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Fed Ed, 2017, Are You Ready?

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If we haven’t felt the pain yet, we are about to!

Usually, on Thursdays, I delve into the CCSS Machine’s overreach into post-secondary education, but today I am focusing on the President’s Fiscal Year Budget request he has just given Congress. Why should, we, those opposed to Common Core, College and Career Readiness, Career Tech Education, and all the rest of the CCSS Machine’s grinding America down? Because a whopping amount of OUR taxpayers dollars are going to be used in our educational system!

The Announcement:

Released just a couple of days ago (2/9/16), this blog article spells out the millions of dollars our President is asking to go for specific educational programs. But, before we look into them, here is a screen shot:
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(If you need to enlarge the picture, click on it.)

The Details of the Announcement:

In case you would like the link: http://blog.ed.gov/2016/02/equity-and-excellence-in-the-presidents-budget-for-education-2/
(*Note: Part One’s Article address the money to be used for Teachers and School Leaders, Part Three? Oh, college access and completion. You can bet there will be tons of CCSS/CTE/CCR* alignment there! I will be researching those as well.)
*CCSS/CTE/CCR means Common Core State Standards/Career Tech Education/College and Career Readiness

To access the U.S. Dept. of Education’s Budget Highlights: 2017budget-factsheet

The following is a summary. As always, I encourage you to read for yourselves and take what you need to best fit your fight Against Common Core.

1) The total Budget request “includes $69.4 billion in discretionary funding, an increase of $1.3 billion over the 2016 appropriation.”

2) The 3 pronged goals for so much taxpayer money are high-quality early learning; stronger and more diverse schools; and increased access to evidence and data to help all of us improve outcomes for students.”

3) For your little students (Pre-Kindergarten), you can expect “high-quality preschool programs for 4-year-olds with $1.3 billion in mandatory funding in 2017 and $75 billion over 10 years for the President’s landmark Preschool for All proposal.”

What is the Preschool for All? Great question, Warriors! To see the ‘need to know sheet’ from the White Househttps://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2013/02/14/what-you-need-know-about-president-obamas-plan-provide-high-quality-early-education-

One of the biggest items which sticks out to me, as a researcher, is the Early Head Start part of the Plan. Why? Refer back to my disturbing article about Early Head Start, which pre-dates the passage of ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act), but as you will see, plays right into the Budget Plans. Access it:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/07/04/sic-em-saturday-pint-sized-common-core/
The other biggies which stick out? Special needs and early behavior interventions! My article above will address some of the planned social and emotional manipulation. For what this means for special needs little ones (like their IEPs), see: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/03/10/rmt-ccsss-present-to-special-needs/

4) For any student/school: $450 million in additional funding for Title I Grants, for a total of $15.4 billion to help local educational agencies ensure that all students graduate from high school prepared for college and careers…” The biggest targets? Low performing schools. Much research by myself and others has been shared about what exactly all the Title One funding and the plans for LEAs (Local Education Agencies) ensuring CCR (college/career readiness). It is quite disturbing. See: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/11/21/weekend-news-the-state-of-ccsss-sel/ (*Note: this article will also give you an insight into the low-income students.)

5) For your communities:$120 million in grants to launch Stronger Together, a voluntary program to support the development and expansion of new and existing, community-driven strategies to increase socioeconomic diversity in America’s schools.”

What is ‘Stronger Together’? While the U.S. Dept. of Education AND the White House do not openly share where you can find an initiative with this exact title, I did find one federal level department WHICH does have a “Stronger Together” set of initiatives. Which one? The U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Service’s SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service’s Administration).

Why would this be a concern? In all the years I have researched the push for national educational standards, the one trifecta (if you will) in all of this reform, has repeatedly been the U.S. Departments of Education; Health and Human Services; and Labor.

