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Can I Get a “Meow”?

Warriors Against Fed Ed, we know that the overreach in education is NOT contained in the K-12th grade levels. We also know it’s not restricted to public education, but spills over into ALL educational choices.
We can thank federal laws for that. The ‘holy trio’ of WIOA, ESSA, and the HEA (Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014; Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015; Higher Education Act of 2008, and, currently being re-written to become re-authorized.)

I believe Congress is preparing the way for the ‘new’ HEA by creating Bills now which amend the current HEA. Why is the ‘new’ HEA a concern for Fed Ed Warriors? It’s the last ‘link in the chain for a cradle to career streamlined education for workers’.

I’ve written about other Congressional Bills which also are laying the trail to the new and improved HEA. However, there’s a new Bill in town…

Bringing on the Bipartisanship:

S718 (The Making Education Affordable and Accessible Act (MEAA)
**As of this writing, there is no text version of the Bill available from Congress.gov)
**Because the Bill’s acronym is so close to  ‘meow’, I’m using a cat theme for the rest of the article.

Quick facts:
1) There are 4 Senators aponsoring/co-sponsoring this ‘cat-nip’ bill: Franken (MN); Peters (MI); Cassidy (LA), and, Boozman (AR).
2) Because ”bipartisan” can be claimed, so can the ‘litter box’ contents that come with this Bill.

3) Because it helps lay a deceptive ‘mouse trap’ for citizens involved in higher education, we need to watch for the ‘claws’ being used to pull us in.

4) Since the text version of S718 isn’t  available just yet, we can find out much information about it from the Sponsor’s official press release. Senator Peters’ website reveals the following ‘cat treats’:

5) Not only do we have 4 Senators behind this Bill, there are also 2 House of  Representatives involved in this: Polis, CO and Reed, NY. This makes the Bill ‘bicameral’.

**Warriors, this should be a sign that federally led education is NOT a single party creation! Both mainstream parties are extending the overreach. Think of it as the ‘litter box smell’ that can’t be contained.

6) This is not the first time a Bill seeking to make college ‘more affordable and accessible’ has been attempted in recent history. It’s the same ‘mouse trap’, just designed a bit differently.

7) The targeted group for S718? High school students! The ‘stealthy’ Bill will ‘providing grants to eligible institutions of higher learning to create dual and concurrent enrollment and early/middle college programs..’

**Warriors, ESSA’s State required accountability reports must include dual enrolled, concurrent enrolled, and early/middle college programs. It also streamlines ALL education in high schools OR these programs to be aligned to WIOA’s requirements for post-secondary readiness! It also streamlines teachers and their training. Talk about ‘claws’ being dug into our citizens…

8) Sen. Peters’ comments included: “Some form of higher education or technical certification is increasingly essential to joining today’s workforce, and the rising cost of tuition should not be a barrier that keeps students from getting the skills and education they need to succeed,” said Senator Peters. “I’m proud to introduce this bipartisan legislation that helps students save money while getting a head start on their college education. The Making Education Affordable and Accessible Act will help ensure students are well-prepared for their chosen careers and employers have trained workers to fill the jobs of the future.”

9) Sen. Cassidy’s comments included: “In order to bring high-skilled, well-paying jobs with good benefits to Louisiana and our nation, we need a highly capable workforce. This bill provides a next step in training American workers for the jobs of tomorrow.”

10) AR’s Senator: “This legislation creates an affordable opportunity for students to develop real-world skills employers need while pursing higher education. These programs have been beneficial in Arkansas by helping prepare students to enter the workforce as future employees for local businesses,” Senator Boozman said.

11) Sen. Franken’s“Our commonsense, bipartisan bill would help more high school students earn college credits before they pay a dime in tuition—and it could also support professional development opportunities for educators in Minnesota who teach courses in dual enrollment programs. ” (*Note: to see Sen. Franken’s other workforce based education offering, click here.)

12) From CO“Allowing more students to attain college credit while still in high school puts them on a clear track to achieve a college degree and excel in the workforce,” Representative Polis said.

13) From Rep. ReedDual and concurrent enrollment programs offer students quality educational options that will prepare them for meaningful careers. “

14) Look below for the seemingly innocent ‘meows’ from CCSS Machine member groups. Warriors, it’s not innocent. It’s a purposed, planned, and ‘roar-like’ call for conformity!
(*Note: Sen. Peters’ press release has all the CCSS Machine reguritated supportive statements from each of the Groups below.)

