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What She Said…

Anti Fed Ed Warriors, would you wait 4 or 5 years to enact your household budget or a family emergency plan? No! You’d make sure once you set a budget you’d immediately begin going by it.

Not so with our federal government’s involvement with education. Nope, ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) was passed in Dec. 2015, we’re not far from its 5th anniversary. As federal laws go, especially for education, ESSA’s set to be re-authorized and funding extended in 2020.  

One huge bone of contention about ESSA was the phrase ‘supplement not supplant’. (This was also in ESEA, Elementary and Secondary Education Act. ESSA is the re-authorized version of ESEA.)

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Supplement Vs Supplant:

Why do I bring this up, Warriors?

Because Sec. DeVos has recently completed a new non-regulatory ‘Supplement, not Supplant’ guidebook for SEAs and LEAs (State Education Agencies, usually your State Dept. of Education) and Local Education Agencies).

The bottom line: While the document is supposedly a guideline, the language in ESSA is more of a mandate. Where will we most likely see ‘supplements’ in education? Title One funding, my Warrior friends. Title One, as we know, via ESSA, was made over to cover EVERY student, not those in the most need, as Title One was originally to cover. Title One funds, via ESSA, are to be used to label and categorize mental and behavioral health of EVERY student in the community, not simply the public school system.

Warriors, this new guidebook is the result of the federal government wanting to appear ‘flexible’ to each State. We’ve seen the ‘flexibility’ of the federally run education. There isn’t any. Especially when you consider that Page 17 of ESSA clearly states how ALL education is to be:

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Supposedly, the public was allowed time to give their feedback about how federally led education was to help supplement local education, not supplant it. Yet, when you look at the guidelines (which coach SEAs and LEAs on HOW to use federal funds in ADDITION to Title One), you don’t see the public’s desire to END federal control of education, you see the CCSS Machine’s grasp tighten the funding streams, just a wee bit more.

Two questions: How does this type of ‘guidance’ even begin to appear like local control in education? How does this further illustrate our example of sticking to a family budget instead of waiting 5 years to enact it?

Two answers: Guidance, via our federal government, is a dressed up mandate to conform. In education, conformity equals the ‘privilege’ of receiving federal funds.

 
As far as our example, with 5 years between making plans and enacting them, doesn’t do anything to achieve your goals. It’s a moot point. You’d have been better off to not make a budget if you won’t work to make it happen.

If any State TRULY wanted to be free of the federal intrusion in education at ALL age levels for ALL choices, the answer is a plain as day: DON’T take the money! It violates our Tenth Amendment!!the-capitol-view-return-to-sender-snqyhq-clipart

When you read the Supplement Not Supplant Guidelines, look at the language..’May a State do x,y, and z’? If the States weren’t addicted to the federal funds, no State leader would EVER need to ask the government, “Mother, May I?!”

Higher Education’s Accrediting Updates:

As if we’ve not been insulted enough by the DeVos leadership, we also have the President’s EO (Executive Order from 2017) about reforming accrediting bodies when it comes to higher education. DeVos, at her ‘boss’s’ beck and call, has also updated (aka: reformed) higher education. Warriors, again, it’s taken 2 years for this ‘reform’ to hit the States. The U.S. Dept. of Education’s Press Release was even more insulting. DeVos has been ‘rethinking’ higher education reform.
Really, this woman with ZERO educational background?

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To access the 28 Page document full of DeVos’s ‘thoughts’, go here. Below is a screen shot of the front page with added emphasis.

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While I do recognize we need to rein in predatory accrediting and higher education schools, it should be a locally led charge, not a federally run dictated system.

This Accrediting document even has the same “States must report to the federal government”, as we’ve seen in ESSA. Let’s also take into account that EOs bypass Congress, therefore, bypassing “We the People”. With education, NO federal official, President Trump included, should have power to interfere.
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With the HEA (Higher Education Act) currently under re-writing for re-authorization, we know more mandates and compliance will be forced upon the States.

