Anti Fed Ed Warriors, in this, the 6th installment of my series on workforce development (aka workforce education), I wanted to bring you the words and purposes of Congress.
After all, it was the entire Senate which declared Sept. 2019 as Workforce Development month. If you think the House is ‘lily white and pure’ on this issue, think again. The entire House has also backed workforce development embedded in education.
With some local elections happening in the next couple of months, it’s important to know what their federal counterparts are saying. Why? With the federal-to-state funding streams, it’s vital. Most of the time, the local level officials align with the federal officials. It’s not an accident!
So, what does the U.S. Senate HELP (Health, Education, Labor, and, Pensions) Committee think about ‘workforce development’? See for yourselves:
What does the US House of Representatives’ Committee on Education and Labor say?
Their statements are a bit harder to find because the main committee has placed ‘workforce development’ in a sub-committee. However, look at the main committee’s agenda in plain sight:
You can clearly see the subcommittees’ views on their ‘jurisdiction’ in education and labor (Both are unconstitutional as BOTH the U.S. Dept. of Education and U.S. Dept. of Labor are violations of the U.S. Constitution AND federal laws!) There should be ZERO Congressional jurisdiction of EITHER education OR labor!!
(Source, to see the entire page of jurisdictions for both the main committee and all the subs, be sure to visit the site. Emphasis added is mine.)
Warriors, if and when you visit either the Senate’s HELP Committee or the House’s Education and Labor Committee, be sure to look at the bipartisan efforts. Members of all these come from ‘both sides of the aisle’.
We CANNOT and SHOULD NOT blame one party. This ‘global-to-federal-to-state-to-you’ workforce agenda is at the hands and feet of BOTH major parties as well as the minor parties. The wallets of the CCSS Machine have locked this in 100%!
Warriors, on an old episode (Season 2, episode 6) of the “Good Wife” it was stated ‘make truth appear as a lie’. The context was how to hurt someone without reproach.
From my researched view, I’d say that our Congress should all be run out of office.
Why? They’ve made overreaches in education and labor into almost an art form.
We CANNOT and SHOULD NOT continue to give our votes to these officials.
To access the rest of this ‘workforce development series’:
Part One: Gave you the Senate Resolution Part Two: How skills based education is ‘superior’ to academic based education
Part Three: Focused on how the US has embraced the United Nations agenda for workforce based learning Part Four: How STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and, Math), CTE (Career Technical Education) and, other related programs are global-to-fed-to-state agenda items
Part Five: The real roots of workforce education
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**In my next installment: What about the special interest groups and workforce development in education?
Anti Fed Ed Warriors, we’ve seen time and time again, how our Congressional elected leaders (you know, they like to be called ‘representatives’ or ‘senators’) are NOT leading America to remain a free and independent, prosperous country. You know them as Congress members.
Somewhere down the Congressional line of creating legislation, it was cast aside that ANY legislation (proposed or turned into law) which was repugnant (unpleasant and distasteful) to the U.S. Constitution, was/is to be considered null and void!
Warriors, this doesn’t even cover all the bills and laws which are, in fact, in complete violation of the U.S. Constitution!! Especially in education!
As a result, Congress abandoned We the People and has combined education (which isn’t their responsibility) with labor and health care.
While today’s officials certainly overreach into these main federal agencies (ed/labor/health care), there are a host of others overreaching as well.
Also, Congress has not reined in ONE President yet, who has overreached into education! If they had, I truly believe our country would be much freer, much more prosperous, and, certainly within the U.S. Constitution and the Law of the Land.
(*Note: If you’ve not heard of Marbury vs Madison, this short video does an excellent job explaining how the U.S. Constitution is even more authoritative than ANY elected or appointed official or judge, even the Supreme Court!)
So, my advice? Don’t call them ‘leaders’! The path CongressIS leading us down, is the one to ‘global homogenized servitude’.
Congress is NOT as powerful as they think they are, when actively carrying out MANY repugnant and illegal bills/laws. If we MUST call these violators anything, I suggest ‘official’.
Any President or Presidential hopeful who continues to support the blending of education to labor, health care, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and, Math); which TOTALLYUnited Nations; is in violation of repugnant and illegal activities.
Warriors, I think it’s past time to remind these officials that our country is in dire need of a reboot!