Also, of a concern is the fact the U.S. is not the only country with “Stronger Together” initiative, not to mention the special interest groups in America with the same title! This should cause great concern for us as we wage War Against the Core! If the SAMSHA set is indeed what the federal budget is referring to, here is the link:  http://www.samhsa.gov/faith-based-initiatives (*Note: the logo will be where you see the ‘Stronger Together’ words.)

As far as how SAMSHA fits in the CCSS Machine, see: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/10/08/tech-thursday-technically-speaking-for-ccss/ (*Note: this article will also show you the top-down approach with all sorts of programs connected to Head Start, Early Head Start, and more!)

6) For all families, more ‘school choice’, via public charters and magnet schools:
“The budget includes an additional $17 million for Charter School Grants and an additional $18 million for magnet schools.”

If you do not know how public (and private) charters are tied to the CCSS Machine, see: http://ladyliberty1885.com/2014/07/07/guest-post-common-core-in-charters-private-homeschools/ (*Charter schools begin about halfway down the page.)

Then my look at those major charter school managing companies,
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2014/10/07/ftf-tuesday-clarity-for-sale-aligned-to-common-core-for-free/

Magnet schools? I found a lot of information as to how these schools are tied to the CCSS Machine while researching the candidates for the upcoming primary election for NC Dept. of Public Instruction Superintendent! To see the entire section,
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/01/17/weekend-news-nc-primary-part-one/ (scroll down until you see “Schools of Excellence” and begin there.)

Related  to Magnet Schools and the ESSA which are worth pointing out:

Back in Jan. 2015, I shared with you an article detailing the Every Child Achieves Act, ECAA (one of the many names given to what has become ESSA, Every Student Succeeds Act).
Back then, ECAA, was merely an amendment to the NCLB (No Child Left Behind), which is what ESSA was replacing when signed into law.
Here is a direct quote about magnet schools from the ECAA“magnet  schools that will substantially strengthen the knowledge of academic subjects and the attainment of tangible and marketable career, technological, and professional skills of students attending such schools..”

Now, why bring this up? Some of the same language from ECAA is now in the ESSA. One example is ‘challenging state academic standards’! This phrase is uses countless times in the ESSA and interchanged with College/Career Readiness..all educratic buzz-worthy phrases for Common Core! To see if you can identify any other phrases from ESSA which were founded in ECAA, see: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/01/18/rmt-will-you-help/

7) “Computer Science for All” will receive a whopping $4 billion over 3 years. (I just related that to the ESSA’s digital/data overhaul in:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/02/05/weekend-news-the-ies-and-the-essa/

8) “Promise Neighborhoods” will get $55 million. How is this tied to the CCSS Machine or the ESSA? I have it all detailed right here: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/01/04/meet-your-new-neighbor-essa-seriously/

Tying the Budget to the Law:

 ESSA’s Final Conference Report (the 1059 page basis for the 391 page Law by the same name), the following sections address where the 2017 Budget money could be applied IF approved by Congress. I repeatedly refer to the Conference Report for consistency in my writing.

Sections 4001-4206 will address 21st Century Community Learning Centers (where a large portion of the Title One funds will be used)
Sections 4301-4311 will address the Charters Schools
Sections 4401-4409 detail Magnet Schools
Sections 4501-4506 address Family Engagement in Education
Section 4601- 4611 detail National Activities in Education
Section 9212 is all about Preschool development grants
Pages 120, 166, 170, 184, 252, 254, 341, 364, 365, 439, 626 all deal with either other details of PreK programs or how the family will be involved in them as well.

Closing:

Warriors, be sure to know I will go over Parts 1 and 3 of this news from the U.S. Dept. of Ed and share with you the ties to the ESSA.

 

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RMT: Will You Help?

Every second wasted in mediocrity is another supportive move for CCSS aligned workers.
Every second wasted in mediocrity is another supportive move for the “CCSS Machine”.

Here’s the riddle for this Sunday: Want to keep Common Core Standards?

