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Operation Alignment

Anti Fed Ed Warriors, it’s my final article of the recent series I have published looking at the 116th Congress’s educractic BS.

In today’s article, a look at S 5 (Education Opportunities Act) and HR 425 (Supporting Veterans in STEM Careers Act).

S 5 is sponsored by Sen. Rubio (FL) and is 15 pages long. There are no co-sponsors. Currently, S 5 is in the Senate Finance Committee.
HR 425 is sponsored by Rep. Dr. Dunn (FL), there is one co-sponsor, Rep. Lamb (PA)

Warriors, we know Sen. Rubio is an educrat. My articles on his alliance with the CCSS Machine are here. Sen. Rubio’s current committees list. Recent campaign backing for the Senator included Goldman Sachs and Bank of America. Two huge CCSS Machine member organizations.

Rep. Dr. Dunn’s issues do not include education, but he does list veterans. Rep. Dr. Dunn is on the Veterans Affairs Committee and the Committee for Science, Space, and Technology. Rep. Lamb lists education and veterans as two of his issues. Rep. Lamb is the Vice Chair of the Veterans Affairs Committee. He is on the Science, Space, and Tech Committee, too.
Rep. Lamb’s recent campaign donors include the NEA (National Education Assoc.) and at least 3 universities tied to the CCSS Machine.

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What S 5 Says/Does:

Here’s the link to the Bill. It’s called the Educational Opportunities Act.
1) S 5 will amend the IRS Code. The purpose is to allow tax credits for elementary and secondary tuition.

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2) Eligible ‘scholarship granting organizations’ are defined by Section 501 (C3) and 501 (A) of the IRS Code. This means that the organization is tax exempt and that it’s only purpose is to provide scholarships to eligible students.

3) Eligible students are defined as person enrolled in a school defined in the IRS Code Section 530 (b3B) and Section 4(B) as well as below the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services’ poverty line.

4) Eligible schools are ones which charge tuition, comply with all State laws and agree to annual reports.  Part of the data collected will be off the nationally normed, State aligned tests and assessments. Page 8 does say no personal identifiable data will be shared, but Warriors, how many times have we been sold that lie? Consider, also, with the recent passage of FEPA, the IRS’s data will now be up for grabs by data trackers.
The scholarships given cannot go to pay for anything at a school or in a school system in public education.

5) Reports and data will be fed to the U.S. Dept. of Education’s Institute of Education Science, (IES). IES, is a huge CCSS Machine member organization which shares student data freely. In 2016, I showed you how ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) would have IES  pop up in homeschooling data mining. Also from 2016, how IES is woven throughout more than we thought.

6) Corporations will also be included in the tax credits. The credits cannot exceed $100,000.00.
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When I first shared this graphic, I was describing K-12 students. Our veterans certainly do NOT deserve to pushed through a pipeline, either!


HR 425, Supporting Veterans in STEM Careers Act:

Warriors, here’s the link to this Bill.

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1) HR 425 puts the NSF (National Science Foundation) as the directing entity for the veterans program. The program? It’s a veteran outreach plan. Warriors, I’ve shown you before, many times, how the NSF is tied to the United Nations.

I can think of no greater insult to our veterans that to assimilate them into a global minion. That’s so anti-American.

2) Look at how the NSF will manipulate us and data track our vets:

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3) Any research and/or leverage used for the veterans plan will be based off the NSF’s Report called the “National Science Board Indicators”. This will be totally subjective, not objective. It’s also going to be geared toward the global workforce. Here’s the 2018 Report.

4) HR 425 updates the Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship to include veterans. This scholarship is expressly for STEM teachers and has been made into a public law (2002).
If you are not familiar with the name Robert Noyce, that’s okay. Maybe you recognize his contribution to the computer, called Intel. I’ve written about the Robert Noyce Foundation before.

5) Also amended is the NSF Act of 2002 concerning the Teaching Fellows and Masters Program.