Below, is a graphic image I made back when DeVos had just been confirmed as Secretary of Education. As you’ll see, Dr. King was still around. I left his name so Warriors could see the status quo in the CCSS Machine would live on.

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Closing:

Warriors, we MUST Repeal ESSA, HEA, and even, WIOA as soon as possible. If we don’t more DeVos (or whomever’s appointed to take federal education to the next level) reforms will be visited upon us. (*Note: ESSA: Every Student Succeeds Act; HEA: Higher Education Act); WIOA (Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act))
Do you think our budgets can withstand this type of tyranny? I don’t!

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*Two personal notes:
a) While I will continue to do my best to keep you up to date on the overreaches of the CCSS Machine, I also am having to divide my time between education and a recent nasty turn of events concerning my neighborhood. Homes on my block are being targeted to be impacted by a road widening project involving a P3 (public private partnership) contract. We are facing a long and uphill battle to save our homes. As America marches more toward the UN’s (United Nations) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), we’ll ALL see this happen more and more.

b) Breaking News Journal has honored me with taking all my Common Core Diva visual content and placing in on their Roku channel. BNJ is a Christian based national network and survives on view funding (much like PBS without the agenda). If you’d like to donate to BJN, go here. BJN is also on Facebook. BJN has also partnered with Bears and Lord Network. B & L has a phone app where you can find out the latest anti Fed Ed News, too! B & L has graciously added my content (from Twitter) there. To access the app, go here.

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Clubs and Hubs

Anti Fed Ed Warriors, how would you like to have ‘peace clubs’ and ‘job hubs’ spread across the nation? Sounds great, right?! I mean who doesn’t want a little more tranquility in their lives or access to better jobs?

I’ll tell you who doesn’t want these: US. Why? They are 2 of the latest efforts from our federal government to control us, as American citizens. They are also 2 of the latest efforts to conform America to the SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals) of the UN/UNESCO.

One Gigantic ‘Peace Club’:

Below is a screen shot from a 2017 article I published with the (then) latest on Peacemaking in the US via HR 1111.
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In 2019, Warriors, we have the SAME Chamber of Congress using the SAME Bill number  (HR 1111) for a newer version to create a Peacemaking Department in the Executive Branch of our government!

What’s the title of this new department to be?
Federal Interagency Committee on Peace (FICP) and it would work in tandem with the U.S. State Dept. and the U.S. Dept. of Defense. The FICP would also establish “Peace Days” across the nation.

Why should we, as Anti Fed Ed/Common Core Warriors, care about HR 1111? The 2019 version has almost as many plans for education related indoctrination as its former version. (2017’s embedded ‘peacemaking’ over 40 times in education; 2019’s is 34.)

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Among the 2019’s HR 1111 embedding pieces in schools: is a peacebuilding and tolerance curriculum created by a joint effort of the US Dept. of Peacebuilding and the United States Institute of Peace (USIP). (*Note: if you’d like to see USIP’s stance on several issues, go here. Be sure to look at the ‘experts’, too.)

States will be incentivized to use the developed curriculum in early childhood education and throughout all levels of education. The curriculum will embed peace and tolerance into ALL subjects, including PE (physical education). The Depts. of HHS (Health and Human Services), Homeland Security, and, Education will also help develop the curriculum.

If it’s not in the schools, entire communities and ALL cultural events and programs will use the peace and tolerance curriculum.

Warriors, as we’ve seen with the CCSS Machine, this type of move is to support the all encompassing “Every Student” as in regardless of where you go to school.

Also established with HR 1111 is a higher education academy called the Peace Academy. Students will study 4 years of peacebuilding and upon graduation, serve in public service to promote domestic and international peace. What’s so bad about this? It’s to be modeled after existing military schools!

