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Local Schools Open for WIOA!

Anti CCSS/ESSA/Fed Led Ed Warriors, want to get your local leaders’ or State leaders’ attention during campaign season? Show them any of the pictures below.

The source of the 1st picture? The local (NC) Community College which has a location in the town I live in, as well as the main campus, about 15 miles away.

I have shared with you several times in the past about the purposed alignment of our community colleges to serve the CCSS Machine, which DOES include WIOA. What’s “WIOA”? The U.S. Dept. of Labor’s “Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act”. It was made a ‘law of the land’ in 2014.

Community Colleges are not the ONLY servant of the CCSS Machine when it comes to WIOA, but because these local schools are sold out, it means EVERY citizen using the schools is becoming a part of the CCSS Machine.

Remember, our local community colleges use Common Core (now called “College and Career Readiness”), Career Tech Ed, STEM, participate in learn-to-work programs, may belong to the American Apprenticeship Initiative, and, have vast P3 (public private partnerships). Between WIOA, ESSA (Every Student Succeeds), and the HEA (Higher Education Act), our community colleges have become the ideal breeding ground for aligned and ‘educated’ workers.

These facts are NOT new, what IS new is that those involved in the CCSS Machine are becoming bolder about where we’ll find it. I can tell you, as many years as I have received this local school’s catalog, this is the first time I have seen the ‘pending’ phrase. To the informed eye, this is a dire warning; to those unaware? Most of what they will see is opportunity. As we know, CCSS Machine opportunities come with strings which mean to ‘enslave’ one, not allow one’s freedom.

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Since it is my “From the Files” weekly article, what files am I sharing on this topic? First, the previous evidence will help you connect it to the current shifts in education.

 
Legislators/Leaders champion Community Colleges as “Ideal”:

From August 2015, this one article can give you a great footing into the alignment between work and education. Remember, while I am sharing about NC, there is plenty of evidence available nationally. Why should you refer to an article 1 year old?………..

ELECTIONS are COMING!

This article STILL has valid facts, research, and questions our candidates MUST answer. It is not enough if they oppose Common Core. They MUST oppose the CCSS Machine’s grasp on the workforce! Be sure to access the other linked articles included so you can use the information to inform your candidates.

See: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/08/01/fyi-post-secondary-common-core-intel/

If you do nothing else today, share the ’10/6′! This refers to the U.S. Dept. of Education’s 10 Agenda Points and the 6 Key Agenda Points of the U.S. Dept. of Labor which are combined and being used DAILY in our nation, at ALL education and workforce levels!
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/01/08/tech-thursday-national-career-pathways-network/

What you see below is my rending of the 10/6 (which was made in the past month). Just because the research has dates of the past, doesn’t mean the information is not relevant. The dates HAVE changed, the agenda HAS NOT!

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If you would like to have the 2015 U.S. Dept. of Labor’s WIOA definitions, I urge you to download them.
Why? It shows you directly which State level agencies are receiving WIOA funds, the formulas used, AND which citizens are to fit which type of worker they will be classified as.
WIOAdefinitions2015

 
Updates from the National Groups:

There are several national groups overseeing and/or designed to encourage our community colleges. What are some of their latest CCSS Machine moves to blend education and workforce?

From the American Assoc. of Community Colleges, a ‘new’ initiative aimed at citizens over the age of 50. The initiative actually began in 2008, but has received updates as recent as 2015. Known as “Plus 50”, it also has a smaller tagline of ‘ageless learning’.  See the screen shot below:

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If you want to learn more: http://plus50.aacc.nche.edu/Pages/Default.aspx

Helping the AACC (American Assoc. of Community Colleges) in their overreach into the over 50 population? The LUMINA Foundation! Not only Lumina, but there are others involved which seek to encompass 3 generations of citizens.
If you want the proof: Plus50_Programs_in_Practice_2015

(Below is a screen shot from the Practice document.)

