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Banded Together

Featured image is courtesy of ‘Clipart by Animals’ and was drawn by Irene Murphy

Author’s Correction on “Bamboozled”, yesterday’s article. In that article and pertaining to ESSA, page 151, I did not clearly state my concerns for teachers and students. I do ask that you forgive that error. My point to the language there is that under the present SEL training teachers are receiving, it is an over-burdening addition to their already  ‘full plate’ of responsibilities. Teachers should be able to note and help point out any learning disability.
At the CCSS Machine’s beckoning, however, it seems that teachers will be asked to do much more than this. As Warriors, this is an area we must watch. Teachers and students need protecting from the harm ESSA is dishing out.

Warriors Against the Core, in the past 2 articles I’ve gone back over ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act). As you know, I combed through it when it was first introduced, as well as re-visited it quite a bit after it became Law. So why now? Since implementation is in swing, we need to see what’s happened. We need to see how much of a lie ‘giving the States back control of education’ is being carried out on a daily basis.

My most recent ESSA reviews have covered the ‘at-risk’, or, troubled youth. Then, special needs. Today’s review? Native Americans. If you missed when I first uncovered the CCSS Machine grasp on the original citizens of our nation, you can go back and read it now.

In that article you’ll see how 21st Century Community Learning Centers, school reform, and much more from ESSA and other federally contrived legislative acts.

ESSA: No Feather of Greatness:

Of all the student subgroups (as ESSA likes to refer to our children by), the Native Americans (including the HI and AK tribal nations) are mentioned a whopping 244 times! The first 16 are in the Table of Contents. Warriors, I do not know about you, but by the sheer number of times our fellow citizens are brought up, I  have to ponder WHY so much attention is being directed their way.

No American group deserves to be more left alone by the federal government.

The ESSA Strings:

With over 200 references to the Indians of America in ESSA, I’m only going to point out the worst ‘strings’ (aka: mandates).
The Sections pertaining to Native American education are: 4505 (Family Engagement in Education); 6001 and 6101 are the ‘conforming amendments’; 6121 (Improving Educational Opportunities); 6141 (National Advisory Council on Indian Education); 7004 (Impact Aid); 8004 and 8103 (BIE schools, see the article embedded in ‘now’, above), and 8535 (must consult with tribal organizations).

Page 19 of ESSA’s law mandates Native Americans must be included in State Plans.
Page 44 shows how the SEAs (State Education Agencies) and LEAs (Local Education Agencies) having control over Native American education.
Below is Page 51:

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On Page 102, what appears to be a simple word being replaced is a ‘front’ for a much deeper agenda:

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Following on Page 103:

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Over on Page 125, you’ll see a ‘blast from the past’ tie Native American education to more government strings:

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Notice the ‘national’ levels of control or funding on Page 143 and what it is to be used for:

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On Page 219, we’ll find family engagement centers:

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Page 222, full service community schools, especially in low-income areas and Native American tribal groups. Not sure what that means? ESSA’s definition: “FULL-SERVICE COMMUNITY SCHOOL.—means a public elementary school or secondary school that— ‘‘(A) participates in a community-based effort to coordinate and integrate educational, developmental, family, health, and other comprehensive services through community-based organizations and public and private partnerships; ‘‘(B) provides access to such services in school to students, families, and the community, such as access during the school year (including before- and after-school hours and weekends), as well as during the summer.”

Warriors, there is plenty more like all this above,  in store for all of us.

Injurious Insults:

From a fellow Warrior in WY, shared with me the day my “Captive Education” article was published, that, U.S. Sec. of Education DeVos visited an Indian Reservation’s school to help jump start her “Rethink Education” tour. It’s quite interesting (and not to mention, telling) that ‘her’ choice of wording smacked of the recently broadcast Project XQ: Super School Live! Where the entire CCSS Machine propaganda fest was geared on ‘rethinking/reforming’ high schools.
It’s ironic that the school on the Reservation didn’t have DeVos’s visit in their school news or on their calendar.

NIEA (National Indian Education Association) is partners with the CCSSO (Council of Chief State School Officers), so any question of what side of the CCSS Machine they are on, is an automatic ‘supportive’. NIEA’s website.

The 2016 (114th Congressional Session) RAISE Act (Reforming American Indian Standards of Education) announcement can be found on the NIEA website. You’ll want to see the Report which accompanied the RAISE Act. In it you’ll see how many students are involved in Native American education, how much money is involved, and also, the ‘federal education’ shift.

Current Congressional bills to reform Native American education are:
HR 1528 (Native American Indian Education Act) will amend the HEA (Higher Education Act) to continue federal mandates for Indians in post-secondary education.
S 660 (Native American Indian Education Act) this is the Senate’s version of the HR 1528.
S 934 (Johnson-O’Malley Act) would data mine students for the sake of ‘modernization’.
S 1294 (Native American Education Opportunity Act) will give education savings accounts to the Native American students.
HR 2727 (NEST Act or Native Educator Support and Training Act) amends the HEA and will give scholarships for Native Americans to become teachers and school administrators.
S 458 (NEST Act) this is the Senate version of HR 2727.

Warriors, there are more like these, as well. You can find any federal legislative bill by using the website: https://www.congress.gov

State Levels of Control?

Since my fellow Warrior is from WY, I thought we should end with looking at what is happening to our Native Americans at the State level. We see the alignment and confinement from the federal level, above. Below is a blog entry I thought you, Warriors, would ‘love’:
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If you’d like to read that Dec. 2014 article, here it is.

WY has a Tribal Children’s Triad. This is a partnership between communities and schools. ESSA ‘loves’ these kinds of relationships. In fact, in some of my earlier ESSA research, I shared with you how entire communities will be assessed/measured/tested for alignment to ensure ‘student success’.

According to WY’s ESSA State Plan, a mere $6.6 million will be used for 21st Century Community Learning Centers, which the ESSA law mandated. Page 51 of the Plan, is where you’ll find this figure.

Closing:

Warriors, I trust you will find this information helpful wherever you live in America.
One last thought I’d like to leave you with. You’ll see it below. Share it if you like.
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“In Alignment We Trust”

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Just released yesterday, was this glowing article about how fantastic and ‘for education’ Vice President-elect Pence is. Sure, the IN based media has a right to brag..after all it is one of their own who will be second in command of the entire nation. (article link is below in the ‘school choice’ portion)
Pardon me, if I (along with other Anti CCSS Warriors) are not joining in the celebration.

Let me state, it is not Gov. Pence I am attacking, it is his involvement in education I wish to bring to light. First, the stance on Career Tech Education. Then, the stance on vouchers and school choice.

Career Tech Education: Education/Workforce Alignment For All Ages:

Recently, I’ve shown you how the U.S. House’s Education and Workforce Committee has used Gov. Pence’s words about the glories and praises of CTE (Career Tech Education). Those words were from 2015. With their  mantra, our Congress has been spreading, they are leaving out some very crucial details. (For example, see the ‘featured shot’ above.) To see the  important CCSS Machine information surrounding that featured picture and to learn more about Pence’s speech,
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/11/09/does-it-really-matter/

Warriors, I’ve been sharing with you for years about the toxicity of CTE (Career Tech Education). Why? It is the adult form of Common Core. It is all about workforce education, NOT academic education. It is designed for EVERY educational choice known to mankind due to all the locations it is embedded.