Back to the U.S. Constitution, back to separation of powers between federal and State. Back to the power of the citizens to decide for themselves how best to live life, pursue happiness, provide for themselves, and to educate based on the FAMILY’s values, not government prescribed ‘outcomes’.
The 116th Congressional Repugnant Bills:
Warriors, 3 bills from Congress have been passed from one chamber to another since I first wrote about them.
One is HR 753 (Global Electoral Exchange Act). When I first told you about this bill, it was April 2019. This bill passed over the the Senate in May 2019. It was first introduced in January of 2019. Presidential hopeful Castro’s brother is the original sponsor.
HR 753 will allow a globalization of our election process! It will put the U.S. Dept. of State in charge of a global electoral exchange program where countries can come to America (and we can travel to theirs) to learn ‘best practices’ from each other.
How does HR 753 impact education? Well, the U.S. State Dept. is a full fledged CCSS Machine member devoted to embedding as many UN agenda items into America as possible. Then, there are any and all kinds of groups associated with education which can participate in the ‘best practices’ for elections. Finally, civics as a subject will be a channel for change. HR 753 also amends our US Tax Codes.
HR 1359, Digital GAP Act is the second one which has had recent activity. It passed the entire House on 5/21/19. It’s in the Senate’s Committee on Foreign Relations. If you’d like to read the 116th’s version (not much different than it’s former version), go here.
Now, when I first wrote about this one, it was known as HR 600 from the 115th Congress. The entire title of the bill is Digital Global Access Policy Act. The global access is a hellacious overreach into our lives. The evidence has already been given that student data goes global, this simply expands that. Below is an image from the 2018 article.
The true nature of HR 1359 is digital economy. As in the data badge type where your social credit score can dictate your life. As in the type of bitcoin, social impact tool your data becomes. As in the type of data trail to control your education and where you work. Warriors, Congress believes by opening ‘Pandora’s internet access’ we’ll somehow lift folks out of poverty and boost the global economy!
Third, and last to have an update is S 406, The Federal Rotational Cyber Workforce Program. It passed the Senate on 7/25/19 and is in the House’s Oversight and Reform Committee.
Back in April 2019, I wrote 2 articles showing how this bill was (and still is) being fast tracked. If ever there was a time to apply the repugnant and illegal grabs against our Constitution, it’s S 406. This creates a task force based off a 2015 US law creating human capital (that’s We the People) systems. It will unite AI (Artificial Intelligence) and 5G into every portion of our lives, especially education via ‘coding’ (which is part of STEM). S 406 also embeds more UN agenda into our American laws.
Warriors, if you’ll remember, ‘coding’ is a big portion of ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act), as well as HEA (Higher Education Act), and, WIOA (Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act).
Warriors, in my next article, I’ll go over more repugnant and illegal legislation those officials have been churning out while burning up their copies of the very document they swore to uphold and protect.
How dare we let them continue. How dare we get behind and support some of these same officials who are leading us straight to ruin.
Anti Fed Ed Warriors, how would you like to have ‘peace clubs’ and ‘job hubs’ spread across the nation? Sounds great, right?! I mean who doesn’t want a little more tranquility in their lives or access to better jobs?
I’ll tell you who doesn’t want these: US. Why? They are 2 of the latest efforts from our federal government to control us, as American citizens. They are also 2 of the latest efforts to conform America to the SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals) of the UN/UNESCO.
One Gigantic ‘Peace Club’:
Below is a screen shot from a 2017 article I published with the (then) latest onPeacemaking in the US via HR 1111.
In 2019, Warriors, we have the SAME Chamber of Congress using the SAME Bill number (HR 1111) for anewer version to create a Peacemaking Department in the Executive Branch of our government!
What’s the title of this new department to be? Federal Interagency Committee on Peace(FICP) and it would work in tandem with the U.S. State Dept. and the U.S. Dept. of Defense. The FICP would also establish “Peace Days”across the nation.
Why should we, as Anti Fed Ed/Common Core Warriors, care about HR 1111? The 2019 version has almost as many plans for education related indoctrination as its former version. (2017’s embedded ‘peacemaking’ over 40 times in education; 2019’s is 34.)
Among the 2019’s HR 1111 embedding pieces in schools: is a peacebuilding and tolerance curriculumcreated by a joint effort of the US Dept. of Peacebuilding and the United States Institute of Peace(USIP). (*Note: if you’d like to see USIP’s stance on several issues, go here. Be sure to look at the ‘experts’, too.)
