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Weekend News: The IES and the ESSA

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ESSA molding education to become less than what it should be.

In yesterday’s ‘Tech Thursday’ article, I gave you plenty of information about the CCSS Machine’s efforts via the ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) and digital education. In the ‘Closing’, I assured you we would look at the IES (Institute of Education Sciences) next.
Why? Section 9210 of the ESSA discusses the IES’s role in federal overreach into not only education, but our homes as well.

 

Section 9210, Bottom of Page 943:

In the ESSA Final Conference Report (that is the 1,059 page document; the Final Law Version is 391 pages long), this section is titled “Report on Student Home Access to Digital Learning Resources”. (Lines 14 and 15)
Beginning on Line 16 and ending on Line 20, is the General Statement for this Report. “In General-not later than 18 months after the date of enactment of this Act, the Director of the Institute of Education Sciences shall complete a study on the educational impact of access to digital learning resources outside the classroom.” So what does this mean? Anytime between December 9, 2015 and July 9, 2017 this Study will be conducted!
Lines 21-24 of Page 943 begin the Contents that will be studied. (The Contents description ends near the bottom of Page 944) Below is a summary of these Contents:

1) Analysis of student habits related to digital learning resources outside the classroom.
2) Location of where the resources are.
3) The types of devices and technology used for educational purposes.
4) Barriers students face in accessing digital learning resources outside the classrooms will be identified.
5) Descriptions of challenges students without home internet access face daily.
6) Related challenges to #5 will encompass a student’s ability to complete homework as well as how engaged in the classrooms they are. It will also measure their participation in class.
7) How the challenges of #5 and 6 impact a student’s educator and their instructions.
8) How SEAs and LEAs (State Education Agencies and Local Education Agencies), schools, P3s (Public, private partnerships), and others can develop ways to break down the challenges and barriers of digital learning access outside the classroom.

What follows the Contents of the Study? How the Director of the IES will include the general public in results of the Study. What other groups get the results? The Committee on Education and Workforce (U.S. House) and the HELP (Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions) of the U.S. Senate. Finally, all this data will be shared electronically with the U.S. Dept. of Education and posted to their website.

 

Warriors Against the Core: Do you see the process? Do you realize the implications? Do you recognize the 2 main parties receiving the results (Congress and the Dept. of Ed) are the same ones who help plot and plan the HR5 and the S1177 which were combined to give us the ESSA?!
The HELP, the Ed/Workforce also have their hands on the SLDS (Student Longitudinal Data System from the U.S. Dept. of Ed); are helping oversee the re-authorization of the HEA (Higher Education Act); have access to  the WQDI (Workforce Quality Data Initiative from the U.S. Dept. of Labor); and will now be measuring our students OUTSIDE the schools! So where does this usually point? Homes! After school programs! Will this include their trips to Grandma’s or a favorite hang out location where they meet friends, too? While not specified, the descriptions in the language are so opened ended, it does make you wonder.

If you are a number cruncher, here is what all this looks like in our tax dollars:

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IES, Up Close:

Well, if the IES will be measuring our students and homes so up close and personal, maybe we should be looking at THEM rather closely.
The website: http://www.ies.gov
The Director: Ruth Neild (her  bio:
https://www.nagb.org/content/nagb/assets/documents/what-we-do/quarterly-board-meeting-materials/2015-08/06-Ruth-Curran-Neild-Bio.pdf)
To see her requirements in conducting research: https://ies.ed.gov/director/sro/legislative.asp

From what I have been able to find, the Study mentioned in the ESSA is not available on the IES website. However, I have been able to find some related documentation which may help us in our War Against CCSS.

For example, the IES is great about granting large sums of money to others in the name of research. I was able to find one such grant given to UCLA back in 2008. The sum? Over 9 million dollars. The name of the grantee, specifically? National Research and Development Center on Instructional Technology: Center for the Advanced of Technology in Schools (NCATS). The money was good for 5 years.
See: https://ies.ed.gov/funding/grantsearch/details.asp?ID=630
Another one was a slightly over one million dollars given to the CAST, Inc. back in 2011 (good for 3 years) and combined technology with the Universal Design for Learning, struggling readers, and more digital learning. See:
https://ies.ed.gov/ncer/projects/results.asp?ProgID=18&InvID=129

I  was also able to find a pdf document where activities for social, emotional, and behavior competencies; student outcomes in school and in life for PreK to Adults are in need of studying, measuring, and researching, especially for virtual learning. See the document:
https://ies.ed.gov/funding/pdf/2016_84305C.pdf

Want to access the ‘Future of Education Technology’ the IES has published?IESfutureedtech
One thing I noticed in relation to this publication was the E-Rate legislation. I wrote about how that is also tied to Common Core in the past (2014). See:  http://preventcommoncore.com/?p=1223
(*Note: This is a huge piece of ‘ammo’ for our cause!)