From my research, I’ve shown you how this ‘adult version’ has reversed itself and now traces backwards into K-12 education. It also extends itself into community colleges, apprenticeships, job seeking services, and everywhere in between. Four year colleges, on-line colleges, some private higher education institutions (especially the for-profit trade based schools) ALL have CTE!

Warriors, from my article I’ve linked you to above, you can see how Congress is considering some pretty wide sweeping CTE legislation. That article mentions 2 pieces. However, back in August, I showed you a total of 4! Each are toxic on their own, but it is the LADDER Act which is the MOST damming of all. To learn about the data mining, the job/economy education micromanaging, and lots more: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/08/18/americas-obsession/

Pence on CTE:

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In this undated IN article, the two bills to strengthen CTE in IN were described as ‘sweet music’. The first bill combined P3s (public private partnerships) to create workforce based education. The second bill created ways for all the ‘stakeholders’ to be present at the same time and place. Pence stated CTE would reduce the drop out rate, help IN’s economy, and attract new jobs. He also stated he’d create a new high school curriculum for ‘vocational tech’. Warriors, CTE is the re-brand name for ‘vocational tech’!

To see the entire article: http://techedmagazine.com/node/5298

*Note: While Gov. Pence is on record for creating a new educational curriculum, his biography does not reveal any education experience whatsoever. There’s no education degree, no education resource authorship. Nothing.
To see his biography: http://www.biography.com/people/mike-pence-071416

In July 2016, the New York Times had what you see below in their article about Pence’s stance on education. As you’ll see the added emphasis is mine.

fencepenceAs you can guess the national groups for CTE are pumped Gov. Pence is on board with this part of the CCSS Machine. Here’s an article from the Career Tech Blog:
http://blog.careertech.org/?p=12435

Here’s a screen shot of the Blog. Emphasis is mine.

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From Pence’s 2014 Roadmap for Education, the last page detailed how he was set on increasing CTE. On the pages preceding the information, you’ll find his plan for vouchers and low-performing schools.
See: https://www.in.gov/gov/files/Roadmap_2014_Education.pdf

Vouchers, School Choice Stances:

Taken from the first page of Pence’s Roadmap, early education vouchers (emphasis mine):

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Over on the Trump Campaign website, you’ll find a glowing statement made by Pence about Trump’s school choice plans. GOV. PENCE:“A Bold Set Of Policies That Will Increase Accountability And Lead To Better Results For Our Nation’s Children…” ” To see the policies:
https://www.donaldjtrump.com/press-releases/pence-statement-on-trumps-new-school-choice-policies

*Note: I do not know for a fact if either of these elected officials is aware of the dangers in ‘school choice’, ‘education savings accounts’ (vouchers/tax incentives), or re-prioritizing federal funds to create these ‘opportunities’. I do not know if they are aware that all that accountability they seem to believe is available in these options is a fallacy. Why? ESSA and its accountability mandates decrease local control NOT increase it! ESSA and its language neuter school choice completely.
Feeding this rhetoric (regardless of political affiliations) to our nation only accomplishes 3 things:
a) furthers the CCSS Machine grasp on education thereby increasing the P3 overreach
b) renders campaign promises as null and void as to ending CCSS thereby strengthening CTE (CCSS’s extension)
c) sets our nation up to continue its global workforce education streamlined march into a caste America
(*Note: if you’d like to know how I know these 3 points, please refer to my portion of Alice Linahan’s recent article, http://www.voicesempower.com/betsy-devos-being-against-common-core-is-like-saying/)

The IN based article (the very first picture you saw with “In Pence, Trump Finds School Choice Advocate”), you’ll see that Pence is heralded as a champion for not only choice, but vouchers. Read this excerpt, school choice policies that have come to define Indiana’s educational landscape could gain an unprecedented prominence on the federal level.”

Warriors, this should have us all concerned. We DO NOT need more federal level education activity!

Another huge warning should be this quote, “While the administration of President Barack Obama has supported the expansion of charter schools nationwide, educators expect the Trump-Pence administration to provide a bully pulpit for national discussions on school choice.”

To access the entire article:
 http://www.indystar.com/story/news/education/2016/11/26/pence-trump-finds-school-choice-advocate/94338258/

Warriors, we’ve seen the many other Obama administration overreaches into the school systems (ie: data collection, digital assessments which lead to data mining, STEM initiatives, College/Career Readiness initiatives, The American Apprenticeship Initiative (CTE and P3 in one location). We’ve witnessed Vice President Biden join forces with American unions to promote workforce based education on several local, state, and national levels. We are seeing our U.S. Congress create legislation after legislation to continue CTE. We’ve seen our Congress pass, without hesitation, the ESSA which further expands charter schools, incentives (which could be called vouchers or education savings accounts in the future) to States, all the while keeping the workforce based streamlined education embedded for students AND teachers.

Do we really need more of the same? Do we really need a ‘bully pulpit’?

Closing:

It’s important to note that while there is so much true and fact based information as to why school choice is a fallacy, there is just as much fallacy based, misguiding information out there. The CCSS Machine is funding many groups to spread the latter. In fact,they’ve already been at it for a while. How do we know? Look at your State legislation already in place for charter schools. Look at the already passed ‘school choice’ options available.

Then, look at the national groups spearheading BOTH. For example, Jeb Bush’s Foundation for Excellence in Education (I recently wrote and published information about his latest D.C. push for such activities.), EdChoice (formerly the Friedman Foundation) was also featured in the IN news article above. Here’s is an excerpt as to why they re-branded themselves, “Although we will no longer be using their name, we will never lose sight of universal school choice as the intellectual legacy of Milton and Rose D. Friedman. We have been honored to be their legacy foundation during the last 20 years and to be the nation’s only organization solely dedicated to promoting their concept of educational choice. We believe that government has a responsibility to educate the public, but that doesn’t mean writing every child a mandatory prescription for “public school” as it’s been defined over the past 60 years.”
(entire article: https://www.atlasnetwork.org/news/article/friedman-foundation-changes-name-to-focus-on-benefits-of-educational-choice)

In this You Tube video, be sure to note how the Foundation has already been at work ‘training’ policy and law makers to sway the ‘school choice’ illusion. So, Warriors, our War vs the Core will take on a different direction, it seems. Not only fighting for our students, but debunking the myths so permeating the nation.

“Conformity Readiness”

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Warriors Against the Core: In today’s “Tech Thursday” article, I will be taking an in-depth look at the ‘College and Career Readiness’ so interwoven in the ESSA. How does it connect to the Common Core? History, updates, resources, and much more information you need to know.

You recognize CCR, right? The College and Career Readiness that was to replace CCSS (Common Core State Standards), that was to be better than CCSS? That was to be one of the ways the ESSA(Every Student Succeeds Act) ditched the CCSS? Yeah, right..I we all have beach front homes in KS!