6) The NSF’s Computer and Network Security and Capacity Building Grants will also be updated to include vets.

7) A new government interagency will be established with HR 425. It’s to be called the
“Veterans and Military Families STEM Education Interagency Working Group”. This group will use federal resources to transition veterans and military spouses into STEM careers.
This interagency will close after 5 years after this Bill becomes law, should it.

Connected to this is the Office of Science and Technology Policy’s Director making sure all STEM strategies in HR 425 are carried out. The Director is also known as the “President’s Science Advisor”.

Many have argued that President Trump is dedicated to getting all parts of the US out of the UN, but I ask you to consider how when he wholeheartedly supports STEM.

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Related:

HR 627, is also STEM legislation which broadens the NSF in all education.
STEM connects to Smart Cities, also a part of the UN’s agenda.
ESSA upped the CCSS/STEM ante to gel with the UN’s SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals).
The power shift in DC didn’t end the educratic BS we’ve grown so accustom to seeing. Review or discover how deep the STEM ‘love’ goes in DC.

Closing:

Warriors, I hope this series has helped spur you on to keep fighting to save our nation, as well as our schools. Will the 116th Congress continue to pump out harmful legislation? Absolutely. Will I keep you updated? You know I will.
I’ll be back on the blazing trail next week.
In the meantime, share the Series with your leaders and concerned citizens.

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Turn the CCSS Page, Please

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Anti CCSS Warriors, just when you think we have heard it all..Are you ready for a new chapter from the CCSS Machine’s book of lies?! Today’s ‘From the Files Tuesday’ will reveal it all. This is an in-depth article. If you have only a short amount of time, be sure to scan it, then go back and re-read it in detail when you have more time. The information is HUGE in our War Against the Core!

TURN (Teacher Union Reform Network):

Thanks to a recent email from a dedicated anti CCSS/Fed Led Ed Warriors, Michelle E. and Flo E.,  I was pointed to this group which joins forces between the AFT (American Federation of  Teachers ) and the NEA (National Educators Association). Both the AFT and the NEA are members of the CCSS Machine, and proud to be included. They joined forces with Sen. Lamar Alexander and helped push the ESSA through into its law status. Both groups are hardly friends of those of us opposed to the education reform which seeks to do much more harm than good. So why, as powerful as both groups are, would they need a united force called TURN? Who, or what other CCSS Machine members or groups back TURN, if any? Let’s see what Files we can find as evidence. Before we look exclusively at them, let’s see what else we can discover.

The Email’s Tips:

Here in the Warriors’ (Michelle and Flo) words are the big clues to the Files we will uncover, “Look what I found they are funded by Eli Broad and Gates, HOLY S%&T!!!! By 2001, (leader of TURN & AFT VP) Adam Urbanski (Rochester NY–the seed bed for education reform pilot testing grounds) and the TURNcoats were collecting cash from none other than Eli Broad, to the tune of $10,000,000, for their work to undercut teachers…By June of 2001, Rod Paige was signed on as a supporter, as was NEA President, Bob Chase, who viewed it all as very positive development…Fast forward to 2010, and we find the network continuing to be funded by corporate foundations that have public school teachers in their crosshairs. Coordination now is handled through another non-profit, Consortium for Educational Change, which is funneling Gates money to both AFT and NEA players who want to get in on the action. Enter, Paul Toner… 
The Consortium for Educational Change (CEC), an Illinois-based network of teacher unions, school districts, and professional organizations that work to make school systems more collaborative, high-performing organizations, was awarded $2 million from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to support the expansion of the Teacher Union Reform Network (TURN), a national network of American Federation of Teachers and National Education Association union locals.”