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Closing:

Warriors, we MUST rein in the federal overreaches! We can no longer act like kittens when it comes to our nation and the aligned direction it is being set to. We must be the tigers and tigresses. If you live in any of the States these Senators and Representatives are from, be encouraged to reach out to them concerning this.

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The Great Education Experiment

Nothing beats a trained mind, right?

Nothing beats a trained mind, right?

For those of us who are opposed to the illegally based education reform tactics we are seeing sweep our nation, I have some new news for you. We, the anti CCSS/CCRS (Common Core State Standards/College and Career Readiness Standards), know quite a bit about what is happening in education. But did you know the U.S. Dept. of Education is in the midst of conducting an educational experiment on your secondary and post-secondary students?! Read on, my Warriors!

 

The Announcement:

As seen on a website called the National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships (NACEP):

To see the entire picture, visit: http://www.nacep.org/calendar/
To see the entire picture, visit: http://www.nacep.org/calendar/

What Does This Mean?

First, let us see where ‘dual enrollment’ or ‘concurrent enrollment’ phrases are written into the ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act).
Pages 121, 137, 167 (3 times), 173, 186, 303, 306, 323, 343, 395, 427, 460, 464, 476, 780, 917 (‘concurrent’ is used here in reference to a particular Senate committee and is asking that a posthumous honor be granted),  and 991.

Page 121 applies dual/concurrent enrollment to IB and AP courses (International Baccalaureate and Advanced Placement). Page 137 applies dual/concurrent enrollment to identifying student interests/skills. Page 167 find the dual/concurrent enrollment phrase used 3 times as follows, a) in the title at the top of the page; b) in reference to low achieving students not meeting those ‘challenging  academic state standards’; c) in reference to funding schools receive. Page 173 uses the phrase for secondary school funding. Page 186 finds the phrase used in relation to private schools (see page 185 where the paragraph begins). Page 303 uses the phrase for teachers and their training/licensing. Page 306 uses dual/concurrent enrollment in reference to teacher interns. Page 323 finds the phrase used for school leaders (including teachers). Page 343 shows the phrase used for gifted students. Page 395, more school leadership via the LEAs (Local Education Agency). Page 427 is for the English language learners (ELLs). Page 460, finds dual/concurrent enrollment for underrepresented students (and includes improving student engagement. You will need to read from mid page 459 for context purposes). On page 464, on-line courses, especially those for CTE (Career Technical Education). Page 476 uses the phrase to define STEM curriculum, classes, courses, and exams (aka: assessments). Page 780 will use the phrase for defining the partnerships which must be in place to satisfy the dual or concurrent enrollment. Lastly, on page 991, you will find the phrase is used for spelling out credit bearing courses (will need to begin on page 990 for the entire passage).

 

So What is the Experiment?

From my research, the short answer would be: baiting students, regardless of age, to go through the college and career pathway. However, let us look at what evidence there is.

Before we get to the U.S. Dept. of Ed’s “experiment”, note that the NACEP is promoting the Pell Grants first (Jan.11, 2016) before the Jan. 13th’s webinar for the “experiment”. {see the above screen shot}
According to the NACEP, the 11th’s broadcast will explore the opportunities to ‘leverage’ federal programs (such as the Pell Grants used in post-secondary education) for states and LEAs (local education agencies) to use are much increased, thanks to the ESSA’s passage into law. New funds will be available for the states to use to prioritize dual enrollment.
Then, on the 13th, they will join with the U.S. Dept. of Education to delve into the ‘experiment’.  Sounds so mysterious, doesn’t it?

Well, here is what NACEP wrote about it in a bit more detail, “The experiment will enable high school students enrolled in dual enrollment programs to access federal Pell Grants at participating institutions. Students who have attended a dual enrollment program are more likely to apply to, enroll in, and succeed at college. These students not only benefit from the academic experience of learning at a college level, but often are also better able to picture themselves in college, pursuing a postsecondary degree. To help students succeed in these programs, the Department of Education are seeking institutions offering structured programs that support students throughout the program.”

So the long answer is that the Experiment is looking for educational institutions to continue the CCR (college/career readiness) pathway for our students. States will get more money, students will be more aligned than ever and those profiting will just keep getting richer while our students continue their assigned tracks.