“Air Apparent”:

It is no secret how much a part of the CCSS Machine Air, Inc. is but in case you haven’t seen some of the latest CCR (College and Career Readiness) propaganda, you are in for a ‘treat’!
Before we continue our look at AIR, Inc. let’s take a step back in time to see the foundation for CCR (College and Career Readiness).

 

A Step Back:

One of the only truly apparent things about CCR is that they were woven into the RttT (Race to the Top) applications and waivers..right along WITH CCSS! Below (as an example) is what NC did with its RttT money for CCR:
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Access the document: NCCCRRttTguide

From the blast of the past concerning the screen shot above, comes this excerpt that will help continue the point I am making today.
Career & College: Ready, Set, Go! is designed to mobilize all of these individuals and groups toward the goal of graduating all students from high school prepared for further education and successful employment. This high-level goal encompasses many smaller goals and objectives that will move North Carolina public schools forward. In their successful application for federal Race to the Top funding, state education leaders capitalized on the work that was already underway and received federal funding to help North Carolina move further and faster toward realizing Career & College: Ready, Set, Go! for every school district, every public school and every student.

Now, notice that “public schools” were stressed. Back when this was written, most school choices were not conforming to the CCR.
Fast forward to 2016..and every school choice, in some way or other is conforming to CCR!

This is NOT a NC specific problem, either, this is a nation-wide one. Before we move on, take one more look at this old NC document. Notice the SAT ties, the AP ties, the post-secondary aspects (community colleges and major 4 year universities). Notice the timeline. The 2016-17 school year is the LAST year before ESSA’s complete implementation is to take place. (Per the ESSA, everything must be in place no later than the 2017-18 school year.) Again, a nation-wide problem, not just a NC issue!

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So what do you think the rest of the States will do with the money coming down from D.C. with the CCR ties in the ESSA? If what the States did with RttT is an example, they will use it to continue breeding master conformers NOT citizens with free will! However, if your State didn’t get RttT funds, you still have the CCR..thanks to the CCSS Machine! All so conformity can be the end result of education for workforce needs.

 

Those Handy, Dandy Air, Inc. CCR Pocket Guides:

These are rather dated as well, the post I found was from 2013. Again, before the ESSA and its passage, but also another portion of the CCR foundation. It is here we will see the point in time when our States truly sold us out.

The Guides were created in a way to ‘help state and local policymakers and practitioners implement the college- and career-ready reforms included in the flexibility waivers approved by the U.S. Department of Education. In 2011, the Department of Education waived certain provisions of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act in exchange for reform plans related to four principles, including achieving college and career readiness.’  What were the other 3 reform plans? Revamping state waivers to adhere to CCR; how CCR would be defined; and using best practices to help shape the States for CCR. Air, Inc. just helped promote the CCR to the States (at that point, 35 in total). It was the ESEA Flexibility Waivers the States received to help them conform to CCR
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It is important to point out that the ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) does contain a passage where it declares the ESEA Flexibility Waivers as expired. However, there are other passages where the CCR lives on without them. Go back and read those Flex Waivers,however.
Why? The ESSA gives MORE power to the SEAs(State Education Agencies) in alignment for CCR’s Outcome Based Education. ESSA also gives the Feds MORE power when it comes to approving any State’s education plan. The old Flex Waivers study by Air, Inc. will tell you the CCR was rapidly replacing the importance of high school graduation. Why? The economic impacts!
The CCR Pocket Guide (below); read it to also see the involvement of the NGA (National Governors Association), the CCSSO (Council of Chief State School Officers), the P21 (Partnership for 21st Century Skills) and how the embedding of CCR into the CCSS (Common Core State Standards) would bring about all this conformity!
To get the CCR Guide this information is from: CCR_Pocket_Guide_0

Warriors, did you catch that? CCR was embedded INTO the CCSS! Since the ESSA embraces CCR that means the CCSS will live on! ESSA does use the phrase Common Core State Standards Initiative(CCSSI) 4 times in its Final Conference Report (1,059 pages), which means it is ALSO in the 391 page ESSA Final Law!! (Pages 130 uses CCSSI in relation to standards states use and their assessments; 825 uses CCSSI in relation to State educational waivers; 843 uses CCSSI in relation to federal financial support to the States; and 859 in relation to not prohibiting the States from withdrawing from the CCSS.)

Warriors, ask yourselves this: How can you keep the Initiative without the Initiative’s Standards??

Air, Inc.’s 2015-16 CCR Resource Guide:

What is the most interesting about this guide (not available in pocket size) is that while it says College and Career Readiness Standards and Assessments, scroll through and see how many of the resources are in fact, Common Core State Standards and Assessments. Notice how many other CCSS Machine members you see! Get this Guide: College-and-Career-Readiness-Assessment-Resources-Winter-2015-16

 

‘New America’ Maps CCR:

This member of the CCSS Machine has a handy, dandy website where you can literally see a map of the USA in colors to denote just how CCR they truly are. To see it: http://atlas.newamerica.org/mapping-college-readiness

How I know they are a CCSS Machine member: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/01/21/wybi-new-america-ed-central-pre-k-to-high-pay/ (*Note: the biggest clue to The Atlas website and my article? Beside the name, the logo gives it away.)

 

 

ESSA’s CCR:

When you search for the exact phrase ‘college career readiness’ in the ESSA Final Report, you will receive nothing. However, shorten it to one word (in my search, I used ‘readiness’). I found the following page numbers which will tie up the point:
CCR is most definitely embedded in the ESSA! It isn’t going away!
*Be sure to note that these are summaries. How did the writers omit CCR as we know it? ‘Post-secondary readiness’ OR ‘career readiness’, but NOT ‘College and Career Readiness’!

Page 85, Page 324, Page 328, Page 340, Page 374, Page 439, Page 462, Page 482, Page 516, Page 597, Page 601, Page 611, Page 615, Pages 626/629, Page 631, Pages 677/684,
Page 695, Pages 723/724, Page 803, Page 884, and Page 951.

Warriors Against the Core, just because the writers and sponsors of ESSA performed ‘language foul play’ by not using the exact phrase “College and Career Readiness”, doesn’t mean CCR isn’t there..it is, in plain sight with words that mean the same thing!!

 

Other Handy, Dandy Pocket Guides from the Government:

Directly related to the ESSA (and the supposed return of state control/CCR improvements/ and more) I give you the U.S. House of Representative’s EdWorkforce Committee Pocket Guides. 
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From the U.S. Senate’s HELP (Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions) page, I searched for their take on CCR, the top resource? A group of supportive statements for the ESSA’s passage into law, where CCR was mentioned by several. See: http://www.help.senate.gov/ranking/newsroom/press/widespread-support-for-every-student-succeeds-act
To see their pdf documents for ‘CCR in Practice’:
http://www.help.senate.gov/hearings/career-and-college-readiness-in-practice

Also of note from the HELP website is a document they have in their archives titled
This undated document is from the WV Dept. of Education and its addressing of the (then) newly released, voluntary CCSS.
Why do I bring this up? The search I conducted was for ‘College Career Readiness’, the description HELP has this document labeled with is that the NGA and the CCSSO published the CCR Standards(see the screen shot). Do you see the connection? The NGA and CCSO did publish Standards, but they were the CCSS, this document serves as proof the CCS AND the CCR are one and the same!