I sure don’t!! However, there are those who not only believe CCSS is the way to go, but are proposing legislation to help keep it for our students. Please continue to read on to see how you can help STOP the “Common Core Machine” dead in its tracks!

Washington Requests Our Input:

An avid reader of my blog and active anti CCSS warrior, Dr. V sent me a ‘heads up’ notice recently. The notice? A Washington, D.C. based legislator wants feedback on his bill to make sure we keep CCSS via an amendment to No Child Left Behind. Now, I know I’m not the only one writing about this, but I feel it only fair to alert you to the fact WE, the warriors AGAINST Common Core have an opportunity to leave feedback for this legislator. We don’t get opportunities like this often, so we need to active swiftly. We need to act with respect while being firm, truthful, AND fierce in what we have to say. Before I get to the body of the bill he’s proposed let me give you a direct quote from the good doctor, “You can write him Chairman Alexander who has asked for input on his proposal here: fixingNCLB@help.senate.gov (Note, the Chairman is actually Senator  Lamar Alexander, a Republican from Tennessee). Why the clock image above matters? Comments will only be taken until Jan. 21st, 2015!!

The Bill:

Officially, this Amendment to the No Child Left Behind Act of 1965 to be known as
“This Act may be cited as the ‘‘Every Child Ready  for College or Career Act of 2015’’ ” The Amendment is over 300 pages (387 to be precise). As my fellow warrior pointed out, on the surface the Amendment is being considered a great thing. BUT, as is usually the case with the Common Core Machine, there’s another side that IS a terrible thing. So, why would the Senator from TN offer this?? We’ll address that riddle AFTER we look into the ‘terrible thing’ embedded in this Amendment.

The Hidden-in-Plain-Sight Agenda?!:

From page 2 of the Amendment,  “SEC. 4. STATEMENT OF PURPOSE.  The purpose of this Act is to restore freedom to parents, teachers, principals and other school leaders, States,  Governors, and local communities so that they can improve their local public schools.” IF this could be a reality, then, yes, it WOULD be a fantastic thing..it would actually be honoring our U.S. Constitution!!

However, let’s look a bit deeper..other things that have been updated (oops, sorry, in legal speak, amended) the definition of ‘college and career ready’ now includes NO Remediation AND closing the skills gap (so I guess the false argument will not be gospel because it’s in an amendment that could become law?) LEA grants will be a whopping $15 billion per year until 2021. Add to that $400 million for assessments. Federal money will be relegated for the states to have ‘technical assistance’ in these 2 areas.

Okay, so , so far, nothing really contradiction-wise yet. After this above information, you’ll begin to see the part of the Amendment that is ‘the States this, the States that’.  The states will be held accountable to the federal government for several things beyond assuring that ‘challenging state academic standards’ have been aligned, adopted,and implemented.  It appears this is especially the case for the English Language Arts and Math (including the participation in the Nation’s Report Card, student data mining, continued teacher assessments, and, because of Perkins Funds and IDEA legislation those ‘career pathways’ will be cemented in education). What I kept noticing is the amount of power the LEAs will be granted under this Amendment (this includes PreK, post-secondary, outside the classroom, etc.)

Other nuggets of a darker side: family financial data as supplied by the U.S. Dept. of Commerce, The U. S. Dept. of Commerce’s branch, The Census Bureau (especially their American Community Survey, which is a mandatory on-going process that helps determine how tax dollars are used). For more about the ACS (American Community Survery, see: http://www.census.gov/acs/www/ ,  the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics; proposed sharing of assessments, standards on a voluntary basis between states, thereby saving money; ‘Developing challenging State academic standards and aligned assessments in  academic subjects for which standards and assessments are not required..’; ‘Refining State assessments to ensure  their continued alignment with the challenging  State academic standards and to improve the  alignment of curricula and instructional materials.’; ‘Evaluating student academic achievement through the development or improvement
of comprehensive academic assessment instruments, such as performance-based assessments  that emphasize the mastery of standards and  aligned competencies in a competency-based education model, technology-based academic assessments, computer adaptive assessments, and  portfolios, projects, or extended performance  task assessments.
Collaborating with institutions of higher education, other research institutions, or
other organizations to improve the quality, validity, and reliability of State academic assessments.’;
 the use of formative and summative testing will continue as well.