The Files from the Tips Above:

In no particular order, here is the evidence (files) to back up Michelle’s and Flo’s findings:

1) The 2013 CEC Gates Foundation Granthttp://www.gatesfoundation.org/How-We-Work/Quick-Links/Grants-Database/Grants/2013/10/OPP1097353

2) Linking Eli Broad to TURN (and a few other reform minded groups we can look into (the Broad Superintendents Academy and Broad Residency programs),
http://www.scholastic.com/browse/article.jsp?id=3757846

2a) Broad Superintendents Academy and Residency (the screen shot has the website address, click  the picture to enlarge it):

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2b) To see the qualifications for becoming a Broad/CCSS Machine Superintendent,
http://www.broadcenter.org/academy/about/transformative-leadership-skills

2c) As part of the Broad Academy and Residency, they also involve the Education Pioneers (also funded by the Gates Foundation) To see the website for Education Pioneers,
http://www.educationpioneers.org/ (*Note: Be sure to look at the cities EP is embedded in and then contrast it with this article from EdSurge detailing the best cities to get an educational tutoring job in: https://www.edsurge.com/news/2016-05-01-best-cities-to-start-a-tutoring-or-education-consulting-business)

2d) To see the Gates Foundation Education  2011 Pioneers Grant:
http://www.gatesfoundation.org/How-We-Work/Quick-Links/Grants-Database/Grants/2011/03/OPP1030614

To learn exactly who the Education Pioneers seek to become part of the CCSS Machine,
http://www.educationpioneers.org/what-we-do

2e) Also involved with the Broad Superintendents Academy and Residency is the organization called Strategic Data Project (SDP) housed in Harvard University (*Note: as you know I have tied Harvard to the CCSS Machine several times before this article. Most noteworthy is their connection to Pearson Publishing as well.) To see the SDP website:
http://sdp.cepr.harvard.edu/ The Gates Foundation has also awarded the SDP mega bucks (2015) for the 3rd phrase of the Project, see: http://www.gatesfoundation.org/How-We-Work/Quick-Links/Grants-Database/Grants/2015/02/OPP1126061

To see exactly WHAT the SDP does, what States are involved, etc., watch this short You Tube Video:

3) The original source where Michelle and Flo got their information from (*Note: there are a few expletive words):
http://www.democraticunderground.com/11242810
The People Mentioned:

We have just looked at Eli Broad and his connections, but what about the others mentioned in both Michelle’s email and the original source she cited? I am not giving information on Bill or Melinda Gates, as we have tons of evidence on them.

1) Adam Urbanski, his biography straight from the AFT,
http://www.aft.org/about/leadership/adam-urbanski
(*Note: He is originally from Poland and this bio will tie him to both TURN and the CEC as well. He is a supporter of ‘collective bargaining’ in education.)

1a) Related to the AFT is the fact that they recently joined forces with UK Unions to hold Pearson Publishing accountable. See: http://www.aft.org/news/aft-and-uk-unions-join-hold-pearson-accountable (*Note: with what Michelle, Flo, and I have found, this is sure to be  a false narrative. How or why? Keep reading..you should the reason why we believe this to unfold right before your eyes.)

2) Rod Paige, the former U.S. Dept. of Education Secretary (2001-2005) is now involved with the Thomas Fordham Institute (another CCSS Machine member). See: http://edexcellence.net/about-us/fordham-staff/rod-paige
(*Note: his biography shares his is a lifelong educator and a big supporter of the ‘best of breed solutions’ in education from a national standpoint.)

3) Bob Chase, former NEA President was interviewed by Thought and Action back in the late 1990s. It was featured in the NEA’s publication. Here is the document, you need to read his words about connecting preK to grad schools and other reform ideas we are seeing lived out.  ChaseInterview

4) Paul Toner, former President of the MA Teachers Association, Toner is now involved with the New Voice Strategies, according to the Business Wire website. According to their article, Toner is well known as a bridge builder in education and polarizes education policy.
See: http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20141001006416/en/Paul-Toner-Announced-President-Voice-Strategies (*Note: New Voice Strategies has an on-going relationship with the NEA. The Gates Foundation awarded the New Voice Strategies a grant back in 2013. The Grant link:
http://www.gatesfoundation.org/How-We-Work/Quick-Links/Grants-Database/Grants/2013/10/OPP1089894)