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Here’s the most CCR excerpt I could find from the document, “Lastly, the common standards are aligned with college and work expectations. By preparing all students to be both college and career ready, all students are able compete in their post-secondary education and/or career choice. Preparing all students to be college and career is absolutely critical to the long-term success of the country. By providing a set of expectations that are clear to students, parents and educators about what it takes to be college and career ready, the states have taken a major step forward in producing students who are ready for later success.” To access the entire document: Paine1 
To see the 2014 CCSSO CCR Task Force ReportEmbargoedCCSSOTaskForceonCareerReadiness120114

Warrior Question, why is it ‘Standards’ if they are ‘expectations’?

 

Other CCR Standards WannaBes:

Pearson Publishing’s CCRCCR_WEB_FINAL Pearson
EPIC’s (Education Improvement Policy Center’s) CCR:
 Defining_College_Career_Readiness
ACT, Inc’s CCR Standards claim: https://www.act.org/standard/
Their pdf document (be sure to see the bottom of Page 2): ACTAlignment-White-Paper

Closing:

There you have it Anti CCSS Warriors, the story of the CCR, CCSS, ESSA, and conformity in excess. We have much information to share, many more battles to fight, so let’s get busy!

 

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

ESSA and Digital Overload

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It’s a virtual (digital) overload out there!

For today’s ‘Tech Thursday’, we will look in the ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) for all the digital parts of education via College and Career Readiness (the new ‘Common Core’ name). (*Note:  in the ESSA, ‘Standards’ is innocently stated as “Challenging State Academic Standards”). Why do I point this out? The law (ESSA) uses both phrases for education!

Why is digital learning a topic worth looking into? An Initiative called ‘Digital Promise’, fits oh-so-nicely into the CCSS Machine’s plans for education overhaul. As we have seen with top-down initiatives in America, where there is a plan, there are P3s (public private partnerships) who stand to profit BIG. Education is the new cash cow!

Where the Digital References Are:

The following list is from the ESSA Final Conference Report. They will also be in the Final Law Version, but the page numbers will be different.
Page 138: Your LEAs (local education agencies) will assist in the development of digital learning skills to improve academic achievement.
Page 363: Students via literacy instruction will be able to navigate, understand, and write about complex print and digital subject matter.
Page 450: States, communities, schools, and LEAs must work together:
a) to provide a well rounded education experience
b) to improve school conditions for students to learn more
c) improve the use of technology for academic achievement and the digital literacy of all students (*Note: ‘blended learning’ quickly follows this portion)
Page 451: Some element of on-line or digital learning must be included in education.
(*Note: further down the page is the ESSA’s definition of what this means)
Page 463: Rural access to high quality digital learning opportunities must be in place.
(*Note: the parameters are on Page 464)
Pages 485-488: The consortia for digital learning and state funding. What the uses of the funding mean and how they tie to digital overload.
Page 630: Preschool and ‘Ready to Learn’ digital content, especially via PBS (Public Broadcast Stations).
Page 943 begins Section 9210 of the ESSA Law. This is the biggest overreach of all!
Why? “Student Home Access to Digital Learning Resources”! To find out how successful students are at HOME, a Study conducted by the Director of the Institute of Educational Sciences (IES) no later than 18 months AFTER all portions of ESSA are in place! Details of the Study will be found on Page 944.

What This All Means:

First, the ‘Digital Promise Initiative’. Back in 2011, from the White House came this report,
Digital Promise is a new national center created by Congress with bipartisan support to advance technologies that can transform teaching and learning. It is being launched today with startup funds and support from the Department of Education as well as the Carnegie Corporation of New York and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. Answering the President’s call to action, a number of prominent leaders in education and technology will help lead Digital Promise. Board members, who were appointed by Secretary of Education Arne Duncan based on recommendations from the House of Representatives and United States Senate, include John Morgridge (Chairman Emeritus of Cisco), Larry Grossman (former President of NBC News), Irwin Jacobs (co-founder of Qualcomm), Gilman Louie (founder of In-Q-Tel), Eamon Kelly (President Emeritus of Tulane University), Mark Dean (IBM Fellow and Vice President), Shae Hopkins (Executive Director and CEO, Kentucky Educational Television), Vince Juaristi (CEO & President, Arbola, Inc.), and Shirley Malcom (Head of the Directorate for Education and Human Resources Programs, American Association for the Advancement of Science).”
To read the entire report of facts, https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2011/09/15/fact-sheet-digital-promise-initiative
Be sure you note the other related initiatives for Digital Promise. I would like to point out two names I saw which jumped out at me and are also very heavily tied to the CCSS Machine. NSF (National Science Foundation) and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math). Why this two? I have researched both extensively and have shared with you in previous articles just how embedded in the CCSS Machine’s agenda they are.
To see the Digital Promise website: http://www.digitalpromise.org/
(*Note: be sure to read the Manifesto.)

Next, the Digital Promise League of Innovative Schools. See their webpage:
http://www.digitalpromise.org/initiatives/league-of-innovative-schools
Here is the number of students/schools, League members represent more than 3.2 million students in 73 districts and 33 states. Their experiences reflect the diversity and shared challenges of public education in America.” (*Note: Be sure to look at the initiatives the League has. You should be able to spot another huge  CCSS Machine member: Verizon. Also, note the adult level of activity.)
One of the featured schools? (*Note: you can find more of them, as well as the school I am about to feature in the League’s News category.)
Right in my town of residence: Mooresville, NC! This was the President’s (as in the U.S. President) ‘school of choice’ for the national address he gave about the success of digital technology. What he didn’t share is that the Superintendent of the MGSD (Mooresville Graded School District) was hand picked by Pearson Publishing for his success in Project Red (digital technology and data mining all in one slick program.) Anti CCSS Warriors, he was picked to come to a small school district to implement this digital shift in education! How do I know all this? See: http://ladyliberty1885.com/tag/project-red/ and the follow up article,
http://ladyliberty1885.com/2014/07/26/more-about-project-red-and-nc-ties/

(*Note: Digital Promise is also written into the HEA (Higher Education Act, 2008) in Section 802)

Next, Rural Education is something to dig a bit deeper into. Let me point you back to the U.S. House’s version of the re-authorization of the ESEA (Elementary and Secondary Education Act), known as HR5. Why? The recently passed into law, ESSA, is in fact, a big compromise of the House and Senate. Certain portions of the House’s wish list for education AND portions of the Senate’s found their way into the ESSA. Rural education was brought into the mix back on Page 280 of the HR5! I wrote about it,
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/03/05/tech-thursday-workforce-gunning-for-hr5/
This article will show you how Rural Education via the New Schools (another CCSS Machine member) will be all about College and Career Readiness,
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/11/19/tech-thursday-post-secondary-champs/
(*Note: The U.S. Dept. of Agriculture will surface in this one.)