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The National Career Pathways Network (http://www.ncpn.info/about-us.php):
While I’ve featured them before, it is their recent news of the federal agencies which have signed commitment letters for WIOA and more, which is a need-to-expose item. To get an idea of why, look below:

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To access the document, http://www.ncpn.info/2016-downloads/CP-JointLetterFinal-4-22-2016.pdf

America’s College Promise(ACP):
While some candidates are pitching ‘free college’ or ‘free community college’ as a reason to support them, know that the concept is an actual program with White House directed roots. ACP is embedded in ESSA. It is included in all kinds of other ways, too. I first told you about it: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/09/12/weekend-news-heads-up-higher-ed-cte-update/

So, what’s been updated? Look below:

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If you want more updates,  http://headsupamerica.us/learn (*Note: according to the website, continuing the alignment between education and workforce will be considered the last great thing Obama does in office.)

The American Apprenticeship Initiative (AAI):
Feb. 2015, you should have received this article, if not, here is information you can use as a background component. https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/02/12/tech-thursday-aligned-apprentices/

From the U.S. Dept. of Labor (and the above Feb 2015 article), comes this one sentence which should capture our attention:

““Learn and earn models that meet national standards”

How has AAI updated? The screen shot show you:

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If you would like to see what hoops your State will have to jump through to get these updated big bucks: http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=285306

From the current (2016) AAI information, there is an 82 page document explaining how the programs work on the state level now; how they are to expand, including: what kinds of legislative bodies, State politicians, data mining systems, and more are needed for the NEW Grant Applications (the “State Expansion Grant” above). There is to be governor led and pledged support, more registered apprentices AND registered/approved apprentice programs for national credentials, more data tracking and mining. *Look around page 7.

Right now the DOL (Dept. of Labor) has these States as having 7,000 or more registered apprentices (Category 1):
 “(State Agencies Managing Apprenticeships (SAA) States): Virginia, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Washington, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Maryland, Florida, Hawaii, and Oregon; (DOL Office of Apprenticeship (OA) Managed States): California, Texas, Illinois, Michigan, Indiana, and Missouri.”

Category 2 States (have anywhere between 2,500 and 4,999 registered apprentices) are:
(SAA States): District of Columbia, Connecticut, North Carolina, Louisiana, Kentucky, and Kansas; (OA States): Iowa, West Virginia, Georgia, New Jersey, South Carolina, Tennessee, Colorado, Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, and Utah.

Category 3 States (fewer then 2,499 registered apprenticeships) are:
(SAA States/Territories): – Nevada, New Mexico, Rhode Island, Montana, Delaware, Vermont, Guam, Maine Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands; (OA States): Nebraska, Alaska, Mississippi, New Hampshire, Oklahoma, North Dakota, Idaho, South Dakota, and Wyoming.

Depending on what category your State is is how much NEW grant money you can apply for. Get this very important document: FOA-ETA-16-13

Closing:

Warriors, we must share this news NOW! Everyday we are silent is another day the CCSS Machine grinds on. As you can see from above, no age is exempt.

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Watch Out, Alignment Ahead!

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For this edition of Weekend News, I thought we should take an updated look at the ‘FREE’ College Movement run by the Federal Government, not local control. All anti-CCSS/CTE (Common Core State Standards/Career Tech Education) and federally led education Warriors should be aware of this push to transform America, from the inside out!

The Back Story:

The last time I wrote to you about Heads Up America, it was Sept. 2015. Has much changed with the movement? Since Arne Duncan’s departure from the U.S. Dept. of Education, has Dr. John King picked up the torch or extinguished it? After all, ‘free college’ is a hot political issue right now. We will find out what the absolute latest is in a bit, in the meantime…
Main points from the previously published  article include:
1) The cradle to career agenda portions of the CCSS Machine extend everywhere, in every State.
2) White House, top-down control and promotion.
3) Our community colleges used as the connector for all to a workforce based education.
4) Many U.S. Dept. of Labor grants; Programs for Higher Education from the U.S. Dept. of Education are ‘married’ to complete the cradle to career tracks.
5) Many well known supportive CCSS Machine members and groups are identified, as well as the documents to back it all up. If you need a true connect the dots from K-12 and Higher Education, this is it!
See: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/09/12/weekend-news-heads-up-higher-ed-cte-update/