New Community Peace Building Grants will be made available to go along with existing neighborhood grants. Then, there are to be Culture Diplomacy Grants:

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Warriors, what you see above is from the Office of Domestic Peacebuilding. The Office for International Peacebuilding will also offer a new type of grant. International Cultural Diplomacy for Peace grants to all the locations the Domestic Office will offer them.

Other scary portions of the 2019 version of HR 1111 include embedding the UN’s Declaration of Human Rights into American law and national activities. You’ll want to see how the Peacebuilding Technology Office will impact how we communicate and farm. You’ll also want to read the Congressional Findings to see how much Congress is relying on UN (United Nations) information. Of course, disarming efforts are worth looking at, too. The Second Amendment may be in danger, yet again. You’ll also want to read Page 41, where the Peace Days are described as well as the legislative power the appointed Secretary for Peacebuilding will have to create or amend laws. (*Note: to see the 24 co-sponsors for HR 1111, go here.)

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Lots of Regional Hubs:

Okay, Warriors, we’re ‘switching gears’, so to speak. Now that you’ve learned about the gigantic peace club Congress wants to turn our nation into, let’s look at the hubs they want to embed among our regions. (By the way, regionalism is also a UN tool. It’s also embedded as an educational mandate in ESSA.)

HR 1995 and S 951 are ‘identical sister bills’ which would create ‘Apprenticeship Hubs’. In fact, the title for both bills is the Apprenticeship Hubs Across America Act (AHAA).
The Senate version is in a Committee and has 4 co-sponsors. (Young, IN; Moran, KS; Brown, OH; and, Jones, AL.) The House version is also in a Committee and has 3 co-sponsors (McKinley, WV; Fitzpatrick, PA; and, Harder, CA.)

Sponsoring the bills are Senator Coons (DE) and Representative Norcross (NJ).

Below are just 7 items both HR 1995 and S 951 would do in education:

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Warriors, also written into this type of regional workforce hub idea is how these apprenticeships are marketed to parents and students by school counselors, job recruiters, and those one-stop-career-centers.

If you’ve followed my blog for a while, you may remember when I first shared how school counselors were being targeted by the CCSS Machine to sell families and students are career tracks.

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(EDA’s website)

Warriors, if you’re not sure how toxic the UN regionalism is for America, this 2010 document will help you understand. As you can guess, the alignment has only gotten worse since this publication. To illustrate how bad, consider that tourism is being geared toward the SDGs.

Regionalism will also play right into climate action. Climate action is already deeply embedded in education. If you’ve not heard of the R20, the US is a member. R20 is the Regions of Climate Action. Former CA Gov. Schwarzenegger helped create this global group. The US Government is a partner to R20.

HR 2636 and S 1398, Smart Cities and Communities Act:

Warriors, these two ‘sister’ bills are almost exact copies of each other. HR 2636 is sponsored by Rep. DelBene (WA) and has one co-sponsor (Lujan, NM). S 1398 is sponsored by Sen. Cantwell (WA) and has no co-sponsors. HR’s version of Smart Cities and Communities Act has embedded ‘education’ a total of 18 times. The Senate version has ‘education’ embedded 17 times.

What will the “Smart Cities and Communities” do for education?
1) increase technology which means not only more STEM education, but more screen time for our students.
2)  Puts the federal government in more power over communities across the nation.
3)  Will combine several inter-government joint projects/efforts, as well as P3s and industry overreaches.
4) Will increase the workforce based education, skill based training and award grants to entities participating, at ALL levels of education.
5) Will increase apprenticeship ‘opportunities’.

 

The goal of aligned careeers?? ‘Workforce’ workers.

 

Closing:

Warriors, between the clubs and hubs, our education system is pretty well up a stream without a paddle. It is absolutely mind boggling that Congress is not only willing to do this to our nation, but has no shame in doing so.

What can we do to fight back? Our votes are one way. Look at those supporting all the Bills I’ve featured here. Look at the connections to the CCSS Machine. There are other ways we can fight back. I believe that ANY Congress member participating shamelessly in all this needs a huge dose of humble pie. What do you think, as a Warrior?