What about the consortia for digital learning and the state use of funds for digital learning?
First, the consortia members include any number of groups involved in education, especially your communities, but, secondly, it is the language used which is alarming.
“ensuring that all service and  community partners are aligned with the  academic expectations of a community school in order to improve student success…” Then a bit further down the page you find this, “USES OF FUNDS.—Subject to section 4106(f),  each local educational agency, or consortium of such agencies, that receives an allocation under section 4015(a) shall use a portion of such funds to improve the use of technology to improve the academic achievement, academic growth, and digital literacy of all students, including by meeting the needs of such agency or consortium that are identified in the needs assessment conducted under section 4106(d) (if applicable), which may include….”.
You need to read Pages 486 and 487 for yourselves to see what those inclusions are. Let me just summarize that those including are students, teachers, and school leaders; that funds are to used in not only assessments, but purchases of digital technology; and more!

Those PBS broadcasts are our last area of focus.
When I wrote about the PBS presence among the Board members of the Urban Institute (a CCSS Machine member), it was in regards to early learning research and how it will encompass immigrant children as well. The catch? CBE or Competency Based Education. See: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/11/10/ftf-prek-research-ccss-cbe/
Then there was their involvement in higher education, ‘American Graduation Day’.
See: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/09/28/monday-musings-national-graduates/
Then the PBS characters from Sesame Street surfaced in another early learning program where the reading books had been aligned to the CCSS. See: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/11/02/monday-musings-alignment-for-wee-ones/

 

Closing:

The IES and their upcoming Study?
That, my Warriors Against the Core, is the next article to be written.

Related:
For my look into STEM and how it is tied to CCSS Machine:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2014/09/02/from-the-files-pcast-stem-and-common-core/

For my first look into the NSF:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/02/18/wybiupclosewithnsf/

To read the ESSA Final Conference Report for those pages you should see for yourselves:
ESSA FINAL CONFRPT_112915

 

School Board Special, Part Three

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This group claims ‘they don’t take sides’ in education. The states pay to belong to this group. They also span P-20 education.

Today’s “From the Files” Tuesday, brings us to Part Three in my special candidate special series devoted to arming these brave citizens with as much ANTI Common Core/College and Career Readiness/Career Tech Education as possible!

So far, Parts One (focused on the birth to 5 year old alignment to CCSS (Common Core State Standards) via the ESSA, Every Student Succeeds Act) and Two (focused on the K-12th grades in their alignment to CCSS via the ESSA), have been a huge success in arming those facing primaries in the next few months. This series is also a great tool for any citizen concerned about the overreach of the CCSSI (Common Core State Standards Initiative) into our educational system! This article is jam packed and a bit lengthy, but we MUST know what our nation is facing via this ‘great educational bill’.

In this article, the focus will be on my specialized area of research: Common Core/Career Tech Ed in POST-Secondary education. You know, one of the areas CCSS was supposedly never to be found?!

For the sake of consistency, I will use my phrase ‘CCSS Machine’ in the rest of the article to point to the Initiative behind Common Core, the agenda surrounding it, the public private partnership (P3s) side, the resources, the Standards themselves, and anything else connected to the illegally based education reform. ESSA, will stand for itself.

Before we see where the post-secondary alignment is, I offer a couple of points:
1) The ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) is a law which is to impact K-12th grades ONLY.
Yet, in the law, (as I have pointed out in the previous 2 articles), we have found younger than Kindergarten (K), and, today, we will see older (aka: post-secondary students) than 12th grade involved.
2) Where the ESSA has now become law, don’t think the CCSS Machine is going to leave post-secondary education alone. In the picture above, note the use of “P-20”, also note the headline. You should see a definite warning! Higher Education (another name for post-secondary education) is the LAST link in the streamlined chain of education which HAS not been rubber-stamped by Congress to embed the CCSS into it.
The strings of the CCSS Machine are already in place in post-secondary education, they just have not been re-authorized. Think about it, since 1965, almost in tandem, the re-authorizations of the elementary, secondary, and post-secondary education laws have occurred. I am almost certain that in 2016, we will be seeing the HEA (Higher Education Act) come up for re-authorization, too! You can bet the farm, all sorts of alignment will be embedded. (*Note: to save article space for now, if you have any questions about my research and how I can connected the links between PreK to Higher Ed, please contact me ASAP!)

 

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To see the rest of the wheel: http://www.educationvalue.org/college-value/


The ESSA and Students in Higher Education:

In the picture above, this is an example of how our high school graduates (or for that matter, any citizen seeking higher education) are being described… a ‘return on investment’. (*Note: In yesterday’s article you saw 2 equally demeaning visual pictures of how our students are defined by the CCSS Machine.) According to the CCSS Machine, we are all just ‘human capital’, so it is no wonder the shift in how students are taught is happening right before our eyes!

From the ESSA Final Conference Report, I have previously shared with you that the phrase “Higher Education” is embedded 64 times, that “Career” is used 63 times, that “Workforce” is written in 33 times. Sprinkled throughout the ESSA, each of these will repeatedly tie back to not only Common Core, but to Career Pathways and its counter part, Career Tech Education to Apprenticeships; to STEM; and to the most damming of all: the WIOA (Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act). Why is the WIOA damming? In its language, Career Tech Education and Career Pathways are embedded a total of 21 times! STEM is also embedded to help create a STEM Workforce.

 As a candidate, you need to know that in plain talk, this means that not only will your traditionally educated public schools students be aligned to a workforce based education, but so will your private school students, your homeschooled students, your faith-based educated students, and ANYONE seeking a job! The difference (at least right now) is that those outside of public education will be aligned when they either 1) enter post-secondary education , or 2) seek employment! (*Note: I have published articles on all of the above, which I will be more than happy to provide you upon request.)

Here is even more you need to know as a candidate. I urge you to read the pages below for yourselves as what I have provided is a contextual paraphrase:
1) P. 33 deals with LEAs (Local Education Agencies) and state financial awards. Not only will you as a candidate need to see what percentages of the funding goes for a) the parents, 1b) the student services, and c) the students courses (including AP, IB, CTE), but you will need to read how all of these are to be aligned to the CSAS (Challenging State Academic Standards) by way of the ‘industry recognized credentialing system’ set forth by the WIOA of 2014!
2) P. 48 of the ESSA Final Conference Report states that the CSAS and post-secondary education must be aligned for a more streamlined education.
3) P. 50, special needs students who have benefited from IDEA funding/programs and seek higher education ‘on track with alternative aligned courses/assessments’.
4) P. 85, States are to measure and report students ‘post secondary readiness’.
5) P. 121, Those students in dual enrolled courses (AP, IB, early college, etc.) will be ensnared here. As a candidate, consider this is an area for your privately educated (including faith-based and homeschool students) to be aligned. (Also on P. 991)
5a) P. 123, the data mining of these privately educated students comes into play.
6) P. 137, the LEAs determine how students transition from one grade group to the next (including post-secondary) with the help of P3s and ‘other stakeholders in education’.
7) P. 255, technology and digital post secondary education.
8) P. 265, students taking credit bearing career tech (CTE) courses for a shift to post secondary education.
8a) P. 273, again CTE courses, credit bearing, and students
9) P. 323, how all school leaders, including teachers will be trained to teach students for post secondary education, especially dual enrolled, concurrent enrolled, and early college students. (also on P. 780, 81)
10) P. 344, how teachers are to prepare post secondary/workforce ready students.
11) P. 325, how all the post secondary course from above will be regionally specific only.
12) P.397, how eligibility of funds will be tied to post secondary graduation rates.
13) P. 427, how post secondary readiness and the English Language Learners (ELLs) will be joined.
13a) P. 459, ELLs in more detail; Page 460 will discuss their assessments.
In those Activities which support a student’s learning and success (Sec. 4107):
14) P. 474, Post Secondary career awareness and exploration activities, including FASFA (student financial aid forms) (*Added note: where in some states this is now a requirement to graduate whether you intend to go to college or not!)
15) P. 502, OBE (Outcome Based Education– a supposed improvement in education at all levels, but especially higher education) will be the preferred tool for aligning academics and accompanying evaluations.
16) P. 508, Data mining will need to be aligned to any CSAS implemented by the States.
17) P. 509, as part of the 21st Century Community Learning Centers.
18) P. 601, where entire families are tied into the post secondary success of a student. (Also on P. 609)
19) P. 610 and 611, At-risk youth are encompassed in the alignment here.
20) P. 663, begins the Native American students and their alignment. (*Note: be sure to read this entire section to see how these alignment plans are laid out.)
21) Pages 759-66 deal with the Military bases needing to be realigned. (For any candidate who has the military nearby, page special attention!) Added note: the U.S. Dept. of Defense is in full support of CCSS, CTE.