States will be incentivized to use the developed curriculum in early childhood education and throughout all levels of education. The curriculum will embed peace and tolerance into ALL subjects, including PE (physical education). The Depts. of HHS (Health and Human Services), Homeland Security, and, Education will also help develop the curriculum.
If it’s not in the schools, entire communities and ALL cultural events and programs will use the peace and tolerance curriculum.
Warriors, as we’ve seen with the CCSS Machine, this type of move is to support the all encompassing “Every Student” as in regardless of where you go to school.
Also established with HR 1111 is a higher education academy called the Peace Academy. Students will study 4 years of peacebuilding and upon graduation, serve in public service to promote domestic and international peace. What’s so bad about this? It’s to be modeled after existing military schools!
New Community Peace Building Grants will be made available to go along with existing neighborhood grants. Then, there are to be Culture Diplomacy Grants:
Warriors, what you see above is from the Office of Domestic Peacebuilding. The Office for International Peacebuilding will also offer a new type of grant. International Cultural Diplomacy for Peace grants to all the locations the Domestic Office will offer them.
Other scary portions of the 2019 version of HR 1111 include embedding the UN’s Declaration of Human Rights into American law and national activities. You’ll want to see how the Peacebuilding Technology Office will impact how we communicate and farm. You’ll also want to read the Congressional Findings to see how much Congress is relying on UN (United Nations) information. Of course, disarming efforts are worth looking at, too. The Second Amendment may be in danger, yet again. You’ll also want to read Page 41, where the Peace Days are described as well as the legislative power the appointed Secretary for Peacebuilding will have to create or amend laws. (*Note: to see the 24 co-sponsors for HR 1111, gohere.)
Lots of Regional Hubs:
Okay, Warriors, we’re ‘switching gears’, so to speak. Now that you’ve learned about the gigantic peace club Congress wants to turn our nation into, let’s look at the hubs they want to embed among our regions. (By the way,regionalism is also a UN tool. It’s also embedded as an educational mandate in ESSA.)
HR 1995and S 951 are ‘identical sister bills’ which would create ‘Apprenticeship Hubs’. In fact, the title for both bills is the Apprenticeship Hubs Across America Act (AHAA).
The Senate version is in a Committee and has 4 co-sponsors. (Young, IN; Moran, KS; Brown, OH; and, Jones, AL.) The House version is also in a Committee and has 3 co-sponsors (McKinley, WV; Fitzpatrick, PA; and, Harder, CA.)
Sponsoring the bills are Senator Coons (DE) and Representative Norcross (NJ).
Below are just 7 items both HR 1995 and S 951 would do in education:
Warriors, also written into this type of regional workforce hub idea is how these apprenticeships are marketed to parents and students by school counselors, job recruiters, and those one-stop-career-centers.
If you’ve followed my blog for a while, you may remember when I first sharedhow school counselors were being targeted by the CCSS Machine to sell families and students are career tracks.
Warriors, if you’re not sure how toxic the UN regionalism is for America, this 2010documentwill help you understand. As you can guess, the alignment has only gotten worse since this publication. To illustrate how bad, consider that tourism is being geared toward the SDGs.
Regionalism will also play right into climate action. Climate action is already deeply embedded in education. If you’ve not heard of the R20, the US is a member. R20 is the Regions of Climate Action. Former CA Gov. Schwarzenegger helped createthis global group. The US Government is a partnerto R20.
HR 2636 and S 1398, Smart Cities and Communities Act:
Warriors, these two ‘sister’ bills are almost exact copies of each other. HR 2636 is sponsored by Rep. DelBene (WA) and has one co-sponsor (Lujan, NM). S 1398 is sponsored by Sen. Cantwell (WA) and has no co-sponsors. HR’s version of Smart Cities and Communities Act has embedded ‘education’ a total of 18 times. The Senate version has ‘education’ embedded 17 times.
What will the “Smart Cities and Communities” do for education? 1) increase technology which means not only more STEM education, but more screen time for our students. 2) Puts the federal government in more power over communities across the nation. 3) Will combine several inter-government joint projects/efforts, as well as P3s and industry overreaches. 4) Will increase the workforce based education, skill based training and award grants to entities participating, at ALL levels of education. 5) Will increase apprenticeship ‘opportunities’.
