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Anti Fed Ed Warriors: Heads Up!

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

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

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The Urgent Call:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Needed Background Context For You:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Alexander’s Rag(e)?!

Thanks to a dedicated anti CCSS Warrior, I was pointed to the Morning News by Politico.
Link: http://www.politico.com/tipsheets/morning-education/2016/09/career-education-bill-breaks-down-in-senate-216421

While this is a temporary victory, we need to remember the source: Sen. Alexander.

*Cheerleader for ESSA
*Caught on public record stating alignment for HEA (Higher Ed Act) was next after ESSA became law, and supported by many CTE (Career Tech Ed special interest groups).
*He also knows full well that Perkins Funds (used for CTE) are federal level and given to the States.
*Alexander surely knows all this and much more. He helped write these laws! He’s also a huge key player in birth to grave alignment (that infamous late 80s speech is proof).

From Alexander’s ragging on/raging on this morning:

*We now know the Senate HELP was set to hear ‘discussion’ on S3271, The Workforce Advance Act. The ‘sister’ bill to HR5587, Strengthening Career Tech Education in the 21st Century.

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How Both tie to ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act):

* ESSA ties those funds to not only post-secondary readiness, but student enrollment numbers for those ages 5 to 17 years old.
* ESSA also ties the Perkins funds to education as defined by WIOA (Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act).
* ESSA also embedded every single shred of the ESEA of 1965, which means NCLB went with it to, ESSA DID NOT fix NCLB!
* ESSA also gives the US Sec. of Ed tremendous increases in his authority. One of which is he is the one to oversee a smooth transition from old ESEA to new ESSA nationwide. Since Perkins funds/CTE are in ESSA, that means King’s got the authority over them in other bills.

What Politico reported:

The article states, “Democrats are opposed to the new restrictions on the education secretary’s authority, and point out that such measures were not included in the House bill — which cleared that chamber on a 405-5 vote. “Senator Murray has been working with Democrats and Republicans toward a bipartisan bill to reauthorize Perkins CTE, and she is hopeful that this can continue and get done as quickly as possible,” said Murray spokesman Eli Zupnick.”

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As far as HR 5587’s (The Strengthening Career Technical Education in the 21st Century which passed 405-5) position on Dr. King’s authority: See Page 18 of the 88 page Bill:

 SEC. 8. TRANSITION PROVISIONS.  Section 4 (20 U.S.C. 2303) is amended—  (1) by striking ‘‘the Secretary determines to be appropriate’and inserting ‘‘are necessary’’;  (2) by striking ‘‘Carl D. Perkins Career and  Technical Education Act of 2006’’ each place it appears and inserting ‘‘Strengthening Career and  Technical Education for the 21st Century Act’’;
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As far as King’s power in the S3271, Workforce Advance Act 
(An excerpt from my “Congress Loves CTE” article/comparing  S3271 and HR5587)

 the bill would allow the Department of Education to use national CTE activities to help identify successful methods and best practices for providing dual or concurrent enrollment programs and early college high school career and technical education opportunities.” See:
 https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/08/09/congress-loves-cte/

While in the text of S3271 you do not see Dr. King’s shift from determining ‘appropriate’ CTE  to ‘necessary’ CTE; you do see he has total rein over dual enrollment, concurrent enrollment, Perkins Funds, all the Title funds involved in CTE, early college high schools, apprenticeship programs, as well as the backing of the National Assoc. for CTE, see their crosswalk document for aligning ESSA and WIOA.

https://commoncorediva.files.wordpress.com/2016/08/senate-principles-crosswalk_final.pdf

You’ll also want to see this little gem from the Congress.gov website about S3271, “Official Titles as Introduced: A bill to amend the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006 regarding dual or concurrent enrollment programs and early college high schools.”

Source: https://www.congress.gov/bill/114th-congress/senate-bill/3271/titles


Closing:

Warriors, while it is a sigh of relief for WHATEVER reason Alexander pulled his stunt this morning, it goes without saying that we MUST brace ourselves.

We’ve been able to see right through the smoke and mirror, pro CCSS Machine chatter from D.C., especially from Senators Alexander and Murray. Remember, they BOTH led the nation to ESSA as law. BUT, they were hardly alone.

We know the HELP Committee isn’t done. There are 2 OTHER CTE Bills remaining in their  hands: S3190 (CTE for Rural Health Care; ties Obama Care to CTE), and S3174 (LADDER Act; creates a national workforce council in the Executive Branch of the government).
Oh, and by the way, Dr. John King, as US Sec. of Ed (0r his appointee) is to be among the council members).