Closing:

Candidates, do you see the pattern above? Do you see any educational choice exempt from the CCSS Machine alignment?! Is there more in the ESSA which directly relates to post-secondary education? YES!

Since very few Congress members read the entire over 1,000 page bill BEFORE it became law, we are only now beginning to uncover all the hooks baited and ready for our nation.
As a candidate, do your part of due diligence and use this information to stand in the gap!

 

The School Board Special, Part One

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This Weekend News begins a special series for all those ‘anti CCSS Machine Warriors’ out there running for their school boards this election year. No matter if it is a local school board race or a state-wide race, this compendium is for you!!

If you should have an issue you would like more information on and you do NOT see it below, please do not HESITATE to let me know how I may help your campaign. Why would I do this? I want to support each of you as best as I can with information you can use to stand for a school system FREE from the CCSS Machine and ALL its overreaches into birth to pre-K, pre-K to K, K-12, community colleges, public and private colleges and universities, for profit post-secondary schools (proprietary), and any OTHER place Common Core (or as it’s new buzz phrase is known as “College and Career Readiness”) is found!

As the first in this series of articles, I would like to  devote them to these brave men and women who are seeking office for the RIGHT reasons! 1) To be a child’s hero; 2) to stand for the Constitutionally protected state sovereignty where education is concerned; and 3) to wipe out the CCSS Machine’s grasp on their local community and/or State!

 

Birth to Pre-K, Pre-K to K:

As we have seen and heard, NO age group, nor educational choice will be free from the illegally based (and now, rubber stamped via the ESSA, Every Student Succeeds Act) educational reform begun by the CCSSI (Common Core State Standards Initiative). My fellow anti CCSS Warrior from CA (Lydia Gutierrez) has a great Facebook post from 2014 which details Sen. Lamar Alexander’s plan to grab our students from birth and track them to career.
Why would I mention Sen. Alexander? He is one of the main sponsors of the ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act). His plan from way back when, just got a HUGE advancement via the ESSA! To see Lydia’s post: https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=10152814417575498&id=226850210497 (*Note it has the embedded You Tube video from the 1980s where Alexander speaks his ‘Orwellian plan’ for our students.)

To see the birth to Pre-K plans via the ESSA from the Final Conference Report (that mammoth 1,061 page booger):
Section 2223 which begins on Page 373 and details “Subgrants to eligible entities in support of birth through kindergarten entry literacy.”.
Leading up to Section 2223, the following pages are also of great importance:
1) Page 365 where you can see how LEAs (Local Educational Agents) will encompass birth through 12th grade literacy, early childhood education programs including home based literacy programs, and more.
2) Page 370 where you will find percentages of funding the states are to have for any program or activity to ready birth through Kindergarten for school.
3) The bottom of Page 370 and into 371 where you will see birth to 5 years programs for low income families targeted.
4) Page 372 states the following for those teaching our youngest students: “Coordinating with institutions of  higher education in the State to provide recommendations to strengthen and enhance pre-service courses for students preparing to teach children from birth through grade 12 in explicit, systematic, and intensive instruction in  evidence-based literacy methods.”
5) Page 374 will show you how ‘data analysis’ will be used in regards to birth through kindergarten entry.
6) Page 375 details the assessments of the birth to kindergarten for the sake of successful entry into school.
7) That damnable educratic, pro Common Core term ‘pipeline’ (in reference to our students) is used on Page 600. “PIPELINE SERVICES.—The term ‘pipeline services’ means a continuum of coordinated supports, services, and opportunities for children from birth through entry into and success in postsecondary education, and career attainment. Such services shall include, at a minimum, strategies to address through services or programs (including integrated student supports) the following:  ‘‘(A) High-quality early childhood education programs.” (*Note: There is more, but you need to read it for yourselves.)
8) Page 615 will focus on the children (from birth) in the lowest income cities with a continuum of ‘high quality’ services. While this may not be a terrible thing, consider that further down the page, the data collection and reporting of said data goes to the U.S. Dept. of Education’s Secretary!
9) The homeless children’s lack of records will also be included in all this new education reform. See Pages 881, 889,  and 900.
10) Page 959, The States are to keep parents up to date on all the ‘mixed delivery systems’ of programs for birth to kindergarten entry level.
110 Lastly, on Page 967, you will need to know that the States will be assessing the families for successful improvement among  family members.

If you do not have access to the Final Report: ESSA FINAL CONFRPT_112915

In the much shorter U.S. Law version of the ESSA (391) pages, you will find Section 2223 is still the same. Page numbers, however, will be different. To find where the students from ‘birth’ and up are mentioned, see: 136, 138 (twice), 139 (5 times), 140, 223, 238, 326, 329, 333, 354, and 357. Each of the topics found in the Final Report have made their way into the Law version. To access the Law version: Finalessa.391pages

As Far As My Research, I Would Like to Offer You:

Zero to Three Common Core which has received the American Academy of Pediatrics backing as well as a major insurance company (MetLife)! See: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/07/04/sic-em-saturday-pint-sized-common-core/
What you, as a candidate, need to know about this article: Look to your area’s Early Head Start Program; that each of the 50 States has a ‘Baby Fact Sheet’; that some States (especially those deemed as successes with their Race to the Top funding) have a ‘Preschool Development Grant’ from the U.S. Dept. of Education; that the National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER), is backed, supported, and funded by some of the biggest names in the CCSS Machine!

Then here is my article pertaining to the massive amounts of research being conducted on our youngest students in the name of education. See: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/11/10/ftf-prek-research-ccss-cbe/
What you, as a candidate, need to look for from this article: Your state’s funding and use of TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families) and how CCSS has got its grasp on this money; how competency based education (is largely workforce based learning in nature) is being designed for our little people in the classrooms and related programs; how our youngsters are bringing shaped into BRICKS (I kid you not), and more!