What does New Voice Strategies do? This screen shot might give you an idea:

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CEC, Consortium for Educational Change:

Their website: http://cecillinois.org/
To see what policies guide the Consortiumhttp://cecillinois.org/about/guiding-documents/
 This excerpt reveals Consortium member groups (which work with the U.S. Dept of Education), “Since 2011, 7 national organizations (AASA, AFT, CCSSO, CGCS, FMCS, NEA, NSBA) along with the U.S. Department of Education have been working together to support labor-management collaboration in states and school districts throughout the country to advance student learning. Based on the belief that supporting good governance of public education in our nation’s school districts is a mutual responsibility, these organizations have jointly planned several conferences, and collaborated on creation of a document titled “On the Same Page.”

To decipher those Consortium member groups above, AASA is the American Association of School Administrators (aka the School Superintendents Association); AFT is the American Federation of Teachers; CCSSO is the Council of Chief State School Officers; CGCS is the Council of Great City Schools; FMCS is Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service; NEA is the National Educators Association; NSBA is the National School Boards Association. Of these member groups, I have researched all but the FMCS. How does this Service connect to the CCSS Machine? Labor Management. What does Labor Management have to do with education? 1) Consider the Consortium is all about changing education; 2) consider a big part of the CCSS Machine is a workforce based education, not an academically based education; 3) lastly that On the Same Page document..it’s full title? See the screen shot below:

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To have access to the Same Page (60 pages of you MUST read this to connect even MORE dots): https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B9-XI_wmbQ0RY3NlcVJKLTVmXzg/view (*Note: the plans already in progress revealed in this document are staggering.) If you wish to download the Report (as I am sure you should for future reference or it is removed), !On the Same Page 2.0 Stages

 

Lastly, TURN:

Their website: http://www.turnweb.org/

By now, you have been a TON of resources and evidence. It has been quite the twisting turning mess we have come to expect from the CCSS Machine. We started with TURN, and we are ending with them. Below is their 5 minute sales pitch as to why TURNing education is so vital to our nation. What they left out was, the TRUTH: TURNing education to resemble a quasi-education is the Agenda of the CCSS Machine!

CCSS Machine Potpourri

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To my fellow Anti CCSS/Fed Led Ed Warriors, I have gathered the following miscellaneous Pro Common Core fodder. Why? Since ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) is now law, the propaganda from the CCSS Machine is working overtime to produce as much BS as it can.

If you haven’t seen the following items, you should! While the false facts are flying, we have to work HARDER to share the truth! Is this a challenge? Of course it is! Can we do it?! Sure we can!! Share this article with other anti CCSS/Fed Led Ed Warriors, discuss what you can do to help those in your area find out what REALLY is going on, not what the CCSS Machine cronies say!!

First up, the President of the NEA (National Educators Association) gives us a rundown of all teachers do in today’s classrooms. Notice where the true education ends up in her list. Notice the arrogance in her face as she runs down this list and then remember ALL the latest CCSS Machine moves, resources, and legislation which has been produced in the name of parental right being usurped or taken away! It is no wonder the CCSS Machine claims kids don’t need parents!

Secondly, as one of my fellow Anti CCSS Warriors stated, ‘who needs the truth, it just gets ignored.’ This particular video gives us a look into MORE of what is happening in our schools. I guess the NEA failed to mention this on their snarky list.