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Knowing Fiscal 2016 is winding down, it is truly important we keep tuned to Congress. Especially on the LADDER Act. Why? As I previously researched, published, and have spoken out about, the LADDER funds are ALREADY set aside for Fiscal Years 2017 to 2026. It wouldn’t surprise me at all that Alexander purposefully is taking S3271 off the immediate action table (especially since the House threw the nation under the CCSS Machine 405-5) and put S3174 in its place.

The House’s Ed/Workforce Committee hearing for 10 am on ESSA Title 3 Regulatory Fiat, appears to still be on schedule for 9/21.  Link: http://edworkforce.house.gov/calendar/eventsingle.aspx?EventID=401015

Why this hearing’s a CCSS Machine dream come true? Funding and educratic doublespeak. See:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/09/19/special-edition/

Selective Hearing

Warriors Against the Core; Federal Overreach in Education, and all those in between:

Here are just some of the educational ‘selective’ federal level hearings upcoming:

U.S. Senate’s HELP Committee, 9/21/16, 9:30 am (EDT). Top agenda item? CTE (Career Tech Education). Their most recent CTE bill is S3271, “Workforce Advance Act”. When you visit the link (below) notice, there’s a blank space where the Bill number usually is. They could have a brand new CTE Bill, but the one I know is a ‘hot button’ right now is, S3271. Why? It’s the companion Bill to the HR5587, which the House just passed last week (405-5 vote).
Link for hearing: http://www.help.senate.gov/hearings/s_-career-and-technical-education-act-of-2016-s-2873-echo-act-s-2932-protecting-patient-access-to-emergency-medications-act-of-2016-and-nominations

If you missed my article detailing BOTH these ‘toxic twins’, the Congress has selective chosen to play deaf over, https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/08/09/congress-loves-cte/

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U.S. House of Representative’s Ed and Workforce Committee, 9/21/16, 10:00 am (EDT). Top agenda item? “Supplanting  ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) via a regulatory fiat.” In layman’s terms, ‘make it so’ regulations for ESSA where LEAs and Title 3 funding.”

What in the world is Title 3 funding? What does the ‘supplanting’ have to do with ESSA’s regulations?!

Title 3 funding: http://www2.ed.gov/programs/iduestitle3a/index.html (*Note: basically money from the federal government, given to States to improve educational institutions. Includes leadership development, etc.)
Also notice, this is a direct tie to post-secondary education. HEA (Higher Education Act) is SUPPOSED to be the law which handles all post-secondary education, yet ESSA is jammed with ties to post-secondary education and the HEA!
Legal definitions for ‘fiat’: http://legal-dictionary.thefreedictionary.com/fiat

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That ESSA “Safe Road to Hell” is the ‘supplanting’! Remember, Warriors, we’ve heard selective phrases from many of the Congressional members sold out to the CCSS Machine tell us, that because of the Law, states can choose what to do. A choice set of selective comments has centered on the ‘supplements’ by the Feds to ‘assist’ the States in ESSA. The ‘supplanting’ (aka ‘incentives’ we saw in RttT) are supposedly at an end and will be NO MORE!
Link to the U.S. Dept. of Ed’s Supplant Document (where you’ll see that the Ed is stating States are asking what and how to use Title 3): 
http://www2.ed.gov/programs/sfgp/supplefinalattach2.pdf
(*Note: look at the number of funding uses tied to assessments!)


Link to listen in on the Supplant Hearing:
http://edworkforce.house.gov/calendar/eventsingle.aspx?EventID=401015

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Over on the U.S. Parent Call to Action Facebook page, both of these Hearings have been set up as ‘events’ to attend. You can use this to invite other Warriors, if you like.
Very brief descriptions and the links are there. We can use the Parent Call as an updating information platform. We will need Warriors to choose which of the two hearings to attend, since both are basically the SAME time.
Link: https://www.facebook.com/CommonCoreDiva.CallToAction1/events

You can also use Twitter to report what you hear. For example, when I want to get news out that’s in need of attention, these are my top ‘go-to’ handles.
@StopFedEd/#StopFedEd/@WOWTX/@TruthInAmEd/#StopESSA/
You can also send Tweets using these to protest the CTE Bills: #StopHR5587/#StopS3271

If you’d rather follow the HELP/EdWorkforce Hearings on Twitter and respond with protests there:
@SenateHELP and @EdWorkforce

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We need to ‘divide and conquer’, so please stay in communication with all of us, so we are purposed, not scattered in our efforts this week.