How will the birth to pre-K and kindergartners figure into the WIOA (Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014) which is also expressly tied via the language of the ESSA (as law)?! See my article: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/01/05/essa-ties-to-wioa-2014-and-new-citizens/
What you, as a candidate, need to know from this article: Those ‘sub grants’ for ELA (English Language Arts) are to be used so that EVERY student, including these younger ones, will be in line for the cradle to career education;  how the language shift FROM “Common Core State Standards” TO ‘Challenging State Academic Standards’ is not only more of the same education reform, but will have massive amounts of money attached!

Encompassed into the Promise Neighborhoods and the 21st Century Community Learning Centers and/or Community Schools will be not only the youngest learners, but the ENTIRE family! See: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/08/17/supportive-acts-to-back-initiative/
What you, as a candidate, need to know: That while the Promise Neighborhoods is NOT a new piece of legislation, HOW it is included in the ESSA is new! Those 21st Century Community Learning Centers (which can also sometimes be referred to by a number of catchy names) are part of a White House Initiative, as well as a P3 (public-private partnership) effort to have entire communities aligned to the Common Core State Standards Initiative.  To see that information and to learn more: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2014/10/24/fom-friday-knowledgeworks-or-knowledge-quirks/ (*Note: This article lays out for you the cradle to career aligned community network already in place across America.)

CLOSING:

No matter where you are in America, the ESSA, the CCSS Machine, the Initiative and agenda behind Common Core, is going to continue to wreck our nation! This is just a look at a FEW of the researched pieces of evidence I have concerning birth through Kindergarten. Take the time to read each article, investigate for yourselves the reports, links, and programs featured. Ask LOTS of questions, be ferocious in your campaigns! Our children, our schools, and our nation are MUCH too precious to not protect. Part 2 of this series will address K-12 education.

ESSA Ties to WIOA 2014 and New Citizens

Anti CCSS Warriors, you know you have heard me on the air and read my blog where I have stated several times that the WIOA of 2014 (Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014) has embedded in it 21 different times the phrase ‘Career Pathways’. More recently you have heard me state, as well as read the research, how the ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) has the WIOA tied to it AND the “Career Pathways”. For the published articles, see
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/12/05/weekend-news-essas-untold-ties-to-hea/
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/12/03/the-morning-after-ccss-lives-on/
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/12/13/weekend-news-for-the-anti-ccss-warriors/

So, have there been any NEW revelations which we can use to continue to trace the continued overreach of egregious standards in American education? I do believe there are!

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Enter, the National Skills Coalition(NSC):

Now, if you have followed my blog long you know I exposed the NSC’s ties to all things Common Core months ago. But, if you missed it:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/06/07/rmt-halting-a-ccsscte-aligned-workforce/

So what was the NSC’s reaction to the WIOA?
I was able to find this document, where the Coalition was more than thrilled over the passage of this 2014 law. But why am I bringing it up now?
Patience, Warriors, you know how the CCSS Machine loves to lead us places which they think we won’t connect.

In a June 2015 document titled “Comments on the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA)Notices of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRMs)”
It is important to point out that the focused group of this document are those new to American and have very limited skills as a result.
These new Americans are going to be facing the same educational alignment that our natural born citizens face. Remember, CCSS (Common Core State Standards), and its counter-parts of Career Pathways, College and Career Readiness (and so on) respect NO ONE!

Here is an excerpt from the 2015 report:
“Results from the international Survey of Adult Skills indicate that there are approximately 12 million working-age immigrants in the US who have limited English language, literacy, or math skills. Many of these individuals are already working, but need greater skills in order to advance in the workforce.”

Did you catch the CCSS ties, Warriors? What 2 subjects have we been repeatedly told CCSS is located? (which we know is as false as the screen door on a submarine) Math and ELA (English Langauge Arts)!!

But wait, there is more from this report you need to read, “The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), passed in 2014, includes a number of important changes that have the potential to help states and localities aid eligible immigrants in improving their skills, pursuing education and training opportunities, and strengthening their ability to find family-sustaining employment. These activities are critical in fostering the three pillars (linguistic, civic, and economic) of immigrant integration articulated by the Department of Education’s Networks for Integrating New Americans initiative, and reaffirmed in the recent White House Task Force on New Americans plan.”

The report goes on from here in detail about the proposed rules that need to be made so the federal government could guide state governments in all the areas the implementation of a workforce based education should go! Why is this important NOW? State funding formulas will be re-configured thanks to the ESSA, as well as the WIOA! The WIOA state funding has had a bit of a lead in each of our states, the ESSA’s funding jumble will be coming soon. You will also see in this report that for the first time states are to report to the federal level, any state plans which involve WIOA in 4 key areas. Those areas include accountability, job centers, and more.

Have you noticed that the language of the ESSA will have the states submitting education plans to the U.S. Secretary of Education for approval? Are you seeing the pattern, Warriors? I must share that the WIOA is to impact every citizen seeking a job in America, not just the newest residents! So, combine your state’s job seekers, the state funding, add in CCSS via its Career Pathways, etc. and you can tell where this is headed, right? Would you believe there is more?! To read the NSC Report: 2015-06-WIOA-draft-regulations-immigration-comments

To see what more that we can find out, read on!
ESSA and the New Citizens: 

The ESSA has the following phrases in reference to the newest Americans (ie: immigrants). {Note: I am not sharing the Career Pathways or WIOA references, as they are already supplied in my previously published articles above.}

Page 2 reveals Sections 3001-3004 (these sections begin on page 408 and follow from there) will break down what alignments, accountability, etc. will be taking place in education and services related. I found on page 409, under the Section 3001 and “Appropriations”, the following figures of the tax dollars up for grabs by the states and awarded by the federal government for this express purpose, “(1) $756,332,450 for fiscal year 2017;  (2) $769,568,267 for fiscal year 2018;(3) $784,959,633 for fiscal year 2019; and (4) $884,959,633 for fiscal year 2020.” Page 410 will show you how the ELLs (English Language Learners) will have to meet those ‘challenging state academic standards’, too.’

Skip down to section 3115 (page 421) , however and you will find that all schools will have to jump through a hoop or two to reform education so that no child will be excluded. How? Through ‘sub grants’ to eligible entities as long as they are educating students in ELA to the tune of ‘challenging state academic standards’!

To achieve this, there are 4 purposes which must be met: a) Developing and implementing new language instruction educational programs and academic content instructional programs for English learners and immigrant children and youth, including early childhood education programs, elementary school programs, and secondary school programs.” b) Carrying out highly focused, innovative, locally designed activities to expand or enhance existing language instruction educational programs and academic content instructional programs for English learners and immigrant children and youth. c)Implementing, within an individual school,  schoolwide programs for restructuring, reforming, and upgrading all relevant programs, activities, and operations relating to language instruction educational programs and academic content instruction for English learners and immigrant children and youth.” d)  “Implementing, within the entire jurisdiction of a local educational agency, agencywide programs for restructuring, reforming, and upgrading  all relevant programs, activities, and operations relating to language instruction educational programs  and academic content instruction for English learners and immigrant children and youth.” Skip down to page 426 and you can see how the entire family is to involved in ‘effective education’.