Warriors, between the clubs and hubs, our education system is pretty well up a stream without a paddle. It is absolutely mind boggling that Congress is not only willing to do this to our nation, but has no shame in doing so.
What can we do to fight back? Our votes are one way. Look at those supporting all the Bills I’ve featured here. Look at the connections to the CCSS Machine. There are other ways we can fight back. I believe that ANYCongress member participating shamelessly in all this needs a huge dose of humble pie. What do you think, as a Warrior?
Anti Fed Ed Warriors, look closely at the example family above. Chances are we know several families like the “Wannabees”. I chose this fictitious name on purpose. You’ll understand why by the end of this article.
Warriors, how many of us choosing to fight for our educational freedom are also just like the “Wannabees”?
Day in, day out, we are informing everyone we can about the CCSS Machine’s grasp on education. But, what ARE we telling our own families?!
If your family is like mine, there are members who have not only opened their minds to what is going on in education, but who are helping inform others. Then, there are others, who see there’s a problem, but do nothing or very little, hoping it’ll all just go away. Then, the last set of family members just think I’m crazy.
However, my heart breaks just as much when I talk to my adult children about their educational/job futures as it does when I’m talking to others about their younger children. Truth be told, it breaks their hearts to see their futures in so much jeopardy.
Some of us, as Warriors, have dedicated years to teaching. We’re old enough to know that quality American education used to allow someone like the littlest “Wannabee” (above) to dream about what she WANTED to be when she grew up. Some of us, as Warriors, have seen the benefit of quality education allowing for the “little Wannabees” to carry out what they were excited to do.
In the modern education CCSS/CCR/CTE/STEM* setting, our “Little Wannabees” will become what a skill based assessment prescribes. (*Note: CCSS, Common Core State Standards; CCR, College and Career Readiness; CTE, Career Tech Education; STEM, Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math)
Some of us have started and didn’t finish, or, have completed educational degrees in the past. We now find that for whatever reason we wish to finish what we started, or want to add on to that completed degree. We’re like “Mom Wannabee” (above). The ugly reality is, even Mom will have to go through CCSS aligned placement tests and/or skill based assessments to properly ‘place’ her in the correct courses. Likewise, “Dad Wannabee” faces this same sort of regimented steps in his job training required to further his career.
How did all this happen? It wasn’t overnight and it’s not just one law. From the federal level, as you’ve heard and read my research before, WIOA (Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act) had to be passed first. However, before WIOA, Common Core and STEM had to be implanted. That way, when WIOADID pass, all the strings were secure. When ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) passed, those ‘strings’ became ties that bind ALL of us to the education/workforce reform.
So, have you picked up on why I chose to spell ‘wannabe’ like ‘Wannabees’? If not, look below:
Warriors, look closely, there’s no choice in the bee colony. Frankly, like the bee colony, our fictitious “Wannabees” family, is finding that their lives are becoming LESS about what they want/desire/choose and MORE about what to do to conform to the system controlling BOTH education and jobs.
Warriors, if you’ve not seen this type of situation in your home, do know, it IS coming.Look at the picture, note the side of the bee hive which has been filled in; that’s the part of our American education system (regardless of ‘choice’) already being controlled!
Frankly, the education reform at the will of the CCSS Machine, has very LITTLE left to control and reform. This is regardless of who serves us in D.C., at our State Capitols, or in downtown!! That ‘little’ bit? The HEA (Higher Education Act), is up for re-authorization very soon.
So, why did I introduce you to the “Wannabees”? Because we must know HOW to talk to our students of ALL ages about how to navigate this all consuming/controlling system! We must know what to say to ALL those in the job market about how to work well, but to not be conformed to the all consuming/controlling agenda. Is this type of conversation even possible?! Absolutely! Think of it this way, if there is bad news to be told, isn’t it much easier to bare if it’s delivered by those closest to you, whom you trust?!
Warriors, we simply MUST lead our fellow citizens to solutions. We’ve led them to credible evidence proving the problems.
So, here is a short list of how we, as those opposed to federally controlled education for workforce and the economy’s sake, can help others (and even our own families) seek solutions:
1) Get involved in education, the labor force, the community’s plans to unite both.
2) Realize the problems in education for workforce/economy will continue to be there…and increase.
