being felt.

HR596, set to repeal parts of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, it also repeals portions of the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act (2010). Look closely at the Health Care Ed Act, and you’ll find Medicaid funding, student loans, and how they intersect not only our schools, but our communities. As has been pointed out repeatedly with documented research, the embedded abuse of Medicaid in our schools is in both the HR5 and the S1177, it’s bound to be in the Higher Ed bills, too.
To see the text of HR596 (where you can access the Health Care Education Act, too):
https://www.congress.gov/bill/114th-congress/house-bill/596/text
As far as the Health Care “Career Clusters”, “Career Pathways”, or the”American Apprenticeships”, there are plenty of documents to attest to it in your state.
Here’s the “CareerTech.org” ‘Health Care Career Clusters/Pathways to College and Career Readiness’CCFrame-HealthScience
To learn more about the $175 million in state grants for the American Apprenticeships, see:
http://www.dol.gov/apprenticeship/grants.htm
(*Note: you can find out more information about the AA (American Apprenticeships), see:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/09/12/weekend-news-heads-up-higher-ed-cte-update/)
If you’d like to see a very well laid out graphic of how convoluted the healthcare (which includes education and workforce):

Look in the bottom right hand corner when you expand this.
Look in the bottom right hand corner when you expand this.

One more thing about HR596, it’s been sitting on the Senate’s calendar since Feb. 2015.
HR2028: Connects Workforce to the Army Corps of Engineers (The U.S.Army is 100% pro CCSS/CTE; see my articles: a) https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/08/23/weekend-news-hea-higher-ed-act-and-the-common-core/
b) https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/04/16/tech-thursday-common-core-military-special/
(*Note: HR2029 is also a military related bill, however, this one will be more about the money used by the Dept. of Defense for bases, Vet Affairs. Both HR 2028 and 2029 are also on the Senate’s calendar.)
HR2604 has to do with Need Based Educational Funding amendment to the “Improving American Schools Act” (1994; IASA). It’s in the Improving Act, you’ll find how all this encompasses not only U.S. Citizens, but all the ‘aliens’ who’ve been admitted for permanent residence. To see the HR2604, and be linked to the IASA, see: https://www.congress.gov/bill/114th-congress/house-bill/2604/text?q=%7B%22search%22%3A%5B%22%5C%22hr2604%5C%22%22%5D%7D&resultIndex=1
(*Note: this bill is not on the Senate’s calendar, but the Union’s calendar. This is a separate calendar the House of Reps holds, as per the U.S. Constitution’s Article 1.)

S1124, WIOA Technical Amendments Act (became law back in May 2015 and was sponsored by none other than Sen. Lamar Alexander. This law allows each state’s governor to increase workforce based/aligned programs (which include education) This law involves much more local alignment, too. Biggest targets? Adult workers who need more education or to be retrained. This law also stipulates that a huge portion of each state’s budget be devoted to the re-education of their workforce. See: https://www.congress.gov/bill/114th-congress/senate-bill/1124?q=%7B%22search%22%3A%5B%22%5C%22s1124%5C%22%22%5D%7D&resultIndex=1
(*Note: This bill passed in the House without one objection to it! What does that tell an anti CCSS/CTE Warrior like you? It means that once again, all the House of Representative members didn’t stop the CCSS Machine here, just like they didn’t with the HR5’s passage!)
Also of note and related, the HR5 is in the Senate’s Chambers, as it has been since 07/2015.
Lastly, to see the entire HELP (the Senate’s Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee) hearing on the WIOA Technical Amendments as they pertain to the S1177 (Every Child Achieves Act), see: http://www.help.senate.gov/hearings/s-every-child-achieves-act-of-2015-s-wioa-technical-amendments-act-and-nominations

I’m sure there are others on the Committee on Education and the Workforce’s calendar which can be tied to the overall alignment of our communities, but I want to focus on the other efforts we need to know about.

The U.S. Government’s ‘Workforce Web of Development’:

The graphic below is one of the biggest ‘tell all’ visuals I’ve seen yet. In this one, it ties 9 U.S. federal level agencies to the Workforce (and therefore the WIOA, HR5, S1177, and the upcoming HEA legislative moves, as well as many other bills and established laws.) This graphic is based off a comment the current U.S. President made during a State of the Union address.

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

Where did I find this ‘gem’? The U.S. House’s Committee on Education and Workforce!
Here’s another one that is absolute undeniable proof about the purposed alignment of our communities; the overreach of the CCSS into ever citizen’s life. You must open this one and share it with anyone who still doubts the all encompassing efforts of all those involved with Common Core, Career Tech Education, and every single connected entity! This is not just federal, this is local, this is in your backyard, anti CCSS/CTE warriors!
infographic_-_skills_act

Wait, this says, “Skills Act”, what’s that? Is it new? (no, became a law in 2013). What does “Skills” stand for? “The Supporting Knowledge and Investing in Lifelong Skills”.

I’ll be following up with more on the Skills Act in Tuesday’s article, so be sure to read it. I’ll be able to connect it to the HR5, the S1177, the WIOA, and more.