Above only shows the ELA portion of what the ESSA has in store for us. The math is there, as well, it has to be, right?

 

Closing:

We have had quite the connect-the-dots article here! As I have shared, I will keep digging through this new law and continue to share what I can find which is set to transform our nation.
If you would like more information about the U.S. Dept. of Education’s New American program, see:
 http://worlded.org/WEIInternet/us/project/display.cfm?ctid=na&cid=na&tid=40&id=13981 
If you are not familiar with the White House’s Task Force for New Americans, see: https://www.whitehouse.gov/issues/immigration/new-americans
If you wish to learn more about the International Survey on Adult Skills, see:
http://www.oecd.org/site/piaac/surveyofadultskills.htm

I will not be publishing a Wednesday article, as I am resuming my Media Wednesday appearances. Follow me on Twitter (@commoncorediva) for all the latest updates on where I will be appearing.

Weekend News for the Anti CCSS Warriors

Like cookies shaped in a certain way, we are seeing our nation similarly shaped to CCSS's mold.
Like cookies shaped in a certain way, we are seeing our nation similarly shaped to CCSS’s mold.

Greetings, Warriors. As we all have seen by now, the media has put its spin on the recently signed new law known as ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act). We have seen legislators released statements claiming victory, too.

Warriors, we have led the charge across the nation to point to the language of the new law, as well as other aspects of this CCSS based education reform. We, more than likely, have even had some of our family, friends, neighbors, and nay-sayers buy into the false claims being so rampantly spread since the rushed hack job in D.C. occurred.

My fellow Warriors, we CANNOT give up, I’ve stated this in previous posts. Other anti CCSS Warriors, as well as others who have been fighting, have also repeated this truth. It is only since the ESSA was signed that I have been contacted with folks who have not been aware up until now, that they, too, want to know what is in the law’s language which will point them to the ‘untold’ items embedded that will further the CCSS Machine’s alignment of American education.

As in other previously published posts, I have shared with you the WIOA (Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act) embedded ties, the CTE (Career Tech Education, which is an adult version of the CCSS) embedded ties. I haven’t stopped digging through this new law’s language.

Why would I do this? Isn’t it a moot point now? NO!! As I have shared with you in the past, the more we know what is embedded, and will be enacted in each of our states, the more we can raise awareness to the CCSS aligned efforts! The more we can have the proof to show others that all is NOT what has been ‘sold’ to them via all those pro CCSS spins we have seen in the past few days. It is STILL very important to know that what is taking those of us still combing through the language (which our legislators should of done BEFORE voting on it) many hours to complete, we will discover the truth and share it. However, when we share the truth, we must be careful HOW we share it. It would be a great idea to have the portions of the mammoth document with what you are sharing highlighted. It would be even more helpful when you share those highlighted sections, that you have any other documents which support your points of concern. It certainly will help when pointing out a law that is violated, or a state statute which is being violated. Remember, if we are to continue to fight, we must fight well; with the right information given at the correct time. Otherwise, our very valid points will miss their mark.

All this being said, what do I have to share with you this weekend which will help? Read on, my Warriors!

 

The ESSA Document:

If you have not been able to access the final confirmation report which the Senate and House voted on to advance the ESSA to the President’s desk, here it is:
ESSA FINAL CONFRPT_112915

If you have not ever searched through a massive amount of information in a pdf file, like this, here are 2 pointers:
a) Look at the top of the pdf and see if you can locate the magnifying glass emblem. If so, click on that to enter a word or phrase you are seeking. (For example, when I wrote the first article featuring each page number you could find “Workforce” used in the ESSA, this was a tool that made wading through over 1,000 pages quicker. I simply got each page number, then went back to read the context the term was used in).

b) If you cannot find the magnifying glass, use your ‘control’ key and the “F” key at the same time. You should be able to see a search box appear. The ‘previous’ and ‘next’ tabs will help you jump forward or backward to where the term you are searching for appears. Again, once you have the page numbers, go back and read the context.

 

The White House’s Official ESSA Report:

In very rapid response to the ESSA being signed into law, the White House has released an official report. The report is slam full of all the (by now) well publicized pro CCSS points. Why? We must remember, all the CCSS alignment fits right into the White House’s education reform. By using a pro CCSS document (as I have done many times), you can easily locate the fallacies, as well as see how slick the agenda to reform American education is being packaged.
To access the WH(White House)  ReportESSA_Progress_Report
For example, when you read this report, you will find ‘new incentives’ for each of our states. Specifically, page 9, second bullet point states “Develop, refine, and replicate innovative and ambitious reforms to close the achievement gap in America’s schools, similar to the Administration’s existing i3 program.” From this statement, look at the language closely. Almost immediately, you will see ‘reform’; ‘achievement gap’; but, the biggest phrase which should jump out at you, is the ‘Administration’s existing i3 program‘. What is the ‘i3 program’? I am so glad you asked!! The i3 ‘program’ has roots in the RttT (Race to the Top) and is short for “Investing in Innovation”. This ‘i3’ is only one portion of the “Reform for the Future” agenda the White House is pushing. To see the website where you can learn all about the Reform:
https://www.whitehouse.gov/issues/education/reform
(*Note: when you access this website, be sure to click on the highlighted blue words, there you will find reports, initiatives, and more. Note how you see STEM, Promise Neighborhoods, etc…these, too, are all part of the pro CCSS alignment in American education)
Before I leave this Report, did you notice the presence of RttT? Didn’t we hear speeches passionately given when ESSA became law that RttT waivers were a thing of the past? Yet here, we see the RttT is still in play in a new way! That should be a big piece of evidence to use from a state level point of view.

 

A New Search Term for ESSA:

Knowing I had already used ‘Workforce’ and similar terms, I wanted to see what the search of the ESSA’s confirmation language would bring me with the term ‘alignment’.
Here is what I found:
Page 48: aligning challenging state academic standards (CSAS) to meet post secondary credit bearing parameters (we’ll need to see how the HEA (Higher Education Act‘s re-authorized language spells this out, but from my research, CCSS/CTE has its firm grasp on post-secondary education already)
Page 65: alignment of ELA (English Language Arts)
Page 207: twice ‘alignment’ is used in relation to assessments and CSAS
Page 216: also twice used concerning LEAs (local education agencies) and state grants for assessments
Page 502: OBE (outcome based education) used to evaluate and align academics
Page 508: alignment used in relation to assessments and data mining for CSAS
Pages 759-766: several uses of alignment and/or realignment in regards to LEAs and military bases
Page 970: what groups are limited in alignment activities in education
Page 1034: improving states alignment of their assessments

Closing:

What you can expect from me in the very near future posts is this: more documents which you can use to see how, now more than ever, we need the information of the roots planted BEFORE ESSA was enacted as the educational law of the land. Why? If you listened closely to both the celebratory speeches of Senators Alexander and Murray, they revealed the ESSA was not a few months in the making, but 5 years! Many of the documents the White House Report (see above) are anywhere from 2010 to today.  However, many are featured by the WH, you can bet there are plenty more NOT featured. Have no fear, Warriors, I have quite a few we can glean from.