3) Be purposed to remain as free of a thinker as possible.
4) No matter what age student, arm them with enough knowledge they can spot the education/workforce/economy conformity a mile away. Depending on age, mental capabilities, etc., we need to respect that. Too much truth overwhelms when given all at once. To lay a great foundation of truth, it must be a consistent, long-term approach.
5) Protest appropriately.
6) Ask for alternative ways to apply for something or be tested.
7) Is the job training aligned to all the educational reform, a mandatory item or is it up to you to choose?
8) If possible, remove your younger students from the system for as long as possible. In the meantime, exercise #4 to create a super strong foundation.
9) Know the funding trail joining education to labor on the federal, state, and local levels.
10) Know your Constitutionally protected education and labor rights. No matter what reason they are being attacked, you do NOT have to conform!
Lastly, should we grieve for our students? Absolutely. It is appropriate to take a time to mourn their loss of free will. It is appropriate to mourn the loss of American freedoms we are witnessing. However, we should not grieve long. Why? We can get lost in that grief. Getting lost means getting side-tracked. Warriors, we CANNOT become side-tracked in our goal to remain as free as possible.
I call this picture above, “Bond, bad bond”. Why? As a dedicated education policy and law researcher who has uncovered many ties to Common Coreand its related entities, I can smell a foul stench when I see something like this. The great news is, I am NOT alone! I will go back to the Bond later in this article, but first, these important pieces of the ‘picture’ NOT seen above:
A) With the recent news of the ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) and its purposed exclusion of the phrase “Common Core State Standards, or, CCSS”, we have all been told CCSS is dead, is no longer an issue.
Ha, ha, I am not laughing. Nor are many of the other anti CCSS Warriors I know. Why? We have discovered the ESSA replaced CCSS with the following (interchangeable phrases):
1) ‘College and career readiness’, ‘college and career readiness standards’ (in some instances ‘career pathways’ and ‘career technical education’ were also variations)
2) ‘Challenging state academic standards’
3) ‘Workforce’ (WIOA, Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act) which was usually located in the direct vicinity of ‘education’.
B) So what does the ESSA have to do with ‘Bond, bad bond’?
In my opinion, it will have a great impact. However, knowing that the workforce based education movement involves not only education, but labor and commerce, we need to know what those projects will be as well. And since we, across America, have seen how non-transparent a lot of the projects are, we must be ever watchful!
C) So, if you don’t live in NC, what can you glean from this type of bond activity?
1) As always, use it as an example of what is going on in your state!
Every state has departments for education, labor, commerce. Every state has bonds placed on their ballots.
2) In this day and age if one side says the bonds are imperative for education, find out how and WHY!
3) We can NO LONGER assume the supportive side in ANYTHINGrelated to education is all that we are being told it is. NOR, can we always assume the non-supportive side in ANYTHING related to education is being up front.
4) With 2016 being SUCH an important election year, we CANNOT let any sneaky move by the CCSS Machine pass. Their omnibus bonds, bills, etc. CANNOT live on! Why? Not only does it grease the Machine’s gears, it lassos our future generations into MASSIVE debt.
Back to Bond, Part One:
Returning to the graphic you see and the statement I have about NC higher education being sold out, here is what I am referring to. “Here’s the basic idea about state policies in education, at least in the CBP(Competency Based Pathway) Way: a) ‘good’ policy moves include using students outcome to drive precedents. b) ‘guarding’ those high quality academic standards c) ‘create’ a community wide education effort (ie: must include ALL ‘stakeholders’) d) offer incentives to help force certain outcomes and remove any rules or regulations not encouraging ‘more ways to learn/earn’.” (source: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/08/06/tech-thursday-career-pathways-meet-competency-based-pathways/) In this August 2015 article, you can not only see NC’s progress in CBP but how it encompasses CTE (Career Tech Education)! You can find the links and other resources for what to look for in your state, too!
So, what has the supportive side for this mega bond for NC stated? The Bond’s real name is Connect NC. According to the Raleigh News and Observer, the entire Bond will be for infrastructure projects. Here is an excerpt, “The $2 billion worth of projects expected to be paid with bond dollars include university and community college infrastructure, parks and North Carolina Zoo improvements and N.C. National Guard and agricultural projects. On its website, NC Against the Bond points out that the funding wouldn’t pay for transportation projects or K-12 education programs.” (see the rest of the article: http://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/politics-columns-blogs/under-the-dome/article53288900.html)
I would like to pause to remind you, my fellow anti CCSS Warriors, that this media source is very CCSS Machine friendly, and has slanted many articles concerning education in the past.