The Vital Questions for 2016 and Beyond:

Now that you have the history of why I have written about the above at least twice, you may have plenty of questions, just like I do. Where is all this going? Will Dr. King continue the U.S. Dept. of Education’s marriage with the U.S. Dept. of Labor in cradle to career education? We have seen how the candidates (on every level of government) are claiming education solutions, but do they truly get just HOW embedded in America the transformation has progressed and is continuing to point to MORE alignment?

So, let’s start with the Heads Up! Movement and see what new plans have been laid out or, are being proposed.

1) From early Feb. 2016, the screen shot below introducing the Gateway Promise Program in WI and based on the Governor of TN’s plan.

http://headsupamerica.us/press/college-promise-campaign-celebrates-gateway-promise
http://headsupamerica.us/press/college-promise-campaign-celebrates-gateway-promise

2) More incentives for States to encourage P3s (public private partnerships)! Also announced in early Feb. 2016, this will support and align with the language in the ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) where P3s are not only encouraged, the relationships are now law. See the screen shot below:
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To access the entire press release explaining the monetary incentives for the States:
http://headsupamerica.us/press/strengthening-partnerships-between-businesses-and-community-colleges-grow-middle-class

3) Making no bones about the connections between Common Core, College and Career Readiness and a streamlined education, is the Mission Statement for Heads Up. Here is their statement, “We want to spread the message, far and wide. We’ll do that by leveraging the power of a robust, cross-sector engagement strategy throughout the campaign. A National Advisory Board has been convened to work closely with seven key sector-based Leadership Committees, together advocating for free community college, as well as degree and certificate completion for responsible students. The College Promise Campaign will mobilize an influential, diverse, broad–based and growing network to educate the public, elected officials, community and state stakeholders and the media on the benefits of the College Promise, emphasizing high-quality community college education. Leaders from four-year institutions and the business community will have multiple opportunities to participate and extend the impact of the College Promise beyond community colleges to ensure a high-performing pipeline of college and career-ready students flowing from K-12 through higher education.” The National Board appears to be the same today, as it did when I last wrote about the Heads Up. (see point #5 in the Back Story paragraph) To see who is among this National Board:
 http://headsupamerica.us/collegepromise

Related Articles:  ESSA and HEA’s union:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/12/05/weekend-news-essas-untold-ties-to-hea/
College Promise in the upcoming (FY 2017) Federal Education Budget Requests:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/02/13/big-bucks-for-post-secondary-ed/ (*Note: you will find other CCSS Machine members and organization revealed here.)

So, what has Dr. King said or done to carry the torch for all this? Here is an excerpt from his prepared speech from March 2016, “So while it’s true that college remains the greatest driver of socioeconomic mobility in America, it’s also true that if we don’t find ways to keep a college degree within reach for middle- and lower-class families, our institutions of higher education could end up having the opposite effect – they could become a barrier, not a bridge, to greater prosperity.” To see his entire speech,
http://www.ed.gov/news/speeches/ensuring-higher-education-all (*Note, notice his use of the ‘caste system’ in his speech.You will also need to see, how once again, the State of TN is heralded as a model. Take into consideration this is the State which is represented by Sen. Lamar Alexander, who championed the ESSA’s passage, the confirmation of Dr. King,  as well working on the upcoming re-authorization of the  HEA.)