 

What the Fed Said:

https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/
https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/

According to the Federal Aid website, here is what I found out. There is a 28 page College Prep checklist for elementary on up to adult students to guide them in 3 areas: a) finding money, b) taking the right classes, and c) choosing the right career. You can access the checklist, https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/sites/default/files/college-prep-checklist.pdf
According to the checklist, the U.S. Dept. of Education is the MAIN source of funding for students seeking higher education! The checklist also steers you to the U.S. Dept. of Labor’s website, ‘What’s My Next Move?’. See the screen shot below:

See the rest of the pdf: http://www.careeronestop.org/TridionMultimedia/WMNM%20FINAL%20JAN%2007%202013_tcm24-13704.pdf
See the rest of the pdf:
http://www.careeronestop.org/TridionMultimedia/WMNM%20FINAL%20JAN%2007%202013_tcm24-13704.pdf

One direct quote from the pdf document you see pictured above is “What’s My Next Move? is a career planning document designed to assist high school students in managing their education and career plans.”


Immediately following this is an on-line assessment the students should take, then record their scores in the provided blanks.

 

 

The CCSS/CTE/CCR Evidence Hidden in Plain Sight:

Now, where the CCSS/CCR/CTE (Common Core State Standards/College and Career Readiness/Career Technical Education) evidence shows up is all throughout this education/career guide.
1) You can see it refers to on-line assessing, to tailoring your education to that of a career, then you can see where the post-secondary tracks are pointed out via the technical training courses, the community college courses.
2) Then there is the O*NET (Occupational Information Network). This is a huge database of information which not only is accessible to our high school students, but any one seeking a job! It is also housed here in NC!! See this direct quote from the ‘about us’ section of the website, “The Occupational Information Network (O*NET) is being developed under the sponsorship of the US Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA) through a grant to the North Carolina Department of Commerce which operates the National Center for O*NET Development.”

This entire project is a P3 (public-private partnership). “The  Research Triangle Institute (RTI), the Human Resources Research Organization (HumRRO), North Carolina State University (NCSU), MCNC, and Maher & Maher” are all in tandem with this Network of information. To see what each of the above P3 members do, see:
http://www.onetcenter.org/about.html
Funding the O*Net is the U.S. Dept. of Labor.

3)Notice that both the What’s My Next Move? and the O*Net are partners with the American Job Center Network. Who runs the AJCN (American Job Center Network)? The U.S. Dept. of Labor!  “The American Job Center Network is a unifying name and brand that identifies online and in-person workforce development services as part of a single network.” This quote is from the AJC’s website.
When you visit it to see for yourselves what else is there, be sure to notice the section of the website which points you from the federal level to the state level for Workforce Development. An example from NC (as of 2010) is featured below for Workforce Development. This particular image is what funding NC received from the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

Source: https://www.nccommerce.com/workforce/about-us/plans-policies-reports-initiatives/arra-projects
Source: https://www.nccommerce.com/workforce/about-us/plans-policies-reports-initiatives/arra-projects

4) As you have learned from my research, the Workforce Development aspect of CCSS/CCR is well documented. Part of NC’s efforts in regards to WD (Workforce Development) has resulted in NCWorks. I have exposed just how CCSS(Common Core)/CTE (Career Tech)/CCR (College and Career Ready) aligned NCWorks is. See my article from: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/10/10/weekend-news-collective-workforce/
Remember, anti CCSS Warriors, I use NC as example. Your state will also have this kind of one-stop-workforce-education model. Use the American Job Center’s website information to point you in the direction you can find the information in your state.

 

Before I Go:

I wanted to back track to NACEP (National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships) briefly. We know from the above information they fully supported the ESSA passage. But what more can I tell you that points to the CCSS Machine? From their last conference in 2015, the sponsors of the Conference are a Who’s Who Among CCSS Machine members. For instance, McGraw-Hill, ACT, Inc., and Syracuse University.
Many community colleges were involved as well.

If you aren’t convinced community colleges are Common Core/Career Tech aligned, please refer to my following articles:
From 2014, where you can find some of the early roots for alignment: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2014/09/18/tech-thursday-common-core-community-college/
From 2015, where you can read about NC (as an example) for dual enrollment and global ready workers: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/11/09/monday-musings-global-readiness-and-ccss/
From 2015, where you can see community colleges and Workforce: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/08/01/fyi-post-secondary-common-core-intel/

If you would like to see how Syracuse University is in the CCSS Machine via dual enrollment, be sure to visit the following link. Be sure you note how the pro CCSS Carnegie Foundation is in full support of the SU’s “Project Advance”.
http://www.msche.org/documents/EnhancingAcademicOversight.pdf
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This is from the Google Books ‘Intelligent Infrastructure’.