Third, The ESSA has embedded a tremendous amount of behavior modification activities, supportive programs and services, as well as other RTI (Response to Invertion) methods. Yet, it spite of it, the real evidence is coming out…RTIs are NOT working!! Yet, MORE are being planned, created, and will be used!! The CCSS Machine is most certainly on a BS mission with this portion of the ESSA!! See: http://www.makespecialeducationwork.com/response-intervention-falls-short-2/#sthash.DVCN7NbT.Aq1YzW81.dpbs

Related: Where are the RTI items in the ESSA? For one thing, they will appear via 21st Century Community Learning Centers/Full Community Schools and through Promise Neighborhood Programs. See: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/01/04/meet-your-new-neighbor-essa-seriously/
To help illustrate this, see the screen shot below from my first article in a series of 3 where I laid out the 2017 Federal Budget Education Requests (think almost $70 billion dollars). The link to the article is immediately beneath the screen shot. You can access it to not only get the ESSA Final Conference Report download, but you can access the other two articles detailing the Budget plans, as well as how it fits in the ESSA. The Budget Requests will also reveal how entire communities, the post-secondary educational system, teachers and leaders, and each State will be impacted.

https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/02/11/fed-ed-2017-are-you-ready/
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/02/11/fed-ed-2017-are-you-ready/

 

Related to RTIs: How will the educational leaders help ‘sell’ these services, programs, and provide resources? See: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/03/28/principled-leadership-in-the-essa-era/

To see Pearson Publishing’s rapid moves in the RTI portion of education, be sure to read this article from last month. The second portion exposes the main programs used for RTIs. https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/03/07/pearsons-gi-more-alignment-in-the-workplace/

Closing:

I hope you will continue to help me raise as much awareness to what the REAL truths are about the ESSA. Do not be discouraged if you feel NO ONE is listening. Among the Warriors, we have heard the term ‘crickets’ when we think no one cares.

It is easy to believe no one is hearing you, especially when life is so busy. However, please know that your voice is probably being heard by someone. It is your voice those around you need to hear LOUDER than those spewing lies and making light of how our educational system in being ruined and transformed into a nanny’s house. Remember, to speak LOUDER doesn’t mean we have to shout, it just means we have to use a firm, knowledge based voice.

To say something is fine, but to have the actual language and what it means is what will make your voices BOOM! Still not sure about HOW you can make a BOOMING voice without yelling? Look at the screen shot above. That is a start. It gives the specific sections you can point others to. Think your legislative/local leaders have actually read the over 1,000 page ESSA Report OR the almost 400 page ESSA Law? I doubt it. Why? If they had, they would be jumping up and down with anger of just how this Law will HARM America, not FIX it! If you would like my 2 and 1/2 page PDF document which is very similar to the screen shot above. While I made it for my NC State Legislators, it is suitable for ALL the States. HOW? Each of our States will experience the SAME mandates of the ESSANCedover

If you need to add your contact information, please do. If you need to address this to your State, please do so, as well. Should you need me for any reasons connected to this War Against the Core (or you wish your Legislators to contact me), all my information is included.

Foolish Moves

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Happy April, anti CCSS Warriors! As you can see, a prominent member of the CCSS Machine has foolishly sent me an invitation to join them.

We help encourage each other every time we are blocked from sharing anti CCSS/Fed Ed truth by saying it is a ‘badge of honor’. So, I guess a personalized invitation is ‘a trophy’. Oh, how  I ‘hate’ to break it to ASCD, but this is one trophy I will happily discard!

If you think I am being pithy about this, I am. Consider this my way of celebrating April Fool’s Day. However, I know there is serious business to attend to, so let’s get to it, shall we?

In Case You Missed These Recent Truths:

I will confess, March was a whirlwind month for me, so I wasn’t as on target with sharing the following as I have been in the past, especially with my Twitter followers. So, in the spirit of unity, here are the items from March we really need to know about. An informed and active Warrior is much better to War Against the Core! We cannot let up, too much is at stake.