Dr. King also conducted a national tour about colleges and alignment ‘sold as’ opportunity. See: http://www.ed.gov/news/media-advisories/us-acting-education-secretary-john-king-announces-opportunity-across-america-tour

Dr. King’s prepared speech on CTE (Career Tech Education, or as I have uncovered, the adult arm of the CCSS, which begins in middle schools and extends to high schools, dual enrollment classes, early college promise programs, and higher education.) Here is an excerpt, “I can’t think of a better venue to talk about the rapidly evolving field of CTE – Career and Technical Education. We’ve come a long way from what we used to refer to as vocational education. Today, every job that leads to a secure future requires critical thinking, problem solving and creativity, as well as some postsecondary education or training. The best CTE programs help students prepare for this future once they graduate from high school. Today’s CTE is about the future you can’t prepare for with just a textbook. It’s about learning how to build your own business, from an idea to a prototype and beyond. It’s about creating new tools to solve everyday problems. It’s about applying practical skills to tackle major challenges, like global warming or public health crises. One thing is clear—it’s not your grandfather’s “shop class.” ” To read the rest of his speech,
http://www.ed.gov/news/speeches/prepared-remarks-acting-us-secretary-education-john-b-king-jr

Related resources, “Made in America” and ‘Computer Science for All’, are two more White House Initiatives that will embed and align our nation to MORE federal control in education and joins the union between CCSS and the Depts. of Education/Labor.
My articles about both:
a) Made in America: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/10/29/tech-thursday-stemccss-push-making-it-american/
b) Computer Science for Allhttps://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/02/11/fed-ed-2017-are-you-ready/

Closing:
As our nation continues to face the upcoming elections in November 2016, we should take the above information and use it to question our candidates about what is being laid out in our States to support this. Are the candidates on board with this national overreach? Do they know about it? Will they purpose to NOT join in? Remember, the groundwork to get to this point has taken many years, much money, and is purposing us to become globally educated, employed, and aligned; not American educated, employed, or free!

 

Weekend News: Heads Up, Higher Ed CTE Update

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This Weekend News is an update to the continued Common Core/Career Tech Education/Aligned Apprentices efforts our post secondary students are facing. What can we do to fight this? How can we inform others? Read on, my fighters!!

A White House “Fact Sheet”:

Dated September 9th, 2015, this news release gives us several key pieces to the continued alignment of our students. We know this is part of the ‘cradle to career’ agenda so prevalent in the CCSS Initiative. What is stunning, is that the White House continues to promote these efforts.
WHfactsSo, what are the ‘key pieces’? Here’s my list:
1) “Education and job training are among the surest pathways to the middle class.” (The old school ‘American Dream’ wasn’t middle class, it was MUCH bigger)
2) “President, the First Lady, Dr. Jill Biden, and Secretary Arne Duncan will travel across the country in the coming days to highlight the need for affordable, quality career and education choices..” (in my past articles, I have shared how the Vice President was tasked by the President to come up with Workforce/Education ideas)
3) “President will announce new steps to expand apprenticeships and to continue to build momentum nationwide to make community college free for responsible students.” (in past articles, I’ve shared with you how the nation’s community colleges are already CCSS/CTE aligned)
4) Specific agenda items the “Touring Team” will promote:
a) Dept. of Labor grants “Grants to 46 public-private partnerships marrying the efforts of employers, organized labor, non-profits, local governments, and educational institutions to expand high-quality apprenticeships.”
b)  “independent creation of the College Promise Advisory Board, led by Chair Dr. Jill Biden, and Vice-Chair former Wyoming Governor Jim Geringer and directed by former Under Secretary of Education, Martha Kanter.”
c) “Heads Up America will call on everyone to join the movement to make two years of community college free for responsible students around the country.”
d) Those “American Apprenticeship Grants “ will help train and hire more than 34,000 new apprentices in high-growth and high-tech industries as diverse as health care, IT, and advanced manufacturing while scaling up proven programs in construction, transportation, and energy over the next five years.”
e) “Over 140 employers, colleges, and labor organizations have signed on to be ApprenticeshipUSA LEADERS (Leaders of Excellence in Apprenticeship Development, Education and Research) by expanding their own training programs and encouraging their peers to get on board.” 

To summarize the rest of the news release, it is basically affirming that the White House is over-stepping its authority again, blaming Congress for not being supportive enough when it comes to WIOA (Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act). It is also revealing the massive amounts of money, the number of citizens to be involved in MORE career pathways for life.