Want to access the ‘National Education Technology Plan (2016)’ which aligns to the ESSA’s “Effective Use of Technology”? It is from the U. S. Dept. of Education, so no wondering what alignment there may be there, right? See: http://tech.ed.gov/netp/
(*Note: the ESSA language about outside the classroom can best be described in a picture. To see what the U.S. Dept. of Ed has put together:
http://tech.ed.gov/netp/infrastructure/)

If you are curious as to the picture I included showing the dollar amounts for technology in the ESSA, please see the rest of the article, you won’t be disappointed.
http://americanactionforum.org/insights/education-technology-in-the-every-student-succeeds-act

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Lastly, the recent announcement of the White House Initiative for Computer Science for All? Yep, same agenda, same players from the CCSS Machine, and our tax dollars are joined together to continue the grinding down of our educational system and all those involved!
See: https://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2016/01/30/computer-science-all

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CC Diva: Back on the Blog!

Greetings for 2016 to all those dedicated, fearless, and, awesome anti CCSS (Common Core State Standards) Warriors!

It has been a couple of weeks since I last wrote a blog entry, but I’ve been anything but idle. January 2016 finds me gearing up for some exciting speaking engagements where I’ll be honored to share with others just how deeply committed to all things Common Core, our nation is. I know you’ve been kept updated by others while I was away about the over reaching evidence of the ‘fed led ed’ via the S1177 (Every Student Succeeds Act). You’ve been updated on even more evidence about just how snookered our legislators have been when it comes to ‘more state’s control in education’.

2016 will prove to be a big year for all of us as we know important elections will take place. From local school board elections, to the White House, we, the opposed to a strait-jacketed education, have MUCH to do!

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As I shared with you in my last couple of 2015 posts, you can except to see me continue my mission of supplying you with information the PRO Common Core side wishes I didn’t have. You can bet I’ll be looking into MORE of the post-secondary push for a strait jacketed set of CCSS/CCR/CTE/GR (Common Core State Standards/College and Career Ready Standards/Career Technical Education Standards/ Global Ready Standards) standards that our 50 states have already invested heavily in and will continue to build a bridge to streamline pre-K to graduate schools and the job market! We’ve known for a while that CCSS (Common Core State Standards) is being recycled and repacked as not only some of the ‘alphabet soup’ acronyms you see above, but MORE! I’ll be sharing all I have on every stinking one of them, as I can.

While I was away, I also noticed lots of ire over the Exxon-Mobil statement about CCSS (Common Core State Standards). Anti CC Warriors, please remember, they are certainly not the only corporation to issue a pro-statement or make advertisements to support more state by state alignment. If you’ve not see the Business Rountable’s list of pro CCSS/CCR (Common Core State Standards/College and Career Ready) supporters, I urge you to do so. Visit their ‘issues’ page and review their activism toward ‘education and the workforce’. See: http://businessroundtable.org/issues/education-workforce

Don’t forget the re-authorization of the HEA (Higher Education Act) will more than likely be in the news very soon. As you’ve heard me state before, this is the LAST link in the chain of alignment for American education. This is the biggest threat to ALL educational choices, regardless of where pre-K through High School was spent. As you know, I’ve devoted several articles to exposing these truths time and time again.

While the dust is still settling over the S1177, know that the HELP committee (the U.S. Senate’s Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions) and the Education and Workforce Committee (the U.S. House of Representative’s) are working overtime to continue what S1177 laid out for education. Many  of our legislators abandoned our anti CCSS stance with their votes to pass S1177, many will be poised to the same in higher education. Just watch their press releases.
Why higher education? It leads to jobs, jobs lead to money, and states need money for businesses.
Businesses have done a bang up job skewing the ‘skills gap’ fallacy and those in the CCSS Machine, short for Common Core State Standards Machine (as I can it), have fed this fallacy far too long. Why? Buried in the S1177 are passages where businesses will be MORE involved in education and what is taught. The goal in  education: simply this, the earlier the job skills training implanted in education, the more Suzy or Johnny will graduate whatever level of education totally prepared for the job market.
To see the HELP’s declarative education statement:
http://www.help.senate.gov/about/issues/
To see the Ed & Workforce declarative education statements:
http://edworkforce.house.gov/news/documentquery.aspx?DocumentTypeID=1854:1825

For an illustration of the strait-jacketed path our students face, see below. This image was originally featured in one of my September 2015 articles

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

Here’s another one that should be of interest from September 2015 and will give you a visual of the agenda being cemented for our nation:

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Image courtesy of RAF Automation.