Renaming doesn't change alignment of education as a stark reality.
Renaming doesn’t change alignment of education, it is a stark reality, as we’ve experienced.

On page 113, ‘Career Technical Education’ will be replacing ‘Vocational Education’ if this Amendment is adopted. Why is this bad?  CTE (Career Tech Ed) is the Adult version of CCSS! By the end of the page, be sure to note the seemingly harmless word changes. For example, ‘student’s progress’ would be known as ‘improve student achievement’. More of these are in the next few pages which follow.
 Page 116 uses a phrase about information being made available to all interested educational parties. From what I’ve researched that could mean almost anyone, especially in the public/private partnerships seeking to redefine education.

Be sure you note the activity the Amendment would allow the Secretary of Education to exercise. (now, bear in mind, in the earlier portions, many restrictions were laid out) If the Secretary were to enact this exercise, Congress would only have 30 available for review/comments, the public would have 90 days. Whatever it is he could put in motion is expected to cause the States tremendous burdens. (see the pages 117-121).

Teacher reform is laid out in detail in this Amendment. So is having school leaders help transform curricula via technology. As with students, the States will have to submit accountability plans for teacher training, etc. (As above, the states accountable to the Feds..hhmm, does anyone sense something amiss??)

Page 145 gives you CCSS without ever mentioning it or the catch phrase ‘challenging state academic standards’. See for yourselves, ” providing programs and activities to  help students prepare for post-secondary level  coursework, including early college or dual enrollment programs, Advanced Placement and  International Baccalaureate programs.” (don’t see the CCSS ties in AP or IB? Consider who oversee AP courses..the College Board. As far as IB? Yes, it’s Common Core via the United Nations) I’ve written about both, as have others who are fighting CCSS. (here’s one of my articles about how indoctrinated IB schools/programs are with CCSS: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2014/11/14/fib-o-meter-friday-ib-international-baccalaureate-schools-common-core/ )

Page 150 states that among all their professional development only certain types of groups will be included. Here’s an excerpt, “promote innovative instruction and learning strategies by nationally recognized organizations with a proven track  record of effectiveness in providing preparation and professional development activities and programs for teachers, principals, and other school leaders, particularly in  underserved areas.”  Pardon me, but who will be responsible for overseeing these ‘proven’ organizations? With so many private businesses with their fingers in the educational mix which don’t have any business there, does this mean they’ll be given the green light to continue to step in and reform education?? Not too far after this section of the Amendment is a bit about money from 2003 that’s not been touched could get tapped IF the Secretary of Education deems it needed. Where would these funds be used? National Programs!

This Amendment also allows for any non-profit OR for-profit entity to jump in a student’s education..as long as achievement is the goal (pages 153, 154).

Par for the course in American education, the Amendment continues to do all it can to promote outcome based education…both for STUDENTS and TEACHERS. Institute of Education Sciences will be key to all the evaluations of effective programs (page 164) This is only a few sentences before a section that tells us the Secretary of Education (or any other federal employee) can’t mandate states. This includes curricula, standards, and assessments.

Pages 189/90 mention National Professional Development Project and a National Clearinghouse. Be sure when you leave comments, you ask for more details about what these are, who they involve.