Closing:

One last note of interest, notice that the U.S. Dept. of Education announced this ‘Experiment’ back in October 2015. This was still while Arne Duncan was in charge. Carrying on his work is now, John King. I don’t know about you, but I am beyond flummoxed at the use of our students for educational experiments!

 

 

Tech Thursday: Post Secondary Champs?

What every US citizen said they always wanted... NOT!
What every US citizen said they always wanted… NOT!

For today’s “Tech Thursday” article, I want to shine the light on the CCSS alignment in post-secondary education yet again. Shouldn’t my focus be on the re-authorization of the ESEA (Elementary and Secondary Education Act)? While the focus is on that (my last 2 published articles were devoted to the ESEA re-authorization push), we need to understand the upcoming push to re-authorize the HEA (Higher Education Act) is ALSO in need of our attention. Why? The CCSSI (Common Core State Standards Initiative) depends on a TOTAL alignment, from pre-K to grad school, to be complete! In my researching the subject, I know the CCSS Machine (all the efforts put into motion by the CCSSI) cannot succeed with only a pre-K to 12th grade movement. It HAS to encompass ALL education for it to succeed. It is my goal, since I began researching and speaking out, to foil those actions as much as possible! So, what can I shine the light today? Read on, my fellow Warriors….

 
‘Career Readiness Champs’ to Them, ‘Chumps’ to Me:

The CCSS Machine has churned out many names to confuse and detract the general public from the fact that no matter what name it stuck on their modern education reforms, it’s STILL Common Core aligned! Case in point, ‘career readiness’, ‘college and career readiness’, “CTE, Career Tech Education”, “Career Pathways”, and so on. While the War Against the Core is raging on in the K-12 arena, movements in the post-secondary realm are continuing on. It is my belief that is exactly what the CCSS Machine wants. For us to be so attentive to only one portion of the reform, we don’t notice the reform efforts in birth to 5 years, or the post-secondary areas. Did you know that more and more states are establishing now (or have established in the past) CRIs (Career Readiness Initiatives)??
Yes, it’s true. California as of 2/15 has established such, see:
 http://www.cde.ca.gov/eo/in/cr/ However, since I don’t live in CA, but NC, I’m going to use NC as my example for the most part to see what moves the CCSS Machine has made here. As you know, using what I have found can help you look in your state for the same type of movements. Below, you can find some of the CCR champs/chumps.

Champ/Chump #1: NC’s Career Readiness Certification Organization:

The website: http://www.crcnc.org/info/AboutCRC.aspx
The goal:North Carolina ’s Career Readiness Certification (CRC) is designed to meet the needs of both employers and job seekers in this transitioning economy. 

·        For employers, the CRC offers a reliable means of determining whether a potential employee has the necessary literacy, numeracy and problem solving skills to be “job ready.” 

·        For job seekers, the CRC serves as a portable credential that can be more meaningful to employers than a high school degree or a resume citing experience in a different job setting.

The CRC is based upon WorkKeys, a nationally recognized, skills assessment tool developed by ACT Inc.” {*Note: I’ve written about the WorkKeys assessments many times, if you’d like those links, let me know.}

Since we know the WorkKeys is tied to career paths, the CRC uses WDBs (Workforce Developments Boards) and other P3 information (public, private partnerships) to help you search the CRC’s “Talent Pipeline”, see: http://www.crcnc.org/search/geosearch3.aspx
Along with these alignments and P3 participation, you have business owners and managers chiming in on what a great champion all this CCSS/CTE/CRC alignment is. See it in their own words, http://www.crcnc.org/info/Quotes.aspx