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The Fools Line Up:

1) The NEA (National Educators Assoc.) will begin their “Spring Into ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act)” campaign, April 3, 2016. The goal? To ‘inform’ as many parents and schools about the great things ESSA will do to restore local control. As we know from researching the ESSA, this is a bold lie. NEA will use its power to bully the nation with this lie. To see what other CCSS Machine members are planning to do similar things to America:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/03/22/essa-aligners/

Action Step: This weekend, brainstorm for how the REAL truths about ESSA can be shared in your local areas. To read the rest of the article where I highlighted this (near the bottom of the article): https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/03/31/quick-kill-the-education-romance/
(*Note: After you brainstorm how to combat the lies with the truth for next week, go back and access the VITAL information the rest of article reveals! Post secondary education will need our anti CCSS Warrior truths as well!)

2) CBE (Competency Based Education) will be a requirement for teachers, thanks to ESSA.
Here are the biggest and latest moves being plotted by a number of CCSS fools.
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/03/24/technically-speaking/

3) Other School Leaders will be aligned to the ESSA, as well as being put into positions to ‘heavily influence’ others under their authority and throughout the local communities. One of their weapons? Title One funding! (Title One is just one of the federally funded education Titles which will be re-purposed.) Read the plots being laid out: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/03/28/principled-leadership-in-the-essa-era/

4) If you want to learn how the CCSS Machine is set to make MORE profits off our citizens across America, then you will need to read this eye-opener. All this profit will be made by adhering to the ESSA (most specifically the passages embedded which allow MORE P3s in education (P3s, public private partnerships).

While the private businesses will reap money, the federal government will reap student and teacher data. Educational data is worth at least $21 billion dollars and is used for the express purpose of a ‘birth to Workforce to Professional Development alignment’. An added fact from the ESSA is that $849 million dollars is earmarked for MORE digital access in education, for education, and to create a streamlined education!
To see the profit making, money grubbing fools’ plans/actions: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/03/29/ccss-machines-dangerous-3/
To see the ESSA’s earmarked funds:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/02/05/weekend-news-the-ies-and-the-essa/

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More Fools Rush In:

As the clock ticks ever closer to the full implementation of the ESSA, expect more CCSS Machine members to almost trip over themselves to rush out MORE foolish information, plans, products, services, propaganda, subjective webinars/conferences/resources.

This is a huge bonus for those of us warring against this illegally based modern reform set to impact our entire nation. How?! Think in military terms here, you know your enemy; you know their objective; you know they will not give up.
That said, remember this: we are not giving up either! We are more in number than the enemy. We are more invested in this War than they will EVER be! How? We haven’t sold out, compromised, or walked away with our hands in the air. We have TRUTH! We have ‘gumption’ (ie: guts, fortitude)! We have the protective hearts to do WHATEVER it takes to stand up for those in education. We have the patriotism to stand up and do WHATEVER it takes to unite to save our country!

I leave you with the ‘Warriors Theme’. It was especially created for our U.S. Military forces to support their dedication to our nation. While the images show only Armed Forces personnel, listen to the words, the attitude conveyed, and the precision. Apply it to our War. (Note: There are a few colorful words in the song.)


Quick! Kill the Education Romance!

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It is Thursday, anti CCSS Warriors! A look at the latest in the alignment efforts by the CCSS Machine toward our post-secondary students. Career Pathways, Career Tech Education, STEM, College and Career Readiness, the Adult CCS Standards, Workforce Readiness, WIOA, and more!

A Bit of Background:

If you have followed my research long, you know the main reason I got in this War Against the Core was seeking answers. What did I question? After learning the push for national education standards (which encompassed a global agenda) was coming for our elementary and secondary students, I knew, from what I read, the push would also reach BEYOND those students and on into post-secondary education.

Since 2009, my quest for those answers have uncovered SO many things. Most I have shared with you repeatedly. However, in an effort to reach my new followers and to offer up for, you, long time followers, I am including my two latest resources.

The first is a video which can give you a basic starting point for information while giving you some very timely (therefore relevant) topics you won’t hear elsewhere.