Weekend News: Your Anti CCSS Back To School Wish

Jpeg image credit:  imgion.com
Jpeg image credit: imgion.com

Warriors, have no fear, I’ve not converted to the supportive side for “Common Core”. I’m still VERY MUCH opposed. However, as we all know, it is the time of year our schools are gearing up for “Back to School”. For many of us, that means MORE CCSS. During this past week, I shared with you how the Bic Ink Pens Company is hosting a BTS (Back to School) Contest full of ‘Common Core English Language Arts’ lessons. What else is lurking out there? Plenty! This weekend’s news feature is the CCSS laden “Parent Toolkit”.

“Education Nation”:

Using Twitter as a tool for building support for Back to School, this NBC News project (NBC is part of the CCSS Machine), has a current campaign called “#SchoolYrResolution”. Who’s contributing? Everyday parents like you and I; Pearson Publishing; The American Heart Association; Education Nation and NBC personalities; Parent Toolbox (another NBC Education Nation project); doctors; and, school districts. While most everyone’s contributions are varied, it is the Pearson Publishing contributions that are the most pointed…toward MORE parent involvement. If you’re not familiar with the ideas Pearson has about more parent involvement (a nice way to phrase their real meaning of ‘compliance’), I urge you to find out for yourselves. As far as “Education Nation’s Parent Toolbox” goes, it’s slam full of pro CCSS social-emotional mind bending.

www.parenttoolkit.com
http://www.parenttoolkit.com

 

The Mind Bending:

By simply searching the PT (Parent Toolkit) with the phrase “Common Core”, I got back the following results: Academics, 12 articles;  Health and Wellness, 19 articles; Social and Emotional, 8 articles; lastly, the latest news on CCSS, 48 articles.
Titles among the latest news include how grit and persevering CAN be taught and then there’s one detailing their version of STEM (as you know, I’ve shared a true version of STEM with you many times). Repeated in several different articles: sex, bullying, on-line behavior, money management, and lots more. Under social/emotional, you’ll see empathy, diversity, and how to collaborate. As far as the experts putting all this information together for you, the parent, there are several of them. You’ll see their names and smiling faces, but to learn more about them, you need to click on each of them. I would encourage you to look into them. Most folks, will do what we’ve seen before: add the ‘expert’ title to a face featured on a famous website and leave it at that. That’s what the CCSS Machine is banking on..that we WON’T investigate those experts they use. But, oh, how we’ve proved them wrong.

 

The Other Supportive CCSS Machine Members of Parent Toolkit:

Curious about how many of the experts were dyed in the wool CCSS supporters, I searched for information. Not getting the results I bargained for, however, did lead me to the ‘other’ pro CCSS groups involved in ‘Parent Toolkit’ and as such, part of the efforts to sway parents toward the CCSS Machine.

Hunt Institute is a well known part of the CCSS Machine (if you don’t know how, please find my fellow anti CCSS Warrior, LadyLiberty1885’s blog and search for “Hunt Institute”)
NEA, Khan Academy, Council of Great City Schools, Sesame Street, the National PTA, SAT, and many others. See: http://www.parenttoolkit.com/?objectid=E0F96EB0-20A6-11E3-8EC10050569A5318


What We Can Do:

Share this news with other parents, first of all!
Second, why not visit the Twitter page for the School Year Resolution and make a few anti CCSS truths available.
Look into the Parent Toolkit’s experts, philosophies, and use these are guidelines for interviewing those school officials who will be leading your students this year. Are they of the same mindset? If so, use your true knowledge of social emotional damage CCSS causes! Remember, most pro CCSS folks have no evidence to support its worth, yet we have evidence to support its harm! Use it!!

NBC’s tie to CCSS:
The PolitiChicks‘ article: http://politichicks.com/2014/08/gates-funds-commoncore-coverage/

Khan Academy’s CCSS page:
https://www.khanacademy.org/commoncore

National PTA: The group has several pro CCSS position papers, look in the “Position Papers” tab.
http://www.pta.org/content.cfm?ItemNumber=3444

NEA: They were invited into the CCSS Machine’s fold by the CCSSO (Council of Chief State School Officers AND the NGA (National Governors Association). The two groups who OWN the CCSS copyright!
http://www.nea.org/home/46665.htm

Hunt Institute: This organization has partnered with both the National PTA and the CCSSO to produce pro CCSS propaganda.
http://www.hunt-institute.org/resources/2014/06/pta-common-core-videos/
http://www.ccsso.org/resources/digital_resources/common_core_implementation_video_series.html

Closing:

So, my anti CCSS Warriors, what is your Back to School Wish? We know we want to be Common Core free. We still have time to influence our national level legislators as they are home on break right now. The Student Success Act and the Every Child Achieves Act are both being updated and enlarged. The bills are’omnibus’ bills. This is BAD. As we’ve seen with other mammoth bills, this means all kinds legislation unrelated to education will be thrown in! We know we desire a post secondary education free of the CCSS’s CTE (Career Technical Education), CP (Career Pathways), and the recently revealed CBPs (Competency Based Pathways). This means we must be on top of the re-authorization of the HEA, Higher Education Act.
Keep going, my friends, we’ve got lots to do.