Another media source, from a smaller county in NC (Alamance) had this to report in support of Connect NC: “If voters do approve, Alamance Community College would get $6,100,339 out of $350 million earmarked for state community colleges. President Algie Gatewood said ACC’s Board of Trustees would need to talk about how best to spend the money, but much of it would probably go to nursing and other medical training programs.”, Wait, there is more you need to read! “BOND SUPPORTERS, and there are many, say the focus is on funding education in growing areas of employment like the medical professions, engineering and the sciences.“This allows the community college to train more nurses, medical assistants and nurses’ aides,” said Dan Ingle, ACC trustee and chair of the Alamance County Board of Commissioners. (see the rest of the article: http://www.thetimesnews.com/article/20160109/news/160109142)
I would like to point out that the ACC President is stumping this Bond. It is in the article.
Back to the Bond, Part Two:
Now, as far as the Connect NC Bond, it is part of a movement. It has the Governor’s blessing. If you missed my Weekend News article, it focused on the NC State Board of Education resolving to align education NOT to true academics, but to career tech education/college and career readiness/workforce related education for BUSINESSES and the ECONOMY in 100 % support of the Governor’s plans!(See:https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/01/08/weekend-news-tangled-webs-of-educratic-moves/)
When you take into consideration the Resolution in support of the gubernatorial office to the alignment to all things CCSS/CTE/CCR related it isn’t hard to see where the statement made in support of Connect NC is too far removed. Here is an excerpt, “The $2 billion bond will connect North Carolina to the 21st century through statewide investments in education, parks, safety, recreation, and water and sewer infrastructure.”
In the screen shot below, you can see the Connect NC projects are already in the works to some degree. In this PDF you can see Alamance County’s project specifically states ‘new construction, repairs, renovations’ With as crafty as the CCSS Machine is, you can see the education updates will most likely fall in the renovations portion of the funding. Very non- transparent, don’t you think?! Get the pdf: http://connect.nc.gov/Final%20Bond%20Project%20List_12.11.15.pdf
It is here in the language of the law you can find the loophole Alamance County appears to be taking advantage of with its plans to use the bulk of its Connect NC Bond money for educational courses. “It is the intent of the General Assembly by this act to provide, subject to a vote of the qualified voters of the State, for the issuance of two billion dollars ($2,000,000,000) general obligation bonds of the State for the purpose of providing funds, with any other available funds, to update the State’s public facilities for the 21st century, including, without limitation, construction, repair, renovation, and furnishing of new facilities in order to (i) enhance other economic development efforts of the State and (ii) attract new and assist existing industry, business, technology, and tourism for the benefit of the State and its citizenry.” (NOTE: you can access the rest of the ratified law by clicking on the embedded link to it from the website above.)
Again, if you don’t live in NC, how can you find similar activity in your state? Use the upcoming primaries to see what bonds, taxes, etc. are being added which are connected to education in ANY way. Then, see what connecting legislation (and/or policy) is being used as the justification!
Since STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) are part of CCSS, CCR, and CTE; as well as being so specifically pointed to in the Bond and the Law providing for it, we need to see where NC has STEM (already in the works, too).
If you wish to sign the petition against the Bond and pledge your vote to a ‘no’ on March 15, 2016, visit: http://againstthebond.com/petition/ (I will happily share that I am among those who are saying “No!”)
As far as a federal level of education bonds or legislation which would impact infrastructure in education’s name, that will be another article for another day.
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!
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.”
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.
While I’m not new to the battle against Common Core, I am relevantly new to blogging and the big social media scene. So imagine my surprise, when last week, on my birthday no less, I got an honored invitation to be a special guest on the weekly “Women on the Wall” national phone conference!! (Please be sure to go to their website & register for the FREE call.) Date: 11/5/14, time: (9:30 pm EST, 8:30 pm CST, 7:30 pm MST, and 6:30 pm PST)
Women Who Wow Us:
In this battle against the un-American, un-Constitutional Common Core Standards citizens from all walks of life, all educational background choices, and expertise have spoken up against the CC Machine. I call it a ‘machine’ repeatedly because I know, as you do too, how extensive the overreach of Common Core is. Some have compared it to a web that’s tangled. I refer to it as a machine because it is so well put together and self propels, much like a working machine.