The Video:

At the request of the B & L Network, I was asked to make a hour long post-secondary documentary. B & L Network has made a concerted effort to join anti CCSS Warriors from across the nation to share ANY education news we are NOT getting anywhere else. Their purpose? To protect, to inform, to unite our voices,and to stand up for the students.
To access the video:
http://livestream.com/accounts/16731436/events/5087198

Notes: first, the documentary is homemade. Secondly, any images you see MAY appear backwards. As I learn more about how to make this documentaries, hopefully this will be a one-time problem. So why would I put out a less than professional video? No matter HOW home made, the information is the star. The facts, the documents are the gold mine we all need to fight this federally/P3(Public Partnerships) led overreach. The CCSS Machine is after EVERY citizen, not just traditional K-12 children.

The Audio:

If you have not followed my research very long, you may not know that I am frequently requested to participate in interviews across the nation. Almost weekly, I am a guest or participant with the Women on Wall. This dedicated group of citizens hosts weekly, free conference calls. Last night, I was the featured guest. Our discussion was all about the HEA (Higher Education Act) and some of the latest actions being made to re-authorize it to complete the streamlined education reform.
To access the archived interview: https://soundcloud.com/alice-linahan/women-on-the-wall-lynne-taylor-higher-education-prometrics

Notes: Be sure to expand the comments section, where you will find 16 different related articles from my previously published research. While you may not have time to read them all, please look at their subject matter statements. Many of these 16 will have embedded links, pdf documents you can download, and more. IF you do NOT do anything else, watch the CSPAN link also provided. Higher Education is facing a total makeover from what is taught to how these graduates are assessed!!

So, Where is the ‘Romance’?

Warriors, I would hope that after listening, watching, and gleaning important facts, you would have absolutely no love loss for what the CCSS Machine is doing in post-secondary education.

Consider this comment made recently by a pro CCSS/modern education reform expert:
“Parents still have a romantic idea about college.” This expert went on to say that for years parents have promoted the idea of going off to college with their kids and are largely responsible for selling the dream. But guess what? Education market strategists have honed in on this and purposefully created a ‘feel-good-looks-good-gotta-have-these-amenities-I-cannot-get-at-home’ environments.

Warriors, we MUST kill any romantic notions. Please do NOT misunderstand me, I am NOT in total agreement with this pro CCSS expert, but he DOES raise a point we should act on IMMEDIATELY! We need to fight just as hard for our post-secondary students and educators as we are those who are younger.

Remember, this aligned education reform is meant for ANY age student and means to create life-long learners who are in constant need of being educated in the pro CCSS/CTE/STEM/CCR/CSAS/WIOA ways.
(CCSS: Common Core State Standards; CTE: Career Tech Education; STEM: Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math; CCR: College and Career Readiness; CSAS: Challenging State Academic Standards; WIOA: Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act)

Also remember, the re-authorization of the HEA is the LAST link in the chain of education which has NOT been 100% CCSS Machine ‘blessed’.

Solutions?

1) Learn all you can NOW!
2) Share this with any parent, regardless of where their students attend K-12 schools
3) If you are in an anti CCSS Group, take these resources, divide them up, learn what you can, then meet again to discuss HOW in your area you can fight these efforts!
4) Start looking at what groups are shaping education policy. Do they have lobbyists influencing legislators?
5) Know your legislators and their involvement in Higher Education, both state-wide and federally. INFORM them!
6) Use social media as a tool to help inform EVERYONE!
7) Download the latest anti CCSS app for your tablet or smart phones:
 http://h.theapp.mobi/index.php?app=bearslordnet
(If you want to know who created this FREE app, visit: https://www.itsaboutthechild.com/#.

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8) Be aware that the NEA (National Educators Association) is kicking off an ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) friendly campaign in your schools (K-12) on April 3, 2016. IF we DO NOT beat them to the punch with the truth in our schools, we will miss a golden opportunity to put enough reality (fact based) to counter the falsehoods those schools will hear.