None of us can be at all these places at the same time. Not one of us can collect all that’s said or done during these Hearings.

D.C. is great about picking and choosing the educational sound bites, let’s beat them at their own ‘game’.

Warriors, there’s NO time to loose. Wednesday will be here before we know it. We MUST be ready!
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Weekend News: “No”, a Powerful Word!

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Anti CCSS Warriors, have you noticed how “no” is working in our fight to free our nation of all things ‘Common Core’? Slowly, but surely, our voices are proving effective. However, we have a lot more speaking to do! In this edition of my Weekend News, I have some ways in which we are proving ‘no’ is succeeding in chopping up the CCSS Machine!

Just Saying “No” to Dr. King:

A few days ago, someone posted on Facebook to use the hashtag: #saynotoking on Twitter. There have been a few comments shared. We need many more Tweets, Warriors!
Another hashtag which needs more comments and is related: #sayno2king.
You can post your anti-King comments on the account #noking, but be warned, there are many other comments referring to more sexual topics than anything else. The same will ring true for the hashtag #no2king.

Of interest and can be related to saying ‘no’ would be to ‘crash’ the NEA Summit’s Trending Twitter account, happening this weekend. NEA (National Educators Association) is a well known member of the CCSS Machine and was totally supportive of the ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act). Let ’em know, we the opposed, are saying ‘no’, ‘no’, and a ‘thousand times, no!’ to Dr. King AND ESSA!

 

Every Congress member should know our position when it comes to fed led education!
Every Congress member should know our position when it comes to fed led education!

The Devil is in the Details:

While the date of 2/25/16 was widely shared as the confirming/denying vote for Dr. King, little was shared about the the ‘quiet approval’ of the U.S. Senate HELP Committee (Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee) on the 25th of February 2016.

Since it is, in fact the entire U.S. Senate who must confirm or deny Dr. King’s appointment as the U. S. Secretary of Education, let their Twitter feed reflect our ire and disgust! Use #USSenate! To date, there is only one Tweet devoted to saying ‘no’ where Dr. King is concerned. Let’s see if we can increase that number exponentially, shall we?

We must use the days between now and 3/9/16 to continue to raise awareness, to speak louder to EVERY U.S. Senator in saying “no”. How do I know the vote was cast? A pro-side CCSS Machine member’s Tweet:
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By looking further into the Tweet, I found the U.S. HELP’s proceedings were quick (about 2 and 1/2 hours) and another step in the WRONG direction for education!
Follow this link to get the EdWeek viewpoint (will be the second article you see) Then go to the hearing itself from the HELP Committee.
The EdWeek link: http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/campaign-k-12/
See: http://www.help.senate.gov/hearings/nomination-of-dr-john-king-to-serve-as-secretary-of-education
(Warning: Sen. Alexander begins the entire hearing, so have a punching bag ready! You will also need to hear the new Coalition Alexander spews off in his opening comments.) While it painful to listen to, as an anti CCSS Warrior, you must! It gives us plenty of clues as to where to target our ‘no’ voices!

To see Dr. King’s prepared statement given before the U.S. HELP Committee:
http://www.help.senate.gov/imo/media/doc/King8.pdf
(Note: Dr. King directly points out the work to be done to update the HEA, Higher Education Act. Big warning for MORE alignment to the CCSS Machine, Warriors!!)

To contact your Senators directly, use the U.S. Senate contact pages:
http://www.senate.gov/senators/contact/

To help put together a Twitter rally and/or Facebook campaign of urging the Senators to ‘just say no’ to Dr. King and his reign of pain in education, help me urge your state groups or national groups against CCSS, to get this ‘no’ effort to increase! If you have ties to the Patriot Journal Network and are familiar with their awesome Twitter rallies to bring attention to a cause, let them know we need help immediately! Together, we CAN do much! Together, we can say “NO” forcibly enough Washington will have no choice in confirming Dr. King, they will have to deny him! Are you with me?! Great! Keep saying NO to federally led education! Keep saying NO to the embedded CCSS in the ESSA, in spite of what lies you hear that it isn’t!! Help us unite to say ‘YES’ to Stop Fed Ed!!