Closing:
It’s good to be back with you. It’s good to fight for what’s right. If you are curious as to what MORE you can do to fight this ‘War Against the Core’, I urge you to get involved in the “It’s About The Child” Conference set for January 29-31, 2016. Set to be hosted in Texas, this event will be live-streamed throughout the nation! So if you can’t make it to the Lone Star state, you can still be a front runner for the students of America from wherever you are!

Details can be found: http://www.itsaboutthechild.com/register.html
The flyer can be accessed:
http://www.itsaboutthechild.com/uploads/5/7/1/8/57183785/conference_flyer_for_inet.jpg

The reasons to attend (in person or on-line) include:
Friday: A to Z on CCSS (Common Core State Standards)
Saturday: U.S. Presidential candidates, other candidates answer educational questions at a Town Hall meeting; Forming local grassroots action groups to fight CCSS (Common Core State Standards); a VIP Question/Answer Session
Sunday: A ‘Founder Fathers’ style prayer and reflection gathering
BUT, the main reason is OUR Nation’s future is worth saving!!

The entire event is set to be archived, so if you can’t make it in January, you can have the information available for your research, fight, or knowledge at any time!

I’ve been asked to be a big part of the Conference and while I will not be able to be in TX, I’ll contribute both behind the scenes and in the future events connected to fighting for our nation and education. What an honor to be among such dedicated and valiant Warriors!

Can’t wait until the end of January 2016? Super! I can’t either. Tonight, thanks to the Patriot Journal Network, you can help raise awareness for not only the Conference, but the need for MORE education Warriors to stand up for our students! There is a Twitter Rally set for tonight, 1/3/16, 9 pm EST (Eastern Standard Time). Here is the link for information:
http://patriotjournalist.com/AboutTheChildAction.php?v=0&src=Schedule

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!
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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.

Monday Musings: Supportive Acts to Back the Initiative

While this cartoon was depicted a U.S. Congress run by monopolists, it can easily resemble the 'CCSS Machine' running education.
While this cartoon was depicted a U.S. Congress run by monopolists, it can easily resemble the ‘CCSS Machine’ running education.

Much has been written lately about the S1787 (Senate Bill 1787) which is to continue to implementation/support of the ‘Community Schools’ overhaul.  This means, the neighborhood schools you know as they are NOW will be laced with the Common Core Initiative (meaning it will be not just the Standards being embedded,  but ALL the other resources identified as part of the agenda BEHIND all this alignment. In practical terms, this means: one one stop community place where everyone will go for everything they need government wise. It’s a social justice makeover for your towns. The biggest insult to us as citizens? This is all done in the name of education reform!

Don’t believe what I’m saying?! There are many credible pieces of evidence available to prove out my statement. (for example, Charlotte Iserbyt’s resource: http://abcsofdumbdown.blogspot.com/2015/03/21st-century-schools.html) Try Anita Hoge’s resource, http://abcsofdumbdown.blogspot.com/2014/06/the-school-of-hub.html

This screen shot is from Mrs. Hoge’s article and is a copy of an actual document!

How is the "Community School" makeover thriving? "Promise Neighborhoods".
How is the “Community School” makeover thriving? “Promise Neighborhoods”.

If you missed my “Weekend News” posted yesterday, the “Women on the Wall” Conference Call went into this subject of 21st Century Community Learning Centers to some degree. The subject also was discussed on the “Negdog Radio” interview. Here’s the link to both:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/08/16/weekend-news-anti-common-core-media-files/

To access my previously published expose of the “Community Schools”, see:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/06/19/fom-a-new-ccs-coalition-for-community-schools/

What I’ve Found About S1787:

Not to repeat the excellent in-depth writing of those who’ve targeted this particular bill, (links will be posted below) I wanted to share with you what I found. All of the bills (S1787 and the others mentioned are amendments to the re-authorization of the ESEA (Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965).

1) The Bill is ‘in Committee’ (This means it is being looked over by the HELP Committee (Health, Education, Labor, and, Pensions Committee). In case you aren’t familiar with HELP, the committee was key to the passage of the Senate’s re-authorization of the ESEA (Elementary and Secondary Act of 1965) known as “Every Child Achieves Act”.
2) Related in some way to S1787, are currently 6, 260 OTHER bills! (This means that there are many angles to pulling together education reform from a federal level and there’s obviously mulitple bills to cover those overreaches.) Among the related bills? BOTH the “Student Success Act” (HR 5) and the “Every Child Achieves Act” (S1177).
3) Directly related is the “Promise Neighborhoods Act of 2015”, H2882 written and sponsored by Rep. Payne of NJ. The Senate has their version (same name) sponsored by Sen. Murphy (CT). Payne’s version has 20 co-sponsors; Murphy’s has 5. Payne’s version is currently in the House’s Education and Workforce Committee; Murphy’s is in the HELP committee’s hands. What the alarm should be about either of these: a) they are updated versions of previously introduced legislation from past sessions of Congress b) they support a federal program ALREADY in place. (See: http://www2.ed.gov/programs/promiseneighborhoods/index.html) According to the U.S. Dept. of Ed’s “Promise Neighborhoods” page, the following is already in place:

“Promise Neighborhoods, established under the legislative authority of the Fund for the Improvement of Education Program (FIE), provides funding to support eligible entities, including (1) nonprofit organizations, which may include faith-based nonprofit organizations, (2) institutions of higher education, and (3) Indian tribes. The vision of the program is that all children and youth growing up in Promise Neighborhoods have access to great schools and strong systems of family and community support that will prepare them to attain an excellent education and successfully transition to college and a career. The purpose of Promise Neighborhoods is to significantly improve the educational and developmental outcomes of children and youth in our most distressed communities, and to transform those communities by a) Identifying and increasing the capacity of eligible entities that are focused on achieving results for children and youth throughout an entire neighborhood;  b) Building a complete continuum of cradle-to-career solutions of both educational programs and family and community supports, with great schools at the center; c) Integrating programs and breaking down agency “silos” so that solutions are implemented effectively and efficiently across agencies; d) Developing the local infrastructure of systems and resources needed to sustain and scale up proven, effective solutions across the broader region beyond the initial neighborhood; and, e) Learning about the overall impact of the Promise Neighborhoods program and about the relationship between particular strategies in Promise Neighborhoods and student outcomes, including through a rigorous evaluation of the program.”
4) Another directly related bill to the “Community Schools” overhaul is S412 “Schools Utilizing Comprehensive and Community Engagement for Success” by Sen. Mikulski (MD) This bill has one co-sponsor and is the the HELP’s hands as well. It’s  based off the “Judy Centers” success Maryland has experienced. Here’s an excerpt from the bill,Integrated services and comprehensive supports, such as before school, after school, and summer activities, family engagement, health and mental services, and other services and supports, are necessary components of effective, school-based efforts to dramatically affect dropout prevention rates, increase graduation rates, and improve student achievement. In one national study, 98 percent of students receiving such services and supports stayed in school, 89 percent had fewer suspensions, and 85 percent of such students who were eligible high-school seniors graduated. Through the Judith P. Hoyer Centers, or Judy Centers, the State of Maryland has operated an integrated services and comprehensive supports model geared towards young children, and their families, and have seen remarkable increases in school readiness among children who enter kindergarten having attended a Judy Center.”

To learn more about “Judy Centers” (be sure you note the Kindergarten Assessment), see:
http://www.judycenter.com/

5) H718, “Supporting Community Schools Act of 2015”, sponsored by Rep. Honda (CA) is also directly related to the all the communal alignment efforts. It’s a ‘recycled’ bill (meaning it has shown up in previous Congressional sessions), it has 7 and is being reviewed by the  Early Childhood, Elementary and Secondary Education Committee. This is a sub-committee of the House’s Education and Workforce Committee.  What we need to know about this one is laid out in the “Congressional Findings”. (in other words, what they’ve deemed as worthy of creating legislation for) The excerpt:

The community school model effectively leverages multiple education funding streams, which results in greater resources for a school. Community schools increase and sustain capacity through diversified financial support and leverage, on average, 3 dollars from private and other sources for every 1 dollar of State funding provided to the schools. According to Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, for every dollar spent on community schools, the United States is getting back 5, 6, or 7 dollars from the business community, nonprofit organizations, social service agencies, and State and Federal governments.  According to Linda Darling-Hammond, the Charles DuCommon Professor of Education at Stanford University, community schools, which make local schools the hub of education and health services for children and families, have proven to be highly successful and are cost effective and replicable. Community schools are a force for development and stability that strengthens families and communities, and such schools offer childcare and early learning, family literacy and job-training, tutoring and enrichment before and after school, and on-site health clinics.”

Are There More Like These?

Absolutely! I’ll be looking into some of the others over the next week or so. What we, the opposed to the overhauling of our communities via the collective mindset of the CCSS Machine (or the Common Core State Standards Initiative), need to do is contact Congress BEFORE they head back to D.C. Why?! When these leaders are at home, they are more accessible. It is easier to gain an audience with them.

As you can see, each of these bills is laced time and time again with some of the same folks we’ve seen responsible for the educational nightmare we’re in; we’ve seen reform from the public-private partnerships now being supported by legislation which could become the law of the land; we see the same agenda points of rigor, assessments, college and career readiness, and more from these few bills above. While the statistics show some of these are facing a slight chance of passage, ANY of these bills could be easily promoted IF we do nothing.