On beginning on page 193 is the ‘Healthy and Safe Students’. Now, do not misunderstand me, I’m all for healthy and safe students..just not under the federal government’s plan of the 21st Century Community Learning Centers (also a huge portion of CCSS, Agenda 21). What do I mean? Read the Amendment text, “The purpose of this title is to improve students safety, health, well-being, and academic achievement during and after the school day by (1) increasing the capacity of local educational  agencies, schools, and local communities..” Items 2 and 3 cover a student’s mental health and drug awareness/abuse. Have we not yet had enough evidence of the federal government’s increased efforts to know this can’t be a good thing?? As far as the mental health component? Several authors, including myself, have stressed grave concerns on CCSS aligned ‘professionals’ charged with the mental health of our students. When you add that money and the allotment of it is added to this, I’d be raising a red flag!

Beginning on page 217 is the “Empowering Parents/Expanding Opportunities” section. Great!? Especially when you find that the empowering/expanding has to do with charter schools and magnet schools. (Note: I have nothing against these 2 educational choices, however, both have been largely considered as CCSS free..guess what? Not!) This section lays out how even MORE charter schools will be provided for. They’ll be known as ‘high quality’ ones. Not sure being concerned about charter schools/CCSS? Read: http://ladyliberty1885.com/2014/07/07/guest-post-common-core-in-charters-private-homeschools/ and https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2014/10/07/ftf-tuesday-clarity-for-sale-aligned-to-common-core-for-free/

As far as the Magnet schools?? “magnet  schools that will substantially strengthen the knowledge of academic subjects and the attainment of tangible and marketable career, technological, and professional skills of students attending such schools..”  Yep, MORE Career Tech Education to be written into law!

Be sure to ask for more information on the “Rural Education Initiative” and the “Rural Education Achievement Program” (page 280) This is yet another big way to write in CTE Common Core Standards garbage.

Page 287 lays out how the Secretary of Education will award in a competition style method money to states with a certain criterion for low-income based schools. (gee, does anyone remember this style of funding?? Can we say “Race to the Top”?) State level agencies will get to award money like this as well..to the satisfaction of the Dept. of Education.

Page 300 makes a point to include the Hawaiian Workforce Development Council in the mix..hhmm..we know Workforce is tied into not only the U.S. Dept. of Labor BUT Career Tech Education, Career Pathways as well. Be sure to ask about your state’s Workforce Council.

Page 318 is where in-home instruction for Alaska students will be impacted. State money will go towards education ‘readiness’ for preschool Native American residents. Near page 323 is how military children(U.S. Dept. of Interior enters the data mix when military activity is involved) will be impacted. I especially found the phrase ‘federally connected children’ unnerving. (NOTE: Puerto Rico and other U.S. Territories are included in this entire document)

How our tax dollars will be collected/used is also included under “Impact Aid”.

Almost at the end of the document is this nugget (pages 348/49) seeking a change in verbiage. As we’ve seen changes in wording are HUGE, especially where CCSS is involved. ” by striking ‘‘until an agreement for the  extension of United States education assistance
 under the Compact of Free Association for each of the freely associated states becomes effective after the date of enactment of the No Child Left Behind  Act of 2001’’ and inserting ‘‘except during any period for which Secretary of Education determines  that a Compact of Free Association is in effect and contains provisions for education assistance prohibiting the assistance provided under this Act’’ “

This is followed by the teachers using aligned standards, assessments, curricula, and programs all tied together. (page 350-51)!

For the entire Amendment, alexanderamendnclb

Act Now or Forever Hold Your Peace!

If you’ve not read enough to cause you to be extremely wary of this Amendment, I would ask that you review how CCSS got started, where it has spread, who it impacts, how it continues to ‘align and mine’ our students, and it continues to penalize teachers. Our time to act is short, but we MUST act NOW! How can you help? Go to the link featured here, http://www.fixingNCLB@help.senate.gov/

FYI:
The Senator behind this bill is not only a former TN governor, but a Common Core Supporter. See: http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2014/03/24/sen-lamar-alexander-let-s-don-t-talk-about-common-core/

Mr. Alexander was also, at one time at a federal level position. To see more about him and to gauge his involvement in CCSS or CTE,
http://votesmart.org/candidate/biography/15691/lamar-alexander#.VLrVdivF-hQ