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(Google has this as a “New Boss” cartoon image)

 

When “Choice” Really Means “Confinement”

Anti Fed Ed Warriors, this is my second article on the federal overreach into education by the 116th Congress.

So, far we’ve seen the HR 62’s grab for our little learners with shifting Head Start and Early Head Start funds to block grants your Governor’s will be in charge of. The hidden in plain sight agenda there? “School choice”, especially via vouchers for low-income families.
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Since ESSA codified Common Core and ALL that goes with it, let’s remember what ‘school choice’ REALLY looks like in 2019:

 

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For today’s article, it’s HR 69, the ‘‘Ending Common Core  and Expanding School Choice Act’’.
This bill is 6 pages long and is sponsored by Rep. Bill Riggs from AZ. There’s one co-sponsor from CO (Rep. Doug Lamborn).
HR 69 is in the hands of the House’s Education and Labor Committee.

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Warriors
, before you break out the champagne and burn your anti Common Core t-shirts, let’s dig into this Bill as well as some breaking announcements from around the education news circuits which connect to ‘ending Common Core’.

 NO State has gotten rid of Common Core, it’s re-brands, assessments, resources, curriculum, professional development, etc. The ‘name’Common Core might be missing, but it is still there. You know it’s been proven repeatedly on my blog and others!
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SO, does HR 69 get rid of Common Core or does it champion school choice?! Look at these tweets from Rep. Biggs. Do you see what’s missing?

From Jan. 24, 2019:

On the 25th of January, rather than promote the HR 69’s intent to “End Common Core”, Biggs once again touts ‘school choice’. Warriors, don’t you think if your Bill had the first three words as “Ending Common Core” that you’d shout it from the mountain tops?!


In this Tweet, near the time HR 69 was introduced in the 116th (1/3/19), note the promise Biggs felt was honored:

 

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First up: The Fine Print:


Warriors,  HR 69 has “End Common Core” in its title, but does it REALLY end CCSS?!
Let’s find out!

As I stated, this bill is only 6 pages long, the first 3 and 1/2 pages are devoted to expanding school choice via ‘money following the child’ schemes.

HR 69 also is targeting the money toward low-income families. This is dangerous in the false hope it gives. Money following the child is a worn out CCSS Machine tactic to attract those outside the current education system and draws them in, only to be trapped in the alignment. Homeschoolers are also among those targeted by ‘school choice’.

On Page 4, nearly at the bottom is ONE paragraph devoted to actually mentioning ‘Common Core’ and its supposed end.
But look how Rep. Biggs worded it. This, is not only a deception, it’s a waste of taxpayer money to even print this Bill!

Warriors, if you cannot read the excerpt from the bottom of Page 4, here it is, along with the balance of the paragraph on Page 5:
‘‘SEC. 1113. RULES OF CONSTRUCTION.  ‘‘(a) IN GENERAL.—No officer or employee of the  Federal Government shall, through grants, contracts, or other cooperative agreements, mandate, direct, or control  a State, local educational agency, or school’s specific instructional content, academic standards and assessments, curricula, or program of instruction (including any requirement, direction, or mandate to adopt the Common
 Core State Standards developed under the Common Core State Standards Initiative, any other academic standards  common to a significant number of States, or any assessment, instructional content, or curriculum aligned to such  standards), nor shall anything in this Act be construed to authorize such officer or employee to do so. “

As I stated in the screen shot, there’s no need to stress that States are not to be forced into ADOPTING Common Core, that has already happened via RttT (Race to the Top) AND ESSA!

ESSA also removes ‘school choice’ as we knew it. How? The mandate for all education to be aligned to the same workforce based standards (teaching, resources, assessments, and, curricula) as laid out by WIOA (Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act).

HSLDA Joins Jeb’s Yellow Scarves:

Warriors, back in 2018, I published an article which featured a scathing expose on Jeb Bush’s involvement with National School Choice Week and the iconic yellow scarves used to signify support.