Access to the articles about S1787:
https://whatiscommoncore.wordpress.com/
http://curmudgucation.blogspot.com/2015/07/christies-education-truth-gap.html

FTF: Update for STEM, Workforce, and the HEA, Part One

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Warriors against the CCSS Machine. We know that Machine includes STEM, Career Tech Education, and Workforce. , it’s been very well researched and documented. We’ve seen the train wreck Congress made out of the Student Success Act, the Every Child Achieves Act. We won’t have to wait much longer to see what is revealed when the re-authorized version of the Higher Education Act appears. Today, it’s a quick review of where the bill is and then an update of what we can prepare for.

Remember, the BEST warrior is a PRO-ACTIVE warrior.

Review:

1) The HEA (Higher Education Act) was created roughly the same time as the ESEA (Elementary and Secondary Act); 1965.

2) Ted Mitchell, from the U.S. Dept. of Education has been quietly working on helping re-vamp the HEA while Sen. Alexander has been much more vocal in re-vamping ALL education to align with the CCSS Machine. How do I know this? See: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/06/10/wybi-sen-alexander-the-hea-and-next-america/ (*Note: In this article I began to reveal not only the ‘master plan’ for Higher Ed, but some of the pro CCSS supportive companies and organizations promoting the Alexander/Mitchell scheme)

3) In case you missed Part 2 of the Alexander/Mitchell articles, see: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/06/11/tech-thursday-more-alexander-hea-and-the-next-america/ (*Note: In this one, you’ll be able to see how maneuvering the Senator from Tennessee has been, the reports and studies created by pro CCSS educational groups or non-profits which are being used to help write a CCSS/CTE/Workforce aligned piece of legislation)

4) All of the rewritten, reauthorized education acts have a united purpose: WIOA
See this excerpt from my June 2015 article titled, “Halting a CCSS/CTE Aligned Workforce?”:“To the Warriors against the ‘Core’, we’ve learned over and over that the CCSS Machine has many parts to it. Those parts include Career Clusters, Career Pathways, the American Apprenticeship Initiative, Career and Technical Education, and the  Common  Core Standards (which encompass every subject, including the Arts and PE).

One of the biggest parts of the Machine? That would be the amount of legislation expressly written to protect the embedding of all this illegally based education reform!

To date one of the most important pieces of this type of legislation is the (already passed as  a law in 2014 on the federal level) WIOA. Also known as the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act.”

Updates:

Where is the new version of the HEA, now? We’ll get to that it a bit.

1) Let’s see what related moves have been made. Why? Think back to the amendments offered to be attached to the mammoth Every Child Achieves Act. Much of the plan behind those amendments was to add in key pieces of language created to meet specific goals, or, in the case of the public/private partnered CCSS Machine, the agenda. When the newer version of the HEA is presented, don’t think similar tactics won’t be used. They absolutely will. How do I know?

See this excerpt from May 2015, “In a joint statement released on May 21, Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-WA) announced the formation of bipartisan working groups tasked with addressing four key areas within the Higher Education Act (HEA) reauthorization. The four working groups, composed of HELP committee staff from both parties, will focus on issues of accountability, accreditation, college affordability and financial aid, and campus sexual assault. Though committee staff will lead the meetings, all Senate HELP Committee members will be invited to attend. Senators Alexander and Murray noted they look forward to the bipartisan collaboration in the weeks to come as the reauthorization process continues to progress. A draft HEA bill is expected this fall.” (Source: http://www.natlawreview.com/article/senate-help-committee-forms-bipartisan-higher-education-act-reauthorization-working-)

Remember all the ‘bipartisanship’ used in HR5 and S1177? Refer back to ‘confessional’, if you will, by Sens. Alexander/Murray where the pro CCSS groups helping create the legislation were thanked publicly! (*Note, if you didn’t know it, when a legislator publicly thanks a person, group, or business, it is because they were extremely involved and partly responsible for the success of the legislation passing!)

2) “America Competes”, both the U.S. House and Senate have bills with this name (HR1806, the Republican version/HR 1898, the Democratic version/S1398, supported by both parties)

2a) HR1806:
This version has passed the House, already has 4 amendments and 11 related bills! Here’s an excerpt from Section 115 you have to read, It is the sense of Congress that(1) in order to bolster the STEM workforce pipeline, many industry sectors are becoming involved in K–12 initiatives and supporting undergraduate and graduate work in STEM subject areas and fields,(2) partnerships with education providers, STEM focused competitions, and other opportunities have become important aspects of private sector efforts to strengthen the STEM workforce;(3) understanding the work that private sector organizations are undertaking in STEM fields should inform the Federal Government’s role in STEM education; and(4) successful private sector STEM initiatives, as reflected by measurements of relevant outcomes, should be encouraged and supported by the Foundation.” (*Note “Foundation” refers to the National Science Foundation)

Think a STEM pipeline workforce doesn’t sound like a bad thing for America? Consider that many public/private partnerships are ALREADY in place and working well in bringing about the CCSS Machine’s master plan of an aligned workforce (See: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/06/25/tech-thursday-p-tech-its-here-its-now-and-its-part-of-the-p3-ccss-machine/https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/06/19/fom-a-new-ccs-coalition-for-community-schools/https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/03/31/ftf-ccss-pearsonites-at-your-higher-ed-campuses-now/) Each of these will lay out for you how STEM, the Workforce, and others have already begun to reinvent elementary and secondary education to align with post-secondary education.