Weekend News: “No”, a Powerful Word!

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Anti CCSS Warriors, have you noticed how “no” is working in our fight to free our nation of all things ‘Common Core’? Slowly, but surely, our voices are proving effective. However, we have a lot more speaking to do! In this edition of my Weekend News, I have some ways in which we are proving ‘no’ is succeeding in chopping up the CCSS Machine!

Just Saying “No” to Dr. King:

A few days ago, someone posted on Facebook to use the hashtag: #saynotoking on Twitter. There have been a few comments shared. We need many more Tweets, Warriors!
Another hashtag which needs more comments and is related: #sayno2king.
You can post your anti-King comments on the account #noking, but be warned, there are many other comments referring to more sexual topics than anything else. The same will ring true for the hashtag #no2king.

Of interest and can be related to saying ‘no’ would be to ‘crash’ the NEA Summit’s Trending Twitter account, happening this weekend. NEA (National Educators Association) is a well known member of the CCSS Machine and was totally supportive of the ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act). Let ’em know, we the opposed, are saying ‘no’, ‘no’, and a ‘thousand times, no!’ to Dr. King AND ESSA!

 

Every Congress member should know our position when it comes to fed led education!
Every Congress member should know our position when it comes to fed led education!

The Devil is in the Details:

While the date of 2/25/16 was widely shared as the confirming/denying vote for Dr. King, little was shared about the the ‘quiet approval’ of the U.S. Senate HELP Committee (Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee) on the 25th of February 2016.

Since it is, in fact the entire U.S. Senate who must confirm or deny Dr. King’s appointment as the U. S. Secretary of Education, let their Twitter feed reflect our ire and disgust! Use #USSenate! To date, there is only one Tweet devoted to saying ‘no’ where Dr. King is concerned. Let’s see if we can increase that number exponentially, shall we?

We must use the days between now and 3/9/16 to continue to raise awareness, to speak louder to EVERY U.S. Senator in saying “no”. How do I know the vote was cast? A pro-side CCSS Machine member’s Tweet:
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By looking further into the Tweet, I found the U.S. HELP’s proceedings were quick (about 2 and 1/2 hours) and another step in the WRONG direction for education!
Follow this link to get the EdWeek viewpoint (will be the second article you see) Then go to the hearing itself from the HELP Committee.
The EdWeek link: http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/campaign-k-12/
See: http://www.help.senate.gov/hearings/nomination-of-dr-john-king-to-serve-as-secretary-of-education
(Warning: Sen. Alexander begins the entire hearing, so have a punching bag ready! You will also need to hear the new Coalition Alexander spews off in his opening comments.) While it painful to listen to, as an anti CCSS Warrior, you must! It gives us plenty of clues as to where to target our ‘no’ voices!

To see Dr. King’s prepared statement given before the U.S. HELP Committee:
http://www.help.senate.gov/imo/media/doc/King8.pdf
(Note: Dr. King directly points out the work to be done to update the HEA, Higher Education Act. Big warning for MORE alignment to the CCSS Machine, Warriors!!)

To contact your Senators directly, use the U.S. Senate contact pages:
http://www.senate.gov/senators/contact/

To help put together a Twitter rally and/or Facebook campaign of urging the Senators to ‘just say no’ to Dr. King and his reign of pain in education, help me urge your state groups or national groups against CCSS, to get this ‘no’ effort to increase! If you have ties to the Patriot Journal Network and are familiar with their awesome Twitter rallies to bring attention to a cause, let them know we need help immediately! Together, we CAN do much! Together, we can say “NO” forcibly enough Washington will have no choice in confirming Dr. King, they will have to deny him! Are you with me?! Great! Keep saying NO to federally led education! Keep saying NO to the embedded CCSS in the ESSA, in spite of what lies you hear that it isn’t!! Help us unite to say ‘YES’ to Stop Fed Ed!!