The College Promise Advisory Board:

Helping the efforts of ‘free’ community colleges will be the following:
Walther Bumphus (American Association of Community Colleges) I exposed his ties to CCSS/CTE in my 2 part series: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/05/06/wybi-upskilling-america-part-1/  AND https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/05/07/tech-thursday-upskilling-america-part-2/
Lily Garcia(NEA), Randi Weingarten(AFT), LaVerne Srinivasan (Carnegie Corp.), Ellen Alberding (Joyce Foundation), and Randy Boyd (TN Economic and Community Development). There are many others, but these individuals above are well known CCSS/CTE/CCR supporters. (you can see the entire list by accessing the news release’s link)

Those 46 P3s:

The grants are broken down by regions across the USA. In the Northeast, MA, NY, CT, RI, and VT were the ‘winners’. The bulk of the grants appear to be workforce education, outcome based education, or economic based. Some of the programs include The United Way, various department of labor current activities, and more. In the South, SC, GA, AR, TX, and FL ‘won’ money. Money awarded in these states appears to be ’21st Century Initiative’, ‘compressed education’, economic, and workforce based. Mid-Atlantic ‘winners’ are WV, MD, DC, VA, and PA. Their money will be devoted to all kinds of apprenticeships, including a grant to the International Brotherhood of Teamsters! The Mid-West states getting grants are IL, MI, MN, and WI. Illinois received the bulk of the grants. Among the apprenticeships, workforce, education alignment, you’ll find STEM and MAP+ (MI). In the West, HI, CA, OR, NM, WA, NV, and AK will get the big bucks. It appears the bulk of the money will be for either community wide efforts (including community colleges).

Each grantee will have a specific dollar amount, what organizations will benefit by receiving the money and what purpose the money will serve. All kinds of ethnic groups, special needs, and much more are included. The grant information can be accessed:
americanapprenticeshipinitiativegrantsawardsummaries

“Heads Up”:
This website gives us only two choices 'yes' and 'maybe'.

This website gives us only two choices ‘yes’ and ‘maybe’.

This website is so full of agenda driven motives it isn’t funny. For example in the ‘toolkit’, you’ll find ‘willing to work for it’ defined. Part of the definition? Good grades, credits that will follow you, and a commitment to serve your town. As an example of the ‘service’ TN is featured. “Required community service” there when you get ‘free community college’.
“Heads Up” is being called a nation wide grassroots activity. They’ve got a Twitter account (#HeadsUp) The group is really pushing for everyone to get on board with the program, too. One of the ways is to embed their website or Twitter handle in every communication you have access to. Here’s a quote, “Spread the word through social media and by organizing events on your campus and in your community! Think creatively about ways you can make a lasting impact. Every time you spread the word, use our official hashtag ..Make sure you keep an eye on all @Comm_College, @CCTrustees, @AchieveTheDream, @WhiteHouse and @ScholAmerica social media accounts for the latest campaign updates and progress as well. And spread the good news. Let’s do this!”

Here’s the ‘toolkit’, wait until you open to to see how ‘grassroots’ this really isn’t. HeadsUpAmerica_toolkit

The White House Press Release: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2015/09/09/fact-sheet-providing-more-americans-affordable-access-education-and-job

One last quote from the news releaseThe Administration has also undertaken efforts to better align community college programs to in-demand jobs.”


Resources:

 To access my articles about the Vice President’s role in aligning America to CTE, Apprentices, and more: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/08/06/tech-thursday-career-pathways-meet-competency-based-pathways/ (*Note: this article will link you to two other articles about the VP, CCSS, CTE, and Achieve.)

To access the article about those “Aligned Apprentices”, see: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/02/12/tech-thursday-aligned-apprentices/

To see how all this ties to the current NCLB (No Child Left Behind) re-authorization bills (HR5, The Student Success Act and the S1177, Every Child Achieves Act), read:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/06/20/sic-em-saturday-ccss-menu-your-choice/