To access HR1806’s text: https://www.congress.gov/bill/114th-congress/house-bill/1806/text?q=%7B%22search%22%3A%5B%22%5C%22hr1806%5C%22%22%5D%7D (*Note: Be sure to look at the amendments, related bills; there’s certain to be more Congressional mindset) 

2b) HR1898:
This version passed before the Memorial Day holiday and gives the National Science Foundation (NSF),  the U.S. Dept. of Energy, and other related groups MORE funding. Why? To step up STEM, especially where energy is concerned. Now, that may sound like no big deal, however, consider what many of those of us who oppose CCSS, CTE have discovered about not only STEM, but the NSF’s ties to the CCSS Machine. One of my very first articles gave you the document where it was stated STEM would be THE goal and that Common Core was to be the means to achieve that goal. Since then, I’ve given you more information about NSF. NSF has been tied to CCSS in so many ways, it should be criminal. (See: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/02/18/wybiupclosewithnsf/ )
To read the short summary statement of the HR1898’s text it plainly states the purpose is to improve America’s competitiveness AND other purposes. Sections 201-205 spell out the STEM, STEaM, and Workforce agenda. (STEM is short for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math; STEaM is short for Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, and Math). Want to see how STEM, STEaM, Workforce, CCSS, and CTE intersect? Refer to my 3 part series: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/05/27/wybi-stem-to-steam-ties-to-common-core-pt-1/; https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/05/28/tech-thursday-pt-2-stem-to-steams-ties-to-common-core/; https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/05/29/friday-special-post-part-3-stem-to-steam-ties-to-ccss/

To access HR1898: https://www.congress.gov/bill/114th-congress/house-bill/1898/text (*Note: be sure to refer to the 8 related higher education bills to this. You’ll be amazed at what you see planned)

On Thursday, we’ll look at the Senate’s version of “America Competes” as well as tie in Career Tech Education, HEA, and more.

Finally, where’s the HEA now? It’s not in any one bill yet; rather there are several HEA re-authorization bills in Congress. You can find this when you access the link from Congress. However, don’t assume this link contains the only ones on the table. There are others related to them, or others with different names. Ones we need to watch will contain many of the CCSS Machine buzzwords like ‘outcome based education’, ‘reform’, ‘opportunity’, etc. Also, consider what committees these bills are coming from and are currently in. If you see ‘workforce’, that’s a big clue to what we can expect. See the screen shot to enter the exact phrase to narrow done the search:

Visit: www.congress.gov
Visit: http://www.congress.gov

Lastly, remember this screen shot? It was during the hype just before HR5 passed:

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

Sic’ ‘Em Saturday: CCSS Naysayers

Seventeen did not a victory make, however, they got the message 'we've had all we'll take!'
Seventeen did not a victory make, however, they got the
message ‘we’ve had all we’ll take!’

Anti CCSS Warriors, you’ve read the stories, culled the Congressional Reports. You know this ‘War Against Common Core’ is NOT over yet.  However, today, we’ll take a look at the 17 who stood strong in the Senate against not only their peers, but the CCSS Machine. I’d like to preface my article, I am NOT endorsing any political candidate publicly. My focus isn’t on the campaigns of any of the 17 Senators. Are these 17 tied to Common Core in any way? Let’s find out.
The Nay Sayers:

Here, again, are those 17 names. Senators Graham and Nelson didn't vote.
Here, again, are those 17 names. Senators Graham and Nelson didn’t vote.

While each of the following said ‘no’ July 16th, will they remain nay sayers? We’ll need to continue to hold them accountable. Especially when you discover more about their education stances.
Blunt: MO, voted ‘no’ to S1177, As a member of the Appropriations Committee, Sen. Blunt gets to help decide where our taxpayer’s money is spent. One such benefactor? The U.S. Dept. of Education. See: http://www.blunt.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/committee-assignments I didn’t find a press release following his ‘no’ to ECAA on his website. However, I did find that his stance on job growth may be of concern, therefore watching how he continues to vote where education is concerned. See: http://www.blunt.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/grow-jobs-and-opportunity Note the phrase ‘shovel ready’ and Missouri’s community colleges. As we’ve discovered, community colleges are entrapped in the CCSS/CTE pipeline for education.
Booker: NJ, voted ‘no’ to S1177, HIs statement following his vote, revealed his dissatisfaction with Title One funding. See: http://www.booker.senate.gov/?p=press_release&id=281 That said, Sen. Booker’s involvement in a trained workforce is worthy of not only our concern, but our voice. Sen. Booker has teamed up with Sen. Scott (see below) in LEAP, Leveraging and Energizing America’s Apprenticeship Program Act. Why would a CCSS Warrior need to be concerned? I’ve published a detailed article previously detailing how the Apprenticeship program in America is CCSS, CTE aligned.
Booker’s statement on jobs and the economy:  http://www.booker.senate.gov/?p=press_release&id=281 His committee service includes commerce and science. See:
http://www.booker.senate.gov/?p=about_senator My article about apprentices:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/02/12/tech-thursday-aligned-apprentices/

Crapo: ID, voted ‘no’ to S1177, If you don’t know his stance on education, you should. While he’s a big supporter of public education, he desires more local control. That said, he also shares that the federal role in education is helpful. Anti CC Warriors, I’m curious, do Congress members receive a ‘Know your Constitution’ exam before being sworn in? If not, maybe they should. As per our 10th Amendment, there is to be NO federal role in education. See Sen. Crapo’s educational stance:
http://www.crapo.senate.gov/issues/education/education.cfm While I didn’t see his service on any committees which directly impact education, I did notice a few caucuses he belongs to which are tied to CCSS. (for example: TRIO, 4-H, and others) See:  http://www.crapo.senate.gov/about_mike/committees.cfm
Cruz: TX,  voted ‘no’ to S1177, Sen. Cruz’s vote was consistent with his education stance as an opposer of CCSS. His statement following that vote said ECAA missed the mark. See:
http://www.cruz.senate.gov/?p=press_release&id=2385 His education page: http://www.cruz.senate.gov/?p=issue&id=36 According to his bio page, he is a defender of the U.S. Constitution. As you’ll see with some of the other Senators, Cruz serves of the Joint Economic Committee and others. Commerce is among them. Knowing how big business has its hands all over education, I’m sure we’ll need to watch to see how this is handled.
Daines: MT, voted ‘no’ to S1177, His amendment, SAFE Kids, is said to protect student data privacy, however, in looking at the website detailing this amendment, several CCSS Machine members are supportive. This should be a huge concern to us, as opposed to Common Core! See: http://www.daines.senate.gov/news/press-releases/daines-blumenthal-introduce-bill-to-protect-students-data A noted other key concern for us should be his participation in cloud data storage. See: http://www.daines.senate.gov/meet-steve/biography
Flake: AZ, voted ‘no’ to S1177, While some of his amendments were included in ECAA (Every Child Achieves Act), he couldn’t support some of the other components of the bill. See: http://www.flake.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/press-releases?ID=dfad8ae1-0422-49b6-9ae1-68181f4053b9 However, his amendments were for charter school authority and early learning alignment are very concerning to anti CC Warriors. Why? As I’ve shared with you before, many overseeing charter schools are part of the CCSS Machine. Early learning alignment? No! Absolutely not! His education page will reveal he voted against NCLB and believes in local control. See: http://www.flake.senate.gov/public/?p=healthcare-and-education
Lee: UT, voted ‘no’ to S1177, His press release statement following that vote stated it was because the bill expands the U.S. Dept. of Education, increases early education overhaul,and more. See:  http://www.lee.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/press-releases?ID=9c7f3ff8-1e62-4fcb-98ef-4c0b7f30406f According to his website, Sen. Lee is a defender of the U.S. Constitution. He also is a member of the U.S. Joint Economic Committee. (JEC’s website address is provided below in another Senator’s description) Lee is currently working on higher education legislation. He has even asked for America’s help. Anti CCSS Warriors, if you’re concerned about Sen. Lamar Alexander’s push for aligning as much as he can of education from birth to post grad, perhaps you’d like to help Sen. Lee’s writing of legislation. See: http://www.lee.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/higher-education-reform-and-college-opportunity#form_a6481d29-13fc-4476-a3f8-525869be3f88  As any good anti CC Warrior, we need to be ever watchful of what transpires from here on out.
Moran: KS, voted ‘no’ to S1177, A fan of CTE (career and technical education) is a big cause of concern for those of us opposed to the CCSS Machine. We now very well by now, that CTE is in every state of the United States, no matter if your state ‘adopted’ CCSS or not.
The Senator’s website will tell you he voted against NCLB in 2001, and why. See:
http://www.moran.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/education His service on two committees which involve education (commerce and science) are worth holding him accountable in the coming days. See: http://www.moran.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/committee-assignments
Murphy: CT, voted ‘no’ to S1177, His stance on education includes the 21st century skills needed for the global economy statement we’ve heard so much from the CCSS Machine. There are other statements in his education view point which are concerning to us as anti CCSS Warriors. For example, the states and accountability facing us in a re-authorized ESEA. (Press release: http://www.murphy.senate.gov/newsroom/press-releases/murphy-booker-warren-coons-esea-accountability-amendment-receives-broad-support)
Murphy is a member of hte HELP Committee (Health, Education, Labor, and Pension). See: http://www.murphy.senate.gov/issues/education
Paul: KY, voted ‘no’ to S1177, Which directly supports his stance on education view point. His website has a well explained statement to detail his stance. See: http://www.paul.senate.gov/about-rand/issues/promoting-opportunity-through-education
His statement following the passage of S1177: http://www.paul.senate.gov/news/press/dr-rand-paul-votes-against-flawed-education-reform-bill-
Paul is a member of the HELP (Health, Education, Labor, and Pension) Committee. HELP was key in S1177’s existence.
Risch: ID, voted ‘no’ to S1177, His statement on education is brief, but to the anti CC Warrior, says a lot. For example, his stance on the role of the federal government in education is one of concern. How so? He believes the federal government should have a role in education. Warriors, does no one remember that federal government, per the U.S. Constitution, shouldn’t have ANY role in education?! See Risch’s statement: http://www.risch.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?p=Education
Rubio: FL, voted ‘no’ to S1177, There’s not a message on his website concerning his vote that I could find. His blog has no entry for 7/16/15, either. However, I did find he serves on several committees that are directly related to education (technology, for example). His bio page on his website can serve as alert to his stance on higher education (as in making it affordable). Then, there’s the concern for the ‘global economy’. Why are these areas to hold him accountable? Sen. Alexander’s statement concerning the Higher Education Act was next on his list is a great reason. Add to that the push from the CCSS Machine where digital this and that are on a hyper speed effort to impact technology. See Rubio’s website: http://www.rubio.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/biography
Sasse: NE, voted ‘no’ to S1177, I cannot find any sort of press release after the vote. His website does not share any education view points that I can find. However, he does serve on the U.S. Joint Economic Committee. Since the CCSS Machine has a huge goal for the economic status of the U.S. A., I’d say we most definitely need to find out more about Sen Sasse’s view of education. See his website:
http://www.sasse.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/about
See the Joint Econ Website:  http://www.jec.senate.gov/public/
Scott: SC, voted ‘no’ to S1177, because he didn’t feel the bill was good enough. See his statement explaining his vote: http://www.scott.senate.gov/press-release/sen-tim-scott-statement-every-child-achieves-act However, Sen. Scott’s been key to the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014 and other ‘opportunities’ for aligned education and labor. WIOA embedded CCSS aligned Career Pathways at least 21 times. (See Sen. Scott’s agenda for a trained workforce, http://www.scott.senate.gov/opportunityagenda
Shelby: AL, voted ‘no’ to S1177, according to his website, he serves on at least 2 committees where funding occurs. Combine that with his stance that states are choosing CCSS, is a cause, in my opinion, to continue to watch him. See: http://www.shelby.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/legislativeissues?p=Education
Vitter: LA, voted ‘no’ to S1177, due to his stance against CCSS, assessments, privacy violatons (see his education stance on his website page: http://www.vitter.senate.gov/issues/education However, he supports school choice and charter schools (which CCSS is using both of these  to distort education) and is supportive of 21st Century job preparation for students.
Warren: MA, voted ‘no’ to S1177,  due to dissatisfaction over the funding for schools.See Her statement on her website,  http://www.warren.senate.gov/?p=committees(scroll down, look to the right) She’s also friendly towards post secondary alignment efforts. She’s a member of the HELP Committee (Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions). HELP has been extremely involved in re-writing ESEA.

Actions We Should Take:

1) Continue to watch Congress for how voting goes.
2) Continue to interact with Congress where HR5, S1177, child care, preK, post-secondary are concerned. EVERY educational level and choice will be impacted by what happens in D.C. concerning the re-authorization of the ESEA.
3) Look, not only at the Congress members’ stances on education, but look at workforce, public-private partnerships, etc. Remember, economy and a trained workforce are 2 of the main CCSS agenda points. NO Congress member should support a CCSS/CTE aligned America. It’s unconstitutional! It’s unAmerican! It violates the oath each Congress member swore to uphold!
4) Thank these 17 Senators for standing with we, the anti CCSS Warriors! Remind them we are watching.
5) PJNET has a one stop tool to help you thank each Senator. See: http://patriotjournalist.com/CommonCoreAction.php?v=6

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