Is the NC CRC the only group of its kind in NC? No, we need to look at the NC New Schools Rural Education work, too. You can find them at: http://ncnewschools.org/national-rural-education-initiative-to-improve-college-and-career-readiness/ Did you notice the web address included ‘national rural education’? NC is embedding it out in 6 school districts, however, SC, MS, and other states are set to reap a champion ‘bumper crop’ as well.
Here’s an excerpt, “Students in rural areas of Illinois, Indiana, Mississippi and South Carolina will soon have greater access to college- and career-readiness efforts through the Rural Innovative Schools initiative, funded by a $20 million federal grant and additional private investment. The initiative is led by Breakthrough Learning, the national brand of NC New Schools, which is also implementing the work in six North Carolina school districts.”
If you’d like to know how many of our tax dollars the US Dept of Ed spent and what other ‘private’ donations were made, read below:
“The U.S. Department of Education last fall awarded the initiative a five-year, $20 million grant to develop new college and career readiness and college access opportunities for students in rural communities. The grant represents the only “scale-up” grant awarded under the recent Investing in Innovation (i3) initiative, which aims to develop innovative approaches to improve student achievement and replicate effective strategies nationwide. An additional $4.2 million in funding will be raised jointly over the five-year initiative by Breakthrough Learning and participating districts and states. Investment partners in the Rural Innovative Schools scale-up initiative currently include: AT&T Aspire, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina, Carnegie Corporation of New York, ChildTrust, Edward M. Armfield Sr. Foundation, Golden LEAF Foundation, Goodnight Educational Foundation, NC Electric Membership Corporation, SAS, Wells Fargo Foundation and the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation.

Champs/chumps #2: In case you didn’t know it New Schools is a Gates Foundation backed organization. See:
http://www.gatesfoundation.org/How-We-Work/Quick-Links/Grants-Database#q/k=New%20Schools%20Venture
If you’ve not seen the Gates Foundation’s CCR work, see: 
http://www.gatesfoundation.org/What-We-Do/US-Program/College-Ready-Education,
and,
http://www.gatesfoundation.org/search#q/k=career readiness

Since the Gates Foundation is a well known member of the CCSS Machine, it won’t be hard to connect the dots there. New Schools are in several cities and states across the nation, so they should be easy to connect to the CCSS Machine as well.

Champs/Chumps #3: Bring on the CCSSO (Council of Chief State School Officers):

In case you’ve not seen there Task Force on CCR, you can read it all by accessing:
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See below for the members of the Task Force, among them? Many states and pro CCSS/CRTE groups!
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So, How Does All This Tie to the HEA (HIgher Education Act)?

As I’ve shared in the past about the current HEA and the proposed updates, the bridge between secondary education and post-secondary needs to be streamlined (I’ve written about those bridges before and pointed you to the documented ‘research’ churned out by not only the Gates Foundation, but others as well. If you missed those articles, let me know, I’ll be happy to share them again.) The ways in which post-secondary educational institutions are to be graded and governed in also in the proposed updates. See the Education Commission of the States report: ECSBlueprint ( the Commission is a nation wide one, not a NC specific one) The report shares how the P-20W data (pre-school to grad school or Workforce) plays into the situation as well. P-20w is in the HEA, too!
(*Note: the Education Commission of the States has detailed legislative records of each of the 50 States in America. I was curious if I could find a ‘champ/chump’ example. I did! Under the “Career/Technical Education” tab for NC, I found where CCSS aligned post-secondary education was signed into law! See below:

To find your post-secondary champs/chumps: http://ecs.org/state-legislation-by-state/
To find your post-secondary champs/chumps:
http://ecs.org/state-legislation-by-state/

Others involved?
1) If you’d like to see the NACEP (National Alliance for Concurrent Enrollment Partnership) joint report with Jobs for the Future (2013)on  what needs to be done to further the CCSS Machine (mainly through STEM: Science, Technology, Engineering, and, Math) push into post-secondary education, see: http://nacep.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/HEA-joint-policy-recs-Bard-NACEP-JFF-August-2013.pdf
Jobs for the Future’s CCSS ties? There are plenty, use this link to find their ‘research’:
http://www.jff.org/tags/common-core
NACEP’s CCSS ties? See Strategy #1, objective #2: http://www.nacep.org/about-nacep/strategic-plan/

2) If  you’d like the document tying Lumina, Gates Foundation, and other well known CCSS Machine members where the goal is engaging higher education institutions in aligning to CCSS, see: http://rockpa.org/document.doc?id=232 (*Note: this one’s worth downloading before it disappears)

3) Helping write the re-authorization the HEA are some of the same members of Congress who’ve embedded so much pro CCSS language in the re-authorization combination of the HR5 and the S1177 (Student Success Act; Every Child Achieves Act)! These are all champs to the pro side of CCSS/CTE/CCR, but to the rest of us? Just a bunch of power hungry, sold out to the CCSS Machine chumps!