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“Gridding” Education

Hello, Anti Fed Ed Warriors

While we’ve all had a bit of rest from all that is going on and impacted education negatively, it’s time we get back to work.

Major attention is needed to combat the massive data mining bills from Congress, D.C.’s got a slew of CTE (Career Tech Education), Workforce based education, and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) bills we’ve not been paying attention to.

Congress is using (mis-using) all the data to create more legislation to align work/jobs to education!

Every one of these bills absolutely continues the data sharing. They will continue to re-create our schools into workforce skills factories, not hallowed places of learning.

Imagine it this way, Warriors, our schools (of all choices) are in the middle of a grid.
The CCSS Machine has surrounded your child’s school on EVERY corner.
Your child’s education is secondary to their worth as an investment by the CCSS Machine.
That’s why terms like “human capital”, ‘talent pipeline’, and, others are SO degrading.

Below is my simple grid from previous articles.

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The agenda hasn’t changed since I made this image; the bill numbers have.

From Current Congressional Work:

1) S 1875 is the “Flexible Grid Infrastructure Act of 2017”.  (Warriors, note, ‘education’ isn’t in the title, but it’s in the fine print.)
Sponsor is Sen. Ron Wyden from OR. He’s a big CCSS Machine backer.
He was responsible for helping create CTE legislation on a national level in the 114th Session of Congress(*Note: the Bill in the Press Release embedded in the highlighted link is for CTE in middle schools and is called “Middle STEP Act”.)

S 1875 is currently in the Senate’s Energy and Natural Resources Committee. (*Note: The Chair for this Committee is a huge CCSS Machine member, Sen. Murkowski of AK.)

The supposed benefit of S 1875 is a more efficient energy system for America.
Woven into this Bill will be more independence and security while staying globally competitive as a nation.
Warriors, in this Bill, ‘energy’ is the broad category for not only electricity, but digital, technology, ANY kind of service or product using ‘energy’, as well as those providers of services/products.

“Education” is woven in 9 times in this “Grid”. Page 16 reveals a national communication program with customer-based education; Page 36 will involve our higher education buildings; Page 44 shows ‘model grids for power distribution’ in our homes, schools, etc.; Page 47, however, reveals the federal agencies and their authority when it comes to energy and all the training involved to work in energy. (See below):

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If all this sounds brand new, it’s not. Back in July 2015, I published a two-part article on the US Smart Grid legislation and many others. Go back and look at the U.S. Dept. of Energy’s angle, THEN, for education, and compare it to NOW. (The document you are looking for is just above the White House paragraph.)

One more note for S 1875, it refers to a law from 1980, which has since been amended. It is this law which is driving Congress’s decisions on technology, data, innovation, and more.
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2) HR 2933, is the LEARNS Act. “LEARNS” stands for ‘Leveraging Effective Apprenticeships to Rebuild the National Skills’ Act. This massive agenda-driven bill would also expand the federal government’s role in education by creating a new office in the U.S. Dept. of Labor expressly for apprenticeships alignment to education.

Twenty-one Representatives have been involved in its introduction. It’s sitting in the House’s Education and Workforce Committee. As you know, Warriors, Rep. Foxx of NC is the chair of that Committee. Her love for CTE is no secret.

Below, is a screen shot from Page 2 of the HR 2933’s forty-nine pages:

HR2933Congress’s ‘findings’ include the Georgetown Center on Education and the Workforce’s Report that by 2020,  a shortage of workers without post-secondary credentials will a national plight. Warriors, I believe it is this 2013 Georgetown Report used. Congress also cites the Annie B. Casey Foundation and the Mathematica Policy Research as sources. (*Note: Mathematica is a Gates Foundation grant recipient.)

Warriors, the Georgetown Center is a non-profit group which has received funds from the Gates Foundation! That grant from Gates is as recent as 2016 and was over $3.3 million dollars. The purpose of the grant was to ‘support’ the research and policy agenda behind skilled workforce education in America!

Below is a screen shot from the Center. It is from a Report published July 11, 2017.

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The House introduced HR 2933 in June of 2017.

The Career Pathways Report totally backs up the Congressional push for more CTE (which includes Career Pathways). According to the Press Release for this Report, curriculum alignment with workforce needs is a requirement.

ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) is where you’ll find the mandate which cements having such a requirement.

On Page 5 of HR 2933, you’ll see the purpose of aligning apprenticeships to education is to carry out the mandates of both WIOA (Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act) and ESSA’s.

That mandate? All education MUST be aligned to post-secondary readiness standards. Those post-secondary readiness standards have been branded “college and career readiness”, future-ready, choice-ready, ‘challenging state academic standards’, and more. All of these are re-brands for the same thing: Common Core!

Warriors, ICYMI, I revealed to you some time ago how Harvard University and Pearson helped get “Career Pathways” into the CCSS Machine’s reform via their “Pathways to Prosperity” Research Study. (*Note: Harvard’s also heavy into student data mining.)

Congress has relied on Harvard as well as Georgetown for ‘evidence’ and policy.

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3 and 4) The last two current proposed bills related to numbers 1 and 2 are a set of ‘sister bills’. The House’s version is HR 2865; the Senate’s is S 1193. The names are the same.
They are the “Better Education and Skills Training for America’s Workforce Act”.
The House’s version is in the Education and Workforce Committee; the Senate’s is in the Committee on Finance.

Both of these Bills are designed to give an update to the IRS tax codes so businesses can pay for education for employees. While that sounds great for businesses, what does this mean for the students of all ages and educational backgrounds? Below is a screen shot you may find interesting:

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Warriors, ask yourselves this: With the current shift in education encompassing job training, does the current ‘federal apprenticeship registered program’ get expanded to include non government employees under the language of S 1193? I believe it will, based on all the research and evidence.