Congress has embraced this annual CCSS Machine laced week. Rep. Biggs, among them. However, he is far from the only Congress member who supports and (falsely) believes ‘choice’ (meaning the type of education learned/taught) still exists.

Since ESSA’s passage, ‘choice’ is only applicable to location. So, those very so-called champions of education who keep telling the nation education isn’t defined by zip code, are in essence, MAKING education defined by zip codes. The very agenda they say they ‘hate’ is one they are backing 100%. Will we continue to support these double-speaking educrats?!

Remember, earlier I stated homeschoolers were being drawn in the school choice debacle?

HSLDA, Homeschool Legal Defense Association has come out of the shadows and into the spotlight. In this HSLDA press release you see how the organization is using ‘school choice’ to equate to educational freedoms. Sure, back before ESSA, we had educational freedoms. A few still exist, but, Warriors, the longer we see the ESSA mandates continue to increase (like those in-visits and the birth to 5 yrs overreaches), the freedoms will totally disappear.

Warriors, if you look more closely to what other CCSS Machine items HSLDA supports, you may be surprised. What may those be? Career Technical Education, education savings accounts, apprenticeships, and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math).  Frankly, I’m glad to see HSLDA remove all the behind the scenes support for the CCSS Machine and come out blazing. It means all the illusions of the past few years have been shattered.

 

CCSS/CTE impacts ALL educational choices, don’t be fooled!

Here Comes Betsy!

On January 23rd, during “School Choice Week” Sec. of Education, DeVos was reported as saying it’s imperative Congress support school vouchers and thereby school choice. The Daily Signal’s article tells the entire story.

In January, and on the U.S. Dept. of Education’s blog, a ‘myth vs fact’ guide to ‘school choice’ has been provided. However, it paints those opposed to school choice as somehow the problem. How like the federal government to point the finger at citizens rather than admit the reality of THEIR lies.

Related Resources:
1) To see the Paradise Valley Community College/Chamber of Commerce connections which connect to the AZ charter school featured in the first Biggs Tweet picture, go here. To see the AZ Chamber of Commerce News about this, go here.
2) Paradise Community College is a part of the Maricopa Community College District in Phoenix, AZ. Maricopa Community College District is tied to the League for Innovation in Community Colleges (LICC). LICC has received grant awards from the Gates Foundation. LICC also has Pearson Publishing and WalMart (among others) as partners. LICC also is a nationwide organization.
3) To read Rep. Biggs’ “Freedom Friday” post about HR 69, that’s located here.
4) To see Rep. Lamborn’s pro-ESSA stance, as well as his belief in school vouchers and ESAs (education savings accounts), read this.
5) Rep. Biggs’ Campaign contributions show that the Koch Industries (as in Koch Brothers, part of the CCSS Machine) was among the funding groups.
6) To see my collection of HOW many ways the CCSS Machine has already infiltrated homeschooling, go here.
7) Since the CCSS Machine’s ultimate goal is total control of our children (and ourselves), we see parental rights eroding a bit slower than school choice is disappearing. We know the ESSA mandates for family involvement and student success mean those in-home tracking visits (see the very first part of this article).
However, Illinois has just shared that a bill which FURTHER takes parental rights away is in the works. The Bill also will factor directly into home visits and family involvement. It’s called the Parental Bullying Bill.  The way in which this Bill will also add to the CCSS Machine’s control of children is through ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences) and mental/behavior health interventions. Most certainly all this will be included in ‘school choice’ options. (*Note: I am not condoning parental bullying in its true form, however, the broad strokes being used against parents needs to be of concern.)

Closing:

Warriors, my next article in the latest Congressional overreaches will look at the increase in educratic powers the NSF, National Science Foundation, is set for.

 

Current Nat’l Science Foundation work for CCSS includes professional development (for the teachers, leaders), infrastructure (computers, software), research (as in mind, education, etc.) and assessments (tests that measure)