We’ve been ‘wowed’ by students speaking up, by Moms shouting out, by Dads being escorted out. We still keep hammering away at the injustice….no matter what we face. THAT’S ‘wow’! THAT’s ‘conviction’! THAT’s what a non Common Core education taught us!
We are the daughters & granddaughters of the women of America’s GREATEST generation….they answered the call to save America and now it is our turn.
From their Mission and Purpose Statement:
WE are AMERICA’s Women. We’ve come too far. WE will not back down~ WE will not be silenced~ WE will not submit ~ to ANY law~ to ANY leader~ to ANY religion~ that does not adhere to our Constitution and uphold OUR God given rights, of Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.
Standing United to Preserve our Nation for Future Generations of American Citizens….
Our Primary Areas of Focus:
America’s Children & Their Futures
Abandonment of our Founding Principles
Rapidly Decaying Culture & Society
Out-of-Control Immigration Policies
Common Core, APUSH:
I first heard about Women on the Wall a few months ago when they were leading up to the special guest appearance of Larry Krieger, a well known expert on AP (Advanced Placement) U. S. History or APUSH for short. If you’re not familiar with Mr. Krieger, I’ve included one link where you can learn why his presence on the anti side of poor educational standards is vital.
Since AP courses and exams are under the authority of College Board, that means David Coleman is involved. Remember, he’s a member of the authors of Common Core as well.
I tell you this so you can better understand just HOW dedicated these Women on the Wall are. They are consistent, they are well researched, they pull punches at the issues, not the people. They, like me, mean business when it comes to standing up, speaking out.
Together, we, and thousands more like us are modern day Joans-of Arc! If you follow me on Twitter (@commoncorediva), you know my profile picture is, in fact, Joan of Arc. We have spunk, we have truth, we know how use both well.
How WOW Picked Me:
I like to believe WOW selected me for some of the same reasons I admire them: clarity, aplomb, and solid research. What will I speak on? To my knowledge, I’ll be addressing the not so well known (at least before too long ago) CCSS and Career Pathways, CSS after high school, and any related topic. You see, while not all states ‘adopted’ CCSS, they each and every one of them DO have Career Pathways! Career Pathways, as you know, encompass all educational choices. How? Listen in Wednesday night.
As it stands right now, no matter how much you may replace or repeal CCSS in your states, you won’t be free of it. Because we’ve only been looking at the education side. We MUST have courage to look at the other angles. Those include commerce, labor, and others. We must change, we know that. We won’t break the Machine of CCSS without change. You can’t have change without awareness. You can’t have awareness without truth. Our states will not be best served until the CCSS Machine is broken down from ALL angles..education, workforce, healthcare, and on and on.
While I’ve been able to make a statewide impact against CCSS, going to social media has gotten the word out even farther than I ever thought. I’m humbled to be considered worth listening to. I do hope my research will continue to be of use to anyone interested.
I’ve included a short video, an associate of mine taped at a recent meeting in NW North Carolina. It should give you a taste of what I hope to be sharing. I hope to be able to share much more!
Personal note: The video begins when it was my turn to speak. I was following another anti CC warrior, Dr. Oddy Crist. She came to America from Germany. She lived there when what we call CCSS was first taught. She knows the set up very well. She, too is a WOW lady!
Please know that unlike real life divas, I’m not into self promotion. I am sharing this timely news, as I know you, like me, are serious about exposing all the cracks and gaps in CCSS. As always, use any of this to help share with others so that together WE can WOW others! We can inspire them to join our fight against the CC Machine.
Frankly, I’m a bit nervous about sharing this. Why? I’d rather the focus stay on the issue, not who I am.
I’ve no clue what the other side of this blessed opportunity will be. However, I do know, I’ll be happy to share it with you!
To all my WOW ladies in NC and across the nation..thank you for how you fight this battle. To all those MOW (Men on the Wall), thank you for standing with us. Finally, to all those SOW (Students on the Wall)..walk with us, thank you for fighting with us. Let us, all, be victorious!
KILL COMMON CORE! STOP THE MACHINE! SAVE OUR STUDENTS!