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(* Note: ICYMI: When Workforce 3:1 was re-branded and how it ties to K-12 education.)

On Page 10 of S 1193, you’ll see the U.S. Dept. of Labor will get another expansion as far as offices/agencies for “qualified job training partnerships” (Public/Private Partnerships, P3s, which ESSA mandated had to be increased in education for ‘student success’).

This new office will get $1 billion dollars to use as tax credits for those participating. Page 11 is specific to point out the how all this will ‘allow non-traditional learners’ to be involved in workforce based learning for jobs.

Is there anything different is HR 2865? As far as agenda, not that I could see. I did see, however, that since these bills involve tax credits, that means the U.S. Treasury Dept. will have to be involved. This means MORE data mining/sharing.

There’s also some confusing language for businesses which invest in employee’s education as to ‘is it a tax credit for me’ or ‘is it a grant to them’? Warriors, this is taxpayer funding, ultimately. How will this impact every American when it comes to our national debt?

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Warriors
, in HR 2933, the National Skills Act was mentioned. In 2015, I shared with you much about the “Skills Act”. ICYMI, look how Rep. Virginia Foxx was involved, look at the data mining, the purposed shift in education to meet jobs, not learning. Also look at the number of government agencies involved.

Closely tied to the National Skills Act is the National Skills Coalition. It’s a huge CCSS Machine organization in 100% support of CTE, STEM, and job apprenticeships replacing real education. Check out their 2017 State by State Report where data mining is going full grid to ensnare your citizens/students. This will prove a State level legislative shift which is feeding off the federal legislative shift. Why would the States do this to us? Fed-to-state funding streams.

Warriors, this is all the more reason we need to fight HR 7174, S 2046 (will set up a national data base on everyone in the name of education). The House and Senate versions of the College Transparency Act (HR 2434 and S 1211) will also create a massive data snooping base on everyone in the name of education.

Warriors, we do NOT have much time before Congress heads home for all the major holidays. From what I could tell, Dec. 15th, will be the last day of business in D.C. for Congress.

While D.C. thinks ‘skills’ can build America’s economy; D.C. is forgetting it’s ‘killing’ academics in the meantime! ALL these bills are creating a gridlock on us. We must fight back!

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Turncoats

URGENT! URGENT! ANTI FED ED WARRIOR ALERT!

As early as next Wednesday, November 15th, 2017, our U.S. Congressional members will be voting on the latest federal level fast-track Bills, HR 4174/ S2046.

These Bills, along with others, represent the type of ‘turncoat’ mindset our elected officials seem to be more in favor of. It appears they rather support the special interest groups than protect their voters.

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


I’ve been contacted by several nationally recognized  Anti Fed Ed Warriors to lend my support and voice to opposing this national data collecting monstrous effort. Below are some words by Jane Robbins with the American Principles Project.

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Briefly, here is why each of this deadly trio need to be blocked. Note: any of these bills can be ‘stand alone’ ones OR embedded in other, future bills. We MUST stay alert and watchful. We can no longer trust Congress when it comes to protecting/preserving education.

HR 2434, College Transparency Act will continue data mining your child well into their higher education, regardless of where their Pre-K to 12th grade took place. Most of the data collection will be conducted without the student’s knowledge OR consent, much less the parent’s. Included in the data collection will be behavioral data, social and emotional data, it will continue the massive data sharing between multiple federal agencies outside of the U.S. Dept. of Education, and untold numbers of their data sharing vendors. The data trail will follow your child throughout their life.

HR 3157, Student Privacy Protection Act was from the 114th Congressional session (Warriors, we are currently in the 115th session). It’s been dormant since it’s July 2015 introduction. It’s currently collecting dust in the U.S. House’s Ed and Workforce Committee. It’s also been catching the eyes of those in the CCSS Machine which are pushing for its re-introduction.

When I contacted my federal legislative office, I was assured that this Bill was ‘dead’; that NO Senate version exists to replace this, so I should relax. *Note: It’s not simply the House of Reps we should be watching, our Senators are just as accountable and must be watched!

What’s the treacherous portion of HR 3157? Now that ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) is the federal education mandating law of the land, HR 3157’s language would do everything to support the increase in assessments, data tracking, data sharing, and manipulation related to those assessments. The data harvested from these assessments will be used against your child and their teachers as a means to ‘improve’ their coursework and outcome.

HR 4174 and S 2046 are especially troubling.  Why? Warriors, anytime you see ‘sister bills’ from BOTH Chambers, it means that one way or another the intended purpose will come to fruition. These Bills will increase non census related data mining on EVERY American, not just our students. How can we trust the federal government when it comes to protecting our private data when their track record shows a lack and misuse of data?

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You can find all of the other information Jane has put together for you. Five pages of valuable facts and supporting links. Privacy assault letter final Nov 11 10am

Warriors, we do NOT have much time. 

What Can We Do?

1) Starting Monday morning, 11/13/17, FLOOD D.C. with phone calls!
Call 202-224-3121 (this is the main Congressional switchboard), ask for your Representative and/or Senator. If you’d rather not call the main switchboard, this link will help direct you to your elected official.
1a) If you do not have time to call, use this link and type in your address. You can send an email directly from there.
2) Use Jane’s information and distribute it to as many Warriors and Warrior-like organizations as you can quickly!

Closing:

Warriors, we must defeat all these Bills. We must increase the pressure on our elected officials in D.C. They are not protecting our children, they, quite frankly are not protecting any of us. It is up to us to strike quickly and repeatedly.

Each of the Bills is a turncoat move to erode our civil rights of freedom and privacy.
They are an